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Ruth Willistein Ruth Willistein

Ruth Willistein

Thursday, May 10, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

101 years old

Ruth Willistein, 101, died May 1, 2018, in Phoebe Home, Allentown.

She was married for 48 years to Paul August Willistein Sr., who died May 1, 1991, at age 85.

Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Harvey Phaon Hartman and Minnie Frederick Hartman, of Fullerton, Whitehall Township.

She was a graduate of Whitehall High School, Class of 1934.

She was owner-operator of Wayside Flower Shop, Bethlehem; managed Bookman’s Book Store, Allentown, and was a governess in Philadelphia and Ocean City, N.J.

She was a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Allentown, and, previously, St. Paul’s “Blue” Church, Coopersburg, and St. John’s Lutheran Church, Fullerton, where she was in charge of the infant department.

She enjoyed gardening, reading, needlepoint, playing the piano, trying new recipes for family and friends and listening to opera and classical music.

She and her husband enjoyed attending musicals, travel and wintering in Florida.

She volunteered at Lehigh County Historical Society. She was a steadfast voter, with a registration card issued in 1936.

She celebrated her 80th birthday with a train trip to New York City for lunch at the Palm Court in the Plaza Hotel and celebrated her 100th birthday with a Sunday brunch for family and friends at Hotel Bethlehem.

Her survivors include a son Paul of Allentown, with whom she resided for 13 years; daughter, Alice Uhl of Fountain Hill; nieces Christine Lewis of Thomasville, Ga., Karen Martin of Columbus, Ohio, and Donna Hartman-Bauer of Akron, Ohio; grandchildren, Brenda Eichelberg of Bristol, Wis., Brian Uhl of Allentown and Elias Hasenecz of Iowa City, Iowa; and six great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by a sister Louise Hartman Nielsen, and brothers, Harvey and Earl Hartman.

Contributions may be made to a charity of one’s choice in her name.

Arrangements were made by J.S. Burkholder Funeral Home.