She was born Ruthann Noelle Finnerty on Dec. 25, 1966 at Easton Hospital in Easton, PA. She was the daughter of Mrs. Marianne Byars and the late Mr. Andrew Finnerty of Ulster, PA and granddaughter of Ruth and Stephen Leskoven of Wilmot Township. She was raised on a dairy farm on the outskirts of Towanda, Pa., where she developed her love for animals and became an avid horsewoman.
Surviving are her mother, Marianne Byars, Bethlehem; as well as sister, Colleen, Carlisle, PA; and brothers, Christopher, Bethlehem, Daniel, York, PA, and Drew, Bethlehem; as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins and a fiancé, Glen Goreski, Bethlehem.
An open-air memorial service was held to celebrate her life at on July 18, at the pavilion in Riverfront Park on the east bank of the Susquehanna River in Wysox, PA with the Reverend Bob Martin officiating.
Condolences may be sent to Mrs. Marianne Byars at 323 Apollo Drive, Bethlehem, PA 18017.