Jacqueline "Jackie" (Rutkowski)
Jacqueline "Jackie" (Rutkowski) Bialorucki's angel guided her through the gates of heaven on Tuesday, January 8, 2013. She was born in 1923, the eldest of three girls, to Grace and Virgil McLean. Her father instilled in her the pride of being Irish.
Jackie was preceded in death by her youngest daughter, Kathleen Bige Wert, who went to heaven March 16, 1989, and her three husbands, Alvin, John and Edwin. She is survived by her daughters, Connie Lee (Allan) Topor, Toledo, and Pamela (Randy) McLean Hammer of Escondido, California; one granddaughter, Teri Leutz; one great-granddaughter, Andrea Woo; sisters, Shirley Nichpor, Joan Kozlowski, and many, many wonderful caring nieces, nephews and cousins.
Jackie belonged to St. Clement Catholic Church, Sylvania Senior Center, Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxillary # 197, and Alliance of Poles # 48. She traveled extensively in the United States and Europe, visiting all the major sites. Especially treasured adventures included a trip down the Rhine River for the Wine Festival, and kissing the Blarney Stone in her beloved Ireland. After her retirement she loved to take bus trips with her friends and relatives.
Jackie was employed by the Blade for 26 years and the pride in the column she wrote "Just Ask Jackie" was well founded. She was a great letter writer and kept in touch with many long time friends. Her home was filled with her collection of angels, butterflies and crystal "because you can never have enough beauty in your life". She enjoyed working in her garden, taking care of the pets she loved and dressing dolls, which she usually gave away. Jackie had numerous poems published and won a National Poetry Contest. She was invited to Washington D.C. to accept her prizes and award. She could not attend because at that time her daughter, Kathleen, was critically ill in Cleveland and she would not leave her daughter's side.
This from Jackie, "I don't know where I will be, but God willing I will be with my daughter, please dear family and friends, only cry one tear for me, then smile, because you see, I lived and enjoyed each day to the fullest, and now I am at peace. The best is yet to come."
A gathering of friends and loved ones will be held from 9:00-11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 15, 2013, Jackie's 90th birthday, at Sujkowski Funeral Home Northpointe, 114 E. Alexis Rd., followed by a Memorial Service at 11:00 a.m.
Memorial donations can be given to Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Toledo. Online condolences and memories can be shared at
Published in Toledo Blade from Jan. 10 to Jan. 13, 2013