Winchester Press – obit – Helmut RutschkowskiHelmut Rutschkowski
Helmut Rutschkowski, a residentof Winchester for the past five years, passed away peacefullyat the Winchester District Memorial Hospital, with his familyby his side, on Fri., June 6, 2008, following a lengthy battlewith lung cancer. He was 75.
Helmut was born in East Germany on Nov. 17, 1932 to his parentsDaniel and Maria Rutschkowski (nee Sokolowski). He lived in EastGermany until 1950 when he immigrated to Canada at the age of18. He eventually moved to Ottawa, and in 1961 he met JohannaBalreich whom he married in September of 1964.
He learned the trade of brick masonry which he continued throughouthis life, and he was well respected in that trade. Helmut wasa hard working, independent man with a heart of gold. He lovedto joke with his sisters Elli and Irene. He loved animals, gardening,and going out for breakfast with his daughter Johanne. He wasman who lived a simple life, and he will be deeply missed by familyand friends, but never forgotten for he enriched the lives ofall who knew him.
He is survived by his wife Johanna of Winchester, his daughterJohanne Rutschkowski (Robert Dubois) of RR#2 Chesterville, andhis sister Irene Ganslmaier of St. Isidore. He was predeceasedby sisters Edith Bachinger and Elli Jonas, and brothers Albertand Gerhard. He is also survived by nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home inWilliamsburg on Thurs., June 12 from 9 to 10:30am. A Memorialservice will be held at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Williamsburgon Thurs., June 12 at 11am with Rev. Ted Guthrie officiating,followed by interment of cremated remains at Maple Ridge Cemeteryin Chesterville. The pallbearers are Ronnie Jonas, Shane Jonas,Paul Gallant, and Dave Bungay.
Donations to the S.P.C.A., Winchester District Memorial Hospital,or the Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre would be gratefully acknowledgedby the family.