A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday at noon in Blessed Sacrament Parish, 14 Summer St., Saugus. Burial to follow in Oak Grove Cemetery, Medford, MA. further details at www.mackeyfuneralhome.com.
Mrs. Ruth May Simberlund (Laroche) (Duddy) died peacefully in Hunt’s Nursing Home on August 24, 2017 in Danvers, Massachusetts at the age of 90. Ruth, born in Somerville, Massachusetts on January 24, 1927, was the daughter of the late William Duddy and Elizabeth (Melanson) Duddy.
Ruth’s family remembers her as a loving sister, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend. She was a generous and dedicated individual who loved traveling, bowling, and playing golf, but above all she loved her family, her friends, and her church. She was an active and dedicated member of her church, Blessed Sacrament, in Saugus as well as her Church, St. Luke’s, in Sebastian, Florida. Ruth belonged to many cultural clubs in her Florida Community including the Hibernian “Irish” club, the Polish club, and the Italian-American club. Among other things she was the founder of her local TOPS club, and served as treasurer, secretary, and vice president of one of her very favorite clubs, the Barefoot Bay Twirlers-- a square dancing club. She volunteered as a Eucharistic Minister at St. Luke’s Catholic Church.
Ruth moved to Barefoot Bay, Florida in July of 1980. She spent several years making friends, and joining clubs. Ten years later, working as a pool attendant she met the love of her life, Bill, or as she called him, ‘her sweetheart’. They married on June 25 of 1991. Ruth and Bill shared thirteen beautiful years together during which they enjoyed social activities, traveling, and the simplicity of their daily life. They made countless memories during visits from their many grandchildren. After the devastating loss of her love Bill in 2004, Ruth spent another 6 years in Florida enjoying the same activities she always had. In 2010 she traveled, by herself, to Ireland where she stayed for two weeks exploring and learning about the land of her ancestors. Later that year, she moved to Saugus, Massachusetts where she continued to be an active member in her church community. She was a member of the Cancer Survivors Group, and the Women’s Guild. Each winter, from 2010-2016, she returned to Barefoot Bay to enjoy a few months of warmer weather. Ruth was determined to never stop doing all the things she loved. She bowled and golfed until she was 84, and even at 89 she was able to take many special trips to see, and spend time with, those she loved. In the beginning of the summer of 2016, Ruth traveled to Cape Cod to visit her brother Billy. Later that summer, she made a trip to Pennsylvania where she was able to spend time with her grandchildren Natalie and Jacob, and her favorite- her granddog Marlowe. On this trip she was also able to see her sister Dottie and her family. These many stories do not do justice to the entirety of her life. Ruth lived a long and full life in which she enjoyed many people and things. To mention a couple more, Ruth shared a 68-year friendship with her best friend Anne Droege, and was a second mother to a very good family friend, Linda Jean Skidmore. Ruth will be dearly missed by all of her family and friends. In this difficult time the family hopes that everyone that Ruth touched will be able to take comfort in the fact that god has a place for her with her beloved, predeceased, family members.
Ruth is survived by her brother, William “Billy” Duddy of Mashpee, and her sister Dorothy ‘Dottie’ Dionne of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, as well as her children; John Laroche and his wife Ellen of Berwick, ME, Stephen Laroche of Saugus, Russell Laroche of Medford, Lloyd Laroche of Greene, ME, and Judith Anderson of Saugus. She is also survived by many loving grandchildren, great grandchildren, and friends. Ruth is preceded in death by her loving husband William Simberlund of Barefoot Bay, FL, her daughter Linda Snow of New Durham, NH, and her son Herbert Laroche of Hollis, ME, along with her 4 brothers, and 2 sisters.
The family is very grateful for the kind-hearted staff at Hunt’s Nursing Home of Danvers for the care and support they provided her over the past 9 months. They would also like to thank the staff at Care Dimensions for the compassion and care they provided to both Ruth and her friends and family in her final days.
A service is scheduled for Tuesday August 29, 2017 at 12 noon at Blessed Sacrament Church, which is located at 14 Summer Street, Saugus, Massachusetts. The service will be followed by a burial at Oak Grove Cemetery in Medford, Massachusetts. All are welcome to attend.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to a charity of your choice. Ruth loved to help others and she would be happy with any charity you choose to make a donation to. Lastly, the family would like to thank you for your condolences.