SHARON, Pennsylvania (SOUTH PASEDENA, Florida) – Ruth Shilling, a resident of Spencer Avenue, Sharon, for more than 50 years and a winter time resident of South Pasadena, Florida, died peacefully February 8, 2017, at The Fountains at Boca Ciega Bay in South Pasadena. She was 96.
Mrs. Shilling was born in Wampum on May 4, 1920, to Charles and Ethel Marshall.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Wilson M. Shilling in 2001 and her brother, David M. Marshall of Charleroi, Pennsylvania.
Surviving are her daughter, April Krygowski (David); two grandsons, Drs. James Krygowski (Brenda) and their sons, Jasper and Jack and Adam Krygowski (Leanne) and their sons, Xander, Ted, and Simon. Also surviving is her dearest sister, Kathryn Miller; a sister-in-law, Margie Marshall and several beloved nieces and nephews.
Ruth was a 1938 graduate of Sharon High School. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a minor in music from what was Slippery Rock State Teachers College. She did post-graduate work at Westminster College, Penn State, Pitt, and Duquesne University.
Mrs. Shilling taught 33 years in the Sharon schools – first grade in the former Wengler and Hadley buildings. She was secretary of the Sharon Teachers Association and a life member of PSEA and NEA. She was a representative at NEA Conventions in Madison, Wis., and New York City. She and her husband Wilson traveled with the NEA to France, Switzerland, and Italy.
Mrs. Shilling was an active, 50-plus-year member of Sharon First Presbyterian Church. During school vacations, she worked in the church office for Dr. Wishart.
She was a choir member, a Sunday school teacher, a member of the Partners in Prayer, a VBS director, Wee Wisdom Preschool teacher and treasurer of the women’s association.
In Florida, she was a member of Pasadena Community Church.
Ruth loved to travel with trips to the west coast to visit friends and relatives, trips to Hawaii and cruises in the Caribbean and Mediterranean. She was an excellent bridge player. Ruth and Wilson loved to ballroom dance and attended Bailando Club weekly. She made the best ever roast beef and mashed potato dinners. She brought delicious homemade pies to holiday gatherings and picnics. Ruth always treated people and students with kindness.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 600 E. State St., Sharon, Pennsylvania 16146.
Calling hours will be 10:00 a.m. to time of service Wednesday, February 15 in First Presbyterian Church, 600 E. State St., Sharon.
Funeral Service will be at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 15 in the church, with the Rev. Lisa Hickman officiating.
Burial will be in America’s Cemetery, Hermitage.
Arrangements by John Flynn Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., Hermitage.
A television tribute will air Tuesday, February 14 at the following approximate times:
6:41 a.m. WYTV and 8:41 a.m. MyYTV and 9:58 a.m. on FOX plus two additional spots throughout the day.