MANSFIELD: Ruth Adamescu, age 91, passed away at Kingston Rehabilitation Center of Ashland after an extended illness. She was surrounded by her family. Born Ruth Jeannette Smith on March 8, 1922, to Philip and Emma (Schettler) Smith, Ruth was a lifelong resident of Mansfield. She graduated from Mansfield Senior High School in 1940 and Mansfield General School of Nursing in 1943. She remained an active member of the Mansfield General School of Nursing Alumni Association and the FOREMs group for many years.
Ruth had a passion for all kinds of music and played the piano. She was an avid reader and enjoyed doing her daily crossword puzzles. She was an active member of St. Peter's Parish where she served as a Stephen Minister. She also volunteered her time to Feed the Poor ministries and the
One of Ruth's proudest accomplishments was having served during World War II
as a Navy Nurse, (Lt. Jr. Grade,) in San Diego, California. She was honored as the Grand Marshall of the Veteran's Day Parade in November 2011, where she gave a moving and patriotic speech of this memorable time in her life. When Ruth returned from the navy, she enjoyed a long, rewarding career as an RN at Mansfield General Hospital.
Preceding Ruth in death are her husband, Joseph J. Adamescu, with whom she shared 45 years of marriage; her parents, Emma and Philip; her first grandchild, Jill Konves; and brothers, Jim, Raymond, and Paul Smith.
She is survived by her seven children, whom she cherished: son, John (Gayle) Adamescu of Rocky River, Susan (James) Konves of Cincinnati, Jeane (Michael) Nolte of Stow, and sons, Tim (Cathy) Adamescu, Jim (Dayna) Adamescu, Patrick (Jill) Adamescu, all of Mansfield, and, Joe Adamescu of Phoenix, AZ; and loyal and faithful canine companion, Angel. Despite the fact that she had seven children, Ruth possessed the ability to make each one of her children feel special and loved. She adored her 17 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild and was never too busy to listen, share a story, sing a song, cook a delicious meal or ask about their interests. Their memories of their grandmother are immeasurable. In addition to her immediate family, Ruth also has many nieces, nephews, and sister-in-laws, Rose Adamescu of Columbus and Grace Adamescu of Mansfield.
Ruth had the good fortune to have made many friends throughout her lifetime, many of which have been maintained since childhood. She made friends readily and loved the time spent with them. She always felt blessed by the kindnesses that so many of them showed during her years when her mobility was compromised. For that, her family is eternally grateful!
Those who knew Ruth knew of her faith, strength and wonderful sense of humor, all of which sustained her and her family throughout her life and during her final months of life.
Ruth's family would like to thank the extraordinary staff of Kingston of Ashland and Hospice North Central Ohio for their loving care, and daily support for Ruth.
Friends may call Friday, August 23, 2013 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at the Diamond St. Home of Wappner Funeral Directors, 98 S. Diamond St., Mansfield. Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Peter's Catholic Church, 104 W. First St., Mansfield. Military graveside services conducted by the Joint Veterans Burial Squad will follow in Mansfield Catholic Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice North Central Ohio
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