Ruth Blustein

DATELINE: East Greenwich

Blustein, Ruth, 88, died Friday, January 30, 2015 at St. Elizabeth Home. She was the beloved wife of the late Sheldon Blustein. Born in Providence, a daughter of the late Nathan and Jennie  (Ettienne) Gilden, she had lived in East Greenwich for 3 years, previously living in Warwick and wintering in Boynton Beach, FL for 15 years.  She was an administrative assistant for the RI Department of Health for 20 years, retiring 28 years ago.  Ruth was a former member of Congregation B’nai Israel in Woonsocket and a former member of Temple Emanu-El.  She was a life member of Hadassah, was an avid knitter, needlepointer, and Mah Jongg player. Devoted mother of Howard Blustein and his wife, Amy, of Cranston, Neal Blustein of South Weymouth, MA, Diane “Dee” Meisler Boehmer and her husband, Les Teed, of Linconville, ME, and Judi Hochman of Cranston and her late husband, David.  Dear sister of Hilda Hanzel of Cherry Hill, NJ and the late Charlotte Salk and Sylvia Gordon.  Loving grandmother of Adam and his wife, Angie, Robin and her husband, Nick, Nathaniel, Eric, Craig and his wife, Laurie, Drew, Mitchell, and Rachel.  Cherished great grandmother of Jacob, Hannah, Andrew, Hannah, and Sasha.  Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. in SHALOM MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 1100 New London Ave., Cranston.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to St. Elizabeth Home, 1 St. Elizabeth Way, East Greenwich, RI 02818.  Shiva will be observed at 60 Dartmouth Rd., Cranston, Wednesday 7-9 and Thursday 2-4 & 7-9 p.m.


  1. Marjory & Gerald Brenner
    Feb 3, 2015

    With our sincere sympathy to the Blustein family on your sad loss of your mother, grandmother, & great- grandmother. Our friendship to Ruth & Sheldon goes back to their days in Woonsocket. How we loved that bike store!
    With fond memories,
    Marge & Jerry Brenner

  2. Lev Poplow
    Feb 3, 2015

    Dear Judi, Howard & Neal,

    Shoshana and I send you our deepest condolences. You’re mother was a ray of sunshine. May her memory live on as a blessing for you and your families.

    Lev Poplow

  3. Diane Gebhart
    Feb 3, 2015

    Dear Howie, Amy, Rachel and Mitchell, Our condolences to you and your families. Losing a mother and grandmother is so difficult, I pray you are comforted by your memories and knowing you will be with you again one day. God Bless.


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