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Obituary: Ruth (Danziger) Friedland, 92, Beloved Mother Of Mindy Leventhal

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Apr 152018
 

Ruth (Danziger) Friedland, 92, of Norton St., New Haven, devoted wife of the late Arthur Friedland, died at her home on April 13, 2018, with her daughters by her side.

She was a daughter of the late Mendel and Bella (Chatzek) Danziger.

Beloved mother of Mindy Leventhal (Mark) of Orange, Paula Panzarella (Frank) of New Haven. Dear sister of the late Muriel Berger. Cherished grandmother of Jason and Melissa Leventhal, and Seth Leventhal (and fiancee Dr. Margaret Furman). Treasured great-grandmother of Jamie and Jack Leventhal.

Born in Hamden, May 15, 1925, the family soon moved to West Haven. She was one of three speakers at her West Haven High School 1941 graduation.

Until her daughters were teenagers, she worked at home as a professional typist. She had the first model of the IBM electric typewriter and made IBM redesign the automatic carriage return because the machine could not keep up with her typing (125 words a minute). She later worked as a bookkeeper and office manager in New Haven and West Haven for the next twenty-five years until she retired.

She and her husband Arthur had sixty wonderful years of marriage, and at his passing in 2004, she summoned her strength to go on “without her other half.” She was blessed with her grandchildren and enjoyed spending as much time as she could with them, reveling in all their successes.

She had a wonderful sense of humor and loved getting together with people. Especially after retiring, she used her office smarts for competitive games – Mah Jong, bridge, gin rummy, and dominoes. In the past year, her great-grandchildren and Melissa played Mah Jong with her.

Since 2006, Ruth’s daughter Paula and son-in-law Frank moved in with her, and in 2014 Frank’s mother Elisabeth joined the family household. In the past two years, Ruth had a number of health issues, and the entire family is grateful for the love and attention of her aides Judith Santiago and Margo Purple. There were many Red Hat luncheons Ruth was still able to enjoy because of them. Judith and Margo made it possible for Ruth to stay at her home well-cared for, entertained and loved.

Funeral Services at Robert E. Shure Funeral Home, 543 George St., New Haven Sunday morning April 15, at 10:30 a.m. with Interment Services to follow at Ind. Vilner Lodge Memorial Park, Victor St. East Haven.

Memorial Contributions may be sent to Southern CT Hebrew Academy, 261 Derby Avenue, Orange, CT 06477 or the charity of one’s choice. The family requests that a Private Period of Mourning be observed.

To sign an online registry book or to leave a message of condolence, please visit: www.shurefuneralhome.com