Beatrice Rutkoski
March 09, 2013


Mrs. Beatrice Rutkoski, 102, of Duryea, passed away into the arms of the Lord, comforted by her family on March 9, 2013 at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township, just one month short of her 103rd birthday.

She was born in Flushing, New York on April 14, 1910 and was the daughter of the late Alex and Diane Marchikitis Cimakosky. She attended Pittston High School.

She was the oldest member of Nativity of Our Lord Parish, Duryea.

She was a loving mother, grandmother, great grandmother and was loved by all who knew her. She enjoyed cooking, baking, gardening, playing bingo and her trips to Mohegan Sun. She was an Air Raid Warden during World War II.

She was a member of the American Legion Ladies Auxilliary, Duryea. She was a volunteer for the American Cross and for many years was a judge of elections.

She was the widow of Mayor Jess L. Rutkoski, who passed away on June 7, 1979.

Surviving are:
Daughter and caregiver: Diane M. Plisga, with whom she resided
Son: Jesse and his wife, Alicia, with whom she resided
Son: Jerome of Lake Sheridan
Jim Kersey of Lake Sheridan, whom she loved like a son

Four Granddaughters:
Vanessa A. Plisga
Christia Rhodes
Adriana Chenault
Dr. Alisa Rutkoski

Five Great Grandsons:
Logan and Dylan Rhodes
Aidan, Samuel and Cole Chenault

Brother: Albert and his wife, Irene, of Duryea
Great Nieces and Great Nephews

Funeral will be held Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. from the Bernard J. Piontek Funeral Home Inc., 204 Main Street, Duryea with Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 A.M. in Holy Rosary Church, Duryea with the Rev. Andrew Sinnott officiating. Interment will be in Holy Rosary Cemetery, Duryea. Friends may call Wednesday evening from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the donors favorite charity. To leave the family an online condolence or for further information, please visit our website at

Guestbook Entries

Diane, Jesse, and Jerry--I was deeply saddened to hear of your loss. Beatrice was surely a pillar of our old neighborhood and will be missed. Miss you guys Danny DeMarco

Danny DeMarco (about 7 years ago)

Diane, Jesse and Jerry and all your loved ones: I send my deepest sympathy to all of you. Beatrice was such a wonderful and vibrant woman. I admired her love of life and her vitality. I enjoyed driving her and my Mom to the Bingo whenever I was in town. My thoughts are with you.

Sandra Berkoski Singer (about 7 years ago)

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Kirk Turner and Butchie Loveless (about 7 years ago)

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