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Hartman, Ruth Kramer (4/26/1926 - 1/25/2015)

By Lutz Funeral Home

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Ruth A. Hartman, 89, of Limekiln, passed away Monday, November 9th, 2015 in the Reading Hospital and Medical Center. She was the widow of William D.L. Hartman, who passed away January 25, 2015. Born in Leesport, she was a daughter of the late John F. and Annie (Kissling) Kramer.


Ruth was a graduate of Reading High School and attended East Stroudsburg State Teachers College.

She was a pioneer for women's athletics and was a Physical Education and Health Teacher for the Reading School District for 36 years.

Ruth was one of the original members of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, along with other young women that played professional baseball during World War II. She was known as Ruth "Rocky" Kramer and played for the Fort Wayne Daisies during the summers of 1946 and 1947.

Ruth was also known as a perennial champion breeder of Corriedale Sheep.

Ruth is survived by one daughter, Karen A., wife of David L. Kase, one granddaughter, Kelly A., wife of Seth A. Beaver; one brother, Gary J. Kramer; and one nephew, John C. Kramer of Charleston, SC.

Visitation with family and friends was held from 12:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 15, 2015 at First Energy Stadium-Plaza Area, 1900 Centre Ave., Reading, PA 19601. A time of sharing memories wase held at 2:00 p.m. Baseball attire welcome.

Funeral services were held on Monday, November 16, 2015, at 10:30 a.m., in the Lutz Funeral Home, Inc., 2100 Perkiomen Avenue, Mount Penn. Entombment was in Forest Hills Memorial Park, Exeter Township.

Contributions may be made to the Animal Rescue League, P.O. Box 69, Mohnton, PA 19540; Baseballtown Charities, P.O. Box 15050, Reading, PA 19612; or the Berks County 4-H Club, 1238 County Welfare Road, Suite #110, Leesport, PA 19533. Please earmark checks "In Memory of Ruth A. Hartman."

Contributed by: Betsy Alverson
Submitted on: 11/10/2015
Copyright: Lutz Funeral Home, Mt. Penn, PA

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