Manor woman was heart of church community

November 30, 2018

Everybody at United Church of Christ in Manor knew Ruth Walter.

She was easily recognizable by the “funky hats” and sunglasses she liked to wear, said her niece Carol Durst.

She was a talented member of the choir, often performing solo pieces. She organized the annual Christmas bazaar and regularly conducted the opening services for Sunday school.

But the work she did behind the scenes, as treasurer, was just as vital.

“The church was sinking at one point, but she made the right investments and the church survived,” Durst said.

Ms. Walter was a fixture of her church and her community, and she wouldn’t have had it any other way.

“She just dedicated her life to helping her family, and her community and the church,” Durst said. “If somebody needed something, she tried to help.”

Ruth “Enid” Walter, 100, of Manor, died Friday, Nov. 2, 2018.

She was born Aug. 31, 1918, to the late Charles B. and Hazel (Kifer) Walter.

Besides her time with the church, Ms. Walter was best known for organizing Manor’s annual Idlewild community picnic, a task she continued for 30 years.

She drummed up donations from local businesses to make sure there were games and prizes for everyone who went.

“There were a lot of fun times up there,” said her niece, Linda Kober. “It meant a lot, because she loved the kids.”

In her free time, Ms. Walter enjoyed playing cards, camping and writing poetry.

She was a consummate hostess, holding cookouts, church parties and family gatherings at her home.

When her nieces and nephews were young, she’d come over and entertain them with croquet and other games.

When they got older, she was a mentor, always ready to lend a helping hand.

“She helped me out a lot when I needed help; she was always there for me,” said her niece Sandy Walter.

Ms. Walter worked as an accounting clerk at Westinghouse, a job she held from the time she graduated high school almost until the plant closed in the 1980s.

Durst got a job in the same office, and Ms. Walter showed her the ropes.

When Ms. Walter was happy, she let everyone know it.

“Everybody will say they miss her smile,” Durst said.

Ms. Walter is survived by her brothers, Howard and Harry Walter, both of Manor.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at William Snyder Funeral Home, 521 Main St., Irwin, with internment to follow at Brush Creek Cemetery in Irwin.

Memorial contributions can be made to First United Church of Christ, P.O. Box 463, Manor, PA 15665.

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