She was born March 29, 1924, to Robert and Anna (Nickel) Rauscher in Nuremberg, Germany. In 1947, she married Gerald Rhine Hunter, an American GI stationed in Nuremberg, and moved across the ocean to the family farm in Greenwich. Gerald and Carola adopted two young boys from Germany. Following her husband’s passing in 2010, she relocated to Carriage House in Norwalk.
Carola was a devoted farm wife, attentive mother and known by all as a fine and proper Christian lady. For almost a decade she served as an elementary school secretary. She sang for many years in the choir at Ripley Church in Greenwich and was active in various civic groups, including the Grange.
After moving to Norwalk, she became an enthusiastic member of the First Presbyterian Church and was known fondly as the church’s “Carriage House Ambassador” since she organized the monthly Protestant communion services. She was a volunteer with many years of service at Fisher-Titus Medical Center.
In addition to her parents, and husband, she was preceded in death by her son, Robert Murray Hunter in 2008; brother-in-law, Jim Stauffer; and sister-in-law, Elaine Stauffer.
Carola is survived by her son, Gary (Janis) Hunter of Greenwich; grandson, Dusten (Ruth) Watson of Bellevue; two great-grandchildren, Peter Watson and Claire Watson; brother-in-law, Clark (Bonnie) Hunter of Greenwich; sister-in-law, Mary Anne (Richard) Preston of Perrysburg; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.
Her family survivors in Germany include a brother, Erwin (Hanne) Rauscher of Nuremberg; sister, Luzie (Adolf) Pöhlmann of Altdorf; nephew, Stefan (Rosalia Sanchez) Pöhlmann; nieces, Monika Pöhlmann (Holger Kies) and Susanne (Uwe) Linnert; great-niece, Sonja Pöhlmann Sanchez; and great-nephews, Bernd Linnert and Simon Linnert.
Carola touched the hearts of many individuals in her long life and will always be remembered by her Greenwich neighbors as well as by church friends and the other ladies of her volunteer team at Fisher-Titus. The motto of her Presbyterian Church, “Rooted in Grace, Growing in Christ, Reaching Out in Love,” is a perfect representation of her long earthly life.
Friends may call 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, at Eastman Funeral Home, 49 W. Main St., Greenwich, and from 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 30, until services at 11 a.m., at the funeral home. The Rev. James Hodsden and the Rev. Clair Brewer will officiate. Her brother-in-law, Clark Hunter, will deliver the eulogy. Burial will follow in Edwards Grove Cemetery, Greenwich.
Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, may be made to Stein Hospice, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, OH 44870, to the First Presbyterian Church, 21 Firelands Blvd., Norwalk, OH 44857, or to Carriage House, 175 Shady Lane Drive, Norwalk, OH 44857.
Condolences may be shared with the family at eastmanfuneralhome.com.