Sarah Rauscher, 100
Feb. 8, 1916 — March 16, 2016
Sarah Rauscher (nee Konstanz), of West Bend, passed away peacefully at home from natural causes, with family at her side, Wednesday, March 16, 2016.
Sarah was born in White River, South Dakota, to Jacob and Friedericka (Schuler) Konstanz on Feb. 8, 1916. She married Anthony (Tony) Rauscher on Sept. 13, 1935, in Tripp, South Dakota, where they had two children, Ilo and Jeanette. The family moved to West Bend in 1949. Sarah worked at the West Bend Co. until she retired after 25 years.
Throughout the years, Sarah enjoyed cooking, baking (everyone who had the pleasure of her homemade meals will say she was the absolute best cook ever), gardening, camping and keeping a tidy, clean house. She always enjoyed hosting parties for family and friends, and, most of all, spending time with family was her greatest pleasure. She was a member of St. Frances Cabrini parish for more than 60 years. She was a member of the Christian Mothers and the West Bend Co. 25-year club. For many years Sarah was a part of weekly card clubs and several bowling leagues with her husband Tony, daughter Jeanette, and her friends. In her 80s, she was involved in three leagues a week and won many bowling trophies. She also enjoyed bingo and a bit of gambling in the Las Vegas and Wisconsin casinos. Along with taking road trips with her friends, she enjoyed an ocean liner cruise with her husband Tony, as well as many trips to South Dakota and Texas to visit family and friends. She was the most caring, loving, kind and generous person you’d ever meet and was well known by her friends and family for kind-heartedness and always putting others first.
Sarah will be greatly missed by all that had the pleasure of knowing her. Greeting her in Heaven is her husband, parents, 11 siblings, nieces, nephews and many friends. She is survived by her two children, Ilo (Kathy) Rauscher of Texas and Jeanette (Donald) Patasius of West Bend; seven grandchildren, Lori Patasius, Jeffrey (Lisa) Patasius, Randy (Toni) Patasius, Jamie (Jenny) Patasius, Mark (Leslie) Rauscher, Paul (Elena) Rauscher and Laura (Martin) Sandate; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and three siblings, Leo Konstanz, Frieda Stevenson and Ray Konstanz.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, at St. Frances Cabrini (1025 S. Seventh Ave., West Bend) with the Rev. Nathan Reesman presiding. Visitation will be from 11 a.m.-12:45 p.m. at the church. Interment will follow at Holy Angels Cemetery. Memorials to the family are appreciated.
We’d like to thank The Kathy Hospice home care, especially Patti, Dr. Moseley for his wonderful care through the years, and Dr. Johnstone.
The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family: 262-338-2050 or www.phillipfuneralhome.com.