Dolores Ruth, 89, homemaker, waitress

May 31, 2002

Dolores Ruth, a homemaker and former waitress, died of heart failure May 24 at St. Agnes HealthCare. She was 89.

A former resident of the Westowne section of Catonsville, she moved to the Charlestown Retirement Community nine years ago.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Marshall Street, Dolores Elizabeth Kroedel attended Holy Cross Parochial School.

At 14, she took a job as a waitress at New Lexington Confectionery on Liberty Street, where she worked until her 1930 marriage to Joseph A. Ruth, a plumber she met when he came to her father's Irvington home on a routine repair call. He died in 1986.

The Catonsville business Mr. Ruth ran with family members, John E. Ruth Plumbing, is owned by some of Mrs. Ruth's grandsons.

Mrs. Ruth was a member of the St. William of York Sodality, and the auxiliary of the Little Sisters of the Poor and of Bon Secours Hospital.

A funeral Mass was offered Wednesday.

She is survived by her daughter, Dolores "Dottie" Arnold of Catonsville; four grandsons; and 11 great-grandchildren.

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