- 71 years old
- Date of birth: Dec 5, 1944
- Date of passing: May 13, 2016
|Those we love don't go away, they walk beside us every day... unseen, unheard, but always near, still loved, still missed and very dear. We love you, Bill!|
Dearest Friends and Family,
This memorial website was created in honor of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and cousin, Bill. He was born December 5, 1944 in Newark, New Jersey and found his peace May 13, 2016 just outside his childhood hometown of Maplewood, New Jersey with his family at his side.
Growing up, Billy teamed up with brothers Michael and Frankie, “sisters” Joyce and Gail, and many friends (including the Cohen family, Bob, and Barry) to give parents Ethel and Anson (and the rest of Maplewood), all they could handle. After graduating from Columbia High School and then surviving the frigid weather at Allegheny College, Bill pursued both a career in hospital administration at George Washington University and Carolyn Staub. They met on day one of his first job as a hospital administrator and began dating on day two. In October they celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary.
A job opportunity at a hospital brought Bill and Carol to Richmond, Virginia where they met many treasured friends who are still like family today. A few years later, the couple welcomed daughter Rachel and then son David. In the ensuing years Dad enjoyed shuttling the kids between dance classes, soccer games and tennis tournaments, not to mention assisting with homework, science projects and other fun activities that come with children. A promotion at work led to extensive travel which made him rethink this career.
So he took the obvious path from hospital administrator to BBQ restaurant owner where his secret sauce was the best in town. During this time he became a member of the Chester Rotary Club and has participated in numerous community service projects over the past 20 years. In retirement, Bill followed his passion for children and learning by substitute teaching at the local elementary schools. This “job” allowed him flexibility to enjoy golfing, hanging out at the library reading, gardening, visiting with friends, and traveling often and extensively with Carol and other family members.
Despite his lifelong pursuit of continuous learning, Bill resisted incorporating what he learned of technology into day to day life. He enjoyed being “old school” with a flip phone, even programming the number for Expedia in to help him plan all their amazing trips (rumor has it Expedia has a website as well). Bill often retold stories of skipping school to go to Yankee Stadium, traveling cross country after college, and attending Woodstock. In more recent years his most loved hobby was spoiling his granddaughters, Sarah and Ella.
A true gentleman, always kind and patient to all, Bill touched many lives and was universally loved. Though we will miss him dearly, we’re grateful for the incredible memories and wish to honor Bill with a Celebration of Life on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at The Boathouse Restaurant in Brandermill, located at 4602 Millridge Parkway, Midlothian, VA. Please feel free to join us anytime between 11:00 am - 2:00pm.
Dad - We hope you are now searching for “The Truth Out There” with Mulder and Scully!
Write to David (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you plan to join us for Dad’s celebration.
Please feel free to share your memories of Bill on this site or send them to David, as we plan to compile a memory book to pass on to his granddaughters.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Maplewood New Jersey Library Foundation (https://maplewoodlibraryfoundation.org) or your local library.
"We miss you a great deal Bill. I thought of you often as Beck, Fred, Philip and me played some variation of golf over the holidays. You very much remain with us in our fond memories and through your wonderful family.
Love, Robert, Leslie and Beck"
"Remembering you on your birthday, and the wonderful person that you were. You will always be missed and dear to our hearts. You live in my memory always. Rest in Peace, dearest Bill"
"Thinking of you always ... especially at Mel & Susan's Thanksgiving dinner and on the links the following day. You have left us with a wonderful, warm and loving family - wife, son, daughter and grandchildren!
Much love from Philip & Melissa, Emma & Chloe"
"There isn't a day that has passed that Bill doesn't come to mind. When I get a book from the library to read that he suggested or talking about our amazing cross country trip. That will remain in my memory forever. Thank you for taking me on the adventure of a lifetime. Happy Birthday Billy."
"Lovingly thinking of Bill today on his birthday."
"I will miss you my friend.."
