Carol A. Rusch

May 31, 1960 March 28, 2010

Carol A. Rusch of Waukesha left us for the next part of her journey Sunday, March 28, 2010, at Waukesha Memorial Hospital. She was 49 years old.

Carol was born May 31, 1960, the daughter of James A. "Tex" and Carol (nee Ruben) Schoolcraft. She was a 1978 graduate of Mukwonago High School.

On May 1, 2003, she married Thomas Rusch in Easley, S.C.

Carol was an accounting manager at Payne and Dolan in Waukesha.

She lived a full life, complete with raising horses, playing golf and being a Packers fan, to developing a firm belief that camping was a hotel without room service.

She was the beloved wife of Thom; loving mother of Heather Mae and her three cats, Merlin, Taz and Loki; cherished daughter of Carol Schoolcraft; dear sister of James R. "Rusty" (Kristine) Schoolcraft and Holly (Tom) Watts; dearest granddaughter of Edith Palmer; fond daughter-in-law of LaVine Larson; sister-in-law of Susan and Edie Rusch; and aunt of Megan, Ben, Erin, Liz, Brad and Jen. She is further survived by other relatives, friends and her fellow Spirit Goddesses.

Carol was preceded in death by her father James "Tex" and her loved ones Benny, Jet and Trapper.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until the 8 p.m. funeral service today, April 1, at Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral Home, 315 Main St., (Highway ES), Mukwonago. The Rev. Gene Krueger will officiate. Cremation will follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County or to the family are appreciated.

Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral and Cremation Services in Mukwonago is serving the family. For more information, call 363-7126 or visit online at