Ruth Barry Kahn


Kahn, Ruth Barry, 95, died Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at Tamarisk Assisted Living. She was the beloved wife of the late Norman Kahn. Born in New Rochelle, NY, she was the daughter of the late Jack and Gertrude (Ritter) Barry.  She had lived in Warwick for 10 years, previously living in Providence. Ruth was a member of Temple Emanu-El and a huge Patriots fan.

Devoted mother of Jake Kahn and his wife, Midge, of South Kingstown, Marilyn Bloom of Chicago, IL and Lisa Kahn and her husband, Bruce MacDonald, of Coventry. Dear sister of the late Fred Barry. Loving grandmother of Ben Kahn (Alexis), Andrew Bloom (Ashley), Keila Carvalho (Timothy) and Ariana Rafanelli (Barry).  Cherished great grandmother of Nehven Carvalho, Olive Bloom and Lily Rafanelli.

Funeral services will be held FRIDAY at 1:30 p.m. in SHALOM MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 1100 New London Ave., Cranston. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Tamarisk Assisted Living, 3 Shalom Drive, Warwick, RI 02886 or Jewish Collaborative Services, 1165 N. Main St., Providence, RI 02904 or the charity of your choice.  Shiva will be private.


  1. Peg & DeVon Carlson
    Dec 4, 2019

    We will always cherish the wonderful time shared with Ruth at Ashley and Andrews wedding. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire family.

  2. Kari Reilly
    Dec 4, 2019

    We are so sorry for your loss
    Prayers from the Reilly Family

    • Keila
      Dec 5, 2019

      Thanks for your kind words.

  3. Judy Gootkind
    Dec 4, 2019

    I am saddened by Ruth’s passing. She was such a dynamic lady. I love her and will miss her sweet smile. My condolences to the Kahn family over this passage! I will keep everyone in my thoughts and heart ❤️ Judy

  4. Barbara Dwares
    Dec 4, 2019

    So sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. I enjoyed running into her from time to time when I visited at Tamarisk. I’m glad she was able to meet her newest great grandchild. She will be missed

    • Lisa
      Dec 5, 2019

      Thanks Barbara. Your time spent with Tamarisk Residents is great. My mom always remembered our college roommate days

  5. Candy and Tom Sanford
    Dec 4, 2019

    We are so sorry to hear of Ruth’s passing. Although we didn’t know her well, we always enjoyed talking with her when we met.
    We hope to join you and your family for her service on Friday.
    Candy and Tom

  6. Arthur Mossberg
    Dec 4, 2019

    My Aunt Ruth was a warm, kind, and loving person. I have nothing but fond memories of her, after having been blessed with 70 years of knowing and of loving her.

  7. Margie Bomes Stern
    Dec 4, 2019

    My sincere condolences to Jake, Marilyn and Lisa and your families. I’ve always had a special place in my heart for your mom, and I will miss her dearly.
    I’ve got wonderful memories of growing up across the street from you and the good times we all spent together.
    Sending love to all of you, and pray that your mom will rest in peace,

    • lisa
      Dec 7, 2019

      Margie, I am not sure how you found out about mom’s passing but we were glad to hear from you. Ruthie was so happy to talk to you every few months. We were trying to find your contact info in her address book. Lafayette Street memories galore!

  8. Courtney Causey
    Dec 5, 2019

    Our deepest sympathy to all family and friends! Love, Courtney, Chris and Marisol Causey

  9. Gail Mathews
    Dec 5, 2019

    My sincere condolence to Ruth’s family and friends. As a close friend of Lisa’s, I had the pleasure of knowing Ruth for many years.
    May she rest in peace.o

  10. Sharon and Jon Kelly
    Dec 5, 2019

    Lisa and Bruce,
    We are saddened to hear about your mom’s passing. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you both and your family.
    “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
    Love leaves a memory no one can steal,
    Happy memories bring us peach”
    May she rest in peace –
    Sharon & Jon Kelly

    • Lisa B Kahn
      Dec 7, 2019

      Hello Sharon and Jon. Thank you for your kind words.

    • Lisa B Kahn
      Dec 7, 2019

      Dear Sharon and Jon,

      Thank you so much for your kind words.

      Take care!

  11. Lynn Aaronson
    Dec 5, 2019

    Please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of your beloved mother. I have fond memories of Ruthie and Norman- especially the lazy days of summer at Seekonk Swim Club. May her memory be a blessing to you and your families.


  12. Eddie & Biddy, Schene/Butlin
    Dec 5, 2019

    Dear Ruth’s Family,
    We are so sorry to hear the very sad news of Ruth’s passing, and send our condolences and sympathy to all her family. She had such a strong spirit which will be with us always. We are grateful to have known her.
    With love
    Eddie and Biddy

  13. Jeffrey Bomes
    Dec 5, 2019

    Ruth Kahn it was so nice getting to talk to you earlier this year. I remember Norman and you so well. My childhood across the street. My Grandparents loved you guys so much. Everyone was so young. You would always get so excited to see me. You have the biggest heart. Have a beautiful Journey home. My love Lisa Marilynn and Jackie.

    • lisa
      Dec 7, 2019

      Hell Jeffery,

      Ruthie was so glad to chat with you and enjoyed your family photos that you sent along to her. I miss you grandparents terribly and those days way back. All good things Jeffery!

  14. Ben Bomes
    Dec 6, 2019

    I am so sorry for your loss. I have such fond memories of your family.

    Love to all.

    Benjamin Bomes

  15. Kenneth Cohen
    Dec 6, 2019

    My deepest sympathies to cousins Jack and Midge, Marilyn and Lisa and their families. I am recovering from a medical procedure that will prevent Linda and me from coming to the funeral tomorrow, but I want you to know how much Aunt Ruth meant to me throughout my life. She was always gracious and kind to me. I have wonderful memories of spending time at your home on Lafayette Street in Pawtucket as a child. Aunt Ruth made family events exceptional and inviting. She always made me feel special and welcome. I have equally fond memories of visiting with Aunt Ruth at Tamarisk in recent years. After visiting with my mother, Linda and I would seek out Aunt Ruth as well. We so enjoyed our time with her. Aunt Ruth had a knowing smile and a kind heart. She invariably posed thoughtful questions about our lives and families and she was always engaging and beautiful and wise. Please accept our deepest condolences and our regret at being unable to attend the funeral tomorrow.

  16. David Fellman
    Dec 6, 2019

    Fond memories from Hamilton Country Day and URI-my heartfelt condolences on your mom’s passing

  17. Lillian
    Dec 7, 2019

    I’m very sorry I was not able to come to Ruth’s funeral. She was one of the last friends from our group of friends. She and I would talk about old friends many times and I’m so glad I was able to visit her two weeks before she died.
    Lillian Golden

  18. Debbie Nolan
    Dec 19, 2019

    My mom is Sylvia Rose 305-666-1237. She was your moms best friend since they were little children . She just found out she passed away and is devastated. Could u pls call her .
    Thank you
    Debbie Nolan
    I am so sorry for your loss. May all her wonderful memories live on in your hearts .

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