Ruth B. Kross, a model of supreme love and devotion, died Saturday, May 26, 2007.

Born March 19, 1925, to Pauline and Benjamin Brookman, Ruth was valedictorian over hundreds at Morris High in the Bronx, N.Y., then studied business at City College.

Ruth met Morris, her future husband, during the summer of 1945, while a weekend guest at Tamarack Lodge, Greenfield Park. What a couple in all respects they made.

Alongside Morris, "Ruthie" grew to adore rural life, partnering with him in raising a family, and in the diversified agricultural operation known as Kross Farms.

She applied her keen intellect to bookkeeping on the farm, as well as at the bustling Woodbourne law firm of Kalter, Kaplan, & Zeiger, for 32 years.

Talented in countless ways, Ruth prepared superb culinary delicacies for many a crowd, and wrote poetry to commemorate milestones in the lives of relatives and friends.

Ruths world was shattered when handsome, super, strong Morris was incapacitated by two strokes in January 2001, and yet a third in January 2006.

Her own health suffered during the years that she and daughter, Susan, strived tirelessly to care for Morris at home.

Ruth was a member of the Woodbourne Synagogue and Ellenville Hadassah, among other groups. She enjoyed attending meetings and other functions with her beloved husband before he became homebound.

Ruth was predeceased last June by Morris, after nearly 60 years of marriage, and by brother, Daniel Brookman, of Queens, N.Y.

She is survived by sons, Steven Kross, D.V.M. of North Carolina, Dean Kross, MD, and wife, Sue Friedberg of Pittsburgh, Pa.; daughter, Susan Kross, DVM of the local area; five grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Ruth is also survived by loving sisters, Lila Fox and Hilda Kornhauser; and brother-in-law, Adolph Kornhauser, all of New York City.

Funeral services will be held at Monday, May 28, 2007 at the Colonial Funeral Home, Woodbourne. The family will receive visitors at 11 a.m. with services at 12 p.m. with Rabbi Moish Frank, officiating. Interment will follow at Congregation BNai Israel Cemetery, Glen Wild. Shiva will be observed at the home of Dr. Dean Kross and Sue Friedberg, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Donations may be made to Chabad of the Catskills, PO Box 5, Woodridge, NY 12789, or to the Winchester-Thurston School, 555, Morewood Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15213.

Arrangements by Colonial Memorial Funeral Home. 845-434-7363 or