Jeanette Rudy, 93, of Syracuse, passed away Wednesday after a brief hospitalization. She grew up on the south side of Syracuse, graduating from Central High School, and worked at several places, including Wilson’s Jewelers. In addition to raising a family with her husband, Joe, she supported his business and volunteered at many organizations.
Jeanette and Joe settled in the Town of Geddes and were deeply involved in events and politics there. As life-long members of Ss. Peter and Paul Russian Orthodox Church, they were very active organizing events, volunteering at bingo, and serving on committees.
After Joe's death, Jeanette continued to live in her own home, never giving up shoveling snow and pulling weeds, to the amazement of friends and family. She enjoyed reading, especially the morning paper, and mysteries, and was an avid user of both Solvay and Hazard libraries.
Jeanette loved being a mother, often remarking that raising her sons was one of her greatest achievements. She was always interested in the latest news of family and friends who considered her a confidant they could rely on to listen without judgement and offer encouragement and wisdom.
Jeanette was predeceased by her husband of 59 years, Joe; daughter-in-law, Lucia Perillo; brothers, Nick and Kon Matchuk; and sister, Natalie Darrow.
Jeanette is survived by her three sons, John (Becky) of Rochester, NY, James of Olympia, WA, and Joe (Lonnie) of Portland, OR; several nieces and nephews, including Carol Hammon, Linda (Tom) Steitler, Kathy Rudy, Frank Rudy and Nick (Kathy) Matchuk; great-nieces and great-nephews; and honorary grandchildren, Matty and Ethan Hammon.
Relatives and friends may call Monday, May 2 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Ss. Peter & Paul Russian Orthodox Church, 401 Hamilton St., Syracuse.
Services will be Tuesday, May 3 at 10 a.m. at the church. Jeanette will be laid to rest in Ss. Peter & Paul Russian Orthodox Cemetery, Syracuse.
Jeanette was a great believer in helping people and enjoying life. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to one's favorite charity.