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Celebrating the life of
Joseph M. Ruiz
October 01, 1932 - September 23, 2017
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200
  • Visitation
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm - Tuesday, September 26, 2017
  • Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
  • 7200 Hodgson Memorial Drive (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31406

  • 912-352-7200
  • Rosary Service
  • 6:00pm - Tuesday, September 26, 2017
  • Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
  • 7200 Hodgson Memorial Drive (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31406

  • 912-352-7200
  • Mass of Christian Burial
  • 11:00am - Wednesday, September 27, 2017
  • St. James Catholic Church
  • 8412 Whitfield Ave (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31406

  • 912-355-1523
  • Interment
  • - Wednesday, September 27, 2017
  • Catholic Cemetery
  • 1720 Wheaton Street (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31404

  • 912-201-4075

I'm so sorry for your loss. Death was not intended to be apart of life. Jehovah, God, makes a comforting promise at John 5:28,29 to resurrect our loved ones one day. I hope this scripture gives you comfort as it has given me in times of loss. For more information, please visit jw.org.

Kelly, ,

Sorry to hear of Josephs passing we had some good times he and Teresa at the Boat Club with my husband and me he will be greatly missed . God bless Joey and Teresa love Evelyn

Evelyn Carter, Savannah, Ga

The past few days have been very hectic for my family. On Saturday we lost a truly great man-my Aunt Rosalie Grotto's father Joseph Manuel Ruiz. Over the past few years, he fought a long hard battle with leukemia. Joe was just absolutely phenomenal. He and his amazing wife Teresa, my aunt and her siblings have always treated me as if I am one of their own and included me as a family member and have always been there for me through thick and thin. Joe was in essence a grandfather to me. He and Teresa have always given me gifts and have always been available to give advice to me even though I am not their grandchild. Joe told the best stories and often talked about growing up in the "Old Fort" Neighborhood downtown during the Depression with my grandmother and her friends. I remember we were at a funeral for a family friend and all these ladies my grandmother knew were saying in sweet, southern accented voices, "Is that Jo Jo Ruiz? Oh he was so good looking!!!" and he just had a big smile with his eyes lighting up. It was truly an honor and a unique privilege for me to recite the readings for the funeral service at St. James. Father Daniel Firmin did such a great job as did Mrs. DeMauro with her cantor. She has the voice of an angel. Thank you so much. Fox and Weeks Funeral Services really delivered a service that was uncompromising and professional in every way possible that would have made Joe proud. It was also nice to see members of the Fenian Society and the St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee in their traditional green sports coats Joe was very involved and served as the Grand Marshal's Aide last year. I would also like to thank the Savannah Council of the Knights of Columbus Chapter 5588 for their generous support and allowing of my family to utilize its facilities for the funeral reception. There was so much good food especially the Chocolate Éclair Cake which I know Joe would have loved. One trait we had in common was a sweet tooth. Often times when it comes to dealing with heartache, people don't always know what to say, but with regards to my family, I can say that everything will be ok. Life can be a struggle and grief takes time. It was so nice to see family come together and to even meet those who came from out of town. Teresa's family in Miami always referred to Joe as "Saint Joe." Indeed, in the eyes of myself and I am sure many other's Joe was a saint. He was always so kind and gentle and always had a smile no matter what kind of day he was having. He was also always one to care about others and ask about them rather than present his struggles. Rest in Peace Joe. I know you are in Heaven dancing with Tati, my Poppie, and Virginia and having a grand ol time.

Stephen C. Grotto II, Savannah, GA

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Please accept our deepest sympathy.

Jimmy and Connie Deal, Savannah, GA

My deepest condolences.May you find hope and be comforted during this difficult time by the Bible's promise at Isaiah 25:8 where it says"He will swallow up death forever,And the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces"

Givens, ,

My heart goes out to you at this time.

Marie Redmond, Savannah, Ga

Prayers for the family. I worked with Joe at Kaiser. Many good memories.

Sally Best, Guyton, GA

So sorry for your loss. We pray that your loving memories will bring you comfort. All of love, Scott and Cyndi Arnsdorff

Scott and Cyndi Arnsdorff, Savannah, GA

So sorry to hear of your loss Joey...keeping you and your family in my prayers...love and hugs to all. Annette Cleary....BSS

Annette Cleary, Savannah, GA

Very sorry to read about your loss Teresa and family. I have fond memories of working with you at GDOL and I met your husband several different times while our Labor Department office was on Drayton St. You and yours are in my thoughts and prayers. Nicky Clark

Nicky G. Clark , Midway, GA

It was just like yesterday when Joe and I worked together at Kaiser. Joe always help me to check out items of store room when I need for my projects. Joe and Teresa were so nice and gave me a ride from office to our flower shop when I asked. I really miss Joe and all the old friends at Kaiser.

