RAUSCH, Dorothy

August 28, 2019

Her mission on Earth fulfilled, our dearly departed Dorothy Rausch passed away from us on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at the age of 85. We miss her loving presence and her fun, original and sparky personality. Dorothy was a role model for many of us in the family; independent and self reliant before feminism was ever a term. She was a loving and supportive person; always there for her family, like a second mother and a surrogate gramma. She loved and adored children. Dorothy was a Senior Supervisor at the City of Calgary AID Center (Advice, Information and Direction) until retirement, and a founding member of Centre Street Church. She is survived by her brother Ken (Isabel) Rausch, and predeceased by her sisters Bertha, Adele and Martha, as well as her brothers Al, Sam and Bill. Heartfelt thanks from Dorothy’s family goes out to the staff at Cochrane Bethany Care Centre for the caring and compassionate family environment that eased Dorothy’s final days (and years).

Memorial Service will be held at Centre Street Church (3900 2 St NE, Calgary, AB, T2E 9C1 – Chapel on the 2nd floor) at 1:00 pm Monday, September 9, 2019.  In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Centre Street Church: flagged for missions, or to Samaritan’s Purse.

Arrangements entrusted to Cochrane Country Funeral Home, Florence (Flo) Simpson, Funeral Director. Ph: 403-932-1039.

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  1. On September 6, 2019 at 11:16 pm Kathy Martin Said:

    I was so sorry to hear of Dorothy’s passing. I had the pleasure of getting to know Dorothy, when I volunteered at The Cochrane Bethany Care Centre. She was such a lovely, endearing lady that talked often about her love of children, and she always had such a great sense of humour. My condolences to her family, and friends.

  2. On September 7, 2019 at 1:43 pm Dorothy's Nieces and Nephews Said:

    I’m convinced she must not have purchased something with coins ONCE in her life. I think she always broke a fresh bill every time she shopped, so that she could take the change home and put it in that massive cola-bottle piggy bank that she kept for her nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and great-greats as well! We love you Auntie Dorothy, and will miss your kind and generous soul forever.

  3. On September 8, 2019 at 8:13 pm Breannon Grant Said:

    I had the pleasure of meeting Dorothy while volunteering at the Bethany Care Centre. She was a very kind lady with a warm soul and a sparkle in her eye…I loved talking to her and thoroughly enjoyed her wit and humour. Deepest condolences to Dorothy’s family, friends and loved ones. May you find peace and comfort in fondly remembering Dorothy and the life she lived.

  4. On September 20, 2019 at 3:13 am Carmen Said:

    I grew up with Dorothy, and also spent time with Bertha. Dorothy was best friends with my Grandma. She was like an adopted auntie. All of my formative years included Dorothy on many weekends. She was ALWAYS kind, loving, and patient. I have so many rich memories of her, and laughing with her. She was so playful, and always joked and teased in the most fun way. She brought joy to my grandma, and to me. She was always in good spirits. She was kind to this once little girl, and I will always be grateful to her. I remember one time I was throwing a fit and was very sassy to my Grandma. I was sent to my room. Dorothy came in to my room and gently corrected me with a stern but gentle voice, telling me how my behavior had affected my Grandma. Dorothy had never confronted me up to this point. I really listened to her and respected her, because I knew this wasn’t something she wouldn’t do if it wasn’t important or serious. I apologized to my Grandma, and I appreciated Dorothy’s gentle, but honest and direct correction. I was more aware of my behavior towards my Grandma from that moment on. I have thought about that moment so many times over the years. I believe that moment helped to form me as a person. Thank you Dorothy. My condolences to your family who must be lost without you.