Ruth (Berdak) Ortega, 53, a resident of Merced for 36 years passed away last Tuesday, June 25th 2013 rather unexpectedly.
Ruth was a school bus driver for Merced City Schools for the past 25 years; the majority of that time was spent driving bus #129. She loved all of her kids from her routes and many thought of her as a 'second mother'. She was stern but kind, but always willing to lend a listening ear or helping hand to anyone in need. Ruth dedicated over 16 years to being a "Band Mom" supporting both her daughters' music endeavors through Hoover Middle School and with the Golden Valley Cardinal Regime. She loved gardening and cooking and always had enough food made up in her home to feed anyone who came by the house.
Ruth is preceded in death by her mother Shirley Berdak of Oklahoma, and survived by her daughters Sonya Sommer and Danielle Ortega, her granddaughter Audrey Ward, and grandson Gilbert Sommer V.
A memorial service will be held in her honor on Wednesday July 3rd, 2013 at 11:00 at Stratford Evans Funeral Home in Merced.
In lieu of customary remembrances or flowers, the family kindly request that donations be made to the Golden Valley Cardinal Regime, under the direction of Mr. Mike Vasquez, to help other musically talented children realize their talents and pursue their dreams.