POLAND, OH – Ruth Louise Brill, 91, passed away peacefully at Shepherd of the Valley in Boardman, Ohio on Monday, Nov. 4, 2013.
Ruth was born on April 10, 1922, in Somerset County, Pa., to Forest and Carrie Keefer Swearman.
Ruth was a 1939 graduate of Meyersdale High School, Meyersdale, Pennsylvania and a decorated World War II veteran.
She enlisted in the Women’s Army Corps in New York City on Feb. 10, 1944.
She completed basic training at the Third WAC training center at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia.
On Nov. 19, 1944, she boarded the SS Monterey out of San Francisco, en route to her assignment in the Office of Theater Censor at Hollandia, New Guinea.
Later she transferred to Biak to work in the Office of Base Censor, located on the equator, then onto Leyte PIace, where she participated in the dedication of a military cemetery.
Ruth’s work with the Counter Intelligence Corps Detachment took her to Manila, where she was discharged on Dec. 7, 1945, and then reinstated into the War Department, Civil Service, for duty in the Occupation of Japan.
Ruth’s military awards include the Good Conduct Medal, four Bronze Stars, the Asiatic-Pacific Service Medal, the Philippine Liberation Medal, and the World War II Victory Medal.
Before and after Ruth’s enlistment, she was employed by the War Department.
Her civilian service took her to Washington, D.C., where she worked in the Adjutant General’s Office, the Secret and Confidential Files Section, and then to Newark, New Jersey, where she was chief clerk in the Office of Dependency Benefits and Communication Branch.
After World War II, Ruth and Robert settled in Youngstown, Ohio where they both attended Youngstown College.
From 1968 until 1976, Ruth was employed in the Selective Service Office in Youngstown.
Ruth was a member of the Heritage Presbyterian Church, a charter member of Women in Military Service for America, and the National World War II Museum, a member of American Legion Post 15, member of NARFE and a Railroad Auxiliary member of YOMA Lodge.
She was preceded in death by Robert, who passed away in 2006; her parents; and sisters, Evelyn Rice, Esther Testa and Estelle Neel.
Ruth leaves her four lovely daughters, Candace (William) Frech Sr., Carol Ann Brill, Cathy Brill (Michael DeCecca), and Carla (Michael) Waters; three grandchildren, William Frech Jr., Katie and Melinda DeCecca; and sister, Doris Jean Moore.
A funeral service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013, at the Cunningham-Becker Funeral Home, Poland, Ohio Chapel.
Friends will be received from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. at the funeral home.
Interment will follow at Poland Riverside Cemetery, where she will be buried beside her husband of 64 years, Robert W. Brill.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Heritage Presbyterian Church, 1951 Matthews Road, Poland, OHIO 44514.
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