82 Fairview Ave.
Naugatuck, CT 06770
Phone: 203-729-4334
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Mary Rimkus

Mary Rimkus

Thursday, June 5th, 1924 - Monday, November 9th, 2020
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Mary (Kloc) Rimkus
1924 - 2020

NAUGATUCK, CT Mary (Kloc) Rimkus, 96, passed away peacefully in the arms of her loving family on Monday, November 9, 2020 at her home in Naugatuck. She was predeceased in 2008 by her husband of 64 years, John, and her son Richard in 1993, and her son Stephen in 2013, four sisters- Sabina, Helene, Lenore, and Jane, and eight brothers- Walter, Stanley, John, Michael, Joseph, Raymond, Victor, and Edward.

Mary was born in Waterbury on June 5th 1924, the daughter of the late Eva and Joseph Kloc. She attended St. Francis grammar school and graduated from Naugatuck High School in 1942. She married John in 1944. She was a lifelong communicant of St. Francis Church in Naugatuck.

Mary’s life was marked by devotion to raising her three sons and her daughter, and unyielding dedication to her family, friends, and civic and community affairs in the greater Naugatuck region. Those closest to Mary will remember her love, her loyalty, and her industriousness. In the rare event that Mary had a free moment, it was only because she forgot to put something into her calendar. Mary’s passing does not just usher in a time of mourning, but an occasion for reflection on her ethic: hard work, living every one of life’s moments to the fullest potential possible, and doing it all with a smile and without complaint.

Mary was a Cub Scout den mother, a Peter J. Foley little league coach, and active in the Junior Football League. She was a member of the AARP chapter 495, the American Legion Auxiliary, the Naugatuck Emblem Club, the Naugatuck Women’s Club, The Polish American Club, and a regular volunteer at the Naugatuck Senior Center and local election voting precincts. Mary was also a volunteer for the American Red Cross, selflessly driving cancer patients throughout Connecticut for their treatments and appointments.
Through it all, she grew and managed her thriving Avon business. After 65 successful and uninterrupted years of “knocking on doors”- and many awards and accolades- she became America’s longest-serving Avon representative, retiring only two years ago at the age of 94.

Mary thoroughly enjoyed her yearly family trips to the sandy beaches of Cape Cod, the Granite Mountains of New Hampshire, to sunny Florida where she would visit her son John, her excursions to the casino, UCONN Basketball, and Friday night bingo at the Elk’s Club. But her most prized moments were spending time with her grandchildren, attending their school and community activities, and cheering them on during sporting events.

Left to cherish the many great memories of Mary’s life are her eldest son, John “JR” Rimkus and his wife Diane of Stewart, FL; her loving daughter and caretaker, Marilyn Ranaudo and husband Patrick of Woodbury, CT; grandchildren Laura King (Chris), Patrick J. Ranaudo, Dr. Jeffrey Ranaudo (Juliana), David Ranaudo (Heather), Jennifer Rimkus (Larry), Rachel Newman (Brian), Stephen Rimkus Jr. (Alex); and great-grandchildren Aiden, Brooke, Stephen Jr, Eloise, and Alina.
Mary also leaves sisters Phyllis Burns of Naugatuck and Cathy Cardinale and husband Louis of Melbourne Beach, Florida, and innumerable Kloc family nieces, nephews, extended family, and a lifetime of cherished friendships.

The family would like to extend its thanks to Dr. Frank Longo and staff and a special thank you to her caretakers Jennifer, Larry, and Tommy for their care, attention, and devotion to Mary over the past year; and to everyone else for their generous time in the past several months.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 11:00am at St. Francis of Assisi Church, 318 Church Street, Naugatuck. Everyone is asked to please meet directly at church. Burial will follow in St. James Cemetery, Cross Street, Naugatuck. Calling hours are Sunday from 4-7pm at the Buckmiller Thurston Mengacci Funeral Home, 82 Fairview Avenue, Naugatuck. Those attending are required to wear a facial covering and to adhere to social distancing guidelines.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Sunday, November 15th, 2020 | 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Sunday, November 15th, 2020 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    Buckmiller Thurston Mengacci Funeral Home
    82 Fairview Avenue
    Naugatuck, Connecticut 06770
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  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Monday, November 16th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Monday, November 16th, 2020 11:00am
    St. Francis of Assisi Church
    318 Church Street
    Naugatuck, CT 06770
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    The Rev. John Kuzhikottayil
  • Interment

    Monday, November 16th, 2020 |
    Monday, November 16th, 2020
    St. James Cemetery
    Cross Street
    Naugatuck, Connecticut 06770
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kelly anstett

Posted at 10:07am
My thoughts and Prayers are with all the Rimkus family With deepest sympathy. My heart is saddened by the loss of Mary. I have many fond memories of her RIP Mary. Kelly Anstett and Marceddes..xoxo

Patricia vieira

Posted at 04:32pm
Mary was a good friend. I first met her through the Naugatuck Emblem club. She as also my Avon lady for many many years. I will surly miss her. Make sure everyone in Heaven has all there needs met. Fondly Pat Vieira

Marlene Horgan

Posted at 02:59pm
Mary was my Avon lady for probably 50 years. I live behind her a few doors away from sister Phyllis. I always enjoyed chatting with her when delivering. The people I worked with at the Tuttle enjoyed it when she came into the building to also deliver their Avon. She always had a story. When she began to slow down I would pick my items up her house as it was a nice time to visit with her. Jennifer was always ready to deliver the Avon but I missed seeing Mary. One day she asked if I would drive her to the Senior Center as she wanted to be there as the Christmas Bazaar was going on. I told her I would as long as she let her family know where she was going to be. Hope she did. I walked her in and everyone was so happy to see her there. She wanted to help as she did for so many years for so many organizations. And every time I saw her she proudly spoke about each of her grandchildren. Mary will be missed by many. Rest in peace. Marlene Horgan

Richard Blazuk

Posted at 12:15pm
John and Marilyn,
With deepest sympathy. My heart is saddened by the loss of Mary. I have many fond memories of the days gone by.
Rich Blazuk

Pat Pheasant

Posted at 10:29pm
Mary was truly one of a kind - fun loving, caring, welcoming all to her home with a smile and offer of something to eat or drink. I met her 51 years ago at an Avon meeting and we remained friends all those years. I remember picking her up for President's Club dinners or luncheons many time over the years - she was always a pip - you never knew what she'd pop out with - but the emcee and she always said she sold for over 50 years and never missed an order, which was really remarkable. She was a really sweet lady and I, all of her friends, and fellow Avon Reps will miss her. My deepest condolences to her family.

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