Elizabeth (Betty) Bridget Rauth, 91

Published 7:01 am Sunday, August 16, 2015

Elizabeth (Betty) Bridget Rauth, 91

Elizabeth (Betty) Bridget Rauth, 91

Elizabeth (Betty) Bridget Rauth, 91, of St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, at her home surrounded by her family.

Betty was born Nov. 15, 1923, to George F. and Kathleen I. Cavanaugh Cobb, in Jermyn, Pennsylvania. She was the older of two children.

Betty passed away on the 71st anniversary of her marriage to the love of her life, John F. Rauth. They were married on Aug. 5, 1944, at Sacred Heart of Mary Church in Jermyn.

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Betty’s focus was always on her family. Together she and John raised seven children.

Betty was a woman of strong faith and an active member of St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, where she served as a member of the Altar Society and as a Eucharistic minister.

She was a companion of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood Community. Betty highly valued Catholic education and volunteered in many capacities while her children were attending Catholic grade school, high school and college.

She was secretary/treasurer of John Rauth Construction Company, working with her husband to support their business. Betty cherished her relationships with her neighbors, her faith community and her Missouri Air National Guard friends. She volunteered for many years at Heartland Hospital.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband John Rauth on Aug. 2, 2008; her parents, George and Kathleen Cobb; brother, George J. Cobb; as well as her husbands parents, Aaron and Anna Rauth; brothers-in-law: Thomas (Fontelle) Rauth, Paul (Martha) Rauth and Vincent Rauth; sisters-in-law: Mary Theresa Rauth and Patricia Brennan Cobb.

She is survived by her seven children: Joyce A. (Mike) Rauth-Fears, Kansas City, Missouri, Eileen M. (Wayne) Strider, Kansas City, Missouri, Mary Kay (Mark) Rauth-Farley, Shawnee, Kansas, Patty A. (Chuck) Hayes, St. Joseph, Michael G. (Mary) Rauth, St. Joseph, Jeanne F. (Jimmie) Sheehan, Austin, Minnesota, and G. Reine (John) Seiler, Bridgeton, Missouri; 11 grandsons; four granddaughters; and 13 great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law: Rev. Fr. Philip J. Rauth, Omaha, Nebraska, Sr. Mary Vanna Rauth, OP, Sinsinawa, Wisconsin, R. Joseph (Carol) Rauth, New Haven, Missouri, and Herman I. (Jenene) Rauth, Honey Creek, Iowa; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Saturday, Aug. 8, 2015, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, St. Joseph.

In lieu of flowers, and due to her strong Catholic values, the family suggests memorial contributions to St. Francis Xavier Church, School or House of Bread; Bishop LeBlond Memorial High School; or a charity of your choice.