Ruth K. Leduc

Ruth K. Leduc, resident of Milford, NH, died on November 16, 2010 at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Nashua, NH.

The daughter of the late Samuel J. and Helmi (Anderson) Karnis, she was born at home in Tenants Harbor, Maine on January 15, 1934, during a blizzard.

Mrs. Leduc graduated from Milford High School, Class of 1952. She attended Keene State College, Nashua Business School and NE Aeronautical Institute. While raising four children, she was a Dutchmaid demonstrator and Cub Scout den mother and had also worked as bookkeeper at several area businesses, retiring from SAU #40 in 1998. She was Milford School District Treasurer for a number of years and served on the School District Budget Committee.

She was a loving wife, a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. An avid reader, she also enjoyed gardening and painting landscapes.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Wilfred A. Leduc of Milford; two sons and daughters-in-law, Allen and Catherine Leduc of Minnetonka, MN, Brian and Vicky Leduc of Piqua, OH; two daughters and sons-in-law, Deanna and Michael Cormier of Oak Ridge, NJ, Andrea and Lawrence LaForge of Milford; seven grandchildren, Catherine Rose and her husband, William of Ijamsville, MD, Amanda Kohler and her husband, Brett, and Dustin Leduc, all of Chaska, MN, Joanna Stevens and her husband, Kevin, Lindsey and Allyson LaForge and Johnathan Leduc, all of Milford; one great-granddaughter, Leah Stevens of Milford; two brothers and one sister-in-law, Thomas Karnis, Alfred and Carole Karnis, all of Milford; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Laura and Charles McGettigan, and Virginia Karnis, all of Wilton, NH; as well as two sisters-in-law, Jeannette Marchant of Reno, NV and Yvonne Guilfoyle of Sussex, New Brunswick, Canada; many nieces and nephews and several cousins. She was predeceased by one grandson, William Sylvernal of Oak Ridge, NJ.

Visiting hours are Monday, November 22nd from 2:00-4:00 & 6:00-8:00 pm in the Smith & Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm Street, Milford. A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Tuesday at 10:00 am in Saint Patrick’s Church, 34 Amherst Street, Milford. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Milford. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to SHARE Outreach, Inc., 1 Columbus Avenue, Milford, NH 03055. Arrangements are in the care of Smith & Heald Funeral Home, Milford. To leave an online condolence, please go to