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Bernard Joseph Rutkoski, 98, passed away on the evening of May 19, 2018.
Bernard was born on January 6, 1920 to the late Joseph and Katherine Rutkoski in Akron, Ohio. He grew up in Akron and resided most of his life in Tallmadge. He bravely served in the US Army as a sergeant during World War II, 7TH Armored Division. He fought in some of the biggest battles including the Battle of the Bulge. He received a medal for Good Conduct, EAME Service Ribbon, and 4 Bronze Stars.
After the war he returned home to wed Mary, his beloved wife for over 60 years. Bernard and Mary lovingly raised 10 children together. Though a hard-working employee of the US Postal Service for 30 years, he always found time to devote to each of his children and his wife, whom he deeply adored.
He is preceded in death by his wife Mary and sister Irene.
Bernard is survived by his children; daughters, Patty, Anne (Tom), Ruth, June, Esther (David), Frances (John), Mary (Dave), Carol (Jeff) and sons John and Bruce. Grandchildren; Sarah (Edward), John, Erin, Dylan, Elaina, Weston and Rose. Great Grandchildren; Johnathon, William, Alora and Morgan.
Bernard was a quiet, kind-hearted, family-oriented, intellectual, and spiritual man who believed that “God helped those who help themselves.” He enjoyed carpentry projects, gardening, hiking, and the outdoors. He was an avid reader, loved books, and had a library in his home. His children have many good memories of hiking and picnicking with Dad. His favorite morning walks were at the Munroe Falls Metro Park after retirement
Bernard’s wonderful sense of humor and wit always brought smiles and laughter. He instilled good values, work ethics, and a regard for the natural world in his children, which they have passed on to their children in turn. The abundance of educational materials at home provided intellectual stimulation for his children.
Bernard’s gentle presence will be sorely missed by his family as he now joins Mary to be together again.
A private family memorial was held on Saturday May 26 at the Donovan Funeral Home in Tallmadge, Ohio.