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"A Tribute to Ruth Carenzo"

The dictionary defines the word Gem as - a beloved or highly prized person. The dictionary also denotes the meaning of Exceptional as – well above average as well as extraordinary. The combined meanings of these two words describe Ruth Carenzo perfectly. She was indeed, “beloved and highly regarded by all that knew her and was without a doubt one who always exceeded expectations”…a very remarkable lady.

This year, Ruth would have celebrated and thus been recognized for 25 years of service for all of her contributions and countless hours of volunteer work at Enfield Loaves and Fishes soup kitchen as a treasured “member of our family.” Every week for over 24 years, Ruth faithfully and willingly served dinner to our guests. She enjoyed sharing stories with each of them. She was pleased to be able to use her previous experiences

to help the guests and was always willing to assist with administrative duties at the soup kitchen. Ruth was a lady with many interests as she was deeply committed to donate her time. For almost 30 years she was a volunteer in a group called “Project Concern.” This group of women would visit inmates at Somers and MacDougall prisons on a weekly basis to sit and talk with, or listen to the inmates. Being a part of this very valuable project was a commitment Ruth honored until two weeks before she became ill.

Her love to serve those in need was also shared at the Little Sisters of the Poor. Ruth volunteered every day for many years feeding patients in need of assistance. Ruth, once again offered companion-ship and compassion to those less fortunate as she enjoyed visiting with each resident. Ruth was a very talented lady and enjoyed floral arranging, painting and upholstering furniture. To this day, her home displays many of her beautiful works. Ruth also worked for 30 years as an executive secretary at Kaman Aircraft.

Ruth’s generous and kind spirit; humorous nature; love for the poor and needy; sense of commitment; devotion to her church; and love for her family and friends, are all attributes that make Ruth “An Exceptional Gem,” treasured by all who knew and loved her. The legacy Ruth has left will live on and she will never be forgotten.