Ruth Van De Weert

Ruth Van De Weert

Ruth Van De Weert (née Laroe) — who “treasured her role as a mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother” — “entered the arms of her Savior on Saturday, April 23, 2022 after a brief illness,” her family wrote in a tribute. She was 96.

She was born on Feb. 25, 1926 in Chester, New York to the late Stewart and Edith (née Payne) Laroe. She lived in Warwick on her family’s farm most of her life, operating Laroedale Farm and Greenhouses with her late husband, Neal, until they retired. They spent many years as “snowbirds” before making the permanent move to their home in Palm Coast, Florida in 2014.  

“Ruth is remembered for her joyful laugh, her kind spirit, and her unwavering faith and love for Jesus,” her family wrote. “Her family was the centerpiece of her life, followed closely by her love of gardening and entertaining. Ruth also loved to distribute testaments and share the message of salvation as a member of the Gideons International Ladies Auxiliary.”


Ruth Van De Weert is survived by her children, Wayne Van De Weert, Joan (Joseph) Adriance, and Nancy (John) Kohut.

She was “Gram” to Dorothy Frawley, Kevin (Robin) Van De Weert, Cynthia (Eric Callari) Van De Weert, Marjorie (Eric) Croote, Beth (Greg) Brown and Kenneth (Roxanne) De Witte; “GG” to Caitlyn Frawley, Casey and Cody Van De Weert, Wade Croote, Tyler and Julianna Brown, and Gabriella and Evan DeWitte. 

She is also survived by her brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, and many nieces and nephews.

Her beloved husband of 71 years, Neal Van De Weert, died in 2018. Their daughter, Janice Van De Weert, also died before her, as did her sisters Amy (Ira) Durland and Helen (Donald) Robinson.

Greetings for family and friends will be held on Saturday, April 30, at noon, followed by a 1 p.m. memorial service, both at the Goshen Christian Reformed Church, 2440 NY-17A, Goshen, New York.

Memorial messages may be left at

Memorial contributions may be made to the Goshen Christian PreSchool, 2040 NY 17-A, Goshen, NY 10924 or to The Gideons International, Orange County Camp, Post Office Box 754, Middletown, NY 10940.



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