In Loving Memory of Ruth Rickoff Justan

Ruth Rickoff Justan

Ruth Rickoff Justan

Haverford and formerly of Scranton, PA September 24 ,1924 ~ February 12, 2016 Date of Service: February 15, 2016

Ruth Rickoff Justan, a former Scranton resident, died early Friday at the Quadrangle in Haverford, PA.  She was preceded in death by her husband, the late Jerome Justan on June 8, 1990.


Daughter of Russian immigrants, the late Harry and Polly Fox Rickoff (alav ha-shalom), Ruth was born and raised in Scranton, where she graduated from Central High School as well as Lackawanna Business College.  A lifelong member of the Scranton Community, she married Jerry (alav ha-shalom) after he returned from World War II military action.  Along with his brothers, they cofounded the Polarized Meat Company. 


Ruth was a devoted member of Temple Israel and received the Woman of Distinction, and Woman of Valor awards.  Ruth was a lifelong member of the Temple’s sisterhood, where she dedicated over 20 years as chairperson of the gift shop.  She was also an active member of ORT, B’nai Brith, Hadassah and the Jewish War Veterans Ladies Auxiliary, and has received numerous awards for her dedication, service and philanthropy to many organizations both in and out of Scranton.  Ruth’s greatest dedication, love and source of pride were her family.  These were her true treasures.  A lady who always greeted you with a smile, she was loving, caring and modest person who epitomized the term “Eshet Chayil”…a Woman of Valor. 


Surviving are her two children, Al (Butch) and his wife Susanne of Miami, FL; and Sandra Barth and her husband Sanford of Newtown Square, PA; and three grandchildren, Howard Justan and wife Susanne of Atlanta, GA; David Barth of Palmyra, PA; and Pamela Zerbe and her husband Maj. Tim Zerbe of Hershey, PA as well as great grandchildren, Samantha and Jeanine Zerbe and Joshua Justan.


She was also preceded in death by her brothers, William and Dr. Nat Rickoff (alav ha-shalom).


The funeral will be Monday with services at 1 p.m. in the Justan Lounge of Temple Israel, located at the corner of Monroe Avenue and East Gibson Street, by Rabbi Moshe Saks and Cantor Vladimir Aronzon.  Family and friends may call at the Temple on Monday from noon until the time of service. Interment to follow in the Temple Israel Cemetery, Dunmore. 


Friends will be received during shiva at the residence of her daughter, Sandra, at 427 Cornerstone Drive, Newtown Square, PA 19703. 


Memorial contributions in Ruth’s name may be made to Temple Israel of Scranton, 918 East Gibson St., Scranton, PA 18510. 


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