Ruth K. Wolinsky
VERNON- Ruth K. Wolinsky (nee Usher) died on Monday, March 23 at the Vernon Green Nursing Home after a long illness.
She was born in Hoosick Falls, NY, on January 6, 1927, to George Vincent Usher and Katherine (Dougherty) Usher. She attended public schools in Hoosick Falls where she graduated with honors. Always an avid student, she attended Syracuse University where she majored in Latin American studies, graduating summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa. Ms. Wolinsky spent a semester of college at the University of Mexico in Mexico City studying Spanish, which became one of her life loves. Upon graduation, she moved to New York City to work as a bilingual secretary for an import-export company. She was a member of the American Youth Hostel Ski Club where she made many lifelong friends and met the love of her life, Milton Wolinsky.
They were married on May 3, 1958, in New York City and eventually moved to Emerson, NJ. She earned a master’s degree in elementary education working for close to 25 years in Midland Park as a high school Spanish teacher. She loved teaching and enjoyed spending time with her students forming after-school clubs for world and Latin studies. She also ran the international exchange program which hosted students from other countries.
Ms. Wolinsky was very active in local Democratic politics in Emerson, NJ, and Bergen County. She was a member and past president of the League of Women Voters in Paramus, NJ, as well as the United Nations League, always fighting for causes she believed in. She was an avid athlete who skied, hiked, and golfed. It is hard to say which she loved more, skiing or golf. She learned to ski with her father and brother George in Hoosick Falls. She and George climbed and skied at Mount Snow before there were any ski lifts. She also climbed into Tuckerman’s Ravine at Mount Washington, NH, and skied down the headwall. Many winters were spent skiing with her brother and his family as well as friends from the American Youth Hostel.
In 1990, Ruth and Milton bought a house in Whitingham, returning her close to where she grew up and nearby to her friends, Bob and Sheila Kaufman. Once she and Milton retired completely, she joined the Haystack women’s golf league, once earning the club championship at Haystack Mountain Golf Course. She also volunteered at her local library. Although they loved the mountains of Vermont, as they grew older, they became snowbirds and spent winters in warmer locations such as the Costa Del Sol in Spain and Laguna Woods in California. She leaves her son, David Wolinsky and his wife Jean, of Whitingham; her daughter, Sarah Mullins and her husband Kevin, of Oak Ridge, NJ; and two grandsons, Ryan and Garrett Mullins. She was preceded in death by her husband Milton and her brother George Usher Jr.
To send the family personal condolences please visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com. The family has entrusted services to the care of Covey, Allen & Shea Funeral Home, 44 East Main Street, Wilmington.