FLORAL CITY, FL: Ruth E. Schneider Merkle, 85, of Floral City, FL, died on April 3, 2012 at Oak Hill Hospital in Brooksville, FL.
She was born on September 3, 1926 in Zanesville, OHIO, the daughter of Charles and Phoebe Schneider.
Ruth was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Eden Gardens. She played the piano and organ throughout the years at her church.
Survivors include her son, Larry Dovenbarger and wife Barbara of Encinitas, CA; daughter, Jane Schaper and husband James of Lake Villa, IL; brother Charles Schneider of Zanesville, OHIO; three sisters, Virginia Schneider of Coshocton, OH, Jean Eppley and Vivian Eppley, both of Zanesville, OHIO; six grandchildren; and thirteen great grandchildren.
A visitation for Mrs. Merkle will be held from 1:00 p.m. until the hour of service on Saturday, April 7, 2012. Her funeral service will begin at 2:00 p.m., at Heinz Funeral Home.
Interment at Hills of Rest Cemetery, Floral City, FL will follow immediately after the service.
Heinz Funeral Home & Cremation, Inverness, Florida.