Ruth Cohen Hershkovitz
Ruth (Cohen) Hershkovitz, loving mother, grandmother, and sister, 94, of West Hartford, passed away Monday, June 30, 2014 surrounded by her devoted family. She was the widow of Saul Hershkovitz, her adoring husband of 54 years. Born in Hartford, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin and Carrie (Toporoff) Cohen.

Ruth grew up in Hartford and was a graduate of Weaver High School. She and Saul married in 1948 and moved to West Hartford in 1953. She was a fun-loving, energetic woman who cherished her family and friends. She spoke often about the joyful summers spent at the family summer home at Ocean Beach in New London.

She worked as a cosmetologist, dental assistant, market researcher, and for nearly 25 years, in children’s retail at the former LaSalle Shop in West Hartford Center. An avid bridge and Rummikub player, Ruth loved learning and doing new things. She enjoyed traveling, often with her sister Annette and brother-in-law Chet on many vacations, visiting her brother Bob and sister Ellie in California, Elderhostel trips, going to musicals, dancing, painting classes, playing golf, spending time with her sister-in-law Barbara and brother-in-law Cooky in Florida and venturing to Europe and Israel.

In recent years, Ruth resided at Chatfield Senior Living in West Hartford where she relished daily walks around the grounds, enjoyed newfound friends, and thrived in the enriching environment.

Ruth was a lifetime member of Hadassah and was named the Hartford Chapter of Hadassah’s “Hand of Healing” honoree in 1997, commemorating her 50 years of dedicated service. She served on many Hadassah committees and chaired the Jewish National Fund Tree project. Under her leadership, the project flourished. She donated every Friday afternoon to the Hadassah Thrift Shop, helping to raise funds so urgently needed for the organization. She was a member of Beth El Temple of West Hartford for nearly 60 years and a longtime member of the synagogue’s Sisterhood.

Ruth and Saul played an active role in the American Field Service program, opening their home for a year to host Dutch high school exchange student, José DeLeeuw, who quickly became a “second daughter” and part of the Hershkovitz family forever.

Ruth dearly loved her close-knit family. She leaves her daughter, Karen S. Jarmon and her husband David C. Jarmon of Kensington, CT; her grandson and the pride of her life, US Army Captain Matthew B. Jarmon; her brother, Dr. Robert Coblens of Mission Viejo, CA; her sisters, Annette Chernick of Longmeadow, MA, and Eleanor Neuman of Cleveland Heights, OH; and many nieces, nephews, and grand nieces and nephews. Her brother, Irving Coblens, predeceased her. Ruth’s infectious smile, easy laugh, and loving personality will be deeply missed but forever remembered.

The family extends sincere appreciation to her caregivers and nurses at Saint Mary Home, Masonicare Hospice and McLean Hospice for their extraordinary warmth and care during these past months.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 3 in the Chapel of the Weinstein Mortuary, 640 Farmington Ave., Hartford with Rabbi James Rosen officiating. Interment will follow in Beth El Temple Cemetery, Jackson St. Ext., Avon. Following the interment, the family will sit Shiva at the home of her daughter, 44 Blue Ridge Rd., Kensington. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 825 Brook Street, I-91 Tech Center, Rocky Hill 06457 or to Hadassah, c/o Faith Helene, 43 Carlyle Rd., West Hartford 06117 or to Beth El Temple, 2626 Albany Ave., West Hartford 06117. For further information, directions, or to sign the guest book for Ruth, please visit online at

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