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Ruth E. (Webster) Mereness

July 29, 1927 ~ April 6, 2021 (age 93)


Sharon- Ruth E. Mereness, 93, of Sharon died Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at Kingsway Arms Nursing Center in Schenectady where she had been a resident since 2018. 

Born July 29, 1927 in Jefferson, NY, she was the daughter of Roy and Mary (Kenyon) Webster.

Ruth was a 1944 graduate of the former Cobleskill Central School and began her working career in 1945 as a secretary for former Assemblyman Russell Selkirk.  She continued to work for the next 71 years with the Selkirk family in their local business which now is Allied Electric.  A dedicated employee, Ruth was secretary and bookkeeper for three generations of the Selkirk family retiring in 2016.

She was a faithful member of the Sharon Reformed Church where she served on the church consistory and was former president of the Women’s Guild.

Ruth loved to shop, enjoyed traveling and had quite a collection of lighthouses and snowmen.

She was predeceased by her husband, Ivan, in 1989 and daughter, Arlene Mereness Hunt in 2009.

Surviving include her daughter, Linda (Steven) DiCicco of Sharon; six grandchildren: Christopher (Kim) Lape, Justin (Jo) Bolster, Matthew Lape, Andrew (Alexi) Lape, Richard (Aimee) DiCicco and Anna (Eric) Sperbeck; seventeen great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

Family and friends are invited to a period of visitation from 6PM to 8 PM on Friday, April 9, 2021 at Mereness-Putnam Funeral Home, 171 Elm St., Cobleskill.  A funeral service will be held at 1 PM Saturday, April 10, 2021 at Sharon Reformed Church, 6858 State Route 10, Sharon Springs, NY 13459.  Burial will follow in Slate Hill Cemetery, Sharon, NY.  Face coverings and social distancing will be respected by all attendees.

Memorial contributions may be sent to the church in Ruth’s memory.

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April 9, 2021

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Mereness-Putnam Funeral Home
171 Elm Street
Cobleskill, NY 12043

Funeral Service
April 10, 2021

1:00 PM


Sharon Reformed Church
6858 State Route 10, Sharon Springs, NY 13459
Tel: 1-518-284-2721

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