Emma E. Rauch

Emma E. Rauch, age 103, of Belvidere, died Wednesday, May 16, 2007, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip.

Funeral services were held Saturday, May 19, at the Belvidere Community Church in Belvidere, with Pastor Gary McCubbin officiating.

Music was provided by Syd Iwan, pianist, with congregational singing. Ushers were Mitch Norman and Eric Lainier. Pallbearers were Todd and Travis Rauch, Bill and Mark Sammons, Todd Schlunsen and Dave Word.

Interment was in the Belvidere Cemetery.

Emma Cacek was born March 5, 1904, in Tyndall, SD, the daughter of Vincent and Anna (Zoldan) Cacek. She grew up there until the age of three when she moved with her family in a box car to Belvidere to live in a sod house on a claim her dad had filed on. She grew up there and went to grade school in Belvidere. Her freshman year she went to live with her brother, Charley, and his wife in Bridgewater, SD. She returned to Belvidere for her sophomore and junior years. Because Belvidere had no senior year, she attended Rapid City High School her senior year, where she graduated Cum Laude in 1923. During WWI, she and her sister Rose did the farm work and put up hay for 54 head of cattle. She started teaching in 1923 in the Belvidere Community.

In 1929, Emma married Walter Rauch and they farmed a few years then he did trucking in the Belvidere community and they made many trips with cattle to Sioux City. During WWII, she worked in the Belvidere State Bank for L.A. Pier where she continued to work for 15 years. Then she went back to teaching and taught at Edgemont for 18 years. She taught art in Kadoka two years, then retired. All her life education was her primary interest. When she wasn't teaching she served on the Belvidere School Board.

She moved to Avon in the late 1970s to help with the grandchildren while Billy taught school and Janet ran the variety store known as B.J.'s. She became known in the community as Granny to most everyone. One of her favorite sayings was, "My wants are few, so I am content." She truly lived that life.

Emma was a 75-year member of the Kadoka Order of Eastern Star, belonged to the ZCBJ Lodge, Retired Teachers, the Belvidere American Legion Auxiliary, and later the Avon Auxiliary. She was baptized by Rev. Paul Strieb in the Presbyterian Church in Belvidere. She was an avid baseball fan, if not the Cubs, it was Todd and Travis in their baseball games.

She moved to the apartment in Midland following her 102nd birthday to be closer to her daughter. In October, she entered the Philip Hospital Acute Care, where she resided until her death.

Emma is survived by her daughter, Emily Sammons, and her husband, Ronnie, of Midland; her daughter-in-law, Janet Rauch of Avon; eight grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; four step-great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and friends. Emma was the last of her generation in the Cacek Family.

Emma was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Rauch, in 1970; her son, William "Bill" Rauch, in 1997; an infant daughter, MaryAnn; and a great-grandson, Devon Sammons.

A memorial is established.