Homer/The Flower Boutique, Savannah, GA

It was just like yesterday when Joe and I worked together at Kaiser.

Homer /The Flower Boutique, Savannah, GA

Dear Rosalie and family, We are so saddened to hear of your father's passing. We are lifting you and your family up in prayer for comfort and peace. Love you all!

Patti & Bruce Pharis, Irmo, SC

I am sorry for your loss. Death is painful to all of us. However God's word the Bible always offers encouragement. A scripture I find comforting is Isaiah 25:8. There Jehovah promises to do away with death and all things that bring us pain. That will be very satisfying! I hope this thought has been comforting to you. May positive thoughts fill you hearts and minds as you endure this difficult time.

R.G., ,

Mr. Joe was a great man. I always enjoyed being with him. Our families had many good times together. God gained an amazing man. May his memory be eternal and peace be with his family at this time.

Mike Schmitt, Columbia , SC

My sincerest condolences go out to your family, it's never easy losing someone in death. May you take comfort in God's promise found at Revelation 21:4, which says "he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” This verse brought me peace when I experienced loss, I hope it can do the same for you. May the memories you have give you strength during this difficult time.

Mckenzie, Savannah, Ga

I was so sorry to hear of Mr. Joe's passing. Any encounter I ever had with him was pleasant. Please accept my condolences. He was a great man. Sincerely, Lea Bailey

Lea Bailey, Richmond Hill, Ga

My condolences to the family. May you find comfort in the scripture at Revelation 21:4 and the website jw.org.

Niecy, Savannah, GA

We are saddened by your loss and truly would like you to know that your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. Always remember those we love don't go away, they walk beside everyday. Unseen, unheard but always near, still loved, still missed, and with us here.

Hancock, Florence, Al

Joseph Manuel Ruiz, 84, passed away peacefully at his home, September 23, 2017, with his family at his side. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Teresa Maria Ruiz.

He retired from Kaiser Agricultural after more than 30 years of service.

He was a long time member of The Fenian Society, Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Committee, and Knights of Columbus #5588. He was a long time communicant of St. James The Less Catholic Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother.

He is survived by his children Anita Conway (Cary), Rosalie Ruiz-Grotto (Billy), Angie Browne (Tommy), Joey Ruiz, and grandchildren Trey Kerr (Kori), Michael Kerr, Rebekah Kerr, William Grotto, Daniel Grotto, Christianna Ruiz, and 2 great-granddaughters, Keyli Kerr and Julia Kerr.

He is also survived by his sister Betty Holloway and brother Frank Ruiz as well as several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Rosary will be at 6:00 pm followed by the visitation from 6:30 pm until 8:00 pm on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at Fox and Weeks Hodgson Memorial Chapel with Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 11:00 am at St. James Catholic Church with burial to follow at Catholic Cemetery.

Please sign our on-line guest book at www.foxandweeks.com

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I'm so sorry for your loss. Death was not intended to be apart of life. Jehovah, God, makes a comforting promise at John 5:28,29 to resurrect our loved ones one day. I hope this scripture gives you comfort as it has given me in times of loss. For more information, please visit jw.org.

Kelly, ,

Sorry to hear of Josephs passing we had some good times he and Teresa at the Boat Club with my husband and me he will be greatly missed . God bless Joey and Teresa love Evelyn

