Lillian M. Raasch
Lillian “Lil” Mary Carta Raasch died quietly at Gundersen Health System Hospital in LaCrosse, WI on February 21, 2014, after a long illness. Lil was born December 22, 1920, in Janesville, the daughter of Carl Carta and Concetta (Speraindeo) Carta. Lil was very proud that her parents immigrated to the United States from Calascibetta, Sicily, Italy while in their early teens as that made her and her siblings “first generation American-born.” Lil attended St. Patrick’s Grade School in Janesville, Wisconsin from 2nd grade until graduating from the 9th grade in 1936, and then graduated from Janesville High School in 1939. Lil married Walter Raasch on November 25, 1943, and legally separated in February 1970. She worked at Parker Pen in Janesville from 1939–1946 and again from 1966–1982. She also worked in Janesville at Forcite 1½ years from 1986–1987, and then SSI from 1987-1995. Lil lived on Tripoli Rd in Janesville, from 1970-1998, and had wonderful neighbors. She was a lifelong resident of Janesville until she moved to La Crosse in July 2002. She had been active in St. Mary’s Church and St. Mary’s School activities as a volunteer in Janesville. While living in Janesville, Lil enjoyed playing cards, cake decorating, sewing, embroidery, crochet, and working in her home garden and yard. Lillian enjoyed living at Village Apartments on Cass in LaCrosse, and had many friends there, including special friends Marion Hoch and Marion Gast, and many others at the apartments. Special Causeway Friends were Jo & Dick Stelmach (LaCrosse), friend Phyllis Englreth Ryan and Mary Jo Rathman. Her friends at the Apartments have said she was cheerful and always fun to banter back and forth with.
She is survived by her children Robert (Colleen) Raasch of Onalaska and Romey Carta of Madison; 6 grandchildren: Kevin (Melissa) Raasch of Phoenix, AZ, Michelle Moore of Buford, GA, Lindsay Raasch of Iowa City, IA, Keely Raasch of Onalaska, WI, Brian Haslanger of San Jose, CA and Sarah (Jason) Hoskinson of Lawrence, KS; and 9 great-grandchildren: Cooper, Hannah, Jacob, Brie, Alaiyah, Matt, Abby, Lexi and Izzy; 2 sisters, Virginia (Paul) Rismeyer of Beloit and Joesphine (Ed) Glass; a brother, James (Jean) Carta; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at ST. MARY’S CATHOLIC CHURCH. Visitation will take place on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the hour of Mass at ST. MARY’S. Memorials may be made to Causeway Interfaith Volunteer Caregivers, Inc., 420 West Avenue South, La Crosse WI, 54601. SCHNEIDER APFEL SCHNEIDER & SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY is assisting the family.
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