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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Ruth E. Alsop

Saratoga Springs
Ruth Alsop – 82, passed away at home, surrounded by her family,  on January 23rd after a short illness. 

She was born on February 24th, 1931 in Melrose, Massachusetts, the daughter of the late William and Mary O’Neil Condell.  She attended St. Mary’s Academy in Melrose, after which she attended Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart, where she received her Master’s degree in Music.  She also attended the Yale School of Music, eventually moving to Colorado to further her study in music.

She was a cellist for 50+ years with the New York City Orchestra Ballet.  She toured with Columbia Artists with the Gotham Trio.  Ruth was also a cellist for the Radio City Music Hall and taught music at Brooklyn College and Potsdam University for many years.  When the Statue of Liberty reopened, Ruth played with Frank Sinatra at the ceremonies.  She owned Schoolhouse Antiques in Saratoga.

Ruth is survived by her daughter Marin Alsop and her Partner Kristin Jurkscheit  of Baltimore, MD; Sisters M. Elaine Love of Saratoga Springs, NY., Clair Meuse of Wilton, ME., Nancy Green of Wakefield, MA; Beloved grandson, Auden Alsop, 11 nieces and nephews and many, great-nieces and nephews and adored friends.
Service in honor of Ruth will be held on Saturday January 25, 2014, 11 a.m., at Compassionate Funeral Care, 402 Maple Ave. (Rte. 9), Saratoga Springs, NY.
Family and friends are invited to call from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service at Compassionate Funeral Care Funeral Home.

The family will hold a Tribute to Ruth’s amazing life later in the year.

Donations to the Alsop Family Foundation can be sent c/o Amanda Fipps, PO Box 70185, Springfield, Oregon 97475

The Foundation was established to assist young musicians in their pursuit of musical careers.

All donations are tax deductible.

Red, a favorite color and a sunset on a lake.
Orange, a bright cello and clear glass in summer heat.
Yellow, a scarf around my shoulder and a bright sun.
Green, a pine tree and a freshly cut field of grass.
Blue, a clay mug resting on a shelf and a deep clear lake.
Indigo, Thread on a loom and a drop of dye.
Violet, a field of lavender and chunk of amethyst.
All of the colors, a vast field of flowers.
By Auden
To Grandma

December 2013

Dear Friends,
Please join us in celebrating the lives of my parents Ruth Lamar Alsop by sharing in their passion for music. I have invited an orchestra of wonderful musicians and friends to perform some of the pieces they loved. I hope to see you there.

With Love and Appreciation,

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  1. I will always remember her as a very special woman with many interests and especially the proud mother of Marin Alsop
    My heart goes out to her family and her friends
    Maike (Belgium, Europe)

    The Paradoxical Commandments by Kent M. Keith

    People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
    Love them anyway.

    If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
    Do good anyway.

    If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
    Succeed anyway.

    The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
    Do good anyway.

    Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
    Be honest and frank anyway.

    The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
    Think big anyway.

    People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
    Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

    What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
    Build anyway.

    People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
    Help people anyway.

    Give the world the best you have and you'll get kicked in the teeth.
    Give the world the best you have anyway.

  2. Such profound silence for me here tonite as I look out into the darkness of my back yard...
    my mind swirling with thoughts of my dear friend, neighbor, landlord of 8 years; Miss Ruth!
    The music she gave to this world now reveals with her in the Heavens above. All that she has been to me for the past eight years has branded my heart forever. I was truly blessed to have her in my life. She will be more than missed by me... her absence has left a thirst never to be quenched. My only happiness right now is knowing she now enjoys the wonders of God and his Kingdom with other loved ones from my life.

    My Dear Miss Ruth.... Her smile, her wisdom, her music, her greeting from the back door when I arrive home, the smiling wave from the riding lawn mower... the horn tooting goodbye or hello of the VW bug... all these things kept me on my path to always care for & see the best in people. I promise you my dear friend I shall not stray from the profound purpose God brought you into my life Miss Ruth! Eternal love and admiration, Felicia Saratoga Springs NY

  3. Sending you much love during this time.

    We love you,
    Tracey and Heather

  4. Ruth had the brightest smile and a zest for living. She will be missed.
    A long-time neighbor, Shelley Riley

  5. Profound sympathy to your family. Ruth touched so many lives. I will always remember her with her open smile and open heart. Truly a light has gone out of the world with Ruth's passing. I hope that the good memories you have of her can help soothe this time for you. If I can help with her memorial in any way please do call on me.
    Laurie Stephenson

  6. Helen Strilec SchatiloffJanuary 26, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    My deepest sympathy to all. Ruth has been, and continues to be, in may prayers; may she rest in peace, having travelled this world with great verve and energy.

    Helen Strilec Schatiloff

  7. I did not know Ruth well or for long, but from the time I met her, I loved her energy, her intellectual curiosity, her take-action attitude and her passion for that which she believed in--I loved discussing politics with her. We at Saratoga Hospital are deeply appreciative of the gift commitment she made here and her legacy will be with us always. Susan Axelrod, Director of Planned Giving, Saratoga Hospital Foundation

  8. Elaine, what wonderful memories I have of you, Muriel, Regis and Ruth in those heady days of the '80s - pottery, weaving, aqua-aerobics, new year's eve galas & the orchestra pit. Ruth was effervescent, lighting up wherever she was with that great smile, captivating voice & laugh, and SO composed. So glad to have known her. We will all miss her. BTW I let Muriel G know.... Holly Schwarz-Lawton (

  9. So sorry for your loss, Marin and family. All your English friends will be thinkig of you.

  10. Dear Marin, it has taken a while for me to do this. The website was open on my computer for weeks. I just could not come up with the words. You're Mom was such a very special Lady. She touched my life in a way that no one else ever could.I am so sorry for your loss. She is missed by everyone who knew her, and loved her. And so now I would like to leave "Ruthie" a message.... Dear Ruth, I just wanted to let you know, that I've done it! I think you know that, I think you are watching over us all. I miss you so very much...... but you are with me everyday, and you always will be. Love, Deb