Mrs. Ruth Tedesco was born in 1923 to Dulce and Francisco Salsa. After arriving from Italy, the family which included six daughters and two sons, resided for most of Ruth’s life in Bridgeton , New Jersey. It was there at age seventeen that she met and married her husband for 62 years, Morris Tedesco. They raised two daughters Janet and Ann and together they owned and operated Tri County Vegetable Peeling Company. They were truly partners in every aspect of life. Ruth was active in both Brownies and Girl Scouts. She was the favored mother by all kids to chaperone any activities throughout their daughters’ lives.
After her parents passed, Ruth and Morris were blessed to take in her two down syndrome brothers to live in their home where Ruth cared for them for many years. It was then that she discovered classes in bisque doll making. As a single owner/operator she crafted and sold many of her dolls at state and regional doll shows. Her antique reproductions won the highest awards in competitions, eventually leading her to create her own original line of beautifully sculpted “Ruthies Babies”. One such doll was sculpted and modeled after her own mother and won the sculpture award in the 2017 Signature National Art Contest, “Reflect in Us”.
Mr. and Mrs. Tedesco moved to Louisville in 2003 to be with most of their family of daughters, grandchildren and great- grandchildren. After the passing of her husband, Ruth lived in her own apartment until age 93 when she joined the residents of Signature HealthCARE of Cherokee Park. Hers is a life of indomitable will, resilience over adversity, and caring for others.Back to the list of inductees