Ruth Codichini of Cochranville

Ruth Codichini, 100, of Cochranville, died Wednesday, Oct. 20, peacefully at home where she lived with her daughter and son-in-law, Marcia and Bernie Dickerson. She died of natural causes that evening after a long visit with close family at her side.

Ruth Codichini

Born and raised in Altoona, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Sadie Kemp. Ruth had an older sister Mary and two younger twin brothers, Billy and Bobby. She graduated high school in 1939 and went to work for the local electric company.

In 1941, Ruth married Jack Anderson and went on to share the next 34 years together with him. They spent their first three years together in Nebraska then moved back east to Valley Forge before settling into the home they built in Kennett Square where they raised their two children, Tommy and Marcia. Tragically they lost Tommy to a motorcycle accident at the young age of 17 in 1962. Ruth then suffered the loss of Jack to cancer in 1975. Just a few years later Ruth was fortunate enough to meet and marry Joseph Codichini with whom she spent the next 27 years. She was truly blessed with two wonderful husbands.

Ruth was a devout Christian and dedicated member of Willowdale Chapel for over 60 years where she was known as a "Prayer Warrior." Her strong love and faith in God inspired countless people to invite Jesus into their hearts.  Ruth was a truly amazing woman, wife, mother, and grandmother who loved her family and friends with all her heart. She always put God and others first before herself and touched so many lives with her grace and compassionate caring nature. Ruth was very close and devoted to her family with whom she shared immeasurable special occasions, while also being a big part of everyone's daily lives.

Ruth very much enjoyed gardening, cooking, good food, and traveling. She also enjoyed volunteering and being involved with her favorite organizations such as Young Life of Chester County, Spanish Health Ministry, Child Evangelism of Chester County, Teen Haven, and Mission Aviation Fellowship.

Ruth is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Marcia and Bernie Dickerson, Joe's son and wife, James and Jan Codichini, grandchildren, Celeste, Karen, Cynthia, Joseph III, and Jay, as well as her great-grandchildren, Xander, Neve, Noah, Ryan, Kennedy, Grey, and Leila.

You may visit with Ruth’s family from 9:30 to 11: a.m. on Monday, Nov. 1, at the  Willowdale Chapel, 675 Unionville Road, Kennett Square. Her funeral service will follow at 11. Burial will be at the Union Hill Cemetery in Kennett Square.

Contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to Southern Chester County Young Life, P.O. Box 301, Atglen, PA 19310, Attn: Tukker Zimmerman or go to\sccyl

To view Ruth’s online tribute and to share a memory with her family, please visit

Arrangements by the Kuzo Funeral Home, Kennett Square.

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