Updated: Tue 8:06 AM, Sep 17, 2013
Funeral Home: Dignity Memorial Funeral Chapel - College Station
August 13, 1930 - September 15, 2013
Betty Ann Rutkowski passed away peacefully in her home Sunday, September 15, 2013 to be with Our Heavenly Father. Betty was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on August 13, 1930 and grew up in San Antonio, Texas. She graduated from Brackenridge High School and was a purple jacket drill team member.
As the wife of an Air Force Lt Colonel they were stationed overseas in Ruislip, England and Clark Air Force Base Philippines and in the States at Kelley AFB San Antonio, Texas, Maxwell AFB Montgomery, Alabama, March AFB Riverside, California, and The Pentagon in Washington DC. In 1966 Jack was called to duty in Vietnam, and Betty rose to the occasion taking care of her four children while her husband served. In 1971, Jack retired from the military and they moved the family to Austin, Texas to be near her parents Effie and Adolf Kor. In 1989, they moved to College Station, Texas when Jack had a new job opportunity.
She was a loving mother of four children and four grandchildren. When her children were young, she was their Sunday school teacher. She also volunteered at nursing homes and she was a wonderful homemaker. Her hobbies included antique shopping, and she had a great eye for decorating. She was known to rearrange her house on a weekly basis for fun. She also loved fashion, reading novels, playing bridge, and cooking. Some of the favorite dishes she cooked for her family were chicken and dumplings, lasagna, homemade pizza, and a special dressing for Thanksgiving dinners.
In addition to her parents, Betty is preceded in death by her sister, Dorothy Kor Lasky; and her brother, Richard Kor. Betty "Mimi" is survived by her devoted husband of 63 years, John "Jack" Albert Rutkowski; her four children, Jack David Rutkowski, Jeffrey "Jeff" Wayne Rutkowski and his wife Kim Cooney Rutkowski, Janet Lynn Rutkowski Flowers, Judith "Judy" Rutkowski Stanley and her husband Bret Wilson Stanley. And her grandchildren, Jacob "Jake" Gregory Rutkowski, Reed Austin Stanley, Weston Connor Stanley, and Blake Kirkland Stanley.
Visitation will be on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Chapel in College Station. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m., Wednesday, September 18, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in College Station, Texas. Interment will follow at College Station City Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Wounded Warrior Project at 2200 Space Park Drive, Suite 100, Houston, Texas 77058.