Obituary published by Cochran Funeral Home in November 2020:
Ruth Ann (Huslage) Rupprecht of Mount Olive, passed into glory on November 1, 2020 surrounded by her family after a valiant five year battle with Multiple Myeloma. Ruth was born on November 19, 1944 to John and Beatrice (Bjorkland) Huslage in Rahway, NJ. The oldest of four siblings, she spent her childhood in Roselle Park, NJ before the family settled in South Plainfield.
Ruth graduated from South Plainfield High School in 1962 as valedictorian and then went onto Wheaton College (IL) where she graduated with a B.A. in Literature in 1966. She taught at Churchhill Jr. High School and then East Brunswick Jr. High School until 1973. During this time, she met her future husband David at a youth banquet where he was the guest speaker and she was the mistress of ceremonies. After they were married in 1973, she then taught for two years at Randolph High School until their first child, Kara was born in 1975. Son Kirk followed in 1978.
Ruth ministered alongside her husband at Budd Lake Chapel where he was the pastor for 30 years. Together they opened their home, “Barachah Barn” to those in need with their ministry of “Radical Hospitality.” They published a book by that title in 1983. Over the years, their home became a safe haven to 80+ people in need. In addition, she played the piano at the Chapel, led women’s Bible studies, taught Sunday School, and led VBS.
As Kara headed to college, Ruth returned to the work force. She led a Japanese Student Exchange Program at Centenary College before returning to Randolph High School to teach Senior English and Creative Writing. She inspired a multitude of students in their writing and life in general before retiring in 2010.
In retirement, her focus shifted to caring for her mother, aunt, and mother-in-law as well as continuing to minister through their new church Hope Presbyterian in Randolph. She led a “Story Sharers” group at Paragon Village where residents would come and share their life experiences. She traveled with her sister Sue to London and Italy. But mostly she enjoyed being “MorMor” to her five grandchildren. She took an interest in each of them and their activities, often traveling to Massachusetts to see baseball games and musicals of her grandchildren there. For the ones who were lucky enough to live close by, she was a part of their daily lives.
When she was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in 2015, her lifelong faith in Christ only deepened. The hymn “All the Way My Savior Leads Me” became her theme as she endured a stem-cell transplant and years of immuno- and chemotherapy. She was grateful for each day given to her and took others along on her journey through her Caring Bridge site. She always remained positive even when the news wasn’t always positive itself.
For Ruth, her faith guided everything she did and every part of who she was. She genuinely loved others without judgment. She encouraged everyone she met just through her interactions with them. The impact of her life is felt wide and deep and will last generations.
Ruth is survived by her husband of 47 years, David Rupprecht; children Kara (Ian) Fink of Framingham, MA, and Kirk (Alicia) Rupprecht, of Budd Lake, NJ; grandchildren Dylan and Kayleigh Fink, of Framingham, MA and Cadence, Cassidy, and Elliette Rupprecht of Budd Lake, NJ; sister Susan Huslage of New Brunswick, NJ ; brothers John Huslage of Bath, NY and Mark (Kathy) Huslage of Baltimore, MD; sister-in-law Terry Huslage of Neshanic Station, NJ; and numerous nieces and nephews.