Dalton — Ruth A. Haer, age 92, of Dalton, passed away on Friday, April 22, 2022. She was born on January 18, 1930, in Northfield, New Hampshire, to the late Donald and Eva (Sherman) Burleigh.
Ruth graduated from Tilton/Northfield High School in 1948. She attended Colby College in Maine for two years. She then attended the nursing program at Cornell University in New York City and graduated with her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing in 1953. She became a midwife and worked at Frontier Nursing Services in Kentucky. There she rode horseback through the mountains delivering babies to people who had limited access to medical care. She worked under Mary Breckinridge the founder of Nurse Midwifery in the United States. Ruth also worked as a nurse in New Hampshire, State of Washington and retired from Aultman Hospital in 1991 after 29 years of service. She was also the first live in nurse at Mt. Eaton Care Center opening in 1985. She delivered over 5,000 babies in her lifetime.
Ruth was an avid knitter. She learned to knit at 17 and made sweaters for the military in WWII. She enjoyed reading, doing puzzles, scratch off lottery tickets, and attending her grandchildrens activities. She attended Dalton Methodist Church.
Ruth is survived by her two children, Donald (Mary) Haer and Susan (Chuck) Detwiler-Green both of Dalton; six grandchildren, A. Jae Haer, Logan Haer, Chelsey (Jacob) Legan, Chad Detwiler, Chance Green, and Charity Green; 1 great grandchild, Luke Legan all from Dalton; sister, Janet Reed of Kent, Washington.
Ruth is preceded in death by, her parents; brother, Robert Burleigh who died at the age of 17 on the U.S.S Drexler in WWII; and son-in-law, Matt Detwiler.
There will be an informal calling hours on Saturday, April 30, 2022, from 3 p.m to 5 p.m. at the Dalton Presbyterian Church in Dalton.
The family would like to thank the Wayne County LifeCare Hospice nursing staff for there care and guidance.
Cremation will take place and inurnment will be at Park Cemetery in Tilton N.H. at the family’s convenience.
Auble Funeral Home in Orrville is handling the arrangements. Online registry and expressions of condolence may be made at www.aublefuneralhome.com.