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Patricia Ruzyski

March 13, 1942 - March 8, 2020
Farmington Hills, MI



Wednesday, March 11, 2020
3:00 PM to 8:00 PM EDT
Turowski Life Story Funeral Homes
Livonia, West of Middlebelt
30200 Five Mile Rd.
Livonia, MI 48154
(734) 525-9020

*Rosary 7:00pm

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Thursday, March 12, 2020
10:30 AM EDT
St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church
11441 Hubbard
Livonia, MI 48150
(734) 261-1455

*Instate 10:00am


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Cardwell Florist
(734) 421-3567

Life Story / Obituary


With a life that spanned times of war and times of peace, times of plenty and times of want, Patricia Ruzyski was an extraordinary woman to know and love. She was accompanied by an unwavering faith, and her life was a reflection of what it means to be the hands and feet of the Lord she loved. It was easy to see that there was no greater gift in Patricia’s life than her family, and she was happiest when surrounded by their love. Life will never be the same without her here, but she leaves behind a colorful mosaic of memories that her loved ones will forever hold near and dear to their hearts.

During the first half of the 1940s, the eyes of our nation were focused overseas as WWII increasingly gained ground. Countless young servicemen and women were called to serve, and those who remained stateside became all too familiar with rationing on common goods like rubber, tin, canned goods, and coffee. It was during this eventful time that Patricia Ann’s journey began on March 13, 1942. She was raised in Ferndale and was a fairly typical young girl of her generation. Patricia spent several weekends and holidays at her Aunt Ruby and Uncle Bus’s farm, cementing within her the incredible worth of family. She attended St. James Catholic School with her brothers, and she was a Cowbell cheerleader.

As a young woman Patricia was eager for all that life had in store. She attended Wayne State University and joined the United States Army. This was a life-changing event for Patricia as she traveled all around the country and met wonderful people who became friends.

Life was forever changed for Patricia when she met the young man who would forever hold the key to her heart. His name was Donald Ruzyski, and they met at a Catholic singles night. They were smitten, and in time true love took root. With a desire to spend the rest of his life with his sweetheart, Donald proposed to Patricia while driving home from a date one evening. Later, they became husband and wife and were eager to begin their new lives together. Life soon became hectic since they welcomed three children into their hearts home home including Elizabeth, Kathleen, and Colleen, nearly one right after the other. There was never anything of greater importance to Patricia than her family, and she fully devoted herself to them. She taught her family the importance of so many things of value including that family always comes first, the need for keeping God close in your family, and the importance of forgiving 70 times seven. Later in life Patricia was filled with unspeakable joy to welcome grandchildren into the family. In time, her family grew to include five grandchildren, Natalie, Aaron, Craig, Mark, Jack, and they were the light of her life.

Over the years Patricia was someone who preferred to be busy. She and her husband did a lot of traveling, and their travels took them to places such as Alaska, Long Boat Key, and Europe. Patricia loved singing in the church choir at Holy Family. She loved playing dominoes at Illene’s on Monday afternoons as well as Bingo at the Commons. It has been said that she was the most loyal Detroit Tigers fan ever. At home Patricia enjoyed Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy as well as Dr. Laura.

All who knew Patricia Ruzyski would agree that she was truly beautiful on the inside and out. She was thoughtful, compassionate, and genuine, and since she was outgoing as well as a great conversationalist she was the sort of person everyone seemed to know. “Win or Lose, they’re the best,” was something Patricia was known to say, about her favorite sports team, the Detroit Tigers. Her love for her family and friends was easy to see. Deeply loved, she will be forever missed.

Ruzyski, Patricia Ann. March 8, 2020 age 77. Beloved wife of the late Donald. Loving Mother of Elizabeth (Steve) Birmingham, Kathleen (Matthew) Bendernagel and Colleen (Larry) Conn. Dearest Grandmother of Natalie, Aaron, Craig, Mark and Jack. Visitation Wednesday 3-8 pm with rosary at 7pm at Neely-Turowski Funeral Home 30200 Five Mile (Between Middle Belt and Merriman). Instate Thursday 10AM until mass at 10:30 am at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church 11441 Hubbard (off Plymouth Rd West of Merriman). Interment Glen Eden Cemetery.