View Full Version : Some sad news about DIS'er, Suzy Mouse's, family

Dan Murphy
03-30-2006, 04:32 PM
Suzy (her real name too), has been around the DIS for many years, one of the 'old timers', though not real active, more a 'lurker' than a poster. On an off over the years, every so often, we trade an email or PM back and forth, a 'hi, how you doing' type.

A couple days ago, Suzy sent me a PM, telling me she wanted to pass on some news. And it was quite sad news to say the least. Many of us may recall a few days back when the news came over the wires of the tourist bus crash in Chile (http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/americas/03/22/bus.crash/index.html) which killed 12 tourists and injured 4 others. Well, one of those killed was Suzy's mom, Carole, and one of those injured, her dad, Harold. :( How very sad, for Suzy and her family, and all the other affected families of this terrible crash.

Suzy also asked if I could put a few words together like this, to share her grief, here on the Community board, as well as the W.I.S.H. and Cruise boards, as those are the boards she frequents most here on the DIS.

Here is a current article (http://www.nj.com/news/ledger/index.ssf?/base/news-5/1143217522115180.xml&coll=1), a few days old, from one of their local papers.......

(if link does not work for you)

Friday, March 24, 2006
Star-Ledger Staff

Harold Ruchelman was the love Carole Ruchelman's life.

But she always had a thing for Mickey Mouse.

Several times each year, the retired couple would travel from their home in Monroe to Disney World to see Carole Ruchelman's favorite mouse up close. At home, she packed a room full of memorabilia to tide her over until her next visit.

"She had a room that was filled with nothing but Mickey Mouse stuff," said neighbor Pat Glockner.

On Wednesday, Carole Ruchelman, 64, was among the 12 passengers killed in a tour bus accident in Chile. Harold Ruchelman, 68, was one of the crash's four survivors.

At the Monroe retirement community where the couple lived for the past 6 years, neighbors remembered the Ruchelman's as a friendly couple that always left their garage door open to chat with neighbors.

"We would always know they were gone because that's when the garage door was closed," Glockner said.

Harold, a former electrical engineer for Consolidated Edison, is an avid gardener who makes toys for children every holiday season. Carole, preferred to spend her time in the community pool, where swam laps every morning and took a water aerobics class.

"They were just delightful people, wonderful to have as neighbors," said Bob Susko. "They were always pleasant to be around."

Originally from the Parlin section of Sayreville, the couple moved to the Ponds at Clearbrook in 1999.

Grace Mitgang, who works in the office of the Jewish Congregation of Concordia at Monroe, where the Ruchelman's were members, said "it was a pleasure" to know Carole Ruchelman.

"She was a very nice person, always giving. Just a wonderful person to know," she said.

Suzy also asked if I could pick a few pictures from her dad's travel website which she had sent me a link to some time back, so as to share her mom and dad and family with us all. Carole and Harold loved to travel, all over the world, as well as to the World. I think these few pictures here, from a Disney cruise, one of their trips to WDW, a trip to China, as well as many not here, trips to Australia, Italy, South America, the Grand Canyon and the West, Canada, and elsewhere, shows a vibrancy, a love of life, of each other. We can all hope we are as such in our retirement years. God speed, Carole, God bless your dad, Suzy, you and all your family.







Here are Carole and Harold, along with Suzy and her hubby, upper left, her sister and hubby, upper right, and the grandkids, at a family gathering late last year. Suzy's children are on the far left, striped shirt, and far right, denim outfit


Suzy, again, my condolences on a very sad occurrence that ended such a fun trip for your folks and others. You mom and dad were blessed with each other, with a wonderful family and a wonderful life. My best and prayers for all of you. :hug:


03-30-2006, 08:03 PM

03-30-2006, 09:17 PM
How sad. Prayers and PD pixiedust: to Suzy and her family, most especially to her Dad, Harold to comfort them in their loss.

03-30-2006, 10:10 PM
My thoughts and prayers are with them.

03-30-2006, 10:57 PM
My thoughts and prayers are with them. :grouphug:

03-31-2006, 02:01 AM

03-31-2006, 07:39 AM
Thoughts and sincere prayers to Suzy and her Family.

03-31-2006, 09:56 AM
:grouphug: Deepest sympathies going out to Suzy and her family. I'll keep them in my thoughts and prayers. Counting blessings today, for sure...

03-31-2006, 10:23 AM
I'm so sorry Suzy. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family at this difficult time.


03-31-2006, 03:52 PM
I am so sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you and your family. :grouphug:

04-02-2006, 09:50 PM
suzy, I am so sorry for your loss. I hope that your father has a speedy recovery.