In Loving Memory of Ruth Ellowitz

Ruth Ellowitz

Ruth Ellowitz

New York, NY and formerly of Scranton, PA January 21, 1933 ~ July 4, 2016 Date of Service: July 10, 2016

Ruth Ellowitz, age 83, passed away peacefully on Monday after a long illness. She was the daughter of the late Theodore and Anna Hersher Ellowitz of Scranton. 

Ruth moved from Scranton to Manhattan in her early 20s, where she remained throughout her life. She loved the theatre, museums, concerts and all the vibrancy the city had to offer. Ruth worked for various non-profit agencies, but her most memorable job was with publisher John Wiley & Sons. Those who knew Ruth were drawn to her gentle, caring manner. Compassionate and generous, she was a champion of those who had difficulty advocating for themselves.  She provided her time and resources to a multitude of charities, including those to combat hunger, increase literacy, and to promote peace.  Her volunteer work with children spanned decades.  She remained politically active throughout her life, from her early years working in John F. Kennedy’s campaign to her most recent efforts with Chelsea for Peace. 

She was a loving daughter, sister, aunt, and friend; always taking the time to reach out to others, remember birthdays, travel for family gatherings and attend special events. Her second family included her devoted, close-knit group of friends, including Judy and Michael Overton, Muriel Jaffe, Wilma Weisbuch and Marilyn Goldfried.  

She is survived by her sister-in-law Audrey Ellowitz, niece Debbie Schienberg (David Schienberg) nephew Andy Ellowitz (Danelle Kutner) and grandnieces and grandnephew, Alyssa Schienberg, Hannah Ellowitz, Isaac Ellowitz and Delilah Ellowitz.  She is predeceased by her brother Harry Ellowitz.

Ruth’s family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to all those who supported her with frequent visits, calls and cards as her health declined. 

Graveside funeral services for Ruth will be held Sunday at 11:00 a.m. in the Dalton Jewish Cemetery by Rabbi Benny Rapoport of Chabad's Jewish Discovery Center.


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