Catherine “Kitty” Rauch, age 79, died peacefully, surrounded by her family on Tuesday, February 5, 2019. She is now home with her memories restored and at peace. Kitty is survived by her husband Jon and three children Jon Jr. (Michele) Rauch, Julie (Paul) Nixon and Jane (Bob) Eggleston; and eight grandchildren, Jon III and Nicole Rauch, Michael, Catherine and Joe Nixon, and Bobby (Kateland), Eleanor and Emily Eggleston. Also surviving are her brothers Raleigh (Dee) Smith, Terry (Sharie) Smith and Pat (Kathy) Smith; her beloved sister Peggy (Dan) Reyers; brother-in-law Dave (Nancy) Rauch; and many loving nieces, nephews and cousins. She is predeceased by her mother Eleanor and father J. Robert Smith. If you ever had the pleasure of meeting Kitty, being her family, friend or neighbor, you would have been blessed with knowing a sweet soul who greeted you with a bright smile to warm your day. You also would have been filled in on the goings-on of all her grandchildren. Kitty and her Catholic Central sweetheart, Jon, built a life around their faith and family. She loved, absolutely loved, being a mother and grandmother. Hosting a birthday dinner, planning a lunch date with her many friends, telling Jon where to plant the next flowerbed or just sitting on the bench at Good Harbor Beach to watch a sunset with her family around her, were her favorite pastimes. Each one of us have been touched by her love and generosity of spirit. We are filled with gratitude for all the love and support in caring for Kitty. Visitation will be Thursday, February 7th, 6 – 8 PM at O’Brien-Eggebeen-Gerst Chapel, 3980 Cascade Rd. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, February 8th at 11:00 AM at St. Paul the Apostle Church, 2750 Burton St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546. Rev. Peter Damien presiding. Internment Resurrection Cemetery. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Dan Donnelly Foundation, St. Paul the Apostle Catholic School, 2750 Burton St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546.