Dorothy Ruth Klein


Klein, Dorothy Ruth, 88, died Monday, December 28, 2020 at Tamarisk. She was the beloved wife of the late Ruvain Klein. Born in Providence, a daughter of the late Henry and Clara (Rubin) Oelbaum, she had lived in Warwick for 55 years. She was a school librarian for Lincoln High School, retiring 30 years ago. Dotty was a member of the former Temple Am David.

Devoted mother of David Klein and his wife, Mindy Gellin, of Chapel Hill, NC, Honna Sheffield and her husband, Bob, of Stevenson, WA, Pearl Holloway and her husband, Bradford, of Warwick, Shulie Klein of Warwick, Yonaton Klein and his wife, Chana, of Israel, and Barbara Wilmot and her husband, David, of Saunderstown. Dear sister of Sruel Oelbaum and his wife, Phyllis, of Providence. Loving grandmother of Scott, Naomi, Rachel, Ben, Aaron, Chaim, Cameron, Josh, Zachary, Jacob, Rueban, and Samuel. Cherished great grandmother of 8.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to Sandra Bornstein Holocaust Education Center, 401 Elmgrove Ave., Providence, RI 02906 or Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Ave., Providence, RI 02907.  Due to Covid, Shiva will be private.

Graveside services was held Wednesday at 10:30 a.m.

Please click here to view a recording of the service.



  1. Amy Hubertus
    Dec 29, 2020

    So sorry for your loss, Barbara and family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Amy

  2. Philip Landry
    Dec 29, 2020

    So sorry for your loss, may my prayers bring some comfort to the family.

    • Barbara Wilmot
      Jan 1, 2021

      Thank you.

  3. Susan Sidel
    Dec 30, 2020

    To Dorothy Ruth’s family, and to Sruel and Phyllis Oelbaum, I extend my heartfelt sympathy! So sorry for your loss!

    Sue Sidel

  4. Caren and Art
    Dec 30, 2020

    Art and I are so very sorry for your loss.
    Sending healing hugs to Sruel and Phyllis and the rest of your lovely family.

  5. Niecie Weiner
    Dec 30, 2020

    I am so sorry for your loss. My love goes out to you. May G-d comfort you together with all the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

  6. Chris & Don Stanley
    Dec 30, 2020

    WE are sorry for Your loss.

    • Pearl Holloway
      Jan 2, 2021

      Thank you.

  7. Norm Bolski
    Dec 31, 2020

    Our sincere condolences.

  8. Patricia Long
    Jan 2, 2021

    I worked with Dottie at Lincoln High School in the library, and 30 years later, I am still there. My condolences to her family–when I worked with her, she couldn’t have been prouder of her children, and it was obvious that family was important to her.

  9. barbara amber schwartz
    Jun 6, 2021

    i would like to express my deepest sympathy on the loss of my friend, marilyn she will be missed.she always had a smile on her face. my deepest regrets on the passing of my friend, marilyn we had some fine when were younger. my thoughts are with at this hr 3 children and grandmai shall miss her.all my love, barbara amber schwartz

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