Ruth Mary Dalitz

December 2, 1922April 23, 2014

On Wednesday April 23rd. Ann Arbor lost one of her most colorful citizens. Ruth Dalitz peacefully passed away in the presence of her daughter, and niece after a strong and courageous fight against the heart attack that she suffered on Easter. Ruth was born in Detroit, Michigan. The only daughter of Karl and Gertrude (Way) Hennings. She graduated from North Western High School, before venturing to Mersed, California where she worked as a civilian with the US Army. When she returned to Ann Arbor, Ruth had a short-lived marriage where she bore her son, Michael Janci. Michael had a multitude of physical and mental challenges, and sadly lived for only a short time. In 1953, Ruth met the love of her life, Morrie Dalitz. They spent nearly 50 years together enjoying family and down town Ann Arbor. Morrie and Ruth had one daughter, Pam Dalitz, of Kalamazoo, MI. They enjoyed many happy years together. Ruth and Morrie could often be seen, walking downtown, sitting at restaurants and stopping to chat with friends on every single block. One of Ruth’s favorite sayings was, “I AM old Ann Arbor”. Ruth immensely enjoyed the last two years of life, at Glacier Hills Assisted Living. There, she made many friends and entertained staff with herhumor and her spontaneous dancing. Ruth was preceded in death by her parents; son, Michael Janci; husband Morris, (Morrie) Dalitz; special friend, Harriet Birch, and many canine companions. Ruth is survived by her daughter, Pam; special cousin, Doris Strite, as well as nieces and nephews, Jon, (Janet Wentworth) Strite, Jan, (Philip) Enns, Sandy, (Maxine) Blumenfeld, and her beloved grand dogs, Scotty and Kaiser Family would like to thank all of the wonderful staff at Glacier Hills, as well as the doctors, nurses and aids at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, who joined Ruth in her final fight, and gracefully supported her will to lie down and journey to her final destination. A celebration of Ruth’s life will be held at Glacier Hills Assisted Living. 1200 Earhart Road. Ann Arbor, MI. at 2:00PM on Monday, May 5, 2014. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Leader Dogs for the Blind, the Humane Society, or the Ann Arbor Library.


  • Memorial Service Monday, May 5, 2014

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Sharon Larmee

May 6, 2014

Pam, I was sadden to read of your moms passing. I have many happy memories of you and your parents when we were teens.Our moms watched many of our riding lessons together.My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Carol Ann Birch

May 4, 2014

"Auntie" Ruth is what we called her as she was like a sister to my mother, Harriet Birch. We had nothing but fun with her loved her sense of humor. I will always remember our trips with the Jackson Trippers...much fun! My children, grandchildren and I are very sad about her passing. All our love to Pam...always. Pam, your old babysitter is always here for you.

Suzann Roberts

May 3, 2014

Ruth was one in a million with that special personality and then she found a super husband with the same personality and they made their life together one of the most wonderful couples I've ever known .. you always laughed and felt really good when you were with the Daliitzs. I met Ruth when Michael was a baby and I was the sitter.. he was a very beautiful, sweet baby! Then we met again years later when Pam became my Cynthia's best friend and the fun started all over again. Ruth was surely the Lady of Ann Arbor... you ran into her all over town, always with a smile and something funny to make you feel good. She was a very special lady. Pam, you were born with Good Humor (no pun intended) and it will last forever more. You were blessed to have grown up in that "wacky" household of the funnest of times! We Roberts' always loved you and still do!

Keith Weiland

May 3, 2014

My Deepest Sympathy to the Family of a wonderful woman.

John Malcolm

May 3, 2014

Over the years, it amazed me how often I'd run into Ruth here, there, and everywhere around Ann Arbor. I'll miss that!
Ruth was immensely likable!

May 3, 2014

What a wonderful life & family you had! I remember your mom always being so funny, what a great sense of humor she had, and I think it's safe to say, you inherited that gift as well! I know she will be missed by all the friends & family she held dear to her heart! So many wonderful memories to cherish always! Love, Chris

May 3, 2014

Ruth was a great lady with a wonderful sense of humor. May she rest in peace. Diane Nielsen.

May 3, 2014

My dearest and longest friend Pam.....your mother was just the greatest lady ever! I can remember when she would come to pick us up when walking home from Northside Elementary because we dallied so long, I think she worried about us getting home in time for lunch and then back again, so she would show up in her old blue Studebaker car and pick us up as we were just taking our sweet old time walking to your house! I spent years & years with the Dalitz family in all kinds of ways and I loved being at your house with you and your mom & dad. They were such funny parents and always amused us gals. Ruth will be so missed by everyone she touched in this world and then some. It's also hard to believe she ended up living out her last years in the same unit that my Grandma Roberts lived in when she was at Glacier Hills! That was a real coincidence! I love you, Pam, and I wish I could be there with you during this difficult time in your life, but the distance is too far. The memories you and your family created for me are so much a part of my childhood. Love you lots and my prayers and sympathies go out to you and Ruth's "grand doggins"! Love Cynthia Sue

Pam Dalitz

May 2, 2014

You're always in my heart.

Val McMurtrie

May 2, 2014

Ruth was a delightful lady, and will be missed at Glacier Hills. It was a great opportunity to serve meals to Ruth. She was a very gracious resident. The staff will miss her a lot.