Ruth “Ruthie” Milagros Pietri was born on November 14, 1962 to Francisco Pietri and Susana Rebecca Moore. She was born in Sydenham Hospital in Manhattan, New York. The oldest of four siblings (Marina, Francisco III and Esthel Nalini) Ruthie’s early years started on 131st in Amsterdam Avenue, Grant Projects and later Morningside Heights on 113th between Amsterdam and Broadway. Her fondest childhood memories and closest friends were formed on the blocks of 112th and 113th street. She attended a private Lutheran Elementary School, PS 125, MS 43 and Norman Thomas High School in Manhattan. Her and family later moved to 3333 Broadway. She then had her first son Salvador Angel Suazo.
In the Morningside Heights/Columbia University and West Harlem communities, Ruthie was very well known and liked by everyone. She had a personality that was memorable and touched everyone’s life in a very special way. Family members became affectionally known as Ruthie’s mother, sister, cousin and aunt due to her popularity.
In the early 80’s she moved to Davidson Avenue with her young son Salvador and quickly became the “Queen of Davidson”. She continued extending her family and had four beautiful boys on Davidson Avenue Edwin, Ian, Julian and Dylan who was born in the apartment (without the help of paramedics). On this block she cultivated friendships that grew into extended family members. She was the 2nd MOTHER to many and a SISTER to everyone.
With her always open door, amazing hospitality and food that smelled from a distance TU Casa was always her CASA. She loved cooking, playing cards, watching Jeopardy, Western TV shows, camping, beach trips and having everyone together enjoying themselves. She was the boss and in charge of every outing, party and trip. She always said, “it’s not your way is My Way, the right way” She loved motherhood more than life itself. Her boys and their friends were well exposed to vacations, family dinners and celebrations. The memorable experiences and bonds will last them a lifetime.
She then developed COPD and diabetes which limited her to relying on an oxygen tank. However, the boss and Queen Mother remained being her firecracker self, having a heart of gold and enjoyed life to the full despite her limitations. She was a Mother to all who lost their mother, brought happiness to many and was Family to everyone. She lives in each and everyone’s heart. If you had the pleasure of knowing Ruthie treasure your memories always. This is not Final Jeopardy; good times last a lifetime.
“Remember me with smiles and Laughter for that’s how I will remember you all. If you can only remember me with tears, then please don’t remember me at all.”
-Ruthie Pietri’s favorite quote
Ruthie Pietri is preceded in death by Father Francisco Pietri and son Julian Darren Walsh. She is survived by her husband Anthony Cruz, mother Susana Moore-Cruz and stepfather Rafael Cruz, sisters Marina and Nalini Pietri and brother Mike Cruz.
Her sons Salvador Suazo, Edwin Fernandez, Ian Walsh and Dylan Walsh. Daughter-in-laws Francesca Ramos, Angelique Fernandez and Janelly Guante. Eleven grandchildren, Alexa Nieves, Ollie Nieves, Christopher Ramos, Salvador Angel Susaz; Aidan Francisco Fernandez, Lucas Angel Fernandez, Peyten Anthony Fernandez, Preston Alexander Fernande; Nychellee Garcia, Jesiah Guante and Laelah Mackenkie Walsh
Eight uncles and aunts Jose Felipe Pietri, Romulo Moore, Leslie Moore, Marina Genao, Claudio Genao, Marcos Moore, Alexandra Moore and Ana Maria Cepeda.
One niece and three nephews Vernon Jones, Fransaita Hazelwood, Jordan Hickman, Jadon Hickman Six great-nieces Savannah, Samarah, Seiarah, Aaniyah, Milan and Ava. She also left behind a host of honorary brothers and sisters. adopted children, cousins and friends that loved her dearly
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