Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Ruth E. (Dunn) Cordes

Ruth Esther Dunn Cordes, age 95, formerly of Shelby, died Saturday, March 15, 2008 at Hamlet Manor in Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

She was born July 2, 1912 in Columbus, Ohio. Her parents were Harry R. and Martha Luella (Turner) Dunn. She was a graduate of Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky. She was an accomplished pianist and organist, the consummate mother and homemaker and in later years she was a library assistant and worked at the Fireside Book Shop in Chagrin Falls where she had lived for the past 18 years. Ruth was a charter member of the Shelby Christian Missionary Alliance Church, a member of Alpha Xi Delta Sorority and of the 97 Club in Shelby.

Ruth is survived by her children, Martha and Edward Towns of Shaker Heights, Ohio, J. William and Karen Cordes of Peoria, Illinois, Deitrich B. Jr. and Carolyn Sue Cordes of Concord, Ohio, Daniel Dunn Cordes of Lewiston, Idaho; 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death in 1968 by her husband, the Rev. Deitrich Barth Cordes, former rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Shelby; by a grandson, Matthew Cordes and by her sister and brother-in-law, Dr. and Mrs. Alfred J. (Elizabeth Dunn) Shreve of Dearborn, Mich.

Graveside services will be held on Thursday, March 27, 2008 at 11 AM at Oakland Cemetery, Shelby, with her son, the
Rev. John William Cordes, officiating. Memorial expressions may be made to The City Mission, 5310 Carnegie Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44103 or Hospice of The Western Reserve Headquarters 300 East 185th Street, Cleveland, Ohio 44119. The Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby, Ohio is assisting the family with funeral arrangements. The family would appreciate on-line condolences at

Memories & Condolence

  1. Guest says:

    Family_of: Ruth Cordes
    Your_Name: Tom and Gaylene Scott (Post Falls, ID)


    You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. We are so sorry for your loss. Gaylene has fond memories of working with Ruth at Marvin Memorial Library. She was a very special person. Tom and Gaylene(Springer)Scott.
    Family_of: Ruth Cordes
    Your_Name: Father John Jorden+


    I have such good memories of Ruth as our organist at St. Mark’s, Shelby when I was the Rector there. She loved the Lord and brought dignity to everything she did. She is home, going to the Father so close to Easter, yet I know you, the family will miss her. Be assured of my prayers.

    Father John+
    Holy Trinity Anglican Church
    Milan, Ohio
    Family_of: RUTH CORDES
    Your_Name: ROGER STROUP



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