Ruth Bower-Gasser, 91, had lived in Roxbury

Ruth M. (Mayernik) Bower-Gasser, 91, died Feb. 12, 2009.

She was born Sept. 19, 1916, in Bridgeport, daughter of the late George and Anna (Liptak) Mayernik.

She attended schools in Bridgeport and later moved to Roxbury.

As a young woman, Mrs. Bower-Gasser showed her musical talent, playing piano in the silent movies. She continued her musical abilities as church organist for many years. She was member of the American Organist Guild.

She showed her community spirit and volunteered as chairman of the American Red Cross , Roxbury Chapter for years, as well as organized the swimming program for Roxbury children at Lynn Deming Park at Lake Candlewood.

She headed a committee to send boxes to servicemen at Christmas, along with the help of several church members.

She was extremely proud that she was the first woman truck driver for the state Department of Transportation before her retirement.

Mrs. Bower-Gasser is survived by a daughter, Suzanne Le-Doux and her husband Jeffrey of Wilton, Maine; five grandchildren, Christine Le-Doux , Marian Howe and her husband Dustin, Jonathan Hope and his wife Cindy of Loxahatchee, Fla., William Hope and his wife Valerie of Pompano Beach, Fla., and Christian Hope and his wife Elena of Delray Beach, Fla.; five great-grandchildren, Heather, Nicole, Jacqueline, Joshua and Alyssa Hope ; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Alex, a daughter Paulette and other dear family members and friends.

Burial will be in the spring in Roxbury Center Cemetery.

The Southbury Funeral Home of Munson-Lovetere in Southbury is in charge of arrangements.