Ruth Ann (Lofland) Pittenger Kranz
Ruth Ann (Lofland) Pittenger Kranz, age 69, of Shiloh, died Thursday, May 8, 2008 at Hillside Acres Nursing Home in Willard after a long bout with leukemia and NPH.
She was born July 14, 1938 in Plymouth, Ohio. She was a 1956 graduate of Shiloh High School. She retired as postmaster from the Shelby Post Office in 1991, prior to that, she had been postmaster in Plymouth and Shiloh. She was a member of Mt. Hope Lutheran Church in Shiloh and women of the church. She was a member of Shiloh Community Grange, Shiloh Eastern Star where she was past worthy matron, and Jiffy Mothers Club in Shiloh. Ruth was the editor of the NAPUS Newsletter for several years. Ruth loved baskets. She spent many hours making and teaching basket weaving at her basket studio, local libraries, senior centers and other venues. She attended the National Basket Convention every year.
Ruth is survived by her husband, Thomas Lee Kranz, whom she wed on November 19, 1993; her mother, Mildred Rex Sheely of Willard; 2 daughters, Sandra and Harold Mullins of Mansfield and Kay Carr of Willard; 2 stepsons, Todd and Kelly Kranz of Dublin, Ohio and Loren and Kristie Kranz of Shelby; a stepdaughter, Jennifer and Doug Johnson of Galena, Ohio; 13 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren, a niece and nephew. She was preceded in death by her father, Chester Lofland, a brother and his wife, Ronald and Nora Lofland.
Friends may call from 3-5 and 7-9 PM on Sunday, May 11, 2008 at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby. Funeral services will be held on Monday at 11 AM at Mt. Hope Lutheran Church in Shiloh with Rev. John Wanamaker officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Shiloh. In lieu of flowers, memorial expressions may be made to Mt. Hope Lutheran Church Memorial Fund or Mount Hope Lutheran Church Scholarship Fund. The family would appreciate on-line condolences at