ESSEX JUNCTION -- Roseann Racht, 79, of Essex Junction, died with family members by her side on Oct. 26, 2014. Her passing was unexpected and her family had hoped to enjoy many more years with her.
The tenth of 12 children of Anthony and Anna Pleviak, Roseann was a loving and devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother-in-law and mother, remarkable grandmother and a good neighbor. Hard-working, brave and outgoing, she was a giving person, who loved her family, especially her grandchildren. Roseann shared her time generously, enthusiastically attending sports events, concerts, multiple evenings of plays and graduations from high school, college and graduate schools. She worked hard on the Eagle Scout projects of three grandsons and other scouts in the troop. Her adult children enjoyed her moral support as they made their choices in life.
Roseann tirelessly cared for her husband, Willis Racht, who died earlier this year on May 11, after several years of declining health. They would have celebrated their 60th anniversary on Nov. 25, 2014.
She earned her degree from UVM in 1974, going to school while working and managing four active, young children with her husband. Trained as an educator, she taught school in three states. She found her life's work as a career counselor and retired from Vermont Associates. Her immigrant parents (her father came from Poland through Ellis Island) believed in education and most of their children were teachers. Roseann and Willis passed along the values of higher education and learning to their children (two teachers, a government attorney, a town clerk).
Roseann had many talents and her table at family events was always replete with interesting new recipes, as well as the family favorites. No one ever left the table hungry.
Roseann Racht is survived by daughters, Heidi Racht (Alan Campbell) and Jody Racht of Huntington; son, Leo (Brenda Racht) of South Burlington; son, Louie (Gabrielle Flax) of Australia; grandchildren, Mason Alanson Rachampbell, Abbott Lucas Rachampbell, Owen Willis Rachampbell, Samuel Willis Flax and Carmen Roseann Flax; sisters, Sophie O'Brien and Ann Kerstetter.
In Roseann's last hours, the staff at Fletcher Allen Health Care Emergency Room and McClure 6 were kind and helpful, especially nurses, Sheena Fisher and Austin Ganzenmuller.
A service will be held at St. Lawrence Church, West Street, Essex Junction, on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014, at 10 a.m. Friends and family will gather after the service at the St. Edmunds Hall, St. Lawrence Parish. Burial will be in Eden. Arrangements are by Stephen C. Gregory and Son Cremation Service.
Memorial contributions may be made to the VNA Hospice Program, 1110 Prim Road, Colchester, VT 05446.
The family thanks the community for its love and support over the years. The memories are many; the stories are great; the years flew by.