Ruth E. Falkin
Ruth E. Falkin of West Hartford, died on October 12, 2011 at her home. Ruth was born in Hartford, the daughter of the late William R. Falkin, Sr. And Jane A. Falkin, and grew up and attended schools in West Hartford. She was a graduate of Hall High School in West Hartford and of Teacher’s College of Connecticut, now Central Connecticut State University in New Britain. She was permanent secretary of that college class for 65 years. Ruth earned her Masters in Education Degree at Hillyer College, now the University of Hartford. Ruth taught at the Elmwood Elementary School for 33 years, during which period she was cited as a Career Teacher four times. For ten of those years, she served also as Assistant Principal. Before retirement she taught for two years at Webster Hill School. Ruth was an Office Assistant for the Association of Retired Teachers of Connecticut until that group moved to Meriden. She was a member of the College Club of Hartford for over 50 years and chairman of its Scholarship Committee for much of that time. Ruth was also a member of the Elmwood Senior Center where she participated in many courses and trips. Her love of travel took her all over the world. She loved art and classical music. Ruth studied oil painting at the Hartford Art School. Her love of ballet encompassed memberships in the Boston and New York City ballets. The paintings she did were often of ballerinas and musical themes. Ruth’s interest and skill in multiple crafts included ceramics, gold embroidery, needlepoint, and Chinese watercolor. Ruth’s love of children pervaded her entire life - in her classroom, in her family, and in her neighborhood. She was a lifetime member of Temple Beth Israel. Ruth is survived by her sister, Janice A. Falkin of Boston, sister-in-law Susann Falkin of Endwell, NY and three cousins: Ethel F. Fried and Howard D. Falkin both of West Hartford, and Gary Seaman of Bethel. She was predeceased by her brother, William R. Falkin, Jr. Funeral services will be held Sunday morning, October 16 at 11:00 AM in the Chapel of the Weinstein Mortuary, 640 Farmington Ave., Hartford with Rabbi Michael Pincus officiating. Interment will follow in the Fairview Cemetery, West Hartford. Contributions in memory of Ruth may be made to the American Cancer Society, 825 Brook St., I-91 Tech Center, Rocky Hill 06067. For further information, directions, or to sign the guest book for Ruth, please visit online at

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