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Ruth "Ernestine" (Frantz) Foote

1925 ~ 2020 (age 95)


Ruth “Ernestine” C. (Frantz) Foote, 95, of Athens, PA, passed away on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at the Athens Health and Rehabilitation Center.

She was born on July 26, 1925, in Wilkes-Barre, PA, the daughter of the late Robert E. and Pauline (Palmer) Frantz.

Ernestine graduated from Camptown High School and always enjoyed going high school reunions, which the last one attended was her 70th.  She was a part of the Robert Packer Hospital Cadet Nursing Program and was a Registered Nurse for Tyler Memorial Hospital in Tunkhannock and served as the Hospital Administrator. Ernestine worked for her husband as his Office Nurse for many years. After his passing, she became a Hospice Nurse, retiring from that position. She then became a volunteer in the 1980’s and 1990’s, until her health prevented her from continuing.

Ernestine was a lifetime member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Sayre and was their organist for 31 years. She enjoyed knitting, reading, and blessing many families with newborns with her hand made blankets throughout the years. Ernestine was always there to lend a helping hand to all her friends and neighbors.

She is predeceased by her husband, John J. Foote, MD, stepson, Peter, and many aunts and uncles.

Ernestine is survived by her daughter, Catherine Gschwind of Ulster, PA, stepson, John (Linda) Foote, daughter-in-law, Frances (Pat) Harmon, grandchildren, Joseph (Holly) Schwind, Debra Fajet, David Gunther, Christine (Kevin) Marochas, and Susan (Sam) Eilert, great- grandchildren, Olivia, Grace, Noah, Steven, Makenna, and Eric, Jacob, Adam, Robert, Daniel and their mom, Carrie, 2 great-great-grandchildren, and her cousin, Marilyn Sweet of Buffalo, NY.

At the family’s request, due to the current COVID-19 there will be visitation or services. The family is being cared for by Lowery-Urban Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Athens, PA. 

Memorial donations may be made in Ernestine’s memory to: St. John Lutheran Church, 207 South Hopkins Street, Sayre, PA 18840 or a local animal shelter of your choice.


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