Joanne E. Rausch

June 10, 1929 ‒ April 19, 2019

Marengo, Ohio

Joanne E. Rausch, age 89 of Marengo passed away Friday, April 19, 2019 at Bennington Glen.

She was born in Columbus on June 10, 1929 to the late Leon L. and Dorothy G. (Williams) Jordan. At the age of 15 she moved to Marengo and attended Marengo High School.

Introduced by friends, she married Casper “Cap” Rausch in 1946 shortly after WW II. Together they shared in life’s journey for 58 wonderful years, through thick and thin. Cap certainly spoiled her until sadly he passed away in 2004.

Joanne worked as a book keeper with the former Snyder Milling Services, L.P. Fuller Ford Garage, and Wood’s Ford and Cougar.  Of Methodist faith, she was a member of the American Legion Post #710 Ladies Auxiliary and served as a volunteer for Hospice of Morrow County.  For 27 years she was the clerk of the Big Walnut Joint Fire District, retiring in 2014.

She enjoyed tending to her yard and garden, as well as doting on her former Shih Tzu Dixie. Joanne possessed a warm outgoing personality and genuine smile second to none.  Described as a gat about, she was never afraid to venture out and enjoyed drives behind the wheel. She will be remembered as a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother who treasured her grandchildren and attending their many activities.

Those left to cherish her memory include, Daughter Mary (Jerry) Steele of Marengo; Sons William (Sharon) of Marengo, Richard (Connie) of TX, 12 grandchildren: Leslie (Todd) Martin, Brian (Tina) Rausch, Cappy (Stephanie) Chandler, April (Chris) Jackson,  Eric (Kathryn) Rausch, Mandy (Bob) Douds, Melissa (Jeremy) Shipman, Chrystal (Kurt) Smith, Angie (Ben) Yeagley, Billy (Allyson) Rausch, Joanne Chandler, 20 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandson.

In addition to her husband and parents she was also preceded in death by her daughter; Joyce Chandler in 1998, granddaughter Heather Rausch in 2007, and dear friends: Ivan and Ruth Pearl.

Friends may call Wednesday 5-8 p.m. at DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 N. St Rt 61 at St Rt 3, Sunbury, Ohio 43074, where services will be held Thursday 11:00 a.m., with Pastor Aaron Beacom officiating. Interment will follow in Marengo Cemetery.

Memorial contributions can be made to Big Walnut Joint Fire District, 4600 St Rt 229, Marengo, Ohio 43334 which was close to her heart, Marengo United Methodist Church Life Center, P.O. Box 126, Marengo, Ohio 43334, or Morrow County Dog Shelter,115 Young Ave., Mt. Gilead, Ohio 43338.

Condolences may be expressed at

  • Mary,
    I am so sorry. Joanne was one of the kindest persons I knew.
    I know that Joyce and she are celebrating Easter in the most wonderful way.
    Hugs and prayers.

  • We are sorry to hear of the loss of Joanne. She was a lovely lady and always so friendly.
    She enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest. She will be missed as she has touched so many lives in the community.
    May Gods love comfort her family at this time.
    With our deepest sympathy

  • Sorry for your loss she was so speciali will miss her .istillmiss Joyce love you guys ❤️❤️❤️❤️🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

  • My deepest condolences. Joanne was one of kindest and dignified women I have ever met. I enjoyed the visits I had with her at Bennington Glen. I know she’s happy being with Cap, And Aunt Joyce, again.

  • Dear Family,
    We are so sorry to hear of Joanne’s passing. She was one of the kindest ladies and I enjoyed visits with her. One of my favorites was a few years back and she showed me so many pictures of family and her love for you all was so special. She always had a smile and kind words about everyone. it was an honor to know her. I am sure this Easter was special in Heaven . God bless you all. Carolynn and Jim Menke

  • Bill, Sharon, Crystal & Curt and all the Rausch family I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother. Prayers to all! Love Charlotte Trowbridge Baker

    • Dear Charlotte, Thank you for your kind words. Your thoughts and especially your prayers are very much appreciated.
      Most Fondly,
      Bill, Sharon and family

  • To the Rausch Family,
    I was so saddened to hear of Joanne’s passing. I enjoyed visiting with her on the few occasions at family events. She will be missed by many. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

  • So sorry for your loss. JoAnn was a wonderful Christian lady and will be sadly missed by all those who knew her. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of her family, near and far. My God watch over each and every one of you.

    Judy and Tony DeIuliis

  • Mary and Jerry
    So sorry to hear about your Mom and Mother-in-law—my thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time—–Jan Alicie

  • Recently I read an article about how we fill the dash between our birth and our death in our obituary. Joanne certainly filled hers with a legacy of love and service, and always with that wonderful smile.
    Deepest sympathy to her family.

  • So sorry to hear about the passing of Joanne. I always enjoyed her when I ran into her at an event or just in the grocery. Her smile was ever present and she always had a kind word for everyone. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

    Tom and Linda Hardin

  • So sorry to hear this she has always been in the community circle and connected with our family in one way or the other. From working at Snyder’s, the Fire Dept., and with Hospice. She always had stories of Grandma Esty to share with me. And oh did she love chocolate chip cookies . Great Memories Our thoughts and Prayers are with all of you.

    Earl and Becky Snyder Fisher

  • Mary & Jerry,
    We met you two soon after you were married, and became fast friends with not only you, but your parents. Joanne was always welcoming with her little dog in her arms, and interested in how we were doing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you celebrate her life and cherish the good memories. We love you. Dan & Jo

  • Just catching up after being ill and saw that Joanne had passed. What a sweet, caring, encouraging person. I have fond memories of some of our conversations and her positive attitude. She will be missed by many.

    Love and prayers to all the family,
    Shirley Dunahugh