Ruthann Malloy passed away peacefully on June 20, 2022 at her home on the South Side of Pittsburgh at the age of 83 years. She was born on May 12, 1939 in a small town outside of Trenton, NJ, the oldest of three children to Cleveland and Ruth Litzen. Her childhood was happy but humble. In school, she excelled academically and upon graduation from high school received a scholarship to the esteemed Bellevue School of Nursing in Manhattan, New York City. There she distinguished herself as a student and entered the Army Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Program. Upon graduation, she received a commission as a Lieutenant in the United States Army 101st Airborne Division at the Base Hospital in Fort Campbell, Kentucky where she served our nation from 1959 to 1962. Her primary duties while stationed with the 101st was to provide rapid response medical triage to injured paratroopers. She received multiple commendations during her service and was even personally commended by the commander of the 101st, General Westmoreland after one particular rescue. It was there, at Fort Campbell, where she met the love of her life, James J. Malloy. They married and upon completion of her service, moved to his hometown of Pittsburgh to a house of the South Side where lived for the rest of her life. Although her calling was in Nursing, she decided to give up her passion to become a mother and raise her four children, Brian, Bobby, Eddy, and Doug. This became her true calling, and she dedicated the rest of her life to making her house into a home and filling it with warmth and love for her family. Her sons all married to give her four loving daughters-in-law, Melissa, Tamie, Sue, and Molly and they, in turn, blessed her with seven wonderful grandchildren, Dan, Daniel, Alexa, Meghan, Mallory, Melanie, and Conor. After her sons grew into men, Ruthann returned to Nursing to provide care for so many at Eye and Ear Hospital and South Side Hospital until her retirement in 2004. Anyone who has ever known her, even if only briefly, would appreciate her kindness and sincerity. She always had an ear to lend and was a good friend to family and neighbor alike. She was intelligent but unassuming and a humble servant of God. She will be missed by all who knew her, and the world is a better place for having had her in it. Friends and Family are welcome to pay respects at the John J. Gmiter Funeral Home at 119 South 15th Street, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15203 on Friday, June 24, 2022 from 2 pm to 8 pm where a blessing service will be held at 4 pm.
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