Liz Ruegg

Liz Ruegg

Tuesday, September 7th, 1954 - Saturday, December 28th, 2019
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Elizabeth “Liz” (Alton) Ruegg of Orangeville, and formerly of Harriston, passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday, December 28, 2019, in her 66th year.

Wife of Glenn Ruegg. Mother of Sharon & Jody Herbus of Lloydminster, Alberta, and Lynda Ruegg of Orangeville, and grandmother of Noah Baillargeon.

Sister of Virginia & Jim Nelemans of Wingham, John Alton of Calgary, Cindy Grose of Drayton, and Danny Alton & Paulette LeBlanc of Palmerston.

Predeceased by her daughter Amy Ruegg, brother Michael Alton, and parents Elgin & Jean (Clarke) Alton.

Liz was born September 7, 1954 in Alliston to Elgin and Jean Alton. She graduated in 1975 from Conestoga College where she spent her career making a difference in the lives of others at the Palmerston Hospital and Headwaters Hospital in Orangeville.

Liz truly lived life to the fullest. She celebrated life from the mountaintops to the oceans and every beach in between with friends and her grandson Noah. Liz was known to host amazing parties where you could often catch her enjoying a glass of wine with friends.

She had an uncanny ability to reach people in a positive way and inspired many.

Family, friends and others whose lives Liz touched are welcome to join us for her funeral service at Harriston United Church on Saturday, January 4, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. followed by a celebration of life at the Harriston Legion. All are welcome to share stories, laugh, and of course, just chat as we remember what a wonderful life Liz had. Please feel free to wear a little sparkle as Liz loved to brighten up a room.

Memorial donations to Headwaters Health Care Foundation, Orangeville or Palmerston & District Hospital Foundation would be appreciated, and may be made through the Hardy-Lee Funeral Home, Harriston.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Saturday, January 4th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Saturday, January 4th, 2020 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Royal Canadian Legion, Harriston
    53 Elora St.S.
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    Family, friends and others whose lives Liz touched are welcome to join us for her funeral service at Harriston United Church on Saturday, January 4, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. followed by a celebration of life at the Harriston Legion.
  • Service

    Saturday, January 4th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Saturday, January 4th, 2020 1:00pm
    Harriston United Church
    57 Young St. W.
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    Rev. Jessica Cottrell
  • Interment

    Harriston Cemetery
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Nancy Aitchison

Posted at 09:38am
So sorry to hear about Liz. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Doug and Nancy Aitchison


Posted at 09:38am
My memories of Liz are many and in particular her passion for health care and the Dufferin -Caledon community.
I had the privilege of serving as Headwaters Hospital board chair while Liz was board chair and never failed to be impressed by her achievements and the achievements she led the Hospital to attaining.
We all hope to make a difference within the community we live and Liz certainly did that.
I am proud to have called her my friend and while she will be missed she won't be forgotten.

Peter Harris

Joyce Weylie

Posted at 11:09am
Glenn and Family:
So sorry to hear of Liz's passing. Happy got to see you folks at the Junior Farmer Reunion last July. A great lady who will be missed by many. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Joyce

Martha Jewitt

Posted at 10:06am
As a leader in Nursing, Liz inspired me to try harder, think more broadly, reach higher and, in short, to be a better nurse. She made a huge difference to me when she introduced me to Palliative Care and challenged me to develop a Palliative Care Program. Working within the Palliative Care community has left a mark on my life both personally and professionally. For that I will forever be indebted to the foresight and direction of my mentor and friend, Liz Ruegg. I extend my sincere sympathies to her family and friends as you remember her impact on your lives. Her smile lit up our lives.
Martha Jewitt


Annamarie Cox

Posted at 07:55am
Sending my sincere condolences to Glenn, Sharon, and Linda and all family and friends. Reminiscent memories from the 1990's with the RMC, WeCare Canada skincare group, good times and fun travel times to Aruba, Las Vegas and Kananakis Alberta. I can still hear her laugh! She certainly had a sense of adventure and touched many along the way. She will be truly missed.
Annamarie Cox

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