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Ruth Burley

July 16, 1928 — September 6, 2022

Van Wert

Ruth M. Burley, 94, of Van Wert, passed away at 2:05 PM on Tuesday, September 06, 2022 at Van Wert Manor. She was born on July 16, 1928, in Slickville, PA, daughter of the late Edward Gerald and Anna Cecilia (Rhuby) Shaffer. On June 08, 1946, she married the love of her life, Gale F. Burley. He preceded her in death on November 29, 2008, but never left her heart.

Ruth was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church and the Loyal Order of the Moose. She enjoyed playing bingo and keeping a spotless home.

Family survivors include her daughters: Shirley (Del) Shreve and Debra Wessell, both of Van Wert; sisters, Grace Kaufman and Patricia Yerty, both of Pennsylvania; grandchildren: Brian (Amy) Shreve of Fort Wayne; Tricia (Jim) Voors of Van Wert; Tracy Spieth of Van Wert; great-grandchildren, Noah Jordan Spector, Evan Ryan Spieth, both of Van Wert; Austin Voors of Fort Wayne as well as many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Ruth was preceded in death by three brothers: Edward Vensel, Richard Frieberge, and William Shaffer; and six sisters: Clara Nicely, Florence Antus, Janet Monroe, Betty Ireland, Louise Pollock and Dolly Clouse

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 PM, on Saturday, September 10, 2022, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home, 722 S. Washington St. Van Wert, OH 45891 with Rev. Will Haggis officiating. Interment will follow in Woodland Cemetery.

Family and friends will be received two hours prior to the funeral on Saturday, from 10 AM to 12 PM, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Ruth`s memory may be sent to St. Mark's Lutheran Church or the American Cancer Society.

To share in Ruth's online memorial, please visit www.alspachgearhart.com.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, 722 S Washington Street, Van Wert, OH 45891.
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Service Schedule

Past Services

Visitation

Saturday, September 10, 2022

10:00am - 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home

722 S Washington St, Van Wert, OH 45891

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Funeral Service

Saturday, September 10, 2022

Starts at 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home

722 S Washington St, Van Wert, OH 45891

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Interment

Saturday, September 10, 2022

Starts at 1:00 pm (Eastern time)

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