WEST ORANGE, N.J. – Ruth Weinberg, wife of the late Bertram Ullman Weinberg, died June 16.
The youngest of five daughters born to Max and Celia (Socolof) Mindlin, she was born in East Orange, N.J. on Aug. 27, 1915. The Mindlin sisters – Lillian Semel, Pauline Forman, Mildred Burstein and then the baby, Ruthie, followed Sadie Aaron, the eldest – were close all their lives.
When Bert Weinberg interviewed head counselors for his family’s summer camp, Pocono Highland, she landed the job and a husband. Married in 1939, they had four children; the late Patricia Lee Smith (Dr. Robert), Nancy Winston (late Laurence Levine, late James V. Higgins), Max Weinberg (Rebecca) and Abby Levin (Michael).
She leaves eight grandchildren, Dr. Michelle Goncalves (Manny), Dr. Nicole Steckler (Matt), Sharon Boyd (Scott), Dani Kupperman (Justin), Ali Weinberg, Jay Weinberg, Jake Levin, Noah Levin and 11 great grandchildren, Alexa, Jack, Lina, Noa, Amanda, Sabrina, Ben, Joseph, Finn, Bryce and Layla.
She taught physical education in the Newark School System for 26 years and, with her husband, owned and operated Pocono Highland Camps in Marshall’s Creek, Pa., and Laurel Lake Camp, in Tyler Hill, Pa. She was a lifelong member of Hadassah as well as Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel. Her father was one of the founding members of Sharey Tefilo in East Orange.
She traveled the world with her son Max, drummer with the E Street Band. Members of the band always called her “Mighty Mommy” and mighty she was. A memorial service will be held at a later date.