Karen A. Rauch

April 21, 2011

Karen A. Rauch, 59 of Granby, passed away Thursday at home with her family by her side. Born in Newark, NJ she has lived in the Fulton area since she was 12. Karen began her career as a temp at Midstate Tel. (ALLTEL Comm.) She was then hired permanently as an operator and had worked her way through various positions; leaving as a Customer Service Supervisor after 34 years to join her husband in retirement. Upon her retirement, Karen was able to expand her passion for sailing and anchoring with her husband, spending time with friends, family and to spoil her cherished grandchildren. She was the past president of the Independent Telephone Pioneers Assoc. (I.T.P.A.), a member of NYS Telecommunications Assoc. and active in local civic organizations, such as IMC. Karen was a faithful communicant of Holy Trinity Parish, Fulton.

She was predeceased by her parents, Robert and Alice Dann Kessler. Karen regretfully leaves behind the “love of her life,” for 32 years, husband, Gerald J. Rauch; step-children, Heidi (Brian) Webb and Gerald (Amy) Rauch II; brother, Robert A. (Judy) Kessler, Jr.; aunt, Carol Smiley; step-grandchildren, Quinn and Gabriel Webb. Karen credits her three year survival to Dr. Mary Jadon Cunningham and her staff, the wonderful care she received at Crouse Hospital and from Oswego County Hospice as well as the unfailing care and support of her husband, family, friends and faith.

Calling hours will 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at Holy Trinity Parish, corners of Rochester and So. Third Sts., Fulton. Contributions in Karen’s memory may be made to Friends of Oswego Co. Hospice, P.O. Box 102, Oswego, NY 13126, Crouse Hospital, 736 Irving Ave., Syracuse, NY 13210; The Gynecological Cancer Foundation 230 W. Monroe, Suite 2528, Chicago, IL 60606 (www.thegcf.org).

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  1. Karen was a beautiful lady inside and out and will be missed by so many. I know she fought hard against this horrible disease. She will be remembered with a smile. Tony & I are so sorry for your loss.

  2. I will so miss my close friend of 40 years. She will always bring a smile to my face and in my heart when I think of all the beautiful memories that I will cherish forever. May she be at peace.

  3. I will so miss my close friend of 40 years. The memories we shared will be in my heart always . May she be at peace.

  4. Gerry-

    While I didn’t know your wife I’m sorry for your loss.

    You were one of the greatest guys and best athletes to ever come out of Hannibal.


  5. I had the pleasure of working with and for Karen at ALLTEL for 11 years. Karen always had a smile for you. I will so miss her and all the good times we had at ALLTEL. May she rest in peace. We have a special angel looking down on us.

  6. We are so sorry to hear of Karens passing, she is no longer suffering. We met her thru get togethers at Bob and Judy Kesslers, and remember her well. She was a bright, beautiful and friendly person. We pray for all of her family, friends and loved ones as we know she will be missed. RIP Karen

  7. I am so sorry to hear about Karen, I didn’t know her well, but what I did know of her, she was beautiful , both in and out.. I pray that her family will find peace and some how deal peacefully with this great lost. She was a special and beautiful lady…

  8. Sorry to hear of Karen’s passing. Will always remember her beautiful smile. May she rest in peace.

  9. Karen was a great colleague at Alltel. She added a lot of class and professionalism to every thing she did and will be missed by all that knew her. I hope the suffering she endured at the end of her life here earned her a higher seat in heaven. May she finally be at peace.

  10. Karen was an inspiration to me at Alltel. She had great leadership skills and set the bar high for success. Karen had a passion for helping others in achieving their dreams. Her charm & winning personality made her fun to be around. We shared many good times at Alltel and I will treasure these memories forever. I feel blessed to have known Karen…. God Bless & rest in peace. I will miss you.

  11. Gerry,
    All of us at Furdi’s are so sorry for your loss of Karen. Our hearts are with you at this time.
    Pat & Lee Furlong
    Pat Furlong, Jr
    Gregory Furlong

  12. My thoughts and prayers are with her family. Karen was a delightful person and I found very fond memories of her during the youth hockey days!! May God bless and keep you all.

    Jamie Larmondra Ruzekowicz

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