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Ruth C. Semonich

02/08/1927 - 06/15/2023

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Obituary For Ruth C. Semonich

Ruth C. Semonich, 96, Patton, passed away June 15, 2023 at Haida Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Hastings. She was born February 8, 1927 in Patton, the daughter of Leroy and Elma (Dunegan) Luther. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two infant sisters, her husband of 54 years, John in 2004; son, Major Robert Semonich in 2010 and brothers, Richard, Robert, Howard and James. She is survived by her daughter, Patricia (John) Marinich, Uniontown; grandchildren: Anthony Semonich, Stacie Crabtree, Jessica (Trace) Kittrell; Kimberly (Jeremy) Hardy and David Marinich; great grandchildren: Drew Davis, Mark Crabtree, Evan and Austin Kittrell; great great grandchildren: Ryder and Myles Davis. Ruth was also survived by daughter-in-law, Jeanette Semonich; goddaughter, Melanie Shay and several nieces and nephews. Ruth was employed by Balsinger-Luther Flower Shop, Patton, then by various A & P grocery stores in the Patton/Altoona area for 42 years, retiring in 1974. Ruth was a lifelong member of Queen of Peace Catholic Church; a member of the Senior Choir for 51 years, member of Catholic Daughters Court of Our Lady of Victory #722 for over 75 years. She served as Regent for two years and was town chairman for many years. She received the CDA Award as CDA member of the year of 2011. Ruth was a member of the Patton Music Club for over 65 years having served as President for a number of years. She also, sang with the Johnstown Symphony Choral for 5 years, as well as the Memorial Choir at Queen of Peace. Ruth was a member of the Altar Rosary Society and the Sacred Heart League. Her hobbies were bird watching and playing Bingo. Family and friends will be received 2-4 & 6-8 pm Tuesday, at Stevens Funeral Home, Inc. 1004 North Fifth Avenue Patton, where a vigil for the deceased will be held. Funeral Mass 11:00 am, Wednesday at Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Patton, by Benedictine Fathers. Committal St. Mary’s Cemetery, Patton. The family would like to give a special thank you to Dr. Russell Miller, the nurses, aides and staff at Haida Manor and to the entire team from AseraCare Hospice, who were all so kind and caring for Ruth. Memorials are requested to Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Patton. You may leave online condolences at www.stevensfamilyfuneralhomes.com or on our Stevens Family Funeral Homes Facebook page.

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  • 06/20/2023

    The passing of Ruth greatly saddens me. She was part of our neighborhood for as long as I can remember. A great caring neighbor to everyone. She was the comfort and support for our family as we dealt with the tragic loss of our Dad, Matthew Bakale And again the same comfort and support for Ann and Dennis Bakale (my mother and brother) in the passing of Gary Bakale (my brother). Her presence was the light in our darkest times. Ruth, may you rest in peace and forever in the hearts of all those who knew and loved her. My deepest sympathies to Patty and all family members. Pamela (Bakale) Newman 06/18/2023

  • 06/19/2023

    Patty...I'm happy to have had the opportunity to chat with your Mom at a chance meeting in Ebg during my Mom's last years....she proudly told me about her family since I've last had contact with you. I have happy memories of our early years. I think of you often & will keep you in my heart...Jan (Wilshire) Kupchella

  • 06/18/2023

    We are so sorry to hear about Ruth's passing. She was always so pleasant. Steve and Maggie Warfield

  • 06/17/2023

    My deepest sympathy to you her family and all her friends. I lost a wonderful, kind friend that I've known for so many years . She was so knowledgeable on so many things and could always make me laugh. I'm going to miss her so much.

  • 06/17/2023

    She was like a second Mom to me; as we were neighbors. Her daughter Patty, was my best friend growing up next door. Ruth was always looking out for the both of us .After grade school Patty and I would walk home and stop by the A& P to say we were on our way home. I will never forget those memories.

  • 06/17/2023

    Will alway cherish you as my mom and a woman with so much faith and spirit. You lived a good life sharing your talents with others. You filled a spot in my life when I thought it was too big to fill. I know heaven is brighter now and you leave behind a light for us to follow. Love you Mom Jeanette Semonich.

  • 06/17/2023

    So sad to hear of Ruth's passing. Ruth was an important presence in my childhood. I don't remember Ruth not being there in our neighborhood. She was a fixture in our neighborhood. A good and caring neighbor. She would call if we accidentally left a night light on or just to check up on us. Always willing to offer help and/ or comfort. She was a good friend and comfort to my mother Ann Bakale and brother Dennis Bakale during their dark moments in life. It's going to be hard to imagine the void Ruth leaves in my life, my family's and the neighborhood. RIP Ruth. Prayers and thoughts to Patty and the entire family.

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