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Ruth Ann Eckert Cassella, 86, of New Castle passed away Friday, Aug. 4, 2017.
She was born Jan. 6, 1931, in Cowan, West Virginia, to the late Eppa Loring Starcher and Leatha (Crosby) Starcher.
She married Robert W. Eckert on Nov. 18, 1949. He died Nov. 26, 1970. She then married Louis S. Cassella on Aug. 19, 1976, and he preceded her in death Dec. 2, 1985.
Ruth was a member of Christ Lutheran Church.
She was employed for 25 years at the Neshannock Dunkin' Donuts. She retired from there at the age of 80.
Ruth is survived by a son, William Eckert of New Castle; three daughters, Karen (Robert) Kern of New Castle, Nancy (Lewis) Brooks of Follansbee, West Virginia, and Bobbie Jean (Gregory) DuBose of Jupiter, Florida; a stepson, Edward (Cindy) Cassella of New Castle; a stepdaughter, Barbara Levy of Brandon, Mississippi; her brother, Grant (Sue) Starcher of North East, Maryland; three grandsons, Pietro DiPaolo and Brian DiPaolo of Follansbee, West Virginia, and Jackson DuBose of Jupiter, Florida; a granddaughter, Brittany Trushel of Bozeman, Montana; a stepgrandson, Brett (Tiffany) Cassella of Monaca; and two stepgranddaughters, Paige Cassella of New Castle and Amy (Scott) Skelton of Jackson, Mississippi.
In addition to her parents and both husbands, Ruth was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Linda Ann Eckert; a stepson, Richard Cassella; two brothers, Herald Starcher and Joe Starcher; and three sisters, Helen Moss, Golda Keefe and Mary Renee Reed.
Visitation will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Ed and Don DeCarbo Funeral Home and Crematory, 941 S. Mill St.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Christ Lutheran Church, 1302 E. Washington St. New Castle, with visitation an hour prior to the service. Pastor Sean Walters officiating.
Interment will take place in Pleasant Valley Cemetery in Princeton, Pennsylvania.
Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.decarbofuneralhome.com.
Published on August 6, 2017
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