Barbara C. Rauen, 93, Edgar, died peacefully on Saturday, September 25, 2021, at the Athenian Living in Athens, under the care of Interim Hospice.
She was born August 22, 1928, in Wausau, daughter of the late Leo and Rose (Salzman) Mallak. On June 22, 1948, she was united in marriage to Joseph Rauen at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Athens. He preceded her in death on April 14, 2005.
Barbara and Joseph were dairy farmers and loved to host family and friends at the farm. Among her favorite pastimes, she loved to cook, dance, travel, bowl, square dance, embroider, play cards, flowers and gardening. She further enjoyed scrapbooking, journaling and watching the Milwaukee Brewers. Some of our most memorable times were the days spent at Mom and Dad's cottage, they loved to entertain family and friends.
She was an active member of the National Catholic Order of Foresters, Holy Family PCCW and HI Neighbors Homemaker Club.
Survivors include, four children, Donna (Michael) Kaiser, Mosinee and their children, Loren (Debbie) Kaiser, Erika (Mark Sowiak) Smithpeter, Anthony (Amie) Kaiser, Lee (Sarah) Kaiser, Joseph (Ami) Kaiser, Johanna Ludowese, Angela Kaiser and U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Bryan Kaiser; Duane (Barb) Rauen, Edgar and their children, Terra (Craig) Orth, Trudy (Kurt) Wahlen, Trent (Alicia) Artus and Trista (Joshua) Doucette; Diane Artus, Marathon and her children, James (Wendy) Rauen, Ashley (Jay) Hammerstrom, Chelsey Artus and Lesley Artus; Doreen (Mark) Johnson, Colfax and their children, U.S. Air Force Technical Sergeant Joshua Johnson and Cassandra (Adam) Nelson; 31 great grandchildren; four step-great grandchildren; two step-great great grandchildren; one sister, Marie Riehle; sisters-in-law, Joyce Mallak and Carmella Mallak; brother-in-law, Steve Silber; and many special nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.
Besides her parents and husband, Joseph, she was preceded in death by one grandson, John Matthew Artus; one great grandson, Will Kaiser; son-in-law, John Artus; one sister, Rosella Silber; and seven brothers, Lawrence, Harold, Leonard, Clarence, Joe, Ray and Frank Mallak.
The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1:00 p.m. Friday October 15, 2021, at Holy Family Catholic Church, Poniatowski. Rev. Alan Wierzba will preside and Rev. Msgr. Joseph Diermeier will concelebrate. Burial will be in the Parish Cemetery. Visitation will be on Friday October 15 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services at the church. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established in Barbara’s name. A video of the Funeral Mass will be available to view on the funeral home website later on Friday.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at the Athenian Living (her second family) and the staff at Interim Hospice for the exceptional care, love and support for Barbara.
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