Dorothy J. Rau
Dorothy J. Rau, 90, of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., passed away peacefully May 12, 2014, at Grand Boulevard Health and Rehabilitation Center in Sandestin, Fla.
Born in Elizabeth, N.J., she grew up in Rahway and also lived in Linden and Colts Neck, N.J., before moving to Florida in 1968. Mrs. Rau graduated from Rahway High School and also received a degree as a licensed practical nurse in 1986 (of which she and her family were very proud) from the Withlacoochee Vocational and Adult Education Center in Citrus County. She was very pleased to be the class photographer for her nursing class. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Beverly Hills, Fla.
She was a devoted wife and loving mother and grandmother who will be greatly missed by her family. She loved to sing and dance and was a Sunday school and Bible school teacher, Brownie and Scout leader, PTA volunteer and an exceptional cook. Her family will always remember her delicious homemade biscuits and her wonderful cupcakes. She was an exceptional crocheter and loved making baby sweaters and blankets. She loved the many years spent at their summer home in Monterey Beach, N.J.
Mrs. Rau was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Richard, in 1993; and by her son, Robert, in 2009. Surviving are her son and his wife, Richard Jr. and Mary; daughters and their husbands, Cathy and John Thompson of Lincroft, N.J., Pamela and Lanny Carter of Delray Beach, Fla.; grandchildren, Richard Thompson of Glastonberry, Conn., Jill and Vincent Ryan of Tinton Falls, N.J., Holly Rau of Delray Beach, John and Maureen Thompson of Bayville, N.J., Blair and Jennifer Rau of Cumming, Ga., Fallon and Aaron Marley of Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass., Sara Carter-Smith of Ossining, N.Y.; and eight great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. May 19 at the Clary-Glenn Freeport Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. Chris Whaley officiating.
Clary-Glenn Freeport Chapel Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.