Ruth A. Keener, Warwick grad, nurse, Riverton Christian Church member, cat lover

By on September 20, 2017

Ruth A. Keener, passed away Sept. 13, 2017, in Springfield, Ill.

She was born to Esther B. and Paul S. Nolt on July 20, 1942, in Warwick Township, near Lititz. Her husband, Herbert W. Keener Sr., died in 2005.

Ruth graduated from Warwick High School in 1960 and The Reading Hospital School of Nursing in 1963. For 38 years she worked in hospitals and/or nursing homes in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Illinois. She was a member of Riverton Christian Church, Riverton, Ill.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her stillborn son: Phillip M. Moore; her son: Ralph M. Moore II; an infant sister; and two brothers: John and Luke Nolt.

She is survived by her daughter: Regina Arlene Moore Gies (Jerry); two stepchildren: Herbert Keener Jr. (Paula) and Alyce A. Keener; a granddaughter: Brittany M. Moore; two step-grandchildren; eight siblings: Mary Nolt, Lois Landis, James Nolt (Maryann), David Nolt (Ruth), Daniel Nolt (Cindy), Esther Boas (David) Anna Marie Reeser (Bob), and Miriam Ginder (Robin); lots of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews; and some great-great-nieces and nephews.

Ruth enjoyed communicating with family and friends by visits, phone calls, cards, e-mails, and Facebook. She liked going to church and Bible studies and was actively involved member for as long as she was able. She enjoyed cooking, sewing, some gardening, and the companionship of her cats.

Services were held Sept. 20 at Ebenezer Evangelical Congregational Church, with Pastor Scott Phillips officiating. Interment took place in the Hess Mennonite Cemetery.

Arrangements by Stradling Funeral Homes Inc., Akron/Ephrata. Online condolences can be given at

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