AASHEIM, Rebecca "Becca" San Gabriel, CA "Now boast thee, death, in thy possession lies a lass unparalleled." Died June 13, 2008 after a 14 month long battle with cancer. Born April 20, 1961 in Houston, TX to Mary Lynn and Donald Rauscher. Becca learned to find her spot in the light as a young girl performing onstage at the Clear Creek Country Theatre. She graduated from Clear Lake High School and went on to earn a B.F.A. in Drama from the University of Texas-Austin, and an M.F.A. in Drama from the University of Washington, under the direction of Bob Hobbs. In addition to being a member of the theatrical union, she was also a proud member of the Player's Club, founded by Edwin Booth, in New York. Her talent, beauty, wit, and charm graced various theatrical stages across the country: Seattle Rep, Asolo Theatre, Stagewest, A Contemporary Theatre and the Utah Shakespearean Festival, to name a few. Becca's sublime voice gave life to critically acclaimed performances in leading roles such as Kate in "Taming of the Shrew"; Elvira in "Blithe Spirit"; Beatrice in "Much Ado About Nothing"; and Stella in "A Streetcar Named Desire". The spotlight shone brightly upon her and Becca always, always returned the favor. She possessed a voracious appetite for Sunday crosswords, equaled by her love of reading, delight for correspondence, and zeal for storytelling. She was gifted at recognizing and promoting the strengths of anything - be it individual, organization, or idea. Her greatest gifts and her most exceptional talents were as a loving mother and wife. Becca is survived by her husband, Daniel, and her son, Benjamin; her parents, Mary Lynn and Bob Putnam, Don and Jill Rauscher; her siblings, Terry Overcash, Paul Rauscher, Julie (husband Jeff) McFarland, Leslie (husband Brandon) Sawyer; five nieces and nephews; Aunt Paula and Uncle George Stephenson; in-laws, Glen and Kemmie Aasheim, David (wife Mary Sue) Aasheim, Jesse (wife Brigid) Aasheim. She was preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Mary and Paul Harper; and her paternal grandparents, Leona and Joe Rauscher. Thank you to the many family and friends who helped over the last year. Thank you to the staffs of City of Hope and Citrus Valley Hospice as well. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in her name at Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth. Donations can be made by calling: 410-735-6008.
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Published in the Los Angeles Times on June 22, 2008