Obituaries

Ruth E. Berresford

Mrs. BerresfordRuth E. (Biblehimer) Berresford, 91 who resided with her daughter and son-in-law, Carole L. Birkelbach and her husband Robert of 153 Strawberry Lane, Ringtown, passed away Saturday evening at Hazleton General Hospital.  Mrs. Berresford was a former resident of West Coal Street, Shenandoah.

Born in Shenandoah on September 14, 1920, she was a daughter of the late John Christian and Anne M. (Shoup) Biblehimer.

She was a graduate of the former J.W. Cooper High School, Shenandoah.

Mrs. Berresford was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Shenandoah.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.  Preceding her in death in addition to her parents were her husband, George Berresford in 1984; five brothers, George, Phillip, Paul, John and Heber Biblehimer; and a sister, Kathryn Baluskie.

Surviving in addition to her daughter Carole are daughters, Gail Gebhart of Sinking Spring and Lea Hanchick and her husband Paul of Bethlehem; a son, George Berresford and his wife Shirley of Lost Creek; six grandchildren, Jeff, Nick, Andrew, Kevin, Gary and Joi; a great-granddaughter, Kira; a much loved niece, Ann Frost; additional nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and a great-great-niece.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday morning at 11:00 am from Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, 132 S. Jardin St., Shenandoah.  Rev. Mindy Heppe, her Pastor will officiate.  Interment will follow in the Brandonville Union Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday morning from 10:00 am to 11:00 am.  There will be no calling hours Tuesday evening.

Walukiewicz-Oravitz Fell Funeral Home, Shenandoah is in charge of the arrangements.

Ruth E. Berresford Has One Condolence Posted:

  1. Cori Lynn Baluskie Mellinger says:

    I am the daughter of Walter P. Baluskie. Granddaughter of Katherine Baluskie. I want to send my deepest sympathy to your family for the loss of a beautiful woman inside and out. Dear Aunt Ruth, who she always referred to herself as to me, always embraced me full hearted. Every year, just up until a few years ago, I received Christmas cards from her every year. She always left me know I was on her mind and in her heart. I was glad I was able to keep her updated on my family and children. She was truly a beautiful, honest, caring spirit. Heaven has gained an amazing angel, and we have her lovely memory to hold in our hearts forever. I am so thankful for the memories I have as a child of dear Aunt Ruth, as well as Grandma and Grandpa Baluskie. I remember, very clearly, of the lovely times I got to spend with the 3 of them in some of my visits, in the summers, to Ringtown.