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

Dan Murphy
03-30-2006, 03:34 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, 03:38 PM
I'm so sorry to read this. Suzy, please accept my condolences and thoughts for your family.

03-30-2006, 03:39 PM
Oh Suzy! I am so terribly sorry. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

03-30-2006, 03:44 PM
What a beautiful couple and family. I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you and yours in my thoughts and prayers.

03-30-2006, 03:44 PM
My Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!!! We are soooo sorry for your loss! :hug:

03-30-2006, 03:45 PM
My condolences and prayers to you and your whole family.. Suzy...I am so sorry about your loss... :grouphug:

03-30-2006, 03:45 PM
Suzy and her family will be in my thoughts & prayers.

03-30-2006, 03:51 PM
It was tragic when I first read the news of the accident. Now that we know it's touched one of ours so very deeply it just really sends it to the deepest part of my heart. The saddness...

There just aren't words to convey the emotion, Suzy, but please accept my prayers for healing

Verandah Man
03-30-2006, 03:58 PM
My thoughts and prayers go out to you as well, we had several of the others who died from our area, it was such a tragic thing to happen. :grouphug:

03-30-2006, 04:10 PM
The family will be in our thoughts. We live very close to Monroe, and I grew up in Sayreville.

03-30-2006, 04:19 PM
Please accept our heartfelt condolences. My husband worked at Con Edison with Suzy's father. He recognized his name in the newspaper when we read about this tragedy, but we didn't know where to send our sympathies to him and his family for the tragic loss of Carole. It shows what a small world this is that Harold's daughter also posts on these boards. Again, please accept our deepest sympathies. Your family will be in our prayers.

03-30-2006, 04:34 PM
I offer my deepest condolences to Suzy and her family...

03-30-2006, 04:35 PM

Please know that your parents and family are in our thoughts and prayers. :grouphug:


03-30-2006, 04:38 PM
Our prayers are with Suzy, her dad and the rest of her family.

03-30-2006, 04:43 PM
Suzy - so very sorry to hear that your parents were involved in this tragic accident. My prayers go out to you and your family.

03-30-2006, 04:45 PM
Oh that made me cry - my heart goes out to them all -


03-30-2006, 04:46 PM
Suzy, I am sorry for you loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you in this difficult time. God bless

03-30-2006, 04:57 PM
Suzy, I am sorry for your loss. I hope that your father recovers completely.

03-30-2006, 05:00 PM
I too was deeply saddened to hear of the bus crash. For those of us that love to travel, it really hit home. Please accept our families deepest sympathies.

03-30-2006, 05:04 PM
My thoughts are with you and your family at this time.

03-30-2006, 05:05 PM
New to the board. Sorry to hear the lose of your Mother. Hope your dad Has faithful healing

03-30-2006, 05:15 PM
What sad news! Suzy, may the Lord be with you all during this heartbreaking time. The photo of you all together is just wonderful. You can see the love one each person's face.


03-30-2006, 05:19 PM
Suzy, my heart is filled with sadness due to your loss. My prayers are with you and your family. A speedy recovery blessing for your Dad as well!

03-30-2006, 05:26 PM
My dear Suzy,
Deepest sympathy in the tragic loss you and your family have suffered - You are in our thoughts and prayers and if there is anything we can do, we are just a phone call away.
God's blessings be with you and yours.
Shirley and Norm

03-30-2006, 05:56 PM
Suzy, deepest condolences to you and your family. Prayers for a complete recovery for your Dad.

03-30-2006, 06:14 PM
Thinking of you in this most difficult time. :grouphug:

mickey minder
03-30-2006, 06:18 PM
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all the others effected by this terrible tragedy. :grouphug:

03-30-2006, 06:33 PM
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. OP, please keep us updated on her father's recovery.

03-30-2006, 06:35 PM
sending thoughts and prayers for you and your family in your time of sorrow.

03-30-2006, 06:52 PM
I am so sorry for you loss. I will keep your family in my prayers.

03-30-2006, 06:53 PM
How very sad. I'm so sorry to read this. :sad2:

03-30-2006, 07:43 PM
Oh I am so sorry to hear this. They look like a happy couple, so full of life. So sad. I am keeping Suzy and her family in my prayers.


