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Ruth E. Irwin | 100

July 8, 1923 - May 4, 2024

Ruth E. Irwin, 100, a resident of the Lutheran Home at Kane and formerly of 959 Hickory Road, St. Marys, passed away Saturday, May 4, 2024, at the Lutheran Home.

She was born July 8, 1923, in St. Marys, daughter of the late Gregory and Margaret Nissel Schlimm.  She was a graduate of Central Catholic High School, Class of 1941.  Ruth went on to earn her nursing degree and was a devoted nurse throughout her lifetime.

On September 19, 1970, in St. Catherine’s Church in Martinez, CA, Ruth married the late John J. Irwin, who preceded her in death on May 16, 2012.  She and John made their homes in Buffalo and California before moving back to St. Marys in 2002. 

In addition to her husband and parents, Ruth was preceded in death by her sisters: Dorothy Mulcahy, Margaret Eckert, Patty Bauer, Theresa Secor, and Mary Grace Zitzler; and her brothers: John, Greg, Harrison, Harold, Robert, and James Schlimm.  She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Faith was very important to Ruth.  She spent countless hours of her time and resources to support the Catholic Church and other Catholic organizations, specifically the Carmelite Nuns and St. Ann’s Society.  She will be missed by her loving nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held in the St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Tuesday, May 7, 2024 at 10:00AM with the Rev. Thomas Curry, OSB, celebrating.  Burial will follow in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

There will be no visitation.

Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 325 Church Street, St. Marys, PA 15857 or Penn Highlands Community Nurses Hospice Memorial Fund, 757 Johnsonburg Road, St. Marys, PA 15857.



No Visitation

Funeral Service

May 7, 2024
10:00 AM
St. Mary's Catholic Church

Final Resting Place

May 7, 2024
11:00 AM
St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery

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1 Comment

  1. Beautiful soul; so loved her family and talked often of how much she loved all of her siblings. Tough as nail; soft as a rose petal.

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