Ruth Louise Hoffman-Bauer-Webb born in Somerville, NJ at 11 South Street, on November 22, 1927, passed away at the same house she was born in on July 24, 2021. Daughter of the late Loula Mae Hockenbury-Hoffman and Albert H. Hoffman. Pre-deceased by her husband’s Ralph Charles Bauer, Construction Engineer, and Dr. John Joseph Webb.
Graduated from Somerville High School in 1945. Attended Rutgers University in New Brunswick and Newark studying Business Administration and Law and attended George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Retired from General Services Administration, Washington, D.C., as Legislative Program Analyst. Worked for the White House and Capitol Hill.
Member of First United Methodist Church, Somerville, NJ where she was a past Sunday School Teacher.
Survived by nephew and niece John and Lisa Saharic and great nephews Christopher and Stephen Saharic and great niece Catherine Crowley. Nephew and niece Jeanne Lance-Fleming and Dave Fleming, and niece Donna O’Neill-Lance and great nieces Tara Moore, Kathleen Studley and Molly Helen Lance. Niece Luann Weber and great nieces Ashley Mae Storck, and Samantha Weber.
Predeceased by two sisters, Helen Lance and MaryLou Orr. Nephew, Leroy Lance and niece Lori Orr.
Member of Board of Realtors, Somerset, and Hunterdon Counties. Member of National Board of Realtors. Member of Weichert Referral State of New Jersey and State of Virginia.
Life member of the National Republican Club of Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C. Member of the United States Senate Staff Club, Washington, D.C.
Member of the National Society United States Daughter of the American Revolution since 1960.
Member General Frelinghuysen-Colonel Lawrey Chapter, DAR, Whitehouse Station, NJ.
Member National Society United States Daughters of 1812 since 1970.
Member Eliza Monroe Chapter, Alexandria, VA, Daughters of 1812.
Member Order of the Eastern Star of New Jersey since 1952, Chapter No. 100 as well as Ruth Chapter No. 12.
Member Tewksbury Historical Society, Oldwick, NJ.
Named ‘Miss Somerset Airport 1950’, Pluckemin, where she housed her Piper-Cub-Super Cruiser. Flying above the clouds was her favorite past-time.
She flew with the Civil Air Patrol and was in training for the Powder Puff Derby.
She was an antique collector. Combined the love of collecting antiques and love of the old home where she was born on November 22, 1927, at 11 South Street, HOME SWEET HOME. The old home dates back to the American Revolution. In 1933 it was moved to make room for the new Somerville Post Office. The old foundation had to be replaced. The home is now the only remaining residence on South Street.
She owned and operated Ruthie’s Treasure Chest Antique Shop at 11 South Street, Somerville, NJ and at three other locations.
Calling hours will be Friday, July 30, 2021, from 7-9pm with Eastern Star Services at Scarponi-Bright Funeral Home, 26 Main Street, Lebanon, NJ. Funeral service will be Saturday, July 31, 2021, at 10am at First United Methodist Church, 48 W. High Street, Somerville, NJ.
Interment will be in the Cokesbury Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Township of Tewksbury, formerly part of the Hoffman family farm. The land was donated to the church in 1880.
Memorial contributions may be made to Homecare Veterinary Services, c/o Dr. Patti Maslanka, VMD, PO Box 272, Rocky Hill, NJ 08553 or to your favorite animal sanctuary.
“Make us, ourselves, to be true friends to animals and so to share the blessings of the merciful,” Albert Schweitzer’s humble prayer. The Paw Prints On Your Heart Are Never Forgotten.
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