03-30-2006, 07:46 PM
Suzy, you and yours are in my prayers. My deepest sympathies are with you.

Thank you for letting Dan share your parents with us.

Dan, thank you for that moving tribute.


Colorado DISers
03-30-2006, 07:49 PM
God bless you and your family. Our prayers are with you all.

03-30-2006, 08:02 PM
Suzy and family. I am very sorry to hear about your tragic loss. Our thoughts and prayers go with you. You have such a beautiful family!

03-30-2006, 08:36 PM
I am also very sorry to hear about your Mom....She looked like a very loving person. God Bless you and your family :angel:

03-30-2006, 08:49 PM
How heartbreaking! My prayers are with the family.

03-30-2006, 08:53 PM
I am very sorry for your family's tragic loss. I hope that your father recovers physically quickly. I will say a prayer for every member of your family's healing.

03-30-2006, 09:07 PM
I am so sorry for your loss. Please accept my condolences and wish your father a speedy health recovery and comfort and strength to help you all through this very trying, and sorrowful time. Sending some extra pixie dust your way in honor of your mom...

03-30-2006, 09:28 PM
So sorry to hear about this. Hugs to you and your family. :grouphug:

03-30-2006, 09:32 PM
My heart and prayers go out to you and your family. :grouphug:

03-30-2006, 09:37 PM
Wow, Suzy, thx for sharing this with us!! Your parents truly enjoyed their life and are an inspiration for us all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We are PRAYING FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY!!!

03-30-2006, 10:21 PM
Suzy, such very sad news. My heart goes out to you and your family. Your parents seem like such special people. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. :grouphug:

03-31-2006, 06:48 AM
Wow. That really puts a face on the tragedy. I am so sorry for the loss of Suzy's Mom and the pain of her Dad. God bless the whole family and all of those affected by this horrible accident.

03-31-2006, 07:25 AM

Suzy - So very sorry to learn of this.....we're also saying prayers for you and your entire family. Hope your father recovers quickly, too.

03-31-2006, 07:29 AM
Lots of love, care and prayers from my family in illinois.

03-31-2006, 07:36 AM
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Suzy and her family. I will be espcially praying for her father who has lost his best friend. May God comfort you all during this time and in the days to come.

03-31-2006, 08:22 AM
My sympathies to you & your family Suzy. :grouphug:

03-31-2006, 08:59 AM
Thoughts and Prayers for you and your family, Suzy!



03-31-2006, 09:50 AM
Suzy -
My heart and prayers go out to you and your family, especially to your dad. What a beautiful tribute in the newspaper article - I loved the part about how she always had a thing for Mickey Mouse.

{{{hugs}}} and pixiedust: during your time of grief.

03-31-2006, 09:57 AM
Prayers to you and all of your family. I'm so sorry for your loss.

03-31-2006, 10:12 AM
My heartfelt condolences go out to Suzy and her family. I'm sorry to hear such tragic news from one of our Dis family members. Take care. :grouphug:

03-31-2006, 10:28 AM
Suzy ~

There are no words... My family sends our prayers and love your way... God bless your family during this very difficult time.


03-31-2006, 10:32 AM
So sorry to hear of your loss. Our family sends it's prayers to you and your family during this difficult time. :grouphug:

03-31-2006, 10:34 AM
So sorry to hear of your terrible loss. You have a beautiful family and for that your parents can be proud. Our prayers are with you, your Dad and your family in the coming weeks.

03-31-2006, 11:03 AM
It truly is a small world...

I grew up in the Parlin section of Sayreville. Sayreville is a small town to begin with, the Parlin section is obviously even smaller. My father and one of my brothers still live there. And, my sister and BIL used to live in Monroe.

It's so sad to hear of something like the accident in Chile, but it really makes it that much more personal when you realize that some of the victims were neighbors and DIS members family.

My deepest condolences to you and your family, Suzy. :(

03-31-2006, 01:10 PM
Sue ... I am truly sorry for your loss. The picture of your parents enjoying each other on Deck 4 was so beautiful ... keep those wonderful memories.