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Ruth Bretschneider Kannwischer of Park City, devoted to her family, friends, and faith, went home to he with the Lord on Oct. 29, 2006. A memorial service was previously held at the Park City Community Church, and interment took place in Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park, Olympus Section, Salt Lake City.

Ruth was born Sept. 30, 1914 in Rochester, N.Y. to Rev. Albert and Emma Suter Bretschneider. She graduated from the University of Rochester in 1935 and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She studied piano at the Eastman School of Music and enjoyed a lifelong love of music. Ruth married Rev. Adolf Emil Kannwischer in 1937, and they joyfully celebrated 57 years of marriage.

Ruth taught English at West Fifth Jr. High School, Chillicothe, Ohio. After moving to the Philadelphia area, Ruth taught German at Haverford High School in Havertown, Pa. from 1962 to 1965. Upon moving to Houston, Texas, she taught German at Spring Woods High School.

Ruth’s hobbies included playing the piano and organ, knitting sweaters and painting oil landscapes and ceramics. She loved living in the mountains and in Park City. She also enjoyed singing in the choir at Westbury Baptist Church, Houston, Texas. She leaves behind an example for others to be kind and caring, to be of service to others, and to serve God.

Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, her husband and her sister Grace Bretschneider.

Ruth’s greatest pride and joy was her family. She is survived by her daughter Lois Ruth Kannwischer of Park City; son, Dr. Stephen Albert (Marilyn) Kannwischer of Sacramento, Calif.; son, Dr. Lewis Richard (Gale) Kannwischer of Waco, Texas.

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Ruth is also survived by her grandchildren: Darrell Stephen Kannwischer, Marcy Lynn Kannwischer (Mauricio ) Medina of Sacramento; Rev. Richard Rentoul (Kelly) Kannwischer of San Antonio, Texas; and Carolyn Ruth Kannwischer (Craig) Bess of Austin, Texas. Ruth’s great-grandchildren are Danica Katherine Kannwischer and Ashby Evelyn Kannwischer of San Antonio.

Ruth brought love and laughter to our lives, and we will miss her dearly. The family wishes to express thanks to Dr. Kim Scott, the neurology staff at the University of Utah Medical Center, and the staff of CareSource for their loving and expert care of her.

Memorials may be made to the Park City Community Church. The family invites you to leave a message or memory in our "Memorial Guestbook" at

Ruth’s love, kindness and devotion to her family will always be remembered.