Private Service Held For B. Ruth Soffen

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B. Ruth Soffen (née Kerman), 105, of Livingston died on March 22. She was born and raised in Brooklyn and had also resided in Queens, Cliffside Park, North Bergen, and South Orange.

Mrs. Soffen graduated from New Utrecht High School in 1932. After working in the private sector, she attained a civilian position with the federal government in 1942.

She married Norman Soffen in 1952, and they founded Soffen Furniture Company in Union City in 1958, relocating to West New York in 1972.

Mrs. Soffen is included in a book, “We the Resilient: Wisdom for America from Women Born Before Suffrage” published in 2017. The South Orange Village President and State of New Jersey issued proclamations for her 102nd birthday, and April 17 was proclaimed B.Ruth Soffen Day in the Township of Livingston on her 104th and 105th birthdays.

Predeceased by her husband, she is survived by her daughter Nanette Soffen (Robin O. Winter); four grandchildren; and a great granddaughter.

A private service was held March 24. Memorial contributions may be made to Planned Parenthood, Jewish Guild for the Blind, Oheb Shalom Congregation, Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Cure Alzheimer’s Fund, Congregation Beth Israel, or Community FoodBank of NJ.

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