Ruth Loeb Forrest, 88, beloved mother, grandmother, long-time Newton resident, and nurse, died on June 29, 2021.
Ruth will fondly be remembered for her kindness, care for those in need and commitment to social justice. Ruth’s greatest love was her seven children and twenty grandchildren, giving them the gift of her attention and love. She also taught her children and grandchildren what it meant to live a life of purpose, conviction and resilience.
Ruth enjoyed cooking large family dinners and vacations on the Cape. She loved art and enjoyed taking painting classes into her later years. Her artwork is cherished by her family. Ruth volunteered at Temple Shalom pre-school, baking challah on Fridays and cultivating the children’s creativity through art. She was a loyal Red Sox fan and was thrilled to be at Fenway Park with her son to witness the Red Sox win their first World Series at home in 95 years. Ruth enjoyed being surrounded by her grandchildren, and also loved her dogs and grand-dogs.
Ruth was one of the last remaining survivors of the M.S. St. Louis, a ship that carried 900+ Jewish refugees from Germany to Cuba and back to Europe in 1939. She and her family eventually settled in Elmira, NY, and she moved to Boston in 1958 to attend Beth Israel Hospital’s Nursing School. Ruth volunteered to share her story, despite the pain in doing so.
Ruth was predeceased by her husband Martin, her brother Armin Loeb and her parents Bella and Leopold Loeb. She leaves behind seven children, Lisa Baron (Paul) of New York, NY, Susan, (Nick) of Killingworth, CT, Robert (Pam) of Bethesda, MD, Steven (Paula) of Natick, Richard (Heather) of Newton, Jonathan (Debbie) of Bethesda, MD, and Barbara (Peter) Sullivan of Newton. She will also be greatly missed by her twenty grandchildren who adored her, and her two nephews. Services will be private. Donations in her honor may be made to Jewish Vocational Services of Boston or The United States Holocaust Museum.