Ruth Recht Ungar
UNGAR: Ruth Recht Ungar, 99 of White Oak died peacefully in her sleep on Thursday December 11, 2014. She was the beloved wife of the late Joseph Ungar, partner of Ungar’s Hardware; loving mother of Marian and Stanford Davis, Harriet and Dr. Lawrence Richman; devoted grandmother of Molly and Justin Braver, Leonard and Amanda Davis, Robert and Emily Richman, Katherine and Aaron Salkin, Deborah and Laurence Sheftel; adoring great-grandmother of Dahlia and Simon Braver; Jean and Virginia Davis, Addison and Reagan Richman, Brayden and Carson Salkin, Max, Joseph and Noah Sheftel. Also will be missed by her loving nieces Rae Kessler and Sylvia (Marvin) Newman. Ruth Ungar grew up in Clairton, daughter of the late Bessie and Samuel Recht and sister of the late Rose Alpern, Carrie Recht, Herman Recht and Edward Recht. Her father was the owner of Samuel Recht Furniture Company and co-founder of the B’Nai Abraham Synagogue. Mrs. Ungar attended the University of Pittsburgh where she was an advisor to the French Club, worked in the sociology department and the alumni office, and was chosen “Lady in Waiting” in the Queen’s Court. After graduating with a bachelor’s of art degree in 1937, she taught ancient history at Clairton Junior High School. Ruth was a dedicated volunteer in numerous community organizations and had a long history of service to the Jewish community. She was president of the Clairton-Elizabeth and McKeesport Chapters of Hadassah, and a board member of the Western Pennsylvania Region. A life member of Gemilas Chesed Congregation, Ruth served as Sisterhood president and chaired innumerable events and committees for which she received the synagogue’s highest tribute: the Hall of Merit Award. For nearly three decades, Ruth chaired the Israel Bonds Women’s Campaign in McKeesport. For her distinguished lifetime of service, Bonds’ Tri-State board of governors presented her with the “Israel Leadership Award.” She was recognized as a “Woman of the Year” in 1972 and was the 2006 recipient of Israel Bonds Women’s Division “Anne Copeland Remembrance Award.” The State of Israel Bonds conferred the “Builders of Freedom” award on Ruth and her late husband Joseph in 1998. The family thanks Ruth’s devoted caregivers led lovingly by Ina Migliori, Maureen Chatkin, Geneine Dellapenna, Marla Harrison, Beverly Morelli, Sharon Sisley and Kathleen Townsend. Visitation will be held on Sunday from 11 a.m. until noon at the Jennifer S. Jordan Funeral Home, Inc., 1638 Lincoln Way, White Oak, PA 15131 where a service will be held at noon with Rabbi Moshe Russell officiating. Interment will follow in Old Gemilas Chesed Cemetery (Elrod) Center St. in Versailles Boro, PA 15132. Contributions may be made to the Ruth and Joseph Ungar Memorial Fund, Gemilas Chesed Congregation, 1400 Summit St., White Oak, PA 15131. Condolences may be made at jenniferjordanfuneralhome.com.