William O. Rauschenbach
William O. Rauschenbach

Funeral Information

Home: Blooming Grove, NY
Date of Death: December 30, 2012
Place of Birth: Brooklyn, NY
Birthdate: July 1, 1969
Age: 43
Mass: Saturday, January 5, 2013 11:00 AM St. Mary's Church, Washingtonville, NY
Visitation: Friday, January 4, 2013 5-8 pm at Smith, Seaman & Quackenbush, Inc. Funeral Homes, Monroe, NY
Cremation: Cedar Hill Crematory, Middle Hope, NY
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Michelle Howard, January 02, 2013 2:57 PM EST
My heart goes out to the Rauschenbach family.

I was Bill's administrative assistant for the past 3+ years. He was absolutely, the best people leader and a very compassionate man.

I pray that Kelly and their girls will find solace in the memories.

I will miss Bill dearly.
Emc, January 02, 2013 3:30 PM EST
I pray for his wife and family, that the grace of the lord give them strenght and courage during this time. My deepest sympathy to his wife and children. He will be missed but not forgotten. I will miss him warm smile!
Tony greco, January 02, 2013 5:03 PM EST
You will be missed. You are truly one of kind. The next short bass we fillet and release will b for u brother
Tony & Dina
Bill "Jake" Klein, January 02, 2013 6:20 PM EST
Bill was the first person I met in Oneonta and we spent the next four great years together. We both met our wives right around the same time there. All I can say he was everything a friend should be. Our hearts and prayers go out to Kelly the girls and all of Bill's family. Love Stacey and Bill
george moussa, January 03, 2013 9:43 AM EST
Oneonta State and the Old Spanish tavern, Bill enjoyed both to the fullest. RIP friend!
Mary, January 03, 2013 9:50 AM EST
Kelly you and the girls are in my prayers. Bill leaves a great legacy for us to remember him by.
Barbara Milmore, January 03, 2013 9:51 AM EST
We have known Bill many years in Washingtonville and he will always be remembered as a wonderful husband and father and a good friend to us. We appreciate the love he gave our Christina every time she was at the house and he always made her feel comfortable and special. We will miss Bill and are praying for the entire family.
Monica Rauschenbach, January 03, 2013 9:56 AM EST
I don't even know where to start. Billy was more than just my brother-in-law, as are all of Ken's brothers. I have no siblings of my own, and I've know them since I was 18 years old. He was my brother. I met him under very funny circumstances for the first time at a party at Ken's Stony Brook house. Let's just say at the time he and Ken looked A LOT alike, and it was Halloween, and well, I thought he was Ken when I first walked in. Years later he was doing a jig at my wedding to his brother, trying to fill the space before he made his best man speech, because Ken was at the bar doing shots and he wanted to make me laugh instead of get mad at his brother. Those are just 2 of the wonderful, funny memories I have of Billy. I will love and miss you always. Mo
Tracy Reilly, January 03, 2013 11:31 AM EST
Bill was my client at American Express and I adored working with him. He was a partner and an ally and rock of stability through a very stressful project. He was about as genuine a person as I have ever met; friendly, funny, wise, fair, and incredibly human. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, who I know he cherished.
Neil Mansbridge, January 03, 2013 2:09 PM EST
Kelly and family, very sorry for your loss. Bill sounds like a great guy, you are in my thoughts.
Mrs. Luzi, January 03, 2013 4:17 PM EST
I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Please Give Elizabeth a special hug from me.
Mrs. Luzi (Taft elementary)
Stacey Klein, January 03, 2013 8:23 PM EST
Kelly - although it's been awhile since we've seen each other, you & Bill have always remained close to my heart. I am deeply saddened by his passing - he was just an all-around good guy. I wish you, the girls, and the Rauschenbach family peace during this difficult time.
Jeannie Garofalo, January 03, 2013 8:43 PM EST
My most special memories are those of childhood holidays, bbq's, and just special visits spent with all my BOY cousins! Billy in particular was especially adorable....not that the rest of the boys weren't (they were all handsome, funny, smartass boys lol...always pulling stunts on each other and btw, that includes my Dad and Uncle Ham :)....But back to Bill...BooBoo with those adorable chubby cheeks and chubby lips, and chubby body just like a cuddlely little BooBoo Bear! He grew into a bear of a man who was nothing but a wonderful wonderful person to everyone that was lucky enough to know him! My Aunt and Uncle did a great job raising a great "kid/man"! May they find some peace in knowing that he is in a better place and may God watch over Kelly, Erica, Elizabeth, Emma,
and Esley keeping them in his warm embrace, along with Ken, Monica, Tom, Chris, Pete, and Kerri...I love you all so much !
Karin Foley, January 03, 2013 9:16 PM EST
My heart is heavy as I write this. Bill was an one of the most amazing husbands and fathers I have ever ever met. He was a gentle giant who treated my daughter Caitlin as his own from the moment we met. Not only did he teach her about the best of OTB, but could be caught singing louder then the girls every word to Hannah Montanna on the radio. He was the only Dad I know who would watch 10 girls all night so the moms could go out and not think twice. These are just a few of the things that made him such a great person. Kelly I was alway amazed as what a great husband and Dad he was. You knew it and said it often never taking it for granted. I wish there was something I can do to ease your pain. I know there isn't. Kelly, Erica, Lizzy Emma and Esley you are so blessed to have had such an amazing husband/dad. I feel so honored to have been a part of Bills life and that my daughter had the honor of having him in her life too! I love you all very much. Karin
Adele Barber, January 04, 2013 11:39 AM EST
I had the priviledge to work briefly with Bill at American Express. He was a great leader and a man of the utmost integrity. He is going to be missed greatly. I send prayers to Bill's family and hope you find peace and confort.

