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In Memory of

Ruth Leah Janger

February 22, 1917 - October 9, 2016

Obituary


Ruth Leah (Galoob) Janger was born in Stella, Oklahoma, February 22, 1917. Until the year 2000, she lived in Oklahoma, residing for 74 years in Oklahoma City. She passed away at age 99 in Danville, CA., October 9, 2016. She was married to Harry Janger for 62 years.

Ruth was a beloved member of her Oklahoma City community for three quarters of a century, Ruth's home and heart were always open to her family, her friends, and her children's numerous friends, for whom she was a surrogate mother throughout hers and their lives. From...

Ruth Leah (Galoob) Janger was born in Stella, Oklahoma, February 22, 1917. Until the year 2000, she lived in Oklahoma, residing for 74 years in Oklahoma City. She passed away at age 99 in Danville, CA., October 9, 2016. She was married to Harry Janger for 62 years.

Ruth was a beloved member of her Oklahoma City community for three quarters of a century, Ruth's home and heart were always open to her family, her friends, and her children's numerous friends, for whom she was a surrogate mother throughout hers and their lives. From the 1950's through the 1970's, Ruth & Harry's home was filled with young folks from junior high, high school, and college, enjoying legendary Passover and other holiday dinners, swimming parties, musical rehearsals and other gatherings. Her renowned sense of humor, compassionate heart and enjoyment of life are legend among the numerous individuals who spent time 'growing up' in the Janger household. She was a wonderful cook, and always had a refrigerator full of delicious food for anyone who might drop by.

Ruth travelled extensively with Harry to China, Egypt, Israel, Singapore, Europe, Mexico, Caribbean, and all over USA. She took grandchildren, Jay Janger, Ande Janger, and Luke Janger on memorable Bar and Bat mitzvah trips to Israel and Europe.

In addition to her very busy and rich home life, Ruth was a nationally recognized leader of her beloved local and national Jewish community. She dedicated many years of service to her synagogue in Oklahoma City and national Jewish organizations. Among the honors and positions she held were:
-First woman president of Emanuel Synagogue followed by two additional terms;
-President of Emanuel Sisterhood for 3 terms
-First "Woman of the Year" (1967) at synagogue
-Torah Fund chairman at synagogue for 8 years
-Torah Fund chairman of Southwest Branch (Okla., Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Mexico City) of Sisterhood
-President of Southwest Branch of Sisterhood (16 chapters)
-Conducted leadership courses in all Sisterhoods in Southwest branch
-Represented synagogue Sisterhood at National Conventions at Concord Hotel in Catskills for many years
-Served on Board of Directors of National Women's League
-Member and chairwoman of various committees in Hadassah
-Chairwoman of "Israeli Festival" (& co-chairwoman twice)
And this is only a partial list of her community activites.

Ruth's talents were wide-ranging and diverse. In the early 1940s, while on a trip to New York City with a friend, she auditioned for the Radio City Rockettes ("Don't call us, we'll call you"). She played piano and acted in local theatre. She often co-wrote and performed (singing, dancing, and acting) in musical fund raising shows for the synagogue. She directed the highly regarded production of "Fiddler On The Roof", performed at Emanuel Synagogue in 1966. In her later years, Ruth focused on her painting talent, and her work has been seen in several art exhibitions, and has been shown in San Francisco and Australia. Painting was her joy in the later years of her life.

Ruth had a remarkable memory for poetry, and would continue to recite poems she learned as a young girl throughout her life.and she loved to sing! Along with her wonderful sense of humor, she was one of the best audiences for anyone's jokes. She was an avid fan of tennis and college football and an exuberant supporter of the OU Sooners football and basketball teams. She attended countless football games in Norman Oklahoma, along with her husband and close friends and family. She was always ready for any kind of experience and adventure. She was a competitive mahjongg player, and loved all kinds of card games, participating in weekly gatherings with her close friends. Her quickness with numbers made her a natural at blackjack.

Ruth organized the first Galoob-Janger family reunion in 1982 in Oklahoma City (there have been five to date). The reunion created lifelong bonds among the 90 family members who attended.

Ruth is survived by three of her four children: Chips, Portland, Oregon; Sarilee (husband Stephen Steiner), Oakland, California; and Shari (husband Tom Kuehnert), Castle Rock, Colorado. She was preceded in death by her husband Harry Janger and son Steve. Ruth is also survived by Steve's widow Kathie (Cypress, Texas), five grandchildren: Margi, Jay, Ande, Luke, and Jordan, and great-grandchildren Hayley, Will, Brian, Megan, and Sadie.

Her family was always her greatest pride. She was an inspiration to all who knew her.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ruth's honor can be made to Emanuel Synagogue or the charity of your choice.

Funeral services will be held at Emanuel Synagogue, 900 Northwest 47th Street, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73118, at 10am on Friday, October 14, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Hahn-Cook/Street & Draper Funeral Directors, Oklahoma City, OK.