Harry & Bryant Company

500 Providence Road, Charlotte, NC


Sarah Ruth Ben-Joseph

May 3, 1926July 21, 2020

Charlotte - Mrs. Ruth Ben-Joseph passed away July 21, 2020. She was born on May 3, 1926 in Antwerp, Belgium to Rosa and Julius Neumarkt. She initially attended school in Antwerp before the family left Belgium to escape the Nazis. They survived WWII in Nice, France where Ruth completed her schooling while participating in the French resistance, bringing food to people in hiding.

After the war, the family moved to what was then called Palestine, where Ruth attended Jerusalem University. It was there that she was introduced to Marc Ben-Joseph, whom she married in 1946 on the first night of Hanukkah. Ruth and Marc both joined the army for the War of Liberation and fought for Israel’s independence. Ruth ended her army service after two years as a Sergeant of the Israeli army.

In January of 1954, Marc and Ruth immigrated to the United States, initially living in Murphy, NC for a year before moving to Charlotte on the eve of Yom Kippur, 1955. Ruth enjoyed a very successful career in Charlotte, starting out at a roofing company in a clerical position. She soon moved to Speizman Industries, where she became one of the first local female Executive Vice President's of an international company. She ended her career by retiring from Terrot Knitting Machines, Inc. as the Executive Vice President of International Operations. Her career took her on many international trips, and was supported by her ability to speak five languages.

During her many years in Charlotte, Ruth and Marc were long-time members of Temple Israel. Ruth also participated actively in local chapters of Business and Professional Women/NC and Hadassah. Ruth enjoyed traveling all over the world with Marc. They amassed a large collection of postcards from their travels and both enjoyed taking photos as well. In addition, Ruth was an avid swimmer.

Ruth is preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Marc. She is survived by her cousin, Judge Robert Horowitz of California; Marc’s cousins, Haim and Bella Felsen and Yonatan Reich in Israel; and a large network of friends all over the country and abroad.


  • Graveside Service will be Private at The Hebrew Cemetery


Sarah Ruth Ben-Joseph

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Sheryl Gerrard

July 26, 2020

I was fortunate to know Ruth and Marc for many years through my work with Jewish Family Services. Ruth was one of the most fierce and brave women I’ve ever met. She always kept a positive attitude and taught me about gratitude. She also taught me the importance of standing up for your beliefs. She touched so many lives over the years and lived her own life fully to the end. I will miss her terribly.

Natalie Tunney

July 22, 2020

It was my honor to meet Ruth (and Marc) through Jewish Family Services. We spent many hours talking, looking at postcards, laughing with Marc, enjoying their art collection and reminiscing. Ruth was ahead of her time and I was in awe of her bravery, attitude, knowledge and skills. May her memory be for a blessing, I will miss her.

Julianne Safir Tiegs

July 22, 2020

I never met Ruth, but she became a dear friend to my mom, Linda Safir. My mom often spoke fondly of her and of their wonderful visits together. I’m happy for the friendship they developed, and I know my mom will miss Ruth dearly. May her memory be a blessing.

Jane Kistler Halweg

July 22, 2020

So many memories of my dear friend Ruth, 56 years worth of memories. She was my mother’s friend who lived next door. She was my neighbor and then a lifelong friend. She was one of the most fascinating people I ever knew. She could tell stories that made you feel like you were right there — she had so many adventures! She encouraged Jack and me to travel and supported us in all of our moves — all the way to France. She was brave and fierce and at the same time gentle and kind. I will miss her immensely. I am so sorry for all of us who lost her.