M. Ruth Jerge Hall

September 7, 1925April 17, 2018
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M. Ruth Jerge Hall, age 92, of Gasport, entered into rest on Tuesday, April 17 2018 at Eastern Niagara Hospital in Lockport. Born September 7, 1925 in Olean, NY, Ruth is the daughter of the late Archie and Christina (Koch) Cook.

She was a 1943 graduate of Tonawanda High School. Ruth married Donald Jerge September 8, 1951 and moved to Royalton. Mr. Jerge died in 2007. Ruth married John Hall in 2008. She worked at Becker Farms baking pies from 1988 until 2008 and also at Halls Apple Farm in Lockport for 19 years. She regularly appeared on AM Buffalo for 10 years demonstrating Pies and dessert making.

Ruth was a cub-scout den mother and 4-H leader, a Sunday school teacher, member of the Ridgewood Bible Church, Royalton Historical Society and Volunteer at Lockport Memorial Hospital.

Surviving Ruth is her husband John and children: Stephen C. (Kriston Okuna) Jerge, Robert (Deborah) Jerge and Suzanne (William) Fisher. Sister of: the late; Stanley Cook, Jane Baer and Elizabeth Reeves. Ruth is also survived by grandchildren: Kevin, Kristin, Justin, Emily, Kristopher and Lauren, 10 great- grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Life on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at Ridgewood Bible Church, 7073 Ridge Road, Lockport, NY at 6:30 pm. Interment will be in Hartland Central Cemetery, Gasport, NY.

In lieu of flowers, memorials appreciated to Ridgewood Bible Church.


  • Ruth married Donald Jerge September 8, 1951 Mr. Jerge died in 2007.

    Surviving Ruth is her husband John

    Stephen C. (Kriston Okuna) Jerge,
    Robert (Deborah) Jerge and
    Suzanne (William) Fisher.

    Sister of:
    the late; Stanley Cook, Jane Baer and Elizabeth Reeves.

    Ruth is also survived by grandchildren:
    Kristopher and

    10 great- grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews also survive Ruth


  • Celebration of Life Thursday, April 26, 2018

M. Ruth Jerge Hall

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Lee McGuigan

July 11, 2018

I am very sorry for your loss. I believe I have something that you might be interested in. I grew up in Lewiston, NY and my dad was from Lockport. My parents had a black rocking chair that was passed on to me years ago. The rocking chair has an inscription on the bottom which states: Reproduced by Ruth Jerge, Gasport, NY 1950. The faded chair is painted with gold accents of fruits and vegetables ,has several cracks and is very old. Did Ruth paint this chair? I would be happy to give it to you. I live in Virginia but come to the Western NY area a few times per year. If you would like the chair, get in touch via my email. Take care. Lee McGuigan

Pat Powell (Manfield)

April 27, 2018

My fondest memories are of Ruth & Don and their three children Steve, Bob and Suzie when I lived with them at the age of 22. We were participating in the Experiment in International Living programme. I returned the following year and was made to feel like one of the family, their English daughter. We had a wonderful life together for nearly a year before I returned to the UK to get married .
I worked in Lockport and Ruth prepared my lunches, scrummy tuna sandwiches were my favourite! Birthdays were always celebrated with other members of the family and the cake which Ruth always made was something special. Christmas time was amazing and I loved buying decorations in Lake Ontario's Christmas shop for their tree.
Prior to that, on Nov 3rd (Nov 4th in England) Ian rang me and proposed over the transatlantic telephone as we called it then! My father was in the States on business, having dinner with us so it was easy to ask for his permission - he said "for goodness sake, say YES"!
From then on I knew I wanted to be like Ruth, a caring supportive wife and a good Mum in every respect.
Ruth, you've been loved by me since we first met. Lots of love to all the family Pat

Mary Hutchinson Simmons

April 25, 2018

Dear Ruth, There are no words to express my sense of loss in the knowledge that you have had to leave those of us on earth to be with our Heavenly Father. You, Arvilla Walker Hall, and Celeste Allen Lytle were the sisters my parents were unable to give me, (although they did their best to make up for it by providing me with four wonderful brothers, Ernie, Earl, Elmer and Jack). I don't believe very many are blessed to experience the bond that knitted you, Arvilla, Celeste and me so closely together. We raised our children together, worshipped in our church together, and fellowshipped together around our dining room tables. The delicious meals you served us on your lovely Friendly Village dinnerware, as we were seated around your graciously laid dining room table, were memorable. Your energy and vitality in your parenting, devotion to your church, volunteerism, and application of your culinary skills was amazing. I have pleasant memories of our times together in the Baptist Church Young Adult Fellowship. It's fun to remember that sometimes after our Sunday evening Young Adult Fellowship meeting, our wonderful pastor, the Rev. Harleigh Rosenberger would accompany us a block or so away to Perry's ice cream parlor where we would enjoy an ice cream sundae and listen to Rev. Harleigh's corny jokes. Then there were the Sunday afternoons when John Rose, Gloria Flagg, Dick Roberts and I would bicycle from Lockport to the Cook home on Bear Ridge Road to spent pleasant hours with you, Jane, and your parents. You, Don, John, Steve, Bob, and Suzie are an irreplaceable part of my life for which I shall ever be deeply grateful. Rest in peace, my dear precious friend.

Jeanette Hamminga

April 25, 2018

My condolences to John Hall and Ruth Jerge Hall's children...we first knew Ruth and Don Jerge from Royalton Historical Society MANY, MANY years ago....and many years later, Ruth and John Hall. . all really great people...always busy...but great people to know. ........ They will be missed by all of us......... Sincerely, Jeanette Hamminga, Olcott, NY