Born October 31, 1921, in New Haven, she was the daughter of the late Esther (Reilly) Cooney.
After attending local schools, Ruth met her soon to be husband Chester while working at Berger Brothers in New Haven. Following her marriage to Chet in 1942, she followed him to various U.S. Army Air Corps bases as he prepared for his overseas missions. In later years, they enjoyed traveling to many beautiful locations, including Ireland, the home of her ancestors.
As members of Racebrook Country Club, Ruth and Chet enjoyed playing golf and dining with friends. Her husband of 70 years predeceased her in 2012. Ruth was a spunky lady known for her great storytelling, wonderful sense of humor and fantastic style. She took great pride in decorating and maintaining her beautiful home. Ruth loved to discuss world events and politics and faithfully kept up with the news.
More than anything, Ruth took joy in being a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Always ready to help anyone in her family, her favorite occupation was chief babysitter.
Left to cherish her memories are her beloved children: Linda & Don DiLauro of Orange; Bonnie Blake of Woodbridge; and Ruthmary Blake & her husband Mark Miller of VA. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Pam & Chris Lyle; Don DiLauro, Andrea DiLauro; Blake & Laura Franchi; Christopher and Hunter Blake; Erin Dempsey; as well as her great-grandchildren: Brendan and Hailey Lyle and Braden Franchi.
Her family of loved ones also includes her amazing caregivers; Tracy, Tonie, Rebecca and Jan.
She is predeceased by her wonderful son, Chester Blake, Jr., sisters; Esther and Mary and brothers; Edward and Eugene.
Friends and family may call Saturday, July 19, from 10:00 am till 12 pm at the Smith & Sefcik Funeral Home, 135 N.Broad St., in Milford. A Memorial Service will follow at 12 pm. Interment will follow in Orange Center Cemeter.
Donations in Ruth’s memory may be made to: The Wounded Warriors Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KA 66675; Case Memorial Library, 176 Tyler City Rd., Orange, CT 06477; or Autism Services and Resources Connecticut, 101 N. Plains Industrial Rd., Harvest Pk. 1A, Wallingford, CT 06492.
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