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Severina Rast
MONROE - Sevi Rast, 77, died peacefully in her home on Monday, November 1, 2010 after a long battle with dementia.

She was born March 19, 1933 in Duebendorf Switzerland to Joseph and Severina (Goldinger) Kuhne. She spent her school years in Duebendorf and completed three years of apprenticeship as a seamstress. In 1952, she moved to Monroe Wisconsin to join her father Joe Kuhne. On her arrival here she opened a seamstress shop. She married Joe Rast July 7, 1953 in Reno Nevada. They resided in Monroe where they later purchased Kuhne Construction Company.

Mrs. Rast was a member of St. Victor Catholic Church, a charter member of the Monroe Swiss Singers, the Turner Hall Club, the Monroe Curling Club, and the Lady of the Moose. She enjoyed participating in a number of Sangerfests with the Monroe Swiss Singers and played the housekeeper for the Monroe Theater Guild production of The Sound of Music in the 1970's. Sevi found the greatest joy in maintaining her household by cooking, cleaning, and sewing. Sevi also looked forward to Ladies Day at the Monroe Country Club to play cards with her friends. Later in life she especially enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband Joe Rast, parents, and grandparents.

Survivors are two sons, Frank (Pauline) Rast, Anchorage, AK and Werner Rast, Monroe; three daughters, Mrs. Jerry (Marguerite) Laehn, Grinnell, IA, Mrs. Duane (Bernadette) Mayer, Madison, AL, Mrs. Al (Mary Ann) Curran, Madison, WI; three grandsons, Dr. Thomas Laehn, Lake Charles, LA, Timothy (Sara) Laehn, Des Moines, IA, Zachary Rast, Monroe, and four granddaughters, Preslee Steiner and Alexis Rast, Monroe, Elizabeth Mayer and Catherine Mayer, Madison AL.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday, November 5, 2010 at St. Victors Catholic Church with Monsignor Thomas Campion Celebrant. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, November 4, 2010 at Shriner-Hager-Gohlke Funeral Home 1455 Mansion Dr. and 18th Ave.

The family requests that all remembrances be directed to the memorial established for the Apostolate to the Handicapped.