Obituary of Sister Marie Rutkowski
Sister Marie Colette Rutkowski, (formerly Sr. M. Inviolata) died peacefully on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at St. Francis Park in the 83rd year of life and the 61st year of religious life.
Marie Colette Rutkowski was born on March 1, 1935 in Danville, PA to the late Leon and the late Monika (nee Yancoski) Rutkowski. On January 6, 1956 she became a postulant and on August 2, 1960 Sister Marie Colette professed her final vows.
Sister Marie Colette received a Bachelor in Education degree from Holy Family College in Torresdale, PA. Throughout her 61 years of religious life, Sr. Marie Colette served primarily as a teacher and as a health care aide. As a teacher she served at St. Joseph, No. Tonawanda, Most Precious Blood, Angola, NY, St. Stanislaus, Baltimore, MD, St. Stephen, Shamokin, PA, and Mater Dolorosa, Holyoke, MA. Sr. Marie Colette also fulfilled her desire to help the infirmed by serving as an aide at Immaculate Conception Convent, Hamburg, NY, and St. Clare Manor, Lockport, NY. Sister also served for several years at St. Anthony Home for the Aged in Hamburg. She then took some time to care for her invalid father before returning to active ministry. Sister’s final years of active ministry were offered in service to her fellow Sisters through various convent ministries before joining her Sisters in the Care Community in 2005 where she continued to serve in the ministry of prayer and presence.
Sr. Marie Colette was taught by the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph at St. Stephen’s Parish in Shamokin, PA. The sisters influenced her vocation. She followed in the footsteps of her sister, the late Sister Rosetta Rutkowski, FSSJ, and her aunts, the late Sr. Geraldine Rutkowski, FSSJ and the late Sr. Joanette Rutkowski, FSSJ, and joined our community. Although she very much enjoyed her teaching years, her greatest joy was serving her sisters, especially when she had the opportunity to be at the bedside of our Sisters who were being called home to God.
Sr. Marie Colette enjoyed singing, watching EWTN, being outside in nature and eating all kinds of Polish foods and chocolates. She also very much enjoyed the interaction she had with the staff and other participants in the LIFE program.
Visiting hours will be held on Monday, May 7, 2018 from 3:00 – 6:30 p.m. at St. Francis Park, 5229 S. Park Ave, Hamburg, New York where a Memorial Prayer Service will be held at 6:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be offered in the Chapel on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be at St. Stanislaus Cemetery, Cheektowaga, NY. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph in memory of Sister Marie Colette Rutkowski.