Waterloo/Clifton Springs – Ruth E. Schoenacker, 100, of 190 Ashton Ct., formerly of 485 Packwood Rd., died Sunday (January 1, 2017) at her home.
Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 7) at Coe-Genung Funeral Home in Waterloo. The memorial service will be 2 p.m. Sunday (Jan. 8) at First Presbyterian Church of Waterloo. Rev. Sarah West, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Sampson Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Varick.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Waterloo, 42 E. Main St., Waterloo, NY, 13165 or Waterloo Library and Historical Society, 31 E. William St., Waterloo, NY, 13165.
Ruth was born Aug. 1, 1916, in Elma, the daughter of Irving D. and Gertrude M. Cole Buffum. She was a graduate of East Aurora High School. Ruth was a 1940 graduate of Cornell College of Home Economics. She taught one year in Belleville, NY, then taught 4 years in Bolivar, NY, later taught from 1957 to 1979 in the Romulus Central School District. Ruth was a member of the Home Economics Teachers Association, and was an active member and regional officer for the Future Homemakers of America. She was a longtime and very active member of First Presbyterian Church of Waterloo, serving as an elder for many years. Ruth was also a longtime member of the Waterloo Library and Historical Society and an active volunteer for the Tewilliger Museum and the Memorial Day Museum. Ruth and her late husband, Carl, were recipients of the Welles Award presented by the Waterloo Library and Historical Society. She was also a member of the Phelps Historical Society, Geneva Historical Society, and Geneva Library Association. Ruth was also an active member and served for 9 years as President of the Buffum Family Association.
She is survived by sons, Irving E. (Marie) Schoenacker of Nunda, Frank C. (Donna) Schoenacker of Ashville, and Terry B. (Rosemary) Schoenacker of Newark; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sister, June Bunge of Bushnell, FL; several nieces and nephews.
Ruth was predeceased by her husband, Carl E. Schoenacker who died June 16, 2011; brothers, Merle C. Buffum and David S. Buffum.
Condolences for the family may be sent to www.coegenungfuneralhome.com.