Sharon  Ruggi

Sharon Ruggi

Saturday, November 24th, 1945 - Friday, September 25th, 2020
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Hudson Falls
Sharon Williams Ruggi, 74, passed away September 25, 2020 after a five-year battle with cancer.
She was born in Hudson Falls on November 24, 1945, the daughter of Loren “Cliff” Johnson and Janet Dickinson Johnson and was lovingly raised by Joseph and Vanita Williams.
She graduated from Hudson Falls High School and then Adirondack Community College. She continued on to SUNY Albany.
She married Ennio Ruggi on June 18, 1966.
Sharon and Ennio were avid square dancers, dancing at least two night a week for the last 25 years. Sharon and her family spent several summers in Italy with her husband’s family. They traveled extensively through Italy to all of the major tourist destinations as well as to many off-the-beaten-path gems.
She loved going on cruises, traveling and seeing new destinations, and she had the great pleasure of visiting 49 states (the unvisited state being Oregon).
Sharon had the privilege of performing the marriage ceremony for two of her dear friends.
Sharon thought of herself as an environmentalist, being thrust into that role in the 80s when her family’s home and farm was in jeopardy of being used for the dredging of the PCBs in the Hudson River. She fought tirelessly against the dredging project with the citizen organization group, CEASE, and eventually won.
Sharon was a former member of the Fort Edward Town Board.
From there, she became involved with RC&D (Resource, Conservation and Development), moving up the organizational ladder to eventually becoming the National Board President. Through this work, she spoke at Congressional meetings and the United Nations about environmental issues related to rural America.
Most recently, Sharon was a former member of the Glens Falls Hospital Board.
Sharon had a competitiveness second to none. She loved playing cards and scrabble, and she hated to lose.
She made countless quilts for family and friends, and completed many counted cross stich designs. She was also an incredible seamstress.
Sharon is survived by her husband, Ennio, of 54 years; her son, Ennio (Lori) Ruggi; her daughters, Maria Ruggi, and Gina Nassivera; her grandchildren, Jeremiah Grant, Kaci Austin, and Brendon Ruggi; and Massimo and Amelie Nassivera; her sister, Linda Ferry; her brother, Fred Seybolt, her brother-in-law, Gino Ruggi, close family friends, Tony Nassivera and Cathy Del Signore, and several nephews and 1 niece.
Calling hours will be from 4-6 on Monday, September 28, 2020, at MB Kilmer Funeral Home, 82 Broadway, in Fort Edward. Due to the states regulations we can only have 40 people or less in the funeral home at a time. When arriving at the funeral home, please check with parking lot attendant and remain in your vehicle until you are directed in. Masks and social distancing are required.
A private funeral mass will be celebrated at the family’s convenience.

A special thank you to Dr. Stoutenburg and the nursing staff at Glens Falls Hospital on tower 2.

Donations may be made to the C.R. Wood Cancer Center c/o Glens Falls Hospital, 126 South Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, September 28th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Monday, September 28th, 2020 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    M. B. Kilmer Funeral Home- FE
    82 Broadway
    Fort Edward, NY 12828
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  • Interment

    St. Mary's Cemetery - Fort Edward
    Burgoyne Avenue
    FORT EDWARD, NY 12828
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Due to covid restrictions, Funeral Services will be private and at the convenience of the family


Donations are being accepted for: C.R. Wood Cancer Center.


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Dayle Ahrens

Posted at 11:36am
Gina, Maria and your brother, I hope this grove of trees symbolizes a living legacy of your moms lifetime courage and dedication to our environment. .

3 trees were planted in the memory of Sharon Ruggi

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Ethie Moak, Theresa Milo, Carol & Bill Gordon, Sue Culver

Posted at 04:11pm
In our fondest memory of Sharon, we are having this tree planted. From fellow square dancers, with deepest condolences to her family.
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Posted at 05:02pm
I am sorry that Sharon was lost so soon. I remember the sadness of a spouse and parent passing each time I read of a new loss. I can tell you from experience that this sadness stays, but it takes a different form. Each time sometime good and new happens in your life you will include her and think of how happy she would be for you. I am a firm believer that they are always with us. Continue to made her proud and include her in those memories. You are in my prayers.
Jackie Andrejkovics and family


Posted at 11:25am
Dear Ennio and the Ruggi family,
Deepest condolences on your loss. My heart goes out to you. May you find strength in each other and your memories of Sharon's remarkable life. God Bless you.
Rosemary Tarantino Kennedy

Dayle Ahrens

Posted at 11:23am
When my twin and I were home from grad school, in 1965, our dad, Len Tarantino had hired your dad for a few jobs and was so impressed with him, that he invited him to our house for an evening where he could meet us twins , hoping that there might be a connection with one of us and Ennio. The three of us had a brief but fun evening chatting on our porch at 4 Main and that was that since a few months later in ‘66, your mom and dad got married.
Well, after reading about your moms life today, your dad’s choice for a life partner was like winning the lottery. Gayle and I are good people, but Sharon —-an icon of goodness, talent, and courage had us beat for sure. (I hope this little anecdote I’m finally revealing to especially you Gina and Maria evokes a smile or two despite your grief)
My prayers and thoughts are with you today and I hope your memories of your wonderful mom eventually overcome the grief you feel now with the joy of your tomorrows.

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