Freda Edith "Cookie" RUTH

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RUTH, Freda Edith "Cookie" 88, died on July 5, 2012 in Clearwater, with her beloved husband of nearly 64 years, Mike; and daughter, Susan, by her side. She is also survived by her son-in-law, Tom Miller; her grandchildren, Kerry, Danny, Kevin, and Charlotte, and her Airedale, Casey. She will also be greatly missed by her devoted cousin, Charlotte Foley of Palm Harbor; nephew, Alan Platteis and wife Teresa; nephew, Ronald Levitt and wife Jill; her four great-nephews, Adam, Aaron, Justin (wife Cameron) and Brendon; and her many other friends and relatives across the country. The youngest of Samuel and Millie Levitt's four children, Cookie is predeceased by her siblings, Rose Levitt, Merrill Levitt, and Sara Platteis. A devoted genealogist, Cookie assembled a detailed family tree of the descendants of her grand-parents, Solomon and Rachael Levine, and their eight children. Cookie also enjoyed playing mahjong, baking mandelbrot, bragging about her grandchildren, e-mailing, a good game of gin, a good joke and of course, a good bargain. Her great-grandchildren, when they are born, will have crocheted baby blankets waiting for them, courtesy of "Grandma Cookie." Cookie attended Walton High School in Bronx, NY and graduated from Hunter College in Manhattan with a B.A. in Psychology. Before her marriage, she worked as a psychometrist for the Kline Institute in New York City. After marrying, she and Mike lived in California, Kansas, Paris, France, and New Jersey before moving to Clearwater in 1984. She was a member of Congregation Avahat Shalom in Palm Harbor for more than 25 years. A memorial service and burial will be held on July 10th at 11 am, Curlew Hills Memory Gardens. Cantor Deborah Jacobson will officiate. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Suncoast Hospice, Congregation Avahat Shalom, or a would be greatly appreciated. Visit

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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on July 8, 2012