Ruth Nihan Konecki, 93: Family matriarch, nurse, sports fan

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FALMOUTH — Ruth Nihan Konecki, 93, of Falmouth,  died at home on March 29, in the company of her family, following a lengthy illness.

The only daughter of George and Annie Katherine Nihan, she was born Aug. 15, 1920, in Lynn, Mass. She spent her younger years in the company of her six brothers, and enjoyed summers on Lake Attitash in Amesbury. A 1938 graduate of Lynn English High School, she earned her nursing diploma at Lynn Hospital. She later worked as an emergency room nurse at the former Haynes Memorial Hospital, where she met Dr. John T. Konecki of South Portland. Knowing that she hailed from the Boston area, he asked her to accompany him on an ambulance run to provide street directions to avoid his getting lost. They got lost anyway, and were married in Boston, Feb. 17, 1943.

When her husband joined the Army Medical Corps during World War II, Konecki accompanied him to New Orleans during his training. She returned to Lynn when he was assigned to the European Theater. After the war, they moved to Portland where her husband maintained a medical office on Washington Avenue. The couple returned to Lynn when he began to study radiology. In 1954, they moved to Auburn, when her husband became chief of radiology at St. Mary’s Hospital in Lewiston. He died in 1976. She moved to Lewiston in 1985, and then to Falmouth in 1995 where she lived with her daughter, Nancy, and family.

She was a sports fan and enjoyed playing tennis and was an especially devoted fan of the Boston Red Sox and particularly took great delight in their three championship years. Although she was not an avid traveler, she experienced memorable trips to Europe, the Caribbean, Mexico and the Hawaiian islands. She loved dogs and cats and her daughters’ horses, and enjoyed feeding and watching birds. She also delighted in seeing the many deer, turkeys and foxes in her Field Road neighborhood.

Konecki formerly served as a Eucharistic minister at St. Philip’s Church in Auburn, and more recently was a communicant of Holy Martyrs Church in Falmouth.

She was predeceased by her parents; six brothers, George, Robert, her twin Roger, William, Leonard and John Nihan; and a son and daughter-in-law, John T. Konecki Jr. and Susan Skinner.

She is survived by four children, Katherine Wellehan and husband, Jim, of Auburn, Thomas Konecki and wife, Michelle, Ruth Delahanty and husband, Tom, and Nancy Terison and husband, Mark, all of Falmouth; thirteen grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

At her request, there will be no visiting hours. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 24, at St. Philip’s Church in Auburn. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested for Hospice of Southern Maine, 180 U.S. Route One, Scarborough, ME 04074.

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