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Ruth Sipes

Ruth Elizabeth Sipes

Tuesday, September 18th, 1923 - Thursday, April 23rd, 2020
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Ruth was born and raised in Philadelphia where she raised her Daughter, Barbara. She worked at Philadelphia National Bank in Philadelphia in the Business Department until her Retirement.


Ruth’s Parents: Agnes Gohra (MacDonald) and Augustus Gohra, Deceased
One Sister: Mary Walker (Gohra). Deceased
Two Grandchildren who she adored: Rob Brand (Lisa) and Krista Brand Firely (Greg).
Three Great Grandchildren: Jack Brand, Sophie Brand, Ava Firely..also adored

Mom Loved Life: Laughter, Driving, a good joke, her Family, and was always the first to take a seat at dinner time—so; also loved to eat A LOT!
She was the Best Mother a child could have. We had so much fun and great memories that will live in my heart forever. Always wanted my friends to “come over” to our house. I think some of them considered her their second Mom.

No Funeral arrangements at this time. Mom, hope you found a good slot machine up there~~~ Love You.

Memorial contributions in Ruth's honor may be made to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Foundation, 3401 Civic Center Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19104 or online at

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Private Condolence

Rita Mondillo

Posted at 09:38pm
I will always remember one of my favorite neighbors from Patton Street! Ruth, her Mom and Dad were the best neighbors. My sincere condolences to all.
Rita Mondillo(Ippolito)

Rob Brand

Posted at 11:32am
I can still see her faded red Mustang pulling into the driveway on a Saturday morning. She always came with a box of Dunkin Doughnuts, a bag of Brach's candies and, when I was older, a stern lecture as to why my car doors should be locked. Yes, she would check. Right after she put the Club on her car steering wheel, even though she'd be leaving for the mall in 20 minutes or so.

When I was young, maybe around five, there was one particular time where apparently, as Grandmom would giggle with delight while recalling the story, I would hide in the center of the circular rack of clothes and make loud quacking noises any time someone came close, scaring them away. Gram would light up, covering her mouth as she laughed, slapping her leg to try to make the giggles go away. She would retell this story this way for 40 years, with the same glee and giddiness every time.
That was her. Recalling in great detail every story of her life, and laughing like it just happened yesterday.

It could be how we kept going over the same bridge trying to get to the Reading outlets, or her complete inability to say "Starsky & Hutch".

Hey Gram, remember that cop show you used to like with the red car? "Oh, yeah" she would reply. "Skarkees & Hitch. Sparky & Hatch." The giggles would start. "Star Keys the Hutch". The leg slapping would begin.

And this was one of the last conversations I had with her when I visited her at Neshaminy Manor. Sharp as a tack, even at 96 years old. Fitting that it occurred while eating the Tony's Pizza we brought her. Because she loved to eat.

I can remember one Thanksgiving at my Aunt's house. We were all sitting at the table saying grace and I looked over and Gram and she was praying to a different God. That turkey and stuffing sitting 6 inches from her nose. It was in that moment where she broke eye contact with the mashed potatoes and caught me looking at her. She burst into giggles and tried concealing it with her hand.

That was my Grandmom. It makes me sad thinking she is gone, but then I think of her and the one thing I remember is that giggle. And, of course, her wagging her finger at me if I dared to tell her I went to the city... because it's DAN-GER-OUS.

I'm going to miss those giggles, but I'm sure the second she saw Dad, Grandmom & Pappy, Dee Dee, and Uncle Bill, she said "It's bee-you-tee-ful up here... can you tell me where the casino is?"
Love you, Gram.


Posted at 07:01pm
We had the honor to meet Ruth while my Mom was her roommate at the nursing home. She was such a sweetie. Always telling me stories of her fun times at the casinos and hanging with her friends at the diner.
With Deepest Sympathy!
Felicia ( Cita’s Daughter )

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