Ruth JoAnn Holzwarth, 84, of Kansas, Ohio, passed away at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, at Elmwood at the Shawhan, Tiffin.
Ruth was born March 8, 1928, in Tiffin, to John R. and Emma E. (Kimmet) Puffenberger. She married Dwight R. Holzwarth Sept. 10, 1949, and he preceded her in death.
Other survivors include her three daughters, Holly A. Amlin of Tiffin, Melinda E. (Robert) Gerty of Columbus and Mellissa J. (Kenneth) Miller of Fremont; four grandchildren, Donavon (Jenny) Gerty, Samantha (Alex) Chorba, and Season and Nathan Miller; and a sister, Evelyn Dantuono-Raitz of Tiffin.
Ruth worked as the postmaster in Kansas for 30 years. She was a member of St. James Catholic Church, Kansas, where she was active with their Rosary Alter Society. She was also a member of Kansas Fireman's Auxiliary, the Pray of Legion of Mary, and distributed communion to the shut-ins for the church. Ruth was a 1946 graduate of Bettsville High School, where she served as the valedictorian of her class.
Ruth also was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, John Puffenberger; and three sisters, Marian Boyer, Evone Mooney and Annabel Lind.
Her Mass of Christian burial will be 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Tiffin, with the Rev. Joseph Szybka officiating. The rosary will be prayed 20 minutes prior to the Mass. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Tiffin.
Visitation for family and friends will be 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept 14, at Engle-Shook Funeral Home and Crematory, 135 N. Washington St., Tiffin, OH 44883, (419) 447-1221.
Memorial contributions may be made to Community Hospice Care, Elmwood at the Shawhan or to Calvert Catholic Schools.
Online condolences may be left for the family and the live web-cast may be viewed at www.engleshookfuneralhome.com.