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In loving memory of
Ruth Evelyn Grzesnikowski
  • April 28, 1927
  • -
  • March 15, 2018

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Ruth was born as Ruth Evelyn Shannon into a family with five siblings. She grew up in southwest Philadelphia and remained in the area for almost 90 years. As a young woman during World War II, she worked as a crane operator where she met her late husband, Laddie Grzesnikowski. They married in 1947 and remained together for 57 years until Laddie’s passing. Ruth is survived by her three daughters, Judy, Jane and Jaclyn; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. After raising her children, she began a career as a hairdresser and later enjoyed owning and operating a Flower Shop business with her daughter, Jane. It was during this time she met Rebecca “Becky” Kirby, who Ruth loved as another daughter. As a woman with a grand sense of humor, she was easily welcomed as a member of the Red Hat Ladies organization. She loved her neighbors like family and adored her church community and Bible study. Despite a legally-blind vision impairment for over 20 years, she learned to read again, loved playing cards (especially with her friend Rose) and lived independently with her dog, Sam. In December 2016, considering her 89 years and declining health, she chose to move to a senior community and warmer climate in Bonita Springs, Florida. Ruth was warmly welcomed, loved and admired by all of her neighbors and friends at American House. She will long be remembered for her quick wit, funny stories and strong will. Ruth is loved dearly and will be deeply missed by all who shared in her life. Special gratitude from the family to Irene Gambino of Bonita Springs. Her love and friendship with Ruth was truly unparalleled.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in her honor to either:

  1. Pastor Tim’s Mission, 26086 Princess Lane, Bonita Springs, FL 34134 or
  2. Norwood United Methodist Church, 315 Chester Pike, Norwood, PA 19074

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  1. Ellie Dickerson says:
    17 Apr 2018
    Hi Jackie,
    Thanks for giving me an update. How appropriate to celebrate her life on the anniversary of when that incredible life began.
    I have to share an example with you of what a special, caring person your mom was. When the ladies wanted to get together to celebrate my 75th birthday on 5/17/16, your mom insisted that I not wake up alone on my birthday. I had lost my beloved husband on 12/22/15 to Alzheimers and was really down just thinking about it. She planned to come and stay with me overnight.
    God love her heart, after bringing dinner to Laura who was just out of the hospital, your mom took a fall down Laura's concrete steps as we were leaving. As you know, I took her to Springfield Hospital to be checked out. Thank God she was OK and we got home near midnight.
    The next day 4 of us Red Hat sisters enjoyed a show in Lancaster's Sight and Sound theater, with dinner afterwards.
    What a day, what a celebration, what a lady. She orchestrated a lovely outing on what could have been me having a pity party by myself.
    Good night, sister-of-my-heart. Thanks for sharing your mom with us.

  2. Jeanne Kulpinski lit a candle:
    17 Apr 2018
    Lit since April 17, 2018 at 4:56:29 AM

  3. Jeanne Kulpinski says:
    17 Apr 2018
    Dear Cousins,
    Aunt Ruth will be deeply missed. Our favorite Aunt! Loved her smile, laughter, wisdom, and all the good times we had in CA & PA.
    You are in our hearts, thoughts, and prayers at this very sad time.
    Love, Jeannie & Ted

  4. Jeanne & Ted Kulpinski lit a candle:
    17 Apr 2018
    Lit since April 17, 2018 at 4:36:25 AM

  5. Jeanne & Ted Kulpinski posted an image:
    17 Apr 2018
    Aunt Ruth - fun time
    Aunt Ruth - fun time

  6. Jeanne & Ted Kulpinski posted an image:
    17 Apr 2018
    Aunt Ruth at the Tea House
    Aunt Ruth at the Tea House

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    17 Apr 2018

  8. Jeanne & Ted Kulpinski posted an image:
    17 Apr 2018
    Favorite Aunt
    Favorite Aunt

  9. Catherine Renzi says:
    01 Apr 2018
    So sorry for your loss. I remember well our trip to Vegas with your Mom and the fun we had.
    Much love

  10. Janet Mancuso says:
    26 Mar 2018
    I am so sorry to hear about Ruth’s passing. She will be missed at American House. She certainly brought people together there. She was always making people smile. My dad, Earl Comstock was unhappy when he first got to American House but her teasing him about being girlfriend and boyfriend lightened him up. Sending prayers to all of the family.

  11. Bill & Lin McBride lit a candle:
    23 Mar 2018
    Lit since March 23, 2018 at 3:28:34 PM

  12. Rosemarie Reilly lit a candle:
    23 Mar 2018
    Lit since March 23, 2018 at 3:24:41 PM

  13. Rose Libby says:
    23 Mar 2018
    Dear Jackie,
    I was very lucky to have met your Mom even if it was for only a short period of time. She was a lovely lady!
    My prayers are with you and your family. May She Rest In Peace!
    Rose Libby

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    23 Mar 2018
    Lit since March 23, 2018 at 3:37:38 PM

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    22 Mar 2018
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    21 Mar 2018
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    21 Mar 2018
    Lit since March 21, 2018 at 3:14:36 AM

  18. April & Keith Kulpinski says:
    20 Mar 2018
    Judy and family, we are so sorry to hear of your mother Ruth's passing. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers during this time. Losing a mother is something I never want to know! Although she lived a wonderfully long life, it doesn’t make it any easier that she is gone. No matter what age we lose someone, especially a mother it can never take away that sweet dear love only a mother has and knows. She will always have a wonderful memory in our hearts! We love you!

  19. April & Keith Kulpinski lit a candle:
    20 Mar 2018
    Lit since March 20, 2018 at 3:45:32 PM

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    20 Mar 2018
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  21. Ann Marie Watts says:
    20 Mar 2018
    Judy, Jane and Jackie. Your Mom will always hold a special place in our hearts. She was always so good to us on 61st street, and i loved visiting Norwood. We send our love during this sad time. Love, Michael and Ann Marie (her "Fresh Kid")

  22. Joe R. Reilley Sr. says:
    20 Mar 2018
    So sorry to hear the lost of a special woman.
    Mr. G and Mrs. G were special and close to my heart.
    I was so lucky to visit with Mrs. G last July in Florida and catch up with her. The memories were flying. She even introduced me to some of her friend as an ole boy friend (I'm 20 years younger than Mrs. G)
    She loved and was very proud of her girls and their families.
    I will always have great memories, a part of my with the Grzesnikowski's
    May God be with us all at this time.

  23. Maryann Rapp says:
    19 Mar 2018
    Dear Jackie and family,
    We are so sorry for the loss of your dear mother. While I never met her Dorita has told me how special she was and that you shared a wonderful relationship.
    Our sincere condolences during this sorrowful time.
    Remember the good memories and know you made her last years joyful.

  24. Dorita and Bob Lanzo says:
    19 Mar 2018
    Loving memories of MOM#2 through the years of friendship with her daughter Jackie. Shared many laughs and a few tears together. The memories we all shared with Ruth will get us through this time of sorrow. May God Bless her family
    and friends durning this difficult time.

  25. Joanne Ladwig posted an image:
    18 Mar 2018

  26. William Hutchinson says:
    17 Mar 2018
    It was our great honor of being a close friend of Ruth. We will miss her humor and willingness to serve the Lord in any capacity she could. Her presence in our Church has been missed since she moved to Florida. We send our condolences and love to her family for their loss. William and Jane Hutchinson

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