Norwich, CT — Yetta Rutchik, wife of the late Louis Paul Rutchik, of Norwich, Conn., and formerly of Gloucester, Mass., passed away on July 11, in the Norwichtown Rehabilitation and Care Center in Norwich.
Yetta was born on April 26, 1920, in New York City, the daughter of Sam and Minnie Horowitz. She was predeceased by her sisters, Annie Horowitz who died before Yetta was born and Lillian Friend of Chester, Conn.; and brothers, George Horowitz and Jack Horowitz of West Hartford, Conn. She is survived by her daughter, Diane Penta of Malden, Mass.; and her son, Robert Rutchik of Gloucester. She is also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.
Yetta was raised in Moodus, Conn. She graduated from Nathan Hale High School in East Haddam, Conn., in 1938 and the Hartford Hospital School of Nursing in 1941. She married Louis, who was then in the Army, in Norwich on July 26, 1943. Louis died on February 26, 1992.
She worked part-time as a nurse at the Summit Nursing Home in Jewett City, Conn., until 1991.
Yetta was a kind and outgoing person. She loved her family and she loved to watch and root for the Red Sox, Celtics, and the University of Connecticut Men’s and Women’s basketball teams. She always looked forward to seeing at least one game in Fenway Park each season.
She loved just as much going to Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Casinos as her annual trip with her son and daughter to Las Vegas, which she did until she was 91.
Yetta was very active in the Hadassah sisterhood when she lived in Gloucester and is still remembered fondly there by people who knew her, even though she and Louis moved to Norwich in 1970. In her later years in Norwich, she was very active in the Jewish Seniors, always reading and waiting to go on their annual trips to Philadelphia, upstate New York, or wherever the annual excursion was to.