Obituary: Carol (Rueckheim) Blas |

Obituary: Carol (Rueckheim) Blas

Carol passed away peacefully at her home in Truckee April 11, 2015 with her husband Bill and her dog Bear at her bedside.

Carol was born August 30, 1956 at the Truckee Hospital. She grew up in Kings Beach and Tahoe Vista, CA. where she attended elementary school and Truckee High School. She met her husband Bill in Kings Beach in 1973 and they married in 1975.

Carol and Bill left the area for awhile when Bill went to school, and then moved to Carson City where Bill had employment. In 1980 they were able to move to Truckee where they built a home and continue to live today. Their daughter Michelle was born at the Truckee Hospital in 1987.

She had a passion for planting flowers in the summer which she is well known for by all that knew her. Carol loved country music, going to the beach with friends, and just laying in the sun. Even though she didn’t feel well at times, she tried to go to the gym or walk every day. She was always an upbeat person. Carol also owned and operated Mountain Home Cleaning and Home Services in Truckee for 25 years.

Carol always thought of others. Even in her final days she didn’t want anyone to know her time left was going to be cut short. She didn’t want friends and loved ones to feel sad. Her final days were filled with visits from great friends and family. She received so many cards and flowers.

The family would like to say thank you to Tahoe Forest Hospice. They provided so much. Their quick response to all of our needs was amazing. Carol’s final days would have been much more difficult without them. They are amazing people.

We would also like to extend special thanks to some young ladies Katie Malone, Jessie Ward, Melanie Rueckheim, and others. They spent many hours with Carol during her final days sitting at her bedside. Their loving care for Carol gave Bill, Michelle and Janice time to take care of other needs. We know there are so many more friends and family that would have been here if they could. Thank you so much for all your thoughts and wishes.

She is survived by her husband Bill, daughter Michelle Hillenbrand, mother Janice Rueckheim, brothers Jim and Gary Rueckheim, her mother and father in law Fred and Joann Blas, and her dog Bear. There are so many more family members.

In lieu of flowers the family would like you to make a donation in her name to The Wounded Warrior Project at or Project MANA at

Her love for family and friends will be missed so much. Rest in peace our dear Carol.

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