Ruth Czerbinski (Pitoniak) was born on September 25, 1948 in Jessup, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Michael and Amelia (Sporinsky) Pitoniak, the fourth of five siblings. She attended Jessup, Pennsylvania and Stratford, Connecticut schools. Ruth earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education and a Master of Arts degree in Spanish/French from Southern Connecticut State University. She went on to earn a Sixth-Year diploma in Educational Administration from the University of Connecticut.
Ruth passed peacefully into eternal rest at home on April 19, 2022 with her husband Joseph P. Czerbinski, Jr. by her side. She is survived by brothers Michael Pitoniak and his wife Suzanne of Medfield, Massachusetts; Frank Pitoniak and his wife Jeannie of Fountain Valley, California; sister Mary Fagan of Woodstock, Vermont; sister-in-law Linda Czerbinski of Holyoke, Massachusetts; and sister-in-law Debora Dempsey of Westfield, Massachusetts. Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, her sister Barbara and brother-in-law Edward Sachs, and her brother-in-law Kirk Fagan. She leaves behind several nieces and nephews along with their families.
Ruth began her teaching career in Monroe, Connecticut and retired in 2005 from the South Windsor Public School System completing a total of thirty-five years of service. Ruth was a highly respected Spanish Language Teacher and Foreign Language Department Chairperson. She treasured her students and remained in contact with many throughout the years. During her professional career, Ruth participated in extracurricular assignments and activities to support both students and colleagues. Throughout the years at South Windsor High School, she organized a language immersion program, an advanced placement program, professional development programs, a high school language laboratory, and developed curriculum.
Ruth lived her life to the fullest. She enjoyed traveling immensely visiting dozens of countries and many domestic destinations. She also planned and chaperoned trips abroad with her students. Ruth loved entertaining and hosted events for family and friends. Collecting art, decorating her home, shopping, and fashion were passions she savored. Other hobbies included reading, running, antiques, golf, hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing.
Ruth was a bright light and will be missed by family and friends.
The Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, April 28 at 12 (noon) at Heritage Funeral Home, 1240 Mountain Road, West Suffield. Burial will follow. Relatives and friends are welcome to visit the funeral home on Wednesday, April 27 from 5-7 pm and Thursday, April 28 from 11 am-noon prior to the funeral service. For online condolences please visit www.SuffieldFuneralHome.com.