Ruth was born in Trent, Kentucky, as a small child, Ruth and the family moved to Dayton, Ohio. After graduating college the entire family moved to Vandalia, Ohio. The Grand American was like summer camp for the adults even then. Her
boss shot the Grand American every year and said how lucky she was to live so close. The only problem for the “natives” that lived in Vandalia was the traffic congestion, when driving by the facility, and trying to get a seat at the local restaurants during the event! They all couldn’t wait till it was over! Who knew, it would become one of Ruth’s favorite places for so long.
Ruth moved to Cleveland in 1966 to work at Bayview Hospital as a laboratory technician and met her future husband, Dr. Paul Coniglio, in of all places, the morgue! Paul and Ruth were married in 1968. Paul opened his practice in Parsippany, New Jersey and Ruth was his office manager for thirty years, they have four children Diane, Patricia, Cyndi and Chris. They celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary this past year. They now reside in Odessa, Florida. Paul still doctors and Ruth does Real Estate. Ruth says, “even now, when I smell gun powder, the urge to shoot comes back to me!”
Ruth started shooting in 1972 after Paul gave her a Remington 1100 for her birthday. In 1973 Paul and Ruth attended the Pennsylvania State Shoot and it rained the entire weekend Ruth says she must have been part duck cause she shot her first 75 straight. The both of them were quite so miserable with the conditions, that on the following Monday, Ruth and Paul were shopping for a van
and a travel trailer. They pulled the trailer up and down the East coast and into Canada following the big shoot circuit and enjoying every minute of it.
She shot the 1100 for a while, and then switched to a Winchester Model 12, because the 1100 needed to be cleaned too often. The model 12 lasted till the rib blew off the gun at the Eastern Zone Shoot. Paul then bought Ruth a Ljutic; Ruth shot it well, in 1975 she came in second in the Ladies Singles Championship at the State Shoot, in 1976, Ruth captured her first New Jersey, Ladies Singles Championship. That August, she and Paul went to the Grand and Ruth and Paul won the Husband / Wife trophy. The only problem with the Ljutic was she couldn’t break more than 98 in a race. Fortunately, Kreighoff came out with the K-80 in 1980 and Ruth found a gun that could break 99’s and 100’s easily!
Ruth’s fondest memories were shooting with her squad mates, Ruthie (Keim) Flayderman George Ranzau, Carol Russo, and Pam Ohye. Ruth liked to lead off and her call, for the target, was loud enough for all to hear, she would get birds flying on her trap and from the traps on each side of her. After her squad disbanded she would be asked to join Kay Ohye, Debbie Ohye, Larry Russo, and her husband Paul’s squad at big shoots only on prelim days, so they wouldn’t have to worry about getting one of her calls, when they were about to shoot! At New York State they were so concerned about her calls that, Ruth beat them all, with the only 100 among them.
Ruth went on to capture four more New Jersey State Ladies Singles Championships in 1984, 1985, 1987 and 1989. In 1989 after having to put her dog down due to illness, Ruth in addition to the Singles Crown, captured six other awards at the shoot, Ruthie Keim asked “So what dog do we sacrifice next week?” Along with trapshooting awards, Ruth enjoyed “Flyer” shooting, as did her husband Paul. Paul went with both Ruthies to Spain for the World Championships, neither one had shot pigeons before until they walked up to the line, talk about stress they could barely put the coin in the box to activate the call button, both did well with Coniglio taking 4th. Mexico hosted the South American Championships in 1985, The American women did quite well Jaymi Greenberg won 1st place, Ruth won 2nd with Bonnie Shanks taking 3rd. Ruth along with Jaymi and Bonnie were on the Ladies Team in Mexico they took 1st place. That was the first time the American women bested the European ladies team. Shooting the European shoots were very stressful because you shot in front of about four hundred people or more and if you missed they had this loud buzzer
that told everyone you missed. Jaymi was so nervous after the first day she wanted to go home, Ruth told her to drink one of those little bottles in the refrigerator before she shot, it worked she one birded Ruth to win the Championship. Diane Arner was our biggest cheerleader as we were hers in 1986 when she won. Ruth also won 2nd in the world cup in 1986, after shooting four legs of the championship in Mexico, Argentina, Portugal and finally Spain. Ruth enjoyed the camaraderie of the people and the competition, her husband Paul helped to make it all possible by being her biggest fan. They have many wonderful memories and they hope people have fun memories of them.
Ruth quit shooting targets in 2001. She registered 157,550 targets, 74,650 singles, 50,450 handicap and 32,450 doubles targets.