In memory of
MARY LOUISE (BARANESKY) RUFFING
RUFFING MARY LOUISE (BARANESKY) Of Monroe, NY passed away on October 13, 2016. Born on October 8, 1938 in McKeesport, she attended Clairton High School and The College of Notre Dame in MD, graduating with a Math degree and minor in Chemistry and Religious Studies. She was one of the first women hired by US Steel as an industrial engineer. She worked for Pan Am Airline, where she enjoyed taking her family on their first foreign travels. In retirement years, Mom fully embraced her "Ferrari" of a sewing machine by quilting and sewing, making curtains, table runners, holiday decorations for her daughters, and participating with Sacred Heart Quilters and Crafters. Member of Greek Catholic Union, lodge 288 in Clairton and a devout parishioner of Sacred Heart Parish in Monroe. Mom was a wonderful person who cared immensely about her family and took pride in the accomplishments of her children. She adored her grandchildren and was happy to make doll clothes and matching pajamas, as well as custom doll bedding. Her focus was on making her family happy and she was willing to try new adventures, many of which appeared on our holiday dinner table. She always put others first and considered herself last. She proved to be a leading example for her daughters that women can achieve success in a male-dominated world. Mom championed her son and was so proud of his accomplishments. She left many legacies that her children and her grandchildren will follow; a love of reading, macaroni salad, nut roll, halupki, black olives for Easter dinner, Easter bread and other special Christmas traditions. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Regis; her three children, Melinda Ruffing of VA, Marcia (James) of NH and Regis (Tonia and her sons, Raymond and Devin) Ruffing of NY; grandchildren, Casey and Jordan Kania; a sister, JoAnn (Joseph) Sharkey; sisters-in-law, Leota Ruffing, Jean Ruffing and Kathleen (Chick) Yaksick and brother-in-law, Ronald Ruffing; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great- nephews. Family and friends will be received on Monday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. in STEPHEN D. SLATER FUNERAL HOME, 1701 Route 51 (Large) Jefferson Hills. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday at 10 a.m. in St. Michael's Catholic Church, Elizabeth, PA. The family kindly requests donations to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Please visit the funeral home website for more information, condolences. www.stephendslater.com
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