Ruth S. Gruber

Ruth Sirot Gruber passed away on Sunday February 19, 2017 at the age of 88. A native New Yorker who came to Danbury as a young bride, she was the daughter of Nathan and Bella Sirot. Ruth was married to Everett Gruber for 67 years. As a teacher, educator and educational consultant Ruth’s professional career spanned over sixty years. She was the Principal of the religious school of the United Jewish Center in Danbury and the Director of Education at Temple Israel of Westport. Upon her retirement from Temple Israel, she became an educational consultant training teachers, developing curricula and workshops. In her second retirement she was a Hebrew tutor.

In the late 1960’s she spent two years with her family living and working in Israel as an English teacher. Ruth described herself as a gypsy and loved to travel, visiting over 70 countries with her husband Everett. She was an avid reader and enjoyed bird watching with Everett. Ruth was dedicated to exercise. She loved Zumba and was a member of a walking group until her hospitalization. All who knew her, knew that her other great love (aside from Everett) was dark chocolate.

The matriarch of her extended family, Ruth hosted holiday gatherings which always had an educational component balanced by her delicious cooking. As a working mother, she was a role model to her children, family and friends. Ruth was driven to succeed at work but also driven to foster and maintain the close bonds of family and friends.

Ruth was an active and engaged life-long member of the United Jewish Center. She was a member of the committee which planned the synagogue’s recent 90th anniversary celebrations. Ruth served on the UJC School Committee in her professional role and also on the Ritual Committee of the synagogue.

Ruth is survived by children Susan and Ira Vishner, Jennifer Gruber and Eric Rosenberg, and Elliot and Elinor Gruber; by 8 grandchildren Jess and Katie, Nathaniel, Sam, Lina, Polly, Louis and Jacob, great granddaughters Hailey and Grace as well as many nieces and nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews, great-grand nieces and great-grand nephews.

Funeral services will take place on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at 1:00 pm at the United Jewish Center at 141 Deer Hill Avenue, Danbury; friends will be received from 11:45 am to 12:45 pm at the United Jewish Center, Danbury. Interment will follow at the United Jewish Center Cemetery, 250 Gray's Bridge Road, Brookfield.

Donations in Ruth's memory may be made to the Shalom Fund or the Ruth Gruber Education Fund, United Jewish Center, 141 Deer Hill Ave., Danbury 06810.

A Period of Mourning (Shiva) will be observed at the Gruber Residence commencing Thursday upon return from the burial until 9 PM with Minyan at 7 PM and will be observed on Friday from to 4:30 with Minyan 4:00, and Saturday from 7 pm to 9 pm with Minyan at 7 pm. Jowdy-Kane Funeral Home, Danbury is in charge of arrangements.

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