Ruth Covelli

Ruth Alice Covelli

Thursday, September 1st, 1927 - Monday, September 14th, 2020
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Ruth Alice Covelli, 93, passed away Sept. 14, 2020, in Bradenton, Fla., with family by her side.
Born Sept. 1, 1927, in Scranton, Pa., to Joseph and Martha Gelofsack, Ruth moved with her family to the Cleveland, area while in her teens.
She married Arthur Sudbury in 1947. They had one son, James Sudbury and lived in Willoughby until their divorce. In 1973, Ruth married Albert Covelli. They lived in Mentor for 46 years, until his death in 2019. She then moved to Florida to be cared for by family.
Ruth was dedicated to her family. Her love of nature led her to instill an appreciation of God’s gifts in all who knew her. Walking in parks, boating on Lake Erie and golfing filled her active years. Children and animals always made her smile and even giggle with delight. Ruth was an excellent cook and won several baking awards. She also enjoyed dancing to the music of her era. Her community activities included her longtime membership in the Willoughby Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Stars. She and her husband, Albert, were also active members in their church.
Ruth was a beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She held a special place in the hearts of all her family and friends and will truly be missed.
Ruth is survived by her son, James Sudbury, who resides in England; two grandchildren, Dawn Sudbury, and Aaron Sudbury (Lori); and four great-grandchildren, Emily, Nathan and Jonathan Sisk and Hannah Sudbury, all residing in Florida; step-children, Jeffrey (Lucy) Covelli, Christine Covelli, Timothy (Nancy) Covelli and Sam (Patty) Covelli; and sisters, Martha (Joseph) Polllizi and Delores DeGideo.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Martha (nee Jackson) and Joseph Gelofsack; and siblings, Helen Auld, Elizabeth Wendle, Joseph Gelofsack and William Gelofsack.
A memorial Mass will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 37940 Euclid Ave., Willoughby. Interment will follow at All Souls Cemetery in Chardon Township.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the The American Cancer Society, 10501 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106.
The family would like to thank all those who helped Ruth through these difficult few years including the caring staff at The Sheridan at Lakewood Ranch, Fla. She was a dear friend and cherished by all who knew her.
Arrangements are entrusted to McMahon-Coyne-Vitantonio Funeral Homes in Willoughby and Mentor.
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  • Service

    Saturday, September 26th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, September 26th, 2020 11:00am
    Immaculate Conception Church
    37940 Euclid Avenue
    WILLOUGHBY, OH 44094
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  • Interment

    All Souls Cemetery
    10366 Chardon Road
    Chardon Township, OH 44024
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Tim Covelli

Posted at 01:22pm
Ruth, We had great times whether visiting or just having a great conversation in both private and among friends and family. The biggest highlight we remember was giving us the opportunity to enjoy the visit to Disney World with you and dad. Your humor and laugh along with your glowing smile will always be remembered. Rest in Peace with Our Heavenly Father!

Patty Covelli

Posted at 10:37pm
Ruth, we loved your wit and wisdom during our visits over the years in Ohio, California, Reno (with all your siblings-what a blast), Las Vegas and Arizona. The walks with our children as toddlers through teens and as adults sharing your life’s observations and experiences. Bless you on your peaceful journey with God. Sam,Patty, Jason and Sabrina Covelli

Sam Covelli and family

Posted at 09:13pm
Ruth, We have enjoyed our time with you & watched our family grow together throughout the years. Sam, Patty, Jason & Sabrina Covelli
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Christine Covelli

Posted at 03:22pm
Since this web site is goofy, the Peaceful White Lilies Basket should read in the title (Signature Card): Love, Tim, Nancy and Veronica

Christine Covelli

Posted at 02:32pm
Here we are: Tina, Al, Baby Jason and Ruth in July 1994

Christine Covelli Posted at 02:33pm

This web site is worse than before - where is the photo??? LOL!

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