Ruth Handy

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“Used stop often at her home while traveling back and forth from Kalamazoo. Always welcomed us. Doug loved her date nut cake/bread and she gave me...Read More »
1 of 5 | Posted by: pat/doug/melissa Brooks - IN

“Although I only remember meeting Ruth once, I know that Bob cherished his cousins and that he was fond of Ruth along with the others. The South Bend...Read More »
2 of 5 | Posted by: Eleanor De Graff - South Bend,, IN

“Ruth and Alfred were like a 2nd family to me when growing up. Many a time Ruth would haul Denny and I out to Twin Lakes to go swimming. Spent many a...Read More »
3 of 5 | Posted by: Ed Hornung - Akron, IN

“My deepest sympathy for the Ruth Handy family and our daughter in law Robyn Skorupa for your loss. ”
4 of 5 | Posted by: David Skorupa - Dowagiac, MI

“My Great Grandmother was the biggest part of my life until my children ...she taught me so much I will never forget and I will teach my children her...Read More »
5 of 5 | Posted by: Robyn Skorupa - Dowagiac, MI

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Ruth's life began on July 5, 1916 in Niles, the daughter of Louis and Emma (Wolf) DeGraff. She was united in marriage to Alfred J. Handy on June 21, 1941 in Dowagiac. Ruth was employed by Simplicity Pattern and Kaiser-Frazier. She enjoyed family gatherings, games, card playing and loved to dance. She was a parishioner of Holy Maternity of Mary Catholic Church in Dowagiac. Her loving family includes her daughter Darrell Anne Brooks of Dowagiac, grandchildren Casie (Mark) Smith, Kelly M. Brooks, Toby (Tammy) Brooks, and Carie (Rob) Richcreek; great grandchildren Nichole and Natalie Smith, Robyn (Corey) Skorupa, Tony Brooks, Brittany (Jeff) Yauchstetter, Jeff (Jenni) Winters and Jon and Jeremy Richcreek; great grandchildren Caleb Smith, Harper Turner, Chyanne and Miriam Skorupa and Emma Yauchstetter, sister in law Marvel DeGraff and many nieces and nephews in Dowagiac, South Bend and Berrien Springs. Ruth passed away at her home on Saturday November 24, 2012. She is preceded in death by her husband Alfred in 1993, son Denny in 1960, sisters Gladys Hill and Garnett Brooks, and brothers Louis and Clifford DeGraff. Her family will gather with friends on Friday from 5-6 p.m. at Yazel & Clark Chapel where a rosary service will begin at 6 p.m. A memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at Holy Maternity of Mary Catholic Church led by Father Kevin Covert. She will be laid to rest in Riverside Cemetery, Dowagiac. Memorial contributions in her name may be directed to Borgess Hospice. Please sign her guestbook and leave a memory of Ruth at

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