Susan Gardner Fruth, 98, passed away on February 17, 2017 in Columbus, Ohio.
She was born on January 14, 1919 in Detroit, Michigan, to the late Clyde and Edna Gardner.
Susan is survived by her children, Catharine (Terry Hall) Bourgeois, Susan (Don) Burger and Stephen (Terri) Fruth; grandchildren, John Bourgeois, Margie (Dimitris) Bourgeois, Mike (Jenny) Elias, Ryan (Tanya) Fruth and Andy Fruth; and 13 great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her parents, Clyde and Edna Gardner; husband, Lester Fruth; and sister, Catharine Lucard.
She grew up in Ebensburg, PA — raised by her mother and grandmother. She attended Allegheny College for two years where she was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma Sorority. She then graduated from Drexel University in Philadelphia.
Susan was a Veteran of the U.S. Navy and was a WAVE officer during WWII where she met her husband, a fellow officer.
Susan spent her married life in Fostoria, OH, where she was a 70-year member of the First Presbyterian Church of Fostoria and an active elder and member of the women’s association.
She volunteered at the Fostoria Community Hospital and Bloodmobile, Meals on Wheels in Fostoria and the Board of Elections in Fostoria.
Susan was an avid bridge player and a member of several bridge clubs. She was also a 76-year member of the D.A.R.
She was a loving mother, grandmother and friend. She was giving and would do anything to help everyone she knew. She enjoyed gardening, traveling, reading and taking care of her many cats throughout the years. She had a delightful sense of humor that stayed with her to the end of her life. She was much loved and admired by her family, and we miss her so very much.
A Memorial Service will take place on Friday, July 14, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Fostoria, OH, followed by a private burial service in Ebensburg, PA.
In Susan’s memory, donations can be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 201 W. Fremont Street, Fostoria, OH 44830 or Heartland Hospice, 6500 Busch Blvd., #210, Columbus, Ohio 43229.
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