Obituary of Ruth Czerbinski (1948 – 2022) – West Suffield, CT

Ruth Czerbinski (Pitoniak) was born on September 25, 1948 in Jessup, Pennsylvania to Michael and Amelia (Sporinsky) Pitoniak, the fourth of five siblings. She attended schools in Jessup, Pennsylvania and Stratford, Connecticut. Ruth earned a Bachelor of Science in Education and a Master of Arts in Spanish/French from Southern Connecticut State University. She then earned a sixth-year diploma in Education 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, sister Barbara and brother-in-law Edward Sachs, and brother-in-law Kirk Fagan. She leaves behind several nieces and nephews with their families. Ruth began her teaching career in Monroe, Connecticut and retired from the South Windsor Public School System in 2005, where she completed 35 years of service. Ruth was a highly respected Spanish teacher and chair of the foreign language department. She valued her students and stayed in touch with many over the years. Throughout her professional career, Ruth has participated in extracurricular assignments and activities to support both students and colleagues. During her 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 a curriculum. Ruth lived her life to the fullest. She loved to travel, visiting dozens of countries and many domestic destinations. She also planned and accompanied trips abroad with her students. Ruth loved entertaining and hosting events for family and friends. Collecting art, decorating her home, shopping and fashion were passions she enjoyed. Other hobbies included reading, running, antiquing, 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 at 12 noon (noon) on Thursday April 28 at the Heritage Funeral Home, 1240 Mountain Road, West Suffield. The funeral follows. Family and friends are invited to visit the funeral home on Wednesday, April 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. and Thursday, April 28 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. before the funeral service. For online condolences, please visit

Published by Hartford Courant on April 23, 2022.

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