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Vasil Rucho.

WEST BOYLSTON - Vasil Rucho fell asleep in the Lord on May 7, at the age of 83. He and his beloved wife, Florence (George) Rucho, would have celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary next month.

He is mourned by his daughter, Melanie (Rucho) Mentis and her husband, Fr. Peter Mentis, of Toronto, Ontario, and his son, Christopher Rucho and his wife, Julie (Dowey) Rucho, of West Boylston, along with five grandchildren, Nicholas and Alexandra Mentis and Matthew, Brian, and William Rucho.

Likewise he leaves his brothers, John Rucho and his twin, Louis Rucho, and a large extended family of in-laws, nephews, nieces, and friends who will miss his warm laugh and eager help.

He was predeceased by brothers, Barney Rucho, Thomas Rucho, Peter Rucho, and sisters, Celia Soter and Margaret Yanka.

Mr. Rucho was born in Worcester on August 5, 1928, the son of Andon and Banusha Rucho. He worked for the Table Talk Pie Co. for 33 years. He also worked in the family business, Dian's Flower Shop, and at UMass Medical Center.

Throughout his life he was a faithful steward of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church and gave of his time and effort humbly and tirelessly. His greatest joy was to serve others and offer his help in whatever way was needed. At family dinners or church events, he could always be found at the kitchen sink so others could relax and enjoy the day.

The funeral will be Thursday, May 12, at 10 a.m. at St. Nicholas Orthodox Church, 34 Gold St., Shrewsbury. Burial will follow in Hope Cemetery. A calling hour will be from 9 to 10 a.m., prior to the funeral, at Mercandante Funeral Home and Chapel, 370 Plantation St.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Nicholas Orthodox Church.
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Date:May 12, 2011
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