Ruth Miller

The campus community mourns the passing of Ruth Miller who died on March 21, 2019.  At the time of her retirement she was the academic assistant in the computer science department and had served Bucknell for 28 year. Ruth’s daughter, Julie Ruch ’92 M’94, is a Bucknell alumna, and her son-in-law, Paul Ruch, is a current employee in the facilities department.

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 A. Miller, 74, of Old Route 45, Milton, passed away on Wednesday, March 21, 2019, at Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, surrounded by her beloved family.

She was born July 22, 1944, a daughter of the late John and Alice Hollenbach. She married Harry (Jack) Miller, who survives, on Jan. 1, 1965 and together they celebrated 54 years of marriage.

In addition to her husband, Ruth is survived by three daughters and their husbands, Jackie and David Thoryk of Campbelltown, Julie and Paul Ruch of Turbotville, and Penny and Chris Trapani of Turbotville; six grandchildren, Bethany and Amanda Thoryk, Garrett and Riley Ruch and Lauren and Lindsey Trapani; one brother, Thomas Hollenbach of Washington, D.C.; one sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Raymond Leeser of Milton; one brother-in-law, James Moore of Watsontown; and many dear friends.

In addition to her parents, Ruth was preceded in death by one sister, Louise Moore.

Ruth was an employee of Bucknell University until her retirement in 2012.

She touched the lives of many and thumbed her nose at cancer during the past five years. Ruth enjoyed traveling with her husband on countless adventures, spending time with her grandchildren and attending their many sporting events, playing cards with her card club friends each week, reconnecting with old friends and making the annual two week family trip to the beach.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, March 27 from 10 to 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in West Milton, followed by the funeral at 11.

Donations in Ruth’s memory may be made to the American Cancer Society.

The family would like to send a special thank you to Dr. Ashley Smith and her care team from the Gynecologic Oncology Department at Geisinger Medical Center in Danville.

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One Response to “Ruth Miller”

  1. perrone says:

    I’m much saddened by the news of Ruth’s passing. Ruth was a sort of guardian angel to me in my early years in the department of Computer Science. I used to see her often in AYSO soccer fields on Saturday, when I was out with my son and she with her granddaughter. She was a very kind soul that was adored by our students and our faculty. This world will miss her.

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