An Obituary: Ruth W. (Walcott) Kovitch

October 30, 2023

Ruth W. (Walcott) Kovitch, 90, passed away peacefully on Oct. 24, 2023, at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House in Reading.

Ruth was born on Nov. 12, 1932, in Jersey City, NJ. She was the daughter of the late Theodore E. and Edith M. (Strong) Walcott. Ruth was raised and educated in Medford and a graduate of the Medford High School. Ruth continued her education, graduating from Boston University.   

Ruth married Bernard J. “Bernie” Kovitch on June 2, 1956. The couple moved to Wilmington in November 1958, where they raised their family. 

Ruth and her family enjoyed their summers in Maine, where they loved lakeside camping. Some of their favorite spots were the Mighty Joe Campground and Apple Valley. 

Ruth also looked forward to her “girls’ outings” to the annual Boston Flower Show where she enjoyed walking through the beautiful floral and garden displays. 

Ruth was talented knitter. She took pride in the many prayer shawls she knitted for the Oncology patients at the Winchester Hospital.

Ruth W. (Walcott) Kovitch

Prior to retiring, Ruth worked as an administrative manager for many years. She started with the RCA Company, which was bought out by General Electric and later acquired by the Martin-Marietta Company in Burlington. Ruth was very efficient, professional, and detail oriented. She had a great work ethic as well as a good rapport with her fellow co-workers – all attributes that made her an asset through the years.

Ruth was a woman of great faith and an active member of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Burlington for more than 50 years. Ruth and Bernie were ever present to help out and they made many friends with their follow parishioners and their families.

Ruth will be fondly remembered for her love of family and friends and she will forever be loved by all who knew her.

Ruth was the beloved wife of the late Bernard J. Kovitch. She was the devoted mother of Linda Kovitch who was a long-time Bedford resident before recently moving to Ipswich; Marcia Breakey and husband Roger Breakey, Jr. of Nashua, NH; Jeffrey Kovitch of Wilmington; and the late Larry Kovitch. She was the loving “Nana” of Roger Breakey III, Kristen Breakey, Leah Kovitch and partner Corey Levy, and Lynn Kovitch and husband Michael Polk. 

Ruth was the daughter of the late Theodore and Edith (Strong) Walcott, sister of Ken Walcott and wife Stefanie of AZ and WA, the late Phillip Walcott and his late wife Priscilla and the late Virginia Henderson. Her cousins were the Rev. Daniel Strong and wife Rev. Nancy Strong of Manchester, NH; Richard Strong and wife Lydia of Niagara Falls, NY; and the late Roger Strong. Ruth is also survived by many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62) in Wilmington, MA, on Thursday, Nov. 2 for visitation from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with a service to follow at 1:30 p.m. Interment will be in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. 

People may also join the service via zoom at The meeting ID is 818 7230 9034

Donations in Ruth’s memory may be made to the Sawtelle Family Hospice House, 320 Haverhill St., Reading, MA 01867 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Rd., Waltham, MA  02452. To leave a message of condolence for the family, please visit our website at

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