Carol Rutkowski – George Washington Wood Bed & Breakfast and so much more! You will be missed
by Brian Coll
Carol, well she got to do something most of us never get to do, buy her childhood dream home, make it a bed & breakfast and share it with the community she loved. I only wish she got to share it a lot longer. Sadly Carol Rutkowski passed away this weekend.
In the above photo, she is with her loving husband Joe and her business partner in the bed & breakfast. There were other photos I considered using, but this one felt right, posing in the bed & breakfast in front of a picture of the bed & breakfast. Joe and Carol bought the building a few years ago, poured their heart and soul into it and designed every aspect of it together. The building will always have Carol’s designs in it going forward.
She was an amazing person. in my conversations with her over the years, it never felt like there was a disposable conversation in the bunch. Probably my most recent conversation with her came the morning after the Conshy Prom, back in February. My wife Anna and I stayed at the B&B after the prom, and the next morning we got to chat. Joe and Carol came to the prom as well and from what I could tell had a great time dancing with friends. So, during our morning conversation the next day, Carol was hoping to get more involved in the prom for next year. She was so generous, the night of the prom Joe and Carol brought a flat screen TV and thought it would be cool if there was a dance contest where the winner walked away with the TV, it was a hit! The dance contest was epic, and it wouldn’t have been the same without Joe and Carol.
Carol, I wish we got to work together on this next prom. I wish I got to chat with you more. I really wish you got to retire from your regular job and operate the George Washington Wood Bed & Breakfast for a good long time. Those of us who got to know you are going to miss you. Your family, your husband Joe, well, I don’t know what they are going to do without you. You were a bright spot for many people.
Here is the official obituary from Moore, Snear & Ruggiero:
Carol A. Rutkowski
Carol A. ( McQuirns ) Rutkowski, 62, of Plymouth Meeting, PA passed away Friday, December 11, 2020.
She was born in Norristown, PA on October 2, 1958, the daughter of the late John and the late Marie ( Milewski ) McQuirns.
Carol has been living in Plymouth Meeting, PA, she grew up in Conshohocken, PA.
She graduated from Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School and Immaculata College.
She worked as a Global Regulatory Director in the Pharmaceutical Industry, and she was also the owner of George Washington Wood Bed & Breakfast of Conshohocken, PA.
Carol loved the house which became the Bed & Breakfast since she was a child. It was her dream to own it and restore it.
Throughout her travels Carol visited numerous countries including Sweden, The UK, Ireland and Italy but she always loved visiting Paris the most.
Carol was a loving, and caring person who would help anyone in need. She was an avid animal lover and truly loved her little girlies Jenny and Annie.
Carol was and excellent cook and for many years hosted the family holiday dinners and get togethers. She also loved swimming in her pool with her friends.
She was the wife of Joseph Rutkowski.
Survivors include Husband Joseph Rutkowski of Plymouth Meeting, PA, Sister Jane Rowe of Conshohocken, PA, Brother Jack (& Mary Jean ) McQuirns of King of Prussia, PA, Sister Susan Arbogast of Conshohocken, PA, and also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Her Memorial Service will be held Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 10:00 AM from Moore, Snear & Ruggiero Funeral Home, 300 Fayette Street, Conshohocken, PA.
Friends may call on Saturday morning from 9:00 to 10:00 AM at the Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers Carol would request that donations be made to animal shelters or recues of your choice.
The Family request that everyone who attends follows the required Covid-19 protocols of wearing masks and social distancing.
Arrangements by Moore, Snear & Ruggiero Funeral Home, 300 Fayette Street, Conshohocken, PA, (610) 828-0330.