"We feel very privileged to know Bill. He was a beautiful man. He listened, loved and enjoyed every moment of life. He had the ability to touch your heart in a short amount of time and leave a lasting impression. And even though he is no longer with us he will always remain in our hearts and our memories. We send lots of Love,
Jonathan and Kathy"
"Bill was a loving scholarly gentlemen. These traits were exhibited throughout the years our families have been friends. Whether it was tennis tourneys, family outings, a bar mitzvah, or a daughter's wedding, his presence was always a pleasant persona.
He taught me how to select books to read. Since his search for knowledge was enormous, he once told me to go to a library or bookstore and research the writer before buying. In this manner you didn't amass author volumes with which you did not agree and would not enjoy. Many times I would run into Bill in bookstores researching titles. Both of us were UFO believers. We often debated theories on extraterrestrial life. I liked his Woodstock stories and he liked my CIA tales.
As a successful hospital administrator, restaurant owner and now an educator, he once kidded me he was on his third career and I had not yet finished my first one!
More recently he seemed to be focused on his granddaughters where that love dimension i referenced earlier was perhaps brightest.
There's a song lyric made popular not long ago that states "Only the Good Die Young". So true in Bill's case and I'll miss that loving scholarly gentlemen."
"In the summer of 1967 Bill and I drove a'61 Chevy around the country.We were temporary hippies on the most amazing road trip. There were grizzlies and snow in Yellowstone.The trail scraped from the walls of the Grand Canyon was terrifying when the mule trains waddled past .Billy had a beard and straw cowboy hat by the time we reached San Francisco.We could find places to crash through McCarthy headquarters;Clean for Gene was our Expedia.Big Sur was chemicaly enhanced.Disneyland.When we crashed the dorms at Tulane the tennis team saved us from the football evictors. Bill's calm , easy going, good natured, open hearted appreciation , enjoyment and connection to the people in this adventure made all the difference!"
Am so sad about losing one of the best cousins at such a young age. I remember when Bill was a Hospital Administrator, Restaurant Manager, and eventually an Elementary School Substitute when he finally retired. In fact, the children and teachers loved him so much... he was booked every week.
Bill and Carol always made time to visit their west coast relatives ever since Rachel and David were born. I remember those days in North Hollywood and those later days in Pacific Grove and Mendocino. Bill was such a soft, sensitive, and brilliant cousin who listened to every word others shared, invited them to share more, and made everyone feel at home.
Will miss those days when Bill read a book every day, shared every book's story, and kept us warm with his heart and stove tight fires. When the fire was losing it's flame, Bill knew just how to rebuild it again!
Have lit a candle and planted a flower on behalf of Bill. With so much love and affection,
"I met Bill sometime around when I was in 3rd grade when my family moved to Richmond and he has been a constant fixture in my life since that time, with our families regularly gathering for Passover and Thanksgiving celebrations. Last night, Leslie, Beck and I recalled Bill fondly and shared many happy memories of and observations about him. Beck recalled the time Bill, Carol, Sarah and Ella came to watch him play baseball when he was playing down in Virginia. Beck was around 9 at the time and he recalled Bill going into the cage with him after the game and throwing balls for him to hit and then Beck throwing balls for Bill to hit. Bill was always asking Beck about his various activities, but it was never just a superficial "how's your team doing?" kind of thing. He was interested in Beck's experience of the activities ... what it was like for him to be able to do this or that. For Leslie and me, while we have known a lot of people who have stayed in school a long long time, we've never met anyone who exemplifies the term 'lifelong learner' more than Bill. We both thought of how he would move around following a Passover or Thanksgiving meal with a small scrap of paper and pen in hand asking everyone what they had read most recently that they liked. Then, usually the next time we would gather, he would talk to the person about the book, sharing his thoughts on it having read it. He really showed us that age is just a number as I have never met anyone so youthful in aspect and with such a joy and excitement for new experiences and insights. My family will miss Bill immensely and we feel blessed that he was a part of his life. We feel comforted knowing that there is no one more interested in his next round of experiences than Bill. Our love to all the Rauschbergs. Robert, Leslie and Beck Urofsky"
"I remember he loved the Kingston Trio. He and Michael thought they were great. I remember he would listen to you talk wit his dark intense eyes and crack his knuckles one at a time, every one of them, and
I remember he'd do anything for you to walk on his back.
