Ruth Ziegler

Ruth Daugherty Ziegler (Daugherty)

Tuesday, September 2nd, 1924 - Thursday, October 1st, 2020
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Ruth Daugherty Ziegler
Ruth D. Ziegler, 96, of Lewistown died peacefully in her home on October 1, 2020. Born in DuBois, Pennsylvania, on September 2, 1924, she was the daughter of the late Ira V. and Mary E. (Halowell) Daugherty. Ruth was the loving wife of R. Lee Ziegler who died in December of 1997. She graduated from Muskingum University and received her M. Ed. from Penn State University.
Ruth is survived by her children Janice Z. Dendler; Judith Z. Irastorza, wife of Hector F. Irastorza; and Samuel O. Ziegler, husband of Crista M. Ziegler; her grandchildren, Ashley H. Irastorza, Lee G., Nicholas B. and Mary I. Ziegler; and her sister Jane D. Lee. Preceding her in death were her siblings, Louella D. Young, Gene V. Daugherty, and Samuel C. Daugherty.
Ruth’s primary passion was her family. She was a dedicated wife, mother, and grandmother, enjoying routine contact with each of her children and delighting in the adventures and successes of her grandchildren, whom she loved profoundly.
Her teaching career began in the surrounding school districts of her home of DuBois before teaching at Shippensburg University. After marrying her husband and relocating to Mifflin County, she taught at various schools in that district.
Over the years, Ruth volunteered for many local organizations endeavoring to make a difference by serving her community. She was on the boards of the Mifflin County Youth Services Bureau, the Mifflin County Day Care and Child Development Centers, and the YMCA. In her younger years, she volunteered at the Lewistown Hospital, for the Red Cross Bloodmobile, Meals on Wheels, as a Brownie Scout leader, and as President of the Buchanan Elementary Home and School Association.
She was currently an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, where previously, she was a Sunday School and Bible School teacher.
Memorial contributions can be made in Ruth’s honor to the Penn State Heart and Vascular Institute, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center either online at or by mail to 500 University Drive, Hershey, PA 17033.
Arrangements are under the care of The King-Barr Funeral Home LLC & Crematory, 120 Logan Street, Lewistown.
Due to the current health environment, services for Ruth will be announced at a later date.
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Posted at 08:13pm
We are honored to know your family. Ruth remained interested in our lives. Time between our get togethers grew longer. the memories will not fade.

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Sandra Miller

Posted at 11:14am
Maybe not quite as much as her children, but I will sorely miss our conversations regarding everything from family through politics! She was a mother to everyone she met and loved her family above all else. I am so very sorry for your loss.

Lola Kearns

Posted at 10:39am
My deepest sympathies to Ruth's family. She and I were friends long before Lee passed away, and my husband and I were friends of Lee as well. We shared so much in common, especially our love of children, teaching, photography, and aesthetic appreciation. She even gave me her class notes from an art course she took with Dr. Lowenfeld at Penn State University. I will miss her forever.


Posted at 10:09am
Many condolences to the family. I know Ruth enjoyed seeing our young girls in church. Her smile and warm hand squeezes will be missed. What a lovely lady. She lived a wonderful life. God's Peace and Comfort to you. K. Thierwechter and family.

Ruthi Smith

Posted at 08:38pm
Ruth was a lovely lady and a dear friend of my mother, Ruth Massenburg. She was classy and could be quite funny at times. I remember the two Ruths and their friends Ginny and Bernie playing bridge at Mom's home. They would play all afternoon and bet a quarter! They were a delightful foursome. I now live in DuBois, but didn't know that Ruth was originally from this town. My sister and Ruth both graduated from Muskingum with teaching degrees, which was their common bond. May she rest in eternal peace.

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