Ruth Kowalsky Weitzman, 90, of New Hartford, passed away peacefully on Monday, January 12, 2015, at Faxton St. Luke's Healthcare Center surrounded by her loving family members. She was born in Utica on March 21, 1924, and was the daughter of the late Louis and Ethel Simon Kowalsky.
She graduated from Utica Free Academy and the University of Michigan with a degree in speech pathology. On June 16, 1946, she married Charles Weitzman.
Ruth was a life-long member of Temple Beth El and served as Sisterhood President. She also actively supported Hadassah and the United Jewish Appeal. She was a member of the board of directors of the Children's Hospital in Utica. She was extremely proud of working with children as a tutor in the Utica Volunteer Reading Tutor Program.
She was predeceased by her beloved husband, Charles, her parents Ethel and Louis Kowalsky, her brother William Kowalsky, her son-in-law Alan Nathan, and her niece Amy Gaudin.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Adele and Robert Sossen of New Hartford, son and daughter-in-law David and Sharon Weitzman of Vestal, New York, and daughter Ann Nathan of New Hartford; her grandchildren Lee Sossen and Sherri Williams of Manhattan, Andrew and Jennifer Sossen of Manhattan, Hia Weitzman of Poestenkilll, New York, Elliot, Seth and Daniel Nathan of New Hartford, and Dana and Rebekah Levit of Natick, Massachusetts; her great-grandchildren Story, Charles and Townes Sossen, Marissa and Aria Bertos, and Reagan and Georgia Levit; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Donald and Gail Weitzman of Boca Raton, Florida; and many nieces and nephews.
Ruth also leaves behind the "girls" with whom she played mah jongg every Thursday for almost 70 years - Pearl Hotch, Helen Lefkowitz, Aviva Philipson, Doris Root, Muriel Wyner, and the late Cynthia Slavin. Ruth read the New York Times and worked on the bridge column in the newspaper every day.
She loved to cook, read, play bridge and golf, and travel the world. She spent wonderful winters in Palm Beach Garden, Florida, but her most cherished times were spent at her camp on Fletcher Point in Old Forge where she was surrounded by her family.
Her funeral will be 1:30 p.m., Thursday, January 15, 2015, from Temple Beth El, 2710 Genesee Street, Utica, with Rabbi Ronald Kopelman and Cantor Kal Socolof co-officiating. Visitation will be held from 12:30 p.m. at the temple until the time of the services.
Interment will be in Temple Beth El Cemetery, Whitesboro, where she will be laid to rest next to her husband. Shivah will be observed from 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, January 15, 2015, and 1-3:30 p.m. on Friday, January 16, 2015, at the home of Adele and Robert Sossen.
In loving memory of Mrs. Weitzman, please consider donations to Temple Beth El, 2710 Genesee Street, Utica, New York 13502 or Faxton-St. Luke's Healthcare Foundation, 1676 Sunset Avenue, Utica, New York 13502.
Her family acknowledges with heartfelt thanks Jackie Dow and Jackie Yaddow, who treated Ruth with love, care and respect, and her devoted nieces and nephews, Barbara Goodman, Monica and Steven Kowalsky, Melissa and Edward Kowalsky, and Jill and William Brooks.