Ruth Fitzgerald Saturday, April 18, 1914 - Sunday, March 26, 2017
Ruth Berkowitz Fitzgerald was born in Brooklyn on April 18,1914 to Louis and Fanny Wiesen. She resided in Schervier Pavilion in Warwick for the last 5 years, where she made friends with the entire staff and always had her drawers full of candy for anyone who entered her room. We are indebted to the staff for taking such good care of her all these years. She died peacefully in her sleep on March 26,2017, three weeks before her 103rd birthday. She had a long full life although she lost two husbands and two children. She leaves behind her two grandchildren, Michael and Mark Berkley their wives, Pamela and Susan, four great-grandchildren, Arielle, Skylar, Sam and Lyle and her devoted daughter-in-law Joan Berkley. In her youth she put herself through college by “working in her words”. She had two blouses and washed and ironed each one so that they would be clean for the next day. As a young married woman she was president of her temple and its sisterhood and was always involved in their activities. She taught her self to play piano, she was fluent in Yiddish as her father believed in girls education, unusual for that time. When she went into assisted living at the Promenade in Rockland County, she learned the computer and made birthday cards on the computer for everyone and since she was skilled in rhyming, she wrote her own messages. She was an avid reader and would always have a book in her hands. Her second best effort was to beat anyone who dared to play scrabble with her. She was more than a mother-in-law to Joan and in her words she was often quoted as saying “ she gave birth to her” when Joan and Jerry became an item at 15. She will always be remembered as a grandmother who drove from Queens to Rockland County to see her boys play ball or to see their concerts. If you had to sum up her life in two words, you could say: Caring & involved. A Funeral Service will be held at Temple Beth Jacob, 290 North St. Newburgh, NY on March 29,2017 at 10:00am burial will follow in New Montefiore Cemetery, West Babylon, NY.