Home: Liberty, New York USA
Place of Birth: Galilee, Pennsylvania USA
Elma Elizabeth (Rutledge) Soracco, 101, passed away peacefully on May 31, 2013 at the Life Care Center of Nashoba Valley, Littleton, MA. She was the beloved wife of the late Louis F. Soracco for 51 years.
Elma was born in Galilee, Pennsylvania on June 6, 1911. She was the daughter of Floyd E. and Mary I. (Gilroy) Rutledge. She was educated in Galilee and graduated from the Damascus, PA High School in 1929. Elma went to nursing school at the Clemson School of Nursing at the Horton Memorial Hospital in Middletown, NY. Elma (Ann) received her "Cap" in September 1932, graduated in a class of approximately 6. She received her Registered Nurse Certificate from The University of the State of New York on September 22, 1932. Elma went to Bellevue Hospital in New York City for intern work and then to Mass General in Boston, MA, as an intern. Elma returned to Middletown, NY and worked as an Operating Room nurse with Dr. Roswell L. Schmidt, Chief Surgeon.
Elma went to Liberty, NY and worked as an Operating Room nurse at Maimonides Hospital in the late 1930's. She met and married Louis F. Soracco, a Liberty Policeman, on January 4, 1942. They resided at their home on Darbee Lane with their two sons Louis F. Soracco, now retired Major, USAF and Reginald J. Soracco, PhD, who pre-deceased her. Elma also worked as a nurse at the Liberty Loomis Hospital and the Woodbourne Correctional Facility, in Woodbourne, NY. Elma was a communicant of St. Peter's Parish and 50 year member of the Rosarians. Elma was also active in the Cornell Extension and Home Demonstration.
Survivors include her son, Louis Soracco and wife Mary of Littleton, MA and four grandchildren: Rachella and husband Christopher Johnston of Littleton, MA; Roma and husband John (JP) Ehwa of Ayer, MA; Louis A. Soracco and wife Anita of Ayer, MA and Teresa Soracco of Littleton, MA. She is also survived by 5 cherished great-grandchildren. In addition, she is survived by nieces and nephews in New York and New Jersey and relatives in New York, Pennsylvania and Florida.
Friends may call on Thursday, June 6 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM at Ramsay's Funeral Home, 275 S. Main St. Liberty, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Friday June 7, 2013 at Noon at St. Peter's Church, 264 N. Main St. Liberty. Burial in St. Joseph Cemetery in Rileyville, PA will follow the mass.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in her name may be sent to St. Peter's Church, 264 N. Main St., Liberty, NY 12754 or to The American Heart Association, 1 Union St. #301, Robbinsville, NJ 08691-4183.
Funeral arrangements are by Ramsay's Funeral Homes Inc., Liberty, NY. For further information or to send an online condolence, please visit www.ramsaysfuneralhome.com.