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Newspaper Obit says buried in Pittsford, Monroe County, New York.
Death certificate says buried in Perinton, Monroe County, New York.
Comment from Mary Catherine STRACK 15 April 1999 is that Aunt Ruth would not have made a mistake, she was obsessive, compulsive, school teacher.
Ruth Ann STRACK told me about a cottage on Rushford Lake, New York that was Aunt Ruth PRAY's. Aunt Ruth lived with Polly KIRCHNER in Rochester at 163 Sherbourne Ave. She was a nurse at the Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester. She apparently took everything that belonged to Aunt Ruth PRAY after she died. The family got nothing. Polly complained that too many relatives were coming to visit her.
I have talked with Polly KIRCHNER early 1999 and we wrote a couple of letters back and forth. December 1999 she told me in a Christmas card to "knock it off". (Pauline KIRCHNER)
Per 'The Day Before Yesterday in Blasdell' page 27 mentions From Philadelphia came Michael PRAY, his two sons, and his daughter, Ruth. They moved into the house which M. O. SALISBURY had occupied on Lake Ave. Mr PRAY worked at the Lackawanna Plant, as did, eventually, his two sons, Clarence, who married Bertha HINTZ, and George, who married Oliver SALISBURY's daughter, Nina. Miss PRAY has given years of faithful service on the faculty of B. H. S., having organized the commercial department about 1925. At present, Miss PRAY is assistant to the principal.
Page 51 mentions Miss Ruth E. PRAY directed commercial subjects. Miss PRAY joined the faculty as a grade teacher in 1920, organized the Commercial Department in 1928, and was appointed assistant principal in 1940.
Per Ruth RITTENHOUSE Family Group Record-53: Attended Blasdell High School on Lake Ave., Blasdell, Erie, N.Y. in 1904 and later became a teacher there. She then served as the principal for fifty years. (The school closed in 1955). She never married. MKNP comment: I don't think Ruth worked in the school system for 50 years.
Per Family Group Record # 1 MOP + CCM; Lives in Rochester, N.Y. (she died in Rochester, 17 August 1979)
Per 1910 Census - April: 97 Martin Ave., Blasdell, Hamburg, Erie County, NY; Michael PRAY; head; male; white; age 60; widowed; place of birth Pennsylvania; father born in PA; mother born in PA; speaks English; occupation machinist at steel plant; worker; not out of work 15 April 1910; not out of work during 1909; able to read and write; rents house; # 13 in farm schedule; #'s 1, 4, 6 under other columns - don't know what they mean. Ruth A.? PRAY; daughter; female; white; age 16; single; born PA; father born PA; mother born PA; speaks English; no other information filled in. Will m? i dg can? (cannot read this info); servant; female; white; age 55; widow; born PA; father born PA; mother born PA; speaks English; housekeeper; worker; not out of work in 1909 or 1910; able to read and write; # of farm schedule 3; #3, 7, x under other columns - don't know what they mean. Jessie? and Edna STEIN? also living at same address.
Per 1925 NY State Census - June: Ruth; boarder with Anna EIGHME, her son Robert and daughter Dorothy; white; female; age 31; born US; citizen; occupation is school teacher; Class W. Living on Pearl Street in Blasdell, Hamburg, Erie County, New York.
93 Pearl St. address was given to me by Robert Carl PRAY 28 October 1995. Is this the same house as listed above? STRACK family address is 32 Pearl St.
Per Mary Catherine STRACK 15 April 1999: She knows the EIGHME's (pronounced "Amy"). Aunt Ruth remained friends with the EIGHME's, Dorothy EIGHME was about the same age as Vi TOTH. The STRACK's visited with her on her family's farm in New York in the 1960's. Anna EIGHME lived on Pearl St. at least until 1950's. She may have died there. Maybe it is the 93 Pearl St. address I was given.
Per Newspaper Obituary: Headline, Ruth E. PRAY Dies at 86; Pioneer Educator in Area. Memorial services for Ruth E. PRAY, 86, a pioneer educator in the Village of Blasdell and the retired principal of Blasdell Elementary and Junior High School, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Blasdell, New York. Burial was in White Haven Cemetery, Pittsford.
Miss PRAY died Friday August 17, 1979 in the Episcopal Nursing Home, Rochester. She had moved from Blasdell to Rochester several years ago.
Miss PRAY established a business course at Blasdell High School in 1927. She taught the course there until 1950.
When the village schools were organized into the Frontier Central School System that same year, Miss PRAY was appointed to the principal's post and served in that position until 1955. Afterward she remained with the system, as pupil personnel accountant at Frontier Central High School until her retirement in 1960.
When she changed posts, the elementary and junior high students honored her with a tribute titled "This Is Your Life, Miss PRAY."
Miss PRAY was born in Philadelphia. After moving to this area, she graduated from Blasdell High School in 1911 and the former Buffalo Normal School in 1915.
Early in her career Miss PRAY taught at elementary schools in Windom, Colden and Gardenville. She studied business education at Albany Normal School and Buffalo Normal. She joined the Blasdell School staff in 1920.
Miss PRAY enjoyed photography and birdwatching.
