Ruth M Litvak

February 2, 1921February 6, 2013
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Ruth M. Litvak was born on February 2, 1921 in Brooklyn, New York and passed away February 6, 2013 in Chicago. Beloved wife of the late Henry Litvak; loving mother of Matthew M. Litvak (Marija Ostojic); cherished grandmother of Maksim and Lara Ostojic Litvak; devoted daughter of the late Angelo and Rosa Marzano; dearest sister of the late Mary Marzano, Aurora Latella and Eleanor Botallico. Ruth was a 1939 graduate of Utrecht High School and a 1942 graduate of Hunter College, both in New York. She worked briefly on Wall Street for Merrill Lynch as a brokerage clerk before traveling to Chicago in 1944 to begin a graduate degree program at the University of Chicago, where she earned a master’s degree in Anthropology in 1947 and a PhD in Biology in 1958. She worked as a professor at Northwestern University Dental School from 1958 - 1962 and then at Truman College from 1962 – 1994 where she was a professor of Biology, Chemistry and Anatomy. Mrs. Litvak was honored to be able to serve as a member of the Harbor Point Condominium Association Board of Directors for over 33 years and she also owned and managed an apartment building. She enjoyed spending time on her farm in Woodstock, IL, and sharing the produce and flowers from her gardens with her friends. Visitation will be held Saturday, February 16th from 9 a.m. until time of Funeral Service at 11 a.m. at Drake & Son Funeral Home, 5303 N. Western Ave., Chicago. Interment Rosehill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please direct gifts in memory of Ruth Litvak to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago on behalf of the Henry and Ruth Litvak Scholarship Fund,36 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL 60603. Arrangements under the direction of Drake & Son Funeral Home, 773-561-6874.


  • Visitation Saturday, February 16, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, February 16, 2013

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March 1, 2013

Goodbye, my very good friend. So sorry to see you go.

Bob Garrison

Jim Gately

February 18, 2013

Matt and Maria,

I am sorry for your loss. Ruth was a great and mighty person. She will be missed by everyone. However she will live on in everyones' memories forever.

Mumtaz Husain

February 16, 2013

Matt and Maria,
We are very sorry for your loss. We will miss seeing Ruth around.
Sarwar, Mumtaz, Sarah and Kassim Husain

Bob & Lisa Murphy

February 15, 2013

Matt, Maria, Maksim and Lara, We are sorry for your loss...our thoughts are with you all during this difficult time. Ruth was a lovely person who will be missed.

Maddy & John Gollogly

February 15, 2013

Dear Matt, Maria & children. Ruth was a mighty person! We shall cherish her memories, always & thus keep her spirit alive.

February 14, 2013

May Gods merciful love and the love of family and friends carry you through your sorrow.(Isa. 41:10)

C Johnson

Mary Ann Connelly

February 13, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your mother was a very special lady.

Sheryl Adams

February 13, 2013

Matt, we are so sorry to hear of the loss of your mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Sheryl and Carol Adams

February 12, 2013

Dear Matt and family,
Javier and I are so sorry for your loss. Your Mother was a very special person, especially to Javier. Your Mother will be missed by all. May God Bless you and your family at this time and always.
Javier and Dawn Trejo

Paula Glomb-CeCe

February 11, 2013

Dear Matt,

My condolences to you and your family. Ruth was a great gal and somewhat of a "character". I will truly miss her as I always enjoyed being in her company, talking with her, and working with her (and her mouse) in ceramics class.