NORTH HORNELL-Ruth E. Fitzpatrick, 84 of Cameron St., passed away Friday morning (Feb. 3, 2017) at St. James Mercy Hospital in Hornell.
Born in Hornell on Nov. 4, 1932, she was a daughter of the late Lloyd and Bessie (Bentley) Shinebarger. On May 9, 1953, she was married at St. Ann’s Church in Hornell to Martin H. Fitzpatrick, Jr., who predeceased her on Oct. 8, 1983, after 30 years of marriage. Besides her parents and husband, she was also predeceased by her son, Thomas M. Fitzpatrick; her grandson, Martin Bossie; her brother, Richard Shinebarger and her sister, Dorothy Reitnauer.
A lifelong resident of Hornell, Ruth was a graduate of Hornell High School, class of 1951. During her high school years she was employed at the former Woolworth’s in Hornell and later became employed at the former Big N and before her retirement in 1992 she was employed for about 27 years as a teller at Steuben Trust Company in Hornell.
Ruth was a member of Our Lady of the Valley Parish and was a communicant of St. Ann’s Church in Hornell and a social member of the Carducci Lodge in Hornell. She was also a former member of the Ladies of Columbus and Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court St. Ann. No. 194.
Ruth enjoyed playing cards, traveling and her “coffee club” with the girls.
Her loving family includes her four children, Timothy Fitzpatrick, Terry (Wendy) Fitzpatrick, Debra (Mike) Bossie and Ann Fitzpatrick (Frank Vaughan)all of Hornell; her eight grandchildren, Corrina Galliard, Michael (Brandi) Fitzpatrick, Lisa (Dan) Simon, Morgan (John) Allison, Courtney Bossie (Erik Crandall), Holly (Ryan) Taylor, Carly Fitzpatrick and Alex Fitzpatrick (Alexandra Argentieri); her seven great-grandchildren, Donovan Galliard, Riley Fitzpatrick, Ozzie and Terry El-Damaa, Henry, Bessie and Marty Allison; also several nieces and a nephews; as well as her sister-in-law, Patricia Gorton of Florida.
The Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc. in Hornell is honored to serve the family of Ruth E. Fitzpatrick.
Calling hours are 4-7 p.m. Tuesday at the Bishop & Johnson Funeral Home, Inc., 285 Main St., Hornell. Friends are invited to meet her family at St. Ann’s Church in Hornell where a Mass of Christian Burial be celebrated at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Interment will be at the convenience of the family at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Town of Fremont.
In lieu of flowers, those wishing may contribute in her memory to either St. Ann’s Church of Our Lady of the Valley Parish, 27 Erie Ave., Hornell or to the Hornell Area Humane Society, 7649 Industrial Park Road, Hornell, N.Y. 14843. Envelopes for memorial contributions will be available at the funeral home.
Online condolences or remembrances of Ruth are welcomed at www.bishopand johnsonfuneralhome.com.