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Barbara Ann Rauch

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Barbara Ann Rauch

December 24, 1935 - April 7, 2017

Barbara Ann (Binger) Rauch was born to Walter and Marcia Binger in Santa Barbara California. Her childhood home was in Bakersfield where she developed her love for animals, for gardening, and for having fun without spending money.

In her teenage years, Barbara moved to Long Beach, where she learned tennis, softball, synchronized swimming, and piano. She enjoyed cruising around the bays and marinas on paddleboards and boats with her two dogs on board. She especially loved riding the waves with the seals at Seal Beach.

She graduated from Long Beach Wilson High School and then from U.C. Santa Barbara with a degree in Home Economics. At UCSB she was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, taught Sunday school, and began teaching tennis. After graduation, she was hired as a teacher in Santa Ana and later in Culver City.

Barbara met Robert (Bob) Rauch at the Marine Corps Officer's Club and they were married June 28, 1958 in Long Beach. The first of her six children was born in 1959. They moved to the Palos Verdes Peninsula in 1964. While taking care of her growing family, Barbara kept involved with teaching, first at LA Harbor College and also teaching tennis and guitar, often staying just a week ahead of her students in learning the lessons. She said of herself: "I was not trained to do anything in particular so I always had to figure it out as I went along." She helped to organize the Peninsula Enrichment Program (PEP) and taught many classes in this program.

The family enjoyed being part of St. Peter's by the Sea Presbyterian Church, St. Luke's Presbyterian Church, the Jack Kramer Club, and the Abalone Shore Club. Barbara and her daughters were active in the National Charity League ("TickTockers").

After serving on the Park and Activities Commission of Rolling Hills Estates, Barbara was elected to the RHE City Council in 1991 and served until 2003 - including three terms as mayor. She was known and respected for her common sense and desire to do what is best for the community. She received many awards and certificates of appreciation for her work with the city, including "Outstanding Woman for 2004."

Despite being diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease at a young age, Barbara did not let it defeat her. She continued to play tennis and serve her city, her church, and her family. She amazed her family with her ability to beat almost all challengers in ping-pong even as she struggled with the ill effects of Parkinson's. In retirement she and Bob enjoyed cruises and tours to many different countries.

Barbara is admired by her friends and family for these characteristics: Her sense of humor, love for plants and animals, competitive spirit, common sense, leadership, positive outlook, organizational skill, work ethic, amazing frugality, love for family, mental toughness, faith in the Lord, and her radiant smile. She was a true giver who served countless people in all kinds of different ways. She was proud of each of the members of her large extended family. She never faltered in her faith in God or in her love for her family.

Barbara is survived by her husband, Bob, and their 6 children: Jim (Elizabeth) Rauch, Leslie (Greg) Stone, Andrea (John) Altenberg, Stacy (Kent) Meier, Kristie (Brendon) Flynn, and Karen; her 10 Grandchildren: Jesse (Tyler), Hillary, Samuel, Blake, Madeline, Katrina, Sierra, Spencer, Eva, and Kaleb; her 2 great-grandchildren: Nora and Everett; and her nieces and nephew: Kathleen, Cynthia, Marcia, Diane, and John.

We are thankful to God for all that Barbara brought to her family, her community, and her world. We entrust her spirit to God's faithful care.

A memorial service will be held at Rolling Hills United Methodist Church at 11:00 am on Thursday, April 20, 2017.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Barbara's memory can be made to National Charity League or Torrance Memorial Hospice. Please sign the guestbook at www.dailybreeze.com/obits
Published in Daily Breeze from Apr. 14 to Apr. 16, 2017
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