Ruth V. Leid Potteiger, 88, Reamstown Elementary teacher, accordion player, enjoyed golf

By on November 16, 2016

Ruth V. Leid Potteiger, 88, of Denver, entered into rest on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2016.

Born in Ephrata, she was the daughter of the late David and Maggie Mae (Fry) Zartman. She was the wife of the late Kenneth A. Leid. Ruth later remarried Lawrence L. Potteiger, who also preceded her in death.

Raised on a farm in Mount Airy, Ruth pursued a career in education which began as a teacher in a one-room schoolhouse near Stober’s Dam in Mount Airy. She received her undergraduate degree from West Chester University, and later her master’s degree from Millersville University. Ruth taught in the Cocalico School District, Reamstown Elementary, where she touched the lives of many students over her long career.

Ruth was a very active member of Muddy Creek Evangelical Lutheran Church, where she served as a Sunday School teacher, and was involved in many holiday programs. She was a charter member of the Denver Women’s Club and served as president of both the local club and later the Lancaster chapter of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs.

Ruth was a lover of music. She played the accordion and after retirement would visit the local nursing homes and senior centers to present musical programs. Ruth was a member of Heidelberg Country Club, Berks County, where she enjoyed golf. During the last nine years of her life on earth, Ruth resided at the Gardens at Stevens (formerly Denver Nursing Home) where she received excellent care for which the family is very grateful.

Ruth is survived by her daughter: Patricia A. Leid of Miami, Fla.; two sons: David C., husband of Patty (Eichelberger) Leid, of Ephrata; and Michael H., husband of Jeanette (Glass) Leid, of Denver; nine grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her sisters: Ida Klopp, Anna Snader, Mary Kopp, Grace Zartman, and Pauline Zartman.

A viewing will be held on Thursday, Nov. 17, from 10 to 11 a.m., at the Muddy Creek Evangelical Lutheran Church, 11 S. Muddy Creek Road, Denver; followed by her funeral service at 11 a.m., with Pastor Peter Schwabe-Fry officiating. Interment will be private in the Fairview Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 2595 Interstate Drive, Suite 100, Harrisburg, PA 17110.

Arrangements by Roseboro Stradling Funeral and Cremation Services Inc., Denver. Online condolences can be given at

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