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Ruth LaValle

East Haven

Published Aug. 13, 2019

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Ruth LaValle, longtime resident of East Haven, passed away peacefully at Hospice in Branford on Aug. 10. Born in New Haven on Oct. 21, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Charles W. Benson and Margaret (Bablonka) Benson.

She was the loving mother of Debra LaValle (David) of Guilford and Kathy Young of New Haven. She is also survived by grandchildren Michelle Fogarty and Sara Fogarty of New York, and David Fogarty and Sean Scanlon (Meghan) of Guilford; a sister, Ethel Moore of Guilford; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother Joseph Benson and sisters Margaret Phelon, Mary McKenzie, Trudy Sullivan, Katherine Coimbra, and Dorothy Christopher.

Before retirement, Ruth worked as a cashier at Stop & Shop in Branford for many years. She loved going on day trips, shopping, and spending time with her family and her cat Mia.

Friends are invited to her Celebration of Life on Friday, Aug. 16 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Guilford Funeral Home, 115 Church St., Guilford. Burial services will be held on Saturday, Aug. 17 at 10:30 a.m. in West Cemetery, 72 Jannas Lane, Madison. To share a memory, visit

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