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Obituary for Ruth S. Isenberg

Ruth S. (Schultz) Isenberg, 96, of Reading, PA, died on January 14, 2023 in the Highland's at Wyomissing.
She was married to the love of her life, the late Paul Isenberg, for 61 years.
Born in 1926 in Boston MA, she was the daughter of the late Louis and Rosalind (Shapiro) Schultz, and sister of the late Irene (Shultz) Feldman Lehberg.
Ruth graduated from Brookline HS in 1943 and continued her studies at Radcliffe College, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Economics in 1947.
She worked for RH Sterns as an expense controller, and after moving to Pennsylvania with her family in 1959 later worked for NORC.
Ruth and Paul enjoyed traveling together--some of their favorite destinations include New Orleans LA, South Korea, and India. In addition to traveling, they also loved hosting family for holidays and numerous large events, from their daughter's wedding to their 50th wedding anniversary party, at their home. Ruth was the original "hostess with the mostess." She enjoyed cooking, spoiling her grandchildren, catching up with old friends, making new friends, tennis, and her weekly phone conversations with many, including her nephew Roger, and brother-in-law Bobby. She never missed her weekly visit to the beauty parlor, as even in her declining health, she wanted to make sure that her hair and lipstick looked nice.
Ruth was a member of Kesher Zion Synagogue, and a volunteer with numerous organizations including supporting those with intellectual disabilities including Prospectus Berco as well as the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America. Ruth enjoyed her time at The Highlands at Wyomissing, taking advantage of the events, activities, and friendships made.
She is survived by two sons, Henry (Rollande) Isenberg of Milton, N.H. and Dr. James (Pauline Kennedy) Isenberg of McLean, VA., and a daughter, Joan Isenberg, widow to the late William Hashinger of Pittsburgh, PA. She was predeceased by a daughter, Laura Isenberg.
"Grandma" Ruth is survived by her four grandchildren: Rachael Isenberg, Emily (Chad Joiner) Isenberg, Jonathan Hashinger, and Leah Hashinger, all of whom were perpetually spoiled by her love, cooking, generosity, and hospitality. She is survived by many nieces and nephews.
Services will be held Tuesday at 12:30 PM in Kesher Zion Synagogue, Wyomissing. Burial will follow in Kesher Zion Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Christopher and Dana Reeves Foundation, the Laura Isenberg Educational Enrichment Fund at Prospectus Berco, 840 William Lane, Reading, PA 19604, or The Highlands Endowment.