Ruth Maturani

The campus community mourns the passing of Ruth Maturani, 90, who died on Friday, October 13. Ruth was employed in Facilities while at Bucknell, retiring in 1996 after 28 years of service.

Included below is the complete text of the obituary, as provided by the family.

You are encouraged to visit our In Memoriam Site at and share personal notes of sympathy and remembrance with others.

On behalf of our entire University community, I extend our deepest sympathies to Ruth’s family, as well as to all who knew her at Bucknell.

John C. Bravman



Ruth Luck Maturani, 90, of Lewisburg, passed away on Friday, October 13, 2017, at the Evangelical Community Hospital, Lewisburg.

She was born February 8, 1927, in Lewisburg, a daughter of the late Albert and Ruth Alberta (Vastine) Luck. She was the widow of John Thomas Maturani.

Ruth was a graduate of Lewisburg High School and had worked for Bucknell University in the physical plant.

She loved to read and in earlier years enjoyed painting, hiking and music, especially George Michael.

She is survived by one daughter, Carmen Troutman, of Selinsgrove; five grandchildren, Jamie Katz, Erica Hawley, and her wife, Melissa, Brian Betz, Camden Troutman, and Gavin Troutman; and five great-grandchildren, Emily Katz, Corbyn Katz, Rhyan Hawley, Lukas Guth, and Lily Guth.  In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Joan Heimbach and Gail Heinz; and her stepmother, Catherine Luck.

Friends and relatives will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 25, 2017, at the John H. Shaw III Funeral Home, 801 Market St., Lewisburg. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday, October 25, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, 814 St. Louis St., Lewisburg, with Pastor Rev. Mark Wilke as celebrant.

Burial will follow in Lewisburg Cemetery.

Memorial contributions in Ruth’s memory may be made to the Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, 814 St. Louis St., Lewisburg, PA 17837.

One Response to “Ruth Maturani”

  1. hostetlr says:

    I will always remember “Ruthie” with great fondness. Our lives intertwined one Saturday in Aug. of 1985 when I came to Bucknell to interview with then Director Bob Naugle. She was a true “Executive Secretary” of that time.

    How extraordinary and helpful to know a a lost art once called “shorthand”!I depended on her professionalism and she never let me down. Our work relationship blossomed to friendship and grew far beyond the ordinary work boundaries. Soon she was sharing her culinary arts with me regularly. Every Spring there would be her famous, “dandelion salad” made after the fashion of my own grandfather’s family recipe. With the lure of her”Red Velvet Cake”I could be reduced to a schoolboy’s sheepish obedience.

    We had such wonderful social moments with other in the “Physical Plant” and in the greater Bucknell community. Ruthie was always first to laugh. She had so many good friends at the university who needed little reason or urging to convene. Throughout my life, in knowing her, she acted like a person 25 years younger, my own age. She’d bridle if I mentioned she was the same age as my mother. Always full of vim and vigor she lived the rarest combination of conservative mores mixed with progressive social thought.

    I will miss her greatly. To my confreres in the Physical Plant that I may not see at the annual Christmas Party this year – I exhort you to raise your mug and tipple your beverage in our lost star’s behalf!

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