Ruth Hess

Ruth Constance Hess

Thursday, July 21st, 1938 - Thursday, June 27th, 2019
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Ruth “Connie” Hess, 80, of Clearfield died on Thursday, June 27, 2019 at her residence.

Born July 21, 1938, daughter of the late Mervyl Witherow and Celeste Hess.

Loving Wife of Alfred P. “Pete” Hess Jr., whom she joins in Heaven, along with her beloved sister Patricia.

She was a graduate of St. Francis High School and Penn State University.

Connie was a home and commercial building restoration specialist for over forty years.

She served on the Rec. Board for the Borough of Clearfield, and also helped many regain sobriety in her role as a drug and alcohol counselor.

Connie was always deeply engaged, interested and excited with life, every day, from the minute her feet hit the floor in the morning to when she went to bed. She loved her family and friends, and made dreams come true for many. Her home on fourth street is filled with photographs of people whom she loved and cared for, Family was always #1 in her world!

She was an avid reader, collector of antiques, memorabilia and baseball cards - oh the baseball cards! Best horse trader ever - if anyone in the family needed a car or truck, you could always count on Connie to ‘seal the deal’ in your favor. In later years she was fond of restoring antique wooden furniture.

Up until she left us, she had an amazing will to live life every day to the fullest, and was simply an amazing person - God’s Little Elf.
She will be greatly missed by her children, 5 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren, whom she loved with all her heart.

She is survived by her children, Michael Hess, Susan K Hess Gilliland, Joeseph Hess, Fred Hess and Alfred P. “Peter” Hess III, and her sister Katherine, who resides in California.
She is also survived by numerous cousins, nieces and nephews, who will also miss her dearly.

Mass of Christian burial will be said at the St. Francis Catholic Church, Clearfield on Monday at 10 AM with Rev. Brandon M. Kleckner as celebrant.

Friends will be received at the Beardsley Funeral Home and Crematory, Clearfield on Sunday from 2-5 PM and Monday from 9-9:30 AM.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to St. Francis Educational Endowment Fund 212 South Front Street, Clearfield, PA.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, June 30th, 2019 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Sunday, June 30th, 2019 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Beardsley Funeral Home and Crematory
    113 N. Third Street
    Clearfield, PA 16830
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Second Visitation

    Monday, July 1st, 2019 | 9:00am - 9:30am
    Monday, July 1st, 2019 9:00am - 9:30am
    Beardsley Funeral Home and Crematory
    113 N. Third Street
    Clearfield, PA 16830
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Monday, July 1st, 2019 | 10:00am
    Monday, July 1st, 2019 10:00am
    St. Francis Catholic Church
    212 South Front Street
    Clearfield, PA 16830
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Brandon M. Kleckner


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Shameka McGhee

Posted at 04:44am
To the family and friends of Ruth Hess I would like to extend my condolences. May the god of all comfort be with you during this difficult time.

Bernadette Kuhnsman Donovan

Posted at 04:16pm
When I first met my mother’s cousin Connie, I was traveling to the East Coast on a prospective college trip. We stopped in Clearfield to visit Connie and Pete and I was so enchanted with her that I didn’t want to leave her so soon after meeting. We stayed the night and before bed she told us ghost stories. I particularly remember one about a rose bush that grew back over and over because it was a ghost’s favorite. I then got to sleep in Connie’s guest room which housed her complete clown collection. While I didn’t get much sleep that night and now dislike clowns, I have never forgotten Connie’s energy and enthusiasm for life. She literally vibrated with a zest for life and it was infectious. Despite her passing from this realm, I dont doubt that her energy is still among us and maybe even making rose bushes grow. My love to all of you.

Carole Bartley

Posted at 11:55am
Our sincere sympathy to the family.

Carole and David Bartley

S. Ellis

Posted at 11:32am
May you have comfort in the memories of your loved one. (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4) The
Bible gives a real hope of being reunited again with your loved one. It promises that
your loved one will soon come back to life in the resurrection to a peaceful paradise
on the earth. (Acts 24:15)


S. Ellis

Bill Rubbe

Posted at 06:53am
Pete and all the family of Mrs. Hess, We extend our deepest sympathy to all of you on the loss of your mom. God Bless, Sincerely, The Rubbe family

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