Ruth W. Meissner (nee Jahnigen)

October 2, 1925 - November 12, 2021

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MEISSNER, Ruth W. (nee Jahnigen)

beloved wife of the late Wilbur O. Meissner.  Loving mother of Gay D. Smith and the late Paula (Jim) Lucas, cherished grandmother of Kevin Lucas and Kelly (Chris) McDonald, and Rachael Smith, great-grandmother of Drew and Lily McDonald, sister of the late Harry and Robert Jahnigen.  Longtime resident of Twin Towers and member of Dorcas Chapter #277 O.E.S.  Ruth passed away Friday, November 12, 2021 at age 96.  Visitation at Hodapp Funeral Home 6041 Hamilton Ave., College Hill 45224 on Friday November 19 from 10 AM until service at 11 AM. Donations may be made to the Twin Towers Benevolent Fund.  Condolences at


Mary Kay (Laake) and Ed Tracy - Nov 20, 2021
Gay, We were very sad to learn of your mom's death. I fondly remember you and Paula and your mom living next to us on Taylor and enjoying hearing your mom play the piano. And both of us loving recall your mom playing music at Oakley United Methodist Church. What spirit your mom put into everything she played. How could she not? She was such a lively, loving person. Such a wonderful woman she was! We will remember her and you in our prayers.
Hank Gordon - Nov 19, 2021
I miss u already it doesn't seem real that you left us you were always a nice warm hearted lady I remember when I would come visit you with Gay Gay and see Will we always had fun Rest In Peace Mamma Ruthie.
Cindi Acree Hamann - Nov 18, 2021
Sending prayers and heartfelt sympathies at this time. I grew up attending the Oakley United Methodist Church enjoying worshiping and socializing with Ruth, her daughters, and her Brother Bob. I always enjoyed Ruth’s great musical talents and joyful demeanor. She will be truly missed. She has always looked forward to the day when we all get to heaven and has now received her promotion to Glory!
Charles L Duskin - Nov 18, 2021
I never personally met Ms. Meissner, but learned a great deal from her family. She was a good musician who loved her family very much. She was a smart woman of principles and good Christian values who has been called home for heavenly duties. Her love and spirit lives on. God bless.
Richard Tallarigo - Nov 17, 2021
Ruth was a faithful, talented, and energetic member of the St Paul UCC music team for many years. Teina and I offer our heartfelt condolences to her family.
Mike Bartholomew - Nov 17, 2021
Although sad to hear of Ruth's passing, it is good to know she is in a better place with Will and those she loved who went on before. Ruth had a special talent on a keyboard. At Chapter or church she always added that something special to every tune that only she could do. She will be fondly remembered and forever missed. Dear Lord, thank you for her kindness, her friendship, and straight talk and advise when it was needed.
Melinda H Callahan - Nov 17, 2021
My sympathy to the extended family of Ruth who was an active member of Ohio Eastern Star (first with Columbian Chapter and then later Dorcas Chapter). She was a Worthy Matron in 1986 (right after our group served in 1985) and Ruth was a very active member as well as an accomplished pianist/organist for her Chapters where she participated. Ruth always had a twinkle in her eye and a big smile for everyone that she met and worked with. We will miss Sister Ruth in our Ohio Eastern Star here in Hamilton County/District # 20. With great love and respect, from Melinda H. Callahan (current Deputy Grand Matron of District # 20 of Ohio Eastern Star and a member of the 1985 Circle in District # 20).
Pam - Nov 16, 2021
Dear sister of eastern star. You truly represent the best of us in all the good that you’ve done on Earth. You raised a wonderful daughter who is such a good soul. Unto we meet again. Pam
Bill Meissner - Nov 16, 2021
So very sorry that Ruth has passed. I am Will Meissner's oldest son. Having Ruth with my Dad for 17 or 18 years was such a pleasure. She was light hearted and I believe she enjoyed my sense of humor which made her laugh a lot. My wife Alice will miss her tremendously as they are very similar in disposition. She and my Dad were perfect for each other and they loved each other dearly. She will be missed by Alice and me. Love always, Alice and Bill Meissner
Alice Hamilton - Nov 16, 2021
Ruth and Will were two of my favorite church family. Ruth played piano at my daughter’s wedding. Always smiling. She touched the lives of so many with her music and friendship. She will be missed but oh how happy she must be in her heavenly home.
Rachael - Nov 16, 2021
Dear Grandma, I miss you more than ever. I hope to be half the woman you were. I will carry you in my heart and memories till we meet again. I love you.
Bonnie Malarick - Nov 16, 2021
Dear Ruth! What a blessing you were to our family! Thank you for your gift of music and always loving my 3 sons! You loved Jesus and taught us how to live enjoying each day as a gift. Thank you for your love and you gave the best hugs ever!!! Jesus has you in His loving arms.
Diane Newman - Nov 16, 2021
Oh sweet Ruth ! I was so blessed to have you as a friend. You so loved the Lord…and your music filled our church with joy. Always smiling and encouraging others. I know God you entered..We’ll done good and faithful servant !❤️
Ralph Stikeleather - Nov 16, 2021
I always enjoyed seeing Ruth and hearing her play piano. Especially when she and my mom played piano/organ together!
Gay - Nov 16, 2021
Mom you were so loved by everyone who knew you but no one will love you more or miss you smile your beautiful voice your hugs and kisses then I will you were the best mom in the world you have always been my happiness and the love of my life I know you are with your family now but your love kindness and compassion will always be with I know you are walking around now and eating your funyons