My last memory of him is him standing in the middle of a paddock with a manure fork in his hand, cleaning up off the horses, by himself, early in a Montana summer morning, because he wanted to experience of doing it.
I remember the look he'd give you whenever his mother brought out one of her notoriously overcooked turkeys; I remember how he'd like to trade punches with you.
At heart Bill was a talmudic rabbi, arguing both sides of the case,
intensely curious about paradoxes, a lover of "what if..." and "why not?"
I didn't just lose Bill; I lose a part of myself.
"Mr. Rauschberg was a frequent patron at Clover Hill Library. He always greeted me when he entered our library branch and even greeted my Wife and daughters when they picked me up from work one day. He was very nice to other patrons and enjoyed reading the newspaper. I will miss his smiling face and our almost daily conversations.
Jeremy Robarts, Library Assistant, Clover Hill Library"
". . . a man who had room for everyone;
his brother-in-law, I was treated
like a brother.
. . . very gratifying.
"... an instantly likeable man;
I enjoyed his acceptance of me
and his warmth.
"Dear Carol and Family,
We are so saddened to hear this news although comforted knowing that Bill was allowed to die peacefully, painlessly, and with dignity as his family and close friends stood by his side and others held him in their hearts. We have so many fond memories of Bill and feel so lucky that we have had multiple opportunities to spend time with him in Europe, Virginia, California, and Washington. His sweet, gentle, and quiet ways made each moment with him very special. His lust for knowledge and his adventurous spirit enabled him to live life to the fullest - and to share so many experiences with him was our fortune!
Our love and thoughts are with you,
Barbara, Randy, Jaime, and Alex
I am not gone
I remain here beside you
Just in a different form
Look for me in your heart
And there you will find me
in our love which forever lives on
In those moments when you feel alone
Look for me in your thoughts
And there you will find me
in sweet memories that burn strong
Every time a tear
Forms in your beautiful eyes
Look up to the heavens
And there you will see me
Smiling down from God’s glorious skies
"Mr. Rauschberg was a regular patron of the Clover Hill Library and we are all very sad to hear of his passing. He was very kind and staff remember all the times we spent talking with him, helping him find materials, or just a smile and a wave as he quietly read the paper. My thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends, we all will miss seeing his warm smile around the branch. Margaret Howard, Branch Manager, Clover Hill Library"
"Didn't meet Bill until sometime after Carol moved to Richmond--remember the first time I saw him, happily splashing around with his daughter in a blow up baby pool--knew almost from the start that he was a special kind of guy--over the years, we bonded over long conversations, golf, movies, and shared dinners--I considered him family, like a 4th brother--it's hard to accept that Bill is no longer here and we won't see him again--but I'll cherish always the memories of my time together with this good and gentle man."
I will remember Friday, May 13th, 2016, for more than a day of bad luck. That is the day you left for your next journey.
As your younger brother, it has been a lifetime of "follow the leader".
From my elementary school days (your high school days), when I tried to be in your clique of friends to this year, when you led Carol, Ben, Joan Nancy, and I to what was going to be a fun day in New York City, you were the leader. Now its time to say good-by. I will always miss those annual trips to New York City.
"Mr. R. "Bill" was such a helpful, happy, kind gentleman to everyone at Enon Elementary School. He would go above and beyond to help when needed and would do so with a positive spirit. He was super conscientious and it made missing school seem much less stressful when I knew that I had someone who really cared about my students to be there in my stead. In addition, he often subbed for my son's teachers and always cared about him throughout the last 12 years in school and as he is enters college. He regularly gave my son fun mind games to ponder and solve. My family and coworkers remember Mr. R. fondly and he is absolutely missed by all.
