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Ruth Callahan

Ruth Grace Callahan (West)

Saturday, July 9th, 1921 - Tuesday, January 12th, 2021
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Ruth Grace (West) Callahan, 99 of Bennington, VT and a former longtime resident of North Adams, MA Died Tuesday January 12, 2021 in Bennington.

She was born in North Adams, MA on July 9, 1921, a daughter of George Joseph and Grace May (Bullett) West. She attended local schools and graduated from Drury High School with the class of 1939. Ruth was last employed as Senior Cashier-Clerk in the treasurer's office for the Town of Williamstown. Before that, she had worked at the Alton Perry Insurance Agency and had assisted her brothers in the operation of West's Variety Store and Mohawk Valley Aviation. She was a communicant of St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church. Ruth was an active volunteer with the Williamstown Women's Exchange and previously a member of the Women’s Guild at Our Lady of the Incarnation Church.

Ruth was fiercely devoted to her family and enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a presence at many sporting events, dance recitals, and family celebrations for her grandchildren over the years. She was the consummate host of many holidays in a tiny galley kitchen where somehow she produced a magnificent feast that fed over 20 people. Her pie selection was legendary and grandchildren visiting the house would almost always be met with a plate of fresh brownies. In her later years, she made delicious chocolate peanut butter balls that live on in family tradition today thanks to Ruth’s grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Ruth loved sitting out in the sun without a hint of sunscreen (don’t try this kids!) and enjoyed vacations on Cape Cod where she was known to give her grandchildren their first taste of ice cream. In her earlier years, she enjoyed spending time with her family and her future husband at Lake Lauderdale, NY. She was able to travel to Hawaii, Mexico and Ireland in her retirement. She was an avid reader who would relax at night with a novel or magazine and a strong cup of black coffee. For the last ten years, the wonderfully loving and caring staff at Brookdale Fillmore Pond became part of her extended family as well.

She was the widow of Michael Francis Callahan who died on March 20, 2011. They were married on May 2, 1942. Survivors include two daughters- Jane (Thomas) McGrath of North Adams and Patti (Rich) Mears of Arlington, VT and two sons- William Callahan of Burlington, VT and Thomas (Eileen) Callahan of Milton, MA. She also leaves eleven grandchildren including Kelly Fehlner, Colleen Finnerty, Sean McGrath, Corey Mears, Kara Mears, Erin Mears, Lucas Trono, Derek Trono, Brady Callahan, Brenna Callahan, and Devan Callahan; and seventeen great grandchildren including Abigail, Jack, and Claire Fehlner;, Kayla and Megan McGrath, Parker and Finn Trono; Chase, Sienna, Cora, and Camden Mears; Hugh Finnerty, Savannah, Noah, Jonah and Isaiah Callahan; and Traeson Trono; one sister- Gloria Patryn of Dalton, MA and nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her daughter in law- Mia Callahan; her great granddaughter- Grace Finnerty and three brothers and one sister- Lena West, George West, Charles West and Gordon West.

FUNERAL NOTICE: A private Liturgy of Christian Burial for Ruth Callahan will be celebrated at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church. Burial will follow in Southview cemetery. There are no calling hours. Memorial donations may be made to Fillmore Pond Holiday Fund in care of FLYNN & DAGNOLI-MONTAGNA HOME FOR FUNERALS CENTRAL CHAPEL, 74 Marshall St. North Adams, MA 01247. To add to the Book of Memories, please visit
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    St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church
    70 Marshall St.
    NORTH ADAMS, MA 01247
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    The Mass and burial will be private for the family only.
    Rev. Dariusz Wudarski
  • Interment

    Southview Cemetery
    1075 South Church St.
    NORTH ADAMS, MA 01247
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Mireille Roy

Posted at 12:30pm
Dear Bill, my deepest sympathy to you and your family. Thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Percy Stallworth

Posted at 11:00am
My most Heartfelt Condolences to the Callahan Family for this monumental loss of a Treasured Love One (Mother, Grand & Grandmother, Aunt & more. With Much Respect, I Pray that your Mom, Rest In Peace Thomas. Peace Be Unto You.
Percy Stallworth & The Stallworth Family.

Robert A Scrivens

Posted at 10:46am
From what I read in the Eagle, your Mom lead a full life. How she cared for her grandchildren reminded me a lot of our family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Bob and Peggy Scrivens

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Posted at 10:04am
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Elizabeth Ralston

Posted at 09:16am
Jane, so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. The loss Is difficult at any age. May she Rest In Peace. My deepest sympathy.

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