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October 19, 1921 - August 20, 2016

Burial Date August 25, 2016

Funeral Home Roney Funeral North Grafton

Place of Service St. Mary's Church

Section Garden of Faith Lot Number: 274Grave Number: C#4

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     Helen E. (Flowers) Rutkiewicz, 94, passed away August 20, 2016 at Overlook Masonic Health Care Center in Charlton surrounded by her loving family. Her husband of 58 years, Benjamin Rutkiewicz, passed away in 2001. Helen is survived by her daughter Gaye Kenyon and her husband Bill, her son Peter Rutkiewicz and his wife Diane, her grandchildren Patrick Parker and his wife, Cynthia, Wendy Holsberger and her husband Carl, Brian Rutkiewicz and his wife Kym, Keith Rutkiewicz and his wife Sarah, Stephen Rutkiewicz , Jay Rutkiewicz, and his wife Krystle, 11 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Her son Paul Rutkiewicz predeceased her in 2003, and she also was the last of her siblings Myrtle, Pearl, Reba, Jean, Selma, Lucille and brothers James and Bruner.
     Helen was born October 19, 1921 in Angier, NC daughter of the late Nancy (Matthews) and Clem W. Flowers. Her North Carolina roots were a source of tremendous pride for Helen throughout her life. She met her husband Ben while working at Fort Bragg, NC , married in 1943 and relocated to Massachusetts where they raised their family. Growing up on a farm as one of 9 siblings Helen was instilled with a fierce work ethic very early in life. She attended Salter Secretarial School and worked for many years at Worcester Toy and Dapol Plastics as an Executive Secretary in Massachusetts. She had gifted hands , creating beautiful pieces in crochet and quilting and was an accomplished bowler often topping her husband Ben’s scores much to his chagrin. Those who knew Helen well will recall finding her completing crossword puzzles or finishing a favorite book as she was a voracious reader. She will be warmly remembered for the poise and independence with which she lived, her warm southern hospitality and as the matriarch of her loving family.
     Please honor Helen with a memorial donation in lieu of flowers to Overlook Masonic Health Center ,c/o Business Office , PO Box 1000, Charlton, MA 01507. All are welcome to calling hours for Helen Wednesday August 24th from 5pm to 8pm at Roney Funeral Home 152 Worcester St. N. Grafton, MA 01536. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday August 25th at 10:00am at St. Mary’s Church 17 Waterville St. N. Grafton, MA 01536. She will then be laid to rest at Worcester County Memorial Park in Paxton.