A celebration of life service for Shirley A. Fredlund-Ruiz, of New Milford, will take place Oct. 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the VFW hall on Avery Road in New Milford.

Fredlund-Ruiz died Sept. 30. She was the wife of Frank Ruiz.

She worked for 17 years at New Milford Hospital as a fundraising administrator in the hospital's foundation office.

In 1989, she founded Voice for Joanie, a charity dedicated to providing communication equipment and software to people afflicted with ALS (Lou

Gehrig's disease), after assisting her friend Joanie Margaitis, who suffered from ALS. She served as president of Voice for Joanie until her death.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks individuals to perform a random act of kindness.