Danvers — Ruth M. Shah of Danvers, died in her home on January 28, 2014, surrounded by her loving family. The daughter of the late Howard J. Rolfe and Magdelene (Wright) Rolfe, she was born and resided in Lynn until moving to Peabody after her marriage, where she lived for 54 years before moving to Danvers in June, 2003. She was educated in Lynn schools, graduating from Lynn English High School in 1939, and the Felt & Tarrant School in Boston. She was employed by the law firm of Bond & Nickerson in Boston as a legal assistant for seventeen years until her retirement in 1986. After retirement, she continued to work part-time for the law firms of Bond & Nickerson and Peterson & Vaughn, until 1993.
Ruth was a devoted wife and mother. She was predeceased by her husband, Gustaf R. Shah, with whom she shared sixty-one years of marriage. She is survived by her five children and their spouses, Alan and Karen Shah of Magnolia, Gregory and Diane Shah of Reading, Ronald and Elaine Shah of Peabody, Carolyn and James Matuschak of Kingwood, Texas, and Natalie and William Cassidy of Danvers, with whom she shared a home. She was predeceased by her step-daughter, Cynthia Damyanoff of Long Beach, N.Y.; and her sister, Winifred Knowles of South Yarmouth.
Ruth felt blessed to have been surrounded late in life by her thirteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. She is survived by grandchildren, Gary Shah and his wife, Robin, of Nashua, NH, Richard Shah of Beverly, Gregory Shah and his wife, Lisa, of Hudson, NH, Steven Shah and his wife, Amber, of Andover, Michael Shah of Peabody, Bryan Shah of Nashville, TN, David Matuschak of San Marcos, TX, Patricia Viveiros and her husband, Mark, of Hopkinton, MA, Jennifer Sannizzaro and her husband, Dean, of Woburn, MA, Ramona Shah and her husband, Seth Roberts, of Hamilton, MA, Allison Freeman and her husband, Shaun, of Sacramento, CA, Lisa Cassidy and her fiancé, Mike Cabot, of Chelmsford, MA, and Julianne Matuschak of Austin, Texas; and seven great-grandchildren, Jacob and Stephanie Shah, Patrick and Michael Shah, Julia and Justin Viveiros, and Jack Sannizzaro. In addition, she is survived by her loving nieces, Elizabeth Knowles and her partner, Lucille, of Northampton and Nancy Savarino and her husband, Robert, of Melrose; her sister-in-law, Elsa Tryon of Texas; and her dear friend, Barbara Renken.