N iskayuna, NY – Ruth Karin Sayers, 56, of Niskayuna, passed away unexpectedly on May 2, 2012, surrounded by her family.
Born on September 16, 1955 in Roslyn, NY, she was the daughter of Josef and Grete (Worbs) Hanser, both German immigrants.
Ruth grew up in Granville and graduated from Granville High School in 1973. She also attended the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale.
She is survived by her husband, Keith Sayers of Niskayuna; her son Tom Hammond of Washington, DC; and her daughter Kylee Jo Sayers also of Niskayuna.
Ruth is also survived by her older brother Roy Hanser, Granville; her younger brother Robin Hanser and his wife Shirley Hanser, Middle Granville; her niece Grete Miller and her husband Andy Miller along with their son Dylan Miller; her nephew Eric Hanser, New York City; her nephew Steven Hanser and his daughter Hailey, Granville; her nephew Micheal Hanser, Granville; and her niece Heather Hanser, Winchester, VA; her mother-in-law Rebecca Sayers, Granville; her sister-in-law Theresa Shaw and her husband Micheal Shaw, North Granville; her brother-in-law Gerald Sayers, and his wife Deborah Sayers, Deerfield, NH; her sister-in-law Kathy McIntyre and her husband William McIntyre, Granville; her nephew Chad Sayers and his wife Jessica Sayers along with their son Isiaha, Falconer; her niece Alica Shaw and her fiance Dennis Taylor, North Granville; her niece Courtney Sayers, Portsmouth, NH; her nephew William McIntyre, Granville; her nephew Justin McIntyre, Granville; and her nephew Jeremy Sayers, Portsmouth, NH.
She was preceded in death by her parents, as well as her younger brother, Roger Hanser, and her aunt, Amalie Burandt.
Ruth worked for the Niskayuna and Granville school districts in order to be close to her children. She also assisted local voters as a volunteer poll worker, and was a past Matron of the Granville chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star.
A gifted artisan, she crafted Christmas wreathes for over four decades. She also enjoyed gardening and landscape design, growing beautiful flower and vegetable gardens which allowed her to showcase her passion.
A loving wife, and devoted mother, her life was characterized by compassion, creativity, and service.
A service will be held at a future date. Arrangements are under the direction of the Robert M. King Funeral Home, Granville, NY.