Brigadier Ruth Georgine Kresge 90, active member of the Salvation Army Corps

By on January 23, 2013

Brigadier Ruth Georgine Kresge, 90, of Lititz, promoted to glory on Jan. 14. 2013 at the Moravian Manor in Lititz.

Born February 14, 1922 in Bethlehem, she was the daughter of the late Ralph and Addie Renniger Kresge.

Ruth graduated from Liberty High School in Bethlehem and entered the Salvation Army Corps at a very young age. She became very active in the Corps as a Sunbeam Leader, Company Guard and loved to play the alto horn. On Sept. 11, 1940, Ruth became an important member of The Crusaders Session and was commissioned on June 23, 1941. She began a lifelong ministry, assisting in Norristown, and then was appointed to Philadelphia Northeast (1942), Corps Officer at West Chester (1945), Carlisle (1951), Lancaster (1960), Allentown (1965), Columbus Citadel (1970), Bucyrus, OH (1973), Pottstown (1976) and Williamsport (1981). She entered honorable retirement on June 30, 1984, having given 43 years of active service in Asbury Park, N.J. Ruth returned to Lancaster where she again became a faithful soldier of the Corps.

Ruth will be lovingly remembered by her sisters: Marguerite, wife of Paul Hamlin of Easton and Catherine, wife of Robert Maule of Everett, Wash. She was preceded in death by a sister: Josephine Conover, and two brothers: Richard and Donald Kresge.

A life celebration service was held at the Salvation Army on Jan. 22 with Major B. Bryan Smith officiating. The family received friends until the time of services.

If desired, memorials may be sent in Ruth’s memory to Salvation Army, 131 S. Queen St., Lancaster, PA 17603. To share a fond memory of Ruth, visit

Arrangements were handled by Fred F. Groff Inc.

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