Ruth E. Henderson Schall, age 79, of Waterford, died peacefully at her home on Saturday, May 12, 2012. Born in Sigel, PA on March 20, 1933, she was one of 12 children of the late Russell and Angeline Miller Shaffer.
Ruth lived most of her life in Waterford and worked at Sylvania and also Elgin Electronics where she retired from after 26 years of employment. She enjoyed hosting family gatherings and she had many interests including her flower and vegetable gardens, canning her homegrown vegetables, watching and feeding birds, dancing and music.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Walter H. Henderson Jr.; her second husband, Milford E. Schall; and three brothers, Ronald Shaffer, and infant twins, David and Donald Shaffer.
Ruth is survived by six children: Ruth A. Yoho of North Carolina, Rose M. Hayes of Millcreek and her companion Dale Rea Jr., Walter R. Henderson of Erie, Glenda J. Henderson of Summit Township, Donna G. Blair and husband Ty of Nevada, and Norman P. Henderson Sr. and wife Denise of Arizona; 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; also, eight siblings: Robert Shaffer (Pat) of Hermitage, PA, Jane Hayes (Jim) of Coudersport, PA, Eileen Shaffer of Brooklyn, NY, A. Clyde Shaffer (Melody) of Clarendon, PA, Eydie Davis of New Bethlehem, PA, Marian Shaffer of Woodbridge, VA, Kathy Buzard (Richard) of Brookville, PA, and Jen Massengill (Brad) of Superior, WI. She is further survived by her aunt Dorothy Moore of Titusville, PA, her companion of 16 years, Joseph G. Wise, her family friend Pat Jackson, several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Friends may call at the Van Matre Funeral Home, 105 Walnut Street, Waterford on Thursday from 2-4 and 6-9 pm and may attend funeral services there Friday morning at 10:00 am. Burial will follow at Lakeside Cemetery, Erie.