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Ruth Rose (Aboody) Welsh

July 18, 1936 — September 13, 2023

Ruth Rose (Aboody) Welsh, 87, of Worcester, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 13, 2023, at Rose Monahan Hospice Residence in Worcester.

Ruth is survived by; two sons, Joseph A. Welsh of Westminster, CA, Charles J. Welsh and his wife Diane of Worcester; two daughters, Deborah A. Poti and her husband Anthony of Worcester, and Rose M. Welsh, and her partner John LaFlash, of Millbury; a sister, Charlotte Stockhaus formally of Millbury, a brother, Robert Aboody and his wife Ann of South Dennis; five grandchildren, Matthew R. Welsh and his wife, Riven Hart-Welsh, Michelle K. Casey and her husband, Patrick, Kristin E. Poti, Jessica M. Poti and her significant other, Charles Hardin, and Karlie R. Tautenhan; nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Her beloved husband of 67 years Charles E. “Bud” Welsh passed away February 1, 2020, and her infant son, Robert L. passed away in July of 1967. She is also predeceased by a sister, Nazley Abraham, and five brothers, Joseph Arraje, Phillip Arraje, George Aboody, Rt. Reverend Charles Aboody, and Nicholas Aboody. Ruth was born in Worcester, one of nine children of Salem and Rose (Halal) Aboody. She was born and raised on Grafton Hill.

Ruth was a devoted wife, mother, and Sitto. She cherished her family. Her greatest joy was being Sitto to her 5 grandchildren. She was instrumental in their lives. Sleepovers, outings, and attending events with the grandchildren were regular occurrences. She was a marvelous cook and baker; no one ever left her home hungry or empty handed. She enjoyed spending time doing puzzles, listening to music, collecting camels, and watching the Red Sox and her favorite player, Big Papi. She was a regular at Friendly’s where everyone knew her name! Ruth was kind-hearted and compassionate, always putting others before herself. She was a woman of strong faith and devoted countless hours to her church.

The Welsh family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Notre Dame du Lac Assisted Living Harmony Neighborhood for their kindness, compassion, and love over the past year while taking care of our precious Mom.

Calling Hours will be on Thursday, September 21st from 8:30 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. in MERCADANTE FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 370 Plantation Street, Worcester; followed by a procession to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 256 Hamilton Street, Worcester where her funeral service will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Notre Dame Cemetery, Worcester.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 256 Hamilton St, Worcester, MA 01604 or the Alzheimer’s Association, 100 North Parkway, Worcester, MA 01605.

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Service Schedule

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Thursday, September 21, 2023

8:30 - 10:45 am (Eastern time)


370 Plantation Street, Worcester, MA 01605

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Funeral Service

Thursday, September 21, 2023

Starts at 11:30 am (Eastern time)

Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church

256 Hamilton Street, Worcester, MA 01604

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