Ruth P. Seltzer, 79, a Holocaust survivor and volunteer for Philadelphia social service agencies, died Dec. 12.
Born in Lamgheim, Germany, in 1926, Seltzer left Germany and her family in 1937 as persecution of Jews intensified. After spending time in a school for refugees in France, she immigrated to Philadelphia and became a foster child. Her father and two brothers were lost in the Holocaust; her mother and two sisters survived.
A graduate of Germantown High School, Seltzer married Dr. Samuel Seltzer in 1946. They were able to reconnect with her surviving relatives in Europe and facilitate their immigration to Philadelphia.
Seltzer assisted her husband in his dental practice for many years, and then began working as a volunteer for several social-service agencies, including the Jewish Family and Children's Service of Greater Philadelphia. Proficient in many languages, she was particularly focused on helping newly arrived immigrants and foreign students to become assimilated into American culture and society.
Seltzer is survived by son Steven Seltzer and two grandsons.
Memorial donations may be made to: the Jewish Family and Children's Service of Greater Philadelphia, 1610 Spruce St., Philadelphia, PA 19103.