Ruth was born in Boston, MA on June 25, 1925 to the late James J. and Margaret (McDonald) Callahan where she was one of 9 children. Ruth was a vivacious and curious young girl, who grew up in Dorchester in St. Gregory’s Parish.
As a young woman, Ruth worked as a secretary at Keystone Camera in Boston, where she met her future husband, Amedeo B. (Babe) DeLuca. After marrying in 1950, the couple moved to East Boston where they raised their four children, Karen, Joseph, Christopher and Keley. In 1972 the family moved to Wilmington where they enjoyed hosting family cook-outs and wiffle ball games. After retirement, Ruth and Babe enjoyed their frequent trips to Martha’s Vineyard and their active involvement in a small craft business, attending local fall craft fairs. Ruth was a cherished and devoted wife for 46 years of marriage and, after Babe’s passing, enjoyed her daily mass attendance, where she developed long-lasting friendships in the St. Thomas church community.
In her spare time, Ruth was known to be an avid reader and cook (especially her famous eggplant parmigiana), who enjoyed watching movies, Red Sox and Patriots games.
Ruth will be remembered as a thoughtful, caring and generous wife and mother, a loving grandmother, and devoted and faithful friend, who will be missed by all.
Ruth was the devoted mother and grandmother of Karen Stephens & her husband Louis of New York and their children Phoebe, Luis Jose, Dustin, Caitlin and Thomas, Joseph DeLuca & his wife Carolyn of Westford and their children Kevin, Keri and her husband Phil Polmonari, Christopher DeLuca & his wife Julie of Harwich and their children Matthew, Kyle and the late Taylor, and Keley Russo & her husband Timothy of Lunenburg and their children Isabella and Joseph, dear sister of the late Margaret Coveney, Dorothy Madden, Jane Mullaney, Mary Havey, Richard, Michael, James and Annie Callahan. Ruth is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Tuesday, August 25th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m. Internment will follow at the Wildwood Cemetery in Wilmington. Visiting hours will be held at the funeral home on Monday, August 24th from 4:00-8:00 p.m. In memory of Ruth’s life, donations in her name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association (http://www.alz.org/www.alz.org), Dana-Farber Cancer Institue (www.dana-farber.org), and American Heart Association (www.heart.org).