Ruth Sears Hiersemann has come to live with us at Caring House. We’re honored.
Ruth was born in Elburn, Illinois, the eldest of three children of Kenneth and Lucy Sears. She attended public schools in Elburn, and graduated from Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa and obtained her Master’s Degree at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
After college, Ruth came to Southern California and has lived most of her life in Inglewood. She worked extensively in the Inglewood School District and then the Los Angeles County School District, serving both as a speech and language pathologist.
Ruth’s faith is central to her life. Most of her social activities have revolved around her church friends and family. And as a volunteer she took on the role of Christian Education Director at First Presbyterian Church of Inglewood.
Her favorite Bible verse (and guide to her life) is “What does the Lord require of you? Only this: to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”
Ruth was married for a time to Bob Hiersemann. They divorced and had no children together. Ruth, however, has “children and grandchildren of the heart” including Janet, Alan, Carter and Matt. She readily welcomed and loves her “children” from Nigeria, Ethiopia and India. She loves to encourage children to love books and reading, and her “grandchildren” regularly received gifts of books and magazines.
Ruth treasures her time with her sister-in-law Betty and nephew Jim and her visits with them in Ventura.
Known to her friends and family as a great listener and conversationalist, Ruth is a “people person” who makes friends easily. She embraces diverse cultural experiences and has a special place in her heart for those who have immigrated. And she loves to travel (and has visited all continents, except Australia). Besides people and travel, Ruth also loves plants, gardening and animals.
We’re glad that Ruth is with us at Caring House. We welcome her, as she has welcomed so many others, and look forward to caring for her.
Ruth died on October 30, 2017. Honor her. Remember her.