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Rolla Lee Ruben


1934 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Rolla Lee Ruben Obituary
September 20, 1934 - January 19, 2016 After a valiant battle against breast cancer and resilience through a decade of Parkinson's, Rolla died peacefully surrounded by her family just a few weeks after holding her first great-grandchild. Rolla is survived by her twin sister Judy (Mickey) Robins, sister-in-law Adelle Tomash, children Gayle (Johnny) Javanifard and Rabbi Howard (Debby) Jacoby Ruben, grandchildren Sarah (Dave), Daniel (Deborah), Naomi, Maya, Malkah, great-granddaughter Sella Meital, and neices Sarada (Dayanand), Barbara (Ed), Cindy (Mike), Lynda (Alan), and eight grandnieces/nephews. For more than three decades she encouraged, inspired, and nurtured her students at Broadway Elementary School in Venice and was a master teacher for UCLA and LMU. She was active in the Jewish community and her synagogue. In later life Rolla taught through stories she wrote regularly about her life and memories of childhood in Minnesota and raising her family in southern California. Donations may be made to any or to the Rolla & Gerald Ruben Memorial Campership Fund of University Synagogue (unisyn.org).
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Jan. 21, 2016
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