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John J. Rassau

Born: Fri., Jun. 15, 1923
Died: Thu., Aug. 24, 2017


2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Mon., Aug. 28, 2017
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Mon., Aug. 28, 2017
Location: Redmond Funeral
Home, Inc.

Mass of Christian Burial

10:00 AM Tue., Aug. 29, 2017
Location: St. Mary, Mother of God Church

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John J. Rassau, 94, of Natrona Heights, passed away on Thursday, August 24th, peacefully, at his residence. John was born in Freeport on June 15, 1923. He was the son of the late Elizabeth (Koenig) and John C. Rassau. He was a 1941 Graduate of Freeport High School. He served in the U.S. Army 817th Tank Destroyer Battalion during WWII. After the war, John worked as a metallurgist at U.S. Steel in Homestead for 37 years, retiring in 1979. He was a member of Our Lady of The Most Blessed Sacrament in Natrona Heights, and a past member of St. Mary, Mother of God Church in Freeport. He also was a member of the Freeport and Harrison HIlls VFW's, the American Legion in Brackenridge, a life member of the Freeport Volunteer Fire Department and took part in the OLMBS Booster Club. John was also the boy scout troop 517 leader, he was a member of the old Freeport River Rat Gang. He enjoyed making homemade crafts and most of all, he loved life. John is survived by his wife of 71 years, Betty (Goughenour) Rassau; son,John R., (Debbie) Rassau, of Allison Park; 2 daughters Cathy A. Rassau, of Plum Boro and Sue M. (Bob) Bouch, of Natrona Heights; grandchildren John M. Rassau, Christa L. (Steve) Dolansky, A.J. (Sarah) Rassau, Billy (Teresa) Eckman, LIsa (Allen) Hamlin, and Mark Eckman. He is also survived by 9 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Paul W. Rassau, Sr., and 4 sisters Margaret "Peg" Heasley, Alice Fetters, Katherine Simmons and Bernadette Adams. Family and friends will be received on on Monday, August 28th from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. in the Redmond Funeral Home Inc. 524 High St. Freeport. A parting prayer service will be held in the funeral home at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary, Mother of God Church in Freeport at 10:00 a.m on Tuesday, August 29th with Fr. Ronald Maquinana officiating. Burial will be held in St. Mary's Cemetery, Freeport. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bridges Hospice 1200 Gulf Lab Road Pittsburgh , PA 15238.

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Jim sproull
   Posted Sat August 26, 2017
Uncle Johnny was my war hero. He never talked to me about World War lI, but one day I asked him about it. He started talking about the battle of the Bulge. He talked for quite a while. When he finished, I sat there just amazed at what he had done. He said he was just doing his job and he was amazed that he had survived when so many of his buddies had not. My war hero! RIP, Uncle Johnny.

Jim Sproull

Shelly Crabill Busch
   Posted Sat August 26, 2017
I will miss you Uncle Johnny. You always put a smile on my face. Love you Aunt Betty and all family. 7

Bob Gustafson
   Posted Sun August 27, 2017
To a great scoutmaster who left many formative memories and taught great life lessons. Rememer the 50-mile canoe trip down the Allegheny river and the Aqua-Aqua club! You enriched the lives of many young men. God bless you for a life well lived.

PPG Team
   Posted Tue August 29, 2017
We are very sorry for the loss of your father. We send sympathy, thoughts and prayers for your family.

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