Thursday, 02 December 2021 13:06

Kathleen Marie Moore Ruhmel


GREENFIELD CENTER — Kathleen (Kathy) Marie Moore Ruhmel, 50, peacefully passed away on Sunday, November 28 surrounded by her loving family and cherished dog, Gracie. Kathy passed due to a lengthy illness with cancer. She valiantly and tirelessly attempted to defy her illness while never wanting to be defined by it – per Kathy, that would be giving her illness too much attention.  Kathy loved animals, especially dogs, and was known to stop and offer treats to other dogs while out on frequent walks with her collies and golden retriever. Her interests included traveling, cooking with her husband, and spending time with her friends and family. Kathy’s warm infectious personality brought so much love to many.  She strived to live her life having those that interacted with her come away feeling better and happier for it. She was such a beautiful and unique light in our world.  She will be deeply missed but never forgotten.

Kathy was born in Schenectady, NY to Mary & Sherman Moore on December 31, 1970, and was raised in Saratoga Springs, New York. A graduate of Saratoga Central Catholic School in 1989, Kathy formed many life-long friendships with her dear Spa Catholic classmates and cherished those lasting relationships. Kathy went on to receive her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from the State University of New York at Oneonta and her Master’s in Education from the State University of New York at Albany. In keeping with her helping spirit she had a fulfilling twenty-four-year career in education as a Kindergarten teacher in the Saratoga Springs City School District enriching the lives of her ‘little friends’ at Greenfield Elementary School. 

Kathy is survived by her loving husband and best friend Joseph F. Ruhmel II, her adoring parents Mary & Sherman Moore of Saratoga Springs, NY, her brothers Michael (Alison) Moore of Wilton, NY and Joseph (Theresa) Moore of Apex, NC, her mother in-law Janet Ruhmel of Horseheads, NY, her brothers in-law Jeffrey (Ammie) Ruhmel of Oneida, NY and David (Kimberly) Ruhmel of Horseheads, NY and her beloved nieces Amanda Moore, Riley Moore and nephews Ryan Moore, Derek Moore in addition to many aunts, uncles, and cousins to whom she loved dearly. 

Relatives and friends may call from 4-7 p.m. on Monday, December 6, 2021 at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY (518-584-5373). Appropriate face coverings will be required for all in attendance.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11am on December 7, 2021, at St. Clements Church, 231 Lake Ave. followed by a graveside service at St. Peter’s Cemetery, 150 West Ave, Saratoga Springs NY. 

The family would like to thank Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, MA, and the Saratoga Community Hospice Teams for their compassionate & loving care of Kathy.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to either in remembrance of Kathy:

Dana Farber Cancer Institute Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers at (Dana Farber Cancer Institute, PO Box 849168 Boston, MA 02284) or The Community Hospice Foundation at (The Community Hospice Foundation 310 S. Manning Blvd. Albany, NY 12208).

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