Ruthie Ripple

Ruthie Ripple, who passed away Nov. 2, 2018, at the age of 107, worked at a dry cleaners until she was 99.


A hard-working Johnstown native who kept busy at a local dry cleaning shop until she turned 99 years old died last week at the age of 107.

Ruthie Ripple, who worked at a silk mill, Glosser Bros. and, eventually, Dura Dry Cleaners over nearly a century, passed away Nov. 2 at a personal care home in Gasport, New York, her obituary shows.

She was remembered by a colleague Thursday as a woman of tremendous faith who brought kindness, a positive outlook and decades of experience to work with her each day.

“She taught probably everyone she ever worked with about dry cleaning,” said Dura employee Bonita Crum. “And whenever somebody needed something, she was always there to help.”

Crum said she worked alongside Ripple over the years and recalled times she would do minor tailoring on garments, even though it wasn’t part of the job.

“She would repair a seam or go out of her way to help someone when they needed something cleaned,” she said.

But it was the way Ripple’s always-positive outlook on life that left the strongest impression, Crum added.

“Her strong faith, love for family and work ethic were just superb. She probably helped more people in the world than I’ve ever met,” she said.

Ripple’s family described her the same way in an obituary published in The Tribune-Democrat on Thursday.

A mother of three and a grandmother to three generations of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, she “had room in her heart for everyone,” the family wrote.

“She loved to laugh and share stories of her life,” the obituary added. “Her family and friends were truly enriched by having her in their lives.”

Ripple was a lifelong member of the Roxbury Church of the Brethren, where a funeral service is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday.

Her funeral arrangements are being handled by Duca Funeral Home in Westmont. Friends will be received there from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday.

David Hurst is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. He can be reached at (814) 532-5053. Follow him on Twitter @TDDavidHurst and Instagram @TDDavidHurst.

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