Joseph Arthur Ruf, 91, Of New Rochelle, WWII Veteran

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NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. - Joseph Arthur Ruf of New Rochelle died Dec. 17. He was 91.

Ruf was born Oct. 30, 1922, in Bronx, to Joseph and Ernestine (Heydorn). He graduated from James Monroe H.S. in the Bronx. He then entered the U.S. Navy where he served on the U.S.S. Belleau Wood in The Pacific Theater during World War II. He was the owner of Joseph A. Ruf, Inc. Metal Fabricators in Greenwich Village, N.Y. He was a lifelong member of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in the Bronx where he served many years on the vestry. He was also a longtime member of the Pelham Masonic Lodge 712 on City Island.

Ruf is survived by his daughter, Barbara (Frederick) Paganico; three grandchildren; a great-granddaughter; many cousins; and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; wife, Evelyn; and daughter, Joan Ruf Alexander.

Calling hours are Thursday, Dec. 19 from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Pelham Funeral Home, 64 Lincoln Ave., Pelham. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 20 at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 2500 Westchester Ave., Bronx.

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