Ruth Ann Whitta (n. Hattendorf), 87, of Fostoria, passed away peacefully on Tuesday morning, September 12, 2017 at Toledo Hospital, following a series of debilitating strokes.
She was born February 1, 1930 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, to the late Henry W. and Rosella K. (Ramm) Hattendorf. She married James Charles Whitta on November 20, 1951 in Fostoria, who predeceased her on February 9, 2011.
She is survived by seven children, Thomas (Lori) Whitta, Fostoria, David (Denise) Whitta, Fostoria, Kathryn (Jon) Miller, Ottawa Hills, Mary (Kirk) Van Dagens, Bloomfield Hills, MI, James (Jon Harada) Whitta, Berkeley, CA, Susan (Michael) Zeiler, Grand Haven, MI, and Elizabeth (Ken Reinhart) Buhrow, Fostoria; 13 grandchildren; three great grandchildren; her brother, Richard Hattendorf, Raleigh, NC; and her brother-in-law, Richard Rook, Massillon.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Jean Rook, and brother, William Hattendorf.
Ruth was a 1948 graduate of Fostoria High School. She was co-founder and office manager of the family business, Whitta Construction Inc., managing the business while raising a large family.
She was an active parishioner of St. Wendelin Catholic Church in Fostoria and an honorary life member of the parish Circle of Mercy. She was also a longtime member of Altrusa International. A nurturing mother and grandmother and a heroic homemaker, Ruth fed and clothed her family with homegrown food and homemade clothes.
She was an adept bridge and domino player throughout her life, a bowler in a mixed doubles league, golfer, a square dancer, an avid reader, and a lover of music.
A woman of great character, kindness and compassion, Ruth had a friendly word and a warm smile for everyone at all times, and was much loved by her husband and children. Her example of loving-kindness will live on in each of us.
Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. Friday, September 15, 2017 at HOENING & SON FUNERAL HOME, 133 W. Tiffin St., Fostoria, where a Rosary led by the Circle of Mercy will be said at 8 p.m.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, at St. Wendelin Catholic Church, with the Rev. Todd Dominique presiding.
Burial will follow in St. Wendelin Cemetery. A luncheon will follow in the parish hall.
Memorials may be made to St. Wendelin Church and School, the American Diabetes Association or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Online expressions of sympathy may be made by visiting www.hoeningfuneralhome.com.
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