Ruth Kessler

KESSLER, Ruth E., 94, living at Fort Steuben Hotel in Steubenville, Ohio, until she went to stay with her loving granddaughter Susan James and her family in Youngstown a year and a half ago, died Thursday, March 28, 2013, at St. Elizabeth Hospital, Youngstown, Ohio. She was born December 20, 1918, in Steubenville, Ohio, a daughter of the late Lawrence and Nellie Brown McDonald.

Ruth was an active member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church where she faithfully served with adoration until the age of 91. She was an active member of a bowling league at American Lanes and enjoyed playing cards and attending card parties at different churches. She worked in the tin mill at Weirton Steel. Last year she celebrated a surprise birthday party at Fort Steuben with family and friends.

Preceding Ruth in death were her husband William M. Kessler; four children Barbara (Bowman) McDonald, Thomas Davis, Raymond Davis and Bill Kessler; two step sons David and James Kessler; sister Erla (McDonald) Knowlton; stepdaughter Mona Gaumer; and two brothers Lawrence and Raymond McDonald.

Surviving are her grandchildren Susan (Terry) James, LuAnn O’Brien, Harry McDonald, Terry McDonald, Thomas Davis, Jr. and Michelle (Greg) Paulowski; seven great-grandchildren; five great- great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews Michael (Pam) McDonald, Larry (Sandy) McDonald, Marti (Greg) Peden and Karen Joseph DiLoreti and nine great-nieces and great-nephews.

Friends may call at Shorac Funeral Home (formerly McClave Funeral Home), 611 N. Fourth St., Steubenville, on Tuesday 5-8 p.m. Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be celebrated at St. Peter’s Catholic Church on Wednesday at 10 a.m. with Fr. Timothy Huffman as celebrant. Vigil Service 6 p.m. Tuesday. Burial at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.

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