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Meet Your Neighbors: Lifelong Jeannette resident at home with family, writing, volunteering

| Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Kristina Rugh is a longtime Jeannette resident and is a business owner.

Kristina Rugh is a lifelong resident of Jeannette and lives in a well-known neighborhood which she and her family call “funeral home central.”

A graduate of Jeannette High School, Kristina's twin sister, Krista, also graduated the same year.

“We are identical mirror twins,” said Rugh. “I'm right side dominant and she is left.”

Rugh attended college at Grove City and majored in education. Since her graduation, she has had a myriad of jobs and has lived in a few different locations in western Pennsylvania.

After graduation, Rugh was working in accounting at the Tribune Review and her twin had relocated to Indiana.

“Krista convinced me to move up there and I did. We lived in a trailer park, it was all seniors and they loved us. They watched out for us, and were wonderful neighbors.”

During that time she worked for the R&P Coal company and then for a nursery as an office manager.

In addition to working in Indiana and at the Trib, Rugh was employed from the time she was 16 years old until she moved away at the Greensburg Country Club. Her connection to the country club was through her aunt, Bonnie Lee Irwin who was the controller there for 37 years.

Irwin eventually became ill with leukemia and Rugh cared for her for a year and a half.

“We had a family meeting and I was the most logical choice, because I'm entertaining in stressful situations,” said Rugh, with a charming smile on her face.

After her aunt passed away, Rugh worked for a day care center.

“Children are healing to the soul,” said Rugh, “It was the best place for me at the time.”

During that time her sister, Krista, started a business and Rugh became a partner in 2007.

Householder Lifestyle Consultants Bookkeeping and Officer Services was born and has been growing ever since. Rugh's college major in elementary education is very helpful to her at HLC because she does all the training for the company.

“I like to think my journey prepares me for the next step in the road,” said Rugh. “Caring for my aunt was the most important thing that I've done. It matured me. It was tough.”

Rugh is also employed in Westmoreland County Commissioner Tyler Courtney's office at the courthouse, but still finds time to indulge in her hobby of writing children's books and volunteering for various community activities in the City of Jeannette.

“My wish for Jeannette, is that other people can see the city like we see the city. There are so many wonderful things here.”

To learn more about caring for family, owning a business, writing children's book or volunteering in Jeannette, get to know neighbor Kristina Rugh.

Editor's note: Meet Your Neighbors is a recurring feature in The Jeannette Spirit. If you know of a neighbor with an interesting life story to tell, someone who deserves some recognition for volunteer work, a resident with a special talent or an avid collector who would like to be featured, call the Spirit at 724-838-5154 or send an email to

Margie Stanislaw is a contributing writer.