Ruth Levine Penner
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Ruth Levine Penner

PENNER: Ruth Levine Penner, born on June 17, 1925, passed away on Jan. 4, 2022, at age 96. She was the beloved wife of the late Melvin H. Penner, mother of Meryl Jones, Roy Penner and the late Scott Penner, son-in-law Roger Jones and daughters-in-law Iva Penner and the late Barbara Penner; sister of Jack Levine and sister-in-law Beverly Levine; grandmother of Kristo and Marco Penner, Matthew and Jayme Penner and great-granddaughter Abigail. Also, at last count, she was aunt to 30 great- and great- great- nieces and nephews. Ruth was a cherished friend and treasured companion, admired and deeply loved. Ruth was adventurous. Later in life, she traveled around the world like a 20-year old, embracing every escapade and new experience. Ruth was so talented, creative and very artistic. She always loved fashion and was a beautiful fashion illustrator from a very young age. In her 70s, she moved to New York City and enrolled at Fashion Institute of Technology. Ruth was born in Pittsburgh, spent her childhood in Oakland, and lived most of her life in Squirrel Hill with her husband and three children. She has lived in New York City for the past 22 years with her daughter Meryl and son-in-law Roger. Ruth loved old movies and could name all the early screen stars. But more than that, she loved the theatre. She wanted to see everything, and she practically did! Ruth loved her family and loved celebrating all good occasions with them. If our father were still alive, they would have been married 76 years, and Ruth loved sharing life’s adventures with him. He adored her. We are so proud she is our mother, and we will always be better for her example. We deeply mourn her loss. Graveside services and interment were held at Poale Zedeck Memorial Park Cemetery. Donations can be made in her honor to: The National Foundation of Swallowing Disorders swallowingdisorderfoundation.com/ or dysphagiaoutreach.org/foodbank.
We have learned there are more than 15 million people, mostly seniors, suffering from this problem.
Arrangements entrusted to Ralph Schugar Chapel, Inc., family owned and operated. schugar.com PJC

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