Anne Ruffolo Hetzel, 84, of New Milford Connecticut died with complications related to pneumonia on February 12, 2016 at home surrounded by family. She was on hospice care at home. Devoted and beloved mother and grandmother, aunt, sister, and friend, she will be deeply missed.
Anne was born on September 10, 1931 in New York and attended Hunter College obtaining a BS in Anatomy and Physiology and attaining the highest honour of Phi Beta Kappa. After twenty-one years of military life, she moved with her husband Major Rudolph Frank Hetzel (Rudy) to New Milford in 1963. She is pre-deceased by her husband of 53 years, Rudy Hetzel, and daughter Cecilia Anne Hetzel who died of premature birth in 1954 in Frankfurt, Germany. Her parents were Dr. Riccardo Francis Ruffolo and Philomena Parlato Ruffolo (Queens, NY) and brother, Ralph Ruffolo (Queens, NY). She is survived by 4 children, their spouses, and ten grandchildren: Edward Frank & Carola Bourke Hetzel, Tunkhannock, PA and their children all who live in Pennsylvania, Robin Leah Hetzel Burns (husband James Burns), Michelle Anne Hetzel (husband David Failing), and Rachel Marie Hetzel; Carl Frederick & Pamela Colepaugh Hetzel, Warren, CT and their children Kirsten Anne Hetzel & Alyssa Jean Hetzel; Suzanne Hetzel Campbell (husband Gerard Campbell), Vancouver, BC/Bellingham, WA and their children Lillian Vera Campbell (husband Jack Garigliano), Seattle, WA and Gregory Matthew Campbell, Stanford, CA; Kathryn Anne Hetzel Chauvin (husband Edward Paul Chauvin), New Milford, CT and their children Sarah Kathryn, Emily Suzanne, and Charlotte Renee Chauvin. She also is survived by her sister Louise Ruffolo Iseman (87) and her three sons, Anne’s nephews, Richard & wife Terry, Robert, and Frank.
Anne and Rudy were regular communicants at St. Francis Xavier Church in New Milford. Anne worked at New Milford High School teaching math and science and receiving a “Favorite Substitute Teacher Award”. She later moved into the front office at New Milford High School as bursar setting up the first computer programming accounting for student activities and events. She was active with the Girl Scouts with her daughters and enjoyed playing bridge and the “Young at Hearts” group at St. Francis Xavier Church. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Francis Xavier Church in New Milford, Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 10 am. Calling hours will be held Friday, February 12, 2016 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Lillis Funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT. See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/newstimes/
In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the New Milford Visiting Nurse Association, Hospice, 68 Park Lane Road, 21 Elm Street, New Milford, CT 06776.