Elizabeth 'Bette, Lizzy, Liz' A. (DeGiorgio) Ruggeri

June 17, 1926 ~ July 23, 2019 (age 93)


Troy - Elizabeth ‘Bette, Lizzy, Liz’ A. Ruggeri, 93, of Burdett Avenue died Tuesday, July 23, 2019, at Eddy Memorial Geriatric Center after a long illness.

Born in Troy, she was daughter of the late Sebastian DeGiorgio and Mary Prezio DeGiorgio and wife of the late Marcello A. Ruggeri. She had resided in Troy all her life,  was a 1946 graduate of Troy High School and earned her Associate's Degree from Maria College School of Nursing in 1970, at 56 years old. 

Bette was humbly proud to be a Registered Nurse at the Progressive Care Coronary Unit of Samaritan Hospital for 18 years, retiring in 1988.   

A woman of deep faith, she was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church Troy.    

Survivors include a son,  Marc A. (Liz Grubbs) Ruggeri, Jr., a daughter, Beth Ruggeri, Cohoes; three grandchildren, Jessica (Andrew) Hogue, Michael (Lorena) Ruggeri and Timothy (Sebrina) Andren; two sisters, Mary Trad, Clifton Park and Lucia Karichkowsky, Troy and several great grandchildren, cousins and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her siblings, Emilia Colwell, Amelia De Nice, Eleanor Daniels, Filomena Carello and Joseph, Sebastian (Dodo) and Nicholas DeGiorgio.

An entombment service will take place Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at 11AM at St. Mary's Cemetery Mausoleum Troy with Rev. Geoffrey Burke.

KINDLY DO NOT SEND FLOWERS.  In lieu of flowers contributions may be made in memory of Elizabeth A. Ruggeri to the Alzheimer's Association of NENY 4 Pine West Plaza, Suite 405 Albany, NY 12205 or American Kidney Fund 11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300 Rockville, MD 20852 or the charity of ones choice. 

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Funeral Service
July 31, 2019

11:00 AM
St. Mary's Cemetery Mausoleum
Tibbits Avenue
Troy, NY 12180


Alzheimer's Association of NENY
Pine West Plaza, Bldg 4, Suite 405, Albany NY 12205

American Kidney Fund
11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville MD 20852

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