March 15, 2009
Ruth Berchtold, 79, passed away on Feb. 24 at Brampton Civic Hospital in the company of her loving family, after a courageous year-long battle with failing health.

Growing up in Switzerland, the eldest of six children, she married John Berchtold in 1954. Embracing his dream, she left friends and family to join him in Canada to start a new life. They settled in the Brampton area.

With good friend and partner Alfred Knecht, the Berchtolds built Knecht & Berchtold, an internationally recognized landscape design and site furnishings company.

For over 40 years, Ruth Berchtold was a valued member of St. Paul’s United Church, in Brampton. In keeping with the spirit of the UCW, she lived generously, and gave joyfully. Retirement freed her to devote more time to her growing family and interests. Her grandchildren were her pride and joy.

John and Ruth Berchtold were married for over 50 years. They had three children and seven grandchildren.

The funeral was held on Mar. 2 at St. Paul’s United. A private cremation followed.

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