Ruth Long, 85, of Weirton, passed away Tuesday, November 4, 2008 at her home. Born January 1, 1923 in Weirton, she was the daughter of the late George and Mary Strauss Kecker. Mrs. Long was also preceded in death by her husband Gordon N. Long, Sr. on October 22, 1996, son Gordon N. Long, Jr. on August 19, 2001, son-in- law Pete Downs and sister Ida Reho. Mrs. Long was a homemaker, a member of St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, Christian Mothers and Pleasant Valley Country Club, where she loved her golf outings. She was also a member of several area card clubs where she enjoyed playing bridge with her friends. She was a very elegant and social woman who cherished the times when she would entertain her family and friends. Ruth is survived by her sons Dennis Long and his wife Peggy of Cannonsburg, PA, and James Daniel "Danny" Long of Lake Placid, NY; daughters Linda Downs of Pittsburgh, PA and Leslie Patrelakis and her husband George of Weirton; sisters Mary Hovorka of Chicago, IL, Rose Marie Kecker of Brecksville, OH and Josephine McGough of Billings, MT; grandchildren, Dennis, Robert, Scott, Michael, Meredith, Jackie, Steve and Lindsay; two great grandchildren, Ashley Gordon and Grace Lee; many loving nieces and nephews and her dear and loving friend, Marianne Kane. Friends will be received Friday from 2-4 and 7-9 at the Greco-Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, Weirton. Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be celebrated 11AM Saturday at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church. Reverend Father Tony Thurston will officiate. Interment will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Weirton. Share tributes and memories at

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  1. I am sure Aunt Ruthie was greeted in heaven by all who have passed before us, and I am sure she will be there to meet us when we arrive. She was the best! Hey she tolerated the antics of Danny and me every summer!

  2. To all the Longs, My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. I’m sure Aunt Ruthie is up in Heaven with Uncle Gordon, Butch, Uncle John, Uncle Vic, Aunt Ida, and Pete having a wonderful reunion together!!!! Love to all the Keckers. Mary Agnes

  3. All my love to all the Longs. We all will miss Ruthie. Except yu-uns’ who were bad and needed spanked!

  4. My depest sympathy to the Long Family and all her friends and extended family. Ruth was one of the Kecker sisters and will be deeply missed, but always remembered.

  5. To one of my favorite aunts. You will be missed. Linda,Dennis,Leslie& Danny you take care. Your mother and all of you will be in our prayers. Dave/Judy

  6. To Leslie and all the family, Your mom was the absolute best.She always made me feel that I was a part of your family. I am so sorry I can’t be there, but please know I am with you in spirit. Love, Chris

  7. Leslie, don’t know if you remember me or not but i went to cosmetology school with you and your mom. I have alot of good memories of your mother and you. so sorry to hear of her passing. thoughts and prayers are with you. sincerely, becky bowman baldauf

  8. Dear Linda, Leslie, Dennis and Danny, Your dear mom was a beautiful, elegant lady with a warm heart. I will never forget her. God bless all of you. My deepest sympathy. Love, Judy

  9. Leslie, My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. May the precious memories that you have bring you comfort. You were so good to your mother. God Bless you my friend.

  10. To Ruth’s family, For many years we played bridge in a couple groups each month. Ruth was a cautious and deliberate bidder -and almost always made her bids ! Ruth was a kind and gracious person -and will be truly missed. Please accept our deepest sympathy.

  11. Dennis and family, Sorry to learn of the death of your Mom. I knew your Dad very well and now you have lost your Mom. My thoughts and prayers are with you . Sincerely, your teacher Jerry Hamill

  12. Leslie, Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers during these difficult days. May you feel the grace and loving presence of our Lord as you grieve the absence of your mom in your life. And may you be blessed for the way you cared for her in her final days. Love and peace, Carrie

  13. Dear Linda, Leslie and Family, I was so deeply sorry to hear of the passing of your dear Mother. I have such lovely memories of her, and Philadelphia really stands out as one of my favorite times spent together, when she came on the trip to see SHE LOVES ME. We had so many laughs. I know how deeply painful this loss is for you all and my prayers are with you. But I have a feeling that my Mom has checked her into heaven and has seen to it that she has a beautiful room with an ocean view. All My Love and Sympathy, Linda Gabler

  14. Dear Grandma…I will miss you dearly. Now you are with Dad and Pappap and have a front row seat at my performances. I will cherish so many fond memories together and I hope to pass on all the wisdom and guidance you gave me to my grandchildren. Love you always, Meredith lee and Ford

  15. Dear Leslie and family: I remember your mother well and wish to extend my heartfelt sympathy and prayerful support as your grieve your loss. Sincerely, Stan

  16. Leslie, Sorry to hear about your Mom. She always seemed very nice. My prayers are with you and your family

  17. To Ruth’s Family, We really enjoyed Ruth coming with her sisters and daughter to the Palisades Drive Picnic. She also brought her delicious coleslaw salad! She was truly a gracious lady and will be missed. Many blessings to your family! Barbie and Gary Balint

  18. Dear Leslie and family,(Nov.16,2008) Roy and I were very sorry to hear about your Mom. Ruth was a very special person. Les, your Mom was like a mother to me, and many others. She will be missed, for so many reasons.Everyone who knew Ruth became “family”, no questions asked. Les, if possible try to get in touch with Roy and I. Our e-mail phone number is 1-702-247-1535. I will even go so far as to give the address: Jo Ann Gregorich 7435 Spindrift Tide Ct. Las Vegas, NV 89139. Our love and prayers to you all.Love, JoAnn(Petitto) Gregorich and Roy Gregorich

  19. Miles may have separated us but the memories of Ruth are forever as we enjoyed all that youth had to offer, Hi School Band members and those cold nights of ice skating. My prayers are with your family.

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