Ruth Thaner

January 6, 1919January 11, 2021

RUTH M. THANER (BORN) Ruth M. Thaner (Born) passed away peacefully on January 11, 2021. She was the beloved daughter of John and Margaret Born (deceased). She was the beloved wife of Regis (Arky) Thaner (deceased).. Also she had a brother , James Born, who Predeceased Ruth. She celebrated her 102 birthday on January 6, 2021. Due to Covid restrictions we were not permitted to see her on her birthday. Her beloved children meant everything to her. Her first-born, Jack Schweiger, passed on in 2011, and her second- born, Ronald Schweiger passed on in 2015. It broke her heart. Her daughter, Marjorie, has been with her through it all, along with other family members and friends, helping her to get through life. She is survived by her daughter, Marjorie Lohr (David), daughter-in-law, Linda Schweiger, daughter-in-law Gayle Schweiger. Grandchildren, Susan Bologna (Gary), Jack Schweiger (Sheri,) Kelley Jones (Kevin), Scott Schweiger (Donna), Shawn Schweiger (Rani), Lindsay Lohr Valencia (Benito), Roni Schweiger, Roy Schweiger (Marlene), Jill Birchell (Bruce), Danny Schweiger (Shelby), David Lohr, Sean Lohr (Melissa). She is also a Great Grandmother (GiGi) to 16 Great Grandchildren. She also leaves behind, her loving and loyal friend, Pamela and David Yakelis. Ruth was born in Pittsburgh on January 6, 1919. She and her husband, Regis, lived in McCandless Township since 1948. After her husband passed away in 1978, she continued to live in her home. When she was 81, she had to have an emergency triple heart by-pass. We thought we would lose her that day, but she had a strong heart and a strong will to live and to continue to love her family. Even her son, Jack, said to her as she was on her way to surgery, “Mom, don’t worry, You’re gonna live to be 100.” He was right and then some. Even though she was blind in one eye and semi-blind in the other eye for many years, she was determined to manage her own home which she did until 99 years old. She worked at the W. T. Grant Co. in North Hills, and she was proud that she worked there from the very first day they opened until the store closed it’s doors 22 years later. She then took up the hobby of painting ceramics. She made many pieces, but her most beautiful were Christmas ornaments and the many Nativity Sets, which will always be treasured. When her eyesight started getting bad, she had to stop painting. She hosted every Christmas Day for our family and made most of the food, even with bad eye sight, up until 2006, when it just became too much for her. She always prayed alot to the point we told her none of us could get through to God because she had him tied up too much with her prayers. Ruth was strong-willed and always spoke her mind, but she was a gentle, loving woman, who just wanted to be loved and give love to all.

Friends and family will be received at the H.P. Brandt Funeral Home, 1032 Perry Hwy., Pittsburgh, PA 15237 on Thursday, January 14th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM and on Friday, January 15th from 11:00 AM to time of service at 2:00 PM in the H.P. Brandt Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Allegheny County Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Western PA School for Blind Children Foundation, 201 N Bellefield Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213.


  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 14, 2021

  • Visitation

    Friday, January 15, 2021


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Susan Thaner Lammie

January 17, 2021

My deepest sympathy to Margie and Aunt Ruth’s entire family. So glad I had the chance to visit with her before the Covid restrictions went into effect...she was clear, thoughtful, and engaging. A beautiful lady. May she rest in peace. 🌷

ed thaner

January 16, 2021

Dear Cousin Margie, sorry i cant be with you now. What can we say about your Mom?? Every good adjective you can think of would apply!! To say she was a Saint is an understatement!! To say that you were the best daughter she could have had,is also an understatement!!!!! God Bless You, Ed T

Amber Birchell

January 15, 2021

Grammy has always inspired me with how much love she had to give to everyone in her life (and how much time she had to pray for everyone she loved). Even though I never lived in the same place as Grammy, I feel lucky to have gotten to exchange letters via snail mail with her sometimes. Until she could no longer send cards, she never failed to send her grandchildren or great-grand children a card and at least $5 on their birthday, being the thoughtful and detailed person that she was. She was a special woman that the world was fortunate to have, and her legacy lives on in her beautiful family.

Donna (Weber) Ray

January 13, 2021

My first cousin, Ruth, had so much fun and energy in her. It was a joy to be with her, but I had a hard time keeping up with her. Love to her family. Donna