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Mary Kathryn Rauch, 90 years old, of Selinsgrove, met her sweet Savior on Nov. 10, 2017, at 4:15 p.m., while resting in her home. Our dearly loved and treasured wife, mother and grandmother, left this world to gracefully and gently step on Heaven's streets.

She was born June 18, 1927, to the late Herbert and Grace (Troup) Scholl, whom she adored and longed to see again. Born into a loving family, Mary had a cherished childhood, filled with stories and wonderful times spent with her siblings, her brother Elmer, coercing her to be his skunk hunting buddy, along with roller skating and playing music with her sisters. Mary fondly recalled the time she spent in the children's choir while growing up in Freeburg, where later in life she graduated from Freeburg High School in 1946.

Freeburg was home to her and held fond memories, from delivering papers to walking Spot, their pet dog, in the parade. Her love for music, led her and her sister to many travels while singing as the Scholl Sisters. Mary told of how her mother would drop them off at the ferry, to cross the river and sing for a weekend service. She had the voice of an angel, and we miss it dearly, many travels and so many memories. Mary's singing itinerary was interrupted by a handsome man, John C. Rauch, who stepped in, stole her heart, and swept her off her feet. They were married on July 17, 1948, at Orbisonia, Pa. John cared for her every need, he treated Mary as a king would treat his queen. Shortly after, they started life's adventures in Selinsgrove, where they purchased their forever home and dedicated their lives to providing home sweet home to Dave, Debbie and Dan. Mary along with John, did everything possible to provide a loving, educated, and fun filled home for their family and friends. Mary was a dedicated and hard worker, working full time until the age of 70.

John loved to garden and Mary enjoyed canning his garden foods to provide for their grown children. Mary's heart was to serve. She would work tirelessly to extend the table for Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Easter meals. She would feed the hungry and feed the filled. No one could prepare a feast like she could. The extended table would be filled to overflowing and then her heart was finally filled. Just when her and John thought their life couldn't be more complete, along came the grandchildren.
They together loved children. First to arrive was Kent, followed by Kristin, Lisa, Heidi, and Andrew. Then the great-grandchildren, Hunter, Sebastian, Reagan, Rachelle, and sweet little John. Not a day would pass that Mary didn't ask about the children.
She is now surrounded by children, forever and always with no more night. Mary's romance story was short but beautiful. Her husband John, passed away Nov. 10, 1982. She continued to honor him and longed to see him again. The same day, Nov. 10, 35 years later, their love story was complete as John welcomed her home to be together forever. They lived till death do us part and were deeply in love.

She is survived by their three children, Dave and Kate Rauch, of Connecticut, Debbie and Rich Wray, of Winfield, and Dan and Janet Rauch, of Shamokin Dam; sister-in-law, LaRay Scholl, of Middleburg; brother-in-law, William Kerstetter, of Mount Pleasant Mills; and many loved nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by sister, Bertha and Paul Gross, of Mifflinburg; sister, Nancy Scholl, of Middleburg; brother, Elmer Scholl, of Middleburg.

John and Mary are remembered for their unconditional giving to those around them, and selflessly providing for their family. She wouldn't want us to say goodbye, she would ask "when are you coming home? I'll leave the light on!" May her weary heart be filled, her tired hands feel rest, and her bowed head be held high with a large smile that makes her beautiful eyes twinkle as she enters into her final rest now and forever. We as a family are eternally grateful for the legacy that was given to us. May we follow in their steps and reflect on their ways thru our journey thru life. "Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies." Proverbs 31:10.

A visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 10:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, followed by the funeral at 11, at the V.L. Seebold Funeral Home, 601 N. High St., Selinsgrove, with the Rev. Andrew Cooley officiating.
Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Mount Pleasant Mills.
Published on November 14, 2017
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