Besterd, Ruth Mary (née Zubick)

Besterd, Ruth Mary (née Zubick)

June 2nd, 2021

Peacefully passed away, at Parkwood Institute on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at the age of 80. Loving and devoted wife of Norman Lee Besterd. Beloved and compassionate mother of Allyson Stevens, the late Timothy Besterd (Tracy), and the late Paul Besterd (Connie Hester). Proud grandmother of Alexandra Price (Matthew Daniel), Stephanie Price, Braeden Price, Cody Besterd, and Kyle Besterd; great-grandmother of Tatum Daniel, Samuel Daniel, new baby Daniel (arrival expected in July 2021), and Rylee Price. Adored sister of Doris England, Nancey Orosz (Andy), George Zubick (Jill), the late Karen Semenuk (Brent Baer), the late Bruce Zubick (Barb), and Kathy Squires. Predeceased by her parents, Elaine and John Zubick. Ruth was an enthusiastic, spirited and avid world traveler, eagerly and constantly educating herself in all areas of life. Health, the World, and Cooking were just a few of her favourite subjects of study. She particularly loved all of her adventures and road trips with her best friend and sister, Karen Semenuk, and brother-in-law Brent Baer. Ruth was detail-oriented and a patient gift-wrapper. She loved the Food Network, the colour red, Schnauzers, Sudoku, Asian Cuisine, and cruises with her husband. The family would like to thank the nursing staff of the 4th floor Palliative Care Unit at Parkwood Institute for their exceptional care. There will be two visitations held on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. (for family) and from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. (for friends) at Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, London. Registration is required to attend the visitation.

To register for the visitation for family, please click here: FAMILY registration page for the visitation of Ruth Mary Besterd on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 from 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.

To register for the visitation for friends, please click here: FRIENDS registration page for the visitation of Ruth Mary Besterd on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Please note: as per the directive of the Bereavement Authority of Ontario, attendance numbers will be restricted. Please be aware that COVID-19 protocols are in place which may preclude some from being able to attend and masks are mandatory.

Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Ruth are asked to consider the London Health Sciences Foundation – Cancer Program.


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Book of Condolences

LInda FoxTo Doris and Family, Please accept my sympathy in the loss of your beloved sister. Treasure your memories of her and hold them close to your heart where she will always remain and remember that LOVE never dies. Sincerely. Linda Fox
Barb and Barry McKenzieDear Ally - So sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. You are in our thoughts. Our deepest condolences to you and the family. Barb & Barry
Shelendra JoshiDear Norm and Allyson, Was very sorry to hear about Ruth's passing. She was a wonderful neighbour and friend. I will always remember her kindness towards me and Ishana. She will be deeply missed. Shel and Ishana
Murray ShawI am so sorry to hear of Ruth’s passing. We were neighbors for 33 years and Ruth was always very helpful and cheerful to our family. My thoughts are with the family.
Clarke & Grace RollingsNorm and family: We are very sorry for your loss of Ruth. Grace enjoyed many pleasant times with Ruth at the gym and Clarke enjoyed working for you on house renovations. May pleasant memories help you through this very difficult time. Clarke and Grace Rollings
Roy and Nancy GardnerOur deepest sympathies to Norm and the Besterd and Zubick families.
jeff ste. marieMy heart aches for the Zubick and Besterd families, it feels like sorrow upon sorrow these past few months. May the words of Psalm 46 bring a sense of peace and hope in this season of grief.
Erin (Halford) PicklesAllyson & Norman My deepest sympathies for the loss of your mother and wife. I will always remember the many weekends spent at your home and how wonderful Ruth was. May the love and peace of God fill your hearts in this difficult time.
Bill WarmelsAllyson, my sincere condolences for the loss of your Mom. It has been many years but I always remember her fondly. She was kind to me and loved all of you dearly. Right now I recall her dancing one evening with your Dad in the living room. How she smiled and laughed. But I am shockingly surprised with the loss of Tim and Paul. Again my sincere condolences. I wish you peace and comfort, Stay well. With love
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