Betty Rauch

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Betty Jean Rauch, nee Bruno, 93, of Freeburg, IL, born January 10, 1930, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 28, 2023, at her daughter’s home engulfed in the love of her family.

Betty was a member of St. Joseph’s Church in Freeburg and an active member of the Women’s Club throughout her life. She was known for her warm spirit, sweet personality, and her ability to always look on the bright side. Betty was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother who loved to bake, spend time with her family, and watch hallmark movies. She was always able to make the best out of any situation and her ability to adapt to whatever came her way was unmatched.

Betty will be remembered for the way she always threw her head back when she laughed, her exceptional hugs, and her kindness, generosity, and love for others.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 66 years, Donald E. Rauch, whom she married on June 18, 1949 and who died on September 1, 2015; an infant son, Robert Joseph Rauch; a daughter, Cindy, nee Rauch, Graham; her parents, Robert E. and Mary, nee Howard, Bruno; a brother, John Bruno; a sister, Virginia (Ralph) Kaesberg; and a nephew, Bill Kaesberg.

Betty is survived by her two children, Steven (Doni-Mae) Rauch and Donna S. (Wayne) Wilson;
four grandchildren, Joshua (Kate) Rauch, Adam (Sage) Rauch, Brett Graham, and Brittany Graham;
four great grandchildren, Josie, Piper, Andrew, and Alex;
and her nieces and nephews, Robin Drake, Mike Drake, Cathy Bruno, Mike Bruno, and Joe Crump.

In lieu of, flowers, memorials may be made to Family Hospice who helped care for Betty in her final days. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 3, 2023, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Freeburg, IL.

Funeral:  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 4, 2023, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Freeburg, IL.

Burial will be held at St. Paul Cemetery, Freeburg, IL.


8 Comments on Betty Rauch

Cindy Wegescheide Keller said : Guest Report Mar 04, 2023 at 3:31 PM

My condolences to the family for the loss of Betty. My parents had many great camping fun times with Don & Betty. I was also there for many of those times. Betty was the sweetest lady. There was always good food to be had! I am so grateful my parents had your parents as great friends to enjoy life with!

  • Millstadt
  • IL
Kathy BoevIng Ruhmann said : Guest Report Mar 03, 2023 at 11:40 AM

My sympathy and prayers to the family. I hadn’t seen Betty in many years, but have fond memories of Betty years ago when my family lived nearby in the old neighborhood. 🙏🙏

  • Sparta
  • Il
Sarah Luce said : Guest Report Mar 02, 2023 at 7:30 PM

My condolences to the family for the loss of Betty. I always enjoyed visiting with her at the few family gatherings we were able to attend together. To Donna, Steve and the grandchildren, I know that words cannot replace her loss, so I send you prayers for peace and strength.

  • ME
Tom L Reaka said : Guest Report Mar 02, 2023 at 3:53 PM

Our deepest sympathies. She was such a sweet lady, I will miss her. Tom & Margie Reaka

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Rosanne Hettenhausen said : Guest Report Mar 02, 2023 at 12:08 PM

Please accept our deepest sympathy for the loss of your mom. My dad, Norm Dohrman was a dear friend of your parents. They had some great times together. Betty was such a nice, sweet lady to talk to, and we always enjoyed her company. Our prayers for the family.

  • Freeburg
  • Ill
Joel Boeving said : Guest Report Mar 02, 2023 at 10:11 AM

So sorry for your loss. Have many great memories of Betty in the old neighborhood. Prayers to her family.

  • Smithton
  • IL
Mike & Pam Olson said : Guest Report Mar 01, 2023 at 11:26 AM

Our deepest sympathy to Steve, Donna, Brittany, and Family. We were so blessed to have Betty as a next door neighbor. She was a wonderful person, one of the best we've ever known. We were always encouraged by her positive and pleasant attitude. We have missed her more than we can say since she moved and talk of her often. I (Pam) will miss her calls. She meant the world to us.

  • Freeburg
  • IL
Doni-Mae Rauch said : Guest Report Feb 28, 2023 at 6:20 PM

“Some people come in our life as blessings. Some come in your life as lessons.” ― Mother Teresa Folks are blessed to have someone in their family and in their community who cares as much about the quality of life as did Betty.

  • Quinnesec
  • Michigan

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