Ruth Mary (Raterman) Dressman

Born: Thu., Jul. 17, 1913
Died: Sat., Jan. 10, 2015


5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Wed., Jan. 14, 2015
Location: Salm-McGill-Tangeman

Mass of Christian Burial

Thu., Jan. 15, 2015
Location: Holy Angels Catholic Church

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Ruth Mary (Raterman) Dressman, 101, passed away at the Fair Haven Shelby County Home in Sidney, Ohio on Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 5:52 AM.   She was born July 17, 1913 in Fort Loramie, Ohio, the daughter of George and Jane (Barga) Raterman and they preceded her in death.  She was raised in Fort Loramie and graduated from Minster High School.   She was married to Richard Dressman on June 20, 1936 and he passed away on December 5, 1966.   Survivors include two daughters,  Mary Jane Watercutter and husband Bud of McCartyville, Ohio and Sylvia Warfield and husband Fred of Sidney, Ohio; two daughter-in-laws, Doris Dressman of Phoenix, Arizona and Georgina Dressman of Sidney, Ohio; a sister, Jeanette Giere and her husband, Edmond, of Maria Stein, Ohio; twenty grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and several great-great grandchildren.  Two sons, Dick Dressman and Joe Dressman, a daughter, Martha Watkins and son-in-law, Gene Watkins and daughter, Ruth Ann Longbrake and a son-in-law, Roy Longbrake, four sisters, Marie Meinerding, Mary Wyen, Dorothy Berning and Edna Raterman and three brothers, Ralph, Alvin and George Raterman and one grandson are deceased.  She enjoyed cooking and sewing for her family.  She crocheted afghans for her children and grandchildren.  She had worked at Murphy’s downtown at one time and also was a cook at the Parish House at Holy Angels.   She was a member of the Shelby County Senior Citizens Center.   She was a member of Holy Angels Catholic Church where she had been a member of the Rosary Altar Sodality.   A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at 10:30 AM at Holy Angels Catholic Church with Father John Tonkin.   Burial will follow at Graceland Cemetery, Sidney.   Friends may call at Salm-McGill and Tangeman Funeral Home on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 from 5-7 PM.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Holy Angels Soup Kitchen, 324 S. Ohio Ave., Sidney, Ohio  45365.  Envelopes will also be available at the funeral home.  Condolences may be expressed to the Dressman family on Salm-McGill and Tangeman Funeral Home’s web site at:

Charitable donations may be made in Ruth's memory to the following organization:

Holy Angels Soup Kitchen
324 S. Ohio Ave. Sidney Ohio, 45365
Tel: 937-498-2307

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Stacy Prouty
   Posted Mon January 12, 2015
I am so sorry for your loss. She was a great, loving woman whom will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Thinking of your family in this time of sadness.

Linda (Kempfer) Gephart
   Posted Tue January 13, 2015
My deepest sympathy to all of you. She was such a kind and caring lady. Her and dad had a "signal" with his living room drapes on Chestnut. She knew if they were open in the morning he was OK. If they remained closed for a period of time, she knew something was going on. I always had to make sure to let her know what was up. They were certainly good neighbors to one another. Please know that I am thinking about you.

Angela Calhoun and Matt Gold
   Posted Wed January 14, 2015
Our condolences to the family during this time.