Ruth Cecelia Behr Kanner, passed away on June 26, 2023, at the age of 91. She was predeceased by her husband of 70 years, Lawrence “Doc” Kanner. She is survived in loving memory by her son Michael and his wife Paula, with their children Nicholas and Zachary, and daughter Ellen and her partner Brian, as well as her sisters, Carol (and Alan) Billings and Lane Gutstein and their children and grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 29, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. in All Seasons Chapel at White Haven Memorial Park. Interment to follow. CLICK HERE for a map to the cemetery.
Ms. Kanner, the eldest of three daughters of Oskar and Anny Behr, was born December 29, 1931, in Karlsruhe, Germany. With the takeover of Germany by the Nazis, the family became refugees spending time in Oxford, England,before eventually emigrating to the United States in 1940. The family settled in New York City and Ruth became a US citizen in 1948.
In 1952, she married Lawrence Kanner. They had two children and were married until his death in April 2023.
Ruth’s life was dedicated to books, education, and literacy. As a volunteer librarian at the Bellerose (Long Island) Jewish Center, she expanded and updated its collection, turning it into a superb resource for the community. Her work there was recognized by being selected as the Vice President for Children’s Books for the Jewish Book Council.
The family’s move to Livingston, NJ allowed her to pursue her education, resulting in a Master’s Degree in Library Science from Caldwell College. At the same time, she was the Children’s Librarian for the Livingston Public Library.
Another move, this time to Pittsford, NY, offered her the opportunity to use her skills in multiple languages to help curate the film collection at The George Eastman Museum.
Donations may be made to Golisano Children’s Hospital in Ruth’s memory. CLICK HERE to donate online.