Ruth Helen Bouvy

b. 1 September 1926, d. 30 July 2005
  • Ruth Helen Bouvy was born on 1 September 1926 in New York.
  • She was baptized/christened on 31 October 1926 Sponsors were Catherine Hoffman and Charles W. Turner.
  • William Bouvy and Norma Alberta Hoffman appeared in the US federal census of 1 April 1930 in Niagara Falls, Niagara County, New York. Other members of the household included Ruth Helen Bouvy, John William Bouvy, Norman Albert Bouvy and Romain Bouvy.
  • William Bouvy and Norma Alberta Hoffman appeared in the US federal census of 1 April 1940 in Niagara Falls, Niagara County, New York, at 2615 Lockport Road. Other members of the household included Ruth Helen Bouvy, John William Bouvy and Norman Albert Bouvy.
  • The following appeared on 10 May 1943 in The Niagara Falls Gazette: William Bouvy, of the Lake Ontario Ordnance Works Guard Force, wears on his uniform the service ribbons of two wars, an expert marksman’s medal and, on his collar, the chaplain’s cross. He can hit a dime at 50 yards with his pistol or, when called upon, he can act as a messenger of goodwill as a minister of the gospel.
         Mr. Bouvy came to the Ordnance plant at Modeltown, N. Y., because he had a vision of the service that he could perform as a chaplain of the guard. His regular guard’s duties in the Examination House enable him to meet many employees. His time is also spent calling upon hospital patients and counseling employees that ask his guidance. He is non-sectarian and anxious to perform whatever service he can as a minister. “I like meeting all people and taling with them,” he says, “and hope that we can organize some discussion groups later on.”
         As a hobby, Mr. Bouvy claims music and guns which he has been collecting for many years. He has been a member of the Niagara Falls Veterans’ Revolver and Pistol club for 25 years and, in addition, shoots on Lake Ontario’s pistol range with the Guards. His Army Service record includes the Mexican border campaign and World War service in the Coast Artillery. After the last war, Mr. Bouvy remained in the army for some years and then took up evangelistic work and his ministerial duties.
         At home, he says, the family makes up its own orchestra, each playing a different musical instrument. For a time the family members played together while doing church work in various communities. At present, however, the Bouvy’s are all out for the war effort. One son is on Atlantic convoy duty with the navy, another is with the marines while Mrs. Bouvy is working in war industry and their daughter is attending school and working.
  • She married Joseph Francis Robertshaw on 30 July 1944 in Niagara Falls, New York.
  • The following appeared on 4 August 1944 in the Niagara Falls Gazette: The marriage of Miss Ruth Bouvy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Bouvy, of Lockport street, and Private First Class Joseph F. Robertshaw, of 536-1/2 Fourth street, was solemnized Sunday, July 30, at 6 p. m., by the father of the bride, the Rev. William Bouvy, at the home of the parents of the bride.
         White gladioli and snapdragons were used throughout the house for decorations.
         The bride wore a gown of white mouseline de soie with a shoulder veil from a wreath of gardenias. She carried a colonia bouquet of gardenias and baby's breath.
         Mrs. Eva Strickler, as matron of honor, wore a powder blue and cerise gown with cerise headdress. She carried a bouquet of roses and baby's breath.
         Mrs. Bert Benny, as bridesmaid, wore a gown of aqua with headdress of pink roses. She carried a colonial bouquet of pink roses and baby's breath.
         Seaman First Class Bert Benny was the best man.
         A wedding reception was held at the home of the parents of the bride. The mother of the bride wore a street-length cream suit with gardenia corsage and Mrs. Gall, guardian of the bridegroom, wore navy blue with corsage of gardenias and roses.
         Private First Class Robertshaw has returned to Camp Campbell, Kentucky, where he is stationed, and he will be joined later by his wife.
  • The following appeared on 28 May 1948 in the Niagara Falls Gazette: Mrs. William Bouvy, Mr. and Mrs. Bert Bouvy and Mrs. Joe Robertshaw, Lockport road, have left for Long Beach, Calif., where they will make their future home.
  • The following appeared on 30 July 1948 in the Niagara Falls Gazette: [Births] To Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Robertshaw, Long Beach, Calif., July 23, a daughter, Betty Lou. Mrs. Shaw is the former Miss Ruth Bouvy, this city.
  • The following appeared on 22 December 1992 in The Press-Enterprise: Services were held yesterday for Norman A. Bouvy, 70, who died Thursday of respiratory failure at his home.
         Burial followed in Riverside National Cemetery.
         Miller-Jones Mortuary of Sun City handled the arrangements.
         Mr. Bouvy was born in Niagara Falls, N.Y., and had been a Sun City resident for three years. He was a police office in Long Beach for 17 years, and worked for a school district in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho for 20 years. He served in the Navy from 1942 until 1945.
         Mr. Bouvy is survived by a son, Michael, of Rancho Santa Margarite; two grandchildren; a brother, Jack Bouvy of Columbia S.C; and a sister Ruth Robertshaw of Sun City.
  • Ruth Helen Bouvy became a widow at the 16 May 2004 death of her husband Joseph Francis Robertshaw.
  • Ruth Helen Bouvy died on 30 July 2005 at age 78.
  • She was interred at Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, Riverside County, California.
  • Last Edited: 17 Oct 2015

Family: Joseph Francis Robertshaw b. 19 April 1924, d. 16 May 2004