After a long, pleasurable life, and a very short illness, Ruth (Bachman) Weinberg passed away, in her home in Sarasota, FL, on August 30, 2018. A city girl, Ruth was born and grew up in Manhattan and The Bronx. After high school, she graduated from secretarial school and began a career. At 20, she married her sweetheart Jack Weinberg and moved to his family's farm in Stephentown, NY.
Ruth enjoyed painting, raising her family and being active in her new rural community. During WWII, she volunteered as a plane spotter for the Ground Observer Corps of the US Army Air Force. She was a Cub Scouts Den Mother and president of the Parent Teachers Association.
Ruth and her family moved to Albany, NY in 1958. When her children left for college, she returned to work first as secretary for the Psychiatric Clinic at Albany Medical College, then the New York State Legislature, and later the Board of Regents. She became a widow after 40 years of marriage and moved to Boca Raton, FL in 1989.
Ruth loved the arts. She volunteered for the New York City Ballet in Saratoga, NY and for the Sarasota Ballet in Florida. Ever the artist herself, she took up stone sculpting at age 75. She golfed until age 88. She belonged to and supported Jewish organizations. She loved to travel.
At 80, she reconnected with a man she dated as a teenager. They enjoyed eight years of golf and cruising.
Until the end, Ruth lived on her own without assistance. Days before her passing, she continued her morning habit of reading the newspaper - keeping up with art, finance, sports, and local news. In her 97th year, she also continued her afternoon habit, reading her mail while partaking in a vodka martini, which she called her “preservative.”
Ruth always looked for the best in all situations, and found pleasure in something every day.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Jack M. Weinberg and all of her siblings - sister Addie Myers and brothers Al Bachman & Norman Bachman.
She is survived by her son Gerald Weinberg (Jan) of St. Louis, MO, daughter Diana Daffner (Richard) of Siesta Key, FL, grandchildren Erica Weinberg and Jonathan Weinberg. She is also survived by her in-laws, Jan (Robert) Shostak, Si (Marcia) Weinberg, Marcia Bachman, and many nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held at 2pm on Monday, September 3, at the Independent Benevolent Society, Fuller Rd, Albany, NY. Following services, and until 6 pm, the family will welcome relatives and friends at the home of Si & Marcia Weinberg, 27 Tower Heights, Loudonville.
To honor her memory, please donate to the organization of your choice.