Tuesday, June 09, 2009


Ruth E. Callahan (nee: Maxwell), 88, passed away Monday, June 8, 2009 at Community Health Partners, Lorain.

Ruth was born Thursday, May 5, 1921 in Lorain, OH by her loving parents, Joseph and Lily (nee:Buxton) Maxwell. She graduated from Lorain High School, class of 1940. Ruth met her beloved husband Harris and was married on November 26, 1942. They were married for 66 years. Ruth was a homemaker and was very devoted to her family. She was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Church, Lorain where she was also a member of the Marian Guild. She was a skilled seamstress and enjoyed embroidering and needlework. She took great pride sewing bonnets, clothing and dolls for her grandchildren.

Ruth is survived by her seven children, Thomas Callahan (Janet) of Roswell, Georgia, Ruth A. Callahan (Jan) of Tucker, Georgia, Terrence Callahan (Judy) of Lorain, Timothy Callahan of Seattle, Washington, Stanley Callahan (Vicki) of Lorain, Paul Callahan Sr. (Anne) of Amherst, and Eileen Callahan-Smath (Jerry) of Lorain; 13 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband on January 1, 2009, Harris Callahan; two brothers, Joseph and Paul Maxwell; an infant son, Stanley Callahan; daughter, Carolyn Callahan; and infant grandson Riley Harris Smath.

The family will receive friends at Reidy-Scanlan-Giovannazzo Funeral Home, 2150 Broadway, Lorain, (440) 244-1961 on Thursday, June 11, 2009 from 2-4 and 7-9 PM. A prayer service will be held at the funeral home on Friday at 9:20 AM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 AM, Friday, June 12, 2009 at St. Anthony of Padua, 1305 East Erie Ave, Lorain, Fr. Joseph West, O.F.M., Conv, Pastor, officiating. Interment Calvary Cemetery, Lorain. Memorial donations may be made to St. Anthony of Padua, 1305 E. Erie Ave, Lorain, OH 44052.


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