Ruth E. Hastings, 89, of West Salem, died Thursday, January 3, 2013, at Burbank Parke, Burbank. She was born March 22, 1923 in Wayne County, the daughter of Joseph and Rose (Ribbeck) Aukerman.
She graduated from Lodi High School. She had been a volunteer at the Lodi Community Hospital for 20 years and the Bloodmobile for 25 years. She was a member of the TOPS Club 697 in Lodi, Congress Community Church, West Salem Senior Citizens for over 30 years, where she planned bus trips and the Harrisville Grange.
She is survived by her husband, Don W. Hastings, whom she married April 29, 1944; four children, David (Kim) Hastings of West Salem, Donna (Gary) Pendleton of Marion, Susan (Lee) Bridenstine of Gaines, Michigan and Barbara (Rick) Mendenhall of Wooster; 12 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; nine great great grandchildren; and two sisters, Mabel McLaughlin of Parma and Dorothy Snader of Columbus.
Her parents; six brothers, Milo, Roy, Harry, Chester, Glenn and Lewis Aukerman; and a sister, Margaret Rose, died previously.
Memorial service will be held Sunday January 6, 2013, at 2 P.M., at Congress Community Church, with Pastor Christopher Cottrel officiating. Friends will be received at the church one hour prior to the services.
Memorials may be given to Congress Community Church, 10691 Franchester Road, West Salem, OH 44287, Town & Country Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 175, West Salem, OH 44287 or Crossroads Hospice, 3743 Boettler Oaks Drive, Green, OH 44685.
Matteson Funeral Home, in West Salem, is assisting the family with the arrangements. Online obituary and condolence may be shared at the funeral home website at www.mattesonfh.com