Pacific View Mortuary & Memorial Park

3500 Pacific View Drive, Corona Del Mar, CA


Ruth H. Marcus

August 27, 1924August 17, 2019
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Ruth H. Marcus, 94, of Palo Alto, Ca passed away on Saturday, August 17th, 2019 in Palo Alto, Ca. “Ruthie” was born August 27th, 1924 in St. Louis, Missouri to Joseph and Minnie (Rubanowitz) Weissman. Ruthie moved with her parents and older brother Seibert to Pasadena, Ca in 1932. She was married in 1945 and had three children, Melody (1947), Neil (1950) and Laurie (1960) with her first husband, Irving Howard.

In the late sixties Ruthie moved to Newport Beach, Ca where she ran a diner with her friends Sandy and Harriett called The General Mess, and served as an Ombudsman for seniors. In 1993 she was married to the love of her life, Bernie and moved to Los Altos Hills where she volunteered at the Veterans Hospital and provided healing as a Reiki Master. In 2011 Bernie and Ruthie moved to their “cruise ship on land” at The Vi at Palo Alto where she made numerous friends.

Ruthie enjoyed the arts and music and created beautiful mixed media collages. She enjoyed playing tennis, loved to garden, travel, dance, and always found time to talk on the phone with her friends and family. Everyone who met Ruthie was embraced with her warmth and love.

She is survived by her husband Bernard P. Marcus, daughter Laurie Howard, Bernie’s children Deborah Marcus and Victor Marcus, son in law Ralph Morgan, grandchildren Ryan N. Burns, Marci Bowman, Kori (Burns) Chronister (Scot), Shaelyn Howard, Kirk and Tamera Morgan and Kasey Morgan, Jory Fankuchen (Natasha), great grandsons Adam Burns and Rafael Fankuchen and preceded by daughter Melody Morgan (2004), son Neil Howard (1995), and brother Seibert Weissman (2003).

Services will be held this Wednesday, August 21st at Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona del Mar, Ca (Orange County) at 2pm by Reb Lisa Rappaport. It is advised to arrive early in order to park and find your seat. Immediately following will be a Graveside Ceremony at Pacific View and Reception at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach. A Celebration of Life in her honor will be held in Palo Alto at a to be determined date.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to The Hebrew Immigrants Aid Society or Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger

“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of the intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the beauty in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that one life has breathed easier because you lived here. This is to have succeeded.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson


  • Funeral Service Wednesday, August 21, 2019


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Joyce Gerstein

August 22, 2019

Although I am not directly related to Ruthie, she always made me feel that I was related. When she lived in Newport my whole family stayed near her home.
She arranged everything. It was a wonderful vacation and we were there for her parents wedding anniversary.
Although she had many heartbreaking events , she always went forward and never neglected those who love her.
She was a very special lady

Leslie Eaton

August 20, 2019

I loved Ruthie's smile, I loved the way she looked you in the eye and touched you on your hand or face. She loved her family and was the definition of emotional safety.