Ruth K. Remley95, Moravian Manor resident, worked with husband at Hamilton Watch

By on June 27, 2012

Ruth K. "Dolly" Remley, of Lancaster, passed away Sunday, June 17, 2012 at Moravian Manor in Lititz.

Born in Lancaster on Jan. 25, 1917, she was 95 at the time of her death.

She was the daughter of the late Philip A. and Ruth S. Kerchoff Kirchner, and the wife of the late J. Frank Remley Jr., of Lancaster, who died in 2008.

Ruth graduated from Lancaster Catholic High School in 1936. She worked briefly at the Hamilton Watch Co. along with her husband, who spent his career with Hamilton. Together, they made their life-long home in the Hamilton Park area of Lancaster and devoted themselves to raising their sons. She was an avid reader and a frequent visitor of the Lancaster Public Library and other area libraries.

Surviving are two sisters: Regina K. Garreth, of Lancaster; and Corinne K. Ortega, of Chicago; and one brother: Lawrence Kirchner, of Lancaster; as well as sister-in-law: Dorothy Kirchner, of Lancaster; her sons: J. Frank Remley III, of Newbury, Mass., husband of Cheryl E. Remley; and Dennis M. Remley, Lancaster, husband of Edith L. Remley; four grandchildren: Jonathan F. Remley, husband of Dr. Laura Avery, of Boston, Mass.; Anne J. Remley, Newbury, Mass.; Dr. Michael J. Remley, of Clarkston, Mich.; and Joshua Remley, of Lancaster; and two great-grandsons: William F. and Jonathan O. Remley, of Boston, Mass.

She was preceded in death by brothers: Louis and Philip Kirchner.

A memorial service will be held on July 6 at 11 a.m. at St. James Episcopal Church, 119 N. Duke St., Lancaster. She will be laid to rest in St. James Memorial Gardens, next to her husband Frank.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family requests that donations be sent to Hospice of Lancaster County, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604 and

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