After a life with so many wonderful memories, on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, Gabriel Dominick Ruta went safely home.
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Born on March 20, 1933, in White Plains, N.Y., a son of the late Pasquale "Patsy" and Jennie (Carlucci) Ruta, he recently resided in the Andover area. Gabe was a graduate of White Plains High School, Class of 1952. He proudly served his country during the Korean War, alongside the Rev. Mark Mages, chaplin in the U.S. Air Force. He briefly attended Harvard Divinity School and State University Teachers College (SUNY), Geneseo, N.Y. In the early 1950s, Gabe worked for the American Felt Co. in Glenville, Conn. He married Eleanor Mary Ferris on May 11, 1957, and had three daughters and resided in Rye, N.Y., for over 30 years. They moved to Danbury after he retired from the White Plains, N.Y., Post Office where he was the personnel director. He was considered a gentleman among gentlemen and had a wonderful sense of humor. He considered himself a wealthy man because of his three daughters. Gabe enjoyed good food, wine, music, reading, and the pleasure of your company. He also adored his three grandchildren who called him "Poppy." In 2004, Gabe's beloved wife, Eleanor, passed away after 47 years of marriage.
Gabe is survived by his daughters, Sally Ann Ruta of Prospect, Therese "Terry" Landerfin, and her husband, Joseph, of Coventry, with whom he made his home, Alexandria "Allie" Sandlock, and her husband, Damon, of Cos Cob. He also leaves his special grandchildren, Joseph and Kyle Sandlock, and Shannon Landerfin; a brother, Louis Ruta of Lake George, N.Y.; a sister, Cecelia Salvati of White Plains, N.Y.; several nephews, nieces, and their families; and many dear friends.
Funeral services will be Saturday, Nov. 3, at 8:30 a.m. from the D'Esopo-East Hartford Memorial Chapel, 30 Carter St., East Hartford, with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated at 9:30 a.m. at St. Bridget Church, 80 Main St., Manchester. Graveside services will be at 12:15 p.m. at St. Peter's Cemetery, (Section 23), 71 Lake Ave. Extension, Danbury.
Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home chapel on Friday, Nov. 2, from 4 to 7 p.m.
Gabe's family would like to extend their sincere gratitude and appreciation to the entire staff of the AMBU Unit at Manchester Memorial Hospital for their professionalism, kindness, and care given to Gabe.
Memorial contributions in Gabriel's name may be made to the Vitas Innovative Hospice Care, 628 Hebron Ave., Suite 300, Glastonbury, CT 06033; or that you please make a blood donation in his memory to your local blood bank or the Red Cross.
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Published in Journal Inquirer from Oct. 29 to Nov. 2, 2012
D'Esopo East Hartford Memorial Chapel
30 Carter Street East Hartford, CT 06118-3606