Ruth B. Ciesielski, 80, of Jamestown, NY, formerly of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, died at 9:17 a.m. Friday, June 10, 2022 at UPMC Chautauqua.
She was born on November 14, 1941 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, the daughter of the late Samuel and Ella Loeb Klein.
Ruth was a graduate of Central Dauphin High School in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and earned her bachelor’s degree from Penn State University (University Park) in Elementary Education. She earned her master’s degree from Penn State University in student personnel administration with a minor in international government and completed all but her doctoral dissertation.
Prior to retiring in 1998, Ruth was employed as Registrar at Jamestown Community College where she worked for 25 years (1973-1998). At Jamestown Community College, she also served as Division Chair of the Department of Human Development and Educational Services and Director of Institutional Research. Ruth has also served as the chair of the Mid-State Accreditation Committee for the JCC several times. She also created and organized JCC’s College/Career Day, an annual event that has served high schools in Chautauqua County for over 25 years.
Ruth had previously been employed at Harrisburg Area Community College as the first Director of Financial Aid (1966-1969). While at HACC, Ruth twice published research studies in national peer-reviewed publications. She also helped establish and served as an officer of the Pennsylvania Financial Aid Directors Association. In previous years, Ruth worked at SUNY in Oswego from 1965 to 1966 as assistant dean of students and at Pennsylvania State University in several positions in student affairs from 1963 to 1965 and from 1969 to 1971. Over the years , Ruth has served on statewide professional committees in New York and Pennsylvania, and has been a member of several professional organizations.
She was chair for several years of the Hewes BOCES Advisory Board, was a member of the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County Board of Directors, served on the Chautauqua County Meals on Wheels Board of Directors, and was a member of the Lakewood Rod & Auxiliary Gun Club.
Surviving is her husband, Joseph A. Ciesielski, whom she married on September 12, 1971; several nieces, nephews and extended family.
Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Lawrence A. Klein, who died on April 14, 2021.
A private service will be held at the convenience of the family. Interment will be in Sunset Hill Cemetery. Visits will not be observed.
Submissions may be made to the Jamestown Community College Foundation Scholarship Fund, 715 Falconer St. Jamestown, NY 14701.
You can leave words of condolence for Ruth’s family at www.lindfuneral home.com.