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From: The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram



Carol Rysticken

April 11, 1941 December 18, 2023

Carol Rysticken passed on December 18, 2023. Carol was born in Eau Claire Wisconsin then moved to FL and TN where she raised her three daughters. She went back to school and earned two associate degrees and embarked on a career as a seminar coordinator which ignited her love for travel.

For many years, she resided with her friend and sister, Marilynn, and they had many great adventures together. In 2020, they moved to Cape Coral, FL where they hosted lots of family visits and enjoyed watching sunsets by the pool.

Always the night owl, Carol loved life and never grew old. She had a smile that lit up the room and made friends wherever she went. She was a take-charge person and did everything full steam ahead but was always the first one to offer support when needed. Her favorite things in life besides her family and friends were playing cards, horseback riding, and bargain hunting. It was her mission to always find the perfect gift. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed entertaining, especially weekends with her poker girls. She was one of the luckiest people we knew, and we were all lucky to have her in our lives.

Carol will be sorely missed by her daughters Gail Smallen (Rodger), Vickie Rysticken, Julie Donnelly (Brian) and sister Marilynn and brother Jim Brown (Rhonda). She is also survived by her three grandchildren, Christen Dabney, Tyler Dabney, Christopher Ottinger (Stephanie) and six great-grandchildren.

Carol is preceded in death by her parents Harry and Dorothy Brown, her sisters and brothers-in-law, Sandy and Tom Hessler and Ginger and Steve Elliott, and her son-in-law Terry Dabney.