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Ruth Coan

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 (before sunset)

13 Tishri, 5778

Sunday, October 8, 2017

11:30 AM


Arlington Memorial Park, Atlanta GA

The family will sit shiva for one night only following the service at the home of Ruth and Dr. Mark Coan
5430 Idlewood Drive, Atlanta, GA 30327

Please contact Dresslers at 770-451-4999 to send a message to the family.

  • Jewish Women's Fund of Atlanta (678-222-3716)  1440 Spring Street, NW, Atlanta, GA 30309

    Ruth Ellen Coan, age 72, passed away October 3, 2017, in Atlanta, GA. Ruth was born in Cleveland and grew up in Shaker Heights, OH. She earned a degree in sociology from Cornell, masters in social work from University of Chicago, and a masters in real estate from Georgia State. Her first job as a lobbyist for a women’s rights organization in Illinois was followed later in life with activities and contributions to Jewish women’s organizations. Ruth moved to Atlanta in 1975, raised her family there and made it her home. She impacted real estate development in Atlanta and the Southeast as a partner with The Shopping Center Group where she worked for over 30 years. She served as Chair of the Sandy Springs Real Estate Appeals Board, was a founding member of the Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) of Atlanta, and was an honored member of the CREW Hall of Fame. Her success in business is only surpassed by her success as a wife and mother. She is survived by her husband, Mark, who she married in 1969; her sons: Seth and Brian; daughter-in-law, Tica; grandchildren: Leah and Arabelle; mother, Neomia Chitlik, and her brothers: Jimmy and Larry Chitlik. She was preceded in death by her father, Edward Chitlik, of blessed memory. Forever curious, she traveled the world with husband and family in tow. She always enjoyed connecting with new people and nurturing relationships that spanned decades. To her family she is a guiding light whose moral compass was firmly rooted in her Jewish upbringing and commitment to her family and children’s happiness. Sign on line guest book at In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent to Jewish Women's Fund of Atlanta (1440 Spring Street NW, Atlanta, GA 30309, 678-222-3716, in Ruth’s memory. The funeral and graveside service will take place Sunday, October 8, 11:30 am, at Arlington Memorial Park (201 Mount Vernon Hwy NW, Atlanta, GA 30328). Arrangements by Dressler’s Jewish Funeral Care, Atlanta (770) 451-4999.

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    May the memories of our loved ones remain for a blessing.
    Laurie and Bob SpectorOct 27 2017 09:01 am
    Mark..... We are both very sorry about Ruth. We didn't speak often but she was always a fresh breeze of enthusiasm and optimism. I liked her very much and always learned something, even if our conversation was short. She had as lot of influence on people, which was obvious by what people wrote about her and the kind, attentive and loving way you took care of her during the entire time. I hope we can get together, regrettably more often than we did in past years before. Please pass along our feelings to your family. Bob and Laurie Spector
    OSCAR & KAREN GRABLOWSKYOct 9 2017 04:41 pm
    Doris FrrankOct 7 2017 08:20 pm
    Mark, My condolences goes out to you and your family on the loss of your dear wife Ruthie. She was such a kind and wonderful person.A smile that always touched my heart. Rest in peace Ruthie. Love you, Doris Frank
    Patricia WalshOct 7 2017 01:07 pm
    Dear Mark, and family, our condolences to you in the loss of a beloved person. Ruth was an outstanding person, mother, grandmother, sister, wife, and she will be missed. It was a privilege to know her, and she has left us far too soon. Jack and Patricia Walsh Thomas Walsh
    Rachel FrancoOct 6 2017 10:18 am
    To Mark, Seth, and Brian, I am so terribly sorry for your loss. When I think of Ruth's passing, I cannot help but think of the title of Rabbi Harold Kushner's book, "When bad things happen to good people". Ruth was as good as they come. So friendly, so curious, so engaged and interested in could not help but feel wonderful when you were around her. Please know that I am thinking of you during this difficult time. ~ Rachel
    Tina HowardOct 5 2017 10:01 am
    Ruth was one of my favorite people in the shopping center industry. I first met her in the 1980s when she was blazing trails as a business woman on the front lines of anchor tenant representation. She was very beautiful but will be remembered for her intelligence and compassion. She will be greatly missed.
    Phyllis and Lew KravitzOct 5 2017 08:13 am
    Mark - - Our heartfelt condolences to you and the family.
    Harold ShumacherOct 5 2017 05:35 am
    Mark, Sorry to read of Ruth s death. I know the past few years have not been easy for you and your family. We re out of the country, leaving Budapest for vienna shortly. This seems a bit ironic as one of the things Ruth and I enjoyed doing was exchanging travel ideas and stories. All the best to you and yours in this difficult time. H
    David BirnbreyOct 4 2017 08:34 pm
    The Shopping Center Group has lost an incredible partner, inspirational mentor and dear friend. May Ruth's memory be for a blessing.
    janet schattenOct 4 2017 03:12 pm
    When you carpool with someone, you know someone! Ruth was the nicest person in the world. I'm saddened by your loss. Her memory should always be a blessing.
    Alan Fixelle, M.D.Oct 4 2017 01:38 pm
    Baruch dayan emet. I am so sorry to learn of your loss.
    Herzfeld Reba and BennettOct 4 2017 12:59 pm
    Sincere condolences on your loss.
    Kristen GibbsOct 4 2017 10:12 am
    All of us at TriStar Real Estate Investment are deeply saddened by this news. Ruth was a tremendous asset to our Advisory Board, but more importantly, she was a great friend to all of us. We will miss her very much. Please accept our deepest condolences.
    Jay and EliseOct 4 2017 10:01 am
    Ruthie was a good fiend beautiful wife and mother. She will be missed by all. May she rest in peace
    Lynn and Murray FriedmanOct 4 2017 01:03 am
    Dear Mark and Family, I always loved her smile. She was a person whose smile truly lit up a room when she entered. We are so sorry for your loss personally and for the loss to the community at large as well. Sincerely, Murray and Lynn
    Gail & Gil HolzerOct 3 2017 03:40 pm
    Ruthie was a wonderful person, a devoted wife and caring mother. She will be missed by all who knew her. We are saddened by her passing.
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