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880 Hopmeadow Street
P.O. Box 335
Simsbury, CT 06070
Phone: 860-658-7613
Fax: 860-651-0476
Ruth Dorfman

Ruth Dorfman

July 10, 1926 - May 26, 2021
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Ruth Tuck Dorfman, 94, of West Hartford, CT, wife of the late William B. Dorfman, died peacefully Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at her home with family by her side. She was born July 10, 1926 in New London, CT and she loved to swim and be by the ocean with family. Daughter of the late Louis and Rebecca (Leikind) Tuck, Ruth was a lifelong resident of Connecticut. Ruth was the Salutatorian of her graduating class at Weaver High School and graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude from Radcliffe College. She received her Masters Degree from Columbia University and was a beloved teacher at City and Country in NYC. She married her husband Bill in 1960 and moved to Farmington, where they raised their family. A lifelong learner and teacher, she was a true culture vulture of the highest order. Famous for correcting grammar, she was affectionately known as Grammar Ruthie. She was never without a New Yorker, Sunday New York Times and several books (highlighted and annotated) under her arm and was a member and founder of several local discussion groups including the Farmington Library Book Circle, Great Decisions, The League of Women’s Voters and Women in Conversation. Ruth was an accomplished watercolor artist whose work was shown well into her later years. She sang with the Hartford Chorale, continued to take classes of all kinds throughout her life and was an inspiration to many including her amazing caregivers. Karenly, Alethea and Ingrid.

Ruth is survived by her three children, Sarah Daniello (David) of Concord, MA, Peter Dorfman (Lori) of Charlotte, NC and Amy Meehan (Paul) of Farmington, CT and her grandchildren, Alyssa, Ben, Sydney, Tuck and Jack. In addition, she leaves her nieces and nephews and their children whom she cherished.

A memorial service will be held on June 18th at 11:00 in the Tavern at Tunxis Country Club, 87 Town Farm Road in Farmington, CT. In lieu of donations, buy yourself a good book to read and share with a loved one over mocha chip ice cream and cookies. Please visit Ruth’s “Book of Memories” at for online tributes.
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Ingrid Phillip

Posted at 06:50am
For the past few days I’ve enjoyed quite memories about my employer ,friend and mentor. Ruth was one in a million her laugher , humor always left in a uncontrollable laughter, she was kind considerate she never made me feel like a caregiver, her advice to me “ Ingrid your are too smart to be in this job, my only request is don’t leave until I die” I’m forever grateful for all the wonderful memories 🌻

Claudia Shuster

Posted at 12:44pm
It was our oldest children, Sarah and our daughter, Becky, that brought us together when Sarah and Becky at age three attended the Quaker Lane Nursery School in West Hartford together. Our families were close for many years and we often found ourselves vacationing at Cape Cod at the same time. Ruth and Bill would welcome us to visit their house when rain sent us fleeing from our camp tent!

Our many shared family experiences included wonderful discoveries of nature on our many walks , be they on Cape Cod beaches or the woods and fields near our Connecticut homes. We are delighted that Sarah and Becky are still fast friends and while we are unable to join you to remember Ruth on June 18, it seems so appropriate that our family, all 15 of us, will be together at the Cape that week and plan to hold our own celebration of Ruth’s remarkable life while we are on the Cape. - Carl and Claudia Shuster

Martha Clancy

Posted at 05:00pm
Although I met Ruth only 10 years ago when I moved with my husband to Henley Woods, We found many common interests (music, singing, art making, books, attending plays, and just talking and sharing stories of family, past experiences, and events. Learning that years ago, we had actually lived on the same street in NYC (the Columbia University neighborhood), gave us an additional bond. In more recent times, we enjoyed watching old movies at our friend’s house prior to the pandemic, which she declared; “It’s like medieval times.” Indeed!
She shared some of her personal challenges in adjusting to a narrowing lifestyle, often quoting poetry or song lyrics to shift her mood. I will miss her thoughtful and wise commentary, her amazing memory and knowledge, and her readiness to always learn something new, encouraging others as well.! I will remember attending concerts with her, a special trip to Tanglewood a few years back, and more...... . I am glad she has been my friend. Peace!

Lydia Posted at 04:45pm

It is so hard to think of Ruth being gone from this earth. She was so much a part of so many of our lives that her memory will last for a very, very long time. Our families were intertwined and we shared so many activities that it is hard to write them down in a short space which makes sense. From the time Ruth and I met when we first moved to Farmington and along with several others formed our women's Study Group and then on to the Library Circle for many years, to our group forays to our various Cape Cod houses for days of silliness and serious sharing, nothing was ever dull with Ruth around. She was a woman of quick wit,of wide knowledge of all the arts, and an amazing ability to share that knowledge. Those of us that are still left will miss her so much and send our deepest condolences to Ruth's very special family. With love from The Klatsky

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