Catherine R. Rausch

Feb. 13, 1916 – May 9, 2010

Catherine R. Rausch, 94, of Osseo, passed away Sunday, May 9, 2010.

She was born Feb. 13, 1916, in New Berlin, the daughter of the late William and Agnes (nee Meade) Loomis. Catherine was married to Lowell J. Rausch Sr. on June 21, 1941, at Holy Apostles Catholic Church in New Berlin. She had a dairy farm with her husband, Lowell, buying the farm in 1946. She lived near Dousman in the town of Ottawa throughout most of her retirement. Catherine was a loyal member of St. Bruno’s Catholic Church of Dousman. She enjoyed cooking both for Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital, where she was head cook for 38 years, and her family. She was an avid gardener, preparing dishes from her own garden produce for herself and others. She had boundless energy and would be the spark on many projects.

Catherine was very proud that she was able to visit her ancestral home of Ireland in retirement and the Loomis Chaffey School started by her family in Windsor, Conn.

Catherine will be sadly missed by her children, Lowell Jr. of Kenosha, Barbara Ann (Bernard) Gallenberg of Madison and Loren (Kathleen) of Blair; 12 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Catherine was preceded in death by her husband, Lowell Sr., in 1985; her brothers, George, Edward and Frank Loomis; and sisters, Mary Jaworski, Mabel Gunderson and Rose Pohlmann.

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the 11 a.m. Mass of Christian burial Monday, May 17, at St. Bruno’s Catholic Church, 226 W. Ottawa Ave., Dousman, with the Revs. Ralph Gross and John Rausch officiating.

Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to St. Bruno’s Catholic Church.

For the online obituary and guest registry, go to www.hdlfuneralhomes.com. Mealy’s Funeral Home in Eagle, 594-2442, is assisting the family.