Ruth A. (Moyer) Richardson
93, of Portage, passed away peacefully at home under the care of her loving family on February 13, 2020. Born November 3, 1926, in Portage the daughter of the late J. Sherman Sr. and Ruth (Young) Moyer. She was known throughout her life as "Tootsie." Preceded in death by husband Carl Richardson (Portage), brother Joseph Sherman Jr. "Sonny" (Portage) and sister Harriet C. Moyer (Ormond Beach, Florida). Survived by daughter Carol Paterick (Ed Hill) of Bowie, Maryland; daughter Rosemary Noel of Dixon, California; and son Carl Richardson, Jr. (Amy) of York Pennsylvania; sister Marie Brisini (Ebensburg); and Ruth's special angels, nephew and niece Jeff and Karen Richardson (Portage). Ruth's family includes 7 grandchildren (Joseph, Kelsy, Robert, Danielle, Matthew, Libby, and Michael); 3 great-grandchildren (Kevin Jr., Kiana, and Kyle); and 2 great-great grandsons (Isaac and Victor, Jr.); multiple nieces, nephews and beloved friends. Ruth worked at the Portage Throwing Mills (known locally as the silk mill) when she graduated from Portage High School. She lived her entire life in her beloved Portage surrounded by family and many friends. She was one of the founders of the Portage Area Historical Society (PAHS) and served as its Vice President for several years and on its board for 25 years. She managed the Museum Shop and the first 15 Historical Society Collectibles. She was a recipient of the Joseph Vargo Community Service Award as well as numerous accolades and recognition during her life for her selfless work with the Boy Scouts, Historical Society and her church community of the Holy Family Parish Portage. She was quick with a smile and loved being around family. Everyone knew her to be generous, kind, and a gentle soul. Funeral arrangements through the Jean H. Kinley Funeral Home, Portage. Viewing Saturday, February 15, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. with a memorial service by Father Thomas Stabile, Holy Family Parish, followed by burial in Prospect Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes memorial contributions in Ruth's name be made to the Holy Family Parish 509 Caldwell Avenue, Portage, PA 15946 or to the Portage Area Historical Society P.O. Box 45, Portage, PA, 15946.
Published on February 14, 2020

Events

Send flowers
in memory of Ruth
Send flowers

Obituary published in

Guestbook

Print Guestbook

A place to share condolences and memories.
The guestbook expires on May 14, 2020.

Showing 10 of 7 posts

Judith Young Tweed
Feb 17, 2020
my memories of Tootsie go way back when we were kids. once a year we went to Portage. we stayed at aunt Alices but we always walked to aunt Ruth's. I loved Portage. My thoughts and prayers are with her family. She had a good long life.R.I.P. Tootsie. love
Robert, RJ as she called me all the time
Feb 17, 2020
Will miss you gramma more than anyone will know.
"From the fields of grass we spring up, sunlight shining on our petals. We become beautiful to all who see us, yet die once winter has set upon us. Our offspring shall keep the circle of life going again season after season." RJN Feb 16, 2020
WANDA JEAN
Feb 16, 2020
AUNT TOOTSIE WAS A LITTLE FIRECRACKER. ANYONE WHO KNEW HER KNOWS WHAT I MEAN. SHE WAS WITTY AND HAD A GREAT LAUGH I WILL LOVE AND MISS YOU AUNT TOOTSIE
WANDA JEAN
Feb 16, 2020
MY AUNT TOOTSIE WAS A LITTLE FIRECRACKER. ANYONE THAT KNEW HER KNOWS WHAT I MEAN. SHE WAS WITTY HAD A GREAT LAUGH AND WHEN ALL THE WOMEN IN THE RICHARDSON FAMILY GOT TOGETHER ALL YOU HEARD WAS THE LAUGHING AND JOKES THAT THEY TOLD AND TOOTSIE WAS IN THE MIDDLE.
Dina (Girard) White
Feb 16, 2020
Tootsie was a kind and giving soul. Not only will she be missed by family and friends but the whole Portage community will miss her. RIP our friend
Carol
Feb 14, 2020
Mom, I am going to be very lonely for a very long time.
Carolyn Baker
Feb 14, 2020
I enjoyed knowing Tootsie and conversing with her over the years. She was kind and a very caring person. She was a loving, special grandmother to Kelsy and was always kind to my daughter. I will always appreciate that.