Date of Birth April 28, 1960
Date Deceased August 14, 2023
Hometown Bath
Home State N.Y.
Service Date August 21, 2023
Service Time 11 a.m.
Service Location Bath National Cemetery

Ruth Ann Verbanic

Ruth Ann Verbanic, age 63, passed away on Monday, August 14, 2023 at the Ira Davenport Memorial Hospital. Ruth was born April 28, 1960 in Adrian, Michigan and traveled widely throughout her life, living in states as varied as Arizona, Mississippi, Montana, and New York, among others. She worked diligently for Steuben County, NY from 1989 until she retired as a Social Welfare Examiner in Temporary Assistance in 2017. Ruth was always working on a home project and could turn a patch of dirt into a garden shed or a pallet of wood into a 4-tiered Christmas village display. She was known for her beautiful gardens and after years of raising flower beds, she had recently turned to vegetable gardening, which has been bountiful all summer.

Ruth was extremely proud to be a veteran serving our country for 30 years in the United States Air Force. She began her career with six years of Active Duty service from 1981 to 1987 as an Administrative Specialist at Keesler AFB, MS and Malmstrom AFB, MT. Upon her discharge, she moved to the East Coast where she continued her career as an Information Management Specialist with the 914th Airlift Wing and 328th Airlift Squadron, Niagara Falls ARS, NY. During her time at the Niagara Falls station she served in the Legal office, Communications and Airlift Squadrons, and Wing Executive Office. She also participated in three tours during the Gulf War. She enjoyed additional exercise tours in Japan, Midway Island, Alaska, Germany, and Puerto Rico. Ruth was frequently a part of the Inspector General team touring various Air Force bases within the United States, simply because she enjoyed “Driving Miss Daisy” around. She retired on April 1, 2011 at the rank of Master Sergeant.

Ruth loved being around her extensive family and one of her proudest achievements was being a great mother. Ruth adored her three children and strove to make every day with them magical and memorable, whether that was with pool parties and horseback riding or traveling with her kids to visit relatives and theme parks. She raised her children to believe in a simple saying: “I love you as much as a circle because a circle never ends.” In her words, love is never ending and to have known Ruth is to love her forever.

Ruth was predeceased by her mother Ruth Viola (Opel) McMahon on May 19, 1971, father William Francis McMahon on February 5, 2006, brother Michael McMahon on July 5, 2021, and sister-in-law Shanna Hogan on September 1, 2020.  She is survived by her son John Wallace Russum III (Mari) of North Tonawanda, NY; daughters Jennifer Ruth Russum of Wilmington, NC; and Julia Viola Verbanic of Niagara Falls, NY; furbabies Daisy and Zombie; grandpuppies Kyleigh, Hecate, Jolene, Priscilla, Mable and Margaret; partner Anthony Razzi of Cohocton, NY; brother Patrick McMahon (Judy) of Avoca, NY; sister Cynthia Lewis (Doug) of Wheeler, NY; sister-in-law Karin McMahon of Hammonton, NJ; brother Billy McMahon (Jacqueline) of Avoca, NY; brother Bill Waring (Bill) of Portland, OR; sister Susan Jackson of Chandler, AZ; brother David Waring of Scottsdale, AZ; brother Daniel Waring (Maria) of Kingswood, TX; brother Lucas LaRussa (Amanda) of Chandler, AZ; brother Matthew LaRussa of Phoenix, AZ; and step-mother JoAnn LaRussa of Kingswood, TX, as well as numerous nieces and nephews across the country whom she loved dearly. Ruth is also survived by the airmen of the 914th Airwing division of the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station who she proudly loved as her Air Force family.

Friends and relatives are invited to attend Ruth’s calling hours on Sunday, August 20th, 2023, from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Bishop & DeSanto Funeral Home, 22 N. Main St, AVOCA, NY 14809 and Ruth’s funeral service and military honors on Monday, August 21, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at the Bath National Cemetery, VA Medical Center, San Juan Avenue Bath, NY 14810. An informal gathering will proceed at the VFW, 7230 NY-54, Bath, NY 14810 on Monday, August 21, 2023 from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, those wishing may remember Ruth through memorial contributions to Finger Lakes SPCA, 72 Cameron St, Bath, NY 14810 or the DAV at: DAV (Disabled American Veterans) DAV Memorial Program, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.

