Ruth Erica (nee Isner) KISSINGER, wife of Erwin G. Kissinger, died peacefully in hospice on July 1, 2021 at Holy Name Hospital in Teaneck, NJ. She was born in Nuremberg, Germany on October 26, 1929, the daughter of Justin and Betty Isner and younger sister of Bella. Her happy childhood was forever interrupted by her family's escape from Nazi Germany via the M.S. St. Louis in 1939. The ship's passengers were famously refused refuge by Cuba, the U.S. and Canada and were returned to Europe where they were relocated as refugees until the end of the war. The Isner family was placed in the small village of Loudun, France, but they were ultimately captured by the Nazis and imprisoned in a transition camp in Drancy, France. Justin Isner was later taken to Auschwitz where he was killed. After the war, Ruth, her sister and their mother emigrated to the U.S. where they settled in NYC. Ruth and Erwin were married in 1951 and lived in Washington Heights and Yonkers, NY, before settling in Teaneck, NJ, in 1964. They shared a love for good food and traveled frequently to visit dear childhood friends in France. They proudly celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary in June 2021. Ruth worked for 25 years at FMC Corporation in Englewood, NJ and then for 16 years at Agfa-Gevaert N.V. in Hackensack, NJ.
In addition to her husband, Ruth is survived by her children, Ronald (Lynn) Kissinger of PA and Jacqueline (Douglas) Rothman of NJ; grandchildren Justin (Erika) Kissinger, Samuel (Jessica) Kissinger, Jason (Sarah) Rothman, Paul (Stefany) Rothman, Madalyn (Aaron) Sidorov; eight great-grandchildren; her nephew Stephen (Helen Finnigan) Schwab, her niece Susan (Bruce) Slater; her cousin Miki (Ariella) Isner and their families. She was predeceased by her sister, Bella Uhlfelder. Funeral services and interment were privately held at Cedar Park/ Beth El Cemetery in Paramus, NJ under the care of Robert Schoem's Menorah Chapel, Paramus