Ruth Casselman


A lifetime resident of the area, Ruth Casselman passed away peacefully at her son’s home on Wednesday, March 4, 2015. She was 97.

Ruth was born in Williamsburg, on February 24, 1918, to her parents Howard and Ethel Merkley (nee Alford).  She attended local schools, and in 1940 she graduated from Ottawa Normal School.

On July 21, 1948, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Williamsburg, Ruth married Cecil Casselman and together they had two children, Mary and Michael.  

A dedicated teacher and principal, Ruth’s teaching career began in the rural schools of Dundas county. In 1960, she moved to Grenville county, and taught at Oxford-on-Rideau.  The Augusta board appointed Ruth principal of Maynard Public School in 1961.  From 1964-67 she was principal at Algonquin Public School and she spent the last nine years of her teaching career as principal of Maitland Public School.

During her years in the teaching profession, Ruth held the welfare of her pupils foremost in her mind. Her qualities of honesty and integrity stood her in good stead, in whatever community she served.  

Ruth was a dedicated member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, and she served as a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Women for many years.  

Ruth is survived by her children Mary Osborne (Fred) of R.R. # 1 Williamsburg and Mike (Cindy) of R.R.# 1 Williamsburg, her grandchildren Ryan, Sheena, Kaitlin and her great-grandson Isaac.

She was predeceased by her husband Cecil and her sisters Hilda Marcellus, Trude Barkley, Edna Merkley and Rena Merkley.  She is also survived by nieces and nephews.  

Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Friday, March 6th from 7-9 p.m. and Saturday, March 7th from 10 a.m. until time of the funeral service at 11 a.m. The service was conducted by Rev. Diane Raddatz.  

Spring interment of cremated remains will be at Maple Ridge Cemetery, Chesterville.  

Donations to the South Dundas Community Lutheran Church in Williamsburg or Dundas County Hospice would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.  Online condolences may be made at


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