January 2, 1933 ~ April 28, 2021

Born in: New Haven, CT
Resided in: Cheshire, CT

Ruth (Hanks) Ibsen, 88, of Cheshire, wife of the late Donald J. Ibsen, passed away at the UConn Health Center on April 28, 2021. Born in New Haven January 2, 1933, she was the daughter of the late George W. and Doris (Meeker) Hanks. Ruth will be lovingly remembered by her children; Marcia Russo (Michael) of Farmington, Donald J. Ibsen, Jr. of Bethel, and Diane Covel (Sean) of Northford, and grandchildren; Brandon Russo (Adrianna) of Florida, Tara Russo (Michael) of Middletown, Christopher Burzynski of California, Lauren Cloutier (Justin) of Simsbury, Stefan Burzynski (Kelli) of Glastonbury, and Ian and Erik Covel, both of Northford, and great-grandchildren; Myah, Angelina and Taylor Russo, Adelyn, Porter, and Remington Cloutier, and Connor and Cameron Burzynski. She is survived by her siblings; Robert, David, Paul, Alan, and Jeffrey Hanks. She is also predeceased by her siblings; Lois Stone, William Hanks, Margaret English, and George Hanks, Jr.

Ruth attended Lyman Hall High School in Wallingford. She was a longtime devoted member of Trinity Evangelical Free Church of Woodbridge, where she sang in the choir, cooked in the kitchen, and volunteered for vacation bible school, sports camp, and White Cross ministries to name a few. She was also a member of New Haven Country Club where she enjoyed friends, golf and acting as the Women’s golf historian through photography. She also enjoyed volunteering at the Homemaker Thrift Shop in Branford. Ruth grew up and raised a family in North Haven. She volunteered at the voter polls for many years in town. She enjoyed gardening, hosting friends and family, and birdwatching. Ruth loved beachcombing, especially for sharks’ teeth! She loved to travel and was blessed to be able to do so with family, friends and her beloved husband Don.

Friends are invited to visit with Ruth’s family from 4-8 p.m. on Friday, May 7th at Beecher & Bennett Funeral Home, 2300 Whitney Avenue, Hamden. A Memorial Service will be private, but streamed to Trinity Evangelical Free Church’s Facebook page. Burial will be private.



Visitation: May 7, 2021 4:00 - 8:00 pm

Beecher & Bennett Funeral Service - Hamden
2300 Whitney Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518


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  1. Marcia, D.J. And Diane,
    I was so sorry to hear of Aunt Ruth’s passing; I am sure you will miss her so much.

    Unfortunately, due to a prior commitment, I will not be able to be with you on Friday or at the Saturday service but will certainly be thinking of you.

    My deepest sympathy; may God bless you all in this time of great sorrow.
    Barb Goodwin

  2. Ruth was a wonderful person and was our next door neighbor for many years in Northford
    before moving to Cheshire last summer. She always had a smile and a kind word to say to
    everyone. She will be missed.

    Lou and Adrienne D’Antonio

  3. The Lord shined brightly through Ruth as she served the Lord! My heart smiled every time she sang in the church choir!! I’ll never forget the day I brought Gavin, my youngest son, to a White Cross meeting where we tore sheets, sewed them together-end to end-and rolled them up to make bandages to send to a hospital in the Congo. Gavin and Ruth had a great time chitchatting! They were best pals by the time the meeting was over! Such a strong woman of faith! Prayers are continuing for her family.

  4. I am Thankful for knowing such a Sweet & Beautiful woman to look up to. An Blessed to have you as my aunt 🙏🏼❤️

  5. We will miss Ruth. We have very fond memories with her when we sang in the choir with Steve Wolf.

  6. I did not know her for the length of time others knew her but I have to say what a sweetheart she was and am thrilled and blessed to have known her. God bless her as she is with our Heavenly Father❤️

  7. What a wonderful service for such a wonderful, fun lady.
    I have such great memories of riding the waves at Hammonasset , the higher the better! I also treasured singing next to her for Candlelight services years ago. Her love for family was so special.
    Our love to you all,
    Barb (Bobbie) and Rick Ihmels

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