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Martha Montenegro |
I met Ruthanne nine years ago shortly after my arrival to Boston for my glaucoma fellowship. We spent two years together. Ruthanne was a very skilled surgeon, accurate clinician and good teacher. I keep in my mind her devotion to her family, her patients and work. In addition she had that wonderful smile!! People as Ruthanne DO NOT DIE: they live forever in our hearts and memories.

The Traveler
She has put on invisibility.
Dear Lord, I cannot see her..
But this I know: although the road ascends
And passes from my sight,
That there will be no night;
That You will take her gently by the hand
And lead her on along the road of life that never ends,
And she will find it is not death but dawn.
I do not doubt that You are there as here,
And you will hold her dear.
Our life did not begin with birth,
It is not of the earth;
And this that we call death, it is no more
Than the opening and closing of a door..
And in Your house how many rooms must be
Beyond this one where we rest momentarily.
Dear Lord, I thank you for the faith that frees,
The love that knows it cannot lose its own;
The love that, looking through the shadows, sees
That You and she and those who love her are ever one

James Dillet Freeman
10 November 2002 - Colombia

Charles D. McMahon MD | |
Ruthanne surely made her parents very proud. I have know Anne & Dick for 25 years and it was such a pleasure watching them beam with pride and joy about Ruthanne's accomplishments. When I finally met in Boston several yeara ago, she certainly lived up to her reputation and then some. Later, when I learned of her disease, I sincerely shared in the hope of all of us who knew her that she would be a survivor as she certainly deserved to be. Her poise in the face of adversity was the most striking attribute on that meeting. She is,indeed, a role model for us all. We will miss her. We should celebrate her life for all that she accomplished in such a short time. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy for her family and parents. Her spirit should strengthen all of us to accept this event with humility and respect.
10 November 2002 - Colorado Springs, Colorado

For the last 9 years, I have had the priviledge to work for Bob and Ruthanne as their Nanny. Bob and Ruthanne have grown to be just like my own children and Nick and Laura like my grandkids. I cannot tell you how my heart is broken. Ruthanne was not only my employer but my friend. Words cannot express, how she will be missed.

Ruthanne, has been a tremendous inspiration of strength, courage and tenacity with what she has gone through physially over the past few years. Seeing her on a daily basis, was something that was absolutely amazing. So sick, yet happy, cheerful, loving, smiling, as always. Ruthanne was a lady who was loved by family, friends and employees. She was never too sick to be concerned for other people and to always give a compliment. She was a wife, and a mother who dearly loved her husband and children and everyone around her.

Bob, Nick and Laura, YOU ARE LOVED, and I will be there for you.


God looked around His Garden
And He found an empty place,
He then looked down upon this Earth
God saw your tired face.
God saw that you were weary
And a cure was not to be,
So He put His arms around you
And whispered, "Come with Me."
With tearful eyes we watched you suffer
And slowly fade away,
Although we loved you dearly
We could not make you stay.
God knew that you were suffering
He knew you were in pain,
He also knew in Heaven
You would never hurt again.
He saw the road was getting rough
The hills were hard to climb,
So he closed your weary eyelids
And whispered, "Peace be thine."
A Golden heart stopped beating
You're now at peaceful rest,
God broke our hearts to prove to us
He only takes the best.
But when you went away that day
You didn't go alone,
For a part of us went with you
The day God called you home.
So if tears could build a staircase
And memories a lane,
We'd walk all the way to heaven
And bring you home again.

I will miss you, Ruthanne, your Nanny, Carol
10 November 2002 - .Walpole, MA

Robert Ritch | |
I will always remember Ruthanne as a warm, vivacious, and caring friend and physician. The tragedy of her death is balanced by the fortitude with which she faced her illness. My heart goes out to her entire family.
10 November 2002 - New York

Judy Pinsker |
I met Ruthanne 19 years ago when we entered Medical School. From the beginning, she has been a role model and inspiration to me. Always full of love and life, it seems that she has always been able to balance her priorities and keep track of what is truly important. Even as a medical student, family and friends were the center of her life. She was a serious student, and certainly shared the anxiety and insomnia that we all had, but she always managed to exercise, read her novels and entertain graciously. At the end of many days, a group of us would go to her apartment to study and do a Jane Fonda exercise tape. Then Ruthanne would effortlessy whip up a quiche and salad! Dick and Ann welcomed us (also seemingly effortlessly) into their lovely home in Newton. Our Waterville Weekends still serve as my blueprint for how to entertain a group of friends or relatives.

Organized, energetic, warm, gracious and loving, Ruthanne has kept her sense of balance and perspective throughout her life. She was the triple-threat super-mom I have given up on being. She was dedicated to her career, and was a tremendous clinician, researcher and teacher, but somehow managed to be even more dedicated to her family and friends. She did the soccer-mom thing, the baseball-mom thing, the Girl Scout thing . . . She loved, admired and supported Bob. The family traveled extensively, even throughout this past year. She was always organizing social events and graciously welcoming friends into her home, where Bob would cook and pour the margueritas!

Ruthanne faced her illness and death with the same graceful, gracious no-nonsense courage and energy with which she lived her "normal" life. She was accepting of her fate, yet never stopped fighting. Organized and concerned about others to the end, she sorted photos, wrote letters and asked me detailed questions about my life insurance. Our Friday walks and meals together this past year-and-a-half have been precious to me, for Ruthanne was as spunky and gracious as ever, comforting and supporting me, rather than vice versa.

I feel lucky and downright selfish to have known Ruthanne and to be included now in the lives of the Simmons-Stern family. Ruthanne's radiance and the entire family's warmth and love are truly a sustaining force.
10 November 2002 - Wellesley, MA

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