Joseph F. Rausa, Jr.

  • Born: March 13, 1929
  • Died: September 26, 2016
  • Location: Massachusetts

Badger Funeral Homes, Inc.

347 King Street
Littleton, MA 01460
Tel. (978) 486-3709

Tribute & Message From The Family



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

Condolence & Memory Journal

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 him, not only from his regular appointments but also from his drop-ins after a visit to dermatology up the hall where he acquired some bizarre head bandage. I also suspect he will be missed by a couple of young ladies in New Orleans. The Pats and Sox have lost a great fan. (Who gets the jacket?).
Rich Foley DDS

Posted by Rich Foley - Concord, MA   January 22, 2017

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 I was going love getting to know...and I did, we all did. Just wanted let you all know how much we miss seeing Joe's smile and we miss our talks about the Red Sox, Patriots, New Orleans and life. Personally, Joe was just a breath of fresh air and just made me happy. Especially at this time of year I just wanted to let you all know we're thinking of you.
-Gina (Inferrera) Taft, mom of the twins

Posted by Gina Taft - Bedford, MA   December 15, 2016

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. He was, in many ways, larger than life. We are all blessed to have known him. We so much appreciate the amazing Somerville friendships that have endured for all these years, and the love and support that you all share.

I'm pretty sure that if heaven didn't have one before, there's a non stop tailgate party that's just getting cranked up.

Posted by Jim and Libby DiBiase - North Palm Beach, FL   October 29, 2016

The Jouris Family wishes to send our condolences to Paul, Becca, Marie and children. May God be with you. - Beth & family

Posted by A friend   October 06, 2016

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 love of football. Spending many days watching Nashoba Tech games,with him and learning all there was to know. I cherish all the memories I have with the entire Rausa family. He will be missed so deeply. My prayers and thoughts are with you now and always. With Love,

Posted by Katy Lyons-Robbins - Jaffrey, NH   October 04, 2016

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.

Posted by Joseph, Regina & Julia Alo - Shirley, MA   October 02, 2016

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 be truly missed. My Girlies still remember his no Girlies on the Trolley Policy! We have a lot of fond memories of Joe! As I'm sure you all do. Hugs and prayers to you all.

Posted by Nancy & Kevin Brady - Lowell, MA   October 02, 2016

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Lawrence Schnell, Houston, TX

Posted by A friend   October 02, 2016


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 miss him terribly but we have so many cherished memories to remember him by. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by The Stewart Family - Saco, ME   October 02, 2016

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 bringing him into the fold. I will always remember Joe for wanting to be like him, accepting and loving of everyone, joking, poking fun, but enjoying life so much. All of you were so amazingly great to him and he always knew how much he was loved. Hugs to all of you, I could go on for awhile. Love ya.
Theresa "Corn Fed" Reed

Posted by A friend   October 01, 2016


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 he gave you. He was a kind and gentle man. All my love, anne

Posted by Anne Sweatt - Littleton, MA   October 01, 2016

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 the years. Thank You. And God Bless You All!

Posted by Kevin Kish - North Sandwich, NH   October 01, 2016

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 father and grandfather. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the entire family during this difficult time.

Posted by Andrew Broughton - Norwood, MA   September 30, 2016

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

Posted by Nicole Schnell - Brooklyn, NY   September 30, 2016

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, TX.

Posted by A friend   September 30, 2016

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 devotion to family will ever be forgotten.

Posted by Kay Murphy - Houston, TX   September 30, 2016

Paul and Becca - Thinking of you and the family.

With Love and Sympathy,
Heather Young
Museum of Science

Posted by A friend   September 30, 2016

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.

Posted by Fr. Tom Gillespie - Ayer, MA   September 30, 2016

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 you and the family.Hope to see you at Kimballs soon. Love Ed Shaffer

Posted by Ed Shaffer - Littleton, MA   September 29, 2016

Mike and Janet my prayers go out to you and your family. Keep the memories alive and remember you won't be apart forever.

Posted by Carol Groz - Lowell, MA   September 29, 2016

What a guy he was. Littleton was lucky to have him!

Posted by The trainor famiily    September 28, 2016

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. Rausa" would incite both excitement and awe in the tiny little heart of my youth. We learned about respect, we learned about loyalty and we learned about love from Joe. He never faltered in his dedication to my family. How could a father of 6 take on 8 more? Well, he did. I never questioned that fact until I had my own kids and find myself running ragged as my Mom would say. This is also a testimony to Marie and her faith in his goodness. Joe would tease me and say "hey Bets" in that growl of his. I shall miss not hearing him again. One of my last memories is of his visit to my Mom as she lay dying. Joe was brave and brought a final smile to her face. She knew as we all did that the party was about to begin when Joe showed up. The Rausa family helped the Scott family through many holidays and our lives were forever changed because of this open- hearted family. I am with you all as you laