Kristen Ruskiewicz Walters

June 7, 1968April 7, 2019

Kristen Anne Ruskiewicz Walters of Tampa, FL passed away on April 7, 2019 in Tampa.

Kristen was born in Dover, Delaware to Sharon and Dan Ruskiewicz on June 7, 1968. She graduated from Chamberlain High School in Tampa and attended the University of South Florida. Kristen loved her job at the E.W. Scripps Company and her work on the Scripps Howard awards.

Kristen joins her husband Frank H. Walters Jr. in Heaven.

Kristen leaves her greatest love: her son Fender. She also leaves her sister, Robin and her husband Skip, their children Olivia and Parker; her brother Danny and his wife Jennifer and their children Austin, Brendan, Ashlynn and Landon; her mother and father Sharon and Col. Dan Ruskiewicz; her sister-in-law Charyl and her husband Dwayne and their daughters Jessica and Chelsea, as well as hundreds of loving friends.

Kristen’s beautiful golden light shined so bright on all who were blessed to know her. Stories of Kristen’s humor and antics are innumerable.

Visitation will be at 6pm on Saturday, April 13 at Blount and Curry Funeral Home Carrollwood at 3207 W Bearss Ave, Tampa.

A celebration of Kristen’s life will be held at 3pm on Sunday, April 14, also at Blount and Curry Funeral Home in Carrollwood.

In lieu of flowers, a fund for Fender has been established at Grow Financial Credit Union. Donations can be made by check, payable to Fender Walters, sent to: c/o Robin Johnson 211 Clairmont Road, Sterrett, AL 35147. Donations can also be made via Venmo to @Robin-Johnson-147 to deposit directly to this account.

The Ruskiewicz, Johnson and Walters families wish to extend our sincere thanks to the excellent critical care medical staff at St. Joseph’s hospital, our family, and the scores of friends who have reached out, helped out and shared their beautiful stories of our dear Kristen.


  • Visitation Saturday, April 13, 2019
  • Memorial Service Sunday, April 14, 2019

Kristen Ruskiewicz Walters

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David Saulter

April 13, 2019

On behalf of The Springs Homeowners Association, I'd like to express sincere condolences to Kristen's family. Kristen, with her great smile, was both a good neighbor and volunteer for our HOA. For several years, Kristen, while working full time, performed the burdensome and dual role of Secretary/Treasurer of our Homeowners Association and provided the guidance and foundation for me when I joined the board in 2007. Through her experience and input, in 2008 we made several changes and created two separate positions for those to follow.

She will be greatly missed by all who knew her, and we pray for comfort, strength and healing for her family.

Mindy Tobin

April 12, 2019

My heart breaks for Fender and all of Kristen's family and friends. Her smile, joy and brave heart will never be forgotten. I'll be praying for Fender, the family, friends and also our HSN family. I'll miss you Kristen. Looking forward to seeing your smile again in heaven. Until then, I must admit that it's hard to believe and accept that you're gone.

Jonathan Deshaies

April 12, 2019

I will always remember Kristen for her loving and caring spirit, her laugh, her jokes, and her smile. But, most importantly, her love for her son Fender. Whenever I asked about him or she would mention him, she would beam with pride.
I recall sitting at my desk one morning and Kristen was on the phone with Fender giving him one of the most inspirational speeches a Mother could give about how he was going to "kick butt because that's what he does," and after hanging up the whole room basically cheered her on with joy and we all felt like we were all going to "kick butt" that day. She was so eloquent with her words and just had a way of connecting with people that made you know that she truly cared about you and had your best interests at heart, always.
Kristen was my manager for the past 3 years or so, and we would meet for our 1 on 1's fairly regularly. A little bit of it was about work, but for the most part, she was interested in knowing how my life was outside of this office. Often times offering advice to me that I didn't even know that I needed to hear.
As a fellow Catholic, Kristen was very happy to discuss matters of our faith together and inspire me to let my faith guide my every decision.
Kristen made a huge impact on my personal life by encouraging me to be my best self, to be charitable, to become a Knight of Columbus, to marry my wife and so much more. Words can't express my gratitude for her love and support the past few years. I've been blessed to have the relationship that I have had with her.
She was family to me, she was a Mother to all of us at work and we are all heartbroken over her loss.
My thoughts and prayers are with all of her family, friends & loved ones.

Jeni Santillo

April 11, 2019

For all of us who are forever changed by her amazing warmth and infectious enthusiasm, today is an impossible day to accept. I will treasure the memories of all our girl talk, and the innumerable laughs we have shared. Kristen, you are in my heart and will always carry a piece of you with me, wherever I go.

Lauren (Frimmer) Rodriguez

April 11, 2019

I have known Kristen since we were in our teens. We have run into each other over the years. One of my favorite times was in the Carrollwood Target baby department right after they adopted Fender. She was so thrilled and he was such a cute baby. She asked my advice on the best baby items and we spent some time perusing the Target offerings. I think we picked out some great items for Fender. The pure satisfaction and joy in having this precious child in her life was palpable and her smile was brighter than ever. I will never forget it.

My memories of her will always be of her dazzling smile, love of life and family, and desire to love and enjoy those precious to her. I will forever appreciate the positive marks she left on all she knew.

My heart is so heavy, sad, and shocked. I'm praying for for Fender and all of Kristen's loved ones.

Jim Dunnam

April 10, 2019

I enjoyed getting to know Kristen four years ago when Robin and Skip referred her to me for a mortgage. Her husband had recently passed and she was so proud of her son Fender. I’m so sorry for your loss. Please know that we’re praying for you and your family during this difficult time of transition. May she rest in peace and may your warm memories stay strong in your heart. I’m here if you need anything.



Susie Hassell

April 10, 2019

Kristen had a wonderful insight and charm about her. She instantly made others comfortable and was an excellent listener. I wasn’t surprised when she told me she had spent some time working to support rape survivors at a local trauma center in Tampa. She was buoyant and effervescent regardless of the circumstance, but her inner strength also put everyone at ease and allowed others to be themselves.

She will be missed. My heartfelt thanks go out to her family for helping create and share such a magnificent person with all of us! Wishing you all peace.

Kim Cox

April 10, 2019

I will never forget the day Kristen found out she was going to be a Mom. She came running over screaming scared me to death! She was over come with joy, so excited to be a Mom. We were so excited for her and Frank! They loved Fender so much. We will forever miss them, they were neighbors and friends but more like family!

Robert Prescott

April 10, 2019

I will always remember Kristen for her radiant smile. We would always talk about our kids and how hard it is to raise them in this world. She loved Fender so much and would tell me stories of how much of a great son he is. Kristen was a mother to us all and we will miss her terribly.

Candice Lockhart

April 10, 2019

We began working together 3 years ago, but it feels like I have known her my whole life. We had this instant bond that could not be broken. Her desk was right next to mine and I think 80% of the day we were cracking jokes, laughing and working obviously hah. She was someone that I could go to and have a heart to heart talk and not feel judged. She was always there for me and she was someone I could really call a friend :)
I will miss our friendship, her laugh, smile and just positive attitude! She will be missed more than I think she even knows.
I love you Kristen <3