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RUTKOWSKI Walter D. Walter D. Rutkowski, 87, of Toledo, passed away February 16, 2008, at Hospice of Northwest Ohio in Toledo. He was born on March 5, 1920, to Stanley and Mary (Zientek) Rutkowski in Toledo. He was a World War II U.S. Army Veteran, serving in the European African Middle Eastern Campaign receiving the WWII Victory Medal and 4 Bronze Stars. Walter worked and retired after 42 years for Toledo Pressed Steel. He was a member of St. Hyacinth Parish where he was also an usher, a member of their Holy Name Society, and past Boy Scout Leader for many years. Walter was also a member of American Legion Przybylski Post 642. He enjoyed gardening, fishing on Lake Erie, mushrooming, woodworking and golfing. Walter was preceded in death by the love of his life, Lillian (Zaracki), spending 43 wonderful years together; his parents and by 12 siblings. He will be dearly missed by his daughter, Pat (Bob) Raczkowski; sons, Ronald (Debbie), Jim (Barbara), and Allan Rutkowski; grandchildren, David, Alison (Mike), Shawn, Scott, Sarah and Grace; great- grandchildren, Katie, Molly, Anna and Mary and sister, Rose (Stanley) Kapp. Family and friends may visit at the W.K. Sujkowski & Son Funeral Home, 3838 Airport Hwy., on Monday from 5-8 p.m. with recitation of the Rosary at 6 p.m. and Tuesday from 2-8 p.m. with A.L. Przybylski Post Services at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, February 20, 2008, at 9:30 a.m. followed by Mass of Christian Burial at St. Hyacinth Church at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow at Calvary Cemetery with Military Honors by the Lucas County Veterans Burial Corp. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Notre Dame Academy or St. Francis de Sales High School. The family would like to express a special thank you to the staff at Hospice of Northwest Ohio and Windhaven Elderly Care for all of their compassionate care and support.


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Published in The Blade on Feb. 18, 2008.
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February 21, 2008
To the family of Walter Rutkowski,
We are extending our deepest sympathy to all of your family. My mother (Esther Rozek) and Walter have been neighbors for years. She wanted me to make sure that the entire family knew that she thought Walter was a very gentle, caring man and she will miss him.

God Bless you all,

Esther Rozek
Sharon(Rozek)Barboza
Vicki Rozek and
Michele (Rozek)Michalski

Know that you and your family are in our thoughts and our prayers. He is now reunited with the love of his life!!
Esther Rozek
February 19, 2008
Dear Pat, I'm very sorry to hear about your dad's passing on. In just the short time that I cared for him he brought the sun out on my rainy days and always made sure I smiled. I believe he's happy and content, now he's with your mom, and my thoughts are with you and your family. Just wanted to remind you that you did a wonderful job caring for your dad both physically and emotionally after he was unable to be at home anymore. It was a pleasure to have gotten to know such a wonderful man and his great daughter. Take care.
Angel Salazar, RN
February 18, 2008
Jim and Barb, our deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family on the passing of your father. We will keep him in our prayers.
James & Joan Ragan
February 18, 2008
Mourning and Grief are the price we are asked to pay for being given the gift of love.

Even though I will not be able to be in attendance for services please, know that all of the family will be in my thoughts and prayers as you remember the gift that Walter has been in your lives.
Stephen Majer
February 18, 2008
TO THE FAMILY OF WALTER RUTKOWSKI:
I WOULD LIKE TO OFFER MY SYMPATHY TO ALL OF YOU ON YOUR FATHER'S DEATH. MY DAD & HE WORKED TOGETHER @ TPS FOR YEARS. I REMEMBER YOUR DAD WHEN WE WOULD BRING LUNCH TO MY FATHER AT WORK. I KNOW IT IS DIFFICULT TO LOSE A PARENT @ ANY AGE, & even worse when you have had them all your life. My father, LEO BIENIEK, PAST AWAY IN FEB.,1974, SO YOU MIGHT NOT REMEMBER HIM. I WILL KEEP YOU ALL IN MY PRAYERS.
WITH UNDERSTANDING SYMPATHY,
KATHY[BIENIEK]KAVANAGH
KATHY KAVANAGH
February 18, 2008
bob pirucki
February 18, 2008
DEAR PAT, SO SORRY TO HEAR OF THE LOSS OF YOUR FATHER. I WILL KEEP YOU AND YOURS IN MY PRAYERS. SUSAN TUCHOLSKI (SEEMAN)
SUSAN SEEMAN
February 18, 2008
Mr. & Mrs. Raczkowski, Alison, Dave & family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I took care of Mr. Rutkowski in the hospital last year and he was a very nice man. We talked about how I went to school with Alison, and he seemed very proud of his family. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Jennifer (Avery) Wilkinson
February 18, 2008
Dear Rutkowski Family,
We are so sorry for your loss. We know Dad/Grandpa was dearly loved and will be missed. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
Love,
The Rossiter Family,
Bryan, Donna, Lindsey, Logan, Drew
Donna Rossiter
February 18, 2008
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man."

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to you....in the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not going.....you're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998-2008


Alison Lee
February 18, 2008
Dear Deb & Ron, Pat & Bob, Jim & Barb, and Allen,
Walter was a wonderful father, loving husband and a great person. I enjoyed knowing him all these years. I'm happy he is at peace and back in the arms of Lillian again. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Chris, Nancy, Brittni, Stephanie, Jessica, Taylor and Logan
nancy linker
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