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Ruthann V. Brooks

January 31, 1928 — May 10, 2024


Ruthann V. Brooks

Ruthann V. Brooks, age 96, a native of New Jersey, a former resident of Coatesville, PA, and most recently Landenberg, PA, passed away on May 10, 2024, surrounded by loving family members and caregivers. She was the spouse of the late John H. Brooks, with whom she shared 63 years of marriage. Born in Bayonne, NJ, she was the daughter of the late William Christ and the late Maryalyce (Degnan) Christ. 

Much like the thousands of patterns she knitted, sewed and crocheted throughout her life, Ruthann was the maker of her family's journey - celebrating their births, their graduations, their weddings and their most wonderful moments. She was an ardent admirer of holidays with a fervent memory for birthdays and anniversaries - a card was always sent on time - and between her work as an artisan, she enjoyed an occasional visit to Atlantic City with friends from her former home at Cedar Glen Lakes in Whiting, NJ. 

While her family and friends filled her life with love, laughter and hope, Ruthann reserved the most precious parts of her heart for her eternal faith, most recently as a long-time parishioner at St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Whiting, N.J., under the leadership of Rev. Paul A. Van Sant. For the past four years, Ruthann lived with her daughter and son-in-law in Landenberg, where she cherished every day in the company of family and new friends. In the last weeks and days of her life, it was her belief in life everlasting that gave her the comfort of knowing that she would soon be reunited with her beloved husband and their sons, her parents and siblings and her many friends. 

Ruthann is survived by her daughter, Elaine Brooks and her husband, Richard L. Gaw; her granddaughter, Steffany Raimondo and great-granddaughter, Madison Raimondo; granddaughter, Tiffany D'Agostino; and daughters-in-law, Elizabeth Brooks and Cynthia Brooks. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by her sons, John H. Brooks Jr., Roger C. Brooks, and a number of brothers and sisters. 

Her funeral service will take place at 12:00 noon on Monday, May 20, 2024, at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 180 County Road 539, Whiting, New Jersey, 08759. Interment will be held privately. 

Contributions in her memory may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital: or to Wounded Warriors: 

Arrangements are by Grieco Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc. (484-734-8100) of Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. To view Ruthann's online obituary, please visit 
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Funeral Service

Monday, May 20, 2024

12:00 - 1:00 pm (Eastern time)

St. Stephen's Episcopal Church

180 County Rd 539, Whiting, NJ 08759

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