Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Karen M. Ruch, née Jensen

Wellsville, NY - Karen M. Ruch, née Jensen, went to her eternal home on March 20, 2022. 

Karen was the beloved wife of the late James P. Ruch; daughter of the late Jacob and Jenny Jensen; sister of Paul (Loraine) Jensen, and the late Robert Jensen and Ruth (Julius) Kovach. Karen was the loving mother of Holly (Thomas) Ruch-Ross, John (Stefanie) Ruch, Suzanne (John) Garvey, and James (Mary) Ruch. Karen is also survived by her grandchildren, Matthew Ruch, Lisa (Gregory) Bugbee, Laura Smith, Karen (Andrew) Swanson, Amanda (Sasha) Khodorkovskaya, Erin (Michael) Matecki, Benjamin Ross, Adam (Allyssa) Garvey, Julia Ruch, and Sydney Ross. She was GG to 9 great-grandchildren. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.  

Karen taught English for years at Iroquois High School. She loved painting and drawing, playing the piano, and singing. Karen moved to Wellsville and was welcomed into a loving community at Grace United Church. 

A memorial service is being planned for a later date. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.


  1. I had Mrs. Ruch as my 10th grade English teacher at Iroquois High School, and she was a wonderful lady. She was also the advisor to the National Honor Society. May she rest in peace.

  2. I am so sorry to hear of Karen's passing. I always enjoyed visiting with them when we went out to visit Aunt Ruth & Uncle Julius.

  3. I’m so sorry. Graduated in 76 at Iroquois. My favorite teacher.