Ruth E. (Mertz) Westlake

Born: 11/02/1924 Passed:

Ruth E. Westlake, age 95, of Louisville, Ohio; loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother passed away on Sunday, May 17, 2020. She was born on November 2, 1924 to Joseph and Lillian Mertz. Ruth retired from Molly Stark Hospital in 1990. She enjoyed playing cards, jigsaw puzzles, and spending time with family and friends.

In addition to her parents, Ruth is preceded in death by her husband, Robert “Bud”, and brothers, Robert and William Mertz.

Ruth is survived by four children, Keith (Terri), Debra Givens, Susan George, and Steven (Anne); thirteen grandchildren; and twenty great-grandchildren.

Her family would like to express great appreciation to the Sisters of St. Joseph of St. Mark, and all of the staff at St. Joseph Senior Living. Private family viewing will be held at Paquelet-Falk Funeral Home in Louisville on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, 9:30 am — 10:30 am. A mass of Christian burial will follow at 11:00 am at St. Louis Catholic Church in Louisville with Fr. Robert Miller officiating. She will be laid to rest beside her husband at North Lawn Cemetery in Canton. Condolences and special memories can be shared with her family online at

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8 Tributes to Ruth E. (Mertz) Westlake

  1. Janet Harold and Joe Zwick says:

    Wonderful memories of playing Euchre with Ruth at St Joseph’s and listening to her tell stories of her dates with Bud at Myers Lake. She was a beautiful lady with a wonderful sense of humor. She will be missed.

  2. Sue and Tom Bole says:

    Steve and Ann
    My deepest sympathy to you and your family in the loss of your mother. She was a beautiful lady and I always looked forward to talking with her during family gatherings.

    • Carol Sluss Hill says:

      My sincere condolences to Sue and family. Wishing you wonderful memories of your mom.

  3. Sister Jane Lab, CSA says:

    Dear Keith, Terri and family,

    My thoughts and prayers are with everyone at this time of sorrow.
    May Our Lord comfort each of you.
    May Ruth know the loving peace of God.
    A memorial mass will be offered for Ruth at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center in the Holy Trinity chapel.
    God’s blessings on everyone,

  4. Cotton & Karyn Crislip says:

    Our deepest sympathy in the passing of your Mom.

  5. Cindy Kolm, LPN says:

    Deepest sympathy to all of Ruth’s family. She will certainly be missed in Assisted Living. I loved every minute spending time with Ruth, such a sweet, caring person. Ruth always tried to do anything to make my job of caring for her easier, never asked for anything, always a smile. Miss you dearly everyday. ❤️

  6. Velvet & Joe Oliverio says:

    Deepest Sympathies to the
    Entire Westlake Family.

  7. Cindy (Kimmel) Miller says:

    I remember Ruth from working at Molly Stark: A shorter lady with a lot of spunk! I also knew Deb from school, and then Sue from our children’s activities in North Canton. Wasn’t Ruth a Majorette in high school? No doubt, she was an inspiration to her Deb and Sue, who were also majorettes. May your memories and love of friends be a comfort, now and forever.

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