Carol Luene Ruge (1925 - 2020)

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Service Information
Messiah Lutheran Church
905 NW 94th St
Vancouver, WA 98665
Memorial service
Friday, Feb. 21, 2020
11:00 AM
Messiah Lutheran Church

February 21, 1925 ˜ January 24, 2020

Carol Ruge, 94, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 24, 2020 one month shy of her 95th birthday. She was born in Vancouver, Washington, the only child of Alex and Pearl Vernon, and was a lifelong resident of Vancouver.
Carol married Frank Ruge on April 20, 1947 and they enjoyed 70 years of marriage before Frank’s passing in June 2017.
Frank and Carol were charter members of Messiah Lutheran Church, where they raised their four children.
Carol was happiest doing things for her family. She enjoyed all aspects of homemaking, from baking, canning and sewing clothes to taking her children to various sports or church activities.
Upon retirement, Frank and Carol built a beach cabin where they enjoyed many fun times with friends and family.
Carol is survived by her children: Thomas Ruge (Patty) and Anita Ruge Tenold (Bryan); eight grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Loved ones that preceded her include husband, Frank; daughter, Diane; son, Keith; and granddaughter, Erin.
Special thanks to Dorina and Julie at Dorina’s AFH, Kaiser Hospice and Highgate Senior Living for their gentle care; appreciation to Family Care Services and Meals on Wheels for services that enabled Mom to be in her home as long as possible; and special love and appreciation to her dear friends Julie, Marilyn, Mary, Corrine, Kate and Julio for their unwavering friendship and love - all of you touched Carol’s life in so many special ways.
Please join Carol’s family for a memorial service on Friday, February 21, 2020, 11 a.m., at Messiah Lutheran Church.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, please donate to Messiah Lutheran Church.
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Published in The Columbian on Feb. 9, 2020
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