Obituary: Carmany Rulofson |

Obituary: Carmany Rulofson

Special to the DailyCarmany Rulofson, 83, of Vail died Tuesday, Jan. 22

Carmany Rulofson, 83, of Vail died Tuesday, Jan. 22. She was born on March 23, 1929, to Kenneth and Virginia (North) Rulofson in Brooklyn, N.Y. Carmany grew up in Goldens Bridge, N.Y., and attended the Mary A. Burnham School in Northampton, Mass., and the Stoneleigh Prospect School in Greenfield, Mass. She married Ralph S. Heilman in 1950 in Chappaqua, N.Y.

Carmany was an all-around athlete and avid skier, serving as a member of the National Ski Patrol at Catamount in Hillsdale, N.Y., and as a member of the Vail Ski School, in Vail. She performed volunteer services for the American Cancer Society of Westchester County, N.Y., and the Betty Ford Alpine Garden in Vail.

Carmany is survived by her children; W. Strickland (Fay) Heilman of Millwood, Va.; Carmany (Erik) Thorp of Highlands Ranch; and Marguerite Heilman of Yardley, Pa.; her brother, Currie R. (Mary) Weed of Sarasota, Fla., and Harbor Springs, Mich.; her grandchildren; Tarin Horan, Colin Heilman, Galen Thorp and Marguerite Basilico; and four great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations are made to the American Cancer Society at http://www.can, or the Alzheimer’s Association, or through one’s local chapter.

“To live well, to laugh often, to love much, to gain the respect of intelligent people, to win the love of little children. To fill one’s niche and accomplish one’s task, to leave the world better than one finds it whether by an improved flower, a perfect poem or another life ennobled. To never lack appreciation of earth’s beauty or fail to express it, to always look for the best in others, to give the best one has. To make one’s life an inspiration and one’s memory a benediction. This is success.”

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