Katelyn Marie Ruckman
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MANSFIELD: Katelyn Marie Ruckman, 19, of Mansfield passed Thursday, Feburary 7, 2013 at her home. She was born September 21, 1993 in Mt. Vernon.
Katelyn was a graduate of Madison High School where she played soccer, a sport she'd played from the age of 3. She had a passion for science and had started to pursue a Bio-Science Degree at North Central State College. Katelyn's goal was to be a part of the CDC and go into the Red Zone. She had worked several years at Hallowicked: Haunted Woods and was planning on going back this fall. A daring girl with no fear, she had a contagious laugh. Katelyn loved all animals, especially her birds Pickles, a red lored Amazon, Gabby, a cockatoo, and Babe, a blue fronted Amazon. She enjoyed the outdoors, particularly fishing, and collected sock monkeys, nut crackers, and turtles. Along with her mother, Katelyn started the organization, Rock the Cure 4 Leukemia, to raise awareness to the public on the signs and symptoms of leukemia, raise money for research, and to help off set costs to leukemia patients. She was looking forward to March 1st for their first benefit.
She is survived by her mother, Angela Ruckman of Mansfield; brother Matthew Ruckman (fiancé, Katie Ocheltree) of Bellville; grandmother, Judy Sargent of Mansfield; a nephew whom she adored even though she could not spend much time with him due to personal illness, Brayden Ruckman of Bellville; uncle, Larry (Megan) Sargent of Centerburg; cousins, Lauren and Charlie Sargent, both of Centerburg; very good friends, Bobby Schumacher of Willard and Shaun Conner, Rich Blevins, and Aaron Snyder, all of Columbus; and a host of extended family and friends which the list is too long to mention. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Darryl Sargent and great grandparents, Charles and Edith (Walker) Cole.
A special thanks to the bands who supported her, in particular, Viper from Mansfield who played at her benefit in Columbus. Katelyn appreciated their friendship and support so much. And to Bill Ball and Mark Schaeufele, representatives from Afflac insurance, who if not for them, she would have been homeless. They were a huge help to her and the family.
Friends may call Monday, February 11, 2013 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at the Diamond St. Home of Wappner Funeral Directors, 98 S. Diamond St., Mansfield. Everyone is encouraged to come in casual attire but to wear orange in awareness of leukemia. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home conducted by Pastor Mark Schaeufele. Burial will follow in Bellville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Rock the Cure 4 Leukemia, 837 S. Main St., Mansfield, OH 44907.
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Published in the News Journal on Feb. 9, 2013