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Ruth B. Botwinick (Bamberger)

Obituary

Ruth B. Botwinick (Bamberger) passed away on March 18, 2023, at the age of 100.  Ruth was born on August 6, 1922, in New Rochelle, NY to Robert and Elka Bamberger.  Ruth graduated from New Rochelle High School in 1940 and was the class valedictorian.  She went on to graduate from the Cornell School of Nursing, NYC in December 1944.  In February 1945, Ruth volunteered for the Army Nurse Corps, because as she always put it, “she wanted to help save the boys”.   Ruth went to Fort Dix for a month of basic training and then was assigned to Tilton General Hospital, Fort Dix.  The following are her own words:

“I spent 14 months at Fort Dix, where I took care of quite a few soldiers who had been at Bataan and had been Japanese prisoners.  I became a 1st Lieutenant in 1946 and left the service in June 1946.  I was a bit disappointed I never left New Jersey, signed up to be a ship’s nurse, and eventually received my “Seaman’s Papers” and sailed for a year with the Army Transport Service, and then the Military Sea Transport Service.  We took soldiers and their families to Germany, picked up Displaced Persons in Naples and took them to Australia, picked up Dutch soldiers in Djakarta, Indonesia, and brought them to Holland, and brought Displaced Persons to America.  On the trip we went through the Suez Canal and after Australia, we continued eastward and went through the Panama Canal.  It was a remarkably interesting year!”

In 1960, Ruth married Joseph Botwinick, and they lived in Laurelton, Queens, where they had 2 children, Mark, and Lynn.  Ruth continued to be a nurse and worked at Franklin General Hospital for over 30 years.  She loved to travel, and long family trips included England, Israel, and California.  The family moved to North Bellmore in 1975. After 20 years of marriage, Joseph passed away in 1980, after a long illness.  

After retirement, Ruth purchased a condo in Century Village, Boca Raton, FL, and split her time between the New York area and Florida, until moving full-time to Florida in 2014.  In 2006, she met Larry Green while they were attending square dancing classes in Century Village.  Larry was president of the shuffleboard club, and Ruth was still able to drive, so they were both quite the catch.  Larry was one month younger than Ruth, so they both had an enjoyable time ribbing each other about that.  They spent most of their time together going to shows, dining out, traveling, and playing Rummikub.  Larry also made it to 100 years old and passed away in November 2022.  

In the last few years of her life, Ruth needed some extra care and had some extraordinary caregivers.  Lisa, Clair, and Niva were dedicated, compassionate, and loving toward Ruth.  Lisa, who was with Ruth the longest at 4 1/2 years, was like a second daughter to her.  Lisa cared for Ruth as if she were her own mother and was by her side all through the pandemic.  The family cannot thank Lisa Ruenough for all she did for Ruth.  

Besides traveling, Ruth loved to play bridge, volunteer, socialize, visit with her family and friends, and was an active member of the Jewish War Veterans.  Ruth had so many great friends over the years and really valued their friendship.

Ruth was also predeceased, by her sister, Jane Orgel, her nephew, Robert Orgel, and her niece, Susan Robertson.  Left to cherish her memory are her son, Mark Botwinick, her daughter, Lynn Botwinick, and her grandchildren, Daniel Botwinick, Erica Botwinick, Jacob McGlasson, and Finn McGlasson. 

Private family ceremony on Long Island.

3 Comments

  1. Lisa on March 28, 2023 at 5:27 pm

    I never going to forget you Ruth you teach me a lot I remember one day when I telled you when I grow up I whant to be like you and you start crying, but I said this because I never met so strong woman in my life RPI and I love you (mama) I miss you .

  2. Georgina Rey-Medina on March 28, 2023 at 6:40 pm

    A beautiful tribute to a wonderful woman I had the pleasure and honor of knowing. May she rest in peace

  3. Jeff on March 28, 2023 at 7:43 pm

    An amazing and diverse life well lived. So happy to have known your mom.

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