Washington - A Mass of Christian Burial for Charles H. Ruffino, Jr. will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 7, 2019, in the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Washington. Reverend Father Matthew Higginbotham and Deacon Dwayne Joubert will concelebrate the Mass. Rite of Committal and interment will follow in the Cedar Hill Cemetery in Washington. Offertory gifts will be presented by Elizabeth Bihm, Casey Bihm, and Sarah Fontenot. Mass readers will be Helen Stephenson Pursell, Leah Lalonde Kyle, and Anita Whaley Dupre.
Charles Ruffino passed away at his residence in Beggs on March 4, 2019. Charles was born in Opelousas to Charles and Ethel Burleigh Ruffino. He was a 1960 graduate of the Academy of the Immaculate Conception (AIC) and a graduate of Northwestern State University. In 1964, he began a 45-year tenure of teaching at AIC and Opelousas Catholic. During his years at AIC/OC, Charles was honored as Teacher of the Year, Achiever of the Year, and Distinguished Graduate. At Opelousas Catholic, he served as a volunteer hunter education instructor for 21 years under the direction of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, who honored him with a service award. Charles was well known for his love of deer hunting and gardening, having won several horticultural honors for his orchids. He was a member of the Louisiana Association of Teachers of Mathematics and the Sugarhouse Hunting Club.
Charles served as a lector at St. Agnes Church in Garland and Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Washington, where he also served as a Eucharistic minister and confirmation class teacher for many years.
Charles is survived by his wife of 54 years, Ann Stephenson Ruffino, daughter Charlotte Ruffino LaHaye and husband Brian, grandson Robert Pierce Bihm and wife Casey, grandson Jacob McCauley Bihm and wife Mamie, granddaughter Elizabeth Ann Bihm, great granddaughter, Parker Rae Bihm, sister, Constance "Connie" Ruffino Lalonde, and childhood friend, Gene Fontenot, who he called his "little brother."
He is preceded in death by his infant son, John Stephenson Ruffino, his parents Charles and Ethel Ruffino, sisters Beverly Ruffino Crimm, Joan Ruffino Helmey, and Charlene Ruffino Whaley.
Visition will be held on Wednesday, March 6, 2019, from 11:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the Lafond-Ardoin Funeral Home in Opelousas. A Rosary service will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday in the funeral home. On Thursday, visitation will continue from 8:00 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be grandsons Robert Pierce Bihm and Jacob Bihm, and nephews Kenneth John Lalonde, Leonce Charles Lalonde, Roy Whaley, Jr., and Andrew Fontenot.
Family and friends are invited to sign and view the online guestbook at www.lafondardoin.com.
LaFond-Ardoin Funeral Home of Opelousas, 2845 South Union Street, Opelousas, LA 70570, (337-942-2638) has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.
Mr. Ruffino was my math teacher in middle school, a tough time for kids in general. He did a great job teaching us and enduring our bad behavior at times! I remember very clearly that he gave us a bonus question on one exam that asked our social security number. He told us that we were going to need to memorize it for the future and boy was he right! I think of him every time that I need my SS#. Thanks for being a great and patient teacher Mr. Ruffino!
Stephanie SmithSarasota, FL
Sending prayers at this difficult time. I want the family to know what an impact he made in so many lives. He taught all 5 of my children and they all have great memories.
Cheri BROWNLEEOpelousas, LA
May peace and comfort be with you and your family at this difficult time.
Sheriff Bobby J. GuidrozOpelousas, LA
Condolences to the family. Truly an honorable man making a tremendous impsact on young people's lives in our community and the world as a educator and a Catholic. May he rest in Peace.
Scott PerryOpelousas, LA
Ann, so sorry to learn of Charles' passing away. You and your family have my sincere sympathies.
Carolyn CropperPort Barre, LA
Mr. Charles quickly became a sweet, dear friend to me.
I’ll miss our talks about family and students.
I will sincerely miss my dear friend Mr. Charles Ruffino.
May GOD continue to bless the Ruffino family!
Much Love from all of us at EVD!!
Raymona SenegalLafayette, LA
We are both deeply saddened on the loss of Charles. Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers at this very sad and difficult time. Rest in heavenly peace Charles! You will be missed!!
Carol L. LeDoux & Harold OrtegoOpelousas, LA
I was in his first class at AIC in the Brother School and we were pretty rough on Mr. Ruffino. I do like to think we hardened him up to be the wonderful teacher we knew he would be. He was always calm collected and a real gentleman.
RIP Mr. Ruffino
Charles MayneNatchitoches, LA
This day has come too soon. I can't help but feel deeply moved by his passing, but mostly I grieve for his dear family and community that loved and relied on him. His wit and charm will be forever missed and never forgotten.
Stephen HansenVienna, LA
My heart and prayers goes out to all of you...Always loved Charles..Sharon Burleigh Fontenot
Sharon FontenotOpelousas, LA
TO MS. ANN AND FAMILY, WE EXTEND OUR DEEPEST SYMPATHY. WE WILL KEEP ALL IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. MAY HE REST IN PEACE. MIKE AND DOLLY MOREAU
Dolly MoreauP.o. box 1717 Port Barre, LA
SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. MR. RUFFINO WAS MY MATH TEACHER AT OPELOUSAS CATHOLIC. PRAYERS FOR THE FAMILY.
