Tina Louise Ruggiero


Tina Louise Ruggiero, age 72, passed away quietly in her home Monday, February 4. She was a teacher serving with a post Masters degree at Fairmont Senior High School for over 40 years. As a teacher, she impacted the lives of all of her students for whom she cared greatly. She was the eldest daughter of Margherita Ruggiero and the late Sam Ruggiero.

She is survived by her sisters, Lillian (Robert) Mikol, Giovanna (Frank) DeSantis, Gina (Tom) Llaneza; sister-in-law Anita McIntosh Ruggiero; many loving Relatives; and her dear friend, Kathy Anderson. She is also survived by her eight nieces and nephews, Christy Scherf, Joe Mikol, Frank Llaneza, Sammy Ruggiero, Nicky Ruggiero, David Llaneza, Michael Ruggiero and Laura De Santis; and 12 great nieces and nephews, who will all miss her greatly. She is predeceased by her father, and beloved Brother, Samuel John.

After the death of her brother Samuel John in 1991, Tina had a significant role in the lives and upbringing of her 3 nephews. She was proud of her Italian heritage and her Catholic Christian upbringing.

The family will receive friends at Domico Funeral Home, 414 Gaston Avenue in Fairmont, on Thursday, February 7, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Vigil Rites will be celebrated at the funeral home on Thursday at 6:00 p.m. with Deacon David Lester. The Catholic Funeral Liturgy will be celebrated on Friday, February 8, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church with Father Jojan Joseph as celebrant. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery in Fairmont. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.domicofh.com. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Fairmont Senior High School to support The Polar Bear wrestling team and boy's basketball team. Those sports were Tina's passion. She was a true Polar Bear.
Published on February 6, 2019
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Sherri Pyecha-Kidwell
Feb 10, 2019
Tina was an amazing person. I have so many wonderful things to say about this woman, so many memories.... however, I will keep it short and sweet. I LOVED her!! She helped me thru a very tough part of my life.... and celebrated many great times!!! I am going to miss her laugh, her smile and her complete love of life!! She was a friend... a true friend!!
Fly High, Love!! ❤️
Scott Ash
Feb 10, 2019
She was a great teacher and a class act. Thank you for the direction and caring.
Telsa Frisenda
Feb 09, 2019
Awe ! I love her she was my substitute teacher she's beautiful and I'm gonna miss her it's sad she passed away !
william Blount
Feb 09, 2019
I was reflecting back the last few days remembering Tina does any one remember when she had the get well card for the pope and we all signed it
Feb 08, 2019
She was an amazing Spanish teacher. RIP
Feb 08, 2019
She was a great teacher and one of my favorites in high school. She will be greatly missed. :(
Feb 08, 2019
She was a great teacher and one of my absolute favorites in high school. She will be greatly missed. :(
stephen & susan sandor -stephanie,stephen matthew,shari,sara
Feb 07, 2019
We are going to miss our dear Tina so very much- we loved her as everybody did! She was such a good person and teacher. It wont be the same without her. She was a genuine FSHS icon-she is with our Lord and Savior now and will be at peace forever. I am so glad we went through student teaching together in 1968 and then both got to retire from FSHS. God bless her-an Angel!!!!
Karol Not into Griffin
Feb 07, 2019
Tina was a beautiful bright light her entire life...her spirit and energy contagious.
She was a lovable and loving soul.
Gone to soon.
RIP dear one.
John Paul Gotses
Feb 06, 2019
May your soul rest in eternal peace with God.
Charlotte Glover
Feb 06, 2019
Prayers for the family of Tina. She was a very kind and caring person. She will be missed by so many whose lives she has touched.
Jeff Thompson
Feb 06, 2019
Rest easy Ms.Ruggerio. One of my all time favorite teachers.. you will be missed fly high
Feb 06, 2019
She was my favorite teacher in high school...she cared deeply for all her students and she will be dearly missed
Mary Burnell
Feb 06, 2019
I was so sad to learn of Ms. Ruggerio’s passing! She was a wonderful teacher and loved by her students! (Class of 1990)
Vicki (Weber) Wedding
Feb 06, 2019
A wonderful, dear, kind, generous and loving friend. She was the wind beneath my wings during my teaching career at Fairmont Senior. Loyal always and a fierce defender of all the students who were so fortunate to share a classroom with her. Aunt Tina, "Desiree", and Tina Bell who always had a big hug for everyone, a smile and a joke to tell. She was always the life of the "party" making everyone happy to be with her. I can never forget her support for the Thespian Troupe in so many ways, and making my tasks behind the scenes run so much more smoothly. I loved her so very, very much.
Babe Linda Stingo VA Beach Va
Feb 06, 2019
Our prayers goes out to the family. ICON' LEGEND that she was at FSHS, TR was the BEST (RIP)
Feb 06, 2019
Tina was such a large part of our class of 74. She had a love of life and her smile could light up a room. She helped so many of us in difficult times. Rest In Peace. The heavens have a new shining star.
william. Blount
Feb 06, 2019
She was a great teacher who truly cared for her students I not only had her as a English teacher she was my home bond teacher when I had surgery on my knees I kn2 she made a impact on my life RNP