Ruth Engertha Otterson Andersen, age 97, of Butler, passed away early Thursday morning at Sunnyview Home, Butler.
Born October 4, 1919 in Butler, she was the daughter of the late Oscar and Magda Fredricksen Otterson.
She was a member of the St John’s Reformed Church, where she volunteered for many things including Elder, Choir Director, and Sunday School Teacher.
She was a 1942 graduate of Muskingum College in New Concord, Ohio, where she received her teaching degree. She taught for Butler Area School District and Slippery Rock Area School District. She retired in 1979 from Slippery Rock High School.
She also worked at the Butler YWCA in the Adult Program Department, flight attendant , and social worker for the DPA.
She belonged to the Pennsylvania Association of Retired Teachers, Past Master of Eureka Grange #244, and Past President of the Meridian Area Retired Citizens.
She will be remembered for entertaining in her heritage Norwegian costume to many groups in the Butler area.
She is survived by her daughter Lisa (Rock) Kellerman of Butler, grandchildren Emily Ruth (Troy) Beham of East Brady, and Joshua Joseph (Jackie) Kellerman of Shippensburg, great granddaughter Kayleigh, and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister Magda Cress, brothers Lincoln and Henry Otterson, and former husband Thor Andersen.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, from 2-4pm and 6-8pm at the Edward L. Raisley Funeral Home, 387 Main Street, Prospect.
Celebration of Life Service will be on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 11am at the St Johns Reformed Church, 494 Evans City Road, Butler, with Rev. Jarrod Crawford, her church pastor, officiating.
Interment will be in The Butler County Memorial Park Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to her church, St John’s Reformed Church, 494 Evans City Road, Butler, PA 16001, or the Alzheimer’s Association at ALZ.ORG/WALK team Ruth's Vikings