of local author to be completed
Wanda English Burnett - Editor
Carrying out the mission of his beloved wife is something Richard
Lengerich intends to do. His wife of 49 years, Ruth or Rudy
as she is known in her books, died in December of last year.
She had several books in the works and had already published
three. Richard vowed to carry out her love of books and continue
with the publishing. I couldnt do it without my
daughter-in-law, Megan, he noted in an informal interview
The latest book that has just hit bookshelves is Summer Rhapsody,
which is the second book in a trilogy. The first was Autumn
Serenade, and the third will be announced. The new book is available
to check out at the Tyson Library, Versailles, and is also available
for purchase as are others that have already been published.
You can pick up your own copy at the library, Spencer Tyson
Pharmacy in Versailles, or Pats Bulk Food, just south
of Versailles on US 421.
The book that gave the late Mrs. Lengerich the title of author
was Our Bakers Dozen, which had a lot of biography of
her family, including 13 children - nine girls and four boys
- and husband, Richard. A reprint of that book was just recently
done with 80 pages added to it, according to Richard.
Then, Autumn Serenade and With This Ring I Thee Wed, were added
to the collection. With This Ring I Thee Wed is the first in
the McKenzie trilogy. Two more will be forthcoming and will
also be announced.
The books, all fiction, except Our Bakers Dozen, have
thrilling stories that are wholesome family reading material.
I still have the first book she wrote, noted Mr.
Lengerich, who said it was when his wife was in the second grade.
She always had a love for words and knew how to use them.
Mr. Lengerich notes that the family, which was the late authors
inspiration to write, has grown to 30 grandchildren, two great
grandchildren, and two more on the way, both boys,
When all is said and done, Mrs. Lengerich will be published
seven times, sharing her talents with readers for generations
Karen Reynolds, assistant librarian at Tyson Library, has read
all the books and says she looks forward to future publications.
Ruth was a talented, delightful lady whom I greatly miss,
she noted. She gratefully accepted the latest book for the librarys
WANDA ENGLISH BURNETT
Richard Lengerich, right, donates his late wife's latest
publication, Summer Rhapsody, to the Tyson Library in
Versailles. Accepting on behalf of the library is Karen
Reynolds, assistant librarian. The author, Ruth (Rudy)
Lengerich passed away in December and Mr. Lengerich is
carrying on her wishes to publish material she had prepared.