SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

January 30, 2014

Ruth Shah


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.

Second only to her family was Ruth’s devotion to her faith. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Lynn until its closing in 1991, serving as a Sunday School teacher, Trustee, Elder and Clerk of Session. She had been a member of the First Lutheran Church in Lynn since 1992. She was corresponding secretary of the Friends of the Peabody Institute Libraries and a longtime member of the Book Discussion Group at the South Peabody Branch. She was also a member of Victory Lodge, Daughters of Scotia in Lynn.

Following cremation, a memorial service will be held at the First Lutheran Church in Lynn on Saturday, February 1, 2014, at 12 p.m. Relatives and friends may pay their respects from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Lutheran Church of Lynn and Friends of the Peabody Institute Library in Peabody, MA. Guest book at www.parkermemorialfuneralhome.com.