She was a member of the Buffalo Audubon Society and the Cazenovia Baptist Church.
Pittsford is in Monroe County, New York. (near Rochester).
Per Newspaper Obituary: PRAY - Ruth E. of Rochester, N. Y., formerly Blasdell, N. Y., August 17, 1979, dear friend of Pauline KIRSCHNER; also survived by nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be held Thursday evening at 7:30 at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Arthur Ave., Blasdell. (name should be spelled KIRCHNER)
Notes from newspaper obituary: Born in Philadelphia; graduated from High School in 1911; graduated from the former Buffalo Normal School in 1915; she taught at schools in Windom, Colden, and Gardenville; studied business education at Albany Normal School; joined the Blasdell school staff in 1920. She enjoyed photography and birdwatching and was a member of the Buffalo Audubon Society and the Cazenovia Baptist Church in Buffalo. (not verbatim, see scrapbook entry) [check the directory to see if such a church is listed.]
Per Death Certificate: Ruth E. PRAY, female, date of death 17 August 1979, 1:00 p.m., age 85, born 24 August 1893, no service, SS # 114-32-1809, Monroe County, city of Rochester, Episcopal Ch. Hm., 505 Mt. Hope Ave., inpatient, admitted 27 June 1979, state of birth Pennsylvania., USA citizen, never married, race is white, no Spanish origin, education completed 5 + years college, occupation teacher, business or industry school, name and locality Buffalo School System, Buffalo, New York, residence, New York, Monroe County, city of Rochester, within city limits, 163 Shelbourne Rd., Rochester, New York, 14620, father's name Michael PRAY, mother's name Catherine MILLER, name of informant Miss Pauline E. KIRCHNER, 163 Shelbourne Rd., Rochester, New York, 14620, Disposition for burial, 18 August 1979, place White Haven Mem Park, location Perinton, New York, MILLER Funeral Homes, Inc., 706 South Ave., Rochester, New York, 14620, registration # 01692, name of funeral director Edward R. Shaw, his signature, registration # 05136, signature of registrar Donald Peoples, Dep ML?, date filed 17 August 1979, burial permit issued by Melvin Levin Sub 17 August 1979. Certifying Physician S. Zane? Burday, 17 August 1979. Attended deceased 17 August 1979 to 17 August 1979, last seen 17 August 1979 (sic), attending physician Dr. William Cole????, coroner or medical examiner area empty, name and address of certifier S. Zane? Burday, 300 White Spruce Bird, Rochester, New York, 14623. Immediate cause of death Cerebrovascular accident for hours, arterosclerotic vascular disease for years, hypertension for years, artersoselerotic heart disease, no time amount given, no autopsy, case not referred to coroner. Recorded district 2700. This is to certify to be a true copy of a record on file in the Office of Vital Statistics, Monroe County Health Department, unreadable signature, Registrar. Stamped 20 August 1979 Monroe County Health Department, Rochester, New York.
Per Application for SS Account #: # is 114-32-1809, Ruth E. PRAY, mailing address 44 Helen Ave., Blasdell, Buffalo 19, NY, born Philadelphia, Penna, age on last birthday 64, DOB Aug. 24, 1893, print full name given you at birth is not filled in, father's name Michael Orren PRAY, mother's name before married Catherine Cuthbert MILLER, sex is female, color or race is white, business name of employer is Frontier Central School Dist. #4, employer's address is Bayview Rd., Hamburg, NY., have you ever applied for or had a social security or railroad retirement number? no, today's date (on form) 10/25/57, signed Ruth E. PRAY.
1910 New York Census - Erie County - Hamburg/Blasdell.
1925 New York State Census - Erie County - Hamburg.
Newspaper obituary from Esther Mae PRAY.
Death Certificate 17 August 1979.
Letter dated 5/17/90 from Bob CLENDENING.
Application for Social Security Account Number Form SS-5.
[Brøderbund Family Archive #110, Vol. 2, Ed. 3, Social Security Records: U.S., SS Death Benefit Records, Surnames Beginning with P, Date of Import: 12 May 1996, Internal Ref. #220.127.116.11866.41]
Brøderbund Family Archive #110, Vol. 2, Ed. 4, Social Security Death Index: U.S., Social Security Death Index, Surnames from M through Z, Date of Import: 11 Mar 1998, Internal Ref. #18.104.22.168339.38
Individual: Pray, Ruth
Birth date: 24 Aug 1893
Death date: Aug 1979
Social Security #: 114-32-1809
Last residence: New York 14620
State of issue: New York
Zip of last payment: 14620
Residence code: New York
ZIP Code of last known residence: 14620
Primary location associated with this ZIP Code: Rochester, Monroe County, New York
ZIP Code of address where death benefit payment was sent: 14620
Primary location associated with this ZIP Code: Rochester, Monroe County, New York
INFORMATION TO ACQUIRE:
Get school paperwork.
Check 1895 probably PA, 1900 NY or PA? probably PA, think they moved to NY 1903, 1905 NY, 1920 NY, census for her.
Obtain a copy of "This is Your Life, Miss PRAY". Obtained all I am probably ever going to obtain about this.