Ruth Ellen Sass
Worked with Red Cross
Private services have been conducted for Ruth Ellen Sass, a homemaker and longtime Middle River resident who died New Year's Day at the Carroll County General Hospital of complications related to an aortic aneurysm. She was 84.
The former Ruth Smith was born in Baltimore and moved with her family to a farm in Savage, Howard County, when she was a young child. As a teen-ager, she worked in the Savage Mill.
She and Albert R. Sass were married in Baltimore in 1929. Family members said she had fond memories of the "flapper" period, riding around in Mr. Sass' Oakland convertible , and dancing the Charleston at the Alcazar Hotel on Cathedral Street.
In the late 1950s and 1960s, Mrs. Sass was a Red Cross volunteer at the Mason Lord Building for the infirm elderly at City Hospitals, now the Francis Scott Key Medical Center. She taught the patients there to wrap bandages that were later sterilized for use in the hospital's surgical unit.
She was known by hospital residents as the "piano lady" who played while they sang and danced.
Mrs. Sass was an active member of the Orems United Methodist Church in Middle River from 1940 to 1973. From 1973 to the mid-1980s, she attended the Chapel of the Ascension, also in Middle River.
She was also an expert at knitting and crocheting, a skill she learned when she was 8 .
Mr. Sass died in 1973.
She is survived by a son, Dr. Donald J. Sass of Oakland, Calif.; two daughters, Bette Eminizer of Sykesville and Signe Lauren of Baltimore; two sisters, Marie Smith Lauterbach of Pikesville and Mabel Hlafka of Baltimore; a brother, Russell Smith of Baltimore; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.