Ruth Jaffa Albert
1933 - 2021
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87, died on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at Kent Hospital. She was born in Providence on December 10, 1933 to Sadie (Abrams) Saltzman and Sigmund Saltzman. She graduated Hope High School in 1951 and Brandeis University in 1955. She received a Master's Degree in elementary education from Rhode Island College in 1968. Ruth taught in the Providence Schools for over 30 years, mostly as a reading specialist, and received grants for innovative incentive-based reading initiatives. She also served on the adjunct faculty of RI College in training teachers of reading. She resided in Tamarisk Assisted Living since 2012, where she was part of their Welcoming Committee, ran the library and volunteered with Friday night services in the Memory Unit. A previous resident of Naples, FL for 22 years, she has taught in the religious school of Temple Shalom and has been an active member of Hadassah and other charitable organizations and study groups. Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Harry Saltzman, and her husbands, Sidney "Sonny" Jaffa in 1998 and Leon Albert in 2011. She is survived by her children, Nancy Olevson, Sara Marino and Michael Jaffa, daughter-in-law, Helena Jaffa, grandchildren, Jennifer Jennings and Crystal Young, and great grandchildren, Angelina Jennings and Jewel and Jameson Young, all in the Rhode Island area. Ruth also leaves a niece, Karen Sacherman, of CA, and a nephew, Eric Saltzman, of CO and three great nephews and one great niece. In addition, she was close to her stepson, Dr. Lawrence Albert and his wife, Tracey, of Naples and their children, Bryce and Grayson Albert, and to her step grandson, Adam Schonberg and his wife, Susan Hadinger, and their son, Drew Schonberg. In lieu of flowers, friends and family may send donations in her memory to RI Hadassah, 17 Pocahontas Dr., Middletown, RI 02842 or Temple Sinai, 30 Hagen Ave., Cranston, RI 02920. Funeral services will be held TODAY, Thursday at 9:30am via Zoom. For online condolences and service information, visit

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Published in The Providence Journal on Feb. 18, 2021.
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February 23, 2021
Ruth was my older cousin. She was intellectually curious and involved in educational, religious and many other interesting pursuits. She was a woman with strong ideas and I admired her spirit. She loved her family and I enjoyed her memories of my father Ben and the rest of the family. My condolences to her children and grandchildren.
Gail Abrams Deutschga
February 19, 2021
Ruth was a very special friend She loved to dance with me at events.
I send my deepest sympathy to her family. It came as a shock to me today.
So sorry Sara.
Beverly Paris. #815
Beverly Paris
February 18, 2021
While Ruth lived in Naples I was very happy to be a friend of hers and also Tootsie. I babysat Tootsie lots of times and I looked forward to the emails from Ruth and Tootsie. I’m sorry to see that she is gone.
Carole yellin
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