Ruth D. Walkowski of Buffalo, a longtime nurse who served as director of nursing at several facilities, died Saturday in Buffalo General Hospital after a lengthy illness. She was 83.
Born Ruth Turkiewicz in Buffalo, she was a graduate of St. Stanislaus School and East High School.
Mrs. Walkowski enlisted in the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps and completed her training at E.J. Meyer Memorial Hospital, where she graduated as a registered nurse. During World War II, President Harry S. Truman declared the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service, with a membership of health professionals, a military service and branch of land and naval forces.
Her nursing career spanned more than 40 years -- at Meyer Hospital, private duty nursing and in doctors' private practices. She served as director of nursing services at the Wheel Chair Home and at the Georgian Court and Abbott Manor nursing homes, retiring in 1989.
Her husband, Stanley F., died in 2003.
Survivors include two sons, Stanley and George; two daughters, Charleen Turner and Chris-Elaine Santilli; and two brothers, George and Martin Turkiewicz.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. today in St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, 123 Townsend St.