Ronald R. Green, of Hermitage, passed away Friday evening, March 8, 2019, in his residence. He was 89.
Mr. Green was born March 16, 1929, in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, a son of the late John and Florence (Cowan) Green.
He was a graduate of Johnstown (Pennsylvania) Catholic High School and earned his bachelor’s degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Ron obtained his master’s degree from Case Western University, Cleveland and completed additional graduate studies at Kent State University, Kent, Ohio.
He married the former Margaret “Peg” Jean McGrath, on June 14, 1958, in St. Joseph Church, Sharon. Peg served for many years as school nurse in the Reynolds and Sharon School Districts.
Upon graduation from college, Ron began his professional career as the first trained school librarian in the Hermitage School District. He was responsible for establishing libraries in all of the district’s elementary and secondary schools. He pioneered the concept that libraries be instructional materials centers, providing books, audio visual and computer hardware and software to teachers and students. The school district received state and national recognition for his efforts. Ron also held the administrative position of curriculum director for the school district. His duties included developing and writing the state required long range educational plans for the school district. He retired in 1991 following 41 years of service to the district. Ron also taught summer and evening courses at Kent State University, Penn State Shenango Valley campus and Thiel College, Greenville.
A U.S. Army veteran, he served two years active duty in Germany. Following active duty, he joined the Army reserves and served as commanding officer of the E. Company, 314th Infantry Battalion, 79th Division at the Farrell Armory for many years.
Ron was an active member of the Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (PASCD) and was elected as state secretary of the organization for 13 years. During his tenure with PASCD, he initiated the first state newsletter and served as its editor. He was a speaker and consultant at many state and regional curriculum and library conferences. He was a longtime advocate for the Shenango Valley Community Library and served as the Hermitage representative on the library board. During the years that his children attended St. Michael’s Parochial Grade School in Greenville, he was a member of its school board. He was also a member of the Pennsylvania School Librarians Association, Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees and The Artman Foundation.
Ron was a member of St. Bartholomew Church, Sharpsville.
During their retirement years, he and his wife enjoyed traveling; especially going on cruises and visited many parts of the world.
Surviving is his wife of 60 years, Peg McGrath; five children, a son, Timothy Green and his wife, Song, of Katy, Texas; four daughters, Beth, wife of James Harris, of Cortland, Ohio; Amy Green, of Los Banos, California; Meg, wife of Samuel DePaul, of Jasper, Georgia and Rebecca, wife of Michael Grell, of Macedonia, Ohio and seven grandchildren, Heath, Kristen and Eric Harris, Jill and Andrew Grell and Emily and Daniel Green. He also leaves a brother, Timothy Green, of Florida; a sister, Colette Gitzen, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and two special nieces, Kathy Harding and her husband, Michael and Elizabeth McGrath.
Besides his parents, Ron was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, William McGrath and a sister-in-law, Sr. Marie Patrice, OSB.
The family would like to say thank you, thank you to the Golden Care Givers for their wonderful care and support.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Shenango Valley Community Library, 11 North Sharpsville Avenue, Sharon, PA 16146 or to St. Bartholomew Church, 311 West Ridge Avenue, Sharpsville, PA 16150.
Calling hours will be from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Monday, March 11 in J. Bradley McGonigle Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 1090 East State Street, Sharon.
Funeral Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 12 in St. Bartholomew Church, Sharpsville, with Rev. Matthew Strickenberger, pastor, as celebrant.
Entombment will be held at St. Rose Cemetery mausoleum, Hermitage, with military honors rendered by the Sharon and Hermitage honor guard.