Inez Rautio passed away on November 29, 2012 at age 92, following a brief illness. A memorial service will be held at St Mark's Church in Santa Rosa on April 6 at 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the
for which Inez volunteered over many years. (See main.acsevents.org/goto/Inez.Rautio) Born Inez Gustava Swanson on Dec. 6, 1919 in Pomme de Terre Township, Minnesota, at age two Inez lost her mother, Ida to scarlet fever, and previously two infant sisters. Inez lived with her father, Gustaf, a farmer from Sweden, and older brother Gordon, age five. Her father subsequently married Minnie Westboe when Inez was about 10 years old, bringing Inez her sister, Marion, and later two young siblings, Marvis and Gerhard (Bud). Inez quickly showed great talent in school and graduated as salutatorian of her high school class. She continued her schooling at Normal School, within Minnesota's teacher training system, where she became an elementary school teacher. Her first teaching position at a one-room schoolhouse in rural Ashby, MN, included lighting the large stove in the early morning to welcome about 20 schoolchildren each day in grades 1-8. She later taught grades 5-8 in a two-room schoolhouse in Erdahl, MN. Inez and her sister Marion accompanied friends for a cross-country trip to California in a 1941 Nash. The two sisters stayed in Berkeley and eventually joined Bay Area war efforts, where Inez worked at Richmond Shipyard #2. She was an attendant when Marion christened a U.S. Liberty ship. Inez also taught at Stege Elementary School. In 1945, she married Dominic Scalise, an engineer and lieutenant commander in the US Navy. They had three children, Aleda, Kathleen (Randi), and Samuel. Dominic and Inez moved to Kensington, CA, in 1952, where all three children attended school. Inez was a long-time member of Grace Lutheran Church in El Cerrito, CA. She held several work positions throughout her career, including for Military Sea Transport in Oakland, CA. She married her second husband, Hugo Rautio, and moved to Richmond. Following her 80th birthday, Inez moved to Santa Rosa to join family members. She became a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church, and had moved in recent years to Vineyard Commons in Santa Rosa, where she made many good friends. Inez was a devoted mother, grandmother, teacher and tutor. She was a friend to many, and a community volunteer for numerous years. Inez is survived by her siblings Marion Rankin, Marvis Bergstrom, and Bud Swanson; her three children, Aleda Carnes, Randi Johnson and her husband Nels, and Samuel Scalise and his wife Kathleen; eight grandchildren and their families: Brian and Erin Carnes; Kevin Carnes; Tim and Jessica Carnes; Leif and Kristopher Johnson; Jessica and Jonathan Russell; and Karina and Dominic Scalise; and many cherished nieces and nephews. Inez will be greatly missed by her family and friends, who mourn her loss.
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Published Online in the Press Democrat from Dec. 26 to Dec. 27, 2012