Erika S. Ruth

Erika S. RuthErika Siebrecht Ruth passed away April 21, 2019, in Ridgecrest after a lengthy battle with cancer.

She was born Feb. 10, 1941, to William and Elizabeth Siebrecht, in Queens, N.Y. In summer 1956 the family moved to Wading River, Long Island, where she finished high school in Riverhead, graduating in June 1958.

In December 1958, Erika met the love of her life, Bobby Ruth, and married him in February 1959. Bobby preceded her in death Sept. 26, 2008.

Together they raised four children.

They moved to Ridgecrest in January 1978. Shortly after moving to there, Erika began to fulfill a lifelong dream of becoming a nurse, graduating from Cerro Coso Community College. Erika applied her skills in the emergency room and intensive care unit at Ridgecrest Community Hospital.

Erika was a voracious reader; the staff at the Ridgecrest library knew her by sight.

During Bob’s career with Grumman Aerospace, they moved from Ridgecrest to Sicily, back to Ridgecrest, to Virginia, to Georgia, and came back to Ridgecrest for their retirement in 1998.

Erika is survived by her sister, Wilma (George) Conklin of Calverton, Long Island; children, Catherine Siegfried of Sound Beach, Long Island, Robert Ruth (Jeff Pettus) of Ridgecrest, Peter Ruth of Ventura, Christine Ruth of Avondale Estates, Ga.; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two nieces; one great-nephew; and many friends and church family at Ridgecrest Church of the Nazarene.

The Ruth family extends heartfelt appreciation to the many skilled and compassionate caregivers who cared for Erika during her time in hospice care.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the American Cancer Society or the Ridgecrest Branch Library.

Graveside services will be held Saturday, April 27, at 10 a.m. at Desert Memorial Park.

— Submitted by the family of Erika Ruth

Story First Published: 2019-04-26