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Obituary - Ruth C. Goldbas

Ruth C. Goldbas

Date of Passing: January 22nd, 2015

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The family welcomes donations in Ruth's memory to The Sitrin Foundation, The American Heart Association, Temple Emanu-El, or Hospice & Palliative Care.

Ruth C. Goldbas of New Hartford, formerly of Utica, NY, passed away at the Siegenthaler Center on January 22, 2015. She was 90 years old. Born Mary Ruth Curley, in Chadwicks, NY, to John and Theresa (Ryan) Curley, she was educated in local schools. She graduated high school in Cleveland, OH. In 1976, she earned an Associate's Degree from Mohawk Valley Community College. She married Moses Goldbas, a Utica attorney, in 1951. He died in 1998. Mrs. Goldbas was employed at various times by the Utica City School District, Zogby International, Inc., and her husband's real estate business. She was active in the Oneida County Democratic Women's Club and the Temple Emanuel Sisterhood. She is survived by her three daughters and their husbands, Laurie Knoebel (David) of Elysburg, PA, Tracy LaReaux (Quin) of Utica, NY, and Esther Goldbas-Tanenbaum (Daniel) of Sands Point, NY; and by her four sons and their wives, Dr. Stephen Goldbas (Lynn Golder) of Windham, ME, Jonathan Goldbas of Pasadena, CA, David Goldbas (Abbie) of Clinton, NY, and Joshua Goldbas (Catherine) of New York City, NY. She is also survived by a brother, Patrick Curley of Utica; a sister-in-law, Anne Baer Curley of Oswego, NY; and dear friends Beverly Zdeb, Ann Cissi, and Mary Elizabeth O'Connor. She also leaves her cherished 21 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Ruth will be remembered as a woman of great character and compassion. She worked tirelessly to keep a beautiful home. She showed kindness and consideration to everyone, even under the most trying circumstances. She was famous for her generous hospitality which she provided to family, friends and anyone who needed a meal. Her concept of family extended far beyond those related by blood or marriage. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, co-worker and friend. The family would like to thank Dr. William Ryan, the nursing staff at Sitrin Health Care Center, especially those at Siegenthaler; and nurses and staff at Siegenthaler for their excellent care and treatment of Ruth in her last years. Funeral services will be held Monday, January 26, 2015 at 11 am at Temple Emanu-El, 2710 Genesee Street, Utica, with Rabbi Cassi Kail officiating. Family and friends are invited to visit with the immediate family at the Temple from 10 a.m. until the start of the service. Interment will be in Temple Emanu-El Cemetery, New Hartford. In place of Shiva observance the family will hold a reception in Ruth's memory. The place and time of the reception will be announced at the service. Arrangements are with the Bentz Funeral Service, Inc.


I met Aunt Ruth through her niece Shari. She was one on the warmest people I ever knew. Each time I was at her home she treated me like family. May the family find comfort in her memory.
Anna Jones Ambrose

Good people will be remembered as a Blessing. Proverbs 10:6 Ruth Curley Goldbas was good people. I am unable to attend the services for your Mom. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy to all of you. Your Mom will be missed by many. "Mourn not too long that Ruth is gone, but rejoice forever that Ruth was."
Diane Nowak Nobles

We are extending our condolences to the family of Ruth Goldbas, a loyal member of our club. We will be donating to the Sitrin Health Center in her name.
Women's Democratic Club of Oneida County

We can only remember with many smiles Aunt Ruth engaging her energy and unending positive spirit in bringing us all together in whatever family event was in Utica, Hinkley or where Aunt Ruth happen to think up!She was the quest in our California home that was always welcomed, and quite willing to attend one of our boys athletic events or what ever our family was participating in for the day. There was Aunt Ruth rooting for some contemporary cause celeb or just being supportive to the family, friends or whoever she met! Thinking of Aunt Ruth, and the Goldbas family with many smiles. With much love from your California family; Angelo, Donna, Gianni and Joey Izzo
Angelo D. Izzo

Our deepest sympathies to all of you at this difficult time
Bob and Deb Crill

Thinking of you all with heartfelt sympthay. Ruth was a wonderful woman who will be greatly missed by all.
Diane Morris Benn