Ruth Frances (Hoffman) Schwarz, philanthropist and active member of her community, died at
the age of 98 on June 23, 2020, after a brief illness. Born in Meriden and raised in New Britain,
she graduated from New Britain High School in 1938. She and her husband, Maurice, were
married on June 20th, 1943. Shortly before his death, Ruth and Maurice celebrated their 70th
wedding anniversary. Ruth is survived by her four children, Jeffrey (Arline) Schwarz, Nedra S.
Mirkin, Michael (Ellen) Schwarz, and Charles (Tara) Schwarz. She also leaves 13
grandchildren; Gary (Elizabeth) Schwarz, David (Laurie) Schwarz, Andrew (Susan) Mirkin, Lisa
(Joel) Rothenberg, Jonathan Schwarz, Gretchen (John) Callahan, Samantha (David)
McPherson, Alexander, Tyler (Lina), Maxwell, Kyle, Tucker, Garritt; 11 great-grandchildren
Joshua, Jake, Makayla, Stephen, Rebecca, Alexander, Hunter, Jax, Ryder, Jack, and Jada, She
is also survived by her brother Morton (Maryann) Hoffman. She also had an extended family of
nieces, nephews and cousins. She was a resident of Glenmeadow in Longmeadow, MA and
formerly lived in Middletown, CT; Boca Raton, FL; Clinton, Ct; and Saybrook, CT.
Philanthropy was a basic tenet of her life. Together with Maurice and family, she participated in
the EIS Foundation, a charitable organization founded by the Gilfix and Schwarz families. She
was a member of Congregation Adath Israel in Middletown. She also volunteered with The Art
Museum of Boca Raton, The Haven of Boca Raton, the Schepens Eye Research Institute,
Middletown Family Services, Middlesex Memorial Hospital, and the Florence Fuller Child
Development Center of Boca Raton, FL.
Ruth was past-president of both Hadassah and Sisterhood of Congregation Adath Israel of
Middletown, CT. Ruth and Maurice were very involved as volunteers for numerous activities in
the Congregation and community. Ruth was co-editor and publisher of the “world-renowned”
cookbooks, “It’s Not Even Four O’Clock”, vols. I and II. Both were sold as fund-raisers for her
local beach community.
Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Celia (Fightlin) Hoffman, her sister
Marlene (Mitchell) Greb, and Marvin (Roberta) Hoffman.
The family extends a thank you to the staff and residents of the Glenmeadow Retirement
Community for enriching Ruth and Maurice’s lives. We also want to extend a very special thank
you to Jamie Isaacs for all the support, friendship, and love she gave our parents.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a private grave-side service was held on Thursday, June 25th at the Adath Israel Cemetery in Middletown. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Rachel’s Table, 1160 Dickinson St., Springfield, MA 01105 and SCJW Scholarship, at the same address. To share memories or send condolences to the family, please visit www.doolittlefuneralservice.com.
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