Barbara Jean “Jeany” Ruminski

Barbara Jean “Jeany” Ruminski reached the end of her wonderful life on March 12, 2022. She passed away unexpectedly at the age of 61 of natural causes. The family would like to extend gratitude for the outpouring of love and support received in the recent days.

Born in Pottstown on October 14, 1960, Barbara was raised by her parents James and Loretta Faust with her seven siblings. She graduated from Boyertown Area High School in 1978 with high honors. Barb had her first daughter two years after she graduated high school and spent a few years as a single mother. In the mid 1980s, she married and had two more daughters and a son.

To know Barb was to love her. She was the most selfless and involved Mother, while working to earn a Registered Medical Assistant certification from the Antonelli Medical and Professional Institute. She was employed throughout her life at doctor offices taking care of others and, more recently, as a scheduling coordinator at Peaceful Living, a local nonprofit organization.

She lived for her family and loved, more than anything, spending time with her grandsons, Brooks (newborn), Jude (1), Kaden (2), James (2), Greyson (3), Rowan (5), Beau (13), Jarad (17), and Trevor (20), to whom she was their beloved Nana. She was beyond thrilled to be welcoming her first granddaughter this June.

Barbara was predeceased by her father “Jim” and is survived by her mother and her siblings Karen Sottile, David Faust and his wife Mary Kaye, Cyndy Hammett and her husband Ric, Tina Faust, Angela Faust-Gresh and her husband John, Louise Faust, and Bryan Faust and his wife Heather. She is also survived by her children, Jamie Bressler and her husband Dave, Dana Ruminski Lowe and her husband James, Kristin Law and her husband Ian, and Brent Ruminski and his wife Alysa, as well as her former spouse David Ruminski. In addition, she leaves many other cherished family members and dear friends.

A Celebration of Life memorial service will be held Monday, March 28, 11:00AM at Catagnus Funeral Home, 329 N. Lewis Road, Royersford, with visitation from 10:00AM to 10:45AM.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in her name to an organization close to her heart, the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave. Floor 17 Chicago, IL 60601.

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My dear friend. I think of you everyday since. I have experienced to much death. I do struggle with the belief w God because he seems to be taking great people. You have a lot live for. It’s not fair. You will forever be in my heart. I’ll never forget the great fun we had. Getting you hooked on yard sales. One sale you purchased a set of yellow dishes. You were so excited for your new home. You loved them! And I hope they stay in your family. Marissa and I will continue to celebrate your birthdays 10/14. For your children, I’ll will always be there for them if needed. Your family is so close and all beautiful unique personalities…that come from you! Love and miss you my very very dear friend. ??

~ Michelle Savino
4/17/2022 11:20:50 AM

I so much appreciated seeing the extended family yesterday. In retrospect, it is interesting how many ways my path crossed with Jeany's. I think I met her when she and my sister, Beth became friends in junior high school, but it may have been earlier. I was the 'little brother' from then on, and it didn't stop me from flirting with her for the next 45 years. When Jamie was a toddler, my mother was the occasional babysitter for a period of time, and I have a clear memory of taking Jamie to a park to swing and play, somewhere around 1984. My now wife, Julie, and I remember Jamie because of that. I am certain that I met Bryan when he was a student at Boyertown, and I was teaching English, though I do not think he was in my classes. However, Angela definitely was in my class. I believe it was her senior year. I met Karen and Cyndy when they were likely in HS, or shortly after, as my older brothers ran around with a common crowd for a time. Jim Angle, Vaughan Miller, Al Saylor, Jim Schmoyer, and many others were part of that crowd. Later, I had the pleasure of teaching -or meeting- all of her children as them made their way through BASH. I am fairly certain I re-met Jamie during her senior year, but I had classes with Dana and Kristen throughout their high school years. I am fairly certain I knew Brent through basketball, and then in passing while he was a student. As for Barb - (that's what my wife called her when she was the nurse for Dr. Mea and he was our family doctor) - I ran into her from time to time, especially as her children made their way through school, and we kept tabs. I want to take a moment to make one special mention. They say the greatest compliment a parent can receive is to have his/her children marry and raise a family. As I listened to all of the tributes yesterday, it became obvious that Jamie, Dana, Kristen, and Brent were giving the highest of compliments. She was a beaut. My deepest condolences to all.

~ Phil Repko Pottstown, PA
3/29/2022 11:31:39 AM

I met Barb at the prison in 2017 and we became friends. I would always call her lady. We been thru crazy times there but she always remained my friend thru it all. She was only true friend from that crazy place. When we both decided to leave the prison we still remained friends. She kept telling me to come to her current job which ultimately led me to work there Feb 28th 2022. I thought we were gonna be co workers again and I was happy about that. Everytime we talked she always talked about her kids and grandkids and she was SO PROUD. She was the type of mother I will always strive to be with my children. Even though she had problems of her own she always seemed to be there for mine. RIP lady.

