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Carolyn RUSTMANN Obituary
RUSTMANN, Carolyn June 22,1942 December 5, 2017 Carolyn Anne Sakolsky Rustmann (n?e Smith) died peacefully this past Tuesday evening after losing a three-year long heroic battle with a virulent form of breast cancer. Carolyn was the eldest daughter of Elizabeth Anne and Arthur P. Smith, Jr. She was born and raised in Miami with her two sisters and four brothers. Her surviving family members are Donald Lee Smith (Tampa), David Alan Smith (Miami), Paul V. Smith (Hawaii) and Roger Nutt Smith (Orlando). Carolyn was a gifted lawyer and a kind and generous contributor to many charities, some as far afield as a school in Samar, Philippines, that was named in her honor. She was an active supporter of terminally ill children in the Miami/Dade Hospital, Homebound. She was a Miami High School graduate who went on to Duke University before obtaining a Law Degree from the University of Miami. She ran for Judge in Miami, in 1988. Carolyn rose rapidly in the legal profession, and began her own successful business, Private Judges, Inc., in Coral Gables. She became the premiere attorney in Mediation services, mediating thousands of cases. In 1997 she married the larger-than-life Coral Gables and Chicago developer, Al Sakolsky. When he passed away in 2011, she jokingly told people Al gave her to Fred Rustmann for safe keeping, Fred was a close friend of Al's; a CIA retiree and author of several books. Carolyn and Fred were married in 2014 and moved to Palm Beach where they resided together until her death. Carolyn's passion for horses led to her founding of Magic Motion Farms where she trained race horses, hunter/jumpers and Pacifinos. Her brother, David, remembers fondly that as a small child, Carolyn always wanted to grow up to be a horse. Her love for horses remained with her throughout her life. Carolyn's sharp mind and stunning beauty (she once modeled for Oleg Cassini) contributed to make her a success in whatever path she chose. Her smile will be missed by all who knew her.
Published in The Palm Beach Daily News on Dec. 10, 2017
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