Ruth W. Otto died Monday, Dec. 5, 2011 at the age of 102, at home surrounded by her loving family. Ruth was born on Jan. 22, 1909, in Reading, Pa., the only child of her parents, Ada and Ammon B. Weisner.

Ruth grew up in Reading, graduated from Reading High School in 1926 and went on to major in library science at Syracuse University (class of 1930). After graduation she worked as a librarian at Lock Haven State Teachers College until her marriage to Henry “Hank” M. Otto in 1935. Hank died in 1985, one month short of their 50th wedding anniversary. The majority of their married life was spent in Pennsylvania and she always regarded herself as a true Pennsylvanian.

Because of her deteriorating hearing, in 1992 Ruth moved from Pottsville, Pa., to New York City, N.Y., to be close to her only child and her family. However, in 2004 the family decided to seek a quieter lifestyle and chose to move to Belfast, where they have since resided. Although she was limited, she thoroughly enjoyed the many friends she made during her time in Belfast.

Ruth is survived by her only child, Carolyn Otto; son-in-law, Harold Vine; granddaughter, Amy Pullen and her partner Sara Pullen; and great granddaughter, Chatham Otto Pullen of Atlanta, Ga.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make a contribution to their favorite charity. The family wishes to thank their many friends for all the support received during this time, and in particular the staff of Kno-Wal-Lin Hospice Program, who made Ruth’s final days as comfortable as possible and enabled her to remain at home.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. at Riposta Funeral Home in Belfast. Online condolences may be offered to the family at: