Obituary: Ruth Schonebaum

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With sadness, Judy Schonebaum of Idyllwild announces the passing of her mother, Ruth Schonebaum, on Monday, May 21, 2007, in Rockville, Md., at the age of 92, after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Ruth was born in Holoby, Poland, in 1915, and lived a happy, small-town life with her parents, 10 siblings and many cousins, until the rise of Hitler changed her world. She and a sister escaped to America only two weeks before the Nazis invaded Poland. They settled with cousins in Baltimore and gradually rebuilt their lives.

She earned a certificate in costume design from the Maryland Institute of Art. While living in Los Angeles during the time her husband, Jack, was stationed at Ford Ord, Ruth was offered a job in the wardrobe department of a Hollywood studio. However, the couple decided to return to Baltimore to raise their family closer to relatives.

Ruth will be lovingly remembered by her three daughters, sons-in-law, grandchildren, family and friends for her gentleness, kindness, beautiful works of art and joyful appreciation of life.

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