Marion Rutar
April 21, 1926 - January 16, 2007

Shorewood Cocker Rescue lost a very dedicated and key volunteer on January 16th. Marion Rutar gave her heart and soul to this organization and dedicated her life to helping animals in need. She was involved with the Kenosha County Humane Society prior to becoming involved with Shorewood. She did so many things to help all of our dogs, that most never had any knowledge of. She started her day with a ritual morning walk with the whole pack of dogs. She helped with feeding of the whole group and administered medications that were needed to any of those needing it. She also performed the very dedicated after care required for those needing eye surgeries and even helped out during the procedures. After care following other surgeries was also an area where she was of much help. Marion did her best for any dog that entered the SCR foster care program and the dogs all really loved her. For those of you who have attended the Wigglebutt Walks, you'll probably remember Marion from the Bake Sale area as she headed that part of the event. She had such a caring and giving soul and pretty much stayed in the background. Didn't need the lime light or that pat on the back for a job well done. She did what she did out of love for all the dogs that have come through our doors. She is greatly missed by all of us at Shorewood.

We all know that she had many dogs waiting for at Rainbow Bridge and that she is happy now, caring again for all the animals who crossed over with her.

Marion's passion was the older dogs who suddenly found themselves in rescue for a wide variety of reasons. She knew that rescue was really the only option they had as most older dogs never leave a shelter alive. She saw the beauty that radiates from within for those dogs that many others deem undesirable or less than perfect.

Including this story as it reminds me of Marion

A store owner was tacking a sign above his door that read "Puppies For Sale." Signs like that have a way of attracting small children and sure enough, a little boy appeared under the store owner's sign. "How much are you going to sell the puppies for?" he asked.

The store owner replied, "Anywhere from $30 to $50."

The little boy reached in his pocket and pulled out some change. "I have $2.37," he said. "Can I please look at them?"

The store owner smiled and whistled and out of the kennel came Lady, who ran down the aisle of his store followed by five teeny, tiny balls of fur. One puppy was lagging considerably behind. Immediately the little boy singled out the lagging, limping puppy and said, "What's wrong with that little dog?"

The store owner explained that the veterinarian had examined the little puppy and had discovered it didn't have a hip socket. It would always limp. It would always be lame. The little boy became excited. "That is the little puppy that I want to buy."

The store owner said, "No, you don't want to buy that little dog. If you really want him, I'll just give him to you."

The little boy got quite upset. He looked straight into the store owner's eyes, pointing his finger, and said, "I don't want you to give him to me. That little dog is worth every bit as much as all the other dogs and I'll pay full price. In fact, I'll give you $2.37 now, and 50 cents a month until I have him paid for."

The store owner countered, "You really don't want to buy this little dog. He is never going to be able to run and jump and play with you like the other puppies."

To this, the little boy reached down and rolled up his pant leg to reveal a badly twisted, crippled left leg supported by a big metal brace. He looked up at the store owner and softly replied, "Well, I don't run so well myself, and the little puppy will need someone who understands!"

by Dan Clark

Marion's Obituary

Marion Rutar
1926 - 2007

Marion Rutar, 80, of Twin Lakes, Wis., passed away Tuesday morning, Jan. 16, 2007, at her home. Marion was born on April 21, 1926, in Lyons, Ill., the daughter of the late Frank and Frances Rutar. She lived in Lyons, Ill., before moving to Twin Lakes in 1967. She worked for the Jelly Belly Candy Co. She was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church in Twin Lakes. She was involved in the Cocker Spaniel Rescue Dogs and the Kenosha County Humane Society. Marion is survived by one brother, Frank Rutar of Montello, Wis.; dear friend, Elaine Baumann of Twin Lakes, Wis., and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two sisters, Helen and Elsie and three brothers, George, Paul and Edward. Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 22, 2007, at Messiah Lutheran Church in Twin Lakes with Pastor Clifford Scmidt officating. Interment will be at 2 p.m. at Memory Gardens in Arlington Heights, Ill. The Rutar family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the Haase-Derrick-Lockwood Funeral Home in Twin Lakes. Memorial remembrances may be made to Messiah Lutheran Church. Haase-Derrick-Lockwood Funeral Home 620 Legion Dr. Twin Lakes, Wis 262-877-3013

Marion, your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure...you are loved beyond words and missed beyond measure.