Carol Luene Ruge
1925 - 2020
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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.
Memorial service
11:00 AM
Messiah Lutheran Church
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February 22, 2020
My Condolences to you Anita, Tom and all the Ruge family on the passing of your Mom, Grandma and Great Grandma. She was a Dear friend through the years. I have beautiful, happy memories of our time together. She is in the loving arms of her Lord and all her family and friends. Rest In Peace Carol.
Audrey Mangel
February 10, 2020
I wanted you to know how very much your mother, Carol, meant to me. I delivered lunch to her and Frank for Meals on Wheels on Monday's for quite some time. She was always so kind and loving and appreciative. We are both life-long Vancouver people and we enjoyed talking about the area. I will miss her very much.
Judy Scott
February 9, 2020
My deepest sympathies to Anita and Tom and all the Ruge family. Carol was a very special lifetime friend and like a mother to me. I will miss her warm smile, twinkling eyes, and gentleness so very much. Her light will never fade! It is comforting to know she's with our Lord and her beloved Frank, Diane, Keith, and Erin, and I'm sure she's taking care of them and everyone else in heaven. The seeds she's sewn will blossom and grow into a lasting legacy - from family to friends and caregivers (thank you Dorina and Julie). Rest well, dear Carol! I'll always love you!
Julie Backous
February 3, 2020
Carol was a neighbor of our family for decades. When my parents moved into the area, she was so warm and welcoming. My mother was especially fond of her. Please accept our sympathies.
Joan Hyland
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