Obituary of Ruth Blatchford
Ruth E. Blatchford, 100, of River Ridge Living Center in Amsterdam, NY passed away on July 3, 2018 with her loving family by her side. She was born on July 30, 1917 to John and Esther Abeling, and had five siblings. She was raised in the City of Amsterdam and was a graduate of Wilbur H. Lynch High School in 1935. Ruth went to work at Amsterdam Free Library where she was employed for over 50 years. Ruth enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, gardening, and was known and loved for her witty sense of humor.
Ruth was married to William C. Holloway in 1945 raising 3 children, Dalye, John and Donna before Mr. Holloway passed in 1970. Ruth remarried John Blatchford in 1978, and together they spent 6 wonderful years together before Mr. Blatchford’s passing in 1984. Ruth is survived by her children Dayle (Joseph) Kaminski of Leesburg Florida, John (Kathleen) Holloway of Coral Springs Florida, and Donna (William) Marotta of Amsterdam, NY. Her brother Francis (Carol) Abeling of the Villages Florida, her grandchildren Lisa Doesburg of Amsterdam, NY, Mark (Jennifer) Doesburg of Ballston Lake, NY, Ryan (Ashley) Schotts of Broadalbin, NY, Erin (Louis) Schotts of Amsterdam, NY, Robert (Jenny) Holloway of Henderson North Carolina, Arron Holloway of Ft Lauderdale, Florida, and Laura (Christopher) Davis of Chicago Illinois. Ruth is also survived by 19 grandchildren, and 8 great grandchildren, 9 stepchildren Betty Donahue, Judy Vollmer, Mary Ann Palmieri, Karen Zack, Carol Dybas, Cathy Semczuk, Thomas Blatchford, Barbara Frederick, John Blatchford, and many step grandchildren.
Ruth was predeceased by her parents John and Esther Abeling, her spouses William Holloway, and John Blatchford, her sister Eileen Lincoln, and brothers Edwin Abeling, Donald Abeling, Albert W. Abeling and also two grandchildren Collen Zabielski, and Joseph Kaminski III.
Relatives and Friends are invited to call at the Betz, Rossi, Bellinger Family Funeral Homes 171 Guy Park Avenue, Amsterdam, NY 12010 on Monday July 9, 2018 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm where then a 1:00 pm Service will take place with Pastor William T. Hodgetts Jr. Pastor of the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Amsterdam, NY will officiate. Burial in the family plot of the Fairview Cemetery will follow.
In lieu of flowers contributions in Ruth’s name may be made to the Amsterdam free Library, 28 Church Street, Amsterdam, NY 12010.
Online condolences may be made at www.brbsfuneral.com.