Rudzewick-Vik was a graduate of St. Stanislaus Kostka Elementary School, Christ the King, Mercy College and she did her master's work at St. John’s University. In more recent years, Jill turned her attention toward helping St. Stanislaus School in Maspeth grow in enrollment and prestige. She was recently inducted into the school's Hall of Fame.
“Jill was a person of intense love,” said St. Stanislaus principal, Sister Rose Torma. “Love for her family, love for Maspeth, but especially love for St. Stanislaus.
Sister Torma said that Rudzewick-Vik would often visit the classroom and teach the students about financial responsibility.
“She really wanted to inculcate in the children the habit of saving through their school bank accounts,” she said.
But Rudzewick-Vik's lasting legacy at the school will undoubtedly be the annual dinner dance held to raise funds for scholarships at St. Stanislaus. Rudzewick-Vik was the primary organizer.
“She was working on it right up to the very end,” said Sister Torma. “The endowment will be her lasting legacy here at the school.”
She is survived by her parents Barbara and Kenneth, brothers Thomas, Glenn and Roger, and son Kristian and daughter Emily.
A wake was held on Saturday, June 9, and Sunday, June 10, at Papavero Funeral Home, 72-27 Grand Avenue, Maspeth. A funeral was held on Monday at St. Stanislaus Church, 57-15 61st Street, Maspeth.
To honor Rudzewick-Vik's memory, donations can be made to St. Stanislaus Kostka School, 61-17 Grand Avenue, Maaspeth, NY 11378.