Ruth P. Schwartz, 90, Lost Her Four-Month Battle With Pancreatic Cancer

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Ruth P. Schwartz

BREVARD COUNTY • INDIAN HARBOUR BEACH, FLORIDA — Ruth P. Schwartz, 90, of Indian Harbour Beach, Florida and Ocean City, New Jersey, ended her four-month battle with pancreatic cancer, and was birthed into eternity, on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at her Florida home.

She is survived by sons Edmund Eliason, III and Randall K. Schwartz, Sr., 18 nieces and nephews, five grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Born in Ocean City, New Jersey, Ruth was one of nine children born to Alfred and Jennie Powell.

She was the last surviving sibling prior to her death .

A former resident of West Chester, Pennsylvania, Ruth moved to Florida in 1982 with her late husband, Elmer K. Schwartz, Jr. who passed away in 1983.

Her first husband, Edmund Eliason, Jr, was killed in August of 1945, when his PBY rescue aircraft was shot down over Tokyo Bay, Japan.

Ruth was a volunteer at Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, Florida for more than 26 years, and was recently named volunteer of the year.

She also volunteered in the office at Satellite Beach United Methodist Church, where she was an active member for nearly 30 years.

Among her greatest joys was preparing amazing luncheons and dinners for her many friends and relatives.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 16th at Satellite Beach United Methodist Church (Satellite Beach, Florida), with a reception immediately following the service.

A second memorial service, with scattering of the ashes at sea, will take place in Ocean City, New Jersey in mid-August. The exact date and time are yet to be determined, and those who may wish to attend should send their names via email You will receive details by return email.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be made to the American Cancer Society and/or Satellite Beach United Methodist Church, 450 Lee Ave., Satellite Beach, Florida. 32937.

Arrangments by Brownlie-Maxwell Funeral Home.