October 9, 2021 ~ 3 Heshvan 5782
Ruth Bayersdorfer Sobel peacefully passed away at her residence on October 9th, 2021. She was born June 7, 1925, in Steubenville, Ohio, moving to Louisville in 1937. Ruth was predeceased by her husband, former Louisville attorney Homer A. Sobel. “Baby” Ruth was the daughter of the late Stanley W. Bayersdorfer, Helen Stein Bayersdorfer Starr, and Dr. Silas H. Starr. Ruth is survived by her children Susan Sobel Gorsen, Thomas Sobel (Susan), William D. Sobel (Martha-Jane) all of Louisville, grandchildren Starr Gorsen Crafton (Doyle) of Cannelton, Indiana, Lisa Sobel-Berlow (Benjamin) of Louisville, Matthew Homer Sobel of Denver, Caitlan Page Morris (Brandon) of Albuquerque, great-grandchildren Sara, Jacob, and Nathaniel Crafton, Flora Starr Berlow, brother Stanley W. Bayersdorfer Jr. plus nieces, nephews and other loving family members, many of whom reside in Atlanta, Chicago, St Louis, Columbia, Tennessee, and New York City,
Ruth was a 1941 graduate of Atherton High School and attended Marjorie Webster College in Washington, DC, and the Oklahoma College for Women after moving to Chickasha, OK during WWII. There she met Master Sergeant Homer Sobel, marrying in February 1945, and moved to Louisville following the conclusion of the war.
Ruth loved throwing parties and was known best for the many years she and Homer hosted Thursday evening galas in their home Derby Week for all owners, breeders, trainers, and jockeys entered in the race. An accomplished golfer with an uncanny ability to make quality shots with long irons, Ruth won several Women’s Falls Cities Golf Association championships. She was a devoted University of Louisville sports fan, active for years with the National Council of Jewish Women and various other philanthropic organizations. After working in retail sales at The Fashion Post, she volunteered for more than a decade at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft’s gallery shop. She greatly enjoyed traveling, reading, and playing cards, including canasta with lifelong friends and later bridge.
She met early and midlife challenges with great dignity, setting an example for her children of how to maintain strength and balance through difficult times. The family would like to express our tremendous gratitude, thanks, and appreciation to Brandie Windsor- Shanklin, Janice Jaggers, and their entire Sunrise of Louisville team, along with Hosparus Health’s Dr. Dustin Dillon. All in all, Ruth led a long, genteel life, the perfect match for Homer, a gentleman, and a gentle man. Known as Beau Beau by her grandchildren and great- grandchildren, she will be missed but never forgotten. Long live Queen Ruth!
Expressions of sympathy are encouraged to be directed to the donor’s charity of choice.