Ruth Elizabeth Cehelnik

June 17, 1945 ‒ May 10, 2020

Marion, Ohio

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


  • Phyllis and I are sorry to hear of Ruth’s passing. Please feel free to contact us if you need someone to talk to or have time to visit. Ted and Phyllis Noggle

    • Ruth was a very loving and kind lady.

      She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

      Susan and Roger Scott

  • Tom, Amy, and Michael,
    We can’t imagine, we just CAN’T imagine being without her. I just lost my best friend of 46 years. Our families met in church when our children were young and we became fast friends. Life took us on a lot of adventures, a lot of heartaches, a lot of laughs. I knew all of her secrets and she knew all of mine : we were bound in frienship and sisterhood. Ruth loved her children, grandchildren, and, of course, Tom. We often talked about how devoted and caring Tom was to her and the conversation would always end with her saying how grateful she was to have chosen him as her mate so many years ago.
    Your pain is great, I know. We love you and look forward to a time when we can visit and share our memories of this remarkable mother, wife and friend.

    Marquita and Ken

  • So sorry for your loss. I had the opportunity to work with her for many years. She made a difference, she will be missed.

  • I am so sorry to hear of Tink’s passing. She was one of my favorite cousins and I always looked forward to seeing her whenever we went to Portage. Sending my love and deepest sympathies.

  • Tom, my heart is heavy to see this. What a beautiful soul sweet Ruthie was. We will be praying for you and your family during this most difficult time..
    Much love to you friend
    Marti Hamilton

  • Dear Tom, Amy and Michael,
    I am so saddened to hear of Ruth’s passing! What a remarkable woman she was! She was so full of life, and it was so hard to see her suffering so much! She was so blessed to have Tom as her devoted caregiver and partner and I know he will miss her greatly as will her children and grandchildren. I will miss the spirit that only Ruth could have.
    God bless you all,
    Joan & Jay Shoup

  • Tom,

    I am so sorry to hear that Ruth has passed. May God continue to walk with you on this journey and bring you comfort in the coming days.


    Kathy Moore

  • So sad to hear of Ruth’s passing. She was such a survivor. We first met during lent and we were in small groups meeting at each other’s homes many years ago. Then when she was involved in starting up the Red Hat group locally she said that she would like to know me better and would I be interested in joining. I was ready and did we ever have fun going to places that I would never have gone on my own. Tom was always available not only for her but for our group as well. Peace to you Ruth now and also the entire family.

  • Ruth leaves a legacy of faith, courage, and determination. She valiantly fought to live until her body could no longer support her. Ruth was a Christian woman who is now rewarded by God, sadly, we will miss her. Ruth was my sister in-law who I knew as a child. We went to high school together and then left our hone town for Washington, D.C. to work for the government. We had a good time and talked many times about the adventures in the city. Ruth married my brother and then distance parted us. But emotionally we stayed connected. She was an intelligent woman and was the brightest student in our classes. Ruth also beat me out for the cheerleading squad! We would reminisce many times about out those early years. I will miss her spirited perseverance and optimism about life. Take care dear friend, sister, and proud mother and grandmother. Till we meet again….❤️❤️❤️

  • Thinking of you Tom and family. Ruth was a special person, I am glad that I was able to spend time with her. She is now at peace.

  • What a lovely and caring person Ruth was. She will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

    We have many wonderful memories of Ruth while we lived in Marion, Ohio.

    Love and Sympathy,
    Susan and Roger Scott

  • I’m so sorry Tom for your loss, but what a blessing for Ruth. I truly enjoyed knowing Ruth in TOPS and Red Hats. She was such an interesting and loving person. Thanks for all that you did for her and for our organizations. Rosemary Curren

  • Tom we are so sad to hear of Ruth’s passing . She was such an inspiration with her courage and great faith. Please call us if you are lonely and need to talk.

  • John and I were sad to hear of Ruth’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Ruth leaves us with memories of so many happy times she made for us. Over the years she included us in many family holiday celebrations and made them special. We will never forget the Christmas trees that filled half of the living room and had to be trimmed at the top to clear the ceiling.
    Later, as we all retired, we enjoyed having her and Tom visit us each winter in Florida. Recent years were, of course, marred by her illness and visits were seldom made but she remains in our hearts.
    Her determination and strong will kept her going when most of us would have given up. We will miss her. Our loving sympathies go to Tom, Amy and Mike.

  • I owe so much to my sister Ruth. I lived by her example and my successes in life were inspired by her successes. She was a wonderful sister and role model. She was my light in the darkness and I am forever grateful for her love and guidance. I last spoke to her on April 19, Divine Mercy Sunday, when we prayed together for plenary indulgence. I take great comfort knowing she is enjoying her heavenly reward. Tom, I am thankful for all your efforts to care for Ruth throughout her many medical trials. You truly lived up to your marriage vows. Amy and Michael, your Mother was so proud of you and her granddaughters. She always gave you the best she had to give and was happy to do so. Now there is an emptiness in our hearts and our family. We will all miss her but we must think of her watching over us, no longer in pain and suffering.

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