Ruth DeSorgher

Ruth Marian DeSorgher (Eckland)

Thursday, July 23rd, 2020
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DeSORGHER, Ruth Marian (Eckland), 96, July 23, 2020 of Medfield, wife of the late L. Lee DeSorgher Sr., daughter of the late Walter and Grace Eckland, sister of the late Dorothy Clemente, and Scylena Jones. Loving mother of Nancy L. Brown and her husband Spencer of Brewer, Maine, L. Lee DeSorgher Jr. and his wife Patricia Fuller of Holliston, Richard P. and his wife Julie of Mashpee, Eileen F. and her husband Brian Flynn of Medfield and the late baby Joan Marie. Also survived by12 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.
Ruth grew up in Depression Era Roxbury and Dorchester and attended Boston schools, receiving a double promotion, due to her high testing. She graduated at age 16 from the Jeremiah E. Burke High School and worked modeling clothing and in the payroll department for C. Crawford Hollidge in their downtown Boston flagship store. She met her future husband, Lee, at his father’s drug store in Dorchester, where he worked behind the counter and always gave her extra ice cream in her ice cream soda. After Pearl Harbor, Lee went into the Merchant Marines and in 1943, while home on leave, the two were married in St. Peters Church in Dorchester. After the war, in 1949, they moved from their house in Dorchester out to the “New Development” on 23 Summer Street in Medfield. Ruth would stay in Medfield for the next 71 years.
Ruth was active with the St. Edward Catholic Daughters and with the Medfield Bowling League and worked part time at the Medfield State Hospital but she was first and foremost a full time mother with her four children. Breakfast, packed lunch and clean clothes were always ready when her children went off to school and she was always home to greet them when they returned. Supper was eaten together as a family and the formal Sunday dinner at 2:00 pm always took place no matter what else was going on. She sat supervising her children at the Medfield Swim Pond during the summer, helped as a cub scout den mother and brownie leader and attended her children’s sporting events. Ruth went to work at Barnes and Jones, later Vent-rite Valve, in Medfield in 1967 to help pay for her daughter Nancy’s wedding. She would stay there as assistant manager for the next 20 years. Ruth then went to work for Seddon Wylde at her North Street studio, helping with the making of the famous Wylde blankets, including the Medfield Blanket.
After the death of her husband Lee, Ruth left her Summer Street home in 1998 for Tilden Village where she lived for 22 years until her death. She was an active communicant at St. Edward Church and faithfully attended Saturday afternoon Mass, sitting in her “reserved” seat. She took much pride in the lives of her children and grandchildren and in welcoming her new sons and daughters-in-laws into the family, receiving great joy watching ‘her family” grow.
All are welcome at the Funeral Mass which will be at St. Edward Church, 133 Spring Street, Medfield at 11:30 am on July 31. Face coverings are required and the church has mapped out its own social distancing plan. Burial to follow at Vine Lake Cemetery. Due to the Corona virus pandemic, visiting hours will be private. For those who cannot attend the Funeral Mass, please go to the St. Edward Parish Facebook page.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Ruth’s memory would be appreciated being made to the Medfield Home Committee, 459 Main Street or to FOSI (Friends of Medfield Seniors, Inc.) c/o The Center, One Ice House Road, Medfield, MA 02052,where she spent much time playing cards and enjoying the company of her friends.
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Service Details

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    Friday, July 31st, 2020 | 11:30am
    Friday, July 31st, 2020 11:30am
    St. Edward the Confessor Church
    133 Spring St.
    MEDFIELD, MA 02052
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    Rev. Leroy E. Owens
  • Interment

    Vine Lake Cemetery
    625 Main St.
    MEDFIELD, MA 02052
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Norma Myers

Posted at 11:14am
Norma Myers
Mrs. DeSorgher was a great Mom and Grandmother. I remember her and Mr. Desorgher's great hospitality and words of wisdom while Nancy and I were going to college in Boston. She would invite me to dinner with her family and after clearing up Nancy & I played cards in the kitchen or watched Alfred Hitchcock in the parlor. Her charm and wit carried her a long way in life!
I always admired the closeness of their family... Rest in peace with Mr. DeSorgher...My love and condolences to your family!

Peter Rogers

Posted at 12:03pm
My condolences to the Desorgher family you are all in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless

Diane Lovell

Posted at 06:14pm
My deepest sympathy on the passing of Ruth...I will miss not seeing her "in her reserved seat "at Saturday mass and the Summer St homestead held so may memories growing up in Medfield on Green St. My love and prayers are with you all Diane Lovell

Kimberly B Fournier

Posted at 04:36pm
I loved hearing the story of my birth from my Nana. She worked at Barnes and Jones at the time with a group of ladies I would see time to time over the years. They would reminisce the story each time they saw me. How they were waiting for the "call from Maine" to share the news of my birth... a boy or a girl for Nancy, on that Friday morning she went into the hospital. How they waited around the phone asking if it was Nancy each time it rang, and how they all cheered when they got the news , a baby girl, my mother's first and the first granddaughter.
Nana was also famous for her little sayings- "this too shall pass" is one she sent to me when my three kids were small and my days were busy. It has become one of my favorite sayings and I am thankful to have saved a card she wrote it in for me.
I blessed to have had so many years with Nana, she was a wonderful grandmother and great great grandmother to my children.

Love, Kim


Posted at 02:35pm
Ruth M. DeSorgher - You were truly a wonderful mother, friend, and grandmother.

"May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand."

RIP forever, ma!

Love, Eileen


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