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Carol Jean Ruckman


Carol Jean Ruckman, 78, of Gillespie, passed away at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2023 at 5:20 p.m.

She was born May 16, 1945 to Darrel Stephens and Jane (Wildamuth) Stephens.

She married William R. Ruckman on Sept. 6, 1970 in Prophetstown, and he preceded her in death on March 1, 2003.

She was a secretary for International Filter Mfg.

Carol was a member of the Red Hat Society, SS Simon and Jude Altar Society and a Natural Family Planning Instructor .

She is survived by her sons, Darrel E. (Jaime) Ruckman of Gillespie, William (Aurora) Ruckman Jr. of Palatine, Daniel Ruckman of FL; daughter, Theresa Ruckman of Dixon; grandchildren, Brooklyne (Phillip), Drake, Mindy (Cory), Katie, Chris; great-grandchildren, Bexley, Bronson and Dianna.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents, husband, granddaughter, Kala and a brother, Don.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2024 at Kravanya Funeral Home in Gillespie from 5to 7:30 p.m. Funeral services are Thursday, Jan. 4, 2024 at 7:30 p.m. at Kravanya Funeral Home in Gillespie.

Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Geneseo, on Friday, Jan. 5, 2024 at 1 p.m.

Memorials are suggested to Adopt-A-Pet.

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Kravanya Funeral Home, Gillespie, is in charge of the arrangements.