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July 16, 1951March 10, 2020

Rucktenwald, Janice Lee – born July 16, 1951 in Chicago, Illinois, deceased March 10, 2020 in Groveland, Florida, 68 years of age. She was a resident of Trilogy Orlando community in Groveland at the time of her death.

A graduate of Immaculate Conception and Taft High School in Chicago, Janice furthered her schooling by obtaining a Bachelor in Education at DePaul University in Chicago and a Masters in Education at Concordia University in Irvine, California. She was credentialed in three states, Illinois, Connecticut, and California. She spent the vast majority of her career teaching, loving, supporting, and encouraging young students during their education journey. While she primarily taught grade school, she also worked with teens through local area churches, and finished her career as an Assistant Principal. She spent her last 20 years at SMAA (Saint Mary’s and All Angels) in Aliso Viejo, California, a faith-based International Baccalaureate School.

Mrs. Rucktenwald was the daughter of father Vito Abbinanti and mother Virginia (nee Paepke) of Chicago, Illinois. She is survived by husband Thomas Rucktenwald and sons Mark, Jeffrey, and David, Daughters-in-law Molly (Dorozenski) and Leigh (Montgomery) and two grandchildren; Janice is also survived by sister Judy and her two children, Cheryl and Adam, and loving cousins from both the Abbinanti and Paepke families.

A Celebration of Life will be held in the future at the Magnolia House in Trilogy Orlando. The family is sensitive to the present health circumstances that trouble our nation and also for the needs of those that may travel some distance to this celebration.

The family asks that donations be made in the name of Janice Rucktenwald to Breast Cancer Foundation of Central Florida, http://www.bcfcf.org/donate-online or St. Mary’s School, Advancement Office, 7 Pursuit, Aliso Viejo, CA 92565. Mail your donations or donate online through https://smaa.org/community/support-st-marys


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Dan Kirkman

April 6, 2020

I believe more and more in life as we travel on our personal adventures we call life we are blessed to encounter angels or people who shine bright like lighthouses on the shore in the storms of life. I was blessed a million times over having my path meet Jan 🙏 she was an angel in so many ways. Jan and Tom always called me Superman Dan saying I was a super hero. With out a doubt Jan was a true Superhero in every sense of the title. You knew from the time you met her your life would never be the same in so many ways she inspired hope in those she inspired. I was more than humbled to have met her and Tom. My life will forever be changed by calling her Friend my condolences go out to all her loved ones and her family and friends each who inspired by her human spirit her carring compassion and kindness that just were given to those who needed it in and out of her classrooms where she impacted so many lives in countless ways. Godspeed Jan 🙏 we will meet agsin. Thank you for your friendship 👼❣️ She is now with God in his Heavenly Home 🙏

David Rucktenwald

March 22, 2020

May 24th 2013

Amy Hoffman

March 22, 2020

My Dearest Jan,
Words can’t express how much I’m going to miss you. You were kind, loving, thoughtful and I was blessed to have worked with you for 15 years! We have lots of fun memories working together. Your were an amazing person. I pray for your loved ones and know how much you are loved. The world will never be the same without you in it. Rest In Peace my sweet friend!

Ken and Gloria Botelho

March 22, 2020

We met Jan at Trilogy. I remember the day that we met Tom and was introduced to his loving wife Jan. " My wife knew she would become one of her best friends, and she wasn't mistaken.
Jan and Gloria shared everything that two girlfriends could share. She knew her secrets, foods, fun, love for her husband, family and what made her laugh. They had no secrets, were always brutally honest (especially Jan) and full of respect.
That's why we were so shocked to find out that her cancer had come back. We soon realized that Jan needed our support without any questions asked. The fight had begun.It went on like that for a few months, positive thoughts, encouragements, comforting...up until her last moments. Jan confided in Gloria just a few nights before her passing, and asked not of herself, because Jan didn’t think of herself (but only of others), to make sure that we watch over Tom. Being one of the best friends to Jan that Gloria was, she didn't have to worry about that. We both could hear the sound of relief in her voice after that.
From that moment on Jan looked like she was totally accepting of her fate. We talked about the upcoming concert with TMI and Jan being rolled into the Event Center in a hospital bed to see her husband play. We talked about old times and had the opportunity to laugh again at so many things that were funny to just the two of us. She had some important things to say to me, so she began with how proud she was of Tom and her family, and happy to see that her life had touched so many. When we both left that night, Jan had decided it was time to give herself some peace. We both knew that after spending a wonderful memory filled night with her that it was her last goodbye to the both of us. We miss her terribly.
Ken and I are honored for knowing the amazing person that Jan was. She showed us that no matter how hard life can be, we must all learn from it every day and embrace every moment of it. Ken and Gloria Botelho

Carolyn Ochs

March 21, 2020

My dear, sweet friend Jan was my prayer partner, my mentor, my confidante. We enjoyed our school days together and delighted in sharing news of family and adventures. She left such a positive mark on so many lives and will be greatly missed.

Lisa Ferrier

March 21, 2020

Jan was an incredible woman of faith, love and kindness and an amazing teacher. She taught all 3 of my kids at St. Mary’s and was truly a gift to each of them as well as I, as their parent. She always had a warm smile and a hug and constantly looked for the good in all things. An amazing example of what a Christian woman should be.... and she never faltered. My family’s love and prayers for your loss.....she will be so missed. I cry as I write this because of how beautiful she was as a person and I wish I could tell her one more time what she meant to us- we loved her so much.... beyond shat words can describe.
Jan..... spread your wings and fly. With Him be in peace,
Lisa Ferrier and family

Woody & Pam Wilson

March 21, 2020

Jan was one of the most beautiful reflections of her faith that we have ever seen. Pam & I are hoping that her amazing grace will be a source of strength for her family. We feel privileged to have called her our friend. We know, in our search for Jesus, after we’ve passed through this dimension, we fully expect to see Jan guiding our path. Our most heartfelt goodbye sweet lady!

Woody & Pam Wilson

Martin Barrett

March 21, 2020

To the Rucktenwald family I'm deeply saddened as you are at the passing on of Jan. Jan has been as good inspiration to me starting back when I met her in my early 20's. She showed what caring and loving people ot looks like. I will miss you Jan and thankful I had the opportunity to talk and pray with you before you passed into eternity with our Lord. Here's a little memory of Jan at one of our CT Christian Music Alliance meetings.
Love, The BarrettFam!

Shelly Harmon

March 21, 2020

Jan had the kindest heart! She was a joy to work with and was so thoughtful. Her personable demeanor gave so many comfort. She was ALWAYS approachable, and her light shined strong! God Bless all her family, oh, how I miss her!!

Carl Lindquist

March 20, 2020

To you all (Tom already knows),
My wife Barbara and I first met Tom and Jan as simply a couple we were assigned to pray for as they experienced a weekend together called Marriage Encounter. A long time ago. A wonderful beginning to a wonderful friendship.
For many years I had the privilege of working with Jan as leaders of the youth group and Sunday school class at our church here in Newtown, CT. But it wasn’t just the two of us, both our families were totally on board. Tom and Barb helping every which way and the kids benefiting from it all in the name of Christ. Amen?
I discovered Jan was irreplaceable because then came the California move. But the end result of that was our relationship solidified all the more. The following year Jeff became the son we never had. He spent his senior year of high school as part of our family. There could be no greater expression of love and trust than that.
Three thousand miles could not diminish our friendship nor can your passing through this threshold....
“I loved you, I still do, I always will you know. Though I can’t touch your face, you’ll always have a special place.”
Love you Jan
Love you Tom