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Obituary: Ruth M. Stoecker

Ruth M. Stoecker died April 11 at age 87. She is survived by her husband, Leo J. Stoecker and a combined family of John T. Stoecker, Daniel Stoecker, Tim Stoecker, Douglas Unger, Cathy Stoecker, John Unger, and Philip Stoecker. She was preceded in death by her son, Steve Unger, and foster son, Vincent Campbell.

Ruth was born in New York City to Arthur and Marion Mann, and attended Barnard College, after which she worked as a newspaper reporter at The Troy Record and The Brooklyn Eagle. While raising a large family, she contributed to various Long Island weekly papers, then served as editor of The Port Washington Mail from 1967 through 1970. She also worked as a researcher for early books on consumer protection.

Ruth enjoyed many passions in addition to her family and journalism. She was a devout Yankees fan - lucky enough in her childhood to accompany her father, Arthur Mann, a noteworthy sports writer, on the Florida Spring Training Yankees team train during the era of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. Ever since summers volunteering at the Forest Hills Stables, Ruth also maintained a keen interest in horse racing - calls were not accepted during the Kentucky Derby or the Preakness. She loved her dogs - Shadow, a show Collie, followed by several Scotties and a Westie. Ruth led a full, active life, sharing her avid interests, especially in journalism, with her beloved husband, Leo J. Stoecker, UPI photojournalist. Among her greatest pleasures in retirement was to sit with Leo reading at least six to seven newspapers and magazines every day.

A funeral Mass will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 27 at Holy Trinity Church, Colorado Springs, Colorado.