Obituary for Carol Ann Storla

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Carol Ann Storla, 76, of La Crosse and formerly of Dubuque passed away due to cancer on October 8, 2019 at Mulder Health Care Center in West Salem, in the presence of her daughter Debra and son-in-law Frank.
Carol was born on March 19, 1943, in Dubuque, Iowa, to Ove Storla and Mildred (Johnson) Storla. Carol was baptized, confirmed, and married at St. John's Lutheran Church in Dubuque. She attended Dubuque Senior High School graduating in 1961. She attended the Finley Hospital School of Nursing / University of Dubuque, graduating in 1964 as a Registered Nurse. In 1965 she married Dale Ruosch, and they moved to San Diego, CA, then Fargo, ND for his job. In Fargo they both fell in love with two siblings in need of a home. They proudly adopted their two new beloved children. In a writing recently found in her 'hope chest', Carol wrote in part, "Into our home on September 26th, 1966, came Bradley and Monica. Mommy and Daddy Ruosch have found much joy with their new little family." She and Dale later welcomed their daughter Debra Ruosch in 1968. Carol reveled in being a mom to her new family. She enjoyed being able to do things for her children such as baking them personalized cakes for their birthdays, volunteering for school, Sunday School and Scouting activities, celebrating and decorating for holidays, and spending time camping in their little trailer at Loon Lake. In 1972 the family moved to Sauk Centre, MN, and then to Spring Lake Park, MN in 1973. In 1976 her family moved to La Crosse. She was later divorced, but had a new extended family and friend with Dale and his wife Kitty, and her son Mark Paulson and grandchildren Ruthann and Lilah Paulson.
Carol's major role in life was dedicated caregiver and care provider. Carol's career as an RN spanned 41 years working in San Diego, Dubuque, Sauk Centre, Fridley, Sparta, and La Crosse. Primary interests were medical-surgical, coronary care, intensive care, and skilled care. She was employed as a nurse, head nurse, supervisor, and as director of nursing services, with emphasis on total patient care and family supportive care, until her retirement in 2003. She loved her profession and her patients dearly.
Carol loved spending time at her parents summer home in Harpers Ferry. She loved the Mississippi River and fishing with her parents and beloved baby brother 'Curtie'. She enjoyed auctions, flea markets, and craft shows. She loved crafting gemstone jewelry, reading, art, oil painting, sculpture, history, playing the penny machine at the casino, travel, and classical music. She enjoyed playing the clarinet in her high school marching band, and playing piano and guitar.
Carol's number one love was family. She especially loved being a grandma. With her grandchildren Amanda and Brendan in the same city, she was able to enjoy things like going to 'Grandparents Day' at school with Amanda, or taking holiday trips to Dubuque with Amanda and Brendan. After retirement she finally had some well-deserved free time so was now free to assist in caring for her two youngest grandchildren at the time, Julianna and Allrik. She loved being able to pick them up from school, shop with them, and go to rummage sales together. She was excited when two additional grandchildren were born, Bradley and Alex. She spoke often about her temporary time staying with Brad, his wife Casie and the boys, and how special that was to her. She often spoke of gratitude about Monica, stating that she didn't know what she would have done without her support after her parents died, especially going to Dubuque with her to help her with the sorrowful task of emptying out her childhood home. Carol enjoyed going on family vacations with Debra, Frank and their kids, especially to Minocqua and the Dells. She loved her trips to Las Vegas with Debra and Julianna, and her Sunday shopping and lunches with them. She loved watching the Packers with Frank and her 'Boomer Boy' Allrik.
Carol's other joy the last 10 years was her beloved cat 'Cupcake'. They have a special bond. She also expressed excitement about being reunited in afterlife with her other past animals including her previous cat 'Tinker', and Debra and Frank's long time dog 'Lexy'.
Carol had an infectious smile and outgoing personality. She loved to laugh and have fun, and those around her felt it. Sadly, Carol suffered from some depression, often resulting in her to isolate herself, have inability to go out, and have anxiety and challenges in her day to day life. She was very empathetic, and when others felt pain she felt their pain as well. She tried hard to push through those feelings to be the best person she could be. She was hard on herself for her mistakes, and not awknowleging enough of herself for the wonderful things that she did do. She had a strong faith which helped her get through the tough days. She loved all those around her dearly. Carol is survived by her three children, Debra (Frank) Meyer of Holmen; Bradley (Cassandra) Ruosch, and Monica (Ruosch) Bakalars of Onalaska; by nine grandchildren Julianna and Allrik Meyer, Dameon Hendricks, Caitlin Dunn, Bradley and Alex Ruosch, Amanda Shields, Brendan Bakalars, Carol Delegan; and seven great-grandchildren Daelan, Colette, Martin, Madeline, Oliver, Ruby, and Jack. She is also survived by two brothers Curtis (Diane) Storla of Harpers Ferry, Iowa, and Duwayne Storla of Dickeyville, Wisconsin; by Nieces and nephews Tammy (Storla) Hartlep, Tara (Storla) Guerdet, Lisa (Mark) Henik, Kevin (Kathy) Storla, Carey Storla, and many Grand nieces, nephews and cousins. Carol was preceded in death by her parents Ove and Mildred Storla, and grandparents Ole and Julia (Paulson) Storla, and Charles and Lydia (Seavert) Johnson.
Carol wished to express her heartfelt gratitude to Kitty (Catherine) Ruosch for her friendship, support and assistance over the years, especially during her illness. Carol, Frank, and Debra would like to thank those who assisted and supported them in this journey the past year during Carol"s illness. It is very appreciated. Carol and family wish to extend a heartfelt thank you to Pastor Jay Ilten who will officiate.
Friends may visit with the family on Sunday, October 13th from 12 to 2 p.m. at Dickinson Family Funeral Home, 401 Main St., Onalaska, WI, and again on Tuesday, October 15th from 10 to 11:00am at St. John's Lutheran Church, 1276 White St., Dubuque, IA. Funeral services will be held there following visitation, at 11:00am. Burial will be in St. John's Cemetary immediately following the service. Please join us for a luncheon at the church following burial. Memorials may be given to St. John's Lutheran Cemetery Fund.