Ruth E. Schiler

January 07, 1916 ‒ March 25, 2015

Mansfield, Ohio
Formerly of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Well into her 90s, Ruth Schiler’s faith in an active, living and loving God motivated her to serve Him in every capacity she could. Christianity was not sitting solemnly in a building, but volunteering, serving, and even “visiting the old people” from her church.

The Lord called her into His presence Wednesday morning March 25, 2015 from her home in Wedgewood Estates. She was 99.

Born January 7, 1916 on the family farm near Mt. Gilead to William H. and Velma (Lepp) Creswell, she was graduated from Iberia High School in 1933 and later from Mansfield Commercial Institute.

On August 27, 1938 she married Frederick Schiler, and that same year they moved to Syracuse, NY with Fred’s job. While there, Ruth worked in Chappell’s Department Store. They moved to Cuyahoga Falls in 1942 and on to Stow in 1959.

While in Akron she was a member of the Akron’s Women’s Club, Cuyahoga Falls Women’s Club and a charter member of Silver Lake Country Club. Ruth played a lot of golf at Silver Lake and Fox Den, enjoyed bridge, and volunteered throughout Summit County. She was a member of The Chapel, where she put her faith in action by volunteering on many levels.

She and Fred returned to Mansfield in July of 2000 and moved their church membership to First Alliance Church, where Ruth was active in hospital visitation.

Ruth lived life to the fullest, and will be remembered for her sense of humor and active lifestyle – right up to the end.

Her beloved Frederick, husband of nearly 72 years, preceded her in death on August 2, 2010. Also deceased are her sister Iris Stall, brother William Creswell, and nieces Martha Homerick, Becky Andrews.

She is survived by her brother Robert Creswell of Mt. Gilead; sister Wanda Taylor of Marysville; nephews Bill Creswell, Wes Taylor and Marc Schiler, nieces Sandy Woosley, Dee Rush, and Ronda Winand; numerous grand-nieces and nephews; and great-nieces and nephews.

Her family will receive friends Tuesday, March 31, 2015 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where her funeral service will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. Celebrant Jerry Wilson will officiate. Burial will follow in Mansfield Cemetery.

Contributions in Ruth’s memory to First Alliance Church may be made at the funeral home.

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  • We will miss Aunt Ruth’s humor and laughter and energetic presence. She almost made it to 100. Uncle Fred and Aunt Ruth were always a fun couple, cracking jokes and sparring with each other, still referring to each other as “Freddie” or “Ruthie” until Uncle Fred passed on. Then Aunt Ruth carried on with her sister Iris, despite a fractured skull which we thought was the end. But she bounced back again and again. Yet she often expressed that she was ready to go into the presence of the Lord and rejoin “Freddie” and “Irie” and her parents. I think that they are enjoying one anothers’ company once again.
    We want to offer special thanks to the staff of Wedgewood, where she stayed for over a decade, for showing her such care and personalized attention. I am sure that you all will miss her, too.