Ethel ‘Jane’ Rau, 86

Ethel "Jane" Rau, 86, formerly of Beaver Dam, currently residing in Jackson, died Monday, Nov. 29, 2010, at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee.

The former Ethel Jane Mallon was born on June 10, 1924, in Beaver Dam, to the late Joseph and Mary (nee Eggelston) Mallon. On March 6, 1943, she was united in marriage with Vernon O. Rau in Beaver Dam. Together they owned and operated Vern and Jane’s Bar and Restaurant in Jackson for 25 years. Jane was proud of her Irish heritage, and her red hair too. She loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and was an avid Packer fan.

Survivors include her three children, Chuck (Pam) Rau of Claremont, Calif., Karen Bilgrien of Adams Friendship and R. Elaine Glander of Horicon; 10 grandchildren, Christine LeAire of Puyallup, Wash., Travis Rau of Las Vegas, Nev., Kelly (Chris) Smith of Paris, Calif., Samantha Rau of Ontario, Calif., Bruce (Dee) Riege of Racine, Todd (Michal) Riege of Colgate, Brenda (Jim) Mutz of Cedarburg, Stuart Glander Jr. of Iron Ridge, Gwen (Matt) Christianson of West Bend and Amy (Jasson) Johnson of Lomira; 10 great grandchildren, Benjamin, Sebastian, Wesley, Cheyenne, Rey, Gus, Martha, Braeden, Bryce and Izak; her brother, Bill (Arlene) Mallon of Beaver Dam; her sister, Jean Elliott of Madison; her sister-in-law, Joyce Indermuehle; her brother-in-law, Bob (Florence) Rau; and many other relatives and friends.

Jane was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and four sisters.

A memorial gathering will be held at the Murray Funeral Home in Horicon on Friday, Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. A memorial service will follow at the funeral home on Friday, beginning at 11:30 a.m. The Rev. Mike Petrie will officiate. Private family inurnment will be at St. Peter’s Cemetery in the town of Beaver Dam, Dodge County.

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