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Ruth M. Richards of Garrison, NY and a former longtime resident of Willingboro, NJ passed away on Sunday February 2, 2014 at the age of 94. She was born in Toledo, OH on December 4, 1919, the daughter of Henry and Marie Rauch Wiersma.

Ruth was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church in Yorktown Heights, NY. In Willingboro she was a longtime member of St. Luke's Lutheran Church where she was active in many church activities. She was also a member of the Burlington Seniors and the Putnam Valley Seniors.

She is survived by her daughter, Linda Tipa and her husband Vinnie of Garrison, her sons John of Oak Harbor, OH, Jim and his wife Terri and Mark and his wife Diane, all of Willingboro, her brothers, Charles Wiersma and his wife Doris of Mansfield, OH and Vernon Wiersma of Oak Harbor, eight grandchildren and thirteen great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Kenneth in 1999, her son David, her daughter-in-law Susan and her brother Roy.

A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30AM on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 2 Salem Rd, Willingboro, NJ 08046.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Ruth's memory to Hospice Care of Westchester and Putnam at or 540 White Plains Road, Tarrytown, NY or St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 2 Salem Road, Willingboro, NJ 08046