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Ruth (Rippel) McGowan

November 16, 1927 ~ February 3, 2018 (age 90)

Ruth Rippel McGowan, 90, of Eighty Four, Somerset Township, passed away peacefully in her sleep Saturday morning, February 3, 2018 at The Residence at Hilltop, Monongahela.

She was born November 16, 1927 in Forward Township, a daughter of William C. Rippel and Gertie Tarr Rippel.

She graduated for Elizabeth High School, attended Westminster College and was a private secretary for Joy Manufacturing Company in Pittsburgh.

She, along with her husband and sons, owned and operated McGowan Farms in Somerset Township.

Mrs. McGowan was a member and, for over 30 years, the organist at Pigeon Creek Presbyterian Church, Eighty Four.

She was as a member of the Martha V. Paul Order of the Eastern Star, Business and Professional Women’s Association and active in the Pennsylvania Farmers Association as a farm wife.

Surviving are a son Bruce McGowan; brother, Albert "Bud" Rippel (Lucy) and a sister, Lois Rippel Laird and several nieces and nephews.

Deceased in additional to her parents are her husband, Roy N. McGowan; son, William Walter McGowan; 11 siblings,Margaret Tignanelli, Minnie Lehman, Martha Briegel, Grace Rippel, Charles Rippel, William “Cliff" Rippel II, John Tarr Rippel, Christy "Tim" Rippel, Ralph Rippel and Lawrence Rippel.

Friends are welcome from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Thompson-Marodi Funeral Home, Inc., 809 Main Street, Bentleyville, 724-239-2255, where a service will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, February 7, 2018 with Reverend John Pipp, officiating. Interment will follow in Pigeon Creek Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Pigeon Creek Presbyterian Church, 45 Church Road, Eighty Four, PA 15330. Visit to leave a condolence message, order flowers and share photos.


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