Theresa M. Ruggiero, 42, of Warren Road, Gloversville, passed away peacefully at her home March 5, 2012, after a long illness. Her loving family was by her side.
Theresa was born on September 30, 1969, in Albany, N.Y. She was the daughter of Joseph and Rose Phelps Kwiatkowski and was a lifelong area resident.
Theresa was a 1987 graduate of Bishop Scully High School. In 1997, she earned her bachelor of arts degree in biology and French from SUNY Albany.
She had been a community educator and was employed by the Cornell Cooperative Extension in Gloversville, the Mental Health Association in Amsterdam and later for Amsterdam Memorial Hospital.
She was a member of the Church of the Holy Spirit in Gloversville and was a former member of St. Stanislaus Church in Amsterdam.
Theresa enjoyed running and had been a member of the FMCC track and cross-country teams. Her favorite pastime was tending to her horses and horseback riding.
Family was very important to her and after leaving the workforce, she devoted her life to raising her two young sons.
She was predeceased by her parents; and her mother-in-law, Ida Ruggiero.
She is survived by her devoted husband, John S. Ruggiero Sr. of Gloversville, whom she married on December 17, 2005; her beloved sons, John S. "Johnny" Ruggiero Jr. and Joseph C. Ruggiero of Gloversville; brothers, John B. Kwiatkowski of Vermont, Michael (Wendy) Kwiatkowski of Johnstown, N.Y. and Dominic F. (Dee) Kwiatkowski of Broadalbin, N.Y.; sisters, Clare (Michael) Ferlazzo of Perth, N.Y. and Mary (Randy) Bagwell of Broadalbin, N.Y.; father-in-law, Carmen Ruggiero of Gloversville; sister-in-law, Susan Johnson of Gloversville; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles.
Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday, March 8, 2012, at the Amsterdam Funeral Chapel, 13 Belmont Place, Amsterdam, followed by a Mass of Christian burial at the Church of the Holy Spirit, 149 S. Main Street, Gloversville at 10 a.m. Burial will be in the spring at Mount Carmel Cemetery, Johnstown, N.Y. Calling hours will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral chapel.
Donations in memory of Theresa may be made to a charity of one's choice.