POLAND, Ohio (MyValleyTributes) – Louise “Snooks” Elizabeth Rulli, 78, died Monday, January 10, 2022 surrounded by her loved ones.
Louise was born May 27, 1943 in Youngstown, Ohio, the daughter of the late Michael and Elizabeth “Betty” Hussar Bindas.
A longtime resident of the Mahoning Valley, Louise graduated in 1961 from Woodrow Wilson High School.
During her youth, she was a talented dancer and a proud member of the Billy Earhart Dancers. After graduation, she worked briefly in the accounting departments of Strouss’ and then American Fire Clay.
On June 3, 1963, she married the love of her life, Frank A. Rulli, and they were blessed with 58 wonderful years of marriage. Together they made Poland their home, where they raised their four sons and later welcomed two grandchildren.
Louise, along with her husband, owned and operated the family business Rulli Bros. Markets in Austintown and Boardman. Working together, Louise and Frank made the company what it is today. She was a member of the Ohio Grocers Association and the Youngstown Area Grocers Association, where she served as president and secretary/treasurer.
As a child and young adult, Louise attended the John Calvin Presbyterian, which her father’s family helped build. After moving to Poland, she raised her family in Holy Family Church, where she remained a faithful parishioner and served the Church through the Altars and Renewal Guild.
Louise was the center of her family and she dedicated herself to coordinating family activities as well as simply being available for anyone who needed her. Her interests in travel, entertainment, and crafts reflected this with memorable family vacations, both in the United States and Europe, elaborate holiday celebrations, and thoughtful handmade gifts. Affectionately known as the “Grammy,” Louise also enjoyed many family activities, including attending her grandchildren’s parties. She loved making Christmas the most special time of the year for her whole family. For years she hosted her 500 Card Club during the holidays and she will forever be remembered for her unique kolachi and star cookies.
Her strength, thoughtfulness and generosity were an inspiration to many – her motto was “never give up”. She was also a natural caregiver, and children in particular were drawn to her nurturing personality.
Louise leaves to perpetuate her memory and her legacy, her husband, Frank A. Rulli; sons, Nicholas M. Rulli of Los Angeles, California, Frank A. Rulli, Jr. of Boardman, Michael A. (Kelly) Rulli of Salem and Mark A. (Melinda) Rulli of Canfield; grandchildren, Ethan M. Rulli and Hayden E. Rulli, both of Salem; sister, Trudy Farbman of Austintown; step-grandson, Hunter Gervelis (Qinmo) of Charlottesville, Virginia; cousins, Rose Marie Hussar of New Middletown and Shirley Criss of Niles, with whom she was raised like her sisters and many other cousins, nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, Louise was predeceased by her brother, Michael Bindas and her nephew, Steve Farbman.
A private Christian burial Mass for immediate family was celebrated at Holy Family Church with Father Michael Swierz officiating. Interment followed at Lake Park Cemetery in Youngstown.
Memorial tributes can take the form of contributions in Ms. Rulli’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital by visiting www.stjude.org/donate.
Arrangements were taken care of by the Davis-Becker Funeral Home in Boardman. Please visit www.beckerobits.com to share memories and condolences online with family.
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