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Ruth Clegg Jirsa

July 29, 1921 ~ December 24, 2023 (age 102) 102 Years Old

Ruth Clegg Jirsa Obituary

Ruth I. Clegg Jirsa. Died on Christmas Eve (12/24/2023) at home surrounded by her family. Ruth was born in at 581 Prairie Ave Glen Ellyn on July 29th 1921. To parents William Ewart Clegg, and Edith Clara Erickson. She was their second child. Her eldest Sister Hannah passed prior to her birth. Her loving Brother Bill, and baby sister Betty Ann proceeded her in death,

Her Brothers and Sisters in Law's along with her siblings gave her a legacy of loving nieces and nephews. Who visited often, called and genuinely kept her apprised of their lives. Ruth married Edward Thomas Jirsa Sr. Of Lombard, and had three children. Ruth Ann Allred (Glen Ellyn), Edward Thomas Jirsa Jr. (Judy) (Racine), and John Jirsa (Margaret) (Kenosha).

Ruth was a proud Hilltopper graduating with the class of 1940. She was active in scouting, worked a machine press to build torpedoes during WWII. She had been the commander of VFW axillary. president of the Glen Ellyn Garden Club, a member of the First United Methodist Church of Glen Ellyn. Member of the Glen Ellyn Historical Society, worked with Habitat for Humanity, volunteered at the DuPage county coroners office.

Ruth looked after various children in need, she assisted in raising the Three Markem boys with love and adoration. Her home was always welcome to family and families within the community in need.

During the second pandemic of her life she was unable to get her yearly fishing license for the first time in her adult life.

She made friends wherever she went, and was the light in any dark room, She kept a very large family together through yearly parties, and events which allowed far flung branches and neighbors to feel like siblings or first cousins.

She was the roots holding our family together.

Her cousins, and siblings lived within walking distance of each other, and even thought they moved across the country Ruth was a good reason to come back and visit. never letting anyone feel like they didn’t belong.

On her 102nd Birthday the Village of Glen Ellyn presented her the key to the city for her contributions to the Village of Glen Ellyn.

During her last 3 years of life Her daughter Ruth Ann Allred, granddaughter Sarah Brockway, great grandsons Shaye McLernon and Fynn Brockway were entrusted with her care. She found joy in multi-generational living. She found fascination and excitement in her chickens and rabbits, and the adventure that a life with so many ages could bring. She found endless laughter poolside with her niece Barbara Klees watching her Great-grandson’s swim, enjoying the cool breeze, and the happiness of family.

She leaves a legacy of grand children: Chris Russell (Jennifer), Edward Thomas Jirsa III (Mei Lee) Kara Churak (Jason) William Jirsa (Leah),Sarah Brockway, Becky Allred.

Her great grandchildren:  Monica Russell, Elizabeth Russell, Jackson Churak, Patrick Churak, Megan Russell, Shaye McLernon Caitlin Churak, Leah Russell, Thomas Nieto, Addison Jirsa , Anthony Nieto, Nolan Jirsa, Fynn Brockway, and Briella Nieto; Great Great Grandson: Malcom Russell Bruesewitz.

Her beloved corgi Henry, her chickens, and rabbits also accompanied her in her final years as loyal companions.

Visitation will be Held at Leonard’s Funeral home in Glen Ellyn on January 6th 2024 from 12 pm to 5 PM. Internment at Forest Hill Cemetery in Glen Ellyn will take place prior to her Celebration of life on July 27th at her Home in Glen Ellyn.

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Memorial Gathering
January 6, 2024

12:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Leonard Memorial Home
565 Duane St.
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137


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