Ruth I. Bussard, 85, of Dayton, Pa., passed away Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, at her home.
She was born Oct. 27, 1928, in Smicksburg, Pa., the daughter of Virgil C. and Ruth Isabell (McClelland) Stiteler, and was lovingly raised by her grandparents, Charles and Minnie (Wells) Stiteler.
Ruth was a resident of the Dayton area most of her life. She was a member of the Dayton United Methodist Church and was an active member of the United Methodist Women of DUMC.
Ruth was known for being a wonderful baker, with her specialty being coconut cream pie. Family was the greatest joy in her life, and she loved spending time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Left to cherish her memory are: her loving husband of 66 years, Ronald “Paul” Bussard, whom she married Dec. 6, 1947; a son, Larry D. Bussard and wife Stella of Smicksburg; daughters Lois K. Boor of Reedsville, Pa., Paula S. Keener and husband Barry of Dayton, Pa., and Joyce A. Steffy and companion Dan Steele of Dayton, Pa.; grandchildren David Bussard of Erie, Allison Gerwick of Reedsville, Pa., Adam Keener and wife Crystal of Dayton, Pa., Benjamin Steffy of Smicksburg, Lucas Steffy
and wife Angel of Dayton, Pa., and Evan Keener of Dayton; great-grandchildren Thad and Brett Gerwick; step-grandson Jon Rishell and wife Teresa of Rossiter, Pa.; step-great-grandchildren Brooke and Brianna Atherton and Danielle and Lorrin Rishell; brother Kenneth Stiteler and wife Mildred of Smicksburg; sisters Virginia Seger of Juneau, Pa., and Barb Sutter of Rossiter, Pa.; and sisters-in-law Bonnie, Lois, Bessie and Ann Stiteler.
She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers Walter, Malvern, Keith and Robert Stiteler; and sisters Dorothy Stiteler and Janet Seger.
Ruth’s family would like to thank and acknowledge Jodi Bish for all the love and special care given to Ruth throughout the past three years.
Family and friends will be received from 1 p.m. until the time of funeral services at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at the Bauer-Bly Funeral Home, 125 East Main Street, Dayton, PA, with the Rev. Dennis Howard officiating.
Interment will be in Salem Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery, Smicksburg, Pa.
Contributions may be made in Ruth’s memory to the United Methodist Women of DUMC, 105 East Church St., Dayton, PA 16222.
Arrangements are being handled by Bauer-Bly Funeral Home, Inc.
To express a condolence to Ruth’s family, visit www.bauerfuneral.com .