Ruth Ann "Ruthie" (Fredkin) Seiler
1929 - 2021
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Ruth Ann Fredkin Seiler
Nov. 7, 1929 - Feb. 9, 2021
Resident of Atherton
Passed away peacefully February 9, 2021, at home surrounded by her family. She was born November 7, 1929, to Eva Kaplan Fredkin and Perry Fredkin, in Oakland and raised in San Jose. Ruthie is survived by her loving family, daughter, Carol Seiler Roberts, son Richard Seiler and his wife Susan. Devoted grandmother to Cory Roberts, Mark Roberts and his wife, Fereshta, Matthew Seiler, and Alexandra Seiler Speiser and her husband, Alexander Speiser, and great-granddaughter, Madison Roberts. Loving sister to Bernard (deceased) and Henne (deceased) Fredkin and to Stuart Seiler and his wife, Gaye, and nephews and nieces.
Ruthie and her husband, Donald (deceased), met in college, at UC Berkeley, and shared a long loving marriage of nearly 62 years. They married in San Francisco in 1950. Together, they were each other's catalyst for success in all aspects of their lives. By 1960 they moved to the mid-peninsula, where they built their lives and raised a family. They loved to travel and Ruthie enjoyed the many years she and Don traveled the world, many times with friends and family.
Ruthie was a loving, compassionate, kind-hearted, and generous woman. She was devoted to her family and loved spending time with them, especially her grandchildren and great-granddaughter. Ruthie also made extraordinary contributions to the community along with husband, Don. Together Ruthie and Don founded and chaired Friends of Cardiovascular Medicine at Stanford. Through the years they supported numerous community organizations and programs to help enrich the lives of others.
With special thanks to her wonderful caregivers Sola Taimani and Louise Saukitoga.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Ruthie's memory to one of the following charities:
Ronald McDonald House Charities Bay Area, Feed-the-Love program, 520 Sandhill Road, Palo Alto, CA 94304. Support RMHC Bay Area Kids - Ronald McDonald House Charities Bay Area ( or Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health in memory of Ruth Seiler, 400 Hamilton Avenue, Suite 340, Palo Alto, CA. 94301. or a charity of your choice.
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Feb. 21, 2021.
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