Ruth C. Burkey

COLUMBIANA – Ruth C. Burkey, 99, of Columbiana, entered into rest at 9:39 p.m. Sunday, May 4, 2014, at the Salem Regional Medical Center with her family by her side.

She was born Feb. 7, 1915, in Enon Valley, Pa., daughter of the late Willie and Mae (Russell) Klepfer.

Ruth attended the Sugar Valley One Room School House and was a member of the Grace Church in Columbiana. She retired from the dietary department of the Salem Community Hospital and enjoyed traveling, quilting and playing cards.

Survivors include two sons, John Burkey of Salem and H. William (Cindy) Burkey of Warren; two daughters, Betty R. (Walter) Burkey of Columbiana and Eileen (Daniel) Koluskey of North Canton; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

A son, Bobby Burkey, and a brother, Harold Klepfer, also preceded her in death.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, 2014, at the Stark Memorial Funeral Home with the Rev. Rob Joy officiating.

Calling hours will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home prior to the services. Burial will be at Petersburg Cemetery in Petersburg, Ohio.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude’s Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105 or the Grace Church of Columbiana Memorial Fund, 140 S. Main St., Columbiana, Ohio 44408.

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