FARRELL, Pennsylvania (MyValleyTributes) – Ruth A. Hinkle, 69, of Farrell, Pennsylvania, passed away Sunday, November 22, 2020, in Sharon Regional Medical Center, following a brief battle with COVID-19.
Ruth, a devout Byzantine Catholic, made her sacred journey home to her Lord and Savior.
Ruth was born January 30, 1951, in Sharon, Pennsylvania, to Peter and Helen (Uhalie) Lazor.
She was a proud graduate of Sharpsville High School, class of 1968.
Ruth worked for many years as a title clerk at DeForest Buick, where she also met her husband, Gerald “Jerry” Hinkle.
Ruth and Jerry were joined in the sacrament of Holy Matrimony in February of 1973 at Saint Michael’s Byzantine Catholic Church. They were married for 45 years until Jerry’s death in 2018. They had four children. Ruth was a truly incredible, selfless mother and she had such a special relationship with each of her children, whom she loved profoundly.
Ruth worked for more than 30 years at Sharon Country Club (now Avalon.) She knew all of her guests’ names at the country club and they enjoyed her as much as she enjoyed them. Her co-workers remember her as sweet, humble, kind and friendly. One former co-worker remarked that “Getting to know Ruthie would be good for anybody’s soul. She had a way of bringing out the best in people.”
Ruth was a woman of devout faith. She was a very active parishioner of Saint Michael’s Byzantine Catholic Church. She deeply valued Father Kevin’s holy work and she supported the church in every way she could. Ruth truly lived her faith. She gave to everyone she knew and always from a place of love. She was a gentle soul who always saw the best in people, was a helper to all and spread joy wherever she went.
Ruth was a proud member of the Red Hat Society, an international women’s social society and regularly attended all of her local chapter’s functions. She was also a member of various American Legion organizations throughout the years.
Throughout her life, Ruth found great pleasure and meaning in keeping up with her treasured Slovak family traditions. She prepared traditional Slovak food for the holidays and she loved not only sharing the meals with her family, but also teaching her children how to cook these ethnic dishes.
Ruth was a boundlessly loving and devoted mother, grandmother “Mimi” and sister.
To cherish her memory, she leaves her four children, Gerald (Mandy Ciscell) Hinkle, Christine Hinkle, Brian (Amanda) Hinkle and Beth Ann Hinkle; her grandchildren, Ryan, Sofia, Jonathan Hinkle and Mia and Macie Aley; her brother, Dan Lazor, of Mercer and her two sisters, Joan (Dennis) Meanor, of New Castle and Esther (Marko) Zrile, of Mercer.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Hinkle; her parents; her twin brother, Gregory Lazor and her sister, Marianne Eley.
Ruth will be remembered as a shining ray of light to all who had the pleasure of knowing her. She will be missed immensely, but she is with her Lord now. She is Home, surrounded by angels, and will always be asking God to watch over her family and friends. May we all love each other better through her passing.
The family suggests memorial contributions be directed to St. Michael’s Byzantine Church, 2230 Highland Rd., Hermitage, PA 16148.
A private service for immediate family will be held on Friday, December 4, 2020, in Saint Michael’s Church, followed by a private burial at Saint Michael’s Cemetery, Hermitage, PA.
Due to the current severity of the pandemic in our area, there will be no calling hours.
Arrangements handled by J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc.
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