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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
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Memories & Condolence

  1. Guest says:

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    Family_of: Ruth Kranz
    Your_Name: Barbara Cuppy Whisler

    Condolence:

    My heart goes out to the whole family. Ruth will be missed by everyone that knew her. I feel that I knew her my whole life, she always made everyone feel like that. She had such a big heart, always smiling. God Bless Your Family.
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    Family_of: RUTH ANN KRANZ
    Your_Name: HOWARD & MARLENE CUPPY

    Condolence:

    WE WILL MISS OUR FRIEND AND CLASSMATE. SHE IS IN A BETTER PLACE WHERE THERE IS PEACE AND NO PAIN. WE SHALL MEET ONE DAY IN THE FUTURE.

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    Family_of:
    Your_Name: Steve, Regenia, Aaron and Austin Shaver

    Condolence:

    Kay and family:
    So sorry to hear about your mom. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. May God be with you and comfort you.

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    Family_of: Ruth Ann Lofland Kranz
    Your_Name: Mary Ellen Nolder

    Condolence:

    Tom and family:

    I am so sorry to hear that Ruth Ann has passed away. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Mary Ellen Willet Nolder
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    Family_of: Ruth Ann (Lofland) Pittenger Kranz
    Your_Name: Mary & Jim Anderson

    Condolence:

    Please accept our deepest condolences. Ruth was a wonderful person and loved by all. We will all miss her.
    Mary & Jim Anderson
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    Family_of: Ruth Kranz
    Your_Name: Harold & Joyce Craig

    Condolence:

    Our deepest sympathy to Ruth’s family. I know she will be missed by many. We will miss seeing her nice smile in church. Her patience made taking basket classes from her a joy. I will think of her each time I use the baskets that she made.

    Harold & Joyce Craig

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    Family_of: Ruth Pittenger
    Your_Name: Paula (Jessie) Miller

    Condolence:

    My sympathies to you all. Ruth was a very special person and I will treasure my basket she made always. Special condolences to Kay. I am so sorry for your loss. Love, Paula

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    Family_of: Kranz
    Your_Name: Chuck and Nancy Bell

    Condolence:

    We were so sorry to hear of Ruth’s passing. I will always
    remember our great friendhip. She was such a wonderful person. May God bless you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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    Family_of: Ruth Kranz
    Your_Name: Cindy Trimner

    Condolence:

    We had the opportunity to meet Ruth through our friendship with Kris, Tom’s sister. We attended several Kranz-Simpson family events – some of which Tom & Ruth hosted. She was a very special lady and I enjoyed talking with her. She was very gracious and made us feel like part of the family. Our deepest sympathy to all of her family. Our prayers and thoughts are with you.

    Cindy and Dana Trimner
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    Family_of: RUTH KRANZ
    Your_Name: RHONDA (MCDONALD) HOLBROOK

    Condolence:

    Dear Tom & family,

    I’m so sorry to hear that Ruth has passed away. She was such a wonderful person. We will miss her lovely smile. She was a good neighbor for many years to us. She never knew a stranger. She has left a lovely legacy for the girls and others to follow!She is in a better place now with no pain and alot of peace.

    Richard & Rhonda Holbrook & family
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    Family_of: Ruth Ann Kranz
    Your_Name: Jobie & Joyce Hughes

    Condolence:

    May happy memories carry you through this sorrowful time.
    Our condolences, Jobie and Joyce
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    Family_of: Ruth Ann
    Your_Name: Annette (McKenzie) Johnson

    Condolence:

    Sandy and Kay,
    Sorry to here about you mom. She was a GREAT lady. And will be missed by all who knew her.
    -Annette
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    Family_of:
    Your_Name: Willard Nazarene Family

    Condolence:

    Kay and Family: Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time of your loss. Lean on God for His strength to get you through the days ahead.
    In God’s Love,
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    Family_of: Sandy and Kay
    Your_Name: Bruce E. North

    Condolence:

    Only recently I discovered the “Lofand” family connection to my “North” family tree. I would like to thank Kay for her call to me in response to a letter written mid March of this year. Kay informed us of Ruth’s illness and that we would not be able to meet her to share family history. Our prayers go out to Ruth’s family.

    Bruce and Bea North
    Ashland, Ohio

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