Ruth Ann Lady Pollock, age 93, died of natural causes at Altercare of Bucyrus on Sunday, November 12, 2023. She had suffered several mini-strokes and had been in failing health for the past three years. A lifetime resident of Bucyrus, she was born Ruth Ann Schuckert on Halloween of 1930 to parents Wallace and Mary Schuckert.
She is survived by a son, David Lady of Chatfield, daughter-in-law Laura Lady, and three very special friends, Charlotte Palm, Judy Diederich, and Carol Hicks, all of Bucyrus. She was preceded in death by first husband Robert W. Lady and second husband Richard Pollock, both of Bucyrus.
“Ruthie”, as everyone called her, worked for Bucyrus City Schools Food Service for a total of 40 years, working her first year at the former Norton Elementary School and her final two years at Bucyrus High School, with all the time in between spent at the former Bucyrus Middle School, finally retiring in 2009 at age 80. Her sincere caring and concern for students and her determination to make sure no child went hungry and to quietly work behind the scenes to make sure underprivileged kids were treated fairly earned her many close friendships and a place in the hearts of Bucyrus City Schools students of three generations. She could often be seen driving around in her car with the vanity license plate ‘3 DOGS’, a reference to her beloved pets. For most of her adult life Ruthie did indeed own at least three dogs at any given time and liked to wear novelty shirts and sweaters that identified her as a “dog mom”.
Prior to her long career as a Bucyrus “lunch lady”, she appeared regularly as a dancer on the TV dance show ‘The One O’Clock Jump’, videotaped each weekend in Columbus. She also worked as ticket-taker on the porch at David and Laura’s annual Halloween attraction “Horror Hotel” in Chatfield every October from 1993 to 2011, where she could always be seen in her witch hat and cape, calling herself “The Old Witch” and relishing every opportunity to visit with kids of all ages while they waited in line to tour the hotel.
Ruthie received several awards and commendations over the years, including special recognition for 35 years of perfect work attendance in 2009 and, in 2019, induction into the Crawford County Hall of Fame for her outstanding service to the community.
A lifelong member of Good Hope Lutheran Church in Bucyrus, Ruthie was always unwaveringly strong in Christian faith and attended Sunday services regularly until 2018, at which time she could no longer drive or recognize faces due to her rapidly fading eyesight.
Services will be held at Munz-Pirnstill Funeral Home on Thursday, November 16, with calling hours from 1:00-3:00 PM, funeral following immediately after, with Pastor Tancye Addison of Good Hope Lutheran Church presiding. Moments of Remembrance can be left at www.munzpirnstill.com