Ruth Fonar Warheit\nOn her 94th birthday in August, Ruth Fonar Warheit was amazed \nthat she lived that long. On November 26, 2020, she gently \nslipped into her eternal home surrounded by family while \nlistening to the hymn, "Just As I Am".Ruth was the daughter of Nick and Leona Fonar and wife of \nWilliam A. Warheit who preceded her in death in 2002 after 52 \nyears of marriage. Her only sister, Julia (Russell) Koons also \npreceded her in death. She was mother/mother-in-law to Matt \n(Kay) Warheit and Janine (Mike Voulgaris) Warheit, Aunt and \nGreat-Aunt Ruth to 14 nieces and nephews and their families, \nGrandma to Kris (Heather) Warheit and Geoff (Lisa) Warheit and \nGreat-Grandma "Roof" to Taylor, Deagan, Kameron, Quinn, Kennedy, \nand Kinsley. Ruth hugged her family often. She was proud of her Slovak Heritage and cherished her family's \ndeep roots as founding members of the Church of God in Butler, \nnow know as North Main Street Church of God. When guest pastors \nor missionaries came to Butler, Ruth or "Grandma" to many, would \nbe asked to babysit their young children, often overfeeding them \nor entertaining them with musical instruments or toys that she \nalways had ready.Ruth believed in education and especially in early childhood \neducation. She was an observer of babies and believed that they \nknow a lot more than they let on. Ruth served as Sunday School \nsuperintendent as well as on the Christian Board of Education in \nher beloved church. She was supportive in many ways when the \nChurch of God started a preschool and elementary school which \nlater became Penn Christian Academy. Ruth cried many tears over \nstories of child abuse; it was something she could never wrap \nher mind around because she loved all children.Ruth valued her home and her country, even voting in the 2020 \nelections. She read her Bible every morning as well as books \nabout the Amish because she believed that the whole world would \nbe better if we lived as the Amish live. She kept a clean home \nwith a variety of cleaning tools including bottles of Amish \ncleaners and white vinegar. However, she never minded children's \nfingerprints on her windows. In the community, she and Bill had \ndelivered meals for Butler Meals-on-Wheels.Ruth loved watching the Pittsburgh professional sports: \nbaseball, football, and hockey, and knew the players' names. She \nand Bill were 30-year, Butler High School football season \nticketholders, beginning in the 60's when their son, Matt played \nfootball. As grandparents, they never missed a Knoch basketball \ngame when their grandson, Kris played. However, Ruth did \nstruggle to enjoy her grandson, Geoff's dirt bike racing, \nfrequently suggesting bowling as a safer sport. She also kept up \nwith her daughter, Janine's water skiing and horseback riding \ncompetitions. Ruth shared life with her dear friends, Ruthie, Margie, and \nShirley who survive her. She believed, "It takes work to be a \nfriend"; she loved her faithful friends as well as those who \npassed on before her. She also believed that her Timberly \nHeights neighbors were the best and that is because they were \nthe best neighbors who kept an eye out for her in her later \nyears whether they snowplowed her driveway or called her son if \nthey had not seen her outside for a few days. Ruth had a few fears: swimming, biking, or flying; she feared \nthat if she flew, the plane would crash... until her older \ngrandson became a pilot then she said that she wouldn't fly \nbecause she didn't want to cause a problem if she had a stroke \nwhile in flight. She had a healthy fear of sinning and when \nasked by a nurse during a check-up if she smoked, she said, "I \ndid one time and I didn't like it." But her world was not small; \nshe generously supported through prayers or finances various \nworld missions, Christian radio stations/programs as well as a \nnumber of medical research programs.Ruth lived her last year at New Haven Court, where she was loved \nby the New Haven staff and was given warm, profession care by \nher VNA Hospice Nurse, Lori. She talked to her family daily on \nthe phone and was kept entertained with endless calls, photos, \nand encouraging cards from family, friends, and her church \nfamily.Until March, Ruth never missed our family Sunday night \ndinners...she has left a very visible empty chair at our table. \nHer family will gather privately to thank God that we will see \nher again in Eternity. In order to share her memory, we suggest \nthat you: hug a child, find out how Jesus makes a life worth \nliving, bowl safely, or make a pie. Ruth was known for her \namazing pie crusts and pies:Ruth Warheit's pie crust recipe for 2 single or 1 double pie \ncrust.Mix: 2 cups of flour with 1 teaspoon of saltAdd in: 1/2 cup of Canola Oil4-5 Tablespoons water1 teaspoon white vinegarRoll between waxed paper. \nThompson-Miller Funeral Home, Inc. is assisting the family with \ntheir arrangements.