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August 3, 2013

Theresa F. Ruszkowski, 74

Rowley — Theresa (Toolan) Ruszkowski passed away peacefully at home with her husband, Walter, by her side on August 1, after a long illness, at the age of 74. Theresa is survived by her loving husband, Walter, of 56 years. They were married September 16, 1956, in Chelsea, Mass., at St. Rose Church. Theresa is lovingly remembered by her children, Daniel Ruszkowski and Tracey Macallister, James Ruszkowski and his wife, Danita, Donna (Ruszkowski) Gillespie and her husband, William, Ronald Ruszkowski and his wife, Jeanine Selvitella, and former daughter-in-law, Denise Ruszkowski. She is also survived by nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister, Patricia Upshaw.

Theresa was born in Boston, Mass., on August 14, 1938. She was the daughter of the late Rita and Robert Garvey. Theresa is predeceased by her brothers, Michael Toolan, John Toolan and Daniel Toolan; sister, Rita (Toolan) Byrne; and grandson, Dana Ruszkowski.

Theresa lived in Saugus for 28 years before residing in Rowley for the past 22 years. She worked for many years for Medi-Mart in Saugus and Walgreens in Newburyport.

Theresa was fondly known as “Nanny” by many and loved sewing, knitting and crocheting. She touched the lives of all that knew her because of her loving and generous ways. Many people have enjoyed her knitted dishcloths that she found pleasure in giving out. Theresa enjoyed spending time with her family and friends and summers at her home in Ossipee, N.H.

ARRANGEMENTS: Family and friends are invited to calling hours at the Merton E. Roberts, Jr. and Conte Funeral Home, 14 Pleasant St., Georgetown on Sunday, August 4, from 3 to 7 p.m. A funeral Mass will be offered from St. Mary Church, 202 Main St., Rowley, Mass., on Monday, August 5, at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at the Rowley Cemetery on Main Street in Rowley. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to VNA Care Network & Hospice Development Office, 199 Rosewood Drive, Suite 108, Danvers, MA 01923. Condolences for the family may be offered online at

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