obituary: Judith Louise Ruggieri – Rutherford Source


Judith Louise Ruggieri, 77, devoted wife, mother, Na-Na and caregiver passed away at her home in Rockvale Tennessee with her family and friends by her side.

Judy was born on March 1, 1947 in Pittsburgh, PA, the son of the late William and Mercedes Steele.

Her parents instilled in her a love of the Lord and Judy was a devout Catholic and an active member of St. Rose of Lima Parish in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She and her siblings were blessed with an amazing life filled with heartwarming memories of family picnics in Southpark, summers spent at Cloverleaf and making family memories in Kennywood.

In her senior year of high school, she met the love of her life, Clarence T. Ruggieri. They married on November 6, 1964 and soon started a family that produced five beautiful children.

In 1982, Judy and Clarence moved their family to Florida, where she followed in her mother’s footsteps and studied to become a nurse. Judy graduated from Manatee Community College with her ASN degree in 1990 and quickly began her nursing career. She worked as a medical/surgical nurse, psychiatric nurse, medical psychiatric nurse and hospice nurse. Judy spent the last ten years of her career caring for her community as a living hospice nurse. Her compassion, empathy and love touched so many lives in our community.

Judy enjoyed spending time in nature and spent countless hours in her garden planting flowers, trees and shrubs. In 2021, Judy was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. She lived her last days with grace and dignity.

She is survived by her husband Clarence T. Ruggieri. Her children Terrie (John) Hoffman, Tom (Trish) Ruggieri, Beth, Matt (Savannh) Ruggieri and Sara (Randy) Schimpf. Siblings Bill (Nancy) Steele, Eileen Sommer, Joann (Dan) Kane, Pat (Ron) DeMutis and Rick Steele. 13 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and sister-in-law/brother-in-law.

She was preceded in death by her parents Wiliam and Mercedes Steele. Her in-laws Matthew “Mutt” and Pearl Ruggieri. Sister Shirley Millorino. Sister/brothers-in-law: Joan Ruggieri, Bob Creely, George Sommer and Fran Millorino. Granddaughters Jessica Hoffman, Jamie Ruggieri and Faith Kloss.

A Catholic Mass will be celebrated on Monday, June 10, 2024 at 8:00 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, 1601 N. Tennessee Blvd, Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37130. A memorial service will also be held at Roselawn Funeral Home at 12:00 p.m. o’clock. :00 a.m. on Monday, June 10, 2024 with visitation from 11:00 a.m. until the service begins. Burial will follow at the Middle Tennessee State Veterans

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations, in Judy’s honor, to the Parkinson’s Foundation or the Autism Foundation.

Roselawn Funeral Home, 5350 NW Broad Street, Murfreesboro, Tennessee 37129, 615-893-2742.

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