LESSING: Ruth Lessing, born on July 18, 1918, in Gera, Germany, passed away peacefully at her home in Pittsburgh on May 4, 2018, at age 99. Beloved wife of the late Mark Lessing and the mother of the late Michael Lessing and grandmother of Amy (Beau) Lessing Thompson. She is preceded in death by her brothers Dr. Herman Birnbaum, Don Birnbaum and Alfred Birnbaum and sisters Yetta Birnbaum, Bertha Davis and Helen Lederer. She is survived by nephews, nieces, great nephews and nieces, and great-great nephews and nieces. Ruth came to United States in 1938 with her sister Helen and was followed by sister Betha and her family in 1939. Her brother Herman was already in Pittsburgh and her brother Don settled in Israel earlier. Her parents Juda and Rosa Birnbaum and younger brother Alfred died in the Holocaust. The family wishes to thank her caretakers Eileen Stein, Helene Shessler, Iris, and Judy for their compassionate care. Contribution may be made to Congregation Beth Shalom, 5915 Beacon Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15217.