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Ruth Snell

January 28, 1924 - May 23, 2012

Ruth L. Snell, 88, of Springfield, died at 9:20 pm, Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at Memorial Medical Center. She was born January 28, 1924 in Springfield, to Walter R. and Alma Kother Melcher. She married Clarence P. “Bud” Snell on July 1, 1945 and he preceded her in death on August 4, 2005.
Survivors include one daughter, Janet (Harry) Sablotny of Chatham; one son, James P. (Merry) Snell of Springfield; one brother, Walter R. “Doc” Melcher, Jr. of Springfield; five grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; one great-great granddaughter and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one brother, Elmer Melcher and one nephew, Ron Melcher.
Ruth was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. She was an avid Bunco player, loved family gatherings and gardening.
Visitation: 4-6 pm Monday, May 28, 2012 at Staab Funeral Home.
Lie-in-State: 9-10 am, Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at St. John’s Lutheran Church.
Funeral Service: 10 am, Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at St. John’s Lutheran Church with Pastor Greg Busboom officiating. Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Visitation Information

Staab Funeral Home - Springfield


1109 South Fifth Street
Springfield, Illinois 62703

217-528-6461 Map

Service Information

First Presbyterian Church


321 S. 7th Street
Springfield, IL 62701


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