Funeral Details

Joel L. Ruben

September 13, 1943 - March 20, 2023


Date and Time

Thursday, March 23, 2023 at 11:30 AM


Waldheim Jewish Cemetery
1400 South Des Plaines Avenue
Forest Park, Illinois 60130
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Rabbi Louis Lazovsky


Cooper?s Hawk Winery and Restaurant
950 Lake Street
Oak Park, Illinois 60301
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Upon return from the cemetery

Memorial Contributions

American Cancer Society
P.O. Box 6704
Hagerstown, Maryland 21741


Joel Ruben, 79
Beloved husband of Marilyn. Loving father of Rachael and Amy (Martin) of Arizona. Proud grandfather of Samantha. Dear brother of Naomi "Nikki" Krinkin (Boaz) and Roberta Lynn "Lynne" Ruben. Graveside service Thursday, 11:30 AM at Waldheim Jewish Cemetery (Gate 288) Forest Park at Roosevelt and Harlem. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 6704, Hagerstown, MD 21741, To attend the funeral live stream, please visit our website. Arrangements by Chicago Jewish Funerals - Skokie Chapel, 847.229.8822,


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Joel?s big heart and smile will be missed by so many. Many hearts are broken with the loss of this gentle man on earth. I miss you, Dear Lord, I pray for peace and love for his family and memories that bring warmth to their hearts.

Cindy Koby
March 22, 2023
My late husband and I loved Joel. He was our amazing accountant for 20 + years, and a sweet, sweet friend.
I will miss him terribly. I don?t know what I
am going to do without him!

Vicki Morrison
March 22, 2023
To the children of Joel Ruben, being part of his dying experience was an honor for me. Joel showed immense courage and love for his family until the last day of his life. I hope and pray that I can be as honest and strong as he was. May you rest in peace my dear brother. May your life serve as an example to the entire family.

Lynne Ruben
March 22, 2023
I have been remembering the trips we took representing our families at various celebrations and all I can do is smile. You will surely be missed but always in my heart. Peace be with you.
Love your cousin Linda?

Linda Kahn-Ferrell
March 22, 2023
We will miss Joel so much. He was a wonderful human and the world is a little sadder with him not in it. The best to the family always.

Terre and Joe Catanzaro
March 22, 2023
Though I am not with you all in person I am in heart & spirit. When I think of some favorite times with cousin Joel it is always heart warming, full or joy, love, comfort and happiness. I have loads of great memories growing up with my oldest cousin Joel. Sharing Pesach together was a favorite gathering time of prayer, eating, singing and ? pounding on the table! July 4th gathering?s every year we?re always a blast! My last dance with Joel was at Amy & Martins wedding, a dance I will never forget. Joel will forever live in my heart and mind. May he Rest In Peace and have a good time hanging out with our family members who have passed on. Everyday I say prayers for our family, friends, other?s and will continue to do so. I love you all

Ava Kahn - Santa Maria
March 23, 2023
Sending my condolences to the entire family on the loss of a wonderful man ?Joel?

I have many fond memories of spending time with Joel during my childhood at family functions.. be it a Seder, family picnic or cousins club meeting. He was always there with a big smile on his face..
May his memory be for a blessing.
Gloria Taussig

Gloria Taussig
March 23, 2023
My Sincere condolences. May you know what noi more sorrow

Sandii Darmon
March 23, 2023
Joel, you know you are missed. You live on in the memories of us who love you. I hope you are in a pain-free, happy place.
Sympathy from the heart to all.
R.I.P. Cuz

Jerry Kahn
March 23, 2023
Joel was a shining star in my life. He was always there for me. He was my friend, mentor, advisor and my go-to-guy. He taught me everything I know about accounting and many times joked that I went to the University of Joel. He loved my family and we loved him. He will be greatly missed.

Deanne Francone
March 23, 2023
Joel was my CPA and friend for years. He was as nice an individual as you could ever want to meet. Sorry he passed so soon. Rest in Peace.

Gary Magedson
March 23, 2023
My Heart bleeds for the Ruben Family. The time i was able to spend with Joel in person was the most wonderful time for he was a mentor to me as I grew in life. May he R.I.P. as he enters the internal light. Love Joel to we meet again.

Howard Kahn
March 23, 2023
"My One-and-Only Love," "My Other Half" battled Cancer for 2-1/2 years with more Courage & Determination than anyone I ever met in my life, & he "Beat it!" two or three times with Chemo & Car-T Therapy, Physical Therapy, & Occupational Therapy, until C-dif & the Antibiotic came to shorten his days & take him away from us! NONE of us were ready for this! We were planning to see him Retire & go on trips to Far Away Places or to move him Out of the City of Phoenix to Assisted Living or to Yuma, to get stronger! Fate moves in strange ways! He didn't even know what was going on! My strong, handsome husband left us far too soon, but at least he is now out of pain! Thank you to all the Family Members & Friends who have written & called to lend their support during this long ordeal! It is goid to know how much he was loved in his life & still is today!

Marilyn Ruben
March 26, 2023
Our thoughts are with the family remembering all the great times we spent with Joel Ruben. We lost yet another patriarch of our family. He was an amazing brother, cousin, father, son and grandfather. Joel was a real mensch. We will never forget Joel as he will be in out hearts forever.

Arnold Weinger
March 28, 2023