Frances Collins Ruch, 93, of Kennett Square, PA; formerly of Cape Cod, MA, Princeton Junction, NJ and Glyndon, MD, passed away peacefully on Oct. 5.
Beloved wife of 58 years to the late James J. Ruch Jr., sister of the late Mary McMullen, Aline Glavin, and Dr. Robert (Janet) Collins. She is survived by her children Frannie Ruch of NYC; Pat Ruch (Al Cerkan) of Chicago; Aline Frank of Kennett Square, PA; Katie Krathwohl of Ipswich, MA; Marylou Ruch (Tim Frey) of Ipswich, MA; Sue Barber (Bill) of Marshfield, MA; Jim Ruch (Lori) of Helena, MT; and John Ruch (Lisa) of Robbinsville, NJ; 18 grandchildren and four great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Fran was predeceased by her precious infant children, Mary Elizabeth, Ann, and Michael.
A graduate of St. Elizabeth’s College, Fran began her career as a social worker at the New York Foundling home for foster children, stepped aside to raise eight children and returned to social work until retiring at age 73. She served as Director of Seniors and Social Services for West Windsor Township, NJ, President of the NJ Senior Centers, Member of the National Counsel on Aging, and was a contributor to the establishment of National Senior Center Standards.
Born in the Bronx, Fran grew up in the New York suburb, Pelham Manor. “Franie” Collins was a sports standout and class leader, her joy always close to the surface. Her innocence, girlish delight in everything, and perpetual laugh were enjoyed by all. A devoted people person, she loved her faith, family, and sitting by the ocean in her later years (and being in the ocean for most of her life).
You are invited to visit with her family and friends from 5:00 to 7:00 on Sunday evening, October 13, 2019, at the Kuzo Funeral Home, 250 West State Street, Kennett Square, PA. A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 Monday morning, October 14, 2019, at St Patrick’s Church, 212 Meredith Street, Kennett Square, PA. Burial will be in Massachusetts National Cemetery on Cape Cod at a later date.
Fran had a special love for the organizations serving her grandchildren with autism.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to Eden Autism (www.edenautism.org) or The Charles River Center (www.charlesrivercenter.org).
To view her online tribute and to share a memory with her family, please visit www.kuzoandfoulkfh.com.
Arrangements by Kuzo Funeral Home, Kennett Square, PA.
Eden Autism (www.edenautism.org) or The Charles River Center (www.charlesrivercenter.org).
VisitationOctober 13, 2019 5:00-7:00 Kuzo Funeral Home
250 West State Street
Kennett Square, PA.
Funeral MassOctober 14, 2019 10:00 St Patrick’s Church
212 Meredith Street
Kennett Square, PA.
BurialBurial will be in Massachusetts National Cemetery on Cape Cod at a later date.
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