Dr. Ruth Kubersky Feinberg of Indianapolis died on May 27, 2021 at the age of 82. Ruth was born on October 31, 1938 to Lillian and Abraham Kubersky, in Brooklyn New York. She grew up by the ocean on Seagirt Boulevard in Far Rockaway, NY. She graduated from Far Rockaway High School in 1956 and Brooklyn College in 1959. Ruth received her PhD in psychology from Kent State University in 1984.
From an early age, Ruth was passionate about Judaism, art, athletics, adventure, nature, cooking, learning, and teaching. Her early years as a wife and mother brought Ruth to live in Newton, Massachusetts; North Miami Beach, Florida; London, England; and Cleveland, Ohio. Wherever she went, Ruth focused on making friends, giving back to her community, exploring new culinary traditions, and making the world a more beautiful place. In 1972, Ruth married her beloved husband Arnold Feinberg and they spent 32 happy years together blending their families, working hard, traveling the world, and always focusing on public service and philanthropy. In Cleveland, Ruth served on the board of the National Council for Jewish Women.
When she and Arnie moved to Indianapolis in 1979, Ruth opened a college and career counseling practice, and joined the boards of Planned Parenthood, the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis, and the Advisory Board of the Borns Jewish Studies Program at Indiana University. She was also active with International Executive Service Corps, where she and Arnie together completed service projects in developing countries. Ruth began studying painting in 1974 and served as a docent at the Indianapolis Museum of Art for several decades.
Ruth is survived by her family which includes her dear partner of 15 years, Stanley Talesnick; daughters – Marcia (Lance) Sheehy of Dripping Springs, TX and Marilyn Smith (Andy McSheffery) of Indianapolis IN; step-daughters – Cathy (Robert) Weiss of Cleveland, OH, Carla Ashton (Paul Bodycombe) of Columbus, OH and Martha (Jonathan) Katz of Sarasota, FL; grandchildren – Carolyn, Isabelle, Lily, Lisa, Brian (Yang), Libby, and Emma; and great grandchildren – Ellie Su and Sophie Lin. Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold Feinberg, and sister, Ellen Joyce. The family feels deep gratitude for the love and kindness given to Ruth by Hannah and Nan in recent years.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 1, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at Aaron-Ruben-Nelson Mortuary, 11411 N. Michigan Rd., Zionsville, IN 46077, with burial following in Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation North Cemetery. For those unable to attend the service, the funeral may be viewed on the funeral home website: https://www.fhwebsites.net/avy/obituary/Ruth-Feinberg
Shiva will be held at the Feinberg-Talesnick residence following the graveside on Tuesday until 8pm and on Wednesday from 5-8pm.
Contributions may be made to the Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation, 6501 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260 http://ihcindy.org and the St. Vincent Cancer Care Art Therapy Program, c/o Ascension St. Vincent Foundation, 8402 Harcourt Road, Suite 210, Indianapolis, IN 46260 http://healthcare.ascension.org
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