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Ruth C. Dimmig, churchwoman, Scouting leader

April 17, 1924 – Dec. 21, 2016

Ruth Caroline Dimmig, of West Seneca, active as a volunteer in her church and as a Scouting leader, died Dec. 21 in Mercy Hospital after a brief illness. She was 92.

Born in Buffalo, one of twin girls, the former Ruth Lauchert was a 1942 graduate of Fosdick Masten High School.

Mrs. Dimmig was active for 60 years in St. Peter’s Evangelical and Reformed United Church of Christ in West Seneca, where she was a Sunday school teacher and a member of the choir, served numerous committees and helped with rummage sales and church picnics.

She began her work in Scouting in 1960, becoming an assistant Girl Scout leader for 10 years with Intermediate, later Cadette, Troop 540 in West Seneca.

From 1974 to 1985, she was co-ed adviser with her husband for Explorer Post 420, where she became the first woman in the Greater Niagara Boy Scout Council to earn the Wood Badge, the highest local training award. She hiked the Philmont Scout Ranch four times with groups from Post 420 and accompanied scouts on two canoe trips to the Adirondacks.

As an Explorer adviser, she received the Cazenovia District Award of Merit in 1979. In 1984, she was given the Silver Beaver Award, the highest local honor in Scouting.

She had been a member of Modestia Rebekah Lodge 66 since 1974, held the office of Noble Grand and served for many years as financial secretary. In 1976, she served as Great Ashayhi of the Zuanna Lodge of the Ladies of the Orient.

She also was a member of the Lackawanna chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star and held the office of Star of Ruth.

For 20 years, beginning in 1983, she and her husband traveled across the country in their motorhome, visiting every state west of the Mississippi and once driving the Alaskan Highway.

Survivors include her husband of 69 years, Carl, a retired Bell Aerospace worker; two sons, Carl Paul Jr. and Wayne; two daughters, Sharon and Candace Korman; 10 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in St. Peter’s United Church of Christ, 1475 Orchard Park Road, West Seneca.

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