Ruth Ann Kronenwetter Lathrop

Obituary: January 28, 1934 – December 15, 2022

Ruth Ann Lathrop (nee Kronenwetter), 88, was born on January 28, 1934, and passed away December 15, 2022, after a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis. Ruth is preceded in death by her husband, Dr. John B Lathrop, DDS, of 49 years, her sister, Joan Tompkins and her parents, Margaret (Bloom) and Harold Kronenwetter.

Ruth is survived by her sons, John B. Lathrop Jr. (Stacy) of Nottingham, PA, and James D. Lathrop (Dana) of Chesterfield, MO. Ruth had three grandchildren Zachary, Abby (Jacob Towler), and Nicholas.

Ruth was born in Emporium, PA and went to Emporium High School where she met John. She attended Penn State University, was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority, named Homecoming Queen in 1956 and graduated with an education degree. Ruth taught PE, loved sports and was an advocate for women in sports and a trailblazer to get women involved in sports in the 1950’s and 60’s. John and Ruth lived for many years in West Chester, PA where they raised their family, regularly boated on the Chesapeake Bay, and enjoyed traveling abroad.

Ruth had a number of careers throughout her life. She was a high school teacher, an executive for the American Red Cross and a successful realtor. She was fortunate to be the Marketing Manager for Stoltzfus Enterprises during the development of the Summerfield community in Elverson, PA. Ruth never met a stranger and loved meeting all of the new faces and families moving into Summerfield. She was named “Best Salesperson” in Chester and Delaware counties in 1993. She enjoyed planning activities for the neighborhood and getting the community involved in social events and fundraisers.

Ruth volunteered frequently. She worked on cruise ships doing crafts, loved teaching flower arranging and spent many years volunteering for the American Red Cross.

Ruth spent the last few years of her life at Tel Hai Retirement Center. We are thankful for the nurses and caregivers that helped her through the challenging last years of her life.

A memorial service for Ruth will be held at Tel Hai Retirement Center in Honey Brook, PA on Friday, January 6, 2023, at 3:00PM. A Celebration of Life will be held at the Summerfield Community Center, Elverson, PA on Saturday, January 7, 2023, from 11:00AM – 1:00PM. All are welcome.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society or to the Greenmoore Farm Animal Rescue, 246 Clonmell Upland Rd, West Grove, PA 19390, or to Hometown Mentors, Inc. P.O. Box 394, Yeagertown, PA  17099

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Arrangements by the Kuzo Funeral Home, Kennett Square, PA