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Obituary - Joan W. Ruff

Joan W. Ruff of East Norwich, died at the age of 82 on November 20, 2012. She was born and raised in Bayside, NY. 

She was the secretary of her senior class at Bayside High School. She graduated in three years.

In her 20s she worked for NY Telephone as an executive. She also represented the company at the introduction to the iconic Princess phone as the original “princess.”

She and her late husband John Ruff Jr. lived for 50 years on Locust Avenue in East Norwich. They enjoyed a great relationship with their neighbors and the resident peacock, “Beauty” who lived in the Muttontown Preserve.

She carried on with the business her husband started, Oakland Supply Company, after his death. Although in her earlier years she flew a plane and logged many hours, she never drove a car. 

Joan was a former superintendent of the Sunday School at Wesley United Methodist Church and a volunteer tour guide and naturalist at the Muttontown Preserve. 

A girl scout herself, Ms. Ruff was a Girl Scout troop leader for many years. Her Brownie certificate is dated February 1940 and her Girl Scout card from Troop Number 4-28 is dated December, 1940.

Most recently, she was a resident at Oyster Bay Manor, Oyster Bay. She is survived by her daughter Janet, and her husband John Barone and their daughters Lauren and Suzanne. She will be fondly remembered by all those people whose lives she touched.

Visitation was at the M. A. Connell Funeral Home Inc., Huntington Station, on Sunday, Nov. 18. Interment was at the Brookville Cemetery, Brookville.

Donations in her memory can be made to: The Arthritis Foundation / Programs; 501 Walt Whitman Rd. Melville, New York 11747.

News

The Raise The Roof Concert, held at Christ Church on Nov. 9, was an intergenerational event to benefit the Life Enrichment Center of Oyster Bay’s seniors.

Board member Suzanne Paolucci explained the center’s wish to get iPods for the seniors as a source of musical therapy. She brought the idea to the center from a talk by social worker Dan Cohen, the founder of Music & Memory. He has produced a film, Alive Inside, that tells the story of music as being restorative. Music is like therapy for the elderly, in particular for those with dementia, as it has been shown to awaken memories of happier times in life, when energy and enthusiasm were boundless.

Driving rain and an early start time did not deter 600 people who arrived at Crest Hollow Country Club recently to celebrate the Women’s Fund of Long Island’s 20th year and to honor four exceptional women.

The breakfast started with a meet and greet and a chance to showcase Women’s Fund contest winner Patti Hogarty, designer of “Women as Bamboo.” Inspired by her neighbor’s bamboo, she entered the contest drawing a design of the bamboo, which Ambalu Jewelers of Roslyn then turned into various pendants of which 40-percent of the profits would go to WFLI. Hogarty wrote a short essay comparing women to bamboo in that they are strong and can weather difficult storms, yet remain graceful and continue to grow sending out new shoots.


Sports

On the weekend of Nov. 8, the Oyster Bay High School Boys and Girls Cross Country teams traveled to the State University of New York at Canton just a few miles from the Canadian border to compete in the New York State Cross Country Championships.

Alex Tosi became the first Bayman since Joe Jazwinski and Justin Nakrin (2008) to become All-State, placing 16th with a time of 16:53. Most runners ran about 20 seconds slower than their Bethpage times because of the muddy conditions on the course. Tosi’s time was basically equivalent to his best Bethpage time, as he powered through the toughest parts of the race. He led the Baymen to a seventh place finish in the Class C race, an improvement from their 11th place finish last year, which ties the highest place at the New York State Championships of a Baymen team since 2009.

In the history of Oyster Bay High School athletics, no one has ever won a Girls’ Tennis New York State Championship. Celeste Matute and Courtney Kowalsky became the first when they won the 2014 New York State Doubles Championship in Latham on Nov. 3. What makes this tremendous achievement even more remarkable is that Matute is a junior and Kowalsky is a sophomore.

The girls, who are usually singles players, teamed up to take on the very best players in Nassau County and New York State. They won all 10 matches in the section XIII and NYSPHSAA tournaments and left Latham as the 2014 New York State doubles champions.


Calendar

Annual Turkey Trot

Thursday, Nov. 27

Turkey Detox Workshop

Friday, Nov. 28

East Norwich Holiday

Sunday, Nov. 30



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