Obituary of Ruth T. Lemchak
Ruth Rose Mary Theresa Kapusta Lemchak, age 95, of Oxford, beloved wife of the late Joseph Lemchak, died on October 24, 2020, at Griffin Hospital. Born in Derby on August 28, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Victoria Piekarczyk Kapusta. Mrs. Lemchak was raised in Derby, was a lifelong member of St. Michael Church and The Polish Falcons. A true individual, she lived life fully with an ever-inquisitive spirit, a great sense of humor, a joyful zest for life; always retaining her childlike exuberance. Family was front and center in her life. With a great love for animals, she saved and nurtured many feline companions throughout the years. Possessing an amazing green thumb, she always grew beautiful flowers, vegetables and fruits. Later in life she worked as a nurse’s aide, shining her lively spirit upon the lonely and infirm, until the time of her retirement. Ever valuing the importance of education and morals, she evoked inquisitiveness, eagerness and brightness in all whom met her. Having a great love of music and dancing, together with her husband Joseph, (local celebrities of sorts), attended church festivals, nightclubs, dances and polka events well into their eighties. They often frequented New Haven County establishments and venues to enjoy live bands, DJs and acoustic music - the much younger clientele affectionately referred to them as “Grandpa & Grandma”. She will be long remembered for her vivacious smile, the twinkle in her eye, and the love for her husband and family - supporting her children and grandchildren in their endeavors. Mrs. Lemchak is survived by her children, Susan Lemchak and husband Elliot Lessing of Oxford, Janice Fama of MA, Patricia Kamins of CA and Joseph Lemchak, Jr. of NY; seven cherished grandchildren and two cherished great-grandchildren; as well as several nieces and nephews. In addition to her husband of 60 years, she was predeceased by a daughter, Diana Lemchak; sisters, Sally Pagano and Gladys Zyla; and brothers, Edward, John, Frank and Charles Kapusta. Private interment will take place in Mountain Meadows Cemetery, Seymour. The Wakelee Memorial Funeral Home, 167 Wakelee Avenue, Ansonia, is in care of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to Animal Welfare Society http://www.aws-shelter.org Online condolences may be made at www.wakeleememorial.com. "Why not? You'd be surprised!"