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Sister H.M. Marilyn Ruflin Obituary
Sister Marilyn Ruflin, H.M.
Formerly Sr. Mary Esther, 76, died April 1, 2016 at Villa Maria Community Center, Villa Maria, Pa. She graduated in 1957 from Canton Central Catholic High School and entered the Sisters of the Humility of Mary Congregation from St. Louis Parish, Louisville.
Sr. Marilyn's many talents, especially her love of art and her deep prayerfulness, enriched her ministries as a teacher, diocesan office director, liturgical consultant and in HM Congregational leadership. Sr. Marilyn served at St. Louis, Louisville from 1970-81 as a teacher, facilitator of liturgy and pastoral minister. She was an active member of the Liturgical Commission of the Diocese of Youngstown serving from 1977-2002 and again from 2009 – 2011. From 1985-92 she was director of the Office of Worship for the Youngstown diocese and from 1985-89 was coordinator of the diocese's RCIA program. She served her religious congregation as coordinator of comprehensive planning and was elected to congregational leadership for two terms. Due to illness in 2012 Sr. Marilyn returned to Villa Maria Community Center, Villa Maria, Pa. where she served in the ministry of faith-filled presence until her death.
The daughter of the late Marvin and Loretta (nee Dwyer) Ruflin and sister of the late Ronald Ruflin, she is survived by her brother, Richard Ruflin of Louisville and her sister, Betty Cook, Collingswood, New Jersey, her nieces and a nephew and their families, and her sisters in the Humility of Mary Congregation with whom she shared her life for 58 years.
Funeral Thursday, April 7 at 10:00 a.m. at Villa Maria Chapel, Villa Maria Pa. Friends may call at Villa Maria Chapel Wednesday, April 6, 3:30 –4:00 and 6 – 8 p.m. and Thursday, April 7, 9 – 9:30 a.m. Prayer service at 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 6, 2016. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of the Humility of Mary, Development Office, PO Box 534, Villa Maria Pa. 16155. See www.humilityofmary.org Arrangements by McCauley Funeral Home.
Published in The Repository on Apr. 4, 2016
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