Ruth Deckop Donovan of Doylestown, Pa. passed away on Thursday, July 10, 2014 at the age of 84. Ruth was born on June 7, 1930 in Buffalo and grew up there with her treasured older brother, Ray, and devoted sister, Jane, as the family of proudly German parents, Joseph and Irene (Hoffmeyer) Deckop. Buffalo also sent Ruth to High School at The Mount, through her history degree, magna cum laude, from D’Youville College, and most especially to meet her husband, Richard E. Donovan.
Ruth and Dick started their family in Buffalo, raising six boys together, first in Kenmore, and later in Erie, Syracuse, and Doylestown. Her sons, Ray, Rick, Bob, John, Jim, and especially young Tom (and her dog, Bodine) were the joy of her life. Their wives, Patti, Patty, Jodi, Beth, Laura and Peg were her special daughters; they brought her nine grandchildren Jason, Tom (and wife, Christina), Colleen, Kevin, Joe, Holly, Shane, Kristen, and James. Ruth enjoyed lifelong friendships with ‘The Bridge Club’ and dear companions Corinne Nevell, Dianne Ackerman, and Kathy Nochman.
A devout Buffalo Bills Fan and merely pious Catholic, Ruth understood that mass on Sunday was over before the Bills game started, and that she could say the Rosary on weeknights other than when Monday Night Football was on and still leave Wednesday’s for an occasional novena.
Ruth had a special devotion to the cloistered nuns of the Carmelite Order and those who might wish to make a donation to the Carmelite Monastery at 75 Carmel Road, Buffalo, NY 14214, in lieu of flowers, would do her an honor.
Relatives in the Deckop, Block, Porter, and Donovan families, as well as friends of the family, are in-vited to call at the McGraw-Kowal Funeral Home, 736 Central Ave. Dunkirk NY, on Monday July 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Fr. Joseph Zalacca and Fr. Raymond Donohue on Tuesday, July 15 at 10 a.m. at Holy Trinity Church, 1032 Central Ave, Dunkirk. A luncheon for friends and family will follow the mass. Burial services will be held at Mt. Olivet Cemetery later that afternoon.