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Ruth M. Lehning of Angola, a former Citizen of the Year, died Wednesday (Sept. 19, 2001) in her home after a lengthy illness. She was 80.

Born Ruth Shepker in North Evans, she volunteered for many organizations in her community and in 1994 was named Citizen of the Year by the Evans-Brant Chamber of Commerce.

Mrs. Lehning was a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ, the Angola-Lake Shore Central School Alumni Association, the Angola Park and Gazebo Committee and the Evans Historical Society. She was a former Girl Scout leader.

Her husband, Ray E., died in 1981.

Survivors include two daughters, Susan Swyers and Laura Heimburg, both of Angola, and four grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday in First Congregational United Church of Christ, 132 N. Main St., Angola. Burial will be in Forest Avenue Cemetery, Angola.

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