2013-04-04 / Obituaries

Kathryn S. Ruggiero

McConnellsburg, 87

Kathryn “Tat” S. Ruggiero, 87, McConnellsburg, died Sunday, March 24, 2013, at her winter home in Sebring, Fla.

She was born September 15, 1925, in McConnellsburg, Pa., the daughter of the late Paul and Kathryn (Mentzer) Shimer.

She was employed by Letterkenney Army Depot, the State Highway Department, and then spent the remainder of her career at the Central Fulton County School District. She began her career in January 1955 as secretary of the Mc- Connellsburg Joint School Board. She served all boards continuously from that time until her retirement in January 1990 after 35 years of service. Through the years she earned the respect and admiration of countless board members, administrators, teachers and other staff members. Tat also served in the capacity of business manager for many years. As business manager, she leaves behind a prestigious record of school accounting. In a letter dated March 14, 1988, Thomas K. Gilhool, Secretary of Education, commended the Central Fulton School District for nine consecutive audits without any criticisms or audit exceptions. A record of excellent performance that continued throughout her many years of service.

She is survived by two sisters: Mary S. (wife of David R.) Duncan of Fayetteville; Dorothy S. Demeter of Harmony; and companion and dear friend, Gerald Peck. She was much loved by 17 nieces and nephews, 40 great nieces and nephews, and many great great nieces and nephews. Aunt Tat will be remembered for her laugh, her song and her dancing.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Kathryn Mentzer Shimer; her husband(s) William P. Ruggiero (1997) and James Stevens (1975), five brothers, Cyrus H. “Bill,” Paul S. Jr., John R. “Bob,” Wallace M., Jack L. Shimer and one sister, Florence Watkins.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 2, 2013, at McConnellsburg United Presbyterian Church. Interment was at Parklawn Memorial Gardens. Rev. Evan Smith officiated.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Special Olympics Pennsylvania, 2570 Blvd. of the Generals, Suite 124, Norristown, PA 19401.

Kelso-Cornelius Funeral Home, McConnellsburg, handled the arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.kelso-corneliusfuneralhome.com

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