Obituary: Demler


Ruth Demler, 85, mother, volunteer

SPENCERTOWN— Ruth Corson Wildermuth Demler died September 15, two days before her 86th birthday, peacefully, surrounded by her loving family. She was the cherished mother of Jacqueline Wildermuth of Ithaca, Susan Bues and her husband Philip of New Lebanon, Frank Wildermuth and his wife Maryjean of Philmont, and William Wildermuth of Cape Canaveral, FL; grandmother of Jill Hoffman, Ian Wildermuth, Alexander Eldridge, Annie Christensen and Kristofer Wildermuth; great-grandmother to Ashleigh, Jonathan, Kayleigh, Alexie, Dillon and Caden.

She is also survived by sisters, Florence Broderick of Rahway, NJ and Kate Krutzner of Toms River, NJ; four step-grandchildren and their families; two step-daughters, Jean Charlebois of Berne and Anne Cardish of Port Charlotte, FL and their families. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Demler was predeceased by her husband, Frank Wildermuth, her second husband, George Demler of Spencertown, 10 brothers, and her beloved sister, Gertrude Avens of Ghent.

Born September 17, 1925, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence George Corson of Roselle, NJ and Philmont. She moved to Columbia County in 1946 following her marriage to Frank Wildermuth of Philmont.

Although her family was the focus of her life, she was also active in her community, giving generously of her time. She volunteered for many organizations throughout her lifetime, including the Columbia Memorial Hospital Auxiliary as a “pink lady,” the Ghent VFW Ladies’ Auxiliary of which she was formerly president, and the Tower Club in Spencertown. A long-time member of St. Peter’s Presbyterian Church in Spencertown, she served as an elder and on various committees.

A memorial service celebrating Mrs. Demler’s life will be held Saturday, October 1, 1:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s Presbyterian Church.

Mrs. Demler was a passionate animal lover and wildlife observer. Donations in her memory may be made to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, any animal shelter or St. Peter’s Presbyterian Church.

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