Ruth Elinor Schreiber
FALLS VILLAGE — Ruth Elinor Schreiber, the first person born in North Canaan in 1941 on 5 Jan., to the late Gladys and Henry Schreiber, their second child, entered into eternal rest 31 Dec. 2011. Ruth is survived by her husband, Alan S. Church of Falls Village; her six children, Deborah Hotchkiss and her husband, Raymond, Sandra Gaudet and her husband, Jean, Susan Dickinson and her husband, Edward, Lisa Fallon and her husband, James, Cheryl Stearns and her husband, Daniel, John Barnett Jr. and his wife, Jeri; her sister, Shirley Keip of Washington, Conn.; her brother, George Schreiber of Cornwall; her grandchildren, Tabitha Hotchkiss, Brandon Monnier, Ryan Monnier, Breanna Fallon and Noah Fallon; and great-grandchildren, Kayden Monnier, Jennifer Monnier, Elliot Monnier; Howard Monnier, the father of two of her granchildren; and her nieces and nephews, Mary Hendrix, Shirley Nickerson, David Schreiber and Natasha Cutler.Ruth and her husband enjoyed life at their home in Falls Village, traveling, bible study and being with family and friends. Family was very important to Ruth. She especially enjoyed being reunited with her cousins Walter and Donald Schreiber after being apart for many years. Ruth always remembered friends and family members at Christmas and on their birthdays, sending out many cards. This was her way of always staying in touch.For many years Ruth directed the choir and was the organist at the North Canaan Methodist Church as well as other local churches. She had many associations in the church music world. Ruth was a skilled seamstress, crafting many animal toys, clothes for children and adults, as well as drapes and curtains for her’s and her family’s homes.She was a superb problem solver, as her life’s lessons had enabled her to meet any challenge with a positive attitude and a smile. Ruth was ready with an encouraging word wherever one was needed. Ruth was such a joy to be with, always upbeat, ready with a laugh, always fair and unfailingly loyal. During her illness, Ruth had the support of family near and far; there was always someone with her. During her last five months, her stepson, Jim Woolley kept her company and aided her through the long nights. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the many medical caregivers throughout her illness. And a very special thank you to everyone’s thoughts and prayers. A celebration of Ruth’s life will be held Thursday, Jan. 12, at 11 a.m. in the Sharon Methodist Church. There are no calling hours. Arrangements are under the care of the Newkirk-Palmer Funeral Home in North Canaan.