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The Times
  • Nicholas T. Rutkowski

  • Nicholas T. Rutkowski, 25, of Stratford, New York, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, in Bernards Township, New Jersey.

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  • Nicholas T. Rutkowski, 25, of Stratford, New York, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, in Bernards Township, New Jersey.
    Nick's journey began on October 4, 1986, in Seward, Alaska, where he was born to Jeff Rutkowski and Judith Dopp. He was educated at Dolgeville Central School and graduated with the Class of 2004. Nick then went on to pursue his education and attended Fulton Montgomery Community College and graduated with the Class of 2006 with an Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts. Upon his graduation from FMCC, Nick attended the State University of New York, College at Oneonta, where he earned a Bachelor's of Science Degree in Geography. He made a lasting and deep impact on everyone he knew; folding family and friends into his life with sincere and honest love. Nick's sense of humor, generosity, adventurous spirit, and infectious curiosity for nature will be forever missed. He had a passion for rock climbing, hiking, camping, and exploring new places.
    Nick was a naturalist and was most at peace in the Adirondack Mountains, a secret cave, or with his family at their camp on Canada Lake. Nick spent a wonderful year in Hawaii-climbing, exploring, working as a cook, and enjoying his best friends. He recently lived and worked in New Jersey with his brother and beloved friends. Nick's compassion and gentleness reflected his close relationship with God; God is building an army that Nick is now a part of.
    Nicholas is loved and survived by his parents, Jeff Rutkowski and Judith Dopp; his best friend and brother, Benjamin Rutkowski; and his best friend and sister, Hannah Rutkowski and her fiance, Trevor Murcray.  He will forever be remembered by many aunts, uncles, cousins, and his grandfather, Nicholas Rutkowski.
    Thank you to his true and special friends--Josh, Dave, Ethan, Logan, and Theanna.
    Nick's spirit now soars like the Arctic Tern for which his parents lovingly gave his middle name.
    Calling hours will be held on Sunday, April 29, 2012, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Miller-Plonka Funeral Home, 30 Wolf Street, Dolgeville, New York. A memorial service will be held immediately following calling hours on Sunday, April 29, 2012, at 3 p.m. also at the funeral home, with Rev. Roger Waldon officiating.
    In lieu of floral offerings, the family has asked that memorial contributions be considered for the Dolgeville Food Pantry c/o Edythe S. Darling, 464 Shedd Rd., Dolgeville, NY 13329.
    To leave a message of sympathy for the Rutkowski Family, visit www.millerplonkafuneral home.com and sign the guestbook.

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