Deborah C. "Debbie" Ruddy, 53, of South Scranton, died Saturday in Geisinger Community Medical Center, Scranton, of complications from cancer. Her loving husband of 20 years is Joseph J. Ruddy.
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Born in Scranton on March 21, 1959, to Julia Mokis Jaworski, Scranton, and the late Charles M. Jaworski, she was a 1977 graduate of West Scranton High School. She was a member of St. Ann's Basilica Parish, the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians and had worked for Atlas Industries, the Jaworski Sign Co. and, for the last 18 years, the Flowserve Corp. She was a very active volunteer for the American Cancer Society and St. Ann's Novena.
Debbie was a loving wife, mom, daughter, sister, aunt and friend to many. She never "gave in" to her 15-month courageous battle with cancer. Debbie enjoyed yearly trips to New Smyrna Beach, Fla., camping, fishing and relishing the good, quality times with her husband, Joe, daughter, Ashley, and her dog, Kimmi. Debbie will be deeply missed and fondly remembered in the hearts of many.
She is also survived by a daughter, Ashley, at home; two sisters, Donna Celuck and husband, Rich, Taylor; and Melanie Dougher and husband, Bill, Scranton; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.
She was also preceded in death by a mother-in-law and father in-law, Joseph A. and Jean Marie Ruddy; and a nephew, Army Sgt. William Dougher Jr.
The funeral will be Friday at 9:15 a.m. from the Edward J. Chomko Funeral Home, 254-268 Railroad Ave., West Scranton, with Mass of Christian Burial at 10 in St. Ann's Basilica, Scranton. Interment will follow in Cathedral Cemetery, Scranton.
Viewing for family and friends will be Thursday, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Condolences: www.chom kofuneralhome.com.
Published in Scranton Times on Jan. 2, 2013