Carol (Rafter) Rampoldi was born the evening of December 22, 1933 at her family home in Modesto. Her parents were John Rafter and Louise (Kegler) Rafter. Carol was raised by her Grandparents John and Adina Rafter from a very young age until she married in 1955. She loved her grandmother very much and missed her for the remainder of her life after she passed. Carol attended local elementary schools and graduated from Modesto High School in 1951. She had many lifelong friends from childhood, many of whom have already passed on. She married the love of her life, LeRoy Rampoldi of Escalon in 1955. They resided in the same home the remainder of their lives. Carol had three children, Michael (Elly), Steven (Joan) and Jeffrey (Donna), one grandchild Joseph (Laura) and two step-granddaughters, Lacee (Mike) King and Shelby (Garrett) Lucchesi.
She was preceded in death by her husband LeRoy just four months ago and her son Steven in 1980. Both Carol and LeRoy enjoyed living in the country. They had large gardens, with a variety of beautiful flowers, fruit trees and vegetables. She enjoyed their pets which largely consisted of dogs, cats and several species of exotic birds. Her favorite breed of dog were standard poodles. Carol was a homemaker throughout her adult life. She had a beautiful home which was remodeled many times to accommodate their growing family. She loved acquiring antiques and had several in each room of the home. She enjoyed decorating and entertaining in her younger years. She was an excellent, adventurous cook who enjoyed experimenting with many different recipes. There was always something new on the table for a meal at home. Her desserts were always as beautiful as they were tasty. Carol was also very artistic. She could sketch, and sculpt figurines out of clay. She also liked to paint. Her handwriting was as beautiful as calligraphy. The elementary teachers enjoyed reading her notes and would comment on her beautiful handwriting.
Mother, you are loved and will be greatly missed from our lives. In keeping with her wishes the services will be private. The family asks for any donations to be made to Community Hospice of Modesto, 4368 Spyres Way, Modesto, CA 95356, Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2425 Stockton Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95817 or the Escalon Community Ambulance.
The Escalon (Calif.) Times
Jan. 11, 2017