Joseph Ruhmel

Joseph Frederick Ruhmel

Saturday, June 27th, 1942 - Monday, February 11th, 2019
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Joseph Frederick Ruhmel
age 76 of Horseheads, NY passed away at home surrounded by his loving family after a courageous battle with cancer. Joe was born on June 27, 1942 in Elmira, NY to the late Helen and John Ruhmel. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Janet (Kolcun) Ruhmel, sons, Joseph II (Kathy) Ruhmel of Greenfield Center, NY, Jeffrey (Ammie) Ruhmel of Oneida, NY, and David (Kim) Ruhmel of Horseheads, NY; grandchildren Cassidy, Tyler, Jack, Maggie, Preston, Collin, Natalie, Nathan and Owen; fraternal twin brother and sister-in-law Richard (Donna) Ruhmel of Lutz, FL; sisters-in-laws Barbara Clark and Iolani Ruhmel; brother-in-law and sister-in law Alan and Nancy Terwilliger; brother-in-law Robert (Patty) Kolcun; several nieces and nephews and many wonderful friends and neighbors. In addition to his parents, Joe was predeceased by his brothers Robert and John Jr. and brother in-law Larry Clark. Joe owned and operated the Yankee Clipper Barber Shop in Horseheads, NY until his retirement in 2013. He was a barber for 53 years. After retiring he would visit some of his customer's homes to cut their hair. Joe was a devoted husband, father, and “papa”. He loved his family and treasured time spent with them. He especially enjoyed his yearly visit to the Saratoga Race Track. Joe was a communicant of the parish of the Most Holy Name of Jesus. The family will welcome relatives and friends to Sullivan's Funeral Home, 365 E. Franklin St. at Rt. 13, Horseheads, NY on Friday, February 15, 2019 from 3-5PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Saturday, February 16, 2019 at St. Charles Borromeo Church, Oakwood Ave., Elmira Heights, NY at 10AM. Joe will be laid to rest at St. Peter and Paul's Cemetery, Elmira, NY immediately following. The family would like to thank CareFirst, Dr. Philip Lowry and Catherine Morelli, PA-C of Guthrie Clinic for their compassionate and loving care of Joe. Condolences and words of comfort may be expressed in Joe’s Book of Memories at
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  • Visitation

    Friday, February 15th, 2019 | 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Friday, February 15th, 2019 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Sullivan's Funeral Home
    365 E. Franklin Street
    Horseheads, New York 14845
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  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Saturday, February 16th, 2019 | 10:00am
    Saturday, February 16th, 2019 10:00am
    St. Charles Borromeo Church
    136 Oakwood Ave
    Elmira Heights, New York 14903
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    Fr. Scott Kubinski
  • Interment

    Saturday, February 16th, 2019 | 11:30am
    Saturday, February 16th, 2019 11:30am
    St. Peter and Paul's Cemetery
    623 Franklin Street
    ELMIRA, NY 14905
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Sidney S. Graubard, Jr.

Posted at 01:51pm
Joe, was my barber for over thirty years. And he was a loyal friend & supporter. I will miss him very much. Our heartfelt condolences go out to him & his family. We pray that his Soul will Rest-in Peace. Photo taken 08/30/2012 is Joe giving a young Mr. Balland I believe his first haircut.

Patricia Zylowski

Posted at 03:04pm
Janet & Family,
I'm deeply saddened in the loss of your husband Joe and father. My Prayers and Condolences are with you all during this time of your loss. Had many good times together at gatherings. Joe is now in God's arms resting in peace. Gone but will never be forgotten. Hold on to the memories. Love you. Cousin Patricia Zylowski RIP Joe 🙏 🕊🙏 💗🙏 🌹

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Posted at 02:32pm
With our love and deepest sympathy. Love, The Boudreau Family
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Posted at 12:51pm
Wishing you peace and comfort during this difficult time. Lots of love, Greg, Lisa, John, Marie, Jim and Bruce
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Beth And Harrison Braxton and Kristi and Byron Kem

Posted at 07:53am
We hope that your happy memories bring comfort during this sad time. The entire Ruhmel family is in our thoughts and prayers.
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