Ruth G. Storyk, 90, died Tuesday, May 13, 2014.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Dec. 6, 1923, to the late Ethel and Sig G. Gilbert, Ruth came to Venice, Fla., in 1983 at the Plantation Golf & Country Club and maintained a summer home in Woodstock, N.Y. She moved to the Glenridge in Sarasota, Fla., in 2009.
She is survived by her husband Leslie (Les); son, John, an internationally known architect and acoustician, and his wife, Beth Walters-Storyk, president of WSDG in Highland, N.Y.; and adoring grandchildren, Nadine, and great-grandson Pixley of Mill Valley, Calif.; Keaton and wife, Emma, of Durham, N.C., Corbett of Santa Cruz, Calif., and Elisa of Decatur, Ga.; and Ruth and Les’ devoted friend of 75 years, Richard Sussman, of Palm Beach, Fla.
Ruth earned an associate’s degree in secretarial studies from Columbia University in 1943 and returned to college after her children were grown, graduating with a degree in education from Hofstra University that she put to use teaching first-grade youngsters. She eventually retired from teaching to travel with Les, helping him establish relationships in his worldwide commodity business.
She was a longtime member of the Woodstock Golf Club in N.Y., and Plantation Golf Club in Venice, Fla. She was a very accomplished needleworker, loved music and was an avid reader as well as a gracious hostess, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Always thoughtful with an ever-present smile, her glass was half-full, never half-empty — unless, of course, the New York Yankees were losing.
With Les, she established the Robert Gilbert Storyk Charitable Foundation in memory of their late son Bob and contributed generously to local organizations and charities.
June 18 would have been her 70th wedding anniversary, and she was looking forward to her entire family coming to Glenridge to celebrate. She just didn’t make it.
Her life was full and interesting. She will be sorely missed and remembered with much love.