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Joseph F. Rausa, Jr.

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“Dear Marie, Bob and family, I just learned of Joe's passing. I was so saddened. That explains my lack of titillating emails. Sandy and I will miss...Read More »
1 of 28 | Posted by: Rich Foley - Concord, MA

“Dear Marie and Family, I work at North Bridge Podiatry Group, Dr. Catalano's Office. I met Joe several years ago and knew immediately he was someone...Read More »
2 of 28 | Posted by: Gina Taft - Bedford, MA

“Marie and family,So sorry to hear the news of Joe's passing. Please accept our condolences. Joe had passion and energy for life that was contagious...Read More »
3 of 28 | Posted by: Jim and Libby DiBiase - FL

“The Jouris Family wishes to send our condolences to Paul, Becca, Marie and children. May God be with you. - Beth & family ”
4 of 28 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Mrs. Rausa and Family,I have such wonderful memories of Mr. Rausa, to many to mention. However, I must admit he is the one that gave me the...Read More »
5 of 28 | Posted by: Katy Lyons-Robbins - Jaffrey, NH

“Mrs Rausa & family,Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.Mr Rausa was a great man, and wonderful father.Littleton has lost a legend. ”
6 of 28 | Posted by: Joseph, Regina & Julia Alo - MA

“Marie and family so sorry for your loss. He was an amazing Man and we looked forward to every summer seeing his smiling face at Beach Acres! He will...Read More »
7 of 28 | Posted by: Nancy & Kevin Brady - Lowell, MA

“My thoughts and prayers are with you. Lawrence Schnell, Houston, TX ”
8 of 28 | Posted by: A friend

“Dear Rausa Family,So Sorry for your loss. Smokin Joe was such a special man and he had a gift to make everyone he touched feel special. We will...Read More »
9 of 28 | Posted by: The Stewart Family - Saco, ME

“Marie and All the family, My heart is truly saddened to hear this news. Although if it was his time and he was ready, the Lord is kind in...Read More »
10 of 28 | Posted by: A friend

“Marie dear, I wish you and your family moments of grace at this sad time.. although Joe was gone in a moment, you will always treasure the memories...Read More »
11 of 28 | Posted by: Anne Sweatt - Littleton, MA

“My family and I have lost a dear friend. There are no words to express the influence Joe, Marie, and the Rausa Family have had on our lives through...Read More »
12 of 28 | Posted by: Kevin Kish - North Sandwich, NH

“Andy, Lizzy, Brian and Janet,My most sincere sympathy goes out to you and your whole family. I am so sorry and stunned to hear about the loss of your...Read More »
13 of 28 | Posted by: Andrew Broughton - Norwood, MA

“Uncle Joe was a wonderful human being with a beautiful soul! He will continue to touch our lives from a distance.Much love and many prayers ”
14 of 28 | Posted by: Nicole Schnell - Brooklyn, NY

“This comes with much sorrow. I will very much miss Unc Man. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. His Loving Nephew, Jeffrey Schnell, Dallas...Read More »
15 of 28 | Posted by: A friend

“So sorry to hear about "Uncle" Joe. He was a special person and will be missed! Prayers for the entire extended family. His wit, friendliness and...Read More »
16 of 28 | Posted by: Kay Murphy - Houston, TX

“Paul and Becca - Thinking of you and the family.With Love and Sympathy,Heather YoungMuseum of Science ”
17 of 28 | Posted by: A friend

“God be good to a wonderful friend and a delightfully unique human being. May he give all Joe's family and friends comfort and consolation. ”
18 of 28 | Posted by: Fr. Tom Gillespie - Ayer, MA

“Dear Marie and family,I was so glad I got to see Joe on Monday at the hospital with your son ...did not talk long but my prayers and love go out to...Read More »
19 of 28 | Posted by: Ed Shaffer - Littleton, MA

“Mike and Janet my prayers go out to you and your family. Keep the memories alive and remember you won't be apart forever. ”
20 of 28 | Posted by: Carol Groz - Lowell, MA

“What a guy he was. Littleton was lucky to have him! ”
21 of 28 | Posted by: The trainor famiily

“Dear Marie and Children,I do not even know where to begin. I have thought of a million memories and all of them remain precious. I remember how "Mr...Read More »
22 of 28 | Posted by: Betsy Scott - Salt Lake city, UT

“Dear Mrs. Rausa and Family, my thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of great loss. Mr. Rausa was one of my favorite people. He always had...Read More »
23 of 28 | Posted by: Julanne Surprenant (Lyons) - NH

“Paul Mike and Family members Joe was all about his family a Great Man saw him many times at the gloves and around town the best sox fan ever and how...Read More »
24 of 28 | Posted by: Roger and Robin Kanniard and Family

“Paul & Family,I'm very sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.Best Wishes, ”
25 of 28 | Posted by: Shane Garrabrant - Foxboro, MA

“To all the Rausa Family, so very sorry for your loss. I will always remember your Dad's good advice, when we girls were headed out the door; "go...Read More »
26 of 28 | Posted by: Linda Roberts (Mathews) - MA

“Paul - I am deeply saddened to hear of the loss of your father. My heart goes out to you and your family during this trying time. I will keep you...Read More »
27 of 28 | Posted by: Christen Cignarella

“Very saddened to hear about the passing of "Smokin Joe". Nothing like sitting and having a cold one with the man. He took me to numerous Golden...Read More »
28 of 28 | Posted by: Neil O'Leary - Littleton, MA



Joseph F. Rausa Jr.  of Littleton, died at Emerson Hospital in Concord on September 26, 2016. He was born in Medford, MA on March 13, 1929, son of the late Joseph and Esther (Filadora) Rausa. He grew up in the Bronx, NY until he was 13 and then returned to MA, and lived in Hyde Park, MA, where he attended high school.  Joe joined the U.S. Navy at age 17 and served in WW2.  When he was discharged in 1948, he returned to school and graduated from Somerville High School. He married Marie Rizzo in 1951, and they made their home in Somerville, and then moved to Littleton in 1956. 

Joe began his career as a truck driver with the Teamsters Local #25 and drove for over 40 years for various companies. He was a devoted father and husband, a member of F&F Sportsman’s Club, Member of the Littleton American Legion and the Chelmsford Lodge of Elks. Mr. Rausa was also a die-hard Red Sox and Patriots fan, as well as a 57-year member of the Golden Gloves of Lowell.

He is survived by his wife Marie (Rizzo) Rausa of Littleton, Father of Robert Rausa (Kathy) of Nashua, NH, David Rausa (Beth) of San Diego, Michael Rausa of Littleton, Paul Rausa (Becca) of Littleton, Diane Maurice of Washington DC and Janet Biggar of Chelmsford. Grandfather of Yasmin Lalani, Andrew Biggar, Joseph Rausa, Elizabeth Biggar, Anna Rausa, Robert Lalani, Jackson Rausa, Anthony Rausa and Gabriella Rausa. Visiting Hours will be held at the Badger Funeral Home, 347 King St, Littleton, MA, on Sunday Oct 2, 2016, from 1-5 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, Oct 3, at 9 am at St. Anne’s Catholic Church, 75 King Street, Littleton.  Please see