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Phyllis Lorraine Ruemler, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, passed away Dec. 20, 2017, after an extended illness. She passed away at her home surrounded by love with her family, nursing staff and her cherished animals at her side.
Phyllis was born April 11, 1948, in Logansport, Indiana, to Carl S. and Marianne Ruemler (both deceased). She moved from Burrows to Kokomo, Indiana, with her family in 1960. She graduated from Kokomo High School in 1966 and attended Indiana University from 1966 to 1970, graduating with a bachelor's degree in elementary education. She was a substitute teacher at Ervin Elementary School in Howard County before accepting a job at Randall Elementary School at Grissom Air Force Base, Indiana. In 1973, she moved to Vacaville, California, and worked for the Child Welfare Services Division of Solano County. In 1981 she moved to Anchorage, Alaska, and worked for the Alaska Judicial Council. In 1985, she moved back to Vacaville, California, where she resumed working in Solano County Social Service in Adult Protective Services. During that time, she returned to school and received a master's degree in counseling from JFK University in Berkeley, California. She retired from social services in 2009.
Phyllis had a love for nature and all animals. She volunteered at the Suisun Wildlife Center, and enjoyed hiking, camping, traveling and the company of family and friends.
She is survived by her brothers, Carl Ruemler (Tanna Conner), Kokomo, Indiana, and James Ruemler (Kathryn), Russiaville, Indiana; sisters, Barbara Smyth, Williamsburg, Virginia, and Elaine Edwards, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida; and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her loving dog, Annie, and her cat, Jake.
A celebration of Phyllis' life was held at Masters Park near her home at the PGA National Golf Community in Palm Beach Gardens on Jan. 20, 2018.
The family would like to thank all of her 24-hour caregivers, her friend and daytime caregiver Alexis Pecci, Cecelia Saari CNA, ALS Association, Florida Chapter, and Trustbridge Hospice of Palm Beach County, Florida, for providing her the compassionate care she required.
Published on January 24, 2018
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