Ruth H. Roebber, 74, homemaker and gardener

July 14, 2005

Ruth H. Roebber, a homemaker and avid gardener, died of ovarian cancer Sunday at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care. She was 74.

Ruth How- land was born in Medford, Mass., and raised in Malden, Mass. She was a descendant of the Howland family that came to Massachusetts in 1620 aboard the Mayflower.

A singer and dancer, she entertained wounded soldiers and sailors during World War II in Boston-area military hospitals.

"She chose not to become a professional because she didn't want that lifestyle," said her husband of 49 years, Dr. H. Joseph Roebber, a retired Baltimore anesthesiologist. Mrs. Roebber was an office worker for Boston Edison Co. when she met her husband, who was attending medical school at Boston University.

The couple moved to Baltimore in 1961, and for the past 42 years resided in Stoneleigh.

Mrs. Roebber was a member of the Stoneleigh Garden Club and a flower arranger. She also was a member of the Mercy Medical Center Auxiliary.

She enjoyed swimming each day and liked sailing the Chesapeake Bay with her husband aboard their 28-foot sailboat, Emmylou.

She was a communicant of St. Pius X Roman Catholic Church, York and Overbrook roads, Rodgers Forge, where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today.

Survivors also include a son, Mark J. Roebber of Kitty Hawk, N.C.; three daughters, Tamara R. Scheve of Stoneleigh, Lisa M. Steiner of Ellicott City and Deirdre A. Kanter of Valley Forge, Pa.; a sister, Barbara DiCecca of Everett, Mass.; and seven grandchildren.

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