Services:

Service will be held at 1:30 PM on Friday November 9, at the Congregation Beth El, 109 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06851.

Burial:

Interment will follow in the Independent Hebrew Society/ Temple Shalom Cemetery, Richards Avenue, Norwalk, CT.

Contributions:

In lieu of flowers donations in Ruth’s memory may be made to the Ruth Wattenberg Scholarship Fund, American Technion Society, 55 East 59th Street, New York, NY 10022 or to the charity of one’s choice.

Ruth Daven Wattenberg


October 23, 1917 - November 7, 2012

Ruth Daven Wattenberg, of Stamford, formerly of Norwalk, Connecticut and Coral Gables, Florida, passed away on November 7th at age 95. The daughter of Ida (Applebaum) and Sam Daven, Ruth was born and grew up in Norwalk and settled there with her husband, the late Seymour Wattenberg of Stamford. A graduate of New Britain State Teachers College, Ruth Taught elementary school in Norwalk in her early married life, but she was a teacher and mentor to others all her life. She was an active volunteer and held officer positions with the National Council of Jewish Women in Norwalk; served on the Board of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Jewish Home for the Elderly in Fairfield, and served on the National Presidium of the Women’s Division of the American Society for Technion. She was a member of the League of Women’s Voters, Hadassah, and Congregation Beth El in Norwalk. Ruth and Seymour were founding members of Rolling Hills Country Club in Wilton. After the death of her husband in 1983, Ruth became a Chairman of Guard All Chemical Company, founded by her husband, and played an active role in its management until the company closed in 1998.

Ruth loved life and learning. She was an in inveterate traveler with Seymour, and later with her dear companion, the late Harold Webman and visited countries throughout Europe and the Far East. Her later travels in the US were often at elder hostels where she could learn and travel simultaneously. Ruth loved people, and people loved her. She was especially good at forming bonds with young people because she showed interest in their lives and was always willing to listen. That is not to say she wasn’t judgmental, but her advice and opinions were always respected.

Family came first with Ruth and in her younger years the communal extended family table was always at her house. She was predeceased by her beloved husband of 44 years, Seymour and by her dear companion, Harold Webman. She is survived by her daughters, Betsey Wattenberg Selkowitz (Arthur) and Jane Wattenberg (Samuel Chase); by her always-cherished grandsons: Adam Selkowitz (Laurie), Jed Selkowitz, Isaiah Chase (Christel), Solomon Chase (David), and Gideon Chase. She is also survived by her brother (“bless his heart”) Dr. Albert Daven (Ann) and brother in law and sister in law, Burton and Carol Hoffman as well as several nephews, nieces, grand nephews and grand nieces, cousins, and “adopted” family, including her good friends at Edgehill, close companion, Rabbi Eugene Boroawitz, and devoted friends and caregivers, Rose Telima and Marie Celesna.

Service will be held at 1:30 PM on Friday November 9, at the Congregation Beth El, 109 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06851. Interment will follow in the Independent Hebrew Society/ Temple Shalom Cemetery, Richards Avenue, Norwalk, CT.

In lieu of flowers donations in Ruth’s memory may be made to the Ruth Wattenberg Scholarship Fund, American Technion Society, 55 East 59th Street, New York, NY 10022 or to the charity of one’s choice.

  1. Dear Jane and Betsie,
    Bob and I are deeply saddened to hear about the passing of your Mom. We send our love and strength to you both. You know how much I ADORED your Mom(and your Dad too,of course). “Aunt Ruth” was truly divine-unique,fabulous,fun,classy,smart and inspiring. I can just picture and hear her laughing and enjoying the good times with my parents-on some fabulous cruise or other vacation. I will always cherish the amazing times our famillies shared. I’m thrilled that your Mom got to celebrate her 95th ! We spoke after the party, and I could tell in her voice, that her spirit was so uplifted from her special day. What a wonderful,full and long life your Mom had. She will truly be missed and will always be in my heart. Love,Debbie

    November 8, 2012
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  • Dear Jane and Betsey,
    On behalf of myself and my mother, Ellie Scher, I want to express to you how sad we are to have lost your Mom.
    When she moved to Edgehill, they had such great times with all their talk of Norwalk and Teacher’s College and of course my sweet Aunt Edna. My mother was thrilled to have Ruth as her neighbor and just recently we all laughed over the Norwalk High yearbook.
    I had just visited her a couple of weeks ago and her pain was so evident, yet she still was inquisitive about my family and and my work and we found things to smile about. You were so blessed to have such an extraordinary Mom and those of us who knew her will forever be enriched by her memory.
    My best to all of you.
    Janet Scher Kalicka

    November 8, 2012
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  • Dear Jane and Betsey,
    Cecilia and I are extremely saddened over the passing of Ruth. She was a great person to consult with about any subject and really helped with the passing of my father. They were a great couple and enjoyed each others company at all times. I could always depend on her to help me with an argument with my father (only if she thought I was right). I have always missed Oh Harold!!! I don’t have to go on and tell how much your mother meant to me you must know.
    I spoke with her that one last time several weeks ago and I could tell there was something wrong. My memories of Ruth well always be a fond one. We wish you all and your families the best and I wanted you to know I will never forget your mother. Love, Jeff

    November 8, 2012
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  • Jane and Betsey,
    My sisters, Drucy and Nan and their husbands, Phil and Andy are deeply saddened by the death of your mother. She was not only beautiful, but was a woman of elegance and grace. She was smart, curious had a great sense of humor and was very much lived in the present. We so enjoyed the times we spent with her including celebrating our Dad’s birthdays and the dinner we had in honor of his 50 years of teaching at HUC-JIR. Your Mom was a very special part of our Dad’s life these past few years and both he and we will miss her. Warmest regards, Lisa

    November 9, 2012
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