Henry Rutkoski of Mattituck died Dec. 22, 2013, in West Palm Beach, Fla. He was 87.
He was born July 14, 1926, to John and Laura (Wagner) Rutkoski. He graduated from Mattituck High School in 1944 and married Helen Penski in Hudson Heights, N.J., on Oct. 17, 1953.
A lifelong farmer and North Fork resident, Henry ran the Hooterville Farm Stand for 45 years.
In the community, he was a communicant of Our Lady of Ostrabrama R.C. Church and a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Polish American Club in Riverhead and Mattituck Fire Department, where he served as a chief and commissioner.
He is survived by his wife, Helen; his children, Patricia Deerkoski of Florida, Thomas Rutkoski of Colorado, Robert (Marilyn) Rutkoski of Mattituck and David (Mary) Rutkoski of Delaware; seven grandchildren, Brian Slaga, Greg Deerkoski, Michael Rutkoski, Jennifer Rutkoski, Jessica Rutkoski, Christopher Rutkoski and Noah Rutkoski; and a great-grandson, Robert Slaga. He was predeceased by a son, John Rutkoski, in 2003 and by nine siblings: Stanley Rutkoski, Jean Hauck, Bertha Bokina, Helen Simchick, Ann Dixon, John Rutkoski Jr., Josephine Gevinski, Mary Kaider and Edward Rutkoski.
The family received friends Dec. 27 at DeFriest-Grattan Funeral Home in Mattituck, where firematic services were held. The Liturgy of Christian Burial was celebrated Dec. 28 by Father Stan Wadowski at Our Lady of Ostrabrama R.C. Church. Interment was at Sacred Heart R.C. Cemetery in Cutchogue.
Memorial donations to the Mattituck Fire Department Rescue Squad would be appreciated.
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