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November 24, 2005

Ruth M. Siems, 74, a home economist who helped create Stove Top stuffing, a Thanksgiving favorite that will be on dinner tables across the country this year, died Nov. 13 after a heart attack at her home in Newburgh, Ind.

An employee of General Foods for more than 30 years, she helped develop Stove Top in 1971 while working at its technical center in White Plains, N.Y. She was listed first among four inventors when the patent was awarded in 1975 for the quick and easy way of making stuffing without stuffing a turkey. Kraft Foods now owns the Stove Top brand.

As a member of the research and development staff for General Foods, Ms. Siems helped find the ideal breadcrumb size for making instant stuffing with the same texture as the real thing, said her brother, David Siems.

Raised in Evansville, Ind., she graduated from Purdue University in 1953 with a degree in home economics. She later took a job at a General Foods plant in Indiana, researching flour and angel food cake mixes. She retired in 1985.

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