Adolfina ‘Mónica’ Ruiz
September 2, 1946 – December 25, 2017
“Just remember in the winter far beneath the bitter snow
lives a seed that with the sun’s love
in the spring becomes the rose” Amanda Mcbroom
‘Mónica or Doña Ruiz, as she preferred to be called, was born the youngest of 8 children to Baldomero and Mónica Ruiz Alonzo in Asunción, Paraguay. Her father was a Coronel in the military and her mother a housewife and manager of the family farm.
The young Adolfina attended elementary school in rural Asunción and moved to Argentina as a young teenager where she entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of the Garden. She then moved to Rome, Italy where she professed her first vows and continued her studies.
In the mid sixties, she immigrated to the United States with several other Sisters in response to a call to serve at Marianapolis Prep School in Thompson, CT. It was while working at Marianapolis that she attended Annhust College in Woodstock where she obtained her BA degree in Spanish and Theology.
Two years later, Mónica began her long career as teacher and administrator in elementary schools in New Haven and Middletown, CT. She took a sabbatical year to return to Rome, Italy to pursue an advanced degree in Theology from the Teresenium Institute. With her summa cum laude degree in hand, she returned to the United States, was sworn in as a US citizen and returned to the classroom at Holyoke Catholic as a Theology and Spanish teacher.
In the mid nineties Mónica dedicated herself to special needs students in Saco, Maine and upon returning to Connecticut a couple years later, accepted a teacher position at Putnam High School and then later at the school that she described as ‘the love of her teaching career’ Woodstock Academy. She retired from Woodstock in June of this year.
Doña Ruiz was a caring person who gave her all to everything she did. She was unusually attentive to the needs of others and always willing to do her utmost to help meet those needs. She will long be remembered for her kindness, her quick sense of humor, her gentleness, her simple yet solid faith in her God and for her appreciation of others and her amazingly winning smile. She lives on in our hearts and we will always be honored to have called her “friend.”
Adolfina is survived by her sister Angela and her brothers Marino and Rubén of Paraguay, several nieces and nephews and her adopted sister and friend of 40 years.
Friends and family are invited to visit and to honor Mónica at the Holy Spirit Provincial House Chapel at 72 Church Street in Putnam on Friday, December 29th starting at 10:00 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 and interment will follow in St. Mary of the Visitation Cemetery on Providence Street in Putnam.
In lieu of flowers Mónica requested that memorial donations be made to the Retirement Fund of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit and/or to the Sisters of Our Lady of the Garden.
Funeral arrangements have been confided to the care of the Gilman-Valade Funeral Home in Putnam. For memorial guestbook, please visit www.GilmanandValade.com.