Ruth F. Willistein Ruth F. Willistein

Ruth Frederick (Hartman) Willistein, 101, died May 1, 2018, at The Phoebe Home, Allentown. She was married for 48 years to Paul August Willistein, Sr., who died at 85 on May 1, 1991. Born in Allentown, she was a daughter of the late Harvey Phaon Hartman and Minnie Frederick Hartman, of Fullerton, Whitehall Township.

She was a graduate of Whitehall High School, Class of 1934. Ruth was owner-operator of Wayside Flower Shop, Bethlehem; managed Bookman's Book Store, Allentown, and was a governess in Philadelphia and Ocean City, N.J. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Evangelical Church, Allentown; and, previously, St. Paul's "Blue" Church, Coopersburg, and St. John's Lutheran Church, Fullerton, where she was in charge of the infant department. Ruth enjoyed gardening, reading, needlepoint, playing the piano, trying new recipes at dinners for family and friends, and listening to opera and classical music. She volunteered at Lehigh County Historical Society. She was a steadfast voter, with a registration card issued in 1936. Ruth and her husband enjoyed attending musicals, travel, and wintering in Florida. She celebrated her 80th birthday with a train trip to New York City for lunch in the Palm Court in the Plaza Hotel and her 100th birthday with a Sunday brunch for family and friends at Hotel Bethlehem.

She is survived by a son, Paul, of Allentown, with whom she resided for 13 years; daughter Alice Uhl, of Fountain Hill; nieces, Christine Lewis of Thomasville, Ga.; Karen Martin, of Columbus, Ohio, and Donna Hartman-Bauer, of Akron, Ohio; three grandchildren, Brenda Eichelberg, of Bristol, Wisc.; Brian Uhl of Allentown, and Elias Hasenecz, of Iowa City, Iowa, and six great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Louise Hartman Nielsen, and brothers Harvey Hartman and Earl Hartman.

A Service of Christian Burial is at 11 a.m. May 5, St. John's Lutheran Evangelical Church, 37 S. Fifth St., Allentown. Calling hours are 7-8:30 p.m. May 4, J.S. Burkholder Funeral Home, 16th and Hamilton streets, Allentown, and 10-11 a.m. May 5 at the church. Interment: Cedar Hill Memorial Park, 1700 Airport Road, Allentown.

In lieu of flowers, contributions to the charity of your choice in Ruth's name.

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