Ruth Grand Haldeman, 101, from Jersey Shore, died on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at Jersey Shore Manor Care.
Ruth was born in Lock Haven on September 12, 1919, daughter of the late Martha Jane Murphy and Thomas Grand.
She had married the late Bruce Samuel Haldeman on August 30, 1947 in Williamsport.
Ruth and Bruce founded Tropical Treat, the area’s first soft serve ice cream stand, and sold trailers on Lycoming Creek Road. They moved to the Jersey Shore in 1961 and opened Haldeman’s Cafe. Ruth had also run her own tax preparation business for many years.
Ruth joined the Foreign War Veterans Auxiliary in 1968, served as Auxiliary Leroy O. Buck Post 5859 Treasurer for 40 years, and District Treasurer for 35 years. She served in all of the State Auxiliary’s offices and was State President from 1975 to 1976. She was also a member of the National Council for two years. She loved canning and crochet, making over 250 bathrobes for VA hospitals.
She was predeceased by her parents, her husband Bruce, her son Darrin, her brothers Paul and Joseph Grand, her sisters Rebecca Wright, Naomi Carey, Sarah McGill, her sister-in-law Alberta Grand, her daughter-in-law Mabel Haldeman Maggs and his step-son-in-law Jack Maggs.
Ruth is survived by four sisters; Phebe Manotti of Mifflinburg, Elizabeth (Glen) McCaulley of Ohio, Rhoda (Fred) Faust of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Ester (Edward) Stoffle of Vienna, Virginia, her daughter; Carroll Bower Edwards of Williamsport and his stepson; Ronald (Linda) Haldeman from Roaring Branch. She had 13 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.
There will be a public screening from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Monday, June 21, 2021 at Rearick-Carpenter Funeral Home, 1002 Allegheny St., Jersey Shore, where the funeral will begin at 1:00 p.m. Interment to follow at Jersey Shore Cemetery. Send your condolences to www.rearickcarpenter.com.