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Emma Elizabeth Rauch

August 17, 1925 ~ July 1, 2018 (age 92)

Emma Elizabeth Rauch, 92, known as Betty, widow of Emmett Rauch, married 63 years, longtime resident of Cressona and part-time resident of Town Bank, N.J., and Somerville, Mass., for the past 10 years, died Sunday at Mount Auburn Hospital, Cambridge, Mass.

A graduate of Tamaqua High School, she worked at Atlas Powder Co., Argo Mills, and Hill's Department Store.

She was a member of St. Mark's United Church of Christ, Cressona.

Devoted to her family, she enjoyed the Phillies, BBC historical romances, trying food she never imagined she would eat and getting a good bargain. She will be sorely missed by her family and close friends, Lynda Wills and Chris Butler, and her surprisingly beloved dogs, Alice and Chase.

Surviving are her two daughters, Elaine Smilko, Beaverton, Ore., and Ellen, Somerville, Mass.; grandchildren, Michael Smilko and Jessica Stuckey; great-grandchildren, Nathan and Evan Smilko and Jacob and Logan Stuckey; nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at Ebling-Stabingas Funeral Home, 26 Chestnut St., Cressona. A viewing will be held from 1 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Interment will immediately follow the funeral service in Cressona Cemetery, Cressona. In lieu of flowers, donations in Betty's memory may be made to St. Mark's United Church of Christ, 30 Pottsville St., Cressona PA 17929

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