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Ruth Delehanty Starkey
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Ruth Delehanty Starkey, 1926-2017, although she would have told you she was “forever 39”

To celebrate a life well-lived, there will be calling hours at Doolittle Funeral Home, 14 Old Church Street, Middletown on Saturday, December 9th from 10:00 am to 11:30 am. A memorial service will be held at 11:30 am.

Ruth was born to loving parents, Lillian and Raymond (Herbes) Delehanty in Mount Vernon N.Y. and other than a few years in Kansas, she grew up in Westchester County, New York. She was surrounded and enveloped by the love of her parents, her “Nana and Pa”, and her three brothers, Bob, Tom and Jack Delehanty. Her connection and love towards her brothers was a consistent and strengthening bond throughout her later years.

Ruth met and married Larry Starkey and enjoyed 48+ years of marriage and had two
Children, her son, L. Paul Starkey M.D. of Red Bank, N.J., and her daughter Kathy Canestrari of Durham CT. She welcomed her son-in-law Dave and was overjoyed at the births of her grandchildren Chris Canestrari, Colleen Canestrari and Becky Cintorino.

Ruth spent many years in Red Bank, New Jersey, Madison, CT, and in Old Saybrook,
CT enjoying bridge, gardening, cocktail parties, dancing, sun bathing, and golf. Golf was especially enjoyed for 20 plus years at Clinton Country Club in Clinton CT. And golf was certainly the driving force behind the yearly “Lillian Open” family -wide golf tournament, which became a tradition of fun, golf, laughter and maybe a few drinks.

In later years, Ruth reveled in her grandchildren, her new “grand” son-in-law Anthony and her great- grandchildren Hayley Canestrari, and Anthony and Emma Rose Cintorino. She certainly lived a wonderful life.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to The National Wildlife Federation, nwf.org or Homes For The Brave, homes forthebrave.org. To share memories or send condolences to the family, please visit www.doolittlefuneralservice.com.


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Visitation

Saturday

9

Dec

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Doolittle Funeral Home

14 Old Church Street
Middletown, CT 06457

Service

Saturday

9

Dec

11:30 AM
Doolittle Funeral Home

14 Old Church Street
Middletown, CT 06457

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