Rudolph Cook

Rudolph Raymond "Rudy" Cook

Rudy Cook passed away peacefully at his home on 15 March 2013. He was born 21 January 1924 in Cleveland, Ohio, the seventh child to Joseph and Frances (Pucelj) Cook. He was preceded in death by his five brothers: Joseph, Frank, Anthony, Henry, and Daniel Cook and his sister Olga (Cook) Kazura. He is survived by his sister, Josephine (Cook) Shook, sister-in-law Anne Cook, five nieces: Jacqueline Albers, Virginia Lee Williamson (Gary), Jaclynn Lee Shook, Catherine Cook, Amy Everhardt (Mike), and ten nephews: Joel Cook, Craig Cook (Nancy), Don Cook (Carolyn), Ken Cook (Linda), Stephen Cook, Richard Cook, Ray Kazura (Kelley), Peter Kazura, Thomas Cook (Anita), Lawrence Cook (Chloe), and many more dear family and friends. Rudy moved to California in 1953 and lived for a time in Los Angeles before making San Francisco his permanent home. He loved the symphony and the opera and was a "super" with the opera for many years. After cancer caused him to have a laryngectomy, he was active in the New Voice Club, speaking at schools and hospitals about the dangers of smoking. He was also active in his neighborhood and the Stonestown senior center. Rudy remained a lifelong fan of the Cleveland Orchestra and the Cleveland Browns. He was a kind and generous man with many interests, who knew how to love and embrace life. He will be missed by all who knew him. A memorial mass for his family and friends will be held on Tuesday April 2, 2013 at 11 A.M. at St Stephens, 451 Eucalyptus Avenue. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the of S.F.

Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Mar. 24, 2013