Throughout 70 years of vowed religious life, Sister Louise Rausch’s gift of herself to others has brought unexpected blessings in return. Teaching adult literacy classes filled her with gratitude for the opportunity to inspire others. Tutoring English as a second language (ESL) enhanced her sense of cultural awareness and appreciation for cultural diversity. Providing beautician services rewarded her with seeing others feel good about themselves.
Sr. Louise (formerly Sr. Felice) grew up on a farm in southern Idaho with nine siblings, four of whom became vowed religious. She describes her family as blessed and is grateful for her beginnings. She was introduced to the Salvatorians by her sibling, Sr. Rosalie, SDS, and joined the community during high school.
Sr. Louise earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Alverno College in Milwaukee. She taught in elementary schools in Maryland, Minnesota, Alabama and Wisconsin. In Idaho, she ministered as a housemother in a foster home and as a clerk typist at a hospital.
Looking back on her later ministries, Sr. Louise cherishes the cultural and personal awareness she gained as an ESL tutor with the Milwaukee Achiever program. She shared in her students’ joy as they grasped new concepts, or, as she says, “a light went on.”
Sr. Louise attended Edward’s Co-ed Beauty College, and became a registered cosmetologist in the State of Wisconsin. Her beautician services at St. Mary’s Nursing Home, St. Anne’s Salvatorian Campus and Salvatorian Sisters Residence brightened the days of those who received her care and attention. Sr. Louise strived to instill a sense dignity in every person, as she nurtured relationships with the people she served. Whether she was shedding light on language or adding sparkle to a head of hair, Sr. Louise used her ministerial gifts to help each person shine.