Ruth Zelda Gusdorf

May 12, 1929November 22, 2021

Ruth Zelda Tannenbaum Gusdorf passed after a long journey through dementia.

Ruth was the beloved wife of the late Walter Gusdorf, devoted mother of Ellen, Jeffrey, and Jerry, loving mother-in-law to Linda Smith and Martin Faye, loving grandmother of Nathan (Ti Ti Deng) and Jason Gusdorf and Max and Alex Faye, sister of the late Sam Tannenbaum, and daughter of the late Ralph and Fanny Tannenbaum, dear aunt, cousin and friend.

Ruth loved her family and her friends. She loved to travel and cook. She loved her garden and the opera.

A Memorial Service will be held in the May Chapel at Temple Israel at 1:30 pm on Friday, November 26th. Interment follows at Chevra Kadisha Cemetery. For those wishing to attend in person, please be vaccinated and wear a mask.

Contributions in Ruth’s memory may be made to Opera Theater of St. Louis or the Missouri Botanical Garden.


  • Funeral Service

    Friday, November 26, 2021


Ruth Zelda Gusdorf

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Linda Koenig

November 30, 2021

Dear Jerry, Ellen, Jeff and family: Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the passing of your mother. Ruth was such a fine lady, and I admired her greatly. She was such a quiet expert on art, flora and fauna. It was always enjoyable to speak with her about her garden and birds and cultural activities. A fine, fine lady. She was so proud of her children and grandchildren. You will miss her wisdom.

Carla Paull

November 24, 2021

I enjoyed chatting with Ruth when visiting my mother at McKnight Place. Ruth always knew the answers when they played trivia. She was feisty and straightforward but also sweet.

May her memory be a blessing for you all.

Mimi and Sel Barohn

November 24, 2021

Ruth was such a sweet intelligent woman that we had the honor to know. Enjoyed her and Walter’s company whether we spent time with them in Naples, FL or at our Chavurah in St. Louis, MO. Please accept our deepest sympathy.