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COAN, Ruth Ellen Ruth Ellen Coan, age 72, passed away October 3, 2017, in Atlanta, GA. Ruth was born in Cleveland and grew up in Shaker Heights, OH. She earned a degree in sociology from Cornell, masters in social work from University of Chicago, and a masters in real estate from Georgia State. Her first job as a lobbyist for a women's rights organization in Illinois was followed later in life with activities and contributions to Jewish women's organizations. Ruth moved to Atlanta in 1975, raised her family there and made it her home. She impacted real estate development in Atlanta and the Southeast as a partner with The Shopping Center Group where she worked for over 30 years. She served as Chair of the Sandy Springs Real Estate Appeals Board, was a founding member of the Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) of Atlanta, and was an honored member of the CREW Hall of Fame. Her success in business is only surpassed by her success as a wife and mother. She is survived by her husband, Mark, who she married in 1969; her sons: Seth and Brian; daughter-in-law, Tica; grandchildren: Leah and Arabelle; mother, Neomia Chitlik, and her brothers: Jimmy and Larry Chitlik. She was preceded in death by her father, Edward Chitlik, of blessed memory. Forever curious, she traveled the world with husband and family in tow. She always enjoyed connecting with new people and nurturing relationships that spanned decades. To her family she is a guiding light whose moral compass was firmly rooted in her Jewish upbringing and commitment to her family and children's happiness. Sign on line guest book at www.edressler.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent to Jewish Women's Fund of Atlanta (1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30309, 678-222-3716, www.jwfatlanta.org) in Ruth's memory. The funeral and graveside service will take place Sunday, October 8, 11:30 am, at Arlington Memorial Park (201 Mount Vernon Hwy NW, Atlanta, GA 30328). Arrangements by Dressler's Jewish Funeral Care, Atlanta (770) 451-4999.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from Oct. 5 to Oct. 6, 2017
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