Ruth Gertrude Peck

March 14, 1924 - October 24, 2009
Ruth Gertrude Peck

Ruth Peck died on October 24, 2009 at age 85 as she lived her life – on her own terms.

She was born on March 14, 1924 to John J. Ganeles and Jennie Yugend Ganeles who preceded her in death. In addition to her parents, Ruth was preceded in death by her husband Robert Van Rosam, the love of her life.

She is survived by her son Calvin Peck, Jr. and wife Audrey of Carolina Beach, daughter Shirley Whitaker and husband John of Bainbridge, WA, and a brother Burton Ganeles and wife Ophelia, San Marcos, CA, and 3 grandchildren Cody and wife Jill, Alyson and husband Nathan and Kathryn.

Ruth served in the US Navy during WWII, honorably discharged as a Storekeeper First Class in 1949.

She was a member of B’nai Israel Temple, member of A. R. E. M. E. 372 Chapter, Order of The Eastern Star. Ruth served as Worthy Matron once in Virginia and twice in California, and was also a Deputy Grand Matron in Northern California. She was a member of the Daughters of the Nile and WAVES.

Ruth loved playing Bridge, roses, chocolate and good Scotch.

Graveside services will be 2:00 PM, TODAY, Sunday, October 25, 2009 at B’nai Israel Hebrew Cemetery on 18th Street in Wilmington.

Memorial contributions may be made in Ruth’s name to Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401.

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Wilmington Burial and Cremation Service, 1535 S 41st Street, Wilmington, NC 28403 910.791.9099


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  • October 24, 2009
    Jo & Tom Campbell says:
    Calvin, Audrey and family We are so sorry to hear of your Mother's death. Please know that we are praying for you during this difficult time. May God bless you all. Love, Jo and Tom Campbell

  • October 25, 2009
    Vicky & Marvin Smith says:
    Calvin and Audrey - we are so sorry to hear of Ruth's passing. Her obituary was a true testimony of her life. I was an honor and pleasure to have met her severl years ago. Our prays are with you as you go through the love of your Mother. Always, Vicky & Marvin

  • October 25, 2009
    Darla Seefluth says:
    Calvin and Audrey, We wish to express our deepest sympathy to you in Ruth's passing. Our prayers go out for you as you make this transition. May God's peace and grace sooth you during this time. Darla and Scott

  • October 28, 2009
    Linda C. Bethune says:
    Our deepest sympathy for your loss. I know you must have wonderful memories of this very special person.

  • October 28, 2009
    Sharon Phillips says:
    Calvin and Audrey, Rusty and I are sorry to hear of Ruth's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Rusty and Sharon