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Ruth Krizan
In Memory of

Ruth Krizan

1939 - 2018

Obituary of Ruth Krizan


Born May 26, 1939, died August 26, 2018, of Forest Hills. Ruth was born the 11th of 12 children in a sprawling German Scotch-Irish family in Ridgway, PA. She was nurtured by the raucous love of 11 brothers and sisters whose embrace of life informed all that she did as nurse, wife, and mother. She helped bring hundreds of babies into the world as an Ob-Gyn nurse in Ridgway and Pittsburgh, and spent the last 15 years of her nursing career at The Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf. She cared for everyone who needed help, welcoming her extended family into her home for as long as they needed whenever they asked. She was never too busy for anyone. During a visit to Pittsburgh in the late 1960s to help care for her niece, she was introduced to the man who became the love of her life. She married Bill Krizan and doted on him until she was no longer able. Even after Alzheimer's disease stole so much of Ruth, she always lit up when Bill would visit her. Bill and Ruth raised three children, Kate (Kendall Clark), Mary (Dan Dowds), and Dave (Cheryl Stump); and were blessed by eight grandchildren. Ruth taught her children selfless love and perseverance, irreverence and joy. Above all, Ruth was kind, quick to laugh and to reassure, and always willing to help people navigate life's challenges. She was a gracious hostess, made an oustanding Southern Comfort manhattan, and was very stylish. She was a devout Roman Catholic. Ruth has been—and will continue to be—dearly missed by everyone who knew her. She was a remarkably selfless woman who made the lives of those she knew and loved better by always being her wonderful self. In lieu of flowers, Ruth's family asks that tribute gifts be made to the Alzheimer's Association: Mass cards may be sent to St. Maurice's parish in Forest Hills, PA. A funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, September 1 at 11 a.m. at St. Maurice Church. Arrangements by the THOMAS L. NIED FUNERAL HOME, INC. (