Ruth Yoast Cataldo

April 16, 1927November 22, 2021

Ruth Yoast Cataldo left this earth peacefully from her home on November 22 at the age of 94. She was born in Florence, Alabama in 1927, moved to Birmingham as a young teen and has remained in the Birmingham area ever since. As a young girl she worked at Bechtel McCone & Parsons as a mail girl on bicycle during WWII. That’s where she met John, who stole, uh, borrowed her bicycle, but he for sure stole her heart and she retaliated by marrying him!

She and John built the home she has lived in for the past 64 years. She has been an active member of Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church since 1962, serving in the bereavement ministry, senior lunch events, and enjoying bunko with her friends. Being a master seamstress, she didn’t hesitate to comply when Mother Angelica asked her to make draperies for the monastery in Irondale, which soon became EWTN Global Catholic Television Network. Ruth loved people and didn’t know how to be a stranger to anybody. You could always see her in conversation at the grocery with a person she didn’t know and would probably never meet again. Preceded by her husband of 50 years, John Phillip Cataldo, and son, Don Phillip Cataldo, she is survived by her two daughters, Linda Cataldo Dlugosz and DeAnna Marie Cataldo; grandchildren, John Savarese, Cari Field, Elena DiBenedetto, and Lesley Ann Goins; and 3 great grandchildren, Brandon Savarese, Lauren Field, and Megan Field. Her funeral Mass will be held at Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Birmingham, Al. 2:30pm on December 6, 2021 preceded by visitation at 1:30pm

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  • Visitation

    Monday, December 6, 2021

  • Funeral Mass

    Monday, December 6, 2021


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Bill Yoast

December 1, 2021

She was one of the greatest women I've ever known next to my Mama. We talked regularly on the phone and her memory was very accurate. I'll miss her dearly.

Charlotte Smith

November 26, 2021

My Aunt Ruth always went out of her way to to make you feel special just being around her. She never met a stranger. Her home was always open to you. She was my favorite Aunt. I don't live in Alabama anymore so when I did get to go back home it wasn't home until I went to see my Aunt Ruth. She was so knowledgeable on everything. She was the kindest most sweetest person I know. I haven't been back to Alabama in a good while that is my deepest regret is I didn't get to visit my sweet Aunt Ruth one more time. Rest my sweet Aunt Ruth. Love Always Charlotte Smith.