Michael Hazen Rutkowski
  • 34 years old
  • Date of birth: Mar 6, 1983
  • Place of birth:
    Plainfield, New Jersey, United States
  • Date of passing: Sep 7, 2017
  • Place of passing:
    Porto, Portugal
Michael, you will always be in our hearts and continue to inspire us to be the best we can because that's how you were.


It is with deep sadness that the family of Michael Hazen Rutkowski, age 34, announce his sudden passing on Sept.7, 2017, after a  tragic accident while traveling with his girfriend in Porto, Portugal

Michael was born in Plainfield, NJ, raised in Somerset, NJ, and lived in Jersey City, NJ.  He attended Christ the King Elementary  School in Manville, graduated from Immaculata High School in Somerville, and graduated from the University of Delaware.  He obtained  his CPA in 2006 and worked as a Senior Controller for Persado in New York City.

Above all, Michael loved his family and his friends. He had a passion for travel, adventure and the environment, and he will be missed  greatly by all who knew him.

Michael is survived by his parents, Michael J. and Ellen F. Rutkowski of Somerset, NJ, his brother Matthew D. Rutkowski of Madison, NJ, his aunts and uncles Dave and Donna Rutkowski of Stanhope, NJ, Charles D. and Chloebelle Blachford of Highland Park, NJ, Esther and Rob Kuhns of Brooklyn, New York, Matthew Blachford of Brick, NJ,  Donna Blachford of Monroe Twp., NJ., his 9 cousins and 6 young second cousins, and his girlfriend Rachelle Martins of Jersey City, NJ.

The family invites all friends and relatives of Michael to a Memorial Mass at Mary Mother of God Church, 157 South Triangle Rd., Hillsborugh, NJ 08844 on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 10:00 am.

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Michael may be made to "Doctors Without Borders" or "Americares".

This memorial website, created in memory of beloved Michael will remain online permanently. Please keep his spirit alive by submitting stories, photos and anything else that reminds you of him.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Carolyn DeSiena D'Andrea on 5th December 2017

"There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think of our dear friend, Mike. I miss him very much and send my sincere condolences to his entire family.  His life made a tremendous impact on me and my family; especially my brother, Matthew. I can still hear Mike's voice and miss his dry, wonderful humor.  Praying for the Rutkowski family during this Christmas season."

This tribute was added by MaryLynn Lufkin on 20th November 2017

"I am so very sorry to hear of Michael's passing.  May the Holy Spirit comfort your hearts as you grieve.  Remember though, that we will see him again.  Let's all live our lives so that we can be united with him again in heaven!"

This tribute was added by Rose DeSiena on 11th October 2017

"Mike was so much a part of my family. He and my son were born 3 days apart. Matthew and Mike celebrated their birthdays together since college. Mike was at many family functions including my daughter's engagement. I still here Mike's voice saying only wonderful and kind things. I will miss our friend and our fellow Met Fan! Mike will forever be missed."

This tribute was added by Julia Takahashi on 10th October 2017

"I didn’t know Michael personally but wanted to share some encouraging words.  From your comments he definitely lived a productive life surrounded by friends and family who cared about and loved him.  I saw that one person left a scripture and I wanted to share another one.  1 Corinthians 15:26 shows we can look forward to a time when death the last enemy will be brought to nothing or eliminated.  I’m sure you may be aware of this as you seem to have a spiritual background as well.  When we think about it death really is an enemy and it’s unnatural for us to think about anyone and most especially those we love passing away.  But we can take comfort in knowing that this wasn’t God’s original purpose for any of us and He will take action in the near future.  Until that time deep sympathy—Julia"

This tribute was added by Panos Tim on 6th October 2017

"I was talking to Michael just a couple of days before he went missed. He was about to come to Crete. He told me three times how excited he was about this journey. He couldn't wait. He also wanted to come to Athens, to the Greek office and see his former colleagues although he had changed job. Michael was a really great guy."

This tribute was added by Ramona Armstrong on 30th September 2017

"Our condolences to the Rutkowski family & to the extended family.  Though we have not had the pleasure of meeting Michael, our Rachelle  was truly happy knowing him.
External rest grant unto him O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him.  May he rest in peace."

This tribute was added by P J on 30th September 2017

"My deepest sympathy to the family.   Mike was adventurous and really loved people. It's especially difficult to lose someone so young and full of life.  God has promised to bring about a time when we will see our loved ones again at Revelations 21:4.  At that time all mankind will enjoy perfect health on a paradise earth.  May the God of all comfort embrace the family during this time of bereavement."

This tribute was added by Lauren Raniere on 30th September 2017

"Mike - You became my favorite junior at MTL. I took you on all my jobs.  You were such a great guy, kind, funny, and truly good hearted.  I will always think of you fondly.  I pray for peace and comfort for your family. Rest in peace Mike."

This tribute was added by Lia Copeland on 30th September 2017

"Working together  for 5 1/2 years, we developed the kind of friendship I will forever treasure. I had an easy transition working at MTL because you offered your time to teach me the company policies and you offered your friendship while you did not know me. You showed everyone how silly I can be and I slowly became friends to most. During tax season you went on your ways and took care most our audit work so I can concentrate on the other pressing work I had. Thank you for your kindness, your help and your friendship. Rest In Peace my good friend."

This tribute was added by Stephanie Spalding on 30th September 2017

"Thank you so much for putting together this beautiful tribute. I'm so sorry I cannot be there in person today to share my love for Mike and condolences to his loving family and to Rachelle. He was such a close friend during my college days and his loss is felt so deeply. With love and fond memories."

This tribute was added by Barbra Masterbone on 30th September 2017

"To the Rukowski family,
I am sorry to hear of the death of your son Michael may he rest in peace.
My condolences,
Barbra Razzano Masterbone"

This tribute was added by Debra Hart on 28th September 2017

"Devastated and heartbroken and sending prayers to Mike's family. You were a wonderful friend and I will always be grateful you were in Ryan's life, even though your time here was not long enough. Rest in Peace Michael."

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Ellen Rutkowski
Rachelle Martins


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