Adele Barber
Christa, January 04, 2013 12:28 PM EST
My heart goes out to the Rauschenbach family. You are all in my prayers as you mourn the loss of Bill.
Doris Daif, January 04, 2013 1:07 PM EST
I worked with Bill for almost 13 years at American Express. Early in my career, he took me under his wing, showed me the ropes, and gave me confidence. Along the way, he made me laugh out loud. He left a tremendous legacy in his time at American Express - I was fortunately around for 1 of them when we won the Company's Chairman's Award for our work together on Open CoBrand portfolio. More than his myriad of accomplishments though, he legacy lies in the people that he touched, both personally and professionally. As many have said, he had real class and integrity and treated all with dignity and respect. I am forever touched by him and the time he spent with me. My deepest condolences to his entire family - he was like family to me too and my heart is very heavy at this time.
Eric Stone, January 04, 2013 10:52 PM EST
Bill was my first VP at Amex, and I was a fan from my initial interview with him. He was always incredibly generous with his time, and so willing to share his encyclopedic knowledge. He became an unofficial mentor and coached me through many challenges, and helped me through my career progression that led me to work closely with him once again. Since then he became a friend and I'm so grateful for his kindness, insight, openness, and - most of all - his Billness.

I wish all of Bill's family, friends and fans comfort and peace in the wake of this profound and incomprehensible loss. And thank you Bill, for your friendship and for all the goodness you've shared with all of us.
Donna Daggett, January 08, 2013 7:10 AM EST
Kelly and girls,
I can't put into words the sadness I feel for your loss of Bill, a wonderful husband and father. Find comfort in the great memories you made.

Anna Vita Lee, January 08, 2013 1:53 PM EST
I was fortunate enough to work with Bill when he first joined AmEx. It took no time at all for him to earn the respect of his team, not to mention have us laughing. He even let us get away with calling him Rauschy, even though I'm guessing didn't love it. I thought so highly of Bill and my sincere condolences go out to his family.
Laurie (Droll) DeVitis, January 09, 2013 11:45 AM EST
I was so very saddened to hear about Billy. My heart and prayers go out to the Rauschenbach families. May you all find peace and comfort in the wonderful memories you have with him; I'm happy to say, despite the number of years, I still have a few myself.
Dawn (Dionisi) Welikey, January 09, 2013 12:29 PM EST
I am so sorry to hear about Billy. I have fond childhood memories of our family gatherings. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Rauschenbach family.
Lisa Mignanelli/Dionisi, January 09, 2013 2:59 PM EST
My thoughts and prayers are with you all....
Paul Jubenville, January 10, 2013 11:19 AM EST
While I didn't know Bill, it is always sad to loose a member of the American Express family. Thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
Penny , January 14, 2013 11:26 AM EST
Billy I miss you so much, you were a wonderful son. You always helped out when needed. You were and still are a great dad, and husband. We all love you. Mommy
Kathleen Samaniuk Hayes, January 19, 2013 7:53 AM EST
My thoughts are with all the family at this difficult time. Know that God and your familyand friends will be your strength. God Bless you all. You were blessed to have such a fine man in your lives.
Faisal Karim, December 17, 2013 11:59 AM EST
I was Bill's Admin. for more than 2 years and just migrated from Canada to US. He helped me walk through the new country. He was not only a Boss but a friend & mentor. I was not in touch with him since November 2011 and thus didn't get the news of his sidden demise. I'm really feeling guilty. Bill I'm sorry, My prayer will be for your & your family. May Allah rest you in Haven.
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