Ruth Kassel, former Orange County legislator, dies

SHELBURNE, VT – Ruth Kassel, a former Orange County legislator and member of the Middletown City School Board, has died. She was 89 at the time of her passing on May 5, 2020.

Mrs. Kassel was predeceased by her husband, Bud, four months ago. He operated Kassel Brothers clothing store in Middletown for several years.

Ruth Kassel was raised in Chicago and met her husband while attending college at Wellesley College. They moved to Middletown in the late 1950s.

Ruth Kassel

In mid-life, Mrs. Kassel discovered politics and served on the Middletown School Board before being elected to several terms in the Orange County Legislature including chairwoman of the Finance Committee.

During that time, she also earned a law degree from Pace University Law School and practiced family law, assisting children involved in family court matters.

Ruth and Bud Kassel moved to Burlington, Vermont in 2002 where she immersed herself in volunteer activities.

The family will gather privately to remember Mrs. Kassel when possible.

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