Advertisement. Advertise with us

In Memoriam

Ruth Schweinfurth, 83

Passionate volunteer with local food bank, Susquehanna SPCA, others.

Ruth Schweinfurth

COOPERSTOWN – Long-time Cooperstown resident Ruth Schweinfurth passed away on June 23, 2021, after a brief struggle with cancer. She passed peacefully at her home, comforted by her loving daughters and her beloved dogs. She was 83 years young.

Ruth’s life’s work focused on improving the lives of others. She was passionate about nursing, her first calling, and equally passionate about her volunteer work in the community. Over the years, Ruth selflessly devoted countless hours to assisting area families at the local food bank (at its original location in the Cooperstown Library building) and to sorting and selling clothing and other items at the thrift shop that supports the Susquehanna SPCA, an organization of which she was especially fond.

Beyond her volunteer activities, Ruth contributed her friendly personality and tireless energy to a variety of jobs around town. Without exaggeration, wherever Ruth went in the community, she bumped into someone she knew. She also was an avid gardener and enjoyed many long hours outdoors tending her beautiful annuals and perennials, accompanied by her dogs. Ruth was kind and generous. She was dearly loved, and will be greatly missed, by many.

Ruth was predeceased by her devoted husband, Paul Schweinfurth. Ruth is survived by, and her memory is joyfully celebrated by, her loving daughters, Lisa Schweinfurth and Lynn Schweinfurth; her cherished granddaughter, Mackenzie Costley; and her dear son-in-law, Christopher Shawn; among other family members and friends.

Respecting Ruth’s preferences, immediate family members held a private burial at the Hartwick Seminary Cemetery, and no services will be held. In her memory, rather than send flowers, please leave flowers to grow, and make a donation in Ruth’s name to the Susquehanna SPCA.

To send online condolences visit


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Related Articles

In Memoriam: John B. Odell Jr.

COOPERSTOWN—John Browning Odell Jr., a man devoted to his family, his faith in God, and his community, passed away Monday morning, July 17, 2023, following a valiant battle with pneumonia. His wife and children were with him. He was 62.
Born July 9, 1961 in Sacramento, California, he was the son of the late John Browning Odell and Shirley Hartmann Odell Kirby.…

In Memoriam: Wendell Tripp

COOPERSTOWN – Wendell Tripp passed away September 20, 2023.
He was born June 1, 1928, in Walden, the son of Eva Welsch Tripp and Wendell E. Tripp Sr. He graduated from Walden High School in June 1946 and joined the U.S. Navy the day after graduation. He served in the Navy for three years, much of that time aboard the light cruisers USS Wilkes Barre and USS Huntington.
Following his discharge from the Navy, he attended Drew University, majoring in English literature, and received the BA degree in 1953. He then received the MA degree in American History from the University of Michigan and the PhD from the Faculty of Political Science at Columbia University.…

In Memoriam: Robert Scott Faller

Robert Faller, a beloved individual whose departure on July 12, 2023 has left a profound void in our hearts, will forever be remembered by those most fortunate to have known him. Known affectionately to his friends and colleagues Bobby, he lived life with gusto and by his own rules.…