Ruth Amon Schaeffer

Burial Date:

April 14, 2017

Birth & Death Date:

January 22, 1920 - June 12, 2015

Funeral Home:

Ridge Hill Memorial Park (Directions)


Ridge Hill Memorial Park - Graveside Service (Directions)

AMHERST - Ruth Amon Schaeffer, of Amherst, died June 12, 2015, at the New Life Hospice of St. Joseph in Lorain. She was 95 years old. 
She was born on January 22, 1920, in Wilmington, Delaware, to George and Jennie Hayes. She was married in 1938, to Maurice E. (Maury) Amon, and travelled with him while playing music during the Big Band Era. During WWII, she played vibraharp in an all girls band in Cleveland. In 1948, they settled in Lorain forming The Amon Trio and played at the Thomas Grill. Ruth played vibraharp, and Maury played reeds, strings and drums. Paul Ludlow, of Vermilion, played string bass and trombone. Later, the trio regularly played at The Castle on the Lake Restaurant, and at weddings, bar mitzvahs, and other private parties in the area.
Ruth was predominately recognized as one of the top bridge players in Ohio, where she taught the game for 40 years. She competed in many large bridge tournaments in the USA, Canada and Bermuda, partnering with Dr. Roy Schaeffer, whom she later married in 2001. They both became silver life masters, as recorded by the American Contract Bridge League. Ruth was also a certified tournament director, and founded the Lorain Duplicate Bridge Club which was active for 40 years. She later opened the Friday Morning Duplicate Bridge Club, which is still active in Elyria. Additionally, she wrote a weekly bridge column for the Lorain Journal for many years.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, George and Jennie (nee Caplan) Hayes in 1953 and 1946, respectively; her sister, Evelyn Pennington in 1938; her brother, Ira M. Hayes in 1995; her first husband, Maury Amon in 1991; and her second husband, Dr. Roy Schaeffer in 2010.
She is survived by her three children, Keith (Sally) Amon of Florida, Jennifer Amon (Brett Kovach) of Amherst, and Judith (Todd) Cotton, also of Amherst. She has eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
Visitation will be from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on June 18, 2015, at Hempel Funeral Home, 373 Cleveland Avenue, Amherst, Ohio. A brief service will immediately follow the evening visitation.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Salvation Army, 2506 Broadway, Lorain, OH 44052; or to the Amherst Congregational United Church of Christ, 379 South Main Street, Amherst, OH 44001.  

Burial Location

Section: - E - Lot Number: 589 Space: 1


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