LA SALLE NED COMEAUXOPELOUSAS, LA
Ann my heart is so broken for your loving family. Charles’s a fine man who is now holding y’all baby boy tightly. So much love and faith y’all shared for the whole world to see This world is indeed a better place because of Charles. 🙏🙏
Norma/Wayne GuilloryWashington, LA
Ann, I’m very sorry for your loss. He seemed to be a nice person and very accomplished individual. I was your childhood friend and lived close by your home.
Mary Anne TraweekWalker, LA
Thanks for being a wonderful teacher Mr. Ruffino!
Gregory DeJeanNew York, NY
Charles was always a gentleman and a sincere Catholic. I will never forget how he guided my husband Earl through his first year at OC and he was there for me in 1987, as well. He was just what a Catholic school teacher was supposed to be.
Marty HeintzLafayette, LA
Charles was a kind man. I can remember him driving my son to OC and my dad waiting every afternoon for the bus. May he Rest In Peace. Praying for all the family.
Kathleen Vidrine LaSeurThe Woodlands, TX
Nicky and I send heartfelt condolences to the family. Prayers for the family as they deal with their loss.
Freida DeJeanOpelousas, LA
" 'Well done, good and faithful servant! . . . Come and share your master's happiness.' "
Matthew 25:21 NIV
Michael K. Dupre SaucierChurch Point, LA
So sorry for y'all loss. Praying for you and your family in this time of need . God Bless 🙏😇❣️
Darlene pitre theriotLafayette, LA
My condolences to Ann, Charlotte, grandcildren, nieces and nephews. I was fortunate to work along side of Charles at Opelousas Catholic. He was a joy to be with and happy that I shared a small part of his life. Rest in peace, my friend.
ANNA G. LEMAIRELAFAYETTE, LA
Your family will be in our thoughts and prayers. May your faith sustain you during this difficult time.
Ulysse & Glenda JoubertOpelousas, LA
Charles---If the Lord needs a math teacher or hunting ed instructor up in Heaven, you are the man for the job. We were colleagues for years at OC, and you took me on many of my first deer hunts as an adult. Rest in peace; I love and respect you and will never forget your influence on my life.
Walton SellersOpelousas, LA
What a faboulous teacher,by far my favorite teacher of all time!!
Mark SimoneauxMandeville, LA
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Charles. May the words of Acts 24:15 and Psalms 27:39 bring you comfort. My condolences to the family.
Summer M, CA
Ann, I’m so sorry to hear about this. You and all of your family have my deepest condolences as I hold you in my heart.
Julie RayNew Orleans, LA
Ann and Charlotte,
Sending our prayers and deepest sympathy to both of you. Charles blessed many, many people in his life and his legacy will live on. So very sorry for your loss—
Shawn, Glenn, Grant and Lauren LeBlanc
Shawn LeBlancOpelousas, LA
May he Rest in Peace...prayers for family...
Jan VigeOpelousas,, LA
My deepest sympathies for your loss. Keeping you and your family, Ann, I’m my thoughts and prayers.
Dana HotardOpelousas, LA
Sending prayers that God will comfort you and your family. Such a special man who will be greatly missed 🙏
Sandy ReinersOpelousas, LA
Our deepest condolences to the Ruffino and Bihm family! You all are in our thoughts and prayers!
Brocke, Brittney, and Ronney MarrettaLockport, LA
I had the privilege of being in Mr. Ruffino's first class at AIC. I only wish we had been a better class as we really put him thru his paces. I can still remember him telling DuBuc to go outside and leave it outside (what a smell)! He was always upbeat and positive in the difference he was making. I only wish I could tell him now but hope he is reading this in Heaven. Such a kind gentle man, and gentleman...
Still don't know how he hooked up with Coach Smokey, but perhaps I will find out on Thursday.
God bless you, Mr.Ruffino
Charles MayneNatchitoches, LA
Rest in peace , dear friend, we will miss you .
Carol C PrestonEvanston, IL
My deepest condolences for a really good man and a great teacher, he will be missed.
Chad ThibodeauxArnaudville, LA
Ann, Charlotte, Libby, Jacob and Pierce. &families
All of you will be in our thoughts & prayers.
Maurice & Frankie FrancoisBunkie, LA
Sorry for your lose. Mr Charles was not only one of my favorite teachers but a mentor on how to live your life. What a great sportsman and example of a hunter. Will be greatly missed.
Devin & Michelle DaigleEdmond, OK
My deepest sympathy to the Ruffino family
Lisette Guillory MooreShreveport, LA
God bless Charles. He was a great teacher and loved by many.
Betty JohnsonOpelousas, LA
Mr. Ruffino was one of my most memorable teachers. Everyone loved Mr. Ruffino. He did it all, a servant of The Lird, he truly cared.
RIP Mr. Ruffino.
Peggy Garriette-Saunders (Former Student)
OC- Class Of 1978
Peggy Garriette-SaundersLafayette, LA
Deepest Condolences to you and your family.
Jermaine GardinerBaton Rouge, LA
Dear Ann and family: I am so very sorry to learn of Charles' passing. Please accept my condolences and prayers. On a lighter note, I can still see you and Charles dancing to each and every song at the Teenage Center. You both looked like professional dancers.
Judy (Hidalgo) Burleigh-CrewsPort Barred, LA
Sorry to here of Chales passing may be rest in peace
Rodney DecouIowa, LA
Linda Doucet and Family wish to extend our sympathy to the Charles Ruffino, Jr. family. Mr. Ruffino was a good parishioner. and a good family and community person.
Linda DoucetWashington, LA