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Ruth Jean Hershberger

HERSHBERGER—Ruth Jean, 87, formerly of Richland Township, died September 13, 2018, in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she lived for the past three years to be close to immediate family. Ruth Jean was born October 11, 1930, to Carl C. Roberts and Evalyn J. (Willard) Roberts.  She was preceded in death by her parents and her high school sweetheart and husband of 66 years, Nyle M. Hershberger.  She is survived by her children, Michael (Debbie Layton) of Cincinnati, OH and Diane (Rodger Kube) of Kansas City, MO, grandchildren Nichole Fisher (Columbus, OH), Michelle Lipps (Cincinnati, OH) and Mikka Kube (Manama, Bahrain), and 7 great-grandchildren. Ruth Jean graduated from Richland High School in 1948. Immediately following graduation, she worked in the office at the high school. She then worked as a secretary in the School of Agriculture at Penn State for two years. In 1963, Ruth Jean returned to Richland High School and served as a secretary until her retirement in 1985. She spent the next 25 years making hundreds of Raggedy Ann and Andy dolls, over 600 artisan teddy bears and many other fabric crafts which brought as much joy to her to make as they did to the persons receiving them.  Ruth Jean was a woman of deep faith which she expressed in both words and deeds. She was a member of the Belmont United Methodist Church since 1953.  Together with Nyle, Ruth Jean made significant commitments in support of Shoes for Orphaned Souls, Angels of East Africa Children’s Orphanage, Operation Christmas Child, along with many other mission-focused causes. Friends received from 5-8 pm, Thursday, September 20, 2018, at Harris Funeral Home, 500 Cherry Lane, Richland, and Friday, September 21, 2018, from 10:00 am until the time of service at 11 a.m. at Belmont United Methodist Church, Pastor Jean Smith, officiating. Interment, Richland Cemetery. The family suggests donations to Belmont United Methodist Church, 107 Coldren St., Johnstown, Pa. 15904. Online condolences may be posted at www.wharrisfuneralhome.com.

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Deepest sympathies on your loss! It was a pleasure to know her as a secretary at Richland and her husband as an administrator! They were such beautiful people and did so much to help people! God Bless them and their reuion in Heaven!!!

Bruce and Kathy Scileny Sep 21 2018 12:00 AM

Diane and Mike--

My sympathies on the loss of your Mother, as she joins her soulmate in heaven. As a result of the heavenly duties performed on earth, she will most assuredly rest in peace. Peace. Strength. Elayne

Elayne Bennett Bruckman Sep 17 2018 12:00 AM

As a member of the Dashing Dozen 63 - 65 l always enjoyed dealing with you. That office will never ever be the same. As the first person I met upon my transferring in, you made me feel warm and accepted. Im sorry I did not take the time to visit you at church but reasons beyond my control prevented me from doing that. For that l am sorry. God speed safe journey!

Fred J Freeman Sep 14 2018 12:00 AM