In memory of
CATHERINE RASKAUSKAS
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In memory of
CATHERINE RASKAUSKAS
RASKAUSKAS CATHERINE K. RASKAUSKAS Catherine Konieczny Raskauskas died March 7, 2017 at her home in Potomac, MD. She recently had been widowed by the death of her husband, Ernest C. Raskauskas, Sr. in October 2016. She is survived by her eight sons and daughters, Ernest (Rafael Convit), Joseph, Francis (Barbara), Mary Lukach (Carl), Theresa, Thomas (Kelly), John (Catherine), and Ann; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren, nieces, nephews , and a sister, Frances Schneider. Catherine was the seventh of eight children, born November 18, 1928 to Polish immigrants who settled in Pittsburgh, PA. She studied nursing at Mercy Hospital, Pittsburgh, becoming a Registered Nurse. She then came to Washington, D.C. for graduate nursing studies at The Catholic University of America where she met her future husband, a law student. Following her marriage, she pursued nursing at area hospitals until the birth of her sixth child. From 1956 - 1967, she was a member and volunteer at St. John Baptist de la Salle Catholic Church and School, in Chillum, MD. From 1967 until her death, she was a member of Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, Potomac, MD, where she was active in the Sodality and the school and sports activities of her children. When her husband changed careers in 1968 to real estate development in Bethany Beach, DE, she promoted his businesses, especially Bethany West. She found great inspiration in the writing and work of Mother Teresa, and her Missionaries of Charity. Catherine and her husband were hands-on volunteers with DC area charities, including the Gift of Peace AIDS Hospice for which they made dinners for the residents and staff twice a month for many years, with SOME (So Others Might Eat), as well as providing assistance to single mothers and their children during pregnancy and following the births of their children. When her youngest daughter was in high school, Catherine completed a refresher nursing course over two semesters at Georgetown University, then worked for several years at Sibley Hospital with newborn babies and their mothers. She and her husband endowed a Children's Center for at-risk children in Sateikiai, Lithuania, the village from which her husband's father emigrated to the US. A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017, 11:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church (Chapel), 9200 Kentsdale Dr., Potomac, MD 20854 followed by a reception. Interment will be conducted privately at St. Gabriel Cemetery, Potomac, MD. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: "Missionaries of Charity", 3310 Wheeler RD SE, Washington, DC 20032, for their work with young mothers and infants.A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017, 11:30 a.m. at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church (Chapel), 9200 Kentsdale Dr., Potomac, MD 20854 followed by a reception. Interment will be conducted privately at St. Gabriel Cemetery, Potomac, MD. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: "Missionaries of Charity", 3310 Wheeler RD SE, Washington, DC 20032, for their work with young mothers and infants.
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