- Deceased's name: Ruth Boyer
- Age: 100
- Date: June 1, 2011
- Hometown: Princeton
Ruth Boyer, of Princeton, died on June 1, at 100 years of age.
Born in Freedom, PA, she was a long-time resident of Westfield before moving to Princeton in 2002. She received her BA from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA, and her masters in French from Oberlin College in Ohio.
As an undergraduate, she, a lyric soprano, and her two roommates, a violinist and pianist, had a weekly radio show over KDKA in Pittsburgh. In the late 1940's, she also had a weekly Newark-based radio show, accompanied by piano.
Ruth sang with the Robert Shaw Collegiate Chorale and made her New York debut in 1950. For many years, she was soprano soloist at the 2nd Presbyterian Church in Elizabeth and at Temple Emmanuel in Westfield.
She taught voice at Mt. St. Mary's Academy in Watchung, among other teaching positions elsewhere. She gave private voice lessons from her Westfield home into her 90's. Ruth was active in the Musical Club of Westfield and was a member of the Westfield Presbyterian Church.
Daughter of the late Adam and Isabelle Kuhl and wife of the late Robert C. Boyer, she is survived by two children; J. Robert Boyer of Pittstown, and Lois Swanson of Hopewell Township, five grandchildren; Elizabeth and Stephanie Boyer, and Jennifer, Christopher, and Karin Swanson and a sister, Naomi Griffiths, of York, PA.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 25, at 11 a.m. at the Musconetcong Valley Presbyterian Church chapel, 142 Main St., Hampton.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, 378 Jefferson St., Rochester, PA 15074.