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Ruth Aileen (Ritter) Austen

November 25, 1949 ~ March 26, 2022 (age 72)

Obituary

Ruth Aileen Austen age 72, of Ashland, passed away Saturday, March 26, 2022 at her residence. She was born November 25, 1949 in Lexington, Ohio, the daughter of the late Homer L. and Mildred M. (Winger) Ritter. Ruth was a 1968 graduate of Lexington High School and later attended North Central State College. She had been employed as an Activity Center Specialist for the Ashland County Board of Developmental Disabilities (Dale Roy School) for 27 years before retiring in 2014. Ruth was on the Ladies Auxiliary for the Ashland Fire Department for 25 years. She had served on the Ashland County Board of Elections for several years, and worked the polls for over 30 years. She was active with the Ashland County Democratic Party and was awarded Mrs. Democrat in 1998. Ruth always put family first and there was nothing she wouldn’t do for family. She enjoyed sewing, knitting (slippers being her favorite), cooking and baking. Many especially loved her Christmas cookies. Ruth was a loving, generous woman who lived a full life, handling its challenges with self- reliance, hard work, humor, and faith. She will truly be missed by all who knew her.

 

On March 14, 1970 Ruth married Michael Austen who survives. Also surviving are her sisters, Judy Pinski and Millie Moran; son, Tim Austen (wife Jackie); daughter, Amy York (husband Joshua); grandchildren, Justin, Cassie, Curtis, Dana, Kaleb, Jaden, Chakotay, and Kestra; 3 great grandchildren; along with many other family members and friends.

In addition to her parents, Ruth was preceded in death by her adopted brother LeRoy Freitchen.

 

Funeral services will be held at Heyl Funeral Home at 11:00 AM on Saturday, April 2, 2022 with Pastor John Ballinger officiating. Friends may visit with the family on Friday, April 1, 2022 from 5:00 PM till 7:00 PM and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Online condolences may be left for the family.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Dale Roy School at 1256 South Center Street, Ashland, Ohio 44805.

 

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Services

Visitation
Friday
April 1, 2022

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Heyl Funeral Home
227 Broad Street
Ashland, Ohio 44805

Visitation
Saturday
April 2, 2022

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Heyl Funeral Home
227 Broad Street
Ashland, Ohio 44805

Funeral Service
Saturday
April 2, 2022

11:00 AM
Heyl Funeral Home
227 Broad Street
Ashland, Ohio 44805

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