Phyllis May (Ruszenas) Pickett

June 1, 1927 ~ July 25, 2021 (age 94)


Phyllis M. (Ruszenas) Pickett, formerly of Jewett City, CT and Woonsocket, RI, passed away Sunday, July 25, 2021 at Hope Health Hulitar Hospice Center in Providence, RI.  
She was born June 1, 1927, daughter of the late Charles and Anna Catherine (Garstka) Ruszenas.
Phyllis was a graduate of St. Mary’s School, Griswold High School and Stoneleigh Burham Prep School.  She also attended Trinity College for one year prior to her marrying her late husband, Norman Pickett.  She was employed by United Merchants in the billing department.  She and her husband owned and operated Ruszenas Market in the 1960’s.  She later spent 20 years working for the State of Connecticut, first at Norwich State Hospital and for many years at the CT DMV, raising to the rank of Supervisor.  Phyllis could also be found at Waterford Speedbowl in the pits and infield taking pictures of her son’s late model stock car. Also, she enjoyed traveling with her daughter or with the Lisbon Senior Center
She is survived by her son Norman Pickett, Jr. and wife Belinda, her daughter Priscilla Glode and husband James, her brothers Richard Ruszenas and wife Wynell of Oklahoma, and Kenneth Ruszenas and wife Jackie of Florida.  She is also survived by four grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was predeceased by her brother Charles Ruszenas, Jr. and his wife Louise.
Calling hours will be held 5:00-7:00PM on Thursday, July 29, 2021 at the Gagne Piechowski Funeral Home 490 Voluntown Road Jewett City, CT.  A Mass of Christian burial will be held 10:00AM Friday, July 30, 2021 at St. Mary’s Church, Jewett City, CT.  Burial will immediately follow in Grove Street Cemetery, Putnam, CT.  For online condolences please go to

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July 29, 2021

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Gagne-Piechowski Funeral Home
490 Voluntown Road
Jewett City, CT 06351

Mass of Christian Burial
July 30, 2021

10:00 AM
St. Mary's Church
34 North Main Street
Jewett City, CT 06351

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