Ruth Mercuri, 85, formerly a resident of Moscow, died Thursday. She was the widow of John Mercuri, who died on Jan. 16, 1987.
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Born in Scranton, daughter of the late Mark and Mary Mullen, she was valedictorian at St. Mary's High School, South Side. She was a member of St. Eulalia's Parish. For most of her working life, Ruth was employed as a clerk for the Middle District Federal Court in Scranton. She also worked for Aramark Food Service and was a self-employed dealer in antiquities. She was active in both the community and her parish. She served on the St. Eulalia's parish council and various church committees throughout her life. In the Scranton community, Ruth worked as a senior volunteer in nursing homes where she visited residents with her dog, Samantha, a pet therapy pug.
She was a fan of sports teams, including the Syracuse Orange and Red Barons.
Ruth is survived by a brother, Joseph Mullen; sons, Magisterial District Judge John Mercuri and wife, Cecelia; and Joseph Mercuri and wife, Susan; daughters, Ann Knuth and husband, Walter; and Paula Mercuri Williams and husband, Thomas; eight grandchildren, Dr. Erik Baker, Dr. John Mercuri, Matthew Mercuri, Sara Dipero, Kate Mercuri, Michael Mercuri, Janet Durkin and Lori Knuth; and four great-grandchildren, Gavin and Laura Durkin; Emma and Claire Baker.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday at 11 a.m. at St. Eulalia's Church, Blue Shutters Road, Roaring Brook Twp.
Condolences may be extended to the family at the church beginning at 10.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the North Pocono Public Library Building Fund, 113 VanBrunt St., Moscow, PA 18444.
Arrangements: Duffy and Snowdon Funeral Home, Moscow. For online condolences, visit www.duffyands nowdon.com.
Published in Scranton Times on Jan. 12, 2013