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Inez (Bourns) Ruttkofsky-Dowling

July 5, 1925 ~ February 3, 2021 (age 95)

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Inez Ruttkofsky-Dowling, age 95, of Onsted, MI was taken to her heavenly home on angel’s wings on February 3, 2021.  Inez was born on July 5, 1925, the youngest child of Ivan and Lorene Bourns of Onsted, MI.  She was raised by her grandmother, Maggie Preston, on the Preston Centennial Farm in Tipton, MI.  As a child, Inez attended the Wolfburg one-room school house and Union Gospel Church.  She attended Onsted and Adrian High Schools. Inez was blessed with so much love in her life. On June 6, 1942, Inez married John Ruttkofsky Jr. Together they raised nine children: sons - Gerald (Diane), William, John (Caryl), and Michael (Mylen) Ruttkofsky and daughters – Sandra Smith (deceased 2-3-2021), Judy (Eugene) Martin, Clara Warner/Michaluk, Joann Corbin/Howland, and Joy (Tom) Wooden/Luck. John and Inez were married until he preceded her in death on August 10, 1995.  Inez later remarried Lawrence “Huck” Dowling (Sandra & Sharon) on November 21, 1996.  Inez and Huck were married until he preceded her in death on December 15, 2012. Inez was also preceded in death by her daughter, Sandra Smith who passed away January 3, 2021, her brother Hollis Bourns, and her grandchildren, Wendy, Amanda, Miranda, and Issac.  Inez is survived by her sister Viola Abbott (98). Inez loved her large family very much, which includes her 37 grand children, 74 great grandchildren, and 16 great great grandchildren.  Inez was also blessed with 20 step-grandchildren/great grandchildren/great great grandchildren.  She was known as Aunt Dine by her many nieces and nephews. Inez was a life long homemaker, cooking the best cookies, pies, potato salad, sauerkraut and head cheese.  Her handmade gifts of baby blankets and dolls are treasured by all her family.  She enjoyed reading, crocheting, traveling to Ireland (her last trip in 2019), family research, and wintering in Florida. Inez started each day with her bible and daily prayer list for all.  She was a faithful 67-year member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church Irish Hills.  Her leaving us is only eased by her faith in God and her peace in heaven. 2 Timothy 4-7 – I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith. Private family funeral services are through J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home in Tecumseh, MI.  A memorial celebration for family and friends will be planned for July 5, 2021 on her 96th birthday.  Memorial gifts can be made in Inez’s honor to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Brooklyn, MI, to Onsted Schools Alumni Foundation, or to any other charity of the donor’s choice. 

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Future Memorial Celebration
July 5, 2021

Private Family Services

J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home
210 W. Pottawatamie St
Tecumseh, MI 49286


St. Marks Lutheran Church - Brooklyn
11151 US Highway 12, Brooklyn MI 49230

Onsted Schools Alumni Foundation
PO Box 194, Onsted MI 49265

Charity of Donor's Choice
2959 N. Adrian Hwy, Adrian MI 49221

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