Ruth D. Shade

Ruth D. Shade

April 23, 1937 - April 11, 2021
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Ruth D. (Kleinsmith) Shade, 83, formerly of Wyomissing, passed away early morning of Sunday April 11, 2021, at The Lutheran Home at Topton.

She was the loving wife of Gerald A. Shade, they married April 18, 1959 and would of celebrated 62 years of marriage.

Born on April 23, 1937, in Laureldale, she was a daughter of the late Walter H. and Edna (Howard) Kleinsmith.

She was a graduate of Fleetwood High School in 1955 and Reading Hospital School of Nursing in 1958.

Ruth was a member of Advent Lutheran Church.

She was employed by the Reading Hospital as a register nurse and in the staff development department for 38 ½ years retiring in 1997.

Ruth was past president of the Reading Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association and Board Member of District 2 Pennsylvania Nurses Association.

She was a warm, caring, selfless person with a great sense of humor who will be sincerely missed by all. Ruth especially enjoyed family gatherings and traveling to Tennessee to visit her son, daughter-in-law and grandchildren.

Ruth had limitless love and devotion for her three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren who affectedly known her as grandma.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two children, Brenda, wife of James Evans, Kutztown and Dale, husband of Michele Shade, TN; three siblings: Ethel, widow of Earl Rothermel, Blandon, Erma, wife of Walter Kazmierczak, Flying Hills, and Joan, wife Roy Rothenberger, Laureldale. Three grandchildren: Kayla, wife of D. Kirk Embry, TN, Zachary Evans, Blandon and Samantha Evans, a student at University of Wisconsin Graduate School; and two great-grandchildren, Scarlett Embry and D. Luke Embry, also survive her.

Ruth was predeceased by her sister, Jean Burgraff.

Services will be held Thursday April 15. 2021, at 1 p.m. at Kuhn Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., Temple with burial to follow at St. John’s (Hain’s) Cemetery. Friends may call Thursday from 12 to 1 p.m. in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Advent Lutheran Church, 16 Telford Ave, West Lawn, PA 19609. Online condolences may be expressed at
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  • Visitation

    April 15, 2021 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    April 15, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Kuhn Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc.
    5153 Kutztown Road
    Temple, PA 19560
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  • Service

    April 15, 2021 | 1:00pm
    April 15, 2021 1:00pm
    Kuhn Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc.
    5153 Kutztown Road
    Temple, PA 19560
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    April 15, 2021 |
    April 15, 2021
    St. John Hain's Church Cemetery
    Address Not Available


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Charlann Brubaker

Posted at 08:57am
Gerald and family...Clay and I are so sorry to hear about Ruth. We remember her fondly from the Lenten Soup and bread suppers and seeing her smiling face when we rang bells! She really seemed to enjoy the bell performances and her smiles were so appreciated. Please accept our heartfelt condolences!!

Joyce Shade

Posted at 11:46am
I pray for the family. My first memory of Ruth was as my supervisor at RH. I always got along with her then discovered I was dating her nephew. We then got married. Ruth and I had many talks about him. Family was important to Ruth.

Steve & Carol Girsky

Posted at 05:44pm
We pray the love of God enfolds you during your journey through grief.
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Rich Kleinsmith

Posted at 08:40am
Saddened to read of Ruthie's passing. I've known Ruthie for as long as I can remember; mostly from Kleinsmith reunions. Ruthie always impressed me with her outgoing personality and kind word for everyone she met. When I was probably 12 or 13 (Ruthie was 9 years older than me and already a nurse), I jammed my finger and it wouldn't move. Ruthie was there in a minute, grabbed my finger pulled it hard and said, "it'll be fine now. You stoved your finger", then walked away before I could thank her. And my finger was fine. While we were not close I always admired her caring personality. My Dad, Robert Kleinsmith, spoke often of Uncle Walter, Aunt Edna and all in the family. He especially liked Ruthie because she was a great conversationalist. I don't believe she ever missed a funeral or viewing of a family member and she always had kind and empathetic comments that made you feel at peace.
Ruthie is now at peace and with the Lord; whole in body and mind and reunited with loved ones. While she will be missed, you can't ask for anything better than that.

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