Ethel Irene (McNaughton) Rudy Sledzinski was welcomed into heaven on Thursday, February 15, 2018, at her home in Shermans Dale, surrounded by her loving family. She was born on December 29, 1936 to the late James Wesley and Sally (Swartz) McNaughton and is survived by her husband of over 45 years, John J. Sledzinski Sr.; her five children: Vickie Johnson, Kim Rudy, Sandra Sierer, David Rudy and Clyde Rudy; four step-children: John J. Sledzinski Jr., Aubrey and David Sledzinski, and Karen Graybill; 16 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren; brother Glenn McNaughton and sister Aletha McGowan. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Marlin Edward Rudy; brothers Carl, Frank, Wayne, Dale, James and Bruce McNaughton; sisters Arlene (Mauk) Harless, Cynthia Pickel, Annie Fry and Marie Crockett.
Ethel worked at several dress and shoe factories in Perry County and sold Avon and Stanley Home Products before settling into her favorite job, babysitting for many children in the Carroll Township area and becoming Grandma Ethel to those children as well. Over the years she volunteered with Cub Scouts and enjoyed helping to make Easter Eggs at her church, of which she was a member. As one of the founding members of the Shermans Dale Ambulance Association, she was the fundraising chairperson for many years and loved selling spaces for Perry County's largest flea market.
Ethel was passionate about community service, enjoyed playing the guitar and piano, singing the old country songs, doing crosswords and puzzles, playing cards, and most of all visiting with family and friends. She loved roosters and hummingbirds and the color red, and everyone is welcome to wear red on the day of her services in remembrance of her.
Services will be held at her church, Trinity Christian Church, 106 West High Street in New Bloomfield, PA on Saturday, February 24, 2018. Viewing will be from 10 AM until the funeral service at 12 Noon. Burial will follow at Mannsville Lutheran Cemetery and then fellowship and refreshments in her church's social hall.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in Ethel's memory to her church or the Shermans Dale Ambulance Association, P.O. Box 142, Shermans Dale, PA 17090.