Teresa Rutkowski

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THOMSON, Ga. - Teresa Bernardynski Rutkowski, born June 10, 1925 in Krakow, Poland and raised in Warsaw, Poland, died on February 20, 2015. She was the only child of parents, Zofia Szapkowska and Henryk Bernardnyski. As a young teenager growing up in Warsaw in the late 1930s, Teresa was particularly interested in fashion and fashion design. She had hoped to continue her studies in London with her parents' blessing, but the war with Germany and the Soviet Union precluded this aspiration. While still a teenager in the early days of World War Two, Teresa embraced the Polish Underground Movement at considerable personal risk. She focused her special attention to nursing wounded and injured members of the Polish liberation movement. During this critically important and formative period of her life, Teresa forged life-long, enduring friendships with other Polish patriotic young women. During the Warsaw Uprising against the German Army forces, Teresa and several of her Resistance compatriots were captured and transported to a German Prisoner of War camp. She remained a prisoner until the closing days of the war, as American forces approached from the West. Teresa never saw her mother again but did return to Poland to visit her father in the late 1970s. With the war's end, and unable to return to Russian-occupied Poland, Teresa gravitated to a Polish military occupation base in Germany, where her English-speaking skills were valued. In this capacity she met her future husband, Lieutenant Jerzy Rutkowski. In 1947 Teresa and Jerzy (George) Rutkowski married in Germany. Their son Walter was born there. The family left Germany upon the disbanding of the Polish Army and moved to Scotland where they waited for entry into the United States under the Polish Resettlement Program. Lieutenant George Rutkowski had trained as a Polish Army paratrooper in Scotland prior to the D-Day Normandy invasion. Thus, Scotland beckoned the young couple and child after Germany. While there for two and one-half years, Dorothy "Gigi" was born. The family arrived in the United States on December 6, 1950 and settled in Connecticut where they lived for about 20 years before coming to Thomson, Georgia in 1970. Their two other sons, George and Gregory, were born in Connecticut. Teresa graduated from Post Junior College in Waterbury, Connecticut where she studied Business. With this degree she helped her husband manage R&R Insurance Agency. Teresa was a beautiful seamstress and a wonderful cook. She was predeceased by her husband, George and their son, Walter. She is survived by daughter, Gigi and husband Jim, son George and wife, Sheron, and son, Gregory and wife, Robyn. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Jeffrey, Gregg, Laura, Susan, Dianna, Elizabeth, Amanda, and Adam as well as eight great-grandchildren, Miranda, Dylan, August, Smith, Chase, Austin, Drew, and Kinley. Visitation will be held at Curtis Funeral Home, Tuesday, February 24th between 6:00 and 8:00PM. A memorial Service will be held at Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Thomson, Wednesday, February 25th, at 2:00PM. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to the Wounded Warriors Project, www.woundedwarriorproject.org


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Published in The Augusta Chronicle from Feb. 21 to Feb. 23, 2015
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