Ruth E. Verdone, age 96, passed away peacefully on Christmas morning in the arms of her loving daughter in Enumclaw, WA where she lived with her daughter and her son-in-law for the last 6 years.
Ruth was born on April 22, 1924 in Chicago, IL to William and Barbara Menk. At the age of 5, she and her mother sailed to Germany to be with family as her maternal grandfather was dying. She remained in Cologne, Germany with her family and spent the majority of her youth in a Catholic boarding school in Kevelaer, Germany where she developed lifelong friends.
By the grace of God, Ruth and her mother survived the intense bombing of Cologne in WWII where she met the love of her life, Michael, who was a young American GI stationed in Germany and was also born in Chicago. At the time, Ruth was a translator to Cologne Mayor Konrad Adenauer (later 1st Chancellor of W. Germany). She served on the denazification panel before returning to Chicago and finally marrying Michael in 1948.
After the birth of her 2 children, Michael Glenn and Michelle Gwen, they moved to Belmont, CA for a few years and finally settled in Hillsborough, CA. Ruth’s days were filled with caring for her family and volunteering. As a devout Catholic, she taught Catechism and volunteered at the church gift shop. She would also spend time several days a week at a local youth detention center teaching and providing emotional support. She enjoyed being a substitute German teacher at local high schools and was a very proud realtor with her coined phase, “Buy and sell your home with Ruth Verdone”.
Ruth was vivacious, loving, and strong throughout life. She was the shining star wherever she went and was the life of the party. Always elegantly dressed, extremely social and humorous she was a member of numerous clubs including but not limited to: Hillsborough Woman’s, Officers’ Dancing, Italian, Burlingame, and Red Hat Society. She also volunteered her time and talents by teaching fashion to various charities as the “Mistress of Chapeau”, showing women how to use a simple dress and create multiple looks by using accessories, as she owned over 130 hats and an abundance of scarfs and jewelry.
Ruth and Michael were extremely blessed to have been able to travel the world almost exclusively via cruise ships. After Michael died, she continued to travel with family and friends. This was her greatest pleasure other than spending time with family.
Ruth is survived by her son, Michael G. (Simona); daughter, Michelle G. Ammenwerth (Richard); grandsons, BK Ammenwerth (Heather), Michael V. Ammenwerth (Jenna), Michael C. Verdone, and Logan T. Verdone; granddaughter, Kristin (Ammenwerth) Escobar (Carlos); great grandson, Michael J. Ammenwerth; and great granddaughter, Josephine R. Ammenwerth.
To all who cared for Ruth, in lieu of flowers, please send donations to Saint Anthony’s Dining Room in San Francisco at http://www.stanthonysf.org/donate/ and in the true spirit of Ruth… “Take care and be good to yourself”!
A private Memorial Mass will be held Saturday, January 16, 2021 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Enumclaw. Please share a memory of Ruth on the tribute wall.
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