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Ruth (Ookie) Cheslaw

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Ruth (Ookie) Koper Cheslaw, beautiful, sweet, kind, feisty, strong, and compassionate. Adoring and devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother, passed away peacefully on September 6, 2015. Born on October 10, 1921 in St. Louis, Missouri to Miriam and Abram Koper. She was the youngest of three children (Alex, Edna, and Ruth). In her youth, the family moved to Southern California, where her parents opened a grocery story in Echo Park which continues today (Bob's Market). Having met her life long love at age 16, she married Irving Cheslaw in 1942. She lived all around the country and the world as an army camp follower, graduate student, diplomat, and American Ambassador's wife. Ruth charmed all who knew her, engaging them with her warmth, impressing them with her dignity and her knowledge, touching them with her care and concern. She made her final journey to join her beloved husband on Saturday evening, having been enveloped in the love of her family until the very end. Ruth is survived by her children, Ann Cheslaw and Paul Cheslaw and Lynn and Bob Wagmeister, her grandchildren--David, Jonathan, and Michael Wagmeister, Louis, Lilly and Harry Cheslaw, her sister, Edna Weiss, brother and sister-in-law, Fred and Phyllis Gottlieb, her lifetime best friend, Barney Carlin, and many Weiss, Koper, and Gottlieb nieces and nephews who will all remember her loving soul and the songs in her heart.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on Sept. 9, 2015
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