Longtime Brookhaven clerk Mary Jo Ruth was stunned when her name was called during a recent Council meeting. Ruth, who recently retired after 21 years of service to the borough, was told that her husband, John, was being recognized by the local American Legion Post #94.
“John is being recognized, but we wanted to surprise Mary Jo,” said Council President John Wilwert, Jr. “Mary Jo has done so much over the years and has contributed a lot to our community.”
In addition to her duties as clerk, Ruth created the official borough seal, served as borough photographer, and editor of the newsletter and community calendar.
“They got me here under false pretenses,” Ruth laughed as she accepted her plaque.
Councilmember Denise Leslie then asked for John Ruth to step to the front of the meeting room.
American Legion #94 Post Commander Harry Seth said John is a true hero and presented him a plaque.
“For 20 years John has acted as adjutant and helped to hold Post #94 together,” Seth said. “And, he was instrumental in getting our post renamed the Albert Merlino Post, after its founder.”
A veteran of the US Army, John served during the Korean War. Following his military service he was a teacher at Sun Valley High School for many years.
In addition, a representative from the office of state Rep Leanne Krueger-Braneky (D-161st) was there to present both Mary Jo and John a proclamation.
In other matters, Wilwert was presented a plaque from the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs in recognition of his 20 years of service to Brookhaven.
Wilwert announced recently that he would not seek re-election in November to Brookhaven Council.