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Saturday September 1st, 2018
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Eugenia V. Rutherford

Eugenia (Jeanne) Ogonowski Rutherford, 98, of Menands, New York passed away peacefully on August 10, 2018 in her home of 60 years surrounded by her loving family.

Jeanne, the daughter of the late Eugenia Ananieva and the late Thaddeus S. Ogonowski, Sr., was born in Schenectady, NY on July 15, 1920.  She was the devoted wife of Alexander Rutherford who passed at the age of 58 on March 31, 1977, and the adoring sister to her late brother Thaddeus S. Ogonowski Jr. of Schenectady, NY and her late sister Olga Rosenfield of Westport, CT. 

Jeanne was the affectionate mother of the late Michael Rutherford and of her surviving son Alexander Rutherford (Ann) of Brentwood, NH, daughter Monica Tofield (Stephen) of Union, ME, daughter Eugenia Rutherford of Latham, NY, son Thaddeus Rutherford (Kathy) of Niskayuna, NY and son William Rutherford (Michele) of Smithville, TX.   Grandma Jeanne is lovingly remembered by her grandchildren Eugenia Massey (Derek), Elizabeth Duncan (Jarrett), Eve Pratarelli (Nicholas), Hayley and Lea Rutherford, Emilia and Francesca Pittelli, Stephen Rutherford, Liam and Emily Rutherford and her great grandchildren Jackson and Juliet Massey and Hunter and Charlotte Duncan.

Jeanne was educated at Mount Pleasant High School, SUNY Albany and Russell Sage College.  She was a graduate of Russell Sage’s first class of physical education teachers and attended her 75th reunion last year.  Following graduation, Jeanne taught in Frankfort, Troy and Watervliet public schools.  She gave years of dedication and love to the Menands Public Library, Menands Public Schools, various Menands political committees, the Al-Anon organization, her dream group and her neighborhood book club.

Jeanne lived her life believing every day was a gift.  She saw the world as a place of greatness, respected mother-nature for her power and beauty, and viewed kindness and civility as the keys to success.  She valued education and craved never-ending knowledge, seeking solace in books and the Sunday morning newspapers surrounded by those who found peace in her presence.  Her trust in God created a spiritual existence through which she offered wisdom and comfort to all of the lives she touched.  To Jeanne, wealth was never measured by what your pocket held, but instead the love you held in your heart for yourself and all of God’s creatures.  Her unconditional love for her family and friends will live within each of us and she will be forever missed.

The funeral service for Jeanne will be held at the Trinity Church located at 1336 1st Avenue, Watervliet, NY on September 1, 2018 at 11AM.  Visiting hours will be held from 8AM to 11AM at Trinity Church on September 1st prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made by check to the Menands Public Library, 4 North Lyons Avenue, Menands, NY 12204.  The family of Eugenia Rutherford wishes to thank Community Hospice of Albany County for their compassion and comfort during Jeanne’s final days.  The Rutherford family is eternally grateful to the loving following of friends and extended family for their decades of adoration, life, joy and humor


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Guestbook

Dear Family of Eugenia, It was my pleasure to know Eugenia Rutherford for a time. She was smart, strong, and full of life. I always admired her for herself. A wonderful lady.

Edna Gundersen Blanchfield Mar 27 2019 12:00 AM

Dear Family of Eugenia, It was my pleasure to know Eugenia Rutherford for a time. She was smart, strong, and full of life. I always admired her for herself. A wonderful lady.

Edna Gundersen Blanchfield Mar 27 2019 12:00 AM

I am late on extending my condolences. Mrs. Rutherford was my neighbor for many years. I thoroughly enjoyed her company. I remember her fondly walking the village exercising with her walking stick that was taller than her. I am truly sorry for your loss, she was an amazing woman with a sharp mind and wit. All the while she was also very gracious, and we really need more people in our lives such as her.

Theresa Montanye Oct 18 2018 12:00 AM

I am late on extending my condolences. Mrs. Rutherford was my neighbor for many years. I thoroughly enjoyed her company. I remember her fondly walking the village exercising with her walking stick that was taller than her. I am truly sorry for your loss, she was an amazing woman with a sharp mind and wit. All the while she was also very gracious, and we really need more people in our lives such as her.

Theresa Montanye Oct 18 2018 12:00 AM

Dear Family if Jeanne, I was so sad to hear of Jeannes death. What a woman! What a loss! I was lucky to cross life paths with Nikki in 1964, and then her family. Jeanne became a part of my life at that time, and although there were gaps, our friendship lasted and developed throughout the years. Oh, the conversations at her dining room table. She would add direct and insightful comments often referring to us askYou girls with a slight shake of the head and smiles. Jeanne knew of my interest in the Dalai Lama and invited me to join her for his appearance in Albany. She knew of some of the challenges in my life and afterward sent me her own underlined and annotated copy of his seminal book The Art of Happiness. One of her starred entries is . . . a belief in the fundamental gentleness and goodness of all human beings, a belief in the value of compassion , a belief in a policy of kindness, and a sense of commonality among all living creatures. Thank you, Jeanne. Love, Mary Beth

Mary Beth Harris Aug 26 2018 12:00 AM

Dear Family if Jeanne, I was so sad to hear of Jeannes death. What a woman! What a loss! I was lucky to cross life paths with Nikki in 1964, and then her family. Jeanne became a part of my life at that time, and although there were gaps, our friendship lasted and developed throughout the years. Oh, the conversations at her dining room table. She would add direct and insightful comments often referring to us askYou girls with a slight shake of the head and smiles. Jeanne knew of my interest in the Dalai Lama and invited me to join her for his appearance in Albany. She knew of some of the challenges in my life and afterward sent me her own underlined and annotated copy of his seminal book The Art of Happiness. One of her starred entries is . . . a belief in the fundamental gentleness and goodness of all human beings, a belief in the value of compassion , a belief in a policy of kindness, and a sense of commonality among all living creatures. Thank you, Jeanne. Love, Mary Beth

Mary Beth Harris Aug 26 2018 12:00 AM

Of all the neighbors in life, Jean was the best. Our first day, we were deluged with help unpacking (thank you Rutherford clan!) and a breakfast to welcome us. The welcome continued with a neighbor who understood the difficult path of a pastor in a small village--she was supportive and caring, open to new ideas, and always celebrated life. She welcomed our youngest at seven, who insisted on going next door to "play with Jean." She always welcomed our daughter and treated her like an honored guest, something she has never forgotten. Her openness to new ideas and ways of seeing the world were and continue to be an inspiration. She will live on in our hearts and memories always. I am so sorry for your loss and for a light that has gone out. Peace.

Holly and Ken Applegate Aug 22 2018 12:00 AM

Of all the neighbors in life, Jean was the best. Our first day, we were deluged with help unpacking (thank you Rutherford clan!) and a breakfast to welcome us. The welcome continued with a neighbor who understood the difficult path of a pastor in a small village--she was supportive and caring, open to new ideas, and always celebrated life. She welcomed our youngest at seven, who insisted on going next door to "play with Jean." She always welcomed our daughter and treated her like an honored guest, something she has never forgotten. Her openness to new ideas and ways of seeing the world were and continue to be an inspiration. She will live on in our hearts and memories always. I am so sorry for your loss and for a light that has gone out. Peace.

Holly and Ken Applegate Aug 22 2018 12:00 AM

I was so sorry to see the notice of your mother's death. I really enjoyed talking to her on the phone or running into her at the library. we talked about old Menands or current ideas. I will miss her.

monica sharpe Aug 16 2018 12:00 AM

Daniel Valenti Aug 16 2018 12:00 AM

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