Ruth Rita Marnalse, 79 passed away May 22, 2022. She was the youngest of 3 children, and loving wife of 13 years to Peter Iaffaldano,
Ruth grew up in Bristol, Connecticut.
She earned her bachelors and nursing degree from St. Francis School of Nursing and Central Connecticut State University. Then she earned her Masters degree in Public Health from John Hopkins University and became a Public Health nurse. She had a long career with Johnson & Johnson in Florida and traveled the world. She enjoyed trips with her nieces Donna and Kathy. She was a devout Catholic, and served as a Eucharistic Minister, volunteered for Hospice, and was a Carmelite. She loved children and was especially fond of animals, always feeding the birds, taking care of her cats and befriending every dog she saw. After she married Pete in and came to Ohio she became a treasured part of the Iaffaldano family. She loved to crochet and made many many prayer blankets for the church to give to cancer patients. She was a devoted friend to many.
Ruth was cherished sister of Frank John Marnalse (Nancy) of Massachusetts and Elizabeth Pirro (late Leonard) of Connecticut; beloved aunt of Donna Pirro and Kathleen Albino (David); stepmother to Jim Iaffaldano (Carol), Ioanella Iaffaldano, Ella Koloini (Kirk), Peter C. Iaffaldano (deceased), John Iaffaldano (Sherry), and Ann Iaffaldano; stepgrandmother to Marla (Dave) Jarvey, Kevin (Julie) Koloini, Kyle Koloini, Kris (Lauren) Koloini, Karina Iaffaldano and Katelyn Iaffaldano; and a dear friend to many.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her name to the Alzheimer's Association of Cleveland, Ohio, 23215 Commerce Park, Ste 300, Beachwood, OH 44122, or the Animal Protection League, 1729 Willey Ave, Cleveland, OH 44113.
A memorial service will be held in Ruth's honor at the Busch Funeral Home, 32000 Detroit Rd, Avon, OH 44011, at 11am Thursday, May 26, 2022. Friends may call an hour before the service, and a luncheon will follow at the funeral home. Those who are unable to attend may view a livestream of the service at https://my.gather.app/remember/ruth-marnalse .