William A. Rausch
AGE: 65 • Princeton
William A. "Billy" Rausch, 65 of Princeton died on Monday, February 3, 2014 at home. Billy was born on November 27, 1948 in New Brunswick. He grew up in Highland Park and graduated from Highland Park High School in 1967. He was a paid fire fighter with the Highland Park Fire Department for 25 years and retired in 1997. He was a lifelong member of the Highland Park Volunteer Fire Department. He was a coach for little league in Highland Park before moving to South Brunswick. He also coached baseball for South Brunswick Athletic Association and Basketball for South Brunswick Recreation Department.
He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Susan McGarvey Rausch, 3 sons Joseph and his wife Susan of South Brunswick, Michael and his wife Jessi of Weehawken and Thomas of Weehawken. Billy is also survived by his beautiful grandchildren Kaitlyn, Matthew and Brooklyn who brought him so much joy. Another precious grandchild is expected this summer. He is also survived by his mom Claire Rausch McFadden, his brother Robert and wife Julie of Philadelphia, his sister Betty Hogan of Montgomery, and his sister Roberta and her husband Rick Ekstedt of Long Pond, PA. He was predeceased by his father Robert "Red" Rausch, and his step-father William "Mav" McFadden, also surviving 13 nieces and nephews and 27 great-nieces and great-nephews.
We have met the most amazing doctors, nurses, technicians, secretaries, hospice givers and even other patients along this two year plus journey. Bill charmed every single one of them with his sense of humor. May God bless each one of them as he has us along the way. A favorite song says it best… "Many things about tomorrow I don't seem to understand, but I know who holds tomorrow and I know who holds my hand." As God took him by the hand, his family surrounded him with love.
The funeral service will be held 10:00 am on Saturday, February 8, 2014 at the Calvary Chapel Crossfields 15 Half Acre Road, Jamesburg, NJ. Burial will follow in the Washington Monumental Cemetery 45 Hillside Avenue, South River. Friends may call on Friday, February 7, 2014 at the M.J. Murphy Funeral Home 616 Ridge Road At New Road, Monmouth Junction from 2-4 & 7-9 pm. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to: Grace Hospice Healthcare Services 105 Fieldcrest Avenue # 402 Edison, NJ , or Highland Park Volunteer Fire Department 220 South 5th Avenue, Highland Park, NJ 08904.
M.J. Murphy Funeral Home
616 Ridge Road
Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852
Published in Home News Tribune on Feb. 5, 2014