Barbara J. Ruska

Barbara Joan Ruska (nee Sedlacek), 92, a longtime resident of Riverside, died Sept. 17, 2022. 

Ms. Ruska was born July 12, 1930. She was the owner of the Cermak Home for Funerals in Cicero, the past president of Ceska Beseda Ladies Auxiliary, a member of the St. Mary Church Council of Catholic Women and a eucharistic minister. 

She was a former member of the Riverside Dance Club, the Riverside Golf Club and will be remembered for her love of hats.

Ms. Ruska was the wife of the late Anton J. Ruska III; the mother of Cynthia Ruska, Barbara Daddono, Holly Agne, William (Michelle) Ruska and Anton J. “AJ” Ruska IV; the grandmother of Michael, Marisa, Joseph and Margaret Nikischer, Christopher Agne, Amanda (Chris) Vardas Justin Agne, Bradley and Clare Ruska; and the great-grandmother of Michael Vardas. She was the loving owner of her pets Chief, Tucker and Winnie. 

Family and friends will be received at St. Mary Church (St. Paul VI Parish), 126 Herrick Road in Riverside on Wednesday, Sept. 21, from 9 a.m. until time of Mass at 11 a.m. Interment is at Woodlawn Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Hinsdale Humane Society ( in Barb’s memory would be appreciated.

 Arrangements handled by the Cermak Home for Funerals, Brian D. Kuratko, director.