~ Cassandra Maliades Philadelphia, PA
3/28/2022 12:00:48 PM

To all of Barb’s family, and especially her mom Loretta. She is already missed. Her spirit and tenacity will live on. She was a strong person and she lent her steadfast behavior, sense of humor and selflessness to her children who will carry these traits forward. I was always impressed with Barb’s ability to bounce back and come out on top no matter what challenges life threw her way. She was an amazing person, mother and one of my very first childhood friends. We had so much fun over the years, countless times and ways fitting it all in. Such a fun spirit! ??. Life will not be the same with out her and I am a little upset with her checking out so soon. We had much more shenanigans in store. Love you Barbara Jean.

~ Beth Repko Swerdloff
3/27/2022 12:18:00 PM

Barbara Jean was an amazing woman, a dedicated friend & devoted Mother. She loved all of her family most. We met down the Shore summer of 1978 & the moment we met, she had me at ‘hey we play lacrosse’. She will be missed, forever in our hearts. May peace ?? be with you Barbara and may peace be with your loved ones. KJ

~ Kevin D. Jones
3/23/2022 3:09:45 PM

We are deeply sorry to hear of this tremendous loss. Our thoughts and prayers are holding each of you close to our hearts. There is nobody in the world quite like your Mom and she will be greatly missed by many. Forever cherish the memories and her love for all of you. Steve & Brenda Edsall

~ Steve & Brenda Edsall
3/22/2022 10:40:21 AM

Barb my friend, you will be greatly missed! I loved working and talking with you daily! You always made time for me even if you were busy. We shared many laughs. You gave great advice and I will truly never forget our friendship. Barb would offer help to anyone in anyway possible. She was a strong, caring, loving, friend who always went above and beyond. She truly loved her family dearly. May you R.I.P. ??

~ Lea Hoffert
3/21/2022 9:51:59 PM

Dear Jamie, our thoughts are with you and your family. Deepest sympathies x

~ Alan & Louise Waters, Ireland
3/21/2022 6:52:21 AM

I knew Jeanie through her Sister Angie (my daughter in law)and was amazed how much they look alike. My heart and prayers go out to the whole family. May the Lord give you all comfort and peace. ??

~ Sharon Gresh
3/18/2022 12:52:47 PM

It is with a heavy heart that I say goodbye to my friend from Jr. High...we've had a long run as friends, then, and after...with our children. Will miss your spirit and always, foremost, your love for your family...always was so important to you! Love and peace to your beautiful soul.????????

~ Kelli Saylor Cape May, NJ
3/17/2022 7:10:53 PM

To the family you have my deepest Sympathy. Barbara was such a good person. I would walk into the office and she would always signal for me to come into her office. Just to say hello and chat about our grandchildren. She loves all her grandchildren and was so happy about the one on the way. If I know Barbara is in up there making sure that little one arrives with no problems. You will be missed my friend. Earlene

~ Earlene Bond Plymouth Meeting, Pa
3/17/2022 10:39:21 AM

Jamie and family - our deepest condolences. We are praying for you and your entire family, for courage, peace and comfort during this difficult time.

~ Luis & Janet Rodrigues
3/17/2022 7:34:45 AM

My deepest sympathies to you and your family.

~ Lisa Satoo
3/17/2022 6:59:01 AM

When I worked with Barb at Peaceful Living when you were having a bad day. She was always there to cheer you up. Barb and I communicated every single day. She was my best friend. Barb always went above and beyond when it came to the care of the individuals we support. Barb helped with challenging moves and was there when anyone needed anything. For at this moment right now when walking into the office. Seeing her office all dark and empty it just doesn't feel the same. As for the family I am sorry for your loss. Your mom/sister/daughter was one of my best friends. With the time I spent with her. I will cherish forever.

~ Ashley Kerver Telford, Pa
3/16/2022 5:14:01 PM


~ Evelyn Schwenk
3/16/2022 4:58:58 PM

I'm so sorry for the loss. I only knew Barb for six months, but some people make an impact in your life regardless of the time spent with them. Her energy and care for everyone she touched is in short supply in this world, and I am grateful for having known her. She truly cared about the individuals we support at Peaceful Living, and about her coworkers. I've not met many people as proud of their children as she was, and by extension the love she had for her grandchildren. We were fortunate to know and work with Barb in the time we all did, and I can only hope I'm lucky enough to meet more people like her in my life.

~ Chris Rick
3/16/2022 4:04:12 PM

I'm so sorry to hear about say I'm shocked is an understatement. I worked w/Barb @ Graterford/Phoenix for 7yrs. My thoughts are with all of you at this most difficult time.

~ Kathy Levey
3/16/2022 2:43:47 PM