Ruth Olean Ernick of Dunstable, MA

1936 - 2023


June 30, 2023
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Dolan Funeral Home


July 1, 2023
11:00 AM
Immaculate Conception Parish in Nashua, NH

Ruth Olean Ernick, 86, of Dunstable, MA passed away Thursday, June 22, 2023 surrounded by her loving family.

She shared 31 years of marriage with the late Frederick Ernick who passed away on May 26, 1992. Born in Spangler, PA, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Ruth (Foster) Dumm.

Ruth graduated from Trafford High School, Trafford, PA, with the class of 1955. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Indiana State Teachers College, Indiana, PA, where she majored in English and minored in French. She taught high school English and French for three years before becoming a full-time homemaker and mother of four.  Ruth worked as a teacher’s aide at the Swallow Union Elementary School in Dunstable, MA, and as the Dunstable town clerk for six years.

She was a communicant of Immaculate Conception Parish, Nashua, NH. Ruth was a past member of the Candlelight Club of Dunstable.

Ruth was nicknamed Cookie as a child.  She loved being home and keeping her house looking nice inside and outside. She enjoyed gardening and planting and admiring beautiful flowers. She loved bird watching, especially hummingbirds.  Ruth enjoyed playing the piano, reading, writing, and swimming. She was an excellent cook and savored homegrown ripe tomatoes every summer. She enjoyed traveling and went on many cruises.  Ruth enjoyed music and attended many concerts. She could always be counted on to help move her children in and out of dormitories or apartments.  Most of all, Ruth loved talking with and spending time with her family. She played a big part in helping to raise her six grandchildren.

Ruth is survived by her two sons; Nicholas Ernick and his wife Lin Liu of Hopkinton, MA, David Ernick of Dunstable, MA, her two daughters; Mary Beth Ambrose of Dunstable, MA, Linda Ernick of Dunstable, MA, LiJun Xia, who was like another daughter to her, her sister Judy Barsic of Michigan City, IN, her six grandchildren; Ruth Ann Ambrose, Luke Ambrose, Matthew Heron, Joshua Heron, Gabriel Heron, Charlotte Heron, and her nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was the mother-in-law of the late David Ambrose and the sister-in-law to the late James Barsic.




Ruth Ernick, Dunstable, MA died June 22, 2023. Visiting hours Friday, June 30, 2023 from 4:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. at DOLAN FUNERAL HOME, 106 MIDDLESEX STREET, N. CHELMSFORD, MA. Funeral Saturday, July 1, 2023 11:00 A.M. at Immaculate Conception Parish in Nashua, NH. ARRANGEMENTS BY DOLAN FUNERAL HOME 978-251-4041. Guestbook at

7 Condolences for Ruth Olean Ernick of Dunstable, MA

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    Susan Sullivan


    I am so sorry for your loss, praying for peace and comfort for all of you.


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    Judy Barsic


    Dear MaryBeth and family, deep sympathy for you and your loss of Mother, Grandmother, She was a wonderful sister and advised me many times, I will always love and miss her,God Bless you all,Judy

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    Beth Hicks


    I just finished watching your family tribute to Cookie. What a beautiful expression of how much she loved and was loved by you all. She was my oldest cousin and a role model to look up to. She became the matriarch of our Foster family and will be missed. I will pray for her soul and for all of you as you say goodbye ❤️?

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    Richard Repucci


    Dear Linda, So sorry for your loss she seemed like a wonderful woman and I can see where you get your good qualities from. God Bless you and your family, Rick Repucci.

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    Jean Bandos


    Dear MaryBeth, Linda, Nick and David, your mom, “Cookie” to me, throughout the years continuously shared with me her love, importance of family and faith. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Love, Jean

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    Peter Martin


    Linda, I am very sad to hear about the passing of your mom. My thoughts are with you and your family. She is remembered by all the lives that she has touched.

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    John Waleyko


    Nick, David, and all of your family – I am sorry to hear of your loss. I know we have lost touch over the years, but I’ll always remember how nice your mother was to me whenever I would visit your home as a child. I often would think of her whenever visiting the area from out of state. She really was a special person. I watched the entire commemorative video, and saw that she must have been a great influence on your entire family. Take Care, and know that others are thinking of and praying for you at this difficult time.

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