Ruth Fenster, an actress who appeared in a Paul Newman movie, died Wednesday in her Youngstown home after a brief illness. She was 78.
Born Ruth Schrade in Manhattan, she lived her adult life in Rome, N.Y., Syracuse and Boston, Mass., before moving to Youngstown in 2001.
Mrs. Fenster was active in theater throughout her life, performing professionally in many stage and film productions, directing, as an on-air radio personality and appearing in numerous television shows and commercials.
In the early 1950s, she was a founding member of the Rome Community Theater and served on its executive board. After moving to Syracuse in 1961, she joined the Syracuse Stage Guild and served a term as its president in the early 1970s. She had leading roles in many Syracuse Stage productions, including "The World of Shalom Aleichem" in 1979.
She also played an angry fan in the film "Slap Shot" starring Paul Newman in 1977.
Mrs. Fenster enjoyed animals and antiques.
Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Warren; three sons, Philip of Williston, Vt., David of Lancaster and Douglas of Syracuse; a daughter, Julie of Syracuse; and seven grandchildren.
A private memorial service is planned.