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Ronald J. Shell, Sr.

June 26, 1936 - March 20, 2024


Obituary For Ronald J. Shell, Sr.

Age 87, of Whitehall, was born into eternal life on March 20, 2024 surrounded by his family. Preceding Ron in death were his beloved parents and sister, Gertrude and Joseph Ciesieleski, and Shirley Miller.

Ron served as a First Sergeant in the United States Army from 1956-1959 with the 14th Armored Cavalry Regiment Third Battalion, and was the recipient of a distinguished award for 2 1/2 years spent in Bad Hersfeld, Germany for Border Patrol. He served in the Reserves until 1962.

Ron was a faithful member of St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin Catholic Church and lived a few houses away from the church for 55 years. He was a truck driver for the Pittsburgh Press, and then Post-Gazette, for over 30 years before retiring. Following his retirement he found much joy in working part-time delivering flowers for Colasante’s and leveraged his directional knowledge of the "streets of Pittsburgh" before GPS was prevalent.

Ron had a passion for sports and particularly the Steelers and Pirates. He was thrilled to take the mound at PNC Park in 2012 to throw out the first pitch. He had unwavering pride in his Polish heritage and his striking blue eyes twinkled with mischief. Ron never turned down a game of cards nor a serving of ice cream.

Ron had a gentle heart and infectious sense of humor but his greatest quality was selfless love. Up until his last 18 months before passing, he continued to fill his time helping others. Whether it was painting, washing cars, fixing things, taking people to appointments or running errands for others, he would never turn down a request. And in most instances, on little notice.

Ron is survived by his beloved wife of nearly 62 years, Carol, and his children, Sandy Milan (Dan), Ron Shell, Jr. (Janice), Patty Shell (Maz Zrinyi), Chris Ninness, and Melissa Hayes (John); grandchildren, Anthony Milan, Lauren (Zach) Hunter, Jessika Shell, Michael Ninness, Joshua Ninness, Hunter Hayes, and Ryan Hayes; great grandchildren, Stark Hunter and Reed Hunter; brother Ed Cieleski; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Family and friends will be received at the John F. Slater Funeral Home, Inc., 4201 Brownsville Road in Brentwood 15227 on Tuesday, March 26, 2024 from 3-8 p.m. Funeral prayer on Wednesday morning at 11:15. Mass of Christian Burial in Our Lady of Hope Parish, St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin Church, 5200 Greenridge Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15236 at 12:00 p.m. Ron will be laid to rest at National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.

The family also wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the staff at Asbury Heights who took exceptional care of Ron during his time there. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to Asbury Foundation, 700 Bower Hill Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15243, www.asburyheights.org/giving-to-asbury/donate-to-asbury-heights/.

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  • April 06, 2024

    So very sorry that we didn't learn of Ronnie Shell's Passing till after the Funeral ,! He was one of nicest Press Drivers that my Husband called a Good Friend, Now they are together, God Bless You Ronnie. We all loved you, The Bobby Gentille Family

  • April 04, 2024

    Sò sorry for your loss Mrs Shell, Sandy, Melissa and Ronny! Heaven sure got a good one. May God bless you all. Love, Robin

  • March 27, 2024

    I'm so sorry for your loss, your dad was an amazing person. He always had time to say and talk. I will miss seeing him

  • March 26, 2024

    To the Shell family: Our hugs and prayers to all of you! The neighborhood has wonderful memories of Ron!

  • March 25, 2024

    Ron & Janice and Family We are so sorry to learn of your dad's passing, but glad we had the opportunity to meet him at the softball game last summer. Deepest sympathies to you and all of your loved ones.

  • March 25, 2024

    Ronnie Jr. and family,you have our deepest sympathy on the loss of your beloved father. I will always remember the joyous times we had with Ron and Carol. I was blessed to have him as a cousin. Our prayers are with you and your family. Cousin Dave and Kathy 🙏❤️

  • March 22, 2024

    Will miss you my wonderful cousin. I'll always remember your smile and laugh. Watch over us all down here till we meet up there. Cousin Debbie and Tom❤️

  • March 22, 2024

    My condolences and love to the Shell family. Rest in peace Ron. I am eternally grateful for having the pleasure to be part of your life, even for a short time. You were motivated till the end to make the best of your life for your family. Your smile was contagious ❤️Heaven is blessed with a beautiful Angel . You will be missed . Much love. Emily (your Occupational Therapist, -and friend)

  • March 22, 2024

    So sorry for your loss. Barb and Bill Magnotti