Ruth Trauger

Ruth Trauger

Sunday, December 7th, 1924 - Monday, April 13th, 2020
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On April 13, 2020, Ruth (Krout) Trauger, age 95, passed away peacefully at Chandler Estates in Pen Argyl, Pennsylvania. She was born on December 7, 1924 in Hatfield, Pennsylvania to Henry Asher and Bertha Sophia Krout. At Highland Park Camp Meeting, she met her loving husband Rev. E. Earl Trauger and was married on October 7, 1944. During their 69 years of marriage, they had three wonderful sons: Robert, Stephen, and Tim.
Ruth was a dedicated mother first and foremost. She treasured her children and embraced every moment with them. Her favorite way to show her love was to bake cookies and make homemade pudding and cakes during her many visits.
After graduating from Souderton High School, as part of the WWII effort, Ruth worked as a roller-bearing inspector. Meanwhile Earl served overseas as a firefighter in the Army Air Corps. For the whole two-years Earl was gone, they wrote to each other each and every day. Upon his return and using the GI Bill, Earl became a carpenter and together they built their first house. Shortly thereafter, Earl attended seminary school and they began their ministry throughout Pennsylvania: Schuylkill Haven, Berkshire Heights (Wyomissing), Trevorton/Millers Crossroads/Snydertown, and Churchtown. During her ministry days she volunteered to wrap bandages in local hospitals and helped the women’s church groups with various events.
Her life as a minister’s wife was filled with love and compassionate for “ALL” family and church members alike. Her favorite hymn was “How Great Thou Art.” In addition, she was a very active member at Highland Park Camp Meeting in Sellersville, Pennsylvania. Her parents owned a cottage which she attended every year and continued to attend until the year before her death. As a cottager she would graciously do any task asked of her including peeling potatoes and singing in the choir.
Everyone who know her understood that she had 2 great loves: Birds and snow. Her house was “Filled” with bird clocks, bird towels, bird plates, and bird knick-knacks. She had numerous bird-feeders that mostly fed the squirrels but also feed the cardinals, finches, titmice, to name just a few, which she watched daily from her porch. In addition, she NEVER wanted to move away from Pennsylvania because she would miss the snow too much. After a snowstorm, Earl and Ruth would drive around in their BIG van videotaping how beautiful and peaceful the new fallen snow was regardless of where they lived. Finally, she loved to do hand-sewing, work with her violets, and visit her sons.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Earl Trauger, her son Stephen Paul Trauger. She is survived by: her son Robert Trauger and wife Cheryl from Atlanta, GA; daughter-in-law Angela Trauger (Steve’s wife) from Stroudsburg, PA; and son Tim Trauger and wife Penny from Chesterfield, VA. Ruth is also survived by her grand-children: Angee Trauger Waites of Abington, VA, Jason Trauger, Danny Trauger, Shawn Trauger and wife, Lindsey, all of Atlanta, GA; Erin Trauger Schoenherr and husband, Nick, of Blandon, PA; Brittni Trauger Blanton and husband, Billy, of Dumfries, VA, and Derek Trauger of Richmond, VA. Ruth was also blessed with the love of seven beautiful great-grandchildren: Drew and Brenna Waites, Harlyn and Isla Trauger, Emery and Ella Schoenherr and Benjamin Blanton. Ruth is also survived by her sister, Esther (Krout) Besch of Palm Harbor, FL as well as many nieces and nephews and countless friends.
Due to the Coronavirus, a private viewing and service will be held at 10:00 am on April 20, 2020 with Live Streaming at A Ceremony of Life Memorial Service will be announced at a later time. In Liew of flowers, friends and family can make a donation to the Highland Park Camp Meeting Association in honor of Ruth Trauger.
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Ray & Pat F

Posted at 12:23pm
We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the Taugher family. We rejoice in knowing that Ruth and Earl are reunited and are in the presence of our Heavenly Father. It was a very beautiful service. Thank you Ed.

Shirley Benfer

Posted at 11:35am
Ruth was a very special lady! A perfect ministers wife. We shared many special times with her n Rev. Trauger when he served Miller’s Crossroads n Trevorton parish. They will never be forgotten! My sincere condolences to the family. Shirley Benfer n family from Miller’s Cross Roads. Beautiful service, thank you!!

Donny Goss

Posted at 10:39am
Thank You for allowing us to attend the funeral via live streaming! Earl & Ruth Trauger were pillars of the faith and foundation stones of Highland Park. Their presence at Highland Park was also Christ's presence of encouragement, love, stability and devotion. As Earl told me about Highland, "I met my Lord here, I met my wife here and that's a good combination!" Together, for their tireless devotion to Christ, His work, His church and, of course, Highland Park Campmeeting, they were the perfect combination.

Donny Goss, Former Camp Counselor

Jackie Troop

Posted at 08:36pm
My sincere condolences to the Trauger family. Ruth was beloved by all of us at Churchtown UMC as was Earl. They made such an impression on all of us with their love and concern for one another and for each of us. Ruth was always ready with a smile and a kind word. We had many discussions about her love of snow! She found beauty all around her and my life has been enriched for having walked part of my journey with Ruth and Earl. What a legacy they leave for all of us. May God be your comfort and may memories bring comfort to your hearts. God Bless.
Jackie Troop

Dave & Mary Lynne Rathman

Posted at 12:49pm
Our prayers and condolences to the entire Traugar family. We were neighbors on Garfield Ave. West Wyomissing with Bob and Cheryl. It has been years but we have fond memories of the entire family. God be with you during this time of good-bys till you meet in Heaven.

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