Janice “Jan” Hart Ruenheck, 84, passed away on March 7, 2021. A Worcester, Massachusetts native and resident for over 50 years, Jan graduated from Ascension Catholic High School in 1954 and attended Worcester State College, was a member of Christ the King Catholic Church. She had many fond memories of life in Worcester and the beaches of New England.
In retirement, Jan and her husband, Raymond T. “Ray” Ruenheck moved to Myrtle Beach, SC where they spent 15 happy years together, golfing, traveling, going to the beach, spending time with friends and being bossed around by their little collie, Molly.
After Ray’s passing in 2004, Jan moved to VA to live closer to family. She made many friends in the Port Warwick community in Newport News, and was also a member of St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church in Yorktown, VA. She enjoyed luncheons with the Red Hat Society ladies, Life-Long Learning programs at CNU. She was always delighted to watch her grandchildren perform with the Poquoson Islanders HS marching and symphonic bands, especially during the Christmas season.
She leaves behind two sons, Peter J. Mussoni and Thomas A. Mussoni, both of Charlotte, NC, and two daughters, Katherine Queen (Timothy) of Poquoson, VA, and Annie Morrison (Jeffrey) of Hampstead, MD. In addition to her children, she leaves behind six grandchildren, Matthew Mussoni of Camarillo, CA, Charles Queen of Panama City, FL, Ethan Queen of Roanoke, VA, and Eliza Queen of Poquoson, VA, and Sophia and Brody Morrison of Hampstead, MD. She also leaves behind her sister, Mrs. Susan (William) Parker of Tewkesbury, MA., and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She is predeceased by her husband, Raymond T. “Ray” Ruenheck, parents, Charles R. and Kathryn E. Hart (Greene) of Worcester MA, her brother Charles A. Hart of Pineville, NC, and her sister Marie Ludy of Grafton, MA.
Our family would like to thank the wonderful caregivers at Yorktown Convalescent & Rehab nursing home staff that cared for Jan, and provided guidance to our family over the last 18 months. When the pandemic closed the nursing home doors to non-essential visitors, they coordinated Zoom calls for residents to stay connected to their families. They did everything possible to keep their residents from feeling so isolated and lonely during this difficult time while continuing to provide excellent care. Your kindness and compassion will always be remembered and we will always be grateful.
A celebration of life will be held in New England sometime this summer. At this time, final arrangements are incomplete because of travel restrictions and limitations due to COVID.
In lieu of flower arrangements, please consider making a donation in Jan’s name to St. Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church, 3800 Big Bethel Rd., Yorktown, VA 23693
Arrangements and heartfelt guidance through Claytor Rollins Funeral Home
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St Kateri Tekakwitha Catholic Church
3800 Big Bethel Road, Yorktown VA 23693