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Ruth Clark

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Ruth Clark, 91, of Mascoutah, formerly of Nashville, passed away at 11:47 p.m. on Saturday, June 13, 2015 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville. She was born on May 6, 1924 in Nashville, the daughter of Ferdinand J. and Sara Agg Schleifer. She married LeeRoy “Babe” Clark on September 28, 1945, and he passed away on November 13, 1977. Also preceding her in deather were her parents; a brother, Ferdinand G. “Nandy” Schliefer; and a sister, Rachael Ann Hoyer. Left to mourn her passing is a son, Gary (special friend Karen Jany) Clark of Nashville; three daughters, Sandra (Robert) Detering of Mascoutah, Janet Clark of Nashville and Margaret Philpot of Castle Rock, Colo.; seven grandchildren, Sean Clark of Ashley, Jason and Heather Clark of Austin, Texas, Jeff (Karen) Detering of Mascoutah, Kimberly (George Haldaman) of Mascoutah, Stacy Bright of Summerville, Ga., Deserae, Christian “Kody” and Lydia Haake of Corydon, Ind.; a brother, John H. Schleifer of Roachville, Ind.; two sisters, Sarah Jane Clark of Granite City and Mary Cernan of Centralia.

Ruth had many professions throughout her life. She was a beautician and worked in the local hospital. She started her working career in 1945, shortly after she married, working as a “Rosie the Riveter” putting aircraft wings together as what was then Curtis-Wright Aircraft Company in St. Louis. She had a beauty shop in her home for many years, and she took night classes as she worked her way up from a cook to an LPN to an Operating Room Technician. She retired from Washington County Hospital in 1994 at age 70. She then worked part time for Clark’s Auto Repair Service until a fall forced her to retire in 2010 at 86 years of age. She was a founding and current member of Grace United Methodist Church in Nashville. Her greatest love was quilting. She began to quilt as a small child with her grandmother. She started to seriously quilt in 1976, and from that time on she made over 100 full size quilts for family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 17 at the Styninger Funeral Home in Nashville with Rev. John Prather officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery in Nashville. Memorial contributions may be made to the Grade United Methodist Church. Online expressions of sympathy may be made at


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