18, 1915 – February 5, 2014
Ann was a remarkable wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother and
friend. She lived in Watertown before moving to Bethlehem in 1952.
She welcomed everyone into her home and was greatly admired by all
who knew her. She was a no nonsense woman with a joyful sense of
humor who had an agile mind and an insatiable curiosity about
everything. Her love for travel was evidenced by her exploring the
back roads of Litchfield County, following maps to explore her roots
in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan and a family farm overseas in Wales,
making sketches of family homes along the way. She welcomed
international exchange students into her home from Finland, Trinidad
and the Netherlands, keeping in touch with all of her worldwide
friends as she embraced modern technology on her ipad.
Ann was the choir director and organist at the First Church of
Bethlehem UCC and the First Congregational Church in Watertown for
over five decades; she often walked over two miles to and from organ
practice. Although she avoided the limelight, her passion for
orchestral music was the inspiration for the the Fine Arts Center
atrium at Naugatuck Valley Community College, several Waterbury
Symphony education initiatives including Bravo Waterbury, and many
other education programs in Litchfield and New Haven counties. She
served on the Board of Directors of the Leever Foundation and the
Waterbury Symphony, and was active in girl scouting.
Woodbury-Bethlehem Community Music Foundation, Inc. was one of Ruth
Ann's many supported organizations. She helped spearhead what we now
see and hear in the string players of Region 14. Her dedication to
our mission and this project never wavered. Ruth Ann felt priveleged
to attend the very first performance of the String Students at
Mitchell School in 2011.
hope that we can live up to the legacy she has left for us in
providing our community, and particularly it's children, the means,
commitment and passion to pursue music as a way of enhancing our