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Housing Homeless Vet staff, Ruth Fiala, Passes Away

Ruth Fiala
(November 15, 1955 - May 2, 2014)

This came from the Cleveland Plain Dealer today. 

RUTH E. FIALA (nee Somerville) age 58. Beloved wife of Charles; step mother of James M. (Wendy) and Michele; grandma "FiFi" to Andrew, Aaron, Anthony J. and John M.; daughter of the late Ruth (nee Miller) and Raymond F. Somerville. Ruth was currently employed by the VA Hospital, Wade Park campus and was in private practice specializing in psychological therapy in Rocky River, Oh. Passed away May 2, 2014. Funeral Mass Friday, May 9, St. Patrick Church (3602 Bridge Ave.) at 11 A.M. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery. Friends may call at CHAMBERS FUNERAL HOME of CLEVELAND 4420 ROCKY RIVER DRIVE AT PURITAS THURSDAY 4-8 P.M. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to St. Francis School 7206 Myron Ave, Cleveland Ohio 44103.

Ruth was part of the staff working to end veterans homelessness in Cleveland.  She had worked to provide housing vouchers to homeless veterans and was a part of a number of trainings offered by the Coalition.  We are shocked over her death which came suddenly last week.  It is a big loss for the homeless community. 

Brian Davis

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