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RUTH MILDRED BORTZ

1924-2002

Ruth Mildred Bortz, 90, died Jan. 28, 2002, at the Doak Walker Care Center.

She was born July 17, 1911, in Reading, Pa., the daughter of the late Howard and Olie (Putt) East. She married Charles V. “Jake” Bortz in May 1927, a marriage blessed of 70 years until Jake’s death in 1998.

Ruth was a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.



She was a stay-home mom after the birth of her two daughters, Ruth Frances and Jeanne Ellen. Before that she worked at the Esterly Woolen Mills in St. Lawrence, Pa.

Ruth loved her home and garden, flowers and vegetables. She was an avid fisherwoman with her husband. They taught their daughter Jennie to fish. Ruthie wasn’t too interested; she loved music and playing the piano.

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Ruth and Jake worked hard and played hard together.

Ruth was a seamstress who also enjoyed crocheting and quilting. She was ceramist, painter and for about 10 years owned her own gift shop.

She loved her church and sang in the church choir. She never missed a chance to talk about the Lord and to spread the word about her Savior.

She was a wonderful caregiver to Jake’s parents and her mother, offering lots of love and care when they needed it most.

She is survived by a daughter, Jeanne Willman and husband C. Lee of Yampa; three grandchildren, Melinda Burdette and husband Jerry, Thomas Willman and wife Jan and Dwight Willman and wife Janis, all of Oak Creek; and six great-grandchildren, Aaron, Sarah, Amanda, Shane, Kayleigh and Elisa.

Ruth was preceded in death by her daughter Ruth Frances; a brother, Harry East; and her beloved husband, Jake.

Funeral services were held Jan. 31, 2002, at Peterson Funeral Home of Steamboat. Rob Ryg of the Euzoa Bible Church officiated. The musicians were Rev. Rod Krey and Jean Smith.

The family served as the pallbearers. Interment was held at the Steamboat Springs Cemetery.

Memorials in Ruth’s name may be sent to the Doak Walker Care Center, 1100 Central Park Drive, Steamboat Springs, 80487.


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