Affen, Ruth D., 93, of Bethpage, passed away peacefully May 18, 2023. Reunited in Heaven with her beloved husband, Emil. Loving mother of Janice Reardon and Jennifer Kalenka (Rich). Cherished "Nanny" of Kevin A., Matthew J., Richard (Shandra) and Ryan (Gabby). Adored great-grandmother of Ava, Matthew D., Jenna and Royce. Predeceased by her sisters Mabel and Margie. Forever grateful for Vivianne, her family and friends for the companionship and amazing care they took of Ruth for many years. Ruth was a dedicated registered nurse for over 40 years and took great pride in caring for others. She was a woman far ahead of her time. After graduating from nursing school, she moved to California to join the American Red Cross. Ruth's family was so important to her and each person held a special place in her heart. She had a beautiful, long, extraordinary marriage with her husband for over 60 years. Ruth was very religious, she was known to go to her backyard in the early morning, barefoot, when the grass was still wet, to garden and speak to God. She took pride in her large beautiful garden filled with all kinds of flowers and vegetables. Ruth was also a fabulous cook, making recipes from all different cuisines, from all over the world. She looked forward to family gatherings and holidays so she could cook for her family and so she could eloquently set her table. Ruth was the photographer of the family, capturing countless memories and putting them in photo albums that the family still looks at today. Her family will always remember the many summer days spent at Tobay and Southhold Beaches, where so many memories were made swimming, laughing and enjoying "Nan's bottomless cooler". Ruth was a special, devoted, caring woman who always wanted to make sure everyone was happy and healthy. She was a true blessing to anyone who had the pleasure of knowing her. A graveside service will be held Tuesday, May 23rd, 11 am at St. Margaret's Cemetery, Plainview. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Ruth's memory to the Smile Train; Smiletrain.org.
To send flowers
to the family or plant a tree
in memory of Ruth D. Affen, please visit our floral store.