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Ruth A. Major, 86, passed peacefully, surrounded by her loving children, on Wednesday, February 7, 2024. Born in the borough of Brooklyn, New York, Ruth later made her home in Queens before settling in Waldwick, where she resided for 47 years.
Throughout her life, Ruth found great joy on the stage. She took on lead roles in beloved productions like Oklahoma, Annie Get Your Gun, and South Pacific. Whether in the spotlight or singing along to Broadway tunes, Ruth's love for the performing arts was infectious. She shared her gift and love of singing with the community at her church parish singing in the choir.
Ruth found solace and happiness spending summers on her grandparents' farm in Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania—a cherished retreat she considered her earthly paradise.
While her early career led her to New York Bell, Ruth's most fulfilling role was that of a devoted mother. She paused her professional endeavors to nurture her five children, only to later resume her career with vigor. From working in a private investigation company to eventually serving in the Ridgewood High School Guidance Department until her retirement in 2006, Ruth exemplified dedication and resilience.
Ruth's impact extended far beyond the stage and the walls of her home; she was deeply woven into the fabric of her community, particularly within her parish, the Church of the Nativity. Her dedication to her parish was evident in her active involvement in various ministries. Ruth generously shared her time and talents by teaching CCD, imparting the values of faith and compassion to younger generations. She was also a devout member of the Rosary Society and orchestrated Cornerstone retreats for women.
In her golden years, Ruth embraced her true calling—family. Her boundless love extended to her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, whom she showered with affection, wisdom, and unwavering support. Her home echoed with laughter, music, and the warmth of her embrace, leaving an indelible mark on all who were fortunate enough to know her.
Ruth leaves behind a legacy of love and resilience, survived by her four children: Thomas and his wife Jane, Philip and his wife Erika, loving daughter, Victoria, and Steven and his wife Jessica. She was also blessed with 17 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, with one more great granddaughter on the way. She now joins her beloved husband, Thomas A. Major, her brother ,Frank along with her grandson Kenny and son Kenneth, who preceded her in death.
In every aspect of her life, Ruth exemplified the virtues of kindness, generosity, and selflessness. Her unwavering faith, coupled with her boundless love for her family and community, serves as a beacon of inspiration for all who had the privilege of knowing her.
As we bid farewell to Ruth, we carry with us the memories of her laughter, her wisdom, and her gentle spirit. Though she may no longer walk among us, her legacy of love and service will continue to shine brightly, lighting the way for generations to come.
Friends and family are invited to celebrate Ruth's remarkable life on Monday, February 12, 2024, from 4-7 pm at the Vander Plaat Funeral Home, located at 257 Godwin Avenue in Wyckoff, New Jersey. A funeral mass in her honor will be held on Tuesday, February 13, 2024, at 10:00 am at The Church of the Nativity located at 315 Prospect Street in Midland Park, NJ, followed by a burial ceremony at Maryrest Cemetery in Mahwah, NJ.
In recognition of Ruth's profound love for children and her deep respect for the military, the family kindly requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to either the St. Jude Children’s Cancer Research Fund or Tunnels to Towers honoring Ruth's commitment to making a difference in the lives of others.
St. Jude Tribute Program
P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis TN 38148-0142
Tunnel to Towers Foundation
2361 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island NY 10306