Margaret Ann Ryff

October 17, 1930 - July 26, 2012

10/17/1930 - 07/26/2012

RYFF, Margaret Ann Klug, 81, passed away at the Menno Village Nursing Center, Chambersburg, Pa., on Thursday, July 26, 2012.

Born October 17, 1930, in Wheeling, W.Va., Margaret was the daughter of the late Joanna Murphy and Dr. Thomas Klug.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother Dr. Thomas Klug of Harlingen, Texas.

She is survived by her loving husband John Ryff; her sisters, Mary C. Klug and Yvonne Klug of Wheeling; her brother, Gerald Klug of St. Clairsville, Ohio; two nephews; seven nieces, and their many children.

Graduating from St. Joseph Academy in Wheeling, Margaret completed her studies with a Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati. She was awarded an MS degree and completed a hospital dietetic internship at the Ohio State University. She served on the dietary staff of several hospitals in Ohio, New York, California, Washington, Massachusetts, Virginia and Connecticut.

She and her husband were married at St. Alphonsus Church in Wheeling on June 14, 1958. Before retiring to Cape Cod with her husband in 1994, she was employed by the Westat Consulting Company in Rockville, Md. She was active in volunteer work during retirement and spent many happy hours gardening and cooking. In 2007 the couple moved to their final home in the Penn National community located in Fayetteville, Pa.

Margaret was a communicant of St. Ignatius Loyola Church in Orrtanna Pa., and a member of the Council of Catholic Women of that church.

Friends will be received Sunday, July 29, 2012 from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. at the Altmeyer Funeral Home, 1400 Eoff St., Wheeling, where a vigil service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 30, 2012 at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, Wheeling, with Rev. Francis A. O’Kruta as celebrant. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Wheeling.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Menno Village of Menno Haven, 2075 Scotland Ave., Chambersburg, Pa. 17201, the Summit Health Cancer and Hematology Services, Summit Health and Development Office, 785 5th Avenue, Suite 1, Chambersburg, Pa. 17201 or Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute, 500 University Drive, Hershey, Pa. 17033.

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Peggy Cartus
7 years ago

Dear Yvonne and Mary Catherine, I was so sorry to read that you have lost your beloved sister. She is irreplaceable in your family and in our world.. I am sending my love and prayers to you both and for her. Peg

Lynn Flanagan Waid
7 years ago

I am sorry to hear of the loss of your dear sister. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Please know that the Flanagans are thinking of you. With love, Lynn Waid

Tom Englehart
7 years ago

Mary Catherine, Yvonne and Jerry – we are so sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you. Take good care of each other. With love, the Engleharts.

Lemoine Klug
7 years ago

Our condolences and love from the John & Rose Klug family.

Lemoine & Kay Klug

Donna Sellers
7 years ago

Please accept my hartfelt condolences for your loss. I wish i had been able to meet her. SHE sounded like a wonderful,intelligent,loving lady. That seems to have run in the Murphy genes. Your cousin DONNA SELLERS

Margaret Klug Whiteman
7 years ago

We winter at the above address and spend summers in Middlebourne, WV. Sorry to read about your loss in the paper today. I have lost address for Yvonne and Mary C. Klug.

Grandfather Nick had 24 grandchildren, but two of John’s Jude’s are now deceased.

I will send obit. to JoAnn Klug, James Klug’s daughter. She is not on line. She lives at 250 Lee, Lisbon, OH 44432. All of our aunts and uncles and our parents are gone. I know, you will miss her. God be with you. Margaret Margie Klug Whiteman

Rick Robbins
7 years ago

Yvonne and Mary Catherine, I am sorry to hear about the loss of your sister. I never had the pleasure of meeting her, but I am certain that since she is your sister, she was an amazing person. May you find peace in God.