5 Sivan 5780 ~ May 28, 2020
Ruth Thelma “Ruthie” Ran (neé Hornstein) passed away May 28th due to the COVID-19 virus in Sunrise, FL.
Ruthie was born on November 27, 1930 in Philadelphia PA. Growing up in Philadelphia, she was the third of five siblings (one brother and three sisters) and graduated from Olney High School. She worked for a short time before meeting and marrying the man who would become her soul mate, best friend and husband, Milton Ran, in September of 1950.
In 1958, they moved to Louisville, shortly after the birth of their second child. There, throughout most of the 70’s, she owned and managed “Ruthie’s Place” a women’s apparel shop on Hikes Lane. The family regularly attended services at Adath Jeshurun Synagogue.
When both her children had left the home, she decided to join her husband “on the road” as one of the last generations of travelling salesmen. Together 24/7, they worked the deep south and the southeastern states for New York-based, Talbott knitwear until Milton retired. They retired to Sunrise FL and lived there together until Milton’s death in 2010. Ruthie remained there until her death.
Ruthie was preceded in death by her parents Jack and Mollie Hornstein, brother Louis Hornstein and sister Evalyn Baeder.
Blessed by her memory are her son Jerry Ran (wife, Sharon, Louisville) and daughter Mindy Ran (partner, Willem Staal, Amsterdam) as well as three grandchildren, Scott Ran (wife, Shannon, Louisville) Lacy Ran (Louisville) and Benjamin Porter (fiancé, Emma Smeets, Amsterdam). She has 4 great grandsons: Chris and Carson Ran, CJ and Caleb Powell (Louisville). She is also survived by her sisters Florence Blank (Philadelphia) and Marsha Segal (Louisville) and extended family and special friends including Stanley Blumenthal.
A private graveside service will be held. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy can take the form of a donation to American Merchant Marine Veterans (AMMV), PO Box 2024, Darien CT 06820.