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Schuylkill County Obituaries

Ruth Hobbs, 91 – Den Mother, Social Club Member

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Ruth M. Hobbs, 91 of Pottsville, died Tuesday evening.

She was born October 2, 1928, in Frackville, a daughter of the late Frank M. and Stella Stein Palermo

She was a graduate of West Mahanoy Township High School.

Ruth was a member of St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, Pottsville. A former member of the Schuylkill County Medical Society Auxiliary, Philanthrope, Pottsville Club, Fountain Spring Country Club, Schuylkill Country Club and Bear Lake Country Club, FL. She was also a former Den Mother for the Boy Scouts.

She was preceded in death by her husband Dr. Joseph H. Hobbs, M.D. on September 3, 1996; a son Thomas J. Hobbs, on July 21, 1987; 7 brothers and sisters.

Surviving are her children, Harry K. Hobbs and his wife Lillian, Pottsville; Lesle M. O’Reilly and her husband Edward, Pottsville; Diane B. Rubin, Odenton, MD; Noreen B. Hobbs, Pottsville; Michael F. Hobbs, New Foundland; Jennifer E. Speck, and her husband Jeff, Mountain Top; Joseph P. Mulqueen and his wife Chris, New Mexico; Patrick J. Mulqueen and his wife Jackie, McKeansburg; 16 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren; a sister, Margaret Palermo, Frackville; 2 sisters-in-law; nieces and nephews.

Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 11 a.m. from St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, Pottsville. Family and friends are invited to a visitation from 9 a.m. until the time of mass Monday at the church. The family would prefer remembrances in the form of contributions made to Hillside SPCA PO Box 233 Pottsville PA, 17901. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Pottsville.

Arrangements are under the care of James B. Humphrey, F.D., James E. Humphrey Funeral Home, Pottsville.

Please share your memories and condolences with Ruth’s family by signing the guest book at


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