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SIGAL, RUTH Dec. 9, 1920 to Jan. 7, 2013 Ruth Sigal passed away peacefully in her home with her children by her side. Ruth was born in New York to Eva and Ben Sussman. Soon thereafter, the family moved to Springfield, Missouri. Ruth and her sisters, Florence and Sara, grew up during the height of the Great Depression. Ruth was an exceptional student, graduating high school early, and earning a journalism degree (with honors) from the University of Missouri in 1941. Ruth started her career in radio. Ruth volunteered at Springfield's community Passover Seder for servicemen, where she met her future husband, Leo Sigal. They married in December 1943, just before he deployed to the South Pacific. After the war, Ruth and Leo moved to Middletown, Connecticut. In 1959, they settled in San Diego, where they would remain. By this time, Ruth had started a new career as the consummate wife and mother making a warm, loving home for him and their three sons. Ruth and Leo were married 40 happy years before his death in 1984. Ruth welcomed grandchildren, extended family, and friends into her home at every opportunity. She devoted time to reading and staying updated on current events. Even as her health and eyesight deteriorated, Ruth continued her love of reading, enjoying books on tape and asking friends and family to read news articles to her. Ruth survived countless setbacks to her health over the past 25 years, ultimately succumbing to respiratory failure. Ruth is survived by her sons Ira, of San Diego; Robert (Claire), of Denver; and David (Elizabeth) of San Diego; and four grandchildren. Memorial donations may be made to the Friendship Circle or Young Israel of San Diego Torah Fund.

Published in U-T San Diego on Feb. 24, 2013
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