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Ruth Gottesman January 2, 1922 - October 7, 2015

Ruth Leah Gottesman, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother passed away on October 7, 2015 in Houston, Texas.   Ruth was born in Brooklyn, New York on January 2, 1922.  She lived most of her life in New York City until moving to Houston in 1994.
Ruth’s parents were Dora Blaustein and Max Hellman.  Ruth was married to Israel (Sukey) Gottesman for over 67 years until his death in 2014.     Ruth is survived by her sons, David, Mark and daughter-in-law Debbie, beloved grandchildren Daniel Gottesman, Joseph Gottesman, Joshua and Inbal Gottesman, Rachel and Mark Berins, and Naomi and Avi Goren.  She is also survived by her two wonderful great-grandchildren, Miles and Edie Berins and her brother Carl Hellman and sister-in-law Miriam Ellis as well as numerous nieces, nephew, and other relatives and friends.

Ruth was known for her intelligence, dry sense of humor and strong political convictions. She was a teacher for more than 30 years.  Ruth enjoyed competing in board games and was a champion Boggle player.  She was an avid reader and was pleased to be active on the Book Fair Committee.  She loved chocolate, Broadway Theater, New York City, and the beautiful Homeland of Israel.  Ruth was known for her ability to complete the New York Times crossword puzzle in ink.

Though she missed her native New York, she enjoyed her retirement years in Houston in the company of her extended family.

Graveside services were held Friday, October 9, 2015 at Beth Yeshurun Post Oak.

The Family requests that donations be made to Camp Young Judaea’s scholarship fund (www.cyjtexas.org) or Congregation Beth Yeshurun’s Museum Minyan.”


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    Lee-Alison Blum says

    This message is for my cousin David Gottesman, the Torah scribe, who wrote to me years ago. I am just seeing this obituary about your mom whom I remember well from her time with your dad who was a close cousin of my mother, Florence Hager Blum. My mother died in 2004. My Blum cousin and I are working on our Gottesman-Blum family tree and would love to hear from you.. You were so helpful long ago! Best wishes, Lee-Alison Blum Sibley

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