Berna Rausch, 79, of Brookings, passed away Oct. 2, 2011, surrounded by her family, in Springfield.
Berna was born Sept. 16, 1932, in Alturas, Calif., to Hobart and Bernice (Dooney) Kline.
The family moved to Seattle and then to Sweet Home, where Berna grew up.
In 1953, she married Leo Brown. They later divorced.
Berna married Doyle Rausch Aug. 9, 1968, in Vancouver, Wash. They made their home in Brookings where Doyle worked at Ray’s Food Place and Berna worked as head custodian for Brookings-Harbor High School. She would later work for Rexall Drug (now Chetco Pharmacy).
In 1975, Doyle was given an opportunity to manage the Ray’s Food Place in Hoopa, so he and Berna moved there where she worked as head cashier, also for Ray’s. They lived there for 18 years, returning to Brookings in 1992.
In her retirement years Berna enjoyed singing with her twin brother Burt in his western band “Burt Kline and Phoenix.” They sang at various locations, including the Brookings Elks Lodge. Berna had a love for many different kinds of music and was involved in music ministries at her church. She was a member of Job’s Daughters International and the Order of the Eastern Star. She enjoyed activities in those organizations, but – most of all – Berna loved her family. She was a best friend to her children as well as a mother – one in whom they could confide if they had a problem and would always lead them with wisdom and integrity.
Survivors include her husband Doyle of Brookings; children Dianna Rausch of Seattle, Terry Rausch of Las Vegas, Darla Stillman and her husband Mike of Roseburg, Tom Rausch and his wife Barbara of Grants Pass, Laurie Rhodes and her husband John of Brookings, Jennifer Atias and her husband Brian of Sun Lakes, Ariz., Rachelle Redding of Willow Creek, Calif. Also surviving are 17 grandchildren, many great-grandchildren; brothers Burton Kline and his wife Barbara of Rockaway, Hobart Kline and his wife Marilyn of Springfield, Alfred Boyles and his wife Verlie of Springfield; sisters Darlene Kline-Dolby and her husband Lloyd of Eugene, Bobbi Boyles-McCarthy of Grande Ronde; sister-in-law Carol Wigley and her husband Ben of Crescent City, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Berna was preceded in death by her great-granddaughter Kailee Rae Robinette in 2011.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army Cascade Division, 8495 SE Monterey Avenue, Happy Valley, OR 97086.
Viewing will be from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today (Oct. 8) in the Chapel at W.J. Ward Memorial Cemetery, 1035 Seventh St., in Brookings. A graveside service will follow at 2 p.m.
Friends are invited to a celebration of life reception at the Chetco Activity Center, 550 Chetco Lane in Brookings, following the service.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.redwoodmemorial.net
Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel.