Ruth B. Proch (nee Ockajik) age 89. Lifelong resident of Elyria, passed away Friday, December 17, 2021 at Mercy New Life Residential Center in Lorain, OH following a short illness. She was born August 16, 1932 in Elyria to Julius J. and Mary Ockajik (nee Gecelovsky). Ruth graduated from Elyria High School and Kent State University where she earned her Master’s Degree in Education.
Ruth served as a fourth grade Elementary Teacher at Cascade School in Elyria. She retired in 1998 with 30 years of service with the Elyria School System. Ruth was a long-standing member of St John Lutheran Church in Elyria. She loved to read, enjoyed making stained-glass items and spending time with her family at picnics and family gatherings.
Ruth is survived by her children; son, Michael Proch of Elyria and 2 daughters, Catherine Billings (husband, Thomas) of Florida and Linda Armstrong (husband, Frank) of Rochester, NY; 9 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Stephan “Steve” Proch in 2011, a daughter, Stephanie Bays (2021), a granddaughter-in-law Betsy Bays (2021), and infant sister, Mary Ockajik and her parents.
Friends may call at St. John Lutheran Church, 1140 W. River Road N, Elyria, OH 44035 on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 from 1:00 pm with the funeral service starting at 2:00 pm Rev Bill Mugnolo, Pastor of the church, will officiate. A private family graveside service will take place at Ridge Hill Memorial Park, Lorain, OH.
Memorial contributions may be forwarded to St John Lutheran Church.