Ruth was the matriarch of a family that loved her dearly. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend, was always accepting and unflappable. Ruth loved celebrating holidays and achievements. She was proud to be present at so many of those happy times, but her favorite was always bar and bat mitzvahs.
She met her husband Leonard Weinkle on a blind date during a visit he made to her hometown of Chicago. They fell in love and Ruth followed him home to Georgia where they were married, built a home and started a business together. Her life was further enriched by her five children, eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Ruth was also a devoted, loving daughter to her parents as they aged.
She found great joy in gardening, reading, needlepoint, traveling and making friends at her favorite local restaurants. Ruth was also known to carry dog treats for her four-legged friends at all times. Ruth will be remembered for her endless love, support, immense strength, advice, generosity and sharp humor. Her family is deeply grateful to her friends that became like family over the years.
Ruth was preceded in death by her husband Leonard Weinkle, parents Abraham and Mary Rogal, and daughter Carolyn Ferguson. Ruth is survived by her children Steve and Colleen Weinkle of Woodbine, Ga., Audrey Clayman, Doug Ferguson of Houston, Texas, Scott and Lorena Weinkle, David Weinkle and Michael Graham; grandchildren Melissa Backer of New York, Jeff and Jodi Weinkle, Robert and Tammy Clayman, Amy and Harrison Tabb, Lori and Dusty Cahill, Mark and Danielle Ferguson of Houston, Texas, Ellen Weinkle and Emily Weinkle: along with great-grandchildren Summer, Maya, Jordan, Dylan, Addie, Teddy, Elliot, Josh and William.
In lieu of flowers, for those wishing to honor the life of Ruth Weinkle, the family would like to suggest contributions may be made to Jewish Family & Career Services, www.JFCSatl.org. Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, 770-451-4999.