Saturday, April 9, 2011

Ruth Eva Cicirello

Wellsville, NY - Ruth Eva Cicirello, 92, of 147 Stevens Street passed away at home on Friday, April 8, 2011. She was born September 2, 1918 in Galeton, PA the daughter of the late Truman and Dora Mae (Lowe) Mathern. On February 2, 1935 in Alfred she married Anthony (Boots) Cicirello who predeceased on March 31, 1975.

Ruth was the dispatcher for the Allegany County Rescue Squad from 1960 until they merged with the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps in 1970. She was the dispatcher for the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps from 1970 until the time of her death. She also operated Boot's Tackle and Candy Shop until 1984.

She is survived by one son, James (Sue) Cicirello, a daughter-in-law, Judy Cicirello, a sister-in-law, Corrine Mathern all of Wellsville, four grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, one great-grandson and a dear friend, Kathy Nash of Wellsville. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a son, Lewis Cicirello and a brother, James Mathern.

Friends are invited to call on Monday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will be Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 11:00 am in the funeral home with Rev. Robert Morris presiding. Burial will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Wellsville Volunteer Ambulance Corps. To leave online condolences, please visit


  1. Edward (Ed) HanchettApril 11, 2011 at 10:58 AM

    What a dear, sweet and humble woman - Wellsville has lost an incredible and dedicated servant and we all have lost a wonderful friend.

    I am blessed to have such wonderful memories of Ruth...long conversations, words of encouragement & wisdom, and always a smile to share.

    When I was a member of WVAC, you can only imagine the confidence one gained by knowing that no matter the time of day or night, Ruth was ALWAYS there & ready to help. For not traveling often, she knew every road and everyone in the area...she was simply amazing!

    Jim, Sue & Judy (and your families) - my thoughts & prayers are with you.

  2. May God bless you for your many years of public service. Many lives depended on your expertise over the years. You won't soon be forgotten by the volunteers you served.

  3. As a child my father was a member of the WVAC. I always remember hearing that familar voice and even though hearing it most times out of someone elses crisis, her voice was always comforting. Seeing Ruth's passing was very sad but yet brought back so many childhood memories. You never heard an ill word spoken of her and everyone always knew they could count on her no matter what! I often wondered as a child how she was happy, never leaving her home and always having someone counting on her? How funny is it that I had never met her in my lifetime but yet she was such a huge part of many lives without even knowing. It just goes to show that happiness is within!