Ruth L. Bileci, 91

MARCH 13, 1922-MARCH 28, 2013

April 02, 2013
  • Ruth L. Bileci
Ruth L. Bileci

Ruth Louise (Willis) Bileci, 91, of Hagerstown, passed away on Thursday, March 28, 2013, at Broadmore Assisted Living.

Born March 13, 1922, in Hagerstown, she was the daughter of the late French Elmer and Ruth Winifred (Stotler) Willis.

Louise was a 1940 graduate of Hagerstown High School and went on to graduate from Western Maryland College.

While living briefly in Michigan, Louise worked for Gilbert Associates as a writer of job proposals. She was a handbell consultant for Melmark Co. for more than 50 years, serving the local area in Cumberland and Frederick.

Louise was a member of John Wesley United Methodist Church, where she also worked as a substitute for their handbell choir. She directed four other handbell church choirs;  first at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Funkstown, Otterbein United Methodist Church, Grace United Methodist Church and most recently at Haven Lutheran Church, where she was affectionately known as “Mrs. B.” Louise had even formed a community handbell choir called the “Little Heiskels.” They played a concert at the Hagerstown Museum as well as at several service clubs.

Ruth is survived by two sons, Salvador “Sal” Bileci of Pacific Grove, Calif., and Joseph Bileci Jr. and wife, Linda, of Pacific Grove; two sisters, Doris E. McMurtrie and husband, John, of Hagerstown, and Jean Taylor and husband, Charles, of Cyress, Texas; a grandson, Gabriel Bileci of Pacific Grove; a granddaughter, Nicole Baker, also of Pacific Grove; and two great-grandchildren, Caleb and Sofia.

In addition to her parents, Louise was preceded in death by a brother, Robert E. Willis; and a sister, Virginia “Ginny” Frush and her husband, Donald.

A funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 6, 2013, at Rest Haven Funeral Chapel, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown, with the Rev. Patrick Ricker and the Rev. Bill Warehime officiating. Interment will follow in Rest Haven Cemetery.

Friends will be received one hour before the service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to John Wesley Handbell Choir, 129 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown, MD 21740 or to Haven Lutheran Handbell Choir, 1035 Haven Road, Hagerstown, MD 21742.

On behalf of Louise, the family thanks the caregivers and staff at Broadmore Assisted Living and the Hospice team of nurses and volunteers for their caring support. Also for the dedication and support the handbell ringers have provided through the years.

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