Verna Theresa (Smith) Ruggles

Sep 25, 1936 - Apr 26, 2013


Verna Theresa (Smith) Ruggles, 76, of Norwalk, died early Friday morning, April 26, 2013, in The Bellevue Hospital following a lengthy illness. 

She was born Sept. 25, 1936, in Cleveland. Verna graduated in 1954 from Townsend-Wakeman High School and was Salutatorian of her class. In 1955, she graduated from  Oberlin School of Commerce (Oberlin Business College) with an executive secretarial degree. Verna worked for two years at U.S. Steel in Lorain, in the Industrial Relations Department (Employment office), and later, she worked at the A.S.C. office in Huron County for 15 months. 

Verna was a member of the Congregational Community United Church of Christ, Monroeville, where she served as a Sunday school teacher, deaconess, on the Christian Education Committee, Women’s Fellowship, Adult Fellowship, and the Flower Committee. She also was a 4-H leader, farm bureau member and past member of the Harvester’s Farm Bureau Council.

She is survived by her husband, Allen Ruggles, whom she married June 8, 1957; three daughters and their spouses, Ruth Garwood and Jim Garwood, of Collins, Sue Ann Miller and Rob Miller of Bellevue, and Sharon Ruggles, of Norwalk; one son, Marc Ruggles and his wife, Betsy (Fries) Ruggles, of Norwalk; grandchildren, whom she loved dearly, Kenton Garwood and his fiance’ Sara Majzun, Philip Garwood and his fiance’ Jennifer Ryan, Neil Garwood, Laura Miller, Emily Miller, Amelia Ruggles, Nevan Ruggles, Anita Ruggles, Anessa Ruggles, Abecka Ruggles and Annaka Ruggles.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Laura (Ziemke) Smith Jr.; one brother, Norman F. Smith; and one sister, Dorothy Smith.

Friends may call 2-7 p.m. Monday, April 29, at Pfeil Funeral Home, Monroeville Chapel, 109 Monroe St,, Monroeville, and from 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 30, until a funeral service at 10:30 a.m. at Congregational Community United Church of Christ, 29 Chapel St., Monroeville. The Rev. Dr. Wayne Chasney will officiate. Burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery, Monroeville. 

Memorial contributions may be made to Congregational Community United Church of Christ. 

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