Laconia, NH----Mrs. Ruth D. Ackerman, 91, of 21 Ledges Drive and formerly of Gilford, NH, died at the Congregate Living Center, Taylor Community, on Thursday, September 25, 2003.
Mrs. Ackerman was born October 27, 1911 in Sanbornton, NH, the daughter of Israel and Una M. (Smith) DeVarney. She was a life long resident of the Lakes Region.
Mrs. Ackerman attended the Harvard Street Elementary School in Laconia and graduated from Laconia High School in 1929. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1934 and received her Master's Degree from Penn State in 1943. She was a home economics teacher for over 37 years, teaching 8 years in Derry, NH, 1&Mac184; year in Belmont, NH and 28 years in Laconia, NH, retiring in 1973. From 1973-1985, she was a bookkeeper at Jordan's Meats, Laconia Division.
Mrs. Ackerman was a member of the Laconia Congregational Church and for several years was Secretary for the Parish Activities Committee, and was a member of the Christian Women's Fellowship and former secretary of the Circle 8. She also served on the Membership Committee, was secretary to the Adult Ministry and secretary for years of the Friendship Club. She also served on the Deaconate and was a member of the Trustees. She was also a member of the Christian Woman's Club and treasurer of the Church Women United.
Mrs. Ackerman was a former member of the L.E.A., N H.E.A., and the N.E.A., president of the New Hampshire Home Economics Association from 1954-1955, president of the American Association of University Women Laconia Branch from 1951-1952 and served several terms as president of the Grandmother's Club. She was a member of the Laconia Woman's Club, serving as secretary, treasurer, auditor and director and was named to the State Honor Roll in 1989; was a member of the Esther Rebekah Lodge #9 (as of 1994, this Lodge became part of the Granite Hill Lodge #32 in Tilton), serving as chaplain, trustee, color bearer, and treasurer.
Mrs. Ackerman was a member of the Arts & Crafts Club, the Lakes Region Retired Teachers Association, the New Hampshire Retired Teachers Association, the National Retired Teachers Association, and served as treasurer, secretary and president of the Laconia Area AARP. From 1975-1976, she was Vice President of the Senior Citizens Club. She was also a member of the Extension Group.
Survivors include a son, Richard D. Ackerman II of Gilford, a granddaughter, Heidi Ackerman Kephart of Gilford; 2 great grandsons, Jason Kephart and Ryan Kephart of Gilford; and a nephew. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a brother, Richard F. DeVarney.
Calling Hours will be held on Monday, September 29, 2003 from 6:00-8:00 PM in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH.
A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, September 30, 2003 at 11:00 AM at the Funeral Home with the Rev. David A. Travers, Interim Senior Pastor of the Laconia Congregational Church, will officiate.
Burial will follow in the family lot in Pine Grove Cemetery, Gilford, NH.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Dorcas Fund - Laconia Congregational Church, 18 Veterans Square, Laconia, NH 03246.
Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, NH is in charge of the arrangements.