Ruth (Endlar) Cyphers, a longtime resident of Rockaway Township, New Jersey, and more recently of the community at Glenwood in Marietta, Ohio passed away peacefully on Monday (March 14, 2011) at Marietta Memorial Hospital in Marietta. She was 91.
The daughter of Israel Endlar and Anna McCaw Endlar, she was born in Haverhill, Mass., on Aug. 15, 1919, and raised in Albany, New York.
She graduated business school and served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II, stationed in Arlington, Virginia.
She married Hugh Edward Cyphers in October 1945. They settled in New Jersey and raised five children.
Ruth was an accomplished legal secretary and worked over the years for many attorneys in the Morris County, N.J., area.
She also worked for the Salvation Army.
She was an avid letter writer and champion speller, winning contests well into her 80s. She could play the piano by ear, a little known fact, and is remembered by her children and grandchildren as a ready dispenser of cinnamon toast and button candy.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her only sister, Charlotte Isabelle Endlar, her husband; and her two sons, Paul Albert Cyphers and John Edward Cyphers.
She is survived by three daughters, Charlotte Cyphers of Wayne, N.J., Marilyn (Walter) Yocum of Marietta, Ohio and Kathryn (Leo) Tully of Virginia Beach, Va.; nine grandchildren, Charles Quinn of Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., Elizabeth Quinn Kachur of Wayne, N.J., Daniel James Rodriguez, Paul John Cyphers and Heidi Amanda Cyphers of Denville, N.J., April Yocum Beason of Winston-Salem, N.C., Walter Harrison Yocum of Street, Md., Susan Beth Yocum of Atlanta, Ga., Glen Edison Cyphers of Pottstown, Pa.; and seven great-grandchildren, Michael Leo Kachur and Brian Andrew Kachur, Connor Angus Quinn, Tyler David Beason, Caleb Walter Yocum, Morgaine Ruth Katura Cyphers and Elias Joseph Michael Cyphers.
In keeping with the wishes of the deceased, there will be no public services.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Women in Military Service for American Memorial Foundations, Inc., Dept. 560, Washington, D.C., 20042-0560 (www.womensmemorial.org
McClure-Schafer-Lankford Funeral Home is assisting with the arrangements. Messages of sympathy maybe sent at www.mslfuneralhome.com