Obituary of John J. Rusczyk
John Joseph Rusczyk, 82, of Glastonbury, Connecticut, passed away at the comfort of his own home on Saturday May 1, 2021 with his beloved wife Elaine Agnes (Kelley) of 60 years at his side. John was born October 31, 1938 in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania to John Benedict and Josephine Lillian (Pierzchala) Rusczyk. John moved to Connecticut in 1958 to enroll into Connecticut’s Machinist Program and had a successful and rewarding 34-year career at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft. John also owned and operated a small blueberry farm for over 25 years that provided lasting memories for his family.
In addition to his wife Elaine, John is survived by his daughters Laurie Mankus, Jennifer Bidwell and her husband Michael; his sons David Rusczyk and his wife Lynn, Paul Rusczyk and his wife Sandi, John Rusczyk and his wife Merrily; his brother Albert Rusczyk and his wife Terry; his sister in-laws Elaine Rusczyk, Marilla Kelley, and Kelly Putnam; and his brother in-law Burton Kelley and his wife Chris. John also leaves behind his adored grandchildren: Erica Leary and her husband Mike, Gary Mankus and his wife Morgan, Jonathan Thomas, Dylan, and Caroline Rusczyk, Benjamin and Molly Rusczyk, Rachael, Jack, and Leah Bidwell, and Makenna Rusczyk; and his great grandchildren: Katrina and Ella Leary, Madyson and Rylee Mankus, and many nieces and nephews. John was predeceased by his parents, his younger sister Joan Jenner and his brother in-law Thomas Jenner, younger brother Edwin Rusczyk, and his brother in-law Robert Kelley.
John loved outdoor activities including hunting and snowmobiling and was able to repair any piece of mechanical equipment. He had an inquisitive mind that was always interested in learning how things worked and an infectious smile and twinkle in his eyes that will be missed by family and friends.
Friends and family are invited to pay their respects at Mulryan Funeral Home at 725 Hebron Avenue, Glastonbury, Connecticut on Monday, May 10, 2021 from 5:00 until 7:00 pm. In order to adhere to current COVID 19 mandates, masks are required and six feet of social distancing will be maintained. A Mass of Christian Burial will be private prior to burial. John will be laid to rest at the Holy Cross Cemetery in Glastonbury, Connecticut on Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 12:30 pm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.