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Ruth Rausen

Ruth G. Greiner Rausen, 88, formerly of New York City, died Sunday, July 7, 2013, in Allied Skilled Nursing Facility. She was the widow of John Rausen, Ph.D., a mathematics professor.

She was born July 16, 1924, in Scranton, the daughter of the late Will and Esther Carey Greiner. She returned to the Scranton area to be near her family after her husband of 60 years died. She was a graduate of Scranton Central High School and received her Bachelor of Science in education from Ohio State University and attended Hunter College for her graduate studies. Ruth had been a coordinator of young adult services for the New York City Public Library and was a teacher in the New York public school system.

She and her husband enjoyed the ballet, theater and opera. They traveled extensively and truly enjoyed sharing their lives together. John immigrated to the U.S. in 1941 from Paris, and he was emeritus associate professor of mathematics of NJIT.

Surviving are a brother, James H. Russell and wife, Jean, South Abington Twp.; nephews, Jeffery, David and James Russell; Fred and Charles Greiner; and nieces, Jennifer (Russell); and Linda Berkoski.

She was also preceded in death by brother, Fred Greiner.

A graveside service will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Cedar Park and Beth El cemeteries, 735 Forest Ave., Paramus, N.J. Arrangements by Jennings-Calvey Funeral and Cremation Service Inc., 111 Colburn Ave., Clarks Summit, PA 18411.

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I worked in the Office of Young Adult Services at NYPL when Ruth was Coordinator. She was very special. She could seem quite aloof but in fact had a wonderful dry wit. She was also tender at the core. I remember the day that we lost a young family friend in the bombing of the Marine barracks in Lebanon. I sat in her office, told her the story, and cried. She reached across the desk and took my hand. This small gesture said so much about the person within the person. And have I mentioned that she was brilliant and I admired her so very much? I recently found a song I wrote for her retirement party among stored papers. She will be missed.

Marsha Howard Jul 16 2013 12:00 AM