Ruth was born in Worcester, a daughter of John and Yadviga (Kiela) Zalansky. Raised and educated in Worcester, Ruth married the “Love of her Life” Elson “Ed” Wheeler Jr. and enjoyed 54 years of love and life until Ed passed away in 2001. They lost their only son, Kenneth, in 1993.
Besides her husband and son, three brothers, John, Stephen, and Joseph, and two sisters Emily Knapik and Aldona Tomkus, predeceased her. Ruth is survived by many nieces and nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews.
Ruth was a member of St. Mary’s Church and the Daughters of Isabella Society. She enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, reading, and socializing with the members of her Southgate community.
Calling hours will be Saturday, Oct. 12, from 9-10:15 a.m., at the MERCADANTE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 370 Plantation St., Worcester, before proceeding to St. Mary’s Church, 640 Main St., Shrewsbury, for her Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Burial will be private in Forest Hills Cemetery of Boston.
In lieu of flowers, memorial remembrances in her name can be made to the Worcester County Food Bank, 474 Boston Tpke., Shrewsbury, MA 01545 or St. Mary’s Church, 640 Main St., Shrewsbury, MA 01545.
The family would like to express its gratitude to the staff of Rose Monahan Hospice Center for the kind and compassionate care they provided Ruth in her final weeks.