Obituary: Joseph J. ‘Tootsie’ Pruchnic, 84

Obit - Joseph PruchnicJoseph J. “Tootsie” Pruchnic, 84, of Southington, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 18, 2016 at Masonicare in Wallingford cared by his loving family. He was the husband of 51 years of the late beloved wife Olga (Makuchan) Pruchnic.

Joe was born in Windber, PA, the son of the late Joseph “Boss” & Anna “Bubba” (Rusnica) Pruchnic.  Prior to his retirement, he was employed by Westvaco in Meriden for many years. Over the years he lived in Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey, but spent the last 45 years in Southington raising his daughters, camping with friends, and traveling.  He loved fancy new cars, watching boxing, listening to Polkas, indulging in sweet treats and hearing great accomplishments by his grandchildren.  He will always be remembered as a hardworking, providing, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.  His wife and daughters werehis life and he loved the time he spent with his grandchildren.  He was a parishioner of Mary Our Queen Church.

He is survived by his four daughters, Lynn and husband Albert Michaud of Southington, Debra and husband Charlie Rosa of Burlington, Beth Pruchnic of Middletown and Jodi McIntyre of Southington, four cherished grandchildren, Alyn and Morgan Michaud, and Ryan and Kevin McIntyre.  He also leaves behind siblings Edward, Walter, Frank Pruchnic, Josephine Zindash and Stella Scanlan. He was predeceased by Mary (Mamie) Betcher, John, Helen, and Stanley Pruchnic.

A Celebration of his life will be held on Friday, July 22, at 9:45 am at the DellaVecchia Funeral Home, 211 N. Main St. to Mary Our Queen Church, 248 Savage St. Plantsville at 10:30 am for a Mass. Burial will be at St. Thomas Cemetery. Calling hours will be on Thursday from 4-7 pm. The family would like to extend sincere thanks to the staff at Masonicare for their compassionate care and kindness.

Memorial donations may be made to Cure Pancreatic Cancer Lustgarten Foundation at

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