Ruth Ann (Hattendorf) Whitta

Mrs. Whitta

Ruth Ann (Hattendorf) Whitta, 87, of Fostoria, passed away peacefully Tuesday morning, Sept. 12, 2017, at The Toledo Hospital, following a series of debilitating strokes.

She was born Feb. 1, 1930, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to the late Henry W. and Rosella K. (Ramm) Hattendorf. She married James Charles Whitta Nov. 20, 1951, in Fostoria, who predeceased her Feb. 9, 2011.

She is survived by seven children, Thomas (Lori) Whitta of Fostoria, David (Denise) Whitta of Fostoria, Kathryn (Jon) Miller of Ottawa Hills, Mary (Kirk) Van Dagens of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, James (Jon Harada) Whitta of Berkeley, California, Susan (Michael) Zeiler of Grand Haven, Michigan, and Elizabeth (Ken Reinhart) Buhrow of Fostoria; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; her brother, Richard Hattendorf of Raleigh, North Carolina; and her brother-in-law, Richard Rook of Massillon.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Jean Rook, and a brother, William Hattendorf.

Ruth was a 1948 graduate of Fostoria High School. She was co-founder and office manager of the family business, Whitta Construction Inc., managing the business while raising a large family. She was an active parishioner of St. Wendelin Catholic Church in Fostoria and an honorary life member of the parish Circle of Mercy. She also was a longtime member of Altrusa International. A nurturing mother and grandmother and a heroic homemaker, Ruth fed and clothed her family with homegrown food and homemade clothes. She was an adept bridge and domino player throughout her life, a bowler in a mixed doubles league, a golfer, a square dancer, an avid reader and a lover of music. A woman of great character, kindness and compassion, Ruth had a friendly word and a warm smile for everyone at all times, and was much loved by her husband and children. Her example of lovingkindness will live on in each of us.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, at Hoening & Son Funeral Home, 133 W. Tiffin St., Fostoria, where a rosary will be said at 8 p.m., led by the Circle of Mercy. A Mass of Christian burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Wendelin Catholic Church, with the Rev. Todd Dominique presiding. Burial will follow in St. Wendelin Cemetery. A luncheon will follow in the parish hall.

Memorials may be made to St. Wendelin Church and School, American Diabetes Association or a charity of the donor’s choice.

Online expressions of sympathy may be made by visiting www.hoeningfuneral

home.com.