EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Ruth M. Siems, a home economist who helped create Stove Top stuffing, a Thanksgiving favorite that will be on dinner tables across the country today, has died at 74.
Miss Siems, who worked for General Foods for more than 30 years, died last week in Newburgh, Ind., after suffering a heart attack in her home.
Miss Siems helped develop Stove Top in 1971 while working at General Foods’ technical center in White Plains, N.Y. She was listed first among four inventors when the patent was awarded in 1975 for the quick and easy way of making stuffing without actually stuffing a turkey.
Kraft Foods, which owns the Stove Top brand, sells about 60 million boxes each year around Thanksgiving. As a member of the research and development staff for General Foods, Miss Siems helped find the ideal bread crumb size for making instant stuffing with the same texture as the real thing, said her brother, David Siems.
Miss Siems grew up in Evansville and graduated from Purdue University in 1953 with a home economics degree. She retired from General Foods plant in 1985 and settled in a historic house in Newburgh, near Evansville.