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Ruth Ann Ciresi

September 13, 1923 October 3, 2018
Ruth Ann Ciresi
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Ruth Ann Ciresi, 95, Indianapolis, passed away October 3, 2018. Mrs. Ciresi was born on September 13, 1923 to Margaret and August and was the eldest of four daughters. She celebrated her 70th wedding anniversary to Anthony Ciresi this past May.
Nothing was more important to Ruth Ann than her family. Ruth Ann was a devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grandmother. She is survived by her sister Patricia Connor; her husband Tony; her eight children: Toni Schaney (Phil), John (Sue), Jerry (Patty), Mary Ann Piatek (Joe), Gus (Cathy), Mike (Kyle), Ginny Engle (Kevin), and Mark (Milly); her 19 grandchildren; and her 13 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters Catherine Bollman and Margaret Davis.
Her strong Catholic faith was a gift onto her family as well as countless others within the Indianapolis community. Ruth Ann was very involved in St. Michael’s parish. She held several offices within St. Michael’s and belonged to various clubs. She made and donated thousands
of rosaries to Indianapolis Catholic schools and churches. Her amazing faith is how she approached every situation with a positive attitude. She was one of those rare people who was always completely nonjudgmental of her fellow man.
Ruth Ann was a Jill of all trades. She loved to read, craft, and garden in addition to being a gifted seamstress. Her grandchildren’s fondest gifts from her were the children’s clothes and doll clothes she made for them. Ruth Ann led an active lifestyle up until the end and spent her later winters riding around on her beloved three-wheeled bicycle. Despite her jam-packed schedule, Ruth Ann took classes at Florida Southwestern College, formerly known as Edison Community College, in computers. She also researched and compiled a comprehensive manuscript of her family history and lineage. Ruth Ann was an extremely outgoing and approachable lady. Her thriftiness was something to be admired. Ruth Ann’s children remember a time at the peak of her extreme couponing addiction when she had an entire bedroom in her home devoted to the hobby. Although she was good at saving money where she could, by no means was she stingy with her love and efforts towards making every occasion special. She gave the most thoughtful yet outlandish gifts to her friends and family- no one was ever excluded by Ruth Ann. Her Christmas dinners and festivities were unparalleled. Fights would break out over her homemade scicettis
at family gatherings, and it escalated to the point where a two-per-person limit had to be imposed and strictly regulated. Even a simple meal was embellished by her fabulous cooking and a fully-set table for her large family. Any time a guest came over for
a meal, she would bring out exactly seventeen items to make sure everyone was satisfied.
Ruth Ann was a selfless person who put everyone’s needs before her own. Her children describe her as the pioneer version of today’s supermom. She drove her children everywhere without complaint and supported them tirelessly in their activities and goals, even as adults. She was always there for anybody in any capacity she could fill. Her relentless cheer could put a smile on anybody’s face even during trials and tribulations. One of her family’s favorite memories of her was when she asked her doctor if she would be able to swim after her
hip surgery and, after receiving affirmation, excitedly exclaimed “That’s crazy! I couldn’t swim before I broke my hip.”
Over the nine decades of her life, Ruth Ann resided in the downtown neighborhoods of Irvington, Christian Park, Saint Mary's Academy, and Indiana Bell; in the Westside areas of Speedway and Pike Township; and in the suburbs of Carmel before settling on the South side on Shelbyville Road. She spent her winters in Fort Myers after retiring.
Visitation will be held at G.H Herrmann Funeral Home on 5141 Madison Avenue on Sunday, October 7 from 5-7 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes on
5333 E. Washington Street at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, October 8, 2018. Interment will follow at the Holy Cross and St. Joseph Cemetery on 2446 S. Meridian Street.


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Visitation

Sunday

7

Oct

5:00 PM 10/7/2018 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 10/7/2018 7:00:00 PM
GH Herrmann Madison Ave. Funeral Home

5141 Madison Ave.
Indianapolis, IN 46227

GH Herrmann Madison Ave. Funeral Home
5141 Madison Ave. Indianapolis 46227 IN
United States

Funeral Service

Monday

8

Oct

10:30 AM 10/8/2018 10:30:00 AM
Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church

5333 East Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN 46227

Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church
5333 East Washington Street Indianapolis 46227 IN
United States
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