The Bishop & DeSanto Funeral Home is honored to assist Ruth’s family with the arrangements.

Online condolences or remembrances of Ruth are welcome below in the comment section or on the Facebook page of Bishop-Johnson & DeSanto Funeral Home.


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17 Responses

  1. We had the pleasure of getting close to Ruth through family. She was such a ray of sunshine during a very tragic family time then. I have kept in contact with her ever since. She is truly loved and will forever be a a shining angel!

  2. Sending my thoughts and prayer to Jen and the family. I had such an honor meeting and spending time with Ruth and Jen. She is and was an incredible woman
    Love you Jen so much

  3. I remember her as my co-worker, friend and the prior owner of my home. She was a kind and gentle person and never had a bad word for anyone. Especially enjoyed my C-130 ride over Niagara Falls! Fly high, Ruth and watch over all of us!!

  4. I had the pleasure of working with Ruth at Steuben County. Ruth was always very pleasant, had great work ethics and always had an infectious smile. She was a one of a kind lady.
    My thoughts and prayers go out to her family and many friends.

  5. Ruth was awesome lady always kind and generous….I met her when I was in high school about 1986 ish she is my friends aunt…I called her aunt Ruthy… I’m so sorry for her entire gamut prayers to you all….love Wendy Kimmey

  6. I knew Ruth from her years with the 914th ARS. She was a great asset, hard worker, always sharp in her uniform & a pleasant person to be around. May she rest in peace with our Lord and be reunited with her loved ones in heaven. My condolences to her family and friends.

  7. I knew Ruthie from high school, she was one of my best friends, and we made a lot a of memories together. She had a beautiful soak and kind heart. I will truly miss my good friend.

  8. My prayers for Ruth’s family and friends. She had such a sweet spirit, always kind at work. I’m thankful to have known her, thankful for her long military service. I pray peace and comfort for you all at this very sad time.

  9. My prayers go out to Ruth’s friends and family. I had the pleasure of meeting her a few years ago. She was the type of person that would give you the shirt off her own back if she thought you needed it more.

  10. I remember my cousin “Ruthie” with fond memories. Mostly playing together at Grandma Opel’s when we were children. I always looked forward to your visits at the farm with your brothers and sister. I remember helping Grandma get the house ready for your arrival and then waiting with great anticipation because we always had fun….from catching mice to stirring up the bats. While it has been a long time since I have seen you I have the best memories of the time we did share as “kids.” Goodbye sweet “Ruthie”

  11. Ruth Ann was always a loving sister and a true, caring soul. She saw the good in everyone, even when it was hard to find. She was very special and will be dearly missed.

  12. I met Ruth at DSS, we went to Buffalo for traing and she took us to the Anchor bar and a chocolate store. Best time, she always had a beaming smile. Sending prayers to her family.

  13. Ruth was a ray of sunshine at work. We used to have great conversations about AZ as we knew some of the same places. Condolences and prayers for your family, Ruthie. 💗

  14. My prayers and condolences to Ruths family. I met Ruth while serving with her at the 914 AW in Niagara Falls. She was always such a kind, caring person who would do anything for you. She always had a smile on her face. May she rest in peace and may God comfort her family in this time of loss.

  15. Ruthy was my sister in law. We have two very special memories of when we visited Niagara Falls and when Ruthy stayed with our kids for a week in Phoenix while my husband and I were on vacation. It was so nice that our kids got to spend that time alone with their aunt. Ruthy made a scrapbook for us and our kids for both those trips that we can treasure forever. Our whole family will miss her funny, silly, and so very caring soul. May she rest in peace ❤️

  16. Sincere and heartfelt sympathy to her family and friends. I have many fond memories of Ruth from years past! She was always so much fun to be around! Thank you for your goodness and service to our country!! Rest in peace.

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