Ruth (Schwabauer) Reichel, 96, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 9, 2019 surrounded by her daughters and granddaughters. Ruth was born on April 6, 1923 in Lincoln, Nebraska to the late Alexander and Amelia (Heft) Schwabauer. Ruth was the youngest of ten children born to German immigrant parents who came to the United States in 1900. Ruth graduated from Lincoln High School in 1942. She married her late husband, Henry Reichel, Jr. in 1947. Ruth lived most of her life in Storrs, CT when her family moved there in 1965. Ruth and Henry had three children, the late Thomas Henry, Lynn of Storrs, and Pamela of Coventry. Ruth is survived by her daughters Lynn and Pam, granddaughters Kara Reichel and Marissa Grant and her husband, Todd. Ruth was blessed to be “GG” to three great grandsons; Kelden Cahill, and Jarrod and Landon Grant. Ruth worked for many years in banking predominantly at Connecticut Bank and Trust (CBT) first as a teller and then as a personal banker. Her first job was at Miller & Paine Department Store in Lincoln, NE. After retirement, Ruth enjoyed traveling with Henry to France, Italy, Germany, and the Scandinavian countries. She also traveled to England, Ireland, Scotland, Florida, Hawaii, and Arizona. Ruth loved quilting and was a member of the Parish Piecers at the Storrs Congregational Church. She was involved in many activities at her church and in the community including the American Heart Association, Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry (BIMP), Philanthropic Educational Organization (P.E.O.) and making quilts for the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. Ruth was predeceased by her loving husband of 42 years Henry, her son Tom, and her brothers Alex, Henry, Fred, and John and sisters Pauline, Amelia, Frieda, Rosa, and Marie. Visitation with family will be 1:30-2:30pm and funeral services will be at 2:30pm on Thursday, November 14 at the Storrs Congregational Church, 2 North Eagleville Road, Storrs, CT with burial following immediately at the Storrs Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donation in Ruth’s name to the Storrs Congregational Church or St. Joseph Living Center. The family thanks the staff of St. Joseph Living Center in Windham, CT for their loving care. To sign the online memorial guestbook please visit www.potterfuneralhome.com
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