Ruth Dulcide (White) Liebl, the wife of the late Otto Matthias Liebl whose family owned and operated Liebl Hardware store in Lindenhurst for decades, died July 3, 2022 in Cape Coral, Florida. She was 91 years old.
Mrs. Liebl was born and raised in Wantagh and moved to Lindenhurst in the mid 1940s. She attended Lindenhurst High School but graduated later from Palm Beach High School in Florida where her family moved for a short time.
Following that, the family moved back to Lindenhurst and Mrs. Liebl met her future husband. The couple were married in 1952 and Mrs. Liebl worked for the New York Telephone Company.
Her husband’s father opened Liebl Hardware in 1934 and Otto and his brother Edward worked there. The store, with its sturdy wooden floors and shelves overflowing with paint, brushes, tools, Knick knacks, a wide assortment of nuts and bolts and hand tool s was the place to go for the professional painters and carpenters as well as the do-it -yourselfers.
Following the death of his brother in the 1990s, Otto ran the store, assisted by his nephew, John Liebl. When the Big Box stores opened and the harsh realities of small business ownership hit home, Otto closed the store and sold the property. He later recalled, “When I locked the door and hung the closed sign for the final time, I had the feeling a friend had died.”
“It was the personal touch that made lasting impressions and countless friendships throughout Liebl Hardware’s 65 years,” wrote his daughter Karen. “More than an outlet for finishing nails and light bulbs, the store was the human internet for the exchange of current news and greetings between relocated neighbors and friends.”
Karen said her mother was a traditional homemaker and supportive partner of her dad.
“What comes to mind about growing up is that dinner would be on the table at 6 o’clock every night. My father would lock up the store, the church bells would be ringing and he would walk home and whistle for my brother and me to come in for dinner,” she said. “What was particularly remarkable about my parents is that they always took us on family vacations so that we got to realize there was a world out there that was more than just our back yard.”
Following the sale of the hardware store, the couple retired to Cape Coral in 2002. Mr. Liebl died Dec. 20, 2014.
Mr. and Mrs. Liebl are survived by their daughter Karen and her husband David Salls of Saratoga Springs; their son Brian and his wife Linda Donnelly of Alva, Florida and their grandchildren: Shannon Prendergast of Raleigh, North Carolina; Gwinna Miller and her husband Brian of Ganesvoort, New York; Eric of Fort Myers, Florida, and Katie Hammond and her husband Ella Josh of Alva, Florida. They are also survived by their great grandchildren Kylie and Mollie Hammond and Tripp and Tessa Miller.
The family was assisted by Fuller Metz Cremation and Funeral Services, 3740 Del Prado Blvd S, Cape Coral, FL 33904.
Mr. and Mrs. Liebl’s remains will be buried together in St. Charles Cemetery, Farmingdale, Sept. 17, 2022. A private service will be held.