Flora (Molella) Rauche

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RAVENA Flora Molella Rauche, 95, died Tuesday, January 24, 2006. Born September 27, 1910, she lived in Ravena at 49 Main Street until 1952, then at 14 Summitt Terrace until 1997 and finally in Albany at Teresian House. She attended Coeymans Elementary School, St. Patrick's School, Ravena High School and Beautician's School in Albany before opening Flora's Beauty Shop at 49 Main Street, which she operated for 25 years, 1939-1964. She was a lifelong communicant of the Church of St. Patrick and a member of the rosary altar society and the Catholic Daughters of America. She was a gifted flower arranger and a member and past president of the Hudson Valley Garden Club. She won numerous prizes in the Albany Tulip Festival, the Annual Christmas Greens Show at the Albany Institute of History and Art and other flower shows. Above all else, she was a devoted wife, a gentle and loving mother, a trusted friend, an extraordinary baker and cook and someone who loved to laugh at a good joke. Her deceased parents were Antonia Isolda Molella and Donato (Dan) Molella, who had emigrated from Italy. She was the widow of Anthony Edmund Rauche, her husband of 55 years, who died in 1999. She is survived by her daughter, Flora Teresa Bullington of Old Bennington, Vt.; her son, Anthony T. Rauche of Bloomfield, Conn.; and her nephew, Daniel Molella of Lake George, N.Y. She was also predeceased by her brother, Theodore Molella, and a sister who died in infancy. Relatives and friends may call at the Babcock Funeral Home on Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at the Church of St. Patrick, 21 Main St., Ravena on Saturday, January 28 at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Coeymans. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of America.

Published in Albany Times Union from Jan. 26 to Jan. 27, 2006
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