Ruth Fiuczynski

Obituary of Ruth Fiuczynski

Ruth Louise Fiuczynski passed peacefully at her Princeton home on February 24, 2015. She was born in New York City as the oldest of three children of the late Alan W Reese, carpenter and builder, and the late Ruth Reese née Wilds, high school teacher. Ruth grew up in Darlington SC; graduated from Mayo High School (valedictorian), attended Bennett College in Greensboro NC where she graduated with a Bachelors degree. She received a Fulbright teaching assistantship for Berlin, Germany 1956/57, subsequently attended Rutgers University and received her Masters degree in Biology in 1962. Ruth worked as a lab assistant in New York and New Jersey 1957-1961; as science teacher at Nelly-Sachs Gymnasium in Neuss, Germany, teaching 5th through 11th grade (1972-1979) while staying with her family overseas (1972-1985). She established herself as an artist in ceramics and collages (1979-). Her work was shown in numerous gallery and museum exhibits in Paris (France), the Rhineland (Germany) and since 1985 in Princeton NJ and in Pennsylvania. Ruth was married for 55 years to Hans Fiuczynski, PhD, whom she met when she was in Germany on her Fulbright Teaching Assistantship. She is survived by her husband and three children: Andrea Fiuczynski, Chairman, Sotheby's West Coast; David Fiuczynski, Professor, Berklee College of Music; Marc Fiuczynski PhD, Principal Architect, Akamai Technologies, and by four grandchildren: Ana, Christian, Ella and Sky. Ruth was a member of The Links, Circelets, Junior League of Princeton, and for some years served as trustee of the Crossroads Theatre in New Brunswick NJ. Ruth was active in cultural affairs in the Princeton area (theatre, concerts, discussion groups, literature circles), and traveled widely with her family throughout the Americas, Europe, North Africa, and China. She was known to family and friends as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and sister, and as a strong, fearless, elegant and formidable lady. Her religious affiliation was Episcopalian, subsequently Lincoln Garden Baptist Church of Somerset. She also attended other churches in the Princeton area. It was Ruth's express wish to be quietly cremated, and her survivors not to mourn but continue their lives to the fullest and cherish and honor her in their hearts. A life celebration will be held later in this year. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Princeton Hospice; 88 Princeton-Hightstown Road; Princeton Junction, NJ 08550.
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