OBITUARY

Ruth Ellen Ortega

April 8, 1960June 25, 2013

Ruth (Berdak) Ortega, 53, a resident of Merced for 36 years passed away last Tuesday, June 25th 2013 rather unexpectedly.

Ruth was a school bus driver for Merced City Schools for the past 25 years; the majority of that time was spent driving bus #129. She loved all of her kids from her routes and many thought of her as a 'second mother'. She was stern but kind, but always willing to lend a listening ear or helping hand to anyone in need. Ruth dedicated over 16 years to being a "Band Mom" supporting both her daughters' music endeavors through Hoover Middle School and with the Golden Valley Cardinal Regime. She loved gardening and cooking and always had enough food made up in her home to feed anyone who came by the house.

Ruth is preceded in death by her mother Shirley Berdak of Oklahoma, and survived by her daughters Sonya Sommer and Danielle Ortega, her granddaughter Audrey Ward, and grandson Gilbert Sommer V.

A memorial service will be held in her honor on Wednesday July 3rd, 2013 at 11:00 at Stratford Evans Funeral Home in Merced.

In lieu of customary remembrances or flowers, the family kindly request that donations be made to the Golden Valley Cardinal Regime, under the direction of Mr. Mike Vasquez, to help other musically talented children realize their talents and pursue their dreams.

Services

  • Memorial Service Wednesday, July 3, 2013
REMEMBERING

Ruth Ellen Ortega

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Sonya Sommer

July 17, 2013

I love you momma - I wish you could be here with me now when I need you the most. Can't wait for you to see the twins :)

Adrienne Chance

July 17, 2013

Missing my sister in law.Most dedicated and giving person that became part of my life.Thank you for your friendship and support and my wonderful nieces and nephew.You will always be in my heart.I thank the Lord that he blessed us with you.

Adrienne Chance

July 17, 2013

Missing my sister in law.Most dedicated and giving person that became part of my life.Thank you for your friendship and support and my wonderful nieces and nephew.You will always be in my heart.I thank the Lord that he blessed us with you.

Adrienne Chance

July 17, 2013

Missing my sister in law.Most dedicated and giving person that became part of my life.Thank you for your friendship and support and my wonderful nieces and nephew.You will always be in my heart.I thank the Lord that he blessed us with you.

TERRY SCHULLERTS

July 11, 2013

RUTH,I CAN'T BELIEVE YOUR GONE.THERE WERE SO MANY THINGS I WANTED TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT.REMEMBER CANDIE'S 90TH B-DAY AND WE SAID WE GET TOGETHER SOON. BUT WE NEVER DID. I'M SORRY FOR THAT.THANKYOU RUTH FOR REMINDING ME THAT THE TIME IS NOW....THANKYOU FOR ALWAYS BEING KIND TO ME. YOU WERE SO STRONG IN WAYS MOST COULDN'T SEE....REST IN PEACE MY FRIEND.... TERRY SCHULLERTS

Angela Ward

July 8, 2013

My deepest condolences to your family and your girls. Our children went to school together. Your presence will truly be missed. From the Ward family, Angela, Alexandria Ward.

EDDIE REESE

July 7, 2013

RUTH WILL BE MISS VERY MUCH KEEP YOU IN PRAY YOUR FRIEND ALLWAY FROM MERCED CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

Joyce Smith

July 3, 2013

Ruth Ellen was my cousin, she was a beautiful person, and she will be missed

Deborah P

July 3, 2013

So very sorry to hear of Ruth's passing. her family is in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time

Keesha Romero

July 3, 2013

I enjoyed working with Ruth and our many visits/talks. I'll miss her very much. Her girls and grand kids are in my thoughts!