In Memory of

Louis Rutkowski

The New Journal, Wilmington, DE
July 10, 2002

 

Louis E. Rutkowski Age 79, of Wilmington, DE and formerly of Norfolk, VA, died Monday, July 8, 2002 at the Parkview Nursing Center.

For the past year, the competent, caring and compassionate staff of Parkview were totally instructional in providing him with a quality of life equal to that of a loving family. Lou was the beloved husband for 52 years to the late Mary Subda Rutkowski, who passed away in 1998. Lou was born and raised on 7th Street in Wilmington's eastside. He joined the US Navy and proudly served his country for 30 years. He retired as a Chief Petty Officer. "Ski" was a machinist having served aboard many ships including the USS Mississippi, the USS New Jersey and his all time favorite the USS Glacier, an icebreaker that took Lou on expeditions to Antarctica, South Pole. After retirement he became a Civil Service Training Instructor, in the Amphibian Engineering Field, in which he was deemed an expert in all phases of Amphibian Maintenance. He authored a manual and initiated a training program for instructors while serving as the Chief of the Powertrain Committee. Lou was a life member of the Glacier Society as well as a member and supporter of many other organizations. Lou had an inventive spirit and enjoyed many hobbies including designing and hand tooling leather items. He also did lathe woodworking, photography, and cooking. He was a good neighbor and devoted friend to many, especially his Glacier shipmates and enjoyed sharing through his story telling.

Lou is survived by a brother, Henry Rutkowski; and a sister, Dorothy Ciuffetelli, both of Wilmington, DE; as well as several nieces, nephews, great and great great nieces and nephews. Among those are nephew, Manual Subda and his wife Linda and their daughter, Alison and Siobhan, who brought him joy and comfort; his buddy, nephew, Michael Subda; and his devoted niece, Bernadette Drozd, who cared for him and was his constant assistant.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Lou's memory to your favorite charity.

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