The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

August 26, 2013

Ruth Frits Axtell

Calvary church member worked for Keck & Sons


---- — A funeral service will be held Wednesday for Ruth Frits Axtell of 92 Hadley Road, Hempfield Township. She passed away at 2:15 p.m. Sunday (8-25-13) in St. Paul’s, West Salem Township. She was 90.

Mrs. Axtell was born June 23, 1923, in Greenville to Earl Frits and Henrietta McCormick Frits.

She was employed for 30 years at the former L.L. Keck & Sons, Greenville, retiring in 1988.

A lifelong member of Calvary United Methodist Church, Greenville, she had been active with the Methodist Women and Calvary Quilters and sang in the choir.

Ruth was a past member of Greenville Regional Hospital Auxiliary. She very much enjoyed being with family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Her husband, John R. Axtell, whom she married Feb. 18, 1941, passed away July 14, 1982.

Surviving are: four daughters, Carol Handspiker and her companion Gale Bruce, Orange Park, Fla.; Margaret “Peg” Beighley and her husband Thomas, and Virginia McGranahan and her husband Clyde, all Greenville; and Patricia “Pat” Burford and her husband Mark, Jamestown; eight grandchildren, four stepgrandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, eight stepgreat-grandchildren and three stepgreat-great-grandchildren.

Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Thelma Danzer Freeman and Violet Redfoot; a brother, Howard G. Frits; and a grandson, Jeffrey Jaskulski.

Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary United Methodist Church, 44 S. Mercer St., Greenville, PA 16125.


Mrs. John R. (Ruth Frits), 90, of 92 Hadley Road, Hempfield Township.

Calling hours: 5 to 8 p.m. today (8-27-13) in LOUTZENHISER-JORDAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICES Inc., 366-368 S. Main St., Greenville. Visitors may sign an online guestbook and view a video tribute at

Service: Funeral services at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday (8-28-13) in the funeral home with the Rev. Rex Wasser, pastor, and the Rev. Paul Mitchell, visitation pastor, both of Calvary United Methodist Church, Greenville, officiating.

Interment: With committal in Shenango Valley Cemetery, Greenville.