Ruth Lucille (Herbert) Krist
June 08, 1925 ‒ July 08, 2018
Ruth Lucille (Herbert) Krist, age 93, of Marion Ohio passed away peacefully at her residence on July 8, 2018.
Ruth was born June 8, 1925 in Cleveland, Ohio, the daughter of the late Frederick and Thecla Herbert. Being the youngest of six children she was preceded in death by brothers: Roland, Pierre, and Walter and sisters; Marion and Winifred Herbert.
During her high school years, her father was employed by the New York Central Railroad and inherited a 248 acre farm in Whitehouse, Ohio from his railroad supervisor. Living in Cleveland; Ruth and her mother would travel by train back and forth from Cleveland until she graduated in 1943 from West Tech High School of Cleveland, Ohio when they moved permanently to the farm raising crops and livestock during WWII.
Eventually her father retired and they sold the farm and moved to be near family in Sandusky, Ohio where she was employed as a stamping and label making machine operator in the “Paper District” at the Hinde & Dauch Paper Company. Ruth fondly remembers family outings on the “G.A. Boeckling” steamship ferryboat from Sandusky to Cedar Point enjoying the beach, swimming off the city piers, amusement rides, the boardwalk, and the dance halls with family and friends.
Ruth met the man of her dreams while dance-roller skating but the hardships of WWII temporarily interfered with their romance. She patiently waited for his return from Okinawa, Japan when she married Milton L Krist of Lakewood, Ohio on May 28, 1949 at the Saints Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church in Sandusky, Ohio with a reception following at the local Knights of Columbus Hall 614. During their early honeymoon years they settled in Fairview Park where Ruth was employed as a switchboard operator in the offices of Paine, Webber, Jackson and Curtis Brokerage Firm. In 1957 they relocated from Cleveland to Marion due to Milton’s employer Howard Swink Advertising opening a new office.
Being very talented; Ruth followed a long family tradition and served as an organist at Saint Mary’s Catholic Church in Marion as well as other churches along the way in her travels. Ruth also taught beginning and intermediate piano and organ lessons for many years in Marion.
Ruth authored, illustrated and published a three part craft book series on the art of “Needle Weaving” which she also taught for free both locally and while on their travels in craft circles at campgrounds they visited. Ruth always enjoyed learning, sharing, teaching, and keeping herself busy with her music and making various crafts. She and Milton together especially enjoyed pouring, drying, kiln-firing, painting and finishing ceramics, wooden items, handmade jewelry and many other types of craft items they would make then travel to craft shows and flea markets around Ohio and surrounding states meeting and making countless friends along the way. Ruth studied with other family members from Milton and earned her Amateur Radio license with the call sign of “N8WNQ” that she used to communicate with at least twelve family members and many friends using Amateur Radio.
Ruth and Milton loved traveling, camping, boating, and fishing while raising the children in summer campgrounds like Chippewa Lake and on Lake Erie from Vermillion to Marblehead, Ohio. Once Milton retired they expanded their camping travels past Ohio and together they explored Canada, Nova Scotia, Mexico, Arizona, then spending their later winters traveling the southern states especially Florida and Texas.
Ruth was preceded in death and now joins her late husband Milton L. Krist (K8CUY).
Ruth was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Marion, Ohio and will truly be missed by her surviving five sons; Lawrence (Bonnie) Krist of Galloway, Ohio, Thomas (Betty) Krist, Mark (Cathy) Krist, Bruce (Tammy) Krist of Marion, and James (Lisa) Krist of Sunbury Ohio; as well as numerous grand, great-grand, and great-great grandchildren.
The family would like to express its gratitude to Heartland Hospice staff, Saint Mary’s Catholic Church, the Knights of Columbus, and the Snyder Funeral Home.
We also want to send a very special thank you to Thomas and Betty Krist for welcoming Ruth and Milton into their home and for all their wonderful care giving as well as family members Jackie Williams Sanders and granddaughter Tami McClary for their loving care.
Ruth’s family will greet friends Friday, July 13, 2018 at Snyder Funeral Homes, Gunder/Hall Chapel, 347 West Center St., Marion from 10 am until 12 noon. A 12:30 pm Mass of Christian burial will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 251 North Main Street, Marion with Father Ryan Schmit presiding. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Marion, Ohio.
Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice or to help those in need.
“N8WNQ has signed off…” <SK Silent Key > <73 and 88>
Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to serve Ruth’s family. Online condolences and memories may be expressed by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.