Ramona Rau loved music, played church organ


Funeral services for Ramona Rau, 71, of Eureka were held Tuesday, May 15, 2012, at the Eureka United Methodist Church with the Reverend Bob Duemig officiating.
Burial was in the Eureka City Cemetery.

Ramona passed away on Friday, May 11, 2012, at the Avera St. Luke’s Hospital in Aberdeen.

Ramona Marie Kessler, the daughter of Fred and Lillian (Miller) Kessler, was born on Sept. 6, 1940, near Eureka.  Ramona attended country school and graduated from the Eureka High School in 1958.  She was united in marriage to Leslie Rau at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ in Eureka on June 29, 1958.  They made there home on his farm 22 miles southwest of Eureka, where they raised small grain and livestock.  In 2002, they retired and moved into Eureka.

Ramona loved music and it was a large part of her life.  She had been a church organist since she was in high school. She also played at the nursing home and at the assisted living homes for their services.  Ramona taught piano lessons to many children.

Ramona assisted her husband on the farm with many of the farm chores, loved to garden, mowing yard and doing things outside.  She also loved doing crossword puzzles, reading, bowling and spending time with her family and friends.  She was a member of the Jayceettes, CamBelle Extension Club, Java PTA, Moon Beam Card Club, Kitt Club and a bowling league.

Ramona is survived by her husband, Leslie; her children, Tara (Mark) Wolff of Chandler, Ariz., Danette (Matthew) Schumacher of Sioux Falls and Brandon of Java; five grandchildren, Matt, Tyler and Austin Wolff, Morgan and Justin Schumacher; sister, Delores (Steve) Livermore of Fort Pierre; niece, Lisa Lee and family of Pierre; and other relatives.  
She was preceded in death by her parents.

The casket bearers were Brandon Rau, Matthew Schumacher, Mark Wolff, Matt Wolff, Tyler Wolff and AustinWolff. Honorary casket bearers were Tara Wolff, Danette Schumacher, Morgan Schumacher, Justin Schumacher, Nora Hoffman, Sierra Hoffman and Billie Jo Hoffman.

Music was provided by Wendy Fauth, organist, Orene Stickelmyer, pianist, and Robin Rau and Charles Koerner, vocalists.
Carlsen Funeral Home of Eureka was entrusted with arrangements.

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