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Carol Schuett
  • February 07, 1946
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  • July 27, 2021

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Carol Ellen Schuett (Mumm) passed away suddenly and quickly from a heart attack as her huge and caring heart finally took a rest on July 27, 2021 at home in Port Orange, Florida. God must have needed a new, young card player for His ‘500’ games when he called her up to be His partner. She was 75 years old.

Carol was born on February 7, 1946 in Austin, Minnesota to her parents Holger and Evelyn Mumm and grew up on their family farm (although you’d never guess she grew up “off the land” if you knew about her talent for bringing all plants, gardens, and flowers to very rapid endings) in Rose Creek (pronounced Crick by anybody with half a brain). After meeting Gary Schuett on a camping trip (he was with his parents, she was with a friend) in the summer of 1963, the two dated for two months, (apparently swept off her feet by Gary’s charm…or maybe a need to leave the Crick) were engaged, and married on August 1, 1964 in Austin, MN. The two were HOT — literally! — it was 104 degrees on their wedding day with her in a beautiful traditional white wedding gown and Gary in his best wool suit!

Gary and Carol welcomed Kimberly Ellen Schuett (Rylicki) into their lives in 1970 and Jason Gary Schuett into their lives in 1978. The family lived in and around Minneapolis until they moved to Florida (Orlando, then Port Orange) in 2001. Carol worked most of her adult life – including more than 15 years at Northwest Airlines and 10 years at SunTrust Bank. However, she did take some “time off” when the kids were little, and in addition to hollering at Kimberly and trying to chase down Jason, she found a decent amount of time to connect with her dear neighbors and friends – that telephone cord stretched to every corner of their first floor as she simultaneously kept up with friends while keeping up at home. She was an incredible seamstress and loved to cook — especially if it was with wine, or if it meant entertaining! Chardonnay anyone?

Anybody who knew Carol knew her loves — family, friends, and fun times. Her husband, kids, and grandkids were the lights of her life and she would (and did!) do anything for them and extended family and friends. Earlier in life, Carol and Gary traveled extensively with family (thanks for the travel perks Northwest!), especially Carol’s sister Jan and her family (Grady & kids). Colorado, the 1982 World’s Fair, Niagara Falls, and Northern MN to name a few of their fun trips. Later in life, Carol went “all in” on her “Grandma Role” – she and Gary were great babysitters (in Florida or Chicago!), then tour guides (they enjoyed taking grandkids on their “Just turned 10 Grandma and Grandpa Trips”), and even “BFF’s” as they developed texting and FaceTime relationships with their older grandkids! Annoyingly proud of their grandkids? Probably…and loved it!

When Gary and Carol weren’t with Kimberly (Derek) and Jason (Sarah) and their kids or extended family, they were often surrounded by friends! Carol knew how to have a good time (Gary, eh not as much =))…and care deeply! “The old neighborhood” crew and parties, the Socialites, the Women of Wings (WOW!), the ladies at the tree, the ladies at the pool…you get the idea! Anything that involved cards or dinner or wine or “Brandy 7” or talking…again, you get the idea! Those signs reminding us all to Live, Laugh, and Love had to have been created by someone who experienced Carol and her life!

Carol is survived by her husband, Gary Schuett in Port Orange, Florida; daughter, Kimberly Rylicki (Derek) of Glenview, Illinois; and son, Jason Schuett (Sarah) of Deltona, Florida; five grandchildren, Brandon Rylicki, Samantha Rylicki, Corsten Rylicki, Kristina Rylicki, and Cooper Schuett as well as several foster grandchildren; sister Jan Stephens (Grady) of Fort Myers, Florida; and many nieces, nephews and their children and extended family. She is preceded in death by her parents, Holger and Evelyn Mumm (Ehlert).
Carol’s family will hold a private celebration of her life as well as private disbursement of her ashes at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, Carol’s family requests donations to C127 in Altamonte Springs, Florida in her memory.


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  1. Julie McMillian says:
    09 Aug 2021
    My thoughts are prayers are with you and your family during this time. So hard to loose a loved one, especially when unexpected. The obituary was a great tribute and I enjoyed getting to know Carol by reading it.

  2. Serina Clayton lit a candle:
    07 Aug 2021
    Lit since August 7, 2021 at 8:22:33 PM

  3. Jennifer and John Gnospelius says:
    07 Aug 2021
    Prayers and love to your family. May you find comfort in your memories that will be with you forever. ❤️

  4. Sally Walton lit a candle:
    07 Aug 2021
    Lit since August 7, 2021 at 8:09:07 PM

  5. Mark Friedman says:
    07 Aug 2021
    I am so very sorry for your loss. While I didn’t know your mother, I can vividly picture her through the wonderfully written obituary and just knowing Kimberly. I pray that your memories of her will always bring you comfort even while her loss is so painful.

  6. Nancy and Jim Sanford says:
    06 Aug 2021
    We are still in shock and disbelief and very sad that we lost a dear friend. Through a mutual friend, I met Carol about 12 years ago at a Ladies NewComers Luncheon, in Orlando, where our friendship started and grew into many Girls Trips, shopping and lunch trips locally and occasionally the Girls and Guys going out to dinner. I am so grateful Carol, Dottie Cumello and I were able to have lunch together in June before my husband and I left for a trip out West. Never would I have thought that would be the last time I would see Carol. She was a good person and I am so fortunate to have known her and to call her my friend. Her laughter, her beautiful smile and of course some Chardonnay along with her love and devotion to her family and a treasured friend is how I will always remember my friend Carol.

