Ruth L. Tolchinsky

Tolchinsky, Ruth L., 97, died Friday, June 24, 2016 at St. Elizabeth’s Home.  Born in Providence, a daughter of the late Samuel and Eva (Youngstein) Labush, she was a longtime resident of Warwick, until recently moving to East Greenwich.  She was a teacher at Wyman Elementary School in Warwick for 26 years, retiring in 1984.  Ruth was a former member of Temple Emanu- El, life member of Hadassah, and the Women Auxiliary at Miriam Hospital.  She enjoyed performing in plays and singing, and going to the theater. Ruth volunteered at Save the Bay and the Providence Convention Center Visitors Bureau.  She was also a sports fan, an avid bridge and tennis player, and a den mother.  Devoted mother of Kenneth Tolchinsky and his wife, Joanne, of Warwick and Janice Shapiro and her husband, Howard, of Cranston.  Dear sister of the late Irene Shlevin, Selma Goldman, and Pearl Labush.  Loving grandmother of Derek, Carole, Stephanie, Stacy, and Terri.  Cherished great grandmother of Shayne, Malcolm, Londyn, Rivyr, and Emma.  Funeral services will be held Monday at 10:00 a.m. in SHALOM MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 1100 New London Ave., Cranston.  In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Temple Emanu-El, 99 Taft Ave., Providence, RI 02906.  Shiva will be observed at 20 Carlisle St., Cranston, Monday and Tuesday from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. and at St. Elizabeth Home, 1 St. Elizabeth Way, East Greenwich, on Wednesday from 2-4 p.m.


  1. Susie
    Jun 26, 2016

    I am so sorry for your loss. I will miss my visits with her!

  2. Dottie Cook
    Jun 27, 2016

    Ken and Family,

    My Deepest Sympathy For The Loss Of Your Mother. RIP.

  3. Scott Avedisian
    Jun 27, 2016

    So very sorry to hear of the passing of my fifth grade teacher. Was at St. Elizabeth Home a few months ago and we had a great visit.

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