Anita Runnels

November 30, -0001 - May 8, 2011

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Anita’s passion was a ministry of service. She was certified as a Lay Pastoral Minister in the 80’s. She was dedicated to Church. She planned services at Nativity, did book keeping for Nativity School, she did the first communion preparation at St Aloysius and St Charles. Her advice to her grandchildren was “go to church and pray often”. Over the years, she and Art worked at various schools helping kindergarten age children learn to read, helping with preschool children with disabilities, and caring for patients as Chaplains at Christ Hospital for many years. She was a big volunteer of the Girl Scouts including taking both of her daughters through the Marian Medal Award Program. She enjoyed her career as an X-ray Technologist at General Electric until she had her first child and then took on her new role as mother. Based on her experience as a tech, she always considered herself ‘medical’, meaning she could have clinical conversations with others in the medical field. She was relentless in letting other professionals know she was ‘medical.’ Within a few months of moving into the Lodge Assisted Living Center she, ran for the office of President of the Resident Council. The staff at the Lodge said she not only had a passion for the job, but was also had a talent as Madame President. Anita was always ready to have fun!! Everyone truly enjoyed spending time with her. In her advice to her Grandchildren she said “be kind and nice and you will always have lots of friends” She loved hosting parties, gatherings, family events, Christmas events and entertaining. She was famous for asking ‘where are we going to eat tonight?’ Shopping was a favorite activity. And even when she could no longer physically go on her own, QVC and Home Shopping Network became her shopping fix. She truly enjoyed travel. Whether going to a different Kentucky State Park each summer in the 60’s and early 70’s, to many fun locations when traveling to convention spots for St. Anthony Messenger with Art, or exotic vacations with her sister Grace and husband Charles to South America, Florida, and Rome. She talked fondly about traveling Route 66 to visit her brother, Father Herb Effler, while he was serving the American Indian missions and her brother-in-law, Bob Runnels, stationed in the military. She also enjoyed traveling around Colorado while visiting her daughter Cary and her husband Craig. Mom was born and raised in Reading, Ohio. She met her husband Art at a dance and in 1953, was married at Saint Peter and Paul Church in Reading. She was a bride born-again at the celebration that many of us enjoyed for their golden wedding anniversary. Anita and Art have three children Cary Spain, Andi Alexander and Herb Runnels. She also has four grandchildren – Jack Alexander, Molly Alexander, Corinne Runnels and Everett Runnels. She is the sister of Victor (Vera) Effler, Grace Heising and the late Mary Alfkin, Fr. Herb Effler, O.F.M., Eddie Effler, Lawrence Effler and Laura Rabe. Visitation at Nativity Church, 5935 Pandora Ave., Pleasant Ridge, Thursday from 4:30 p.m. until Mass of Christian Burial at 6 p.m. Blessing at Hodapp Funeral Home, 7401 Vine St., Carthage, Friday 9:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Francis Soup Kitchen, 14 E. Liberty, Cincinnati, Oh 45202.


Pat Piening Trainor - May 12, 2011

Carolyn, Andrea and Herb … I worked for your Dad in the late ’60s at St. Anthony Messenger. It was my first job and he kept it interesting, to put it mildly. I got to know your mother via phone conversations because in those days there was no voicemail, so when I answered his phone I had to chase him down to take a call. I met your Mom on a few occasions and she always had a bright, happy smile on her face and was fun to be with. Please accept my sincere sympathies … I didn’t know your Dad had passed, and I’m sorry I didn’t get to pay my respects at the time. May God bless the three of you and your families.

Kim & Tony Milazzo - May 10, 2011

So sorry for your loss. Mrs. Runnels was always full of smiles and happiness.

Jim&Barbara Kuebel - May 10, 2011

To Herb,Cary&Andi,
Remembering your mother:

Thank you dear Anita,for teaching love,kindness and blessed humor to your children and grandchildren. Although our shared time was brief,clearly, your sence of humor and caring spirit is visible in your son,daughters and grandchildren.
Thanks for giving Herb to Mimi, she is very fortunate and we are also. We are happy to share our grandchildren with you and your beloved Art. You will never be forgotten. Go REDS!!
With love, Barbara and Jim.

Bro.Dominic Lococo ofm - May 10, 2011

I found Anita very friendly and happy everytime I see her either at church functions or at the St.Anthony Messenger Building. May she enjoy eternal rest for a life well lived.

Julie & Cliff Alexander - May 10, 2011

So sorry for your loss. We too will miss Anita at all of the Holidays & Birthday Celebrations.
No one that knew Art & Anita will ever forget them and will definitely miss them. In loving memories Julie & Cliff Alexander.

Janet Clawitter - May 10, 2011

I am a coworker of Anita’s son, Herb. He speaks so fondly of his mother. I am very sorry to hear of her passing.

Joan McKamey - May 10, 2011

My sincere sympathy at the passing of your dear mother, grandmother, sister and aunt. You are in my prayers.