Ruth Ann Hafner, of Elizabeth Township, passed away Thursday, July 1, 2010, following a brief illness. She leaves behind her husband, Donald, of West Mifflin; son and daughter-in-law, Don and Lori, of Holyoke, Mass., and granddaughter, Ava; daughter and son-in-law, Carol and Richard Mayfield, of Belle Vernon; granddaughter, Crystal Mayfield with husband, Matthew Johnson, and great-granddaughter, Emma, of Wilmington, N.C.; and granddaughter, Lisa Keefer with husband, Zachary, of Perryopolis. Ruth Ann was the youngest of four sisters, Elizabeth Doyle, of Allegany, N.Y., Norma Manns, of Ruffsdale, and Annette Colaianni, of Jefferson Hills, who will miss her dearly, all daughters of the late Anthony J. and Hazel D. Bildhauser, of Clairton, who inspired her thrift and simplistic lifestyle. She is also survived by an extended family that includes her brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Barbara Hafner, of Clairton, and numerous nieces and nephews. Prior to the birth of her children, Ruth Ann was a mathematician at Westinghouse Corporation and had been recently employed as a pharmacy technician and store clerk for Rite Aid Pharmacy, in Pleasant Hills. Ruth Ann was a loving mother who inspired her children to learn and fostered their early interest in reading, mathematics and art, and their empathy for others. She was an avid card player who enjoyed the company of her card-playing companions at Terrace Gardens for dinner and Five Hundred. Ruth Ann was parishioner of St. Michael's Church, in Elizabeth Township, and a devoted Catholic who valued spirituality above religion. She was a sweet woman who bore no malice, and she will be missed by all who were touched by her kindness. Calling hours for Ruth Ann will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the PAUL E. BEKAVAC FUNERAL HOME, 221 Second St., Elizabeth, PA 15037, 412-384-4344. Her funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Monda at St. Michael's Church, in Elizabeth Township. She will be laid to rest at Round Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, her family would respectfully request that donations be made to the American Heart Association, at www.heart.org. www.bekavacfuneralhome.com.
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Published in Pittsburgh Tribune Review on Jul. 3, 2010.