Margaret Rubanowice Richar of Stamford, beloved wife of Dr. Walter Richar, died peacefully at the Stamford Hospital on November 21, 2012, at the age of 91, two days after their 63rd Wedding Anniversary. She was predeceased by sisters Anne Ostrosky, Mary Sacrison, and Alice Rubanowice, and by her brother, Anthony Rubanowice. Daughter of the late Vincent and Sophie Rubanowice, who emigrated from Minsk, Belarus, in 1912, Margaret was born on October 11, 1921 on a farm at Christy Hill, Darien, later moving to Stamford, CT. She graduated from Stamford High School in the class of 1939. Margaret worked as a secretary at Esbeco in Stamford until 1943 when she started nurses training at the Stamford Hospital School of Nursing. She graduated as a Registered Nurse in 1946. After training, she started working in the Women's Ward and later became Head Nurse on South 1, where the more affluent patients were cared for. She met her future husband Walter at the Stamford Hospital in 1946 as she was completing her training. He had arrived as an intern at Stamford Hospital in April of that year. They started going steady soon after and visited each other frequently while he did a two-year stint at the St. Albans Naval Hospital in Jamaica, NY. Walter was separated from the Navy in 1949 and returned to the Stamford Hospital as a resident in pathology. On November 19th of that year, Margaret and Walter were married. Margaret and Walter had three children, Tom, Peter, and Jim. By the time Tom was born they had moved into a home in Wallacks Point Park and Margaret gave up active nursing to take care of Tom at home. Peter followed in 1954 and Jim in 1957. Over the years, Margaret's chief pastime was enjoying her children to the fullest, and later each of her seven grandchildren. Never having had any girls of our own, our niece Pamela Sacrison Jamieson became like a daughter to our little family and her brother John as a fourth son. Pam's children, Katie and Andrew were like our own grandchildren. Pam's husband Paul, now deceased, and John's wife Marsha became like a part of our immediate family. Though retired from active nursing, Margaret often did volunteer nursing, doing night care for hospitalized friends and working in blood bank drives, and in children inoculation sessions at the schools. As her boys grew up they became deeply involved in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. For many years, Margaret served as a den mother and later as a den mother coach, teaching other moms.The whole family had a love affair with Cape Cod and after vacationing there every summer since 1950, always with the family, Margaret and Walter finally, in 1984, bought a home in East Sandwich where a fourth generation of Richars is now re-living all of the old memories and adventures. During the last few years, Margaret has been blessed with three great-grandchildren, Emma, Conner, and Charlotte, one each from granddaughters Tara, Christine, and Heather, daughters of Jim, Tom and Peter. You start to feel your age when all of your sons are grandfathers! Surviving are her loving husband Walter, three sons and their wives, Tom and Diane, Peter and Cindy, Jim and Kim; seven grandchildren, Jennifer, Christine, Michelle, Douglas, Heather, Tara and Derek, and our beloved niece Pam and her two children Katie and Andrew; three great grandchildren; nephews John, Bob and Ronnie, and several grandnieces and grandnephews. A funeral procession will be leaving The Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Avenue, Stamford, CT 06902 at 10:15 AM on Monday, November 26, 2012 for a funeral service to be celebrated at 11:00 AM at St. Mary's Holy Assumption Russian Orthodox Church, 141 Den Road, Stamford. Interment will follow at Woodland Cemetery, Woodland Place, Stamford. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday, November 25, 2012 from 3:00-7:00 PM with a Parastas service to be held at 6:00 PM. In lieu of flowers donations may be sent to St. Mary's Holy Assumption Russian Orthodox Church, 141 Den Rd., Stamford, CT 06903, or to the ICU Nursing Education Fund c/o Stamford Hospital Foundation,1351 Washington Blvd, Suite 202, Stamford, CT 06902.
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