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In Memory of
Carla Louise Gutches
April 27, 1949 - August 7, 2019

Friday, August 16th from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Moreland Funeral Home

Saturday, August 17th 10 a.m. at Moreland Funeral Home

Blendon Central Cemetery

On Wednesday, August 7th, 2019, Carla Louise Rupp Gutches, loving wife and mother of two daughters, adoring grandmother to three, and friend to all; passed away suddenly while at home after recovering from surgery. She was 70 years old.
Carla was born to Army Air Corps parents in Fukuoka, Japan on April 27, 1949. She had many fond memories of growing up and making friends wherever the family was stationed. From Japan, Germany, Virginia, Alabama, the mountains of Pennsylvania and finally Worthington, Ohio, Carla was loved by all.
Carla was a 1968 graduate of Worthington High School and married her high school sweetheart, Joseph Henry Gutches at St. Johns Episcopal Church, December 7th, 1968.
Carla was a member of Westerville Alliance Church (now Hope Church) since she moved to Westerville in 1977. Carla helped form and grow Westervilles original Welcome Wagon, which allowed her to meet many new life-long friends.
Carla had a kind and nurturing soul and was willing to help anyone at anytime. This lead her to become one of Westerville, Ohios first female Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) in the late 1970s. She later returned to being a full-time mother to raise their two daughters into the caring, loving, strong women they are today.
Carla had a creative talent that allowed her to cook, knit, crochet, quilt, reupholster, and sew just about anything, including a wonderful collection of bow ties. Her talents with a sewing machine helped fill her home, and the homes of many friends and family, with wonderfully vibrant and intricate art quilts. Carlas abilities with a sewing machine and her never-give-up attitude set her on the path to work with Ice Beams and Stewart Flaherty, to free-design, create patterns and sew the speed suits for the fledgling U.S. Womens 2002 Olympic Bobsled team and many other international speed sports teams for many winter sports competitions. She even created the speed suit Jay Leno wore during one of his Late-Night TV show appearances.
Carla had a passion for reading and research, and loved working on genealogy. She loved piecing together family trees, and finding that person that had been lost to the passing of time. This passion for genealogy research introduced even more people to the amazing-ness of Carla, even to those normal people. As Carla continued to do research, our family tree expanded. Thanks to her research and diligence, she was able to trace Joes family lineage directly to the Mayflower.
Carla was a loving mother but even more amazing as a grandmother. She was devoted to her three grandchildren and loved to listen to stories of each of their latest adventures. Be it stories of the first days of college, the struggles of high school life, or the fun of Boy Scouts, Carla was always there and willing to jump into the next adventure. She was always in attendance at award ceremonies, concerts and celebrations; if it involved her grandchildren, she was there with bells on! Carla loved to travel, loved horseback riding and loved her family. Carlas idea of a perfect evening was having the whole family over for a home-cooked feast served at the dinner table and an evening of conversation, joking around, story-telling and playing games.
Carla will be missed dearly every day by family and friends. Her smile lit up the room and her soul touched countless lives in immeasurable ways. Carla will always be remembered as a kind and loving soul to all. She was always willing to talk to strangers and turn them into life-long friends.
Until we meet again..we love you!
Carla is survived by her husband of 50 years, Joseph Henry Gutches; daughters, Caryl J Bohn (Christopher A Bohn) and Martha (Meg) E. Gutches Miller; mother, B Madelyn (Weaver) Rupp; sister, Kevan M (Rupp) Lunney; brother, Robert C Rupp; grandchildren, Caughlin C Bohn, Claire E Miller, Reid A Gutches Miller; nephew and nieces, Christopher Lunney, Marie Lunney, Christina (Rupp) Cribbs, Michelle (Rupp) McKinney.
Preceded in death by her father, Frederick W Rupp (2000).
Friends may call at the Moreland Funeral Home, 55 East Schrock Road, Westerville, Ohio, 43081 Friday, August 16, 2019 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. where service will be held Saturday, August 17th at 10 a.m. Interment Blendon Central Cemetery, Westerville.
The family asks you to please attend and bring with you a written note telling your favorite Carla story(ies), or how you met.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Samaritans Purse Charity Organization that provides spiritual and financial aide to hurting people around the world. Please visit, to donate electronically.


Lynne Henderson

Aug 12, 2019

Sorry to hear about your loss. I went to high school with Carla and she was one of the sweetest people I've ever met. I didn't realize she was so accomplished since we got out of school. Remember the good things and she'll always be with you.


Bob Barb Cloud

Aug 15, 2019

You and Your Family have our deepest sympathy.You will be OK Joe Sincerely, Bob Cloud


Bruce E Barber

Aug 15, 2019

Joe, I can't begin express the way I feel right now. Carla was such a joy to be around. Knowing her she is dancing with the angels right now. Please know you have our deepest sympathy, but we will see her again.Blessings to you and your family. Bruce & Judy Barber