Frederick Rauscher Obituary, Death – Frederick W.H. “Skip” Rauscher Jr., age 89, passed away on Thursday, April 6, 2023, to be with our Savior. 18 Clamshell Road was his address. His wife of 55 years, Norma K. (Heinold) Rauscher, died in 2009, leaving him with their two children. Elaine S. Rauscher of Clinton and Debra L. Fateiger of Bolton are his children; Ashley E. Fateiger of Bolton is his granddaughter; and Lois A. Furmaniuk of Winchendon is his sister.
Elaine S. Rauscher, his wife, predeceased him. His son-in-law, John E. Fateiger, went away before him in 2007. Frederick was the son of Frederick W.H. Rauscher Sr. and Esther M. (Sontag) Rauscher, both of whom died before their son was born. He spent his whole youth in Clinton and acquired his education in the public schools there. Skip valued his family, and he relished the time he spent with his adored granddaughter, Ashley.
He was a sweet, loving, and generous man with a strong work ethic and a deep Christian faith, both of which provided him a lot of peace and hope in his life. In Clinton, Frederick and his father managed the Rauscher Dairy Farm, which his grandfather had started in 1895. The farm’s origins go considerably deeper. Farming responsibilities included caring for dairy cows, processing milk, delivering milk to clients’ houses, and haying the fields.
Skip carried on the family farm business when his father died until the barn burnt down in 1973. He was able to keep the processing and home delivery services running until 1986 by acquiring raw milk from a nearby farm. After that, he began breeding beef cattle and tending to the fields until 2008, when the land was eventually purchased by the Town of Clinton. Skip worked in Clinton for a firm called Amory Plastics during those years.
He retired from the Weetabix Company in 2006, after a total of 23 years of service. While Skip was retired, he enjoyed working on the land, including chopping trees for fuel and growing a vegetable garden. He enjoyed a great day with his relatives, friends, and other family members. Reading nonfiction, particularly works on early American history, was a favored pastime. As a member, both Trinity Lutheran Church in Clinton and Lutheran Church of the Savior in Bedford could rely on Frederick’s full commitment.
He offered his time to assist maintain the church grounds. He had a nice time conversing with the other congregation members. Visitors will be able to pay their respects at the Miles-Sterling Funeral and Tribute Center, situated at 100 Worcester Rd. in Sterling, on Wednesday, April 12, 2023, from 4 to 7 PM. On Thursday, April 13, 2023, at 11:00 a.m., a service will be held at Mount Calvary Lutheran Church, situated at 472 Massachusetts Avenue in Acton. Following the service, interment will take place at Clinton’s Woodlawn Cemetery.