May 13, 2014

Bonita L. Rausch

WINAMAC — Bonita “Bonnie” L. Rausch, 85, Winamac, passed away at 8:16 p.m. Sunday, May 11, 2014, at Pulaski Health Care Center in Winamac.

She was born Jan. 4, 1929, in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Minn., to Elliott and Margaret Lenzner Brady. She was married on March 30, 1948, in Pulaski, to Daniel Raymond Rausch. He passed away on May 30, 1996.

Bonnie attended Pulaski High School. Bonnie was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Christian Mothers, Northern Indiana Power From the Past, Tops, Cops and the Pulaski County Historical Society. Bonnie frequently served on the Franklin Township election team. Bonnie was a frequent blood donor.

Bonnie grew a business known as “Bonnie’s Punkins” from a self-serve change bucket, in the 1960s, located on U.S. 35 North of Winamac. Generations of neighboring school children would come to enjoy the pumpkin patch.

Bonnie enjoyed feeding birds, crocheting snow flakes and afghans. She logged over 60,000 miles on her bicycle “Blue Boy.” She frequently roller-skated down U.S. 35 and hiked for hours in the Tippecanoe River State Park. She also enjoyed picking flowers and berries that she used to make jams and jellies. Bonnie was known to push mow her 3 acres in the sweltering heat while wearing her tube top and short shorts.

She pulled weeds while cursing them. She would then throw them into her eternally smoldering burn pile.

Bonnie’s favorite saying was “I never met a flower that I didn’t love.”

Survivors include daughters, Christine (Bob) Smith, Judy (Butch) Fitz and Jeannie Neff; sons, Tony Rausch, Barney (Patti-Jo) Rausch, all of Winamac; eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; and sister Juan Knarr, Winamac.

She was preceded in death by her father Elliott H. Brady; mother, Margaret A. Lenzner Brady; husband, Daniel Raymond Rausch; son Mark Rausch; sister, Virginia Koepkey; and brothers, Franklin and William Brady.

Funeral Services will be 10:30 a.m. (EDT) Wednesday at Frain Mortuary, Winamac, with the Rev. Bert Woolson officiating. Burial will take place in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Winamac.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. (EDT) today at the mortuary.

Memorial contributions may be given to Friends of the Tippecanoe River State Park.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Frain Mortuary, Winamac.

Online condolences may be offered in the guestbook at

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