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Janet Marie Kane Ruddy


1918 - 2013 | Obituary Condolences
Janet Marie Kane Ruddy Obituary
JANET MARIE KANE RUDDY Janet Marie Kane Ruddy was born on April 3, 1918, in Scranton, Pennsylvania to John Kane and Agnes McDonnell Kane. She passed away on October 6, 2013 in Temecula. She attended elementary and high schools in Scranton, after which she enrolled at Mercy Training Hospital in Scranton, becoming a registered nurse in 1941. In June 1941 she joined the U.S. Army Nurse Corps and was soon commissioned a Second Lieutenant. After Pearl Harbor she spent 43 months in the Pacific. She met her future husband Joseph Ruddy, then a Marine Lieutenant, in Hawaii in 1944. In 1947 she resigned from the Army Nurse Corps after marrying Joseph Ruddy. Her last duty station was the U.S. Military Academy at West Point with the rank of Captain. She first came to Southern California in 1950 when her husband was called back into the Marine Corps during the Korean War. After the Korean War, and several moves, she settled in Riverside in 1957. She worked as a civilian nurse at Norton Air Force Base and her husband taught in the Riverside School District. In 1981, after retiring, she and Joseph built a house in Morongo Valley where she resided until 2012. She had a long time interest in Genealogy and Irish history. She was a member of the National Genealogy Society, the Southern California Genealogy Society, Wyoming Valley Historical Society (Pennsylvania), Genealogical Research Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania, and Westport Historical Society (Ireland). She was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and a founding member of the Women's War Memorial in Washington D.C. She was preceded in death by her husband Joseph and her daughter Mary Ruddy Turner. She is survived by her son Kevin. She was buried with her husband and daughter at Olivewood Cemetery in Riverside. Family wishes to thank Chardonnay Hills Care Home in Temecula for their help and dedication in caring for Janet.


Published in Press-Enterprise from Oct. 17 to Oct. 18, 2013
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