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“Caroline was an inspiration in my life. She was an amazing woman. My condolences to your family. ”
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“Caroline was an inspiration in my life. She is someone that I loved and admired greatly and she had faith in me when not a lot of other people did. I...Read More »
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“Caroline was a delightful woman who maintained a positive attitude as she dealt with life's struggles. She will be mIssed. Lori and Arlen ”
3 of 8 | Posted by: Lori and Arlen Boardman - Menasha, WI

“Chuck, thinking of you and your family at this time. I'll always remember Caroline and that little TV set. My condolences. ”
4 of 8 | Posted by: Phil Condu - Ocala, FL

“My prayers and thoughts for Chuck and family, Mary and Bill. What an incredible model Caroline was for all of us to embrace. Blessings abundant to...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Bettie Spethman - Omaha, NE

“My thought and prayers go out to the Rucker family and friends. Caroline touched so many lives! ”
6 of 8 | Posted by: Jean Ellis-Sankari - NM - friend

“I enjoyed working with Caroline through the years. My condolences to Chuck and the rest of the family. ”
7 of 8 | Posted by: Jon McCluskey - Sherwood, WI

“As part of the Sunday morning trail pack, Caroline touched our hearts and our lives along with her beloved Willa. Thank you Caroline. ”
8 of 8 | Posted by: Bill, Mary, and Finn Anderson - WI


On May 10, 2018, Caroline Seward Rucker slipped away peacefully from this life and exchanged her tired body for the joy of heaven. We were privileged to be touched by her abundant love, giving spirit, fierce independence, unwavering courage, love of adventure, intelligence and humor. She was larger than life and had a powerful impact on all who knew her. Her legacy will be her generous heart, the joy she brought to so many, her sparkling smile, tenacity, determination under may difficult circumstances, and the deep love she had for her family and friends. She will be missed, but our beautiful memories will keep her alive in our hearts. Caroline enjoyed learning; she spent thirty years in the Santa Ana and Appleton schools as a teacher and guidance counselor. She was an avid supporter of Joe Hill and the Union movement. She continued her learning as a furniture maker and a chef. Caroline loved most of all spending time with family and friends. She also enjoyed weaving, gardening, basket making, scuba diving, and cooking. Caroline is survived by her husband, Charles; son and daughter in law, Frank and Kalise Rucker and their twin sons, Kenny and Charlie, all of Portland Oregon. She is further survived by her twin brother, Steven (Patty) Seward, Rough and Ready, California; sister-in-law, Mary Manhart; brother-in-law, William Rucker, Omaha, Nebraska; aunt, Nancy Fish, Carona Del Mar, California; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Mary Seward, San Gabriel, California. A memorial service for Caroline will be held at 11:30 a.m., on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at ST. PIUS CHURCH, 500 W. Marquette St., Appleton. There will be a time of visitation from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Online condolences may be expressed at www.wichmannfargo.com. Honorary pallbearers are: Ruth Danfield, Ellie Olson, Sharon Weber, Lynn Shaw, Patty Schwarzbauer, and Jean Schlais. The family would like to give a special thank you to Dr. William Gunther, Dr. Jack Swanson, staff at Fox Valley Hematology & Oncology, and staff at Cherry Meadows Hospice. Epitaph: Have a passion for knowledge, and the lifelong motivation for continuous learning.