The earthly journey of Ruth E. Berguson of Arnot, PA, came to an end on Sept.1, 2021, at UPMC Wellsboro when she traveled to her heavenly home. There to greet her was her beloved husband, Harold C. Berguson, who predeceased her on Jan. 21, 1987. At 94 years of age, Ruth had the distinction of being the oldest resident of her treasured community of Arnot.
In the midst of a blizzard in Cherry Flats, Charleston Township, PA on Feb. 20, 1927, Ruth was born to William Curtis Vaughn and Esther Jones Vaughn. Due to the snowstorm, the doctor was unable to get there in time, so Ruth’s father delivered her at the family homestead.
Growing up in the Depression Era, “Ruthie” learned the importance of hard work and helped contribute to the family income by undertaking various jobs. From pedaling the Williamsport Sun Gazette and Sunday Grit newspapers in her youth, to ushering moviegoers and selling concessions at the Victoria Theater, making and marketing chocolates for the Myers Candy Company, and serving as a retail store clerk at Harold Frank’s “5 & Dime”, Ruth met and interacted with many people. It was while working at the “5 & Dime” that she met a particular customer. Little did she know that this customer would soon become her husband.
Harold and Ruth were married on Oct. 20, 1946 in Painted Post, NY. They shared 40 years of marriage before Harold’s passing. In July of 1947, the couple purchased a house in Arnot from the Bloss Coal Company, where they lovingly raised their five children and where Ruth resided for the remainder of her life. As a wife, mother, and homemaker, she was extremely dedicated to her family and made many sacrifices for her children.
A 1944 graduate of Blossburg High School, Ruth stressed the importance of furthering one’s education to her children and provided each of them the opportunity to do so. She was actively involved in her children’s academic and athletic careers, never missing a school function, and she served as a director on the Southern Tioga School Board.
Service to God and Country was also important to Ruth and was exemplified in her roles at Gethsemane Lutheran Church as long-time Treasurer, Church Council representative, and Ladies Aid Society and Luther League member. She also served on the Board of Directors for the Arnot Swedish Cemetery Association for many years, acting as the Secretary. Ruth was a proud sponsor of many veterans’ programs, including the WWII museum in New Orleans, LA. Additionally, as a Board of Elections official for her local precinct, she recognized the importance of exercising one’s civic responsibility to vote.
Ruth was also a generous donor and proud supporter of many charities, namely St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, The Indian School for the Blind, National Federation of the Blind, and the Arbor Day Foundation, along with others.
In her earlier years, Ruth was an accomplished violinist and especially loved classical music. Ruth’s competitive spirit was evident in her love for sports, and she was an avid Yankees fan. She participated and medaled in the Senior Olympic Games in Shippensburg, PA. As a member of a Senior Bowling League, Ruth enjoyed the friendly competition while forming lasting friendships. She and her husband spent many years square dancing and especially loved doing the polka. Ruth was a talented seamstress, quilter, needle worker, crafter, and interior decorator. She took great pride in her home and delighted in cooking and baking delicious meals for her family. Her vegetable gardens were often the source for her culinary talents. Other interests included playing board games, completing crossword puzzles, coloring, and watching TV.
Ruth will be deeply missed by her surviving family, including her 4 daughters and son: Edith Sindlinger of Stayton, OR; Kathleen Callahan of Wellsboro, PA; Harold A. Berguson (Linda) of Arnot, PA; Vicki Johnson (Ronald) of Germantown, MD; and Laurie Hafer (Duane) of Sayre, PA; sister, Mildred Scaife of Horseheads, NY; sister-in-law Sandra Berguson of Arnot, PA; 17 grandchildren; 35 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild; along with her Patterson cousins, and many special nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, Harold, Ruth was predeceased by sons-in-law, James R. Callahan and Ronald Sindlinger; and brothers, James Walter Vaughn, Donald Vaughn, and Edward Vaughn.
A period of visitation for family and friends will be held on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021 at Pepper Funeral Home, 314 Granger St., Blossburg, PA from 2-3 PM, followed by a memorial service celebrating Ruth’s life. The Rev. Sandra Olson will officiate. Interment will be in the Arnot Swedish Cemetery at the convenience of the family.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Ruth’s memory to Gethsemane Lutheran Church in care of Kathleen Callahan, 9152 Route 6, Wellsboro, PA 16901.
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