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Hilary Steinberg

Carolyn Jeanne Ruttenberg

August 03, 1962 - February 09, 2020

We created a GatheringUs memorial to celebrate the life of Carolyn Jeanne Ruttenberg. Collecting your stories and memories here will offer us great comfort. Thank you for contributing to this lasting memorial.

Carolyn Jeanne Ruttenberg, age 57 of Las Vegas, Nevada, passed away February 9, 2020. She is survived by her husband, Spencer Steinberg and daughter Hilary Steinberg, both of Las Vegas, Nevada. Carolyn loved writing and performing music, specializing in voice and guitar. She grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah, and began her higher education journey at University of Utah where she double majored in vocal and guitar performance. She...  see more
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  • David  Luby
    I’m David Luby I was a close friend of her back at the University of Utah. Theses are photos I took of her for album or press and the cast of Hair of which she and I were part of. So sorry for her loss. Her beautiful voice still rings in my memory of her.
  • Eric Shapiro
    Just saw this posting and read the beautiful tribute to Carolyn. Junior high and HS was a long time ago but wonderful memories flooded back in an instant. Saddened to read this news, but stronger knowing memories and "moments in time" remain forever...
  • Joy Wehking
    I was lucky to be friends with Carolyn in school and although we didn’t keep in touch afterward, I still remember her as a very sweet, beautiful and unassuming person. She always had a beautiful smile with a hint of playfulness to it. She was...  more
  • Cathe Caraway-Howard
    From Carolyn's friend Diane McIntyre:
    "Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)" was the second single from Melanie's 1970 album Candles in the Rain. The song proved to be her breakthrough hit in the United States, climbing to number six on Billboard's Hot 100 and number three on the Cash Box Top 100. ...
  • Nigel Rothfels
    When I heard of Carolyn's passing, the memories just flooded back. Such a beautiful presence on the planet and a truly compassionate and caring person. I'm comforted by also finding the voices of others from high school who were touched by her. Patty,...  more
  • Patty Felkner
    I have so many great memories of Carolyn! Listening to her sing at Gepettos was a favorite thing to do in high school. She introduced me to Joni Mitchell and Lord of the Rings. She had a wicked sense of humor, a great laugh, a huge heart and wisdom...  more
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  • Eric Ahlberg
    From Cathe and my wedding.
  • Cathe Caraway-Howard
    My heart broke when I heard of Carolyn Ruttenberg’s passing. I loved Carolyn dearly from my earliest memories. Her angelic voice, her sweet loving nature, her wonderful sense of humor, and her loyal...  more
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  • Ian Sachs
    I met Carolyn in 1989 after her husband Spencer referred her to me. I worked with Spencer at the Radian Corp. and he knew I played drums. When I first heard her songs I loved them and her voice - wow. I called her 'The Bird' because of her beautiful...  more
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    • Ian Sachs
      Cathe Caraway-Howard Hi Ian. I have an .mpv file of Carolyn and I singing one of her tunes a million years ago. Let me know if you figure out how to upload the files.
      • April 24, 2020
  • Holly Duncan
    Carolyn was so beautiful and enormously talented. She was a good friend from Hillside through Highland. In high school we spent many evenings at Trolley Square. Carolyn would pull out her guitar, sing her haunting and lovely original songs, and I'd watch...  more
  • Jean Finney Smith
    I was friends with Carolyn in Junior High and High School. She was a beautiful human that loved deeply and cared about people. We laughed and talked a lot about life and I loved listening to her play her guitar. We reconnected through face book recently...  more
  • Corbin Anderson
    In my experience with Carolyn during our time in Jr. High and High School, she always found a way to be better toward others. She expressed herself genuinely in music and in friendship. Such a beautiful person. Peace to her family and please know that...  more
  • Sharon Hansen
    She was so kind to me. She kind of took me in during those Junior High awkward years. She used to play for us when when we were so young and I loved it! Beautiful person. Sending love to her family
  • Shelley Richards
    I considered Carolyn one of my best friends through highschool. She had a way if making you feel special. I loved listening to her original songs. Her voice was beautiful. She even composed a song about a heart breaking breakup I had. It was so good. We...  more