Ruth A. Krauth


1927 – 2014

LEWISTON — The Family of Ruth A. Krauth mourns the loss of their mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, cousin and friend. Ruth passed away on Friday, Dec. 19, surrounded by family.

Ruth was born in Lewiston on April 9, 1927, the daughter of Annie Wilkinson and Charles Hollis Wetstein. Ruth attended local schools, graduated from Lewiston High School class of 1945 and studied at the University of Maine.

In 1946, she met and married Charles M. Krauth of Boston, who was in naval officer training at Bates College. He served on a minesweeper during World War II. Charles Krauth died in 1985.

They had two boys, Dean and Wayne, and as a family they enjoyed many years of camping and traveling.

Ruth enjoyed crafts, family gatherings and playing bridge, and during the years her boys were growing up, she was active in school committees.


An important part of her family’s life was her dedication to the United Baptist Church of Lewiston, where both she and Charles held many offices. After a change of direction at the church, Ruth helped the women who had been members to form a non-denominational group called the Circle. Not attached to any church, the Circle cared for home-bound friends and supported several homeless shelters in any small way they could.

In later years, Ruth enjoyed painting and scrapbooking and was a member of Romance Writers of America.

She is survived by her two sons, Dean Krauth and his companion, Jeanne Rollins, of Lewiston and Wayne Krauth and his companion, Gayle Dunnigan, of Steep Falls; her grandson, Dane and his fiancé, Jamie Thibault, and their two children, Ashton Krauth and Kylie Krauth of Leeds.

Her lifetime is chronicled in the many memory books she loved to create and especially in the “Krauth Chronicles” book she wrote. She was a dedicated writer having completed several published and unpublished novels and several short stories, which were sold to popular magazines. Her membership in the Woman’s Literary Union brought her joy as did her special friendship with her bridge group. Being a supportive friend to those she cared about was most important to her.