Rudy Ziolkowski Obituary
 
In Memory of

Rudy Ziolkowski

May 13, 1962 - August 7, 2014
Obituary

Rudy Dale Ziolkowski departed this life suddenly on August 7, 2014 in Charlottesville at age 52. He was born May 13, 1962 in San Antonio Texas. Rudy was educated in the Fluvanna County School system, was an altar boy at St. Jude’s in Mineral, and served in the US Navy. After his Navy service he settled in Charlottesville with his wife Theresa and pursued a career as a cook/manager in some of Charlottesville’s most popular restaurants including The Tavern, Sam’s and most recently, Tip Top. Everyone who worked with Rudy knew him as a demanding perfectionist who required much from others, but more from himself. In the...

Rudy Dale Ziolkowski departed this life suddenly on August 7, 2014 in Charlottesville at age 52. He was born May 13, 1962 in San Antonio Texas. Rudy was educated in the Fluvanna County School system, was an altar boy at St. Jude’s in Mineral, and served in the US Navy. After his Navy service he settled in Charlottesville with his wife Theresa and pursued a career as a cook/manager in some of Charlottesville’s most popular restaurants including The Tavern, Sam’s and most recently, Tip Top.



Everyone who worked with Rudy knew him as a demanding perfectionist who required much from others, but more from himself. In the heat and tumult of the kitchen Rudy was always the man in charge, seasoning the fare with a ready wit and prodding the laggard with his piercing dark-eyed stare. Rudy’s passion for economy and efficiency endeared him to restaurant owners while his standards kept the customers coming back.



Rudy’s dedication to his craft was matched by his fidelity to his family and home. He loved his house at 401 Oakmont St. in the City and enjoyed nothing better than applying his considerable skills continuously to improving it inside and out. A neighbor at the other end of the block who prided herself on her home once acknowledged—“He outdid me!”



Rudy is survived by Teresa, his devoted wife of 34 years, his loving daughters Jennifer and Christina, his son Jeremy, his mother Ursula Winterbauer, his sister Tanya Renee Snyder and brother, Harry Lee Roberts, and a grandson.



The family would like to extend their special thanks to Father Jerome of St. Thomas Aquinas parish for the extraordinary grace he brought to ministering to a grieving family at their worst moment.



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