Ruth Ann Shawhan

April 3, 1948May 9, 2018

Ruth Ann (Wentland) Shawhan, 70 of Clinton, beloved wife of Gary Shawhan, passed away suddenly, Wednesday May 9, 2018 at St. Raphael Hospital in New Haven. Ruth was born in Taylor, PA on April 3, 1948. The eldest daughter of Richard and Ruth Ann Wentland. She graduated from Andrew Ward High School, Class of 66’ and in Fairfield and attended The Berkley Secretarial School in White Plains, NY In 1967. Professionally Ruth worked as a secretary at Stauffer Chemical Company in Westport CT. After taking time to raise her family, Ruth worked at Valentine Interiors, in Clinton as in Interior Decorator for over 20 years. Most recently, Ruth worked part-time as a home companion for Companions and Homemakers. Ruth enjoyed spending time at the beach, especially St. John V.I., the casino and didn’t mind sharing her opinions and giving advice to family and friends. Ruth always had time for a cup of tea. She was a great cook and terrific baker! Most of all, she loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. They all kept her busy! Besides her husband Gary of 42 years, she is survived by her five children. Bridgett Colvin and her husband Jeff Colvin, of Old Saybrook, Rebecca Thurber and her husband Aaron Thurber, of Clinton, Katherine LeMonds and her husband Jeremy LeMonds, of Simpsonville, SC, Robert Shawhan and his wife Rebecca West of Clarksville, TN and Peter Shawhan of Clinton. Ruth had eight grandchildren: Nadia, Garrett, Jonathan, Gabriel, Makayla, Emma, Molly and Alex. Ruth also leaves two sisters, Judy Lello and her husband Eugene Lello and Joanne Hegedus and her husband Bruce Hegedus of Fairfield and two cousins that Ruth consider sisters; Geraldine Mayott and her husband Walter Mayott and Barbara Dehaba and her husband. She is also survived by many additional cousins and extended family and friends. Family and friends may call on Wednesday May 16th from 10 am-2 pm at the Swan Funeral Home 80 E. Main St. Clinton, CT. Burial will be private. A reception will follow from 1-5 pm at the Old Saybrook Fire Department Pavilion located across from Pasta Vita and inside Clarks (baseball) Field. The Pavilion, which is located in the rear and to the left of the field, is not visible from the road. Direction will be available at Swans Funeral Home.


  • Calling Hours Wednesday, May 16, 2018

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Chuck Lutz

May 16, 2018

My wife Sabrina & I first met Ruth at my sister's shop, Valentine Interiors. Over the years we would see or talk her when contacting my sister. Ruth always had a smile and a laugh. During our conversations she happily would talk about her kids and especially her grand children. You knew family meant a lot to her. Our condolences to the family and prayers for Ruth.

Chuck & Sabrina Lutz


May 16, 2018

Suzanne and I will miss Ruth Ann, we loved her character and opinions [even if you disagreed]. We loved when she came to SC to see Kathy and her family. Will miss our cousin. You have our deepest sympathy and regards. We love you Ruth Ann. Suzanne and Wally Wentland

Sue Szost Esbensen

May 15, 2018

Ruth Ann was my friend since I was about 5. I have so many memories of spending time with her and her family. I was part of the family it seemed, vacations in Canada and PA. Spending time with her and her family in Fairfield .We attended grammar, middle and high school together. She was one of my best friends. I just regret we didn't stay in touch more when I moved to Florida. She and I caught up last February. It was like no time had passed. I thought about her and talked about her often. Although we didn't' see each other or talk more than we did, I will miss her. She was and always will be my friend. She will be missed. My thought and prayers are with her family and friends. May she rest in peace.

Frank & Paula Guidi

May 15, 2018

My friend, my crazy, loving, caring goofy friend. When you would call, Paula, I can't get in the house, it's covered with those darn things all over the garage, so I go down, large broom in hand, only to find Ruth in the driveway, with a huge umbrella, looking like Mary Poppins. So many laughs about that day. Then when the tree blocked the driveway, and she had to go get one of the kids, go down, chainsaw in hand, cut it up, and between the two of us, clear off the driveway. The best one, around 2 or 3 in the morning, phone call, Paula, I need you, the baby is coming and the guys that are here are clueless, fly down, and catch Richie as he is born, and I say to Ruth, gosh Ruth, I have chickens bigger than this kid. We have a good chuckle, as the Fire Department arrive with the EMT, and take the two of them to the hospital. Those are some of the crazy things we did, but there were so many more, gymnastics with the girls, Bluefish Festival booths, Homecoming floats, I could go on and on. Plus out of all our friends in CT. Ruth has been the one who has been 2nd mom, to our Pamela on her move back to CT. She will always remain in my heart as a true and everlasting friend, we were always there for each other, love you my friend. Rest in Peace.

Margaret Bozek

May 14, 2018

Our family lived next door to Ruth, Gary and their family from 1988 to 1995 when we first moved to CT. She was a wonderful and generous neighbor - unselfish, helpful, and so good to my children. My kids and I have wonderful memories of Silver Birch Lane, a large part of which was due to Ruth and the Shawhans. Rest in peace, Ruth.

debra liebeskind

May 13, 2018

Ruth was a great friend to Susan Bukowsky and was always asking me when I was coming to visit so we could go shopping or to the casinos.
I will miss her reminding me to come visit.
Besides that her family and kids and Gary always came first.

Enjoy having tea with God.

Love you always,

Debbie Liebeskind