SALEM, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – Ella Ruth (Mathes) Gfeller 74, of Salem, died at 2:36 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6, at Salem Regional Medical Center.
She was born on August 3, 1945 in Irvin, Tennessee, the daughter of the late Benjamin and Altas V. (Higgins) Mathes. Ruth moved from Tennessee to Alliance, Ohio when she was 11 years old.
She graduated from Alliance High School in 1963.
She worked at Sherwood Manufacturing in Alliance as a seamstress for over 35 years then she worked for 10-12 years at Canterberry Villa in Alliance in the dietary department.
She was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church.
Ruth loved spending time with her grandchildren. She enjoyed sewing, family outings, bowling in Alliance and Minerva and going on outing with the ladies auxiliary from the church.
She is survived by her husband, Richard D Gfeller, whom she married on June 28, 197; her son, John D Gfeller of Leetonia; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and her siblings, Betty Hines of Lansing, Michigan and Linda Binius of Alliance, Ohio.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings, Luther, Richard, Duard, Benjamin Jr, Danis, Warren, Jerry, Allen Mathes and Geraldine Bailey.
A Celebration of Life services will be held on Saturday, May 11, 11:00 a.m. at the Arbaugh-Pearce-Greenisen & Sons Funeral and Cremation Services with Rev Roger Dulaney officiating.
A time of visitation will be held Saturday, May 11, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. prior to the service.
Burial to follow at Highland Memorial Park.
Donations may be made in Ruth’s memory to Calvary Baptist Church, 1779 Depot Road, Salem, OH 44460.
Please go sign the guestbook at www.apgreenisenfh.com.
A television tribute will air Wednesday, May 8 at the following approximate times: 12:25 p.m. WKBN, 6:58 p.m. on MyYTV and 10:37 p.m. FOX plus two additional spots throughout the day.