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Tribute to: Paula “Jeanne” Rau

Tribute to: Paula “Jeanne” Rau

Oct. 27, 1945 – May 28, 2019

In Loving Memory of our Dear Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother & Friend

As written by her grandson, Ben Rau

It’s amazing to see how many people my Grandma has touched throughout her life and how much of a bond we all have through her. You may have known her as Paula, Jean, Jeanne, Grandma, Aunt, Cousin, Sister, Mother, or Wife. You may have known her for a few weeks, a few months, a few years, a decade, or a lifetime. But no matter what name you knew her by, or how long you have known her, I can guarantee we all knew the same woman. My Grandma was as genuine as they come. She was the same person around anyone and everyone. What you saw is what you got, so if she was happy, you knew it. If she was sad, you knew it. If she was angry, you knew it. If she was not too fond of the corny joke or borderline inappropriate comment you made at the dinner table, you certainly knew it…Grandpa I’m looking at you with this one.

A few days before she passed, my Dad and I were at the Hospice care facility speaking with a physician in the family room. We got on the topic of how great and wonderful of a woman my Grandma was and my Dad stated that she was the least judgemental or manipulative person he’s ever known. He then proceeded to ask me if I had ever experienced Grandma pressuring me into anything in my life…I thought about it…and the only thing I could come up with was her telling me to eat more brownies simply because she didn’t want to deal with wrapping them up and putting them away. She was one of the most kind, loving and caring people in this world, all she wanted was for others to feel the best they could and be as happy as they could.

During Christmas time I always struggled to find a perfect gift for her. But deep down I knew the thing that would always make her smile was simply for me to be happy. This wound in our hearts may never fully heal, and whenever you feel the pain rising to the surface, remember that time she said something dumb or hilarious, remember the time she was there for you when you needed somebody to lean on, remember the time she gave you her all and expected nothing back. I feel I have not really said much in this short speech because it’s difficult for me to find the proper words to describe my Grandma. She was such an amazing woman to all of us, I simply cannot do her justice. So today, in honor of Paula Jeanne Rau, I’d like us all to give her one final gift and just be happy. Not to dwell on the loss of a wonderful human being, but to remember the memories we gained throughout a lifetime.

Sadly missed but always remembered with a smile. Much love from your entire family and friends as you rest in peace.

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