Ruth M. Baumgratz

Ruth M. Baumgratz, 82, of 521 Church Street, St. Marys, passed away Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at her residence after a lengthy illness.

She was born September 21, 1930 in Dunkirk, NY, daughter of the late Albert and Sophia Wojcinski Griswold.  She was a graduate of Dunkirk High School, Class of 1948 and resided in St. Marys since 1952.  She was a former employee of Stackpole Carbon Company, Berman’s and BJ’s Apparel.

On September 25, 1954 in Dunkirk, NY, she married Carl F. “Harry” Baumgratz, who survives.  She is also survived by a daughter, Marcia (Dennis) Oskorus of Ridgway; five sons, Carl F. (Cheryl) Baumgratz, Jr. of St. Marys, Mark D. (Diane) Baumgratz of St. Marys, Kevin A. Baumgratz of St. Marys, James T. Baumgratz and his fiancée Lynn Anderson of St. Mary and David A. (Charlene) Baumgratz of St. Marys; nine grandchildren, seven great grandchildren; and a sister, Joan (Norbert) Kaus of Annandale, VA.

Mrs. Baumgratz was a member of the St. Mary’s Church, the Rosary Altar Society, the CD of A, the St. Marys American Legion Post #103 Auxiliary and was the recipient of the American Legion Auxiliary Award in 1999.  She was also a member of the Rural Letter Carrier Auxiliary and she delivered Meals-on-Wheels for many years.  She enjoyed being a mom and was good at it.  She enjoyed bingo, volunteer work, cooking and especially her family.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the St. Mary’s Church on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 1:00 PM with the Rev. Meinrad Lawson, OSB, Pastor, officiating.  Burial will follow in the St. Marys Cemetery.

Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Friday, February 1, 2013, from 5:00 to 8:00 PM.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Community Nurses, Inc., Hospice, 757 Johnsonburg Road, Suite 200, St. Marys, PA  15857.

Paul Fleming January 31, 2013 at 2:43 pm

Ruth was a good friend of my mother, so I saw her often as I was growing up. She always had a kind word and a smile for me. I will miss her. Hang in there guys.

Rodney and Mary Salter January 31, 2013 at 6:47 pm

With sincere sympathy, our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Dave and Kathy Vargas and Family February 1, 2013 at 7:27 am

Please accept our sincere sympathy for the loss of your mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Amy Ott-Hanes February 1, 2013 at 8:05 am

I didn’t know Ruth too well as I had just met her through Community Nurses. What I could tell from the visits was that she was an amazing lady. My thoughts are with you, Harry, and with your family as well.

Dona (Lecker) Benton February 1, 2013 at 12:49 pm

I used to work with your Mom. She was a wonderful lady. Always a smile. My deepest sympathy goes to the family. She will be missed.

John Baumgratz February 1, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Ruth and Harry are my loving God parents and it is with great sorrow that I learned of Ruth’s passing. God bless Ruth and Harry and their wonderful family that I have known and had the privilege to be a part of for all these years.

Greg Kuntz February 2, 2013 at 1:15 am

I’m so sorry to hear the news. I always have fond memories of your mother while we were growing up. Please accept my condolences, you will all be in my prayers.


Wojcinski Family (Ruth's Mother's Family) February 3, 2013 at 8:46 pm

To Harry and Family: We read of Ruth’s passing and send our deepest condolences to you all. We will keep her and you in our thoughts and prayers.

Ken and Roseann Wojcinski February 4, 2013 at 8:00 am

Just heard about your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Ken and Roseann Wojcinski

Renate Sachse February 4, 2013 at 7:35 pm

To the Baumgratz family:
I only heard about Ruth’s passing today.
She was a kind lady.
My thoughts and prayers are with you all. —
In sympathy, Renate Sachse [former neighbor on Church Street]

Jim was a big help to our father. I hope things are going well for him.
Best wishes to him!

Elaine Zielin February 5, 2013 at 1:37 am

From our long ago Wojcinski Reunions at Point Gratiot in Dunkirk, I remember Ruth as a very pleasant woman.
I was surprised to see that her September birthday was the same as my mom’s, Jean (Buzz) Zielinski – I’m almost certain that they hung out together there.
Keeping you all in my thoughts, with Deepest Sympathy and Love,
Elaine Zielin

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