Sandra G. Ruecker, 60

Sandra G. Ruecker passed away peacefully at her home in Theresa on Sept. 10, 2008, surrounded by her husband and other family members.

Sandy was born to george M and Helen Marie (Funk) Coulter on Aug. 29, 1940 in the town of Wayne.

She attended Mullen School, Columbus School, Campbellsport Junior and Senior high schools. She received her bachelor of science degree in medical technology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1963.

After graduation, she joined the staff at St. Agnes Hospital Laboratory, Fond du Lac. Sandy worked in various areas of the laboratory before becoming section chief of Immunohematology. As section chief, she ran the blood bank and assisted in training medical technology students for their degrees in the field of medical technology.

Sandy left St. Agnes Hospital in 1990 and went to work at St. Joseph’s Community Hospital (now part of SynergyHealth) and served in the same capacity as she had at St. Agnes until her retirement in 2004.

On Oct. 15, 1966, she was united in marriage with her best friend, James A. Ruecker. Throughout their marriage, Sandy and Jim enjoyed playing golf together, watching the Wisconsin sports teams games, traveling and an occasional trip to the casino.

Sandy especially enjoyed reading and knitting and spending time with numerous nieces and nephews, now including second and third generations. Never having any family of their own, she and Jim had the opportunity to enjoy relative’s children.

After attending the University of Wisconsin until the time of her marriage, Sandy lived with her sister and brother-in-law, Marge and Myron Lamers), during which she considered Myron Lamers her "adopted dad" and their children as "little brothers and sisters."

Therefore, she is survived by Myron Lamers of Lomira, Mark (Linda) of Franklin, Mike (Jeanne) of Beaver Dam, Mary (Dave) Tkach of Coon Rapids, Minn., Stanley (Nancy) of Theresa, Stephanie (Dean) Bueger of Brownsville, Michelle (Jeff) Bloch of Brownsville, Ted of Olathe, Kan., and Tim (Lynanne) of Theresa.

Sandy is survived by her husband, James; her real brothers and sisters, Bette (Ed) Quandt of Lomira, John (Patricia) of Kewaskum, Glen of Juneau, Neil of Theresa, Gwen (Rich) Kallmann of Florence and Paulette (Edgar) Coulter-Zeitler of Guam. Also surviving are her brother-in-law Ralph Ruecker of Theresa and sistersin-law Pearl Dejanovich of Mayville, Mary Lou Zangl of Lomira and June (Robert) Zimmerman of Fond du Lac; many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and -nephews, and great-great-nieces and -nephews.

Sandy was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Marquerite Lamers and Enida Roth; and one brother, Keith Coulter.

Professional organizations that Sandy belonged to were ASCP, WAMT and AABB. She was also very active in St. Mary/St. Theresa parishes, serving as a eucharistic minister, lector, cup minister, council secretary and trustee for St. Theresa Parish and CCLT.

Organizing class reunions for her Campbellsport High School class and her husband’s Mayville High School class were fun things she enjoyed.

The family will receive visitors and friends from 2 to 4 p.m. on Monday at St. Theresa Catholic Church, Theresa, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial and a meal.

Inurnment will take place at St. Theresa Memorial Gardens for family members only.

Services will be conducted by the Rev. Fr. Dennis Budka. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society or St. Theresa Educational Trust Fund. Coming from a large family, Sandy and her sisters developed close, loving and very special relationships with each other. Thanks for the memories! Special thanks to Seasons’ Hospice for their special care. Sandy planned her services and wrote this obituary for her family and friends. Online condolences may be made at The Koepsell Funeral Home, Mayville, is serving the family.