The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

Obituaries

March 20, 2014

Ruth Hersh

Business co-founder was active in Jewish community

- — Ruth Hersh, formerly of Sharon and Hermitage, died at 12:25 a.m. Thursday, March 20, 2014, in St. Paul’s, West Salem Township, where she was a resident for the past three months. She was 93.

Mrs. Hersh was born Sept. 2, 1920, in Sharon, a daughter of Abe and Rachel Solomon Garrick.

She was a 1938 graduate of Sharon High School and an alumna of Bradford Business School in Pittsburgh.

Mrs. Hersh and her husband, Martin, founded Hersh Exterminating in Youngstown in 1946 and opened a second location in Sharon in the 1950s.

She worked as a bookkeeper for the business for many years and retired in the mid-1980s. Her son, David, continues to operate the business, which is now located in Hermitage.

Ruth was very active in the Jewish community in the Shenango Valley and Youngstown. She was a longtime member of the former Temple Beth Israel, Sharon, which recently merged with Congregation Rodef Sholom, Youngstown. She sang in Temple Beth Israel’s choir and was a member of its Sisterhood. She also belonged to Hadassah and the Council of Jewish Women.

Ruth was an avid swimmer until the late 1980s and, years earlier, enjoyed playing tennis.

She was a dedicated member of the League of Women Voters of Mercer County.

Her husband, Martin Hersh, whom she married Dec. 24, 1942, died July 3, 1981.

Surviving are three sons, Attorney Chuck Hersh and his wife Heidi, Sharpsville; David Hersh, Brookfield, and his companion Gloria Kirila, also Brookfield; and Harvey Hersh, Fort Worth, Texas; four grandchildren, Amy Gourley and her husband Mike, Raleigh, N.C.; Julie Dawson and her husband Ben, San Jose, Calif.; Stephanie Hersh, Washington, D.C.; and Marissa Hersh, Sharon; and four great-grandchildren, Stella and Anna Gourley; and Ezra and Georgia Dawson.

She also leaves a former daughter-in-law, Patti Hersh, Sharon; a sister-in-law, Belle Garrick, Los Angeles; her cousin Ruth Bergad’s husband, Saul Bergad, Pittsburgh; several nieces and nephews; and many relatives in Israel.

Besides her husband, Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, Edward and Henry Garrick; two sisters-in-law, Blanche Garrick and Edith Buslik; a brother-in-law, David Buslik; a very close cousin, Ruth Bergad; and a niece, Susan Buslik.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Buhl Park, 715 Hazen Road, Hermitage, PA 16148; or a charity of the donor’s choice.

HERSH

Mrs. Martin (Ruth), 93, formerly of Sharon and Hermitage.

Calling hours: 12:30 p.m. to time of service Sunday (3-23-14) in J. BRADLEY McGONIGLE FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY Inc., 1090 E. State St., Sharon. Friends may e-mail condolences by visiting www.McGonigleFuneralHomeandCrematory.com

Service: Funeral service at 2 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home chapel with Rabbi Franklin W. Muller, D.D., of Congregation Rodef Sholom, Youngstown, officiating.

Interment: Temple Beth Israel Cemetery, Hermitage.    

1
Text Only
Obituaries
  • Ruth N. York Parker

    Ruth N. York Parker of Grove City, formerly of Lakeland, Fla., died at 12:23 a.m. Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, in Good Samaritan Hospice, Wexford.

    August 1, 2014

  • Paul Edward Shafer

    Paul Edward Shafer of Burghill passed away Thursday morning, July 31, 2014, in UPMC Montefiore in Pittsburgh. He was 71.

    August 1, 2014

  • obt140802-benton,ed Edmund ‘Ed’ C. Benton

    A funeral service will be held Monday for Edmund “Ed” C. Benton of 3330 McConnell Road, Hermitage. He passed away at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in his residence with his wife by his side. He was 84.

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • obt140802-zeka,james James M. Zeka

    A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Monday for James M. Zeka of Sharon. He passed away peacefully of natural causes at 11:15 p.m. Wednesday (7-30-14) in John XXIII Home, Hermitage. He was 84.

    August 1, 2014 1 Photo

  • obt140801-walczak,helen Helen Walczak

    After a full life of 89 years, Helen Walczak of Louisville passed away peacefully the morning of Saturday (7-26-14) in Nazareth Home, Louisville.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • obt140801-bernadella,betty Betty Jane Bernadella

    Betty Jane Bernadella of Masury passed away at 3 p.m. Wednesday (7-30-14) in O’Brien Memorial Nursing Home in Masury. She was 83.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • obt140801-walters,elizabeth Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Perrine Walters

    Elizabeth “Betty” Perrine Walters of Grove City, a third-generation Swedish-American, passed away at 1:25 a.m. Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Grove City Medical Center, Pine Township, after suffering a serious injury last week in her home. She was 94.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Virginia May Guzi Virginia May Guzi

    LEECHBURG, Pa. – Virginia May Guzi of Vandergrift, Pa., formerly of Sharpsville, passed away at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday (7-29-14) in Pleasant Ridge Mature Living in Leechburg. She was 87.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • M. Luella Lauver M. Luella Lauver

    DuBOIS, Pa. – M. Luella Lauver of Reynoldsville, Pa., died Tuesday evening (7-29-14) in Christ the King Manor, DuBois. She was 89.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Emily Bobby Emily Bobby

    A memorial service will be held Friday for Emily Bobby of 1907 Shady Drive, Farrell. She passed away peacefully at 4 p.m. Monday (7-28-14) in the emergency room of Sharon Regional Health System. She was 98.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • John ‘Jack’ R. Halford

    A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Thursday for John “Jack” R. Halford of 923 Indiana Ave., Farrell, formerly of Greenville. He passed away at 7:50 p.m. Thursday (7-24-14) in his residence. He was 78.

    July 29, 2014

  • obt140730-hall,daniel Daniel L. Hall

    Funeral and committal services will be held Thursday for Daniel L. Hall of 2589 W. Lake Road, West Shenango Township, Crawford County, Jamestown. He passed away at 7:26 p.m. Sunday (7-27-14) in the emergency room of St. Joseph Emergency and Diagnostic Center, Andover, from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. He was 51.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • obt140730-vansickle,alice Alice Mae Frazee Van Sickle

    Alice Mae Frazee Van Sickle, Chestnut Street, Shenango Village, West Salem Township, passed away Tuesday (7-29-14) after a short illness. She was 93.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • obt140730-lewandowski,wm William ‘Bill’ Joseph Lewandowski

    William “Bill” Joseph Lewandowski of Brady Township, Butler County, Slippery Rock, passed away at 3 a.m. Tuesday, July 29, 2014, in Visiting Nurses Association Inpatient Hospice, Butler. He was 84.

    July 29, 2014 1 Photo

  • obt140729-barger,dorothie Dorothie L. Barger

    Dorothie L. Barger, formerly of Sunset Avenue, Grove City, passed away after an extended illness at 11:22 a.m. Monday, July 28, 2014, in Grove Manor, Grove City, where she was a resident since February 2013. She was 85.

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

Published Magazines