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Born: August 29, 1922

Death: January 1, 2013

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Rochester, IN

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Ruth Zartman

    August 29, 1922  -  January 1, 2013

Life Legacy

Mrs. Ruth H. Zartman, 90, was surrounded by her loving family when she passed away at 4:40 a.m. January 1st, 2013 at Pilgrim Manor in Plymouth. Ruth was born on August 29, 1922, the precious daughter of Guy and Lily E. Johnson Hunter. As one of 12 Hunter children, she shared her childhood with 3 sisters: Lucille, Dorothy, Peggy and 8 brothers: Larry, Russell, Arthur, Harry, Empy, Bill, Kelly and Robert.

On June 17, 1939 in Rochester, Ruth married her best friend Dean L. Zartman. Their union spanned over six decades and was blessed with three children: Phyllis Marie, Carol Ann, and Ernest Dean. Over the years the family tree grew to include 7 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

In the early years Ruth took great pride with flower and vegetable gardening around her home. As an accomplished seamstress she tended to the family mending and made custom clothing. Once she created a beautiful formal for one of her granddaughters to wear to a dance. To keep sharp she enjoyed the challenges of word searches. The proud matriarch of four generations, Grandma Ruth especially enjoyed doting on her grandchildren and the great-grandchildren.

Ruth is lovingly remembered by two daughters: Phyllis Marie Calhoun and husband Robert of Charlottesville, VA, and Carol Ann Allshouse of Barberton, OH: a son, Ernest Dean Zartman and wife Lorna of Plymouth; a sister, Peggy Ehlinger of Rochester; 2 brothers: Larry Hunter and wife Ruth of Rochester, and Russell Dean Hunter and wife Nancy of Jensen Beach, FL; 7 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

Preceding Ruth in death are her parents, beloved husband of 61 years Dean Zartman, 2 sisters Lucille Linden, Dorothy Crabill, and six Hunter brothers: Arthur, Harry, Emerson "Empy", Charles "Bill", Alvin "Kelly" and Robert.

Burial will take place in the Mt. Zion Cemetery.