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Roseville Community Schools mourns loss of Trustee Ruth Green

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published June 8, 2020

 Roseville Community Schools is mourning the passing of school board Trustee Ruth Green, who served on the board for  10 years.

Roseville Community Schools is mourning the passing of school board Trustee Ruth Green, who served on the board for 10 years.

Photo provided by Joe Genest

ROSEVILLE — Roseville Community Schools announced May 27 the passing of school board Trustee Ruth Green after a long battle with illness.

Green had served on the school board since April of 2010. Board President Theresa Genest said that Green leaves behind a husband, daughter and several grandchildren.

“She kept working even though she had been very sick the last five years,” Genest said. “She still did more work than any two of us. I’m glad she’ll have some peace finally.”

Roseville Community Schools Superintendent Mark Blaszkowski said Green was among the most passionate people he had ever met.

“While on the board, she was a fantastic team member,” he said. “She brought a perspective to the board from her community. She was caring but tough, which is a hard combination to find. She’d do anything for you, but also had expectations from you as well.”

He went on to say that Green was integral to many of the major steps the district has been able to take in the last decade.

“She’s helped pass our bond measure, she helped guide us through our changes to graduation requirements, she helped us manage our budget situation while we were in crisis,” he said.

Genest added that Green’s drive to help others and improve the community was not dimmed once she became sick.

“I want people to know she would do anything for anybody,” remarked Genest. “She would be lying in her sickbed and she would still tell you, ‘If you need anything, give me a call.’ She was just a giving, caring person. Almost anyone in this city could tell you about Ruth Green and how great she is.”

Both Genest and Blaszkowski lauded Green’s eager participation in a number of local organizations.

“She was part of the Kiwanis Club, she baked food for the police officers, she was a real pillar of the community and will be greatly missed,” Genest said. “When I joined the board, she helped introduce me to people in the community and really helped me get to know the people I needed to represent. This was before she was even on the board. She did so much.”

“Ruth Green was the most caring woman I’ve ever met,” Blaszkowski added. “She was a pillar in her neighborhood and she supported her neighbors and her community, as a Kiwanis Club member, a school board member and Roseville Scholarship Foundation member. She single-handedly generated a lot of money for our family fun night when we first started it.”

Both Genest and Blaszkowski also said they want to ensure that the Roseville community will not forget Green.

“I want the public to carry on her caring nature in the community. She was a role model for young women,” said the superintendent. “She will be deeply missed.”

The district announced that donations may be made in Green’s memory to the Roseville Community Schools Scholarship Foundation. Checks should be made payable to “RCSSF” and mailed to 18975 Church St., Roseville, MI 48066.