Ruth Elizabeth Cehelnik
June 17, 1945 ‒ May 10, 2020
Ruth Elizabeth Cehelnik, age 74 of Marion, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 10, 2020 at Marion General Hospital.
Ruth was born in Houston, TX on June 17, 1945, the daughter of Clyde and Rita (McGough) Richardson. She graduated from High School in Ebensburg, PA.
On January 14, 1967, Ruth was united in marriage to Thomas Joseph Cehelnik. While Tom was serving his country in the armed forces, Ruth took a job for the FAA in Washington, DC. Upon Tom’s honorable discharge the couple moved their family to Marion in 1970. Ruth was a devoted homemaker, raising their 2 children. As the children grew older Ruth started taking classes at OSU Marion Campus and then continued with her education at The Ohio State University Main Campus where she received her Bachelor degree in Psychology. Ruth served as a case manager for the Marion County Board of Developmental Disabilities from 1984 until her retirement.
Ruth enjoyed being active in social groups, and was a founding member of the Red Hat Society, Marion Chapter. She was a staunch advocate for the Women’s Ordination Conference and also served in various ways at St. Mary Catholic Church where she was a faithful member. Her favorite hobby was tending to her gardens and traveling with Tom throughout Europe and the United States. Her family was her greatest joy and she was an especially proud grandmother.
She is survived by her devoted husband of 53 years, Thomas J. Cehelnik; beloved children: Michael Cehelnik and Amy (Pete) Snyder; granddaughters: Maddy and Lindsey Snyder; siblings: Anne (Gene) Johnston and Rita (Jim) DeFrank and sister-in-law, Sheryl Richardson.
Ruth is preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Clyde Richardson.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday June 17, 2020 at St. Mary Catholic Church, 251 North Main St., Marion at 10:30 AM; Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery. Tom, Amy and Michael welcome all who are able to be present and understand that some will feel more comfortable by staying home, they know your thoughts and sympathies are with them.
If so desired, donations may be made to Retirement Fund for Religious at the National Religious Retirement Office P.O. Box 96988 Washington DC 20090-6988
The Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to be serving the Cehelnik family; condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com