Irene Virginia Ruhe

Irene Virginia Ruhe passed away peacefully to join her loving husband at 1:45 A.M. Sunday morning, August 28, 2011, in her home, surrounded by her children. Since 1951, Irene made her home with her husband, the late Edward C. Ruhe, and six children on Second Street in Ellwood City. She was born in Zelieonople, PA on October 15, 1923 to John J. and Lauretta (Major) Lewis. Irene was employed for 10 years as an executive secretary for Ruhe Electric Company. During World War II, she was employed as a key punch operator for U. S. Steel. Irene was an active volunteer with St. Agatha Parish as a (Holy Roller) making nut rolls and pierogies. She was also active in Christian Mothers through St. Agatha Church and served as the school librarian and teachers aide for St. Agatha School for many years. Through Ellwood City Hospital, as a breast cancer survivor, Irene volunteered as a counselor for breast cancer patients. She also volunteered in the gift and snack shop at Ellwood City Hospital. Irenes main interest throughout her life centered on her family. Married August 8, 1944 to Edward C. Ruhe, Irene is survived by her children, Donna Homner of Bolingbrook, IL, Thomas Ruhe of Westlake, OH, David Ruhe of Bowling Green, OH, Patricia Lex of Loveland, CO, Carol Srdoch of Hudson, OH, and Joyce Forsyth of Springfield, OH. She is also survived by her siblings, Betty Binder of Enon, OH, Lauretta McConahy of Beaver Falls, PA, and Walter Lewis of Castlewood, PA, 12 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her husband, her parents, Virginia (a daughter in infancy), and two brothers, John and Edward Lewis. Friends may call at the Joseph A. Tomon, Jr. Funeral Home and Crematory, 97 Grim Ave., Ellport on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. and Wednesday form 10 to 11 A.M. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at Holy Redeemer Church on Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at 11:30 A.M. by Fr. Lou Pascazi. Entombment will follow in St. Peter Mausoleum in Holy Redeemer Cemetery. Christian Mothers are asked to meet at the church at 11:15 P.M. Wednesday to form the Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Camp Carl, 8054 Calvin Rd., Ravenna, OH 44266, a Christian Summer camp for boys and girls ages 6-18 in Eastern Ohio. It was important to Irene Ruhe for her children and her grandchildren to know and to love Christ. This will help provide a means to expose Ellwood City children to a camp experience where they can discover Christ, make a difference, and reach their world. More information on Camp Carl can be found at


Amanda Srdoch

2011-08-30 00:00:00

Grandma, you were one of the most amazing people in the world and I am so thankful for all of the wisdom you taught me. You showed us love in so many of the little things you did from making a quilt for each grandkid, to making sweet rolls before we visited, to canning tomatoes so that we can have sauce all year, to watching our shows and concerts! You were always there to lend a hand, to fix a scratch, or even just listen to our “interesting” lives. I love you so much and the world will be a better place because you were in it! We miss you grandma!


2011-08-30 00:00:00

She was excited to hold Landon this particular afternoon :-). I'll always remember her for enjoying her grandchildren and talking about them. She'll be missed.


2011-08-30 00:00:00

Irene & I visited two weeks ago and she gave me a beautiful Christmas Cactus. I will fondly remember her as I enjoy its beautiful blooms.
Irene looked so nice at Chrissy & Robert's wedding-I know what a struggle it was for her to participate in all the activities, but she wouldn't have missed it for anything.
I apologize to the family for not attending the services as I'm in Connecticut visiting my daughter & family.
My sincere sympathy and love to all the family.

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