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).