23 February 2018

My Dad

Daddy passed on 2 February. We buried him last Saturday - the 17th. Almost a week now. Still raw. But I will start writing again. It's been too long. For now ... his obituary, as published on the Wilde Funeral Home's website, is as follows:

Joseph P. Ruczhak, Jr., 75, of Christiana, PA, passed away on Friday, February 2, 2018 at the Brandywine Hospital. He was the husband of the late Barbara Still Ruczhak who died in 2013. They shared 45 years of marriage. Born in Rock Run, he was the son of the late Joseph and Anna Kurenda Ruczhak.

Joe was an area resident all his life and a 1960 graduate of the Coatesville High School. He served with the US Army in Vietnam. He was an UT Inspector at Lukens Steel Company/Arcelor Mittal. He retired in 2009 with 48 years of service. He was a member of Our Lady of Consolation Church.

He is survived by two daughters: Noreen Ruczhak of Christiana and Jeanne Ruczhak-Eckman and her husband Glenn of Lancaster, three grandchildren; Anna and Zorina Eckman of Lancaster and Mary (Eckman) Soanes and her husband Ashton of Mount Alto, PA, two great grandchildren; Sasha and Celia Soanes. He is also survived by a brother John Ruczhak and his wife Anne of Coatesville.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, February 17 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady of Consolation Church, 603 W. 2nd Avenue, Parkesburg, PA followed by Interment at St. Malachi Chapel Cemetery, Cochranville, PA. A viewing will be held on Saturday morning from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the Wilde Funeral Home, 434 Main St. Parkesburg, PA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his memory to the Wounded Warrior Project www.woundedwarriorproject.org

Online condolences can be posted at www.wildefuneralhome.com

Wilde Funeral Home in Parkesburg did a great job. I just want to thank everyone there.

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