RUSKOWSKI, Joseph A., 90, of Martins Ferry, OH, died Thursday, January 2, 2014, at his residence.

He was born November 10, 1923 in Lafferty, OH a son of the late Stephan and Phyllis (Mroz) Ruskowski.

He retired from the former Valley Camp Coal Mine. Joe was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Mother of God Council #1421 and American Legion Post #38 all of Martins Ferry and V.F.W. Post #4811 of Yorkville, OH. He was a veteran of the U. S. Navy WWII where he served on the USS California 1943-45.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Josephine H. (Bumbico) Ruskowski; his son, John M. Ruskowski; brothers, Stephen, Andy, Chester, John, Walter, Frank, Daniel, and Zigge Ruskowski; sisters, Ida, Mary, Nellie, Rose, Helen, Blanche and Sophie.

Surviving are his son, Frank J. Ruskowski of Jerusalem, OH; daughter- in-law, Janice M. “Janey” Ruskowski of Shadyside, OH; brother, Eddie Rusk of Wheeling, WV; grandchildren, Rebecca (Travis) Dunn, Dr. Adam Ruskowski, John Ruskowski, Jr. and Patrick Ruskowski, a great – grandson, Colby Dunn; and a special friend, Dorothy Herman.

Friends will be received at the Heslop Funeral Home, 415 Walnut St., Martins Ferry, OH, Sunday noon-3 and 6-8 p.m.

Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be celebrated Monday, January 6, 2014 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Martins Ferry, with Rev. Tom Marut officiating. Entombment follows in St. Mary’s Mausoleum, Martins Ferry.

Wake services will be held Sunday at 7:30 p.m. in the funeral home.

Military honors will be presented by the Belmont County V.F.W. Honor Guard at 9 a.m. at the funeral home prior to the funeral.

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RUSKOWSKI, Joseph, 90, died Thursday, January 2, 2014.

Arrangements by Heslop Funeral Home, 415 Walnut St., Martins Ferry, OH.