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Ruth E. Pederzoli

July 8, 1917 ~ September 1, 2017 (age 100)
Ruth Eaton Pederzoli, 100, passed away on September 1, 2017 after a brief stay at CareOne at Redstone in East Longmeadow. Ruth was born on July 8, 1917 to Clara A. Eaton and Grover C. Eaton. She was predeceased by her husband Eugene A. Pederzoli in 1990, her sister Doris E. Moran and her brother-in-law Robert J. Moran, and her nephew Daniel E. Moran. She is survived by her daughter Gail P. Dunn and her husband John H. Dunn of Monson, MA where Ruth spent her summers at Lake Paradise since she was a child watching her father develop the lake from wilderness and a small spring-fed pond. She leaves Dan’s wife Francis C. Moran of Springfield and her nephew Jeffrey R. Moran and his wife Catherine B. Moran of Agawam. Ruth was a deeply religious woman who said the rosary daily, often praying for those in need or distress. For many years, she was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church in Springfield where she was especially fond of Monsignor George Farland whom she admired greatly. Ruth and her husband “Bud” lived in Springfield until they moved to Agawam in 1990. They both graduated from Technical High School and Ruth continued her education for two years at American International College while Bud pursued and earned his pharmacy degree. Ruth worked at Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company before her marriage and then, later, when her daughter started high school. She worked in the travel bureau and in the forms design department. Always interested in real estate, Ruth was a broker with Grover Eaton Real Estate where she helped her father to sell property at Lake Paradise. Always a lover of beauty and design, Ruth loved to entertain, decorating her home and table with an artistic flair. When her husband died, son-in-law, John, encouraged her to take art classes at Springfield Technical Community College where seniors were welcomed warmly. So, at 73 Ruth started to paint and created some lovely landscapes, birds, and nature-themed canvases. Ruth was a doting, loving mother, wife and friend. She and Bud enjoyed many trips to Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean, and throughout the United States. One of her favorite places was Marco Island, Florida where she and her husband spent three winter months over the span of a decade enjoying the warmth of the sun and their friends. She will be missed greatly by her daughter, son-in-law and many loving caregivers and dear neighbors at Castle Hills. The family would like to extend special thanks to Gensie, James, Patty, Sarah and Sharon who cared for her 24/7 in her home until her 100th birthday. Thanks also to the staff at Redstone in East Longmeadow, especially Donna, Shelley, Pearlie and Shaneea for their compassionate care and to Eric for his immeasurable assistance in navigating business matters. We would also like to thank Ascend Hospice for their caring support during Ruth’s last days. The family will receive friends from 8-10 AM on Friday, September 8, 2017 at Forastiere Smith Funeral & Cremation, 220 North Main Street, East Longmeadow. Funeral services will begin at the funeral home at 10 AM followed by A Liturgy of Christian Burial at 11 AM in Sacred Heart Church, 395 Chestnut Street, Springfield. Burial will be at St. Michael’s Cemetery 1601 State Street Springfield, MA. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ruth’s memory may be sent to Sacred Heart Church, 395 Chestnut Street, Springfield, MA 01104, Ascend Hospice 100 Locke Drive, Marlborough, MA 01752 or a charity of one’s choice. For more information, please visit

 Service Information

September 8, 2017

8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Forastiere Smith Funeral Home
220 North Main Street
East Longmeadow, MA 01028

September 8, 2017

11:00 AM to TBD
Sacred Heart Church
395 Chestnut Street
Springfield, MA 01104


St. Michael's Cemetery
1601 State Street
Springfield, MA 01109

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