Evelyn Carter, Savannah, Ga

The past few days have been very hectic for my family. On Saturday we lost a truly great man-my Aunt Rosalie Grotto's father Joseph Manuel Ruiz. Over the past few years, he fought a long hard battle with leukemia. Joe was just absolutely phenomenal. He and his amazing wife Teresa, my aunt and her siblings have always treated me as if I am one of their own and included me as a family member and have always been there for me through thick and thin. Joe was in essence a grandfather to me. He and Teresa have always given me gifts and have always been available to give advice to me even though I am not their grandchild. Joe told the best stories and often talked about growing up in the "Old Fort" Neighborhood downtown during the Depression with my grandmother and her friends. I remember we were at a funeral for a family friend and all these ladies my grandmother knew were saying in sweet, southern accented voices, "Is that Jo Jo Ruiz? Oh he was so good looking!!!" and he just had a big smile with his eyes lighting up. It was truly an honor and a unique privilege for me to recite the readings for the funeral service at St. James. Father Daniel Firmin did such a great job as did Mrs. DeMauro with her cantor. She has the voice of an angel. Thank you so much. Fox and Weeks Funeral Services really delivered a service that was uncompromising and professional in every way possible that would have made Joe proud. It was also nice to see members of the Fenian Society and the St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee in their traditional green sports coats Joe was very involved and served as the Grand Marshal's Aide last year. I would also like to thank the Savannah Council of the Knights of Columbus Chapter 5588 for their generous support and allowing of my family to utilize its facilities for the funeral reception. There was so much good food especially the Chocolate Éclair Cake which I know Joe would have loved. One trait we had in common was a sweet tooth. Often times when it comes to dealing with heartache, people don't always know what to say, but with regards to my family, I can say that everything will be ok. Life can be a struggle and grief takes time. It was so nice to see family come together and to even meet those who came from out of town. Teresa's family in Miami always referred to Joe as "Saint Joe." Indeed, in the eyes of myself and I am sure many other's Joe was a saint. He was always so kind and gentle and always had a smile no matter what kind of day he was having. He was also always one to care about others and ask about them rather than present his struggles. Rest in Peace Joe. I know you are in Heaven dancing with Tati, my Poppie, and Virginia and having a grand ol time.

Stephen C. Grotto II, Savannah, GA

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Please accept our deepest sympathy.

Jimmy and Connie Deal, Savannah, GA

My deepest condolences.May you find hope and be comforted during this difficult time by the Bible's promise at Isaiah 25:8 where it says"He will swallow up death forever,And the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces"

Givens, ,

My heart goes out to you at this time.

Marie Redmond, Savannah, Ga

Candle tribute lit by Sally Best — Georgia

Prayers for the family. I worked with Joe at Kaiser. Many good memories.

Sally Best, Guyton, GA

So sorry for your loss. We pray that your loving memories will bring you comfort. All of love, Scott and Cyndi Arnsdorff

Scott and Cyndi Arnsdorff, Savannah, GA

Candle tribute lit by Zach and Kala Kozdron — Georgia

So sorry to hear of your loss Joey...keeping you and your family in my prayers...love and hugs to all. Annette Cleary....BSS

Annette Cleary, Savannah, GA

Very sorry to read about your loss Teresa and family. I have fond memories of working with you at GDOL and I met your husband several different times while our Labor Department office was on Drayton St. You and yours are in my thoughts and prayers. Nicky Clark

Nicky G. Clark , Midway, GA

It was just like yesterday when Joe and I worked together at Kaiser. Joe always help me to check out items of store room when I need for my projects. Joe and Teresa were so nice and gave me a ride from office to our flower shop when I asked. I really miss Joe and all the old friends at Kaiser.

Homer/The Flower Boutique, Savannah, GA

It was just like yesterday when Joe and I worked together at Kaiser.

Homer /The Flower Boutique, Savannah, GA

Dear Rosalie and family, We are so saddened to hear of your father's passing. We are lifting you and your family up in prayer for comfort and peace. Love you all!

Patti & Bruce Pharis, Irmo, SC

I am sorry for your loss. Death is painful to all of us. However God's word the Bible always offers encouragement. A scripture I find comforting is Isaiah 25:8. There Jehovah promises to do away with death and all things that bring us pain. That will be very satisfying! I hope this thought has been comforting to you. May positive thoughts fill you hearts and minds as you endure this difficult time.

R.G., ,

Mr. Joe was a great man. I always enjoyed being with him. Our families had many good times together. God gained an amazing man. May his memory be eternal and peace be with his family at this time.

Mike Schmitt, Columbia , SC

My sincerest condolences go out to your family, it's never easy losing someone in death. May you take comfort in God's promise found at Revelation 21:4, which says "he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” This verse brought me peace when I experienced loss, I hope it can do the same for you. May the memories you have give you strength during this difficult time.

Mckenzie, Savannah, Ga

I was so sorry to hear of Mr. Joe's passing. Any encounter I ever had with him was pleasant. Please accept my condolences. He was a great man. Sincerely, Lea Bailey

Lea Bailey, Richmond Hill, Ga

My condolences to the family. May you find comfort in the scripture at Revelation 21:4 and the website jw.org.

Niecy, Savannah, GA

We are saddened by your loss and truly would like you to know that your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. Always remember those we love don't go away, they walk beside everyday. Unseen, unheard but always near, still loved, still missed, and with us here.

Hancock, Florence, Al

Candle tribute lit by Ben and Pat Hancock — Alabama

Candle tribute lit by Cheryl Holloway — Georgia


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