    Jim and Nancy Sanford

  7. Carolyn Brewer says:
    05 Aug 2021
    “and then she was gone and her absence is far greater than her presence”.

  8. Katherine Sebestyen says:
    05 Aug 2021
    Friends are like sea shells. You might have a whole collection
    but some are certainly more special than others.
    This verse is true of Carol. She will always be remembered
    with great love and joy. The kind of friend you are grateful to
    have known. The kind of friend you will always miss.
    With much love, from Katherine and Frank Sebestyen

  9. RXVR says:
    05 Aug 2021
    “And then she was gone and sudddenly her absence was greater than her presence. “Not original but best expresses my feelings. My very great blessing to have known her! With deep sympathy to her family who are left with such a void in their lives.Love and prayers of comfort for Gary and family. Carolyn Brewer

  10. Marty and Beth Schmidt lit a candle:
    05 Aug 2021
    Lit since August 5, 2021 at 8:46:37 PM

  11. Terence and Fay Rodgers lit a candle:
    05 Aug 2021
    Lit since August 5, 2021 at 8:54:32 AM

  12. Terence and Fay Rodgers says:
    05 Aug 2021
    Carol will be sorely missed. She was a dear friend to have, always game for a get-together and ready to help plan fun events. She was cheerful and encouraging, and a joy to be around. We are so grateful for the happy memories we made together at Vista Lakes with the Socialites.
    She was a lovely flower in our Garden of Friendship.
    May her soul rest in peace till we meet again.

  13. Brandon, Kristi, and Lucas lit a candle:
    05 Aug 2021
    Lit since August 5, 2021 at 8:41:38 AM

  14. Grady C. Stephens says:
    04 Aug 2021
    Thanks for the great memories and times you have left for me and Jan over these past 50 years.

  15. Grady C. Stephens lit a candle:
    04 Aug 2021
    Lit since August 4, 2021 at 8:12:27 PM

  16. Chris Stephens lit a candle:
    04 Aug 2021
    Lit since August 4, 2021 at 8:50:34 PM

  17. Chris Stephens says:
    04 Aug 2021
    What can I say…it still doesn’t seem real. The more I think about her, the more the memories and images keep flooding back. Although the timing seems very strange, I cherish the visit we had just a few days prior to her passing. Those that know me know I’m not one that believes in the supernatural or fate but I have to believe someone or something had his/her hand in the fact that most of us were able to spend a few days together. I’m very thankful that my thoughts and dreams of late are happy and humorous ones about my Auntie Carol. From the numerous telling of me when I was a baby biting her and her biting me right back to teach me a lesson, she was so proud of that. I have vivid images in my mind of the trip in Minnesota in the RV where Blair and I were supposed to sleep in the tent and we chickened out at the last minute. Auntie Carol and Uncle Gary had no problem sleeping in the tent (honestly I think they were thankful to have a bit of peace from the masses). I remember crossing a bridge, I think it was over the Royal Gorge, Auntie Carol burned through a bag of Doritos in an effort to keep her mind off what was happening. I could never get enough of the taco salad and am really craving it as I type. Among her other talents was her sewing ability, I was amazed at her ability to make things that I thought for sure were store bought. More than anything though…her smile and positive attitude. I don’t remember her ever being angry or raising her voice at anyone. I always felt welcome even if I may have had a set of handcuffs to use on Jason . Auntie Carol, I miss you more than I can say. I’m so thankful, as is your sister (my mother) that you and Uncle Gary made the effort to visit us especially because I believe it made all the difference for her. I know where you are, give hugs & kisses to grandma & grandpa, I love the 3 of you very much and I’ll see you when the good Lord calls me home!

  18. Gisela & Alex Rojas says:
    04 Aug 2021
    Our deepest condolences. From reading her obituary, it is clear that she lived a beautiful life surrounded by love.❤️ May you feel comforted by God’s healing hand.

  19. Elyse Oldham & Family says:
    04 Aug 2021
    I am so so sorry for your loss. I hope many good memories help get you through this difficult time.
    Love you all!

    Elyse Oldham & Family

  20. Murray and Elaine Cook says:
    04 Aug 2021
    We remember the first time we met Gary and Carol… it was at a Wine Tasting at Vista Lakes (how appropriate:)…. And it was there that the Socialites were formed…. We shared many good times ….parties, dinners, and field trips! Carol made life fun and shared her contagious smile with everyone…. We miss you already, Carol, and know we will meet again
    “Those we love can never be more than a thought away…
    For as long as there’s a memory-
    They live in our hearts to stay.”

  21. Dottie Cumello lit a candle:
    04 Aug 2021
    Lit since August 4, 2021 at 8:51:09 PM

  22. Dottie and RON says:
    04 Aug 2021
    Carol was such a loving, happy, and caring person.
    We were best friends for more than 17 years….Cruising, parasailing,mansions, plantations, drinks, dinners, flower ladies, Newcomers, Socialites…
    I will keep these memories close and smile whenever I think of her.

    “Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by meeting that a new world is born”

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