March 30, 1930 - April 21, 2013
Jean Matthew Rausch, age 83, of Marysville, died Sunday, April 21, 2013 at The Gables at Green Pastures. A proud and cheerful farmer’s wife and farm children’s mom, she and her husband raised five children on their Raymond dairy farm. Her generosity and unconditional love for all creatures great and small was admired by those who knew her. She was a member of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. After she and her husband retired from farming, they settled in Harlingen, Texas where she enjoyed membership at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church for 14 years. She also was involved with the Red Hat Society, played bridge and euchre and participated in many activities at Eastgate Mobile Home Park. She and her husband made frequent jaunts to Progresso, Mexico to dine and shop. She and her husband returned to Union County in 2009 to be closer to her family. Her greatest joy in recent years was spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was born March 23, 1930 in Brooklyn, New York to the late James A. and Maria Umland Matthew. She was also predeceased by a daughter, Mary Kathryn Russell; and three sisters, Mary Anna Dehn, Barbara Wicklund and her twin and best friend, June Oswalt. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, William B. Rausch, whom she married November 26, 1949 in Anniston, Alabama; her son, Larry James (Donna) Rausch of Perryville, Missouri; three daughters, Shirley (Rick) Crago of Marysville, June (Charles) Leader of Delaware and Virginia (Carl) Black of Riverside; her grandchildren, Margaret (Philip) Kleiboeker, LT. Nicholas (Amanda) Rausch, USN, Deanna Miley, Melinda (Beery) Shumpert, Matt Miley, Patty (Ryan) Anatra, Andy Crago, Regina (Mark) Tipton, Rachel (Maj. Joe, USAF) Price, Aaron (Jennifer) Penix, Michelle (Mike) Cool and Casey (Amy) Russell; 18 great grandchildren; her brothers-and sisters-in-law, Donald (Narci) Rausch, Ned (Ruthann) Rausch, Annette Ruff, Clarence “Junior” (Lois) Rausch, David (Mary Ann) Rausch and Norman Wicklund; and many nieces and nephews and other relatives and loving friends. The family will receive friends 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Underwood Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church. Rev. John W. Fair will officiate and burial will be at the church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to “Above and Beyond” Gift Matching Program at St. John’s Lutheran School or The Lutheran Hour. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.underwood16.wpengine.com.
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