Carol Esther (Rucker) Hachmeister


OREGON – Carol Esther (Rucker) Hachmeister, 89, passed away on Nov. 14, 2019 at Serenity Hospice and Home, Oregon. Carol was born Jan. 2, 1930 to Anson and Mary Viola (Knapp) Rucker.

She completed grade school at Doty School west of Polo and graduated from Polo High School in 1948. She married Walter Hachmeister in a double ceremony with Jim Melvin and Marilyn Bollman on Aug. 18, 1956. Carol enjoyed travel, planning every detail of many great trips with family and friends over the years.

Carol worked as a secretary and bookkeeper for the National Turkey Federation in Mount Morris from 1948 to 1955 with fond memories of travel to annual conventions from Los Angeles to Atlantic City. After a long career in various secretarial and bookkeeping jobs, Carol retired from Stillman Valley Bank in 1992. She was an active member of Kishwaukee Presbyterian Church serving as a deacon, Sunday school teacher and treasurer of KPW. She was a member of the Stillman Valley Women’s Club and Friends of the Library.

Carol is survived by her children, Sandra (Tom) Glendenning, Stillman Valley; Kevin (Kris), Belvidere, S.D.; grandchildren, Karl (Meghan) Glendenning, Orlando, Fla.; Ryan (Alison) Glendenning, Byron; Malinda (Adam) Hurt, Stillman Valley; Lewis (Austin) Hachmeister, Honolulu, Hawaii; great grandchildren, James Walter “Jay”, Whittaker, Emma-Kate and Piper Glendenning of Orlando; Parker, Adley and Bristol Glendenning of Byron; Lena and Trace Hurt of Stillman Valley; sisters, Velma Nicodemus, Lanark and Mary Jean "Jeannie" Rucker, Polo.

She is preceded in death by her husband and parents.

A memorial service was held on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019 at 10 a.m. at Kishwaukee Presbyterian Church, 8195 Kishwaukee Rd, Stillman Valley, with the Rev. Eric Tonjes officiating. A luncheon followed. Private committal of ashes at Plainview Cemetery, Mount Morris. Memorial gifts may be made to Serenity Hospice and Home, Oregon, IL or Kishwaukee Presbyterian Church. Arrangements by Finch Funeral Home, Mount Morris.

Carol’s non-complaining courage in her battle with cancer and her unselfish concern for others through it all was truly inspiring.