(formerly of Bay City)
Our loving husband, father, brother, grandfather and friend passed away Thursday, April 23, 2015 at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo, age 74. He was born October 19, 1940 in Bay City to the late Walter and Joann H. (Adamski) Ruszkowski. He graduated from St. Stanislaus School in 1959 and then enlisted in the US Air Force where he served his country during the Vietnam Era and retired after 23 years of dedicated service. Bernard married Patricia A. Mysliwski in St. Stanislaus Kostka Church on October 19, 1963 and she survives him. He was a long time member of St. Michaels Parish in Remus, Michigan and currently with Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish-St. Stanislaus Church. Ben was a member and supporter of the DAV and American Legion in Portage and enjoyed hunting, fishing, outdoors and the occasional round of golf. He was a big fan of the Detroit Tigers, Lions, Red Wings and the University of Michigan.
Surviving besides his wife, Patricia are four children: John (Sue) Ruszkowski, Richard (Michelle) Ruszkowski, Traci (Al) Salmi and Joann (Rick) Statz, eleven grandchildren: Mike, David, Jessica, Kayla, Steven, Luke, Jake, Zach, Matthew, Nicholas and Caleb, three brothers: Edward (Ann) Ruskowski, Bill (Sandy) Ruszkowski and David (friend, Ron Deyo) Ruszkowski, two sisters, Monica (Joe) Borkowski and Jane (Al) Kula, one sister in-law, Betty Ruszkowski and a beloved aunt, Ida Belle Vetter. Ben was predeceased by three brothers: Robert (Pat #1) Ruskowski, Danny Ruszkowski and Jim Ruszkowski and an uncle Elmer Vetter.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 10:00 am at Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish-St. Stanislaus Church. Fr. Jerzy Dobosz will celebrate Mass and military honors, under the auspices of the Bay County Veterans Council will be after Mass in the church plaza. Interment will take place at Fort Custer National Cemetery in Battle Creek. Friends may call at the Ambrose Funeral Home on Wednesday from 2:00 to 8:00 pm and Thursday at church after 9:00 am. A Parish Vigil Service for Ben will be held Wednesday at 7:00 pm from the funeral home. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the American Lung Association.