Sincerely, The Glunt family and the Enon Faculty and Staff"
"We're so saddened to hear of Bill's passing. He will be greatly missed as we considered him one of our Alberta Smith Elementary family! He was a joy to work with with and impacted everyone's life that he came in contact with. He always shared wonderful stories of his family, may your wonderful memories keep him close. Love and prayers from the Alberta Smith Family!"
"Our dear Mr. "R" will forever be in our hearts in D-3 at MES. Mr. R was a true gentleman and cared so much for our students. I always will remember the interesting book chat, especially the history books! Mr R. Had the best sense of humor. He will be missed! My thoughts and prayers are with the family. Rest in peace, our dear, friend."
"Mr. R. was one of our "go to" substitutes at Matoaca Elementary. He showed up early with his briefcase in hand and eager to find his way to the coffee pot. He loved days we had faculty breakfasts or lunches. He shared in lunch time conversations and would always remind us of how many years he had been substituting. He will be greatly missed as we considered him one of our Matoaca family members! Please know that we send our love and prayers."
"Jean and I have known Bill and Carol for more than thirty years. I have been a fellow Rotarian in the Chester Rotary Club with Bill and have enjoyed a long friendship with him playing golf and having endless conversations about important things in life. I have known Bill to be a man of great integrity with a loving and generous heart. We could always count on Bill to help with any community projects. He had a wonderful sense of humor and quick smile. We shall miss him but we will cherish the memories we shared."
"What a kind and decent man ! I know how much all of his family and friends will miss him. I will certainly miss him too..."
"Bill and I became work associates and close friends when we were both 24, in the administrative department of a large hospital in New York City. Since I was a year ahead in our studies program, I was assigned to be his "mentor". We shared an office, as well as lived in the same apartment building close by. It was easy to connect strongly with Bill, since he had all the qualities that describe a good person and a good friend. He was and continued to be easy going, good natured, kindhearted, funny, comforting, and had every other positive quality that a special person has. We remained friends, through the years, along with our spouses. Eventually, we did not see each other often, but my feelings about him, and his image in my mind never changed. My memories of Bill are vintage and vivid, and will live on with me forever. Bill will be immortal in his friends' and family's minds and hearts.
Rest in peace old friend. Norman and I send our deepest sympathies to your wonderful and supportive family.
"Billy and his family moved to Maplewood, N.J. in 1954, and when we met in 5th grade we instantly became best friends. For the next 8 years, through high school, we were inseparable. I remember him best for the happy days of our childhood on Summit Avenue. In college our lives took us on different paths, but over the next 60 years we kept in touch and at times got together with our wives and families. About 7 weeks ago Bill and Carol came up from Virginia to New Jersey for a visit and to see New York City. On March 27 I was with Bill when he took his last conscious breath, a moment that will haunt me for the rest of my life. Over the next 40 days I came to know my oldest and best friend in a way that I had never known him before: through his legacy-- his amazing family. I saw their unwavering love, devotion and loyalty to my buddy. I witnessed their incredible strength and courage through weeks of waiting and hoping for him to recover. And I saw their grace and class as it became more and more clear that what they so fervently wished for, was just not going to be. Mere words cannot compare to the tribute their deeds gave to their husband, father and brother. As painful as those 40 days were, I consider myself privileged to have witnessed the love which my friend received from his wife, his daughter, his son, his brother, and others.
Bill, you did well. Rest in peace.
"I had the pleasure of meeting Sarah's grandpa at our girls' softball games. A little quiet, at first, but then he was such a joy to talk to and told some great stories. Words can not express how sorry I am for your loss. There will be something everyday to remind you of him. May you plant "his" garden every year, Rachel, and know he will be watching over it and all of you.
Love, Susan, Bert, Anna, and John Weltens"
"Being a jerseyian born and raised in Roselle , I enjoyed his company. God Bless. Great man. He will be missed from his Greenfield family."
"To our brother, friend, and mischief maker....thank you for all of the memories we have shared, and the fun times we have had over the years. You will be missed so very much, but you will be in our memories daily. Peace Love you, Cyn and Michael"
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