LACONIA — Vincent William "Bill" Rudzinski Jr., 90, has gone to be reunited with his beloved wife, Pauline, of 66 years,who passed away on July 5, 2011. He passed away on Friday, December 20, 2013, at his home surrounded by his loving daughters. He was born March 11, 1923 to William Rudzinski, Sr. and Ludovicki (Wengras) Rudzinski at their home on Union Avenue. Both parents were immigrants from Lithuania in the early 1900's, they owned and operated Laconia Ice Company, which is still in operation today.
Bill was a lifelong communicant of Our Lady of the Lakes Parish and was a life time resident of Laconia. He attended local schools and graduated from Laconia High School, Class of 1941.
Through his teen years, he worked for his parents delivering ice to several homes in the area and at age 90, could still remember the names of most of his customers. At the age of 15, he began his self-employed coin machine operation business which continued for 58 years, retiring in October 1996 at the age of 73. He owned and operated Bill's Playland at the Weirs with his wife and family for 33 years. He met and made many lifelong friends. He was a very hard working and quiet man, greatly respected and deeply loved by many. Bill and his wife made several trips cross country to Las Vegas where they would vacation, where they loved to gamble.
Our Dad, Grampa, Popi will be greatly missed by us all, but he will always be alive in our hearts.
Bill was predeceased by his wife Pauline in 2011, his son Vincent III "Bud" 2010, Grandson Rodney Colby 1996, Son-in-Law Edward Batchelder 2003, his father 1941, his mother 1979, infant sister Jule 1916, infant sister Luidovicki 1918, his sister SophieRoubo 1990 and Brothers Alex 1988 and John 2006.
He has left behind 4 daughters Sylvia Batchelder, Leda Rudzinski, Stacia Larivee and Paula and husband Bert DuBois, Daughter-in-Law Veronica Rudzinski III. He leaves 8 grandchildren and their spouses, Tina Batchelder, Jack Batchelder and wife Shelly, Brandi and husband Bill DeGroot, Victor Larivee Jr. and wife Jill, Danielle Minery, Pauline Doucette and husband Tim, Vincent Rudzinski IV and Damien Rudzinski and wife Elizabeth. He also is survived by 10 Great-Grandchildren, Olivia and Matthew Doucette, Samantha, Nathan and Colby Batchelder, Autumn and River Minery, Cordelia Larivee-Ambrose, William and Abigail Rudzinski.
Calling hours will be held on Monday, December 23, 2013 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Carriage House of the Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H.
A Prayer Service will be held following the calling hours at 6 p.m. also at the Funeral Home.
Burial will be private.
The family wishes to express their gratitude to Central New Hampshire VNA & Hospice. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations should be made to the Central New Hampshire VNA and Hospice, 780 North Main St, Laconia, NH 03246.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant St. Laconia is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com