MaryEllen Armbruster

August 27, 1943August 14, 2011

Local Nurse Passes

Mary Ellen Armbruster, a lifelong resident of northeastern Ohio, passed away suddenly this week at the age of 67.

She was born to Fred and Nell Cummings of Stow and attended St. Vincent-St. Mary High School. She served as a nurse at St. Thomas Hospital and Summa Healthcare for over 27 years where she provided care and compassion to thousands.

She is survived by her children Michael (Julia), Laura, Ronald (Pamela), Jennifer (Shawn) Phillips, Eric (Kristi) and Christine (Steve) Kohl in addition to fifteen grandchildren; her brothers Harry Cummings and Christopher (Jerrie) Cummings and her sisters: Carol Rementer, Beth (David) Zedney, Joan (Jon) Weiser and Rosemary (Jerry) Figgs. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Catherine.

Friends will be received Thursday, August 18, 2011, from 5-8 PM at the Wood-Kortright-Borkoski Funeral Home, 703 E. Main St., Ravenna. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Reverend David Misbrener at 11:00 AM on Friday at St. Peter of the Fields Catholic Church, 3487 Old Forge Rd., Rootstown. Interment will follow at St. Peter of the Fields Cemetery.

Condolences and memories may be shared at In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Lifebanc at


  • Visitation Thursday, August 18, 2011
  • Mass Of Christian Burial Friday, August 19, 2011

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Bonnie Hunter

August 20, 2011

Mary Ellen truly loved her children and grandchildren and her memory will live on in all of them. So sorry for your loss. Sending warm thoughts and prayers. God Bless!

Leslie Hill-Ali

August 19, 2011

Deepest sympathy and warm thoughts to the family of Ms Mary Ellen. She worked side by side w/ my mom (Lela) at St Thomas for many yrs. Ms Mary Ellen was always nice and giggled w/ us constantly. She provided loving words when my mom passed away & will always be remembered. *Hug my Mommie for me Ms Mary Ellen*

Leslie Hill-Ali
(daughter of Lela Stevens)

August 19, 2011

Joan Weiser,
I am so sorry about your loss. Memories are so precious. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Prayers and Peace to you all.

Mary Ann Hunter
from the AGO

August 19, 2011


I am very sorry to hear about your mom. She was always such a warm hearted and generous person. I saw this many times and experienced this many times too . My thoughts and prayers to you and your family. God Bless.

John Davis

August 18, 2011

Jenny and family, Bob and I are so sorry for your great loss. I remember your Mom's sweet smile and her hearty laugh. I know you will miss her so much. Our prayers go out to you and your family. Sincerely, Bob and Shirley Davis and Family

Tracy Drier

August 18, 2011

Mike, Laura, Ron, Jen, Eric, and Bea.

I wanted to tell you that I was very sad to hear the news of your Mom’s passing. She will be missed.

I have only seen Mary Ellen a couple of times since we moved away in the mid 70’s, so most of my memories are all from that era. She was a strong woman with a beautiful smile - and I can still hear her laugh.

Thinking about her last night – she would have been in her late 20’s or early 30’s when we lived in Ohio. That realization came as quite a shock to me since, at the time, all of our parents seemed so old. Now, that seems so young - and it explains my perception of her with this unlimited amount of positive energy.

As a kid, she made me feel like we were all on the same team, and that we had an ally in her. It wasn’t Kids vs. Parents like it seemed with everyone else.

I’ll never forget that blue pick-up truck she drove us all around in – at top speed. She loved to drive – whether it was to sell corn in some far away city (I still don’t know where that was!- near one of your relatives) or to drive us up that big hill to the mall. She always had some great idea that required us to drive somewhere. Fantastic.

I also remember how she loved her cocker spaniels.

Your Mom had a huge impact on my life and I am happy for all of the great memories she left with me.

Please know that I am thinking of you, and that I share your feelings of loss.

August 18, 2011

To the Armbruster and Cummings families, I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you......Nancy Weiser (Delaware, OH)

Jody & Christy Palmer

August 17, 2011

Eric, we are very sorry for you loss you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Bob Lux

August 17, 2011

Mike, Laura, Ron, Jen, Eric and Bee –
My prayers are with you in this time of loss.

I have such fond memories of your Mom. She was always there for all us kids (you and friends). From early morning swimming lessons in a freezing lake, fairgrounds clean up crew, riding in the bed of her pick-up; she always had a smile and a loving infectious laugh. She gave advice and guidance without preaching; she was the one I called to bail me out (literally!). I am thankful that God put her in my life. I celebrate her life for all that she gave to me and all those that knew her!

Lisa Fitzpatrick

August 17, 2011

Dear Armbruster Family, I am very sorry for your loss. I have lots of great memories of your mom.
Lisa (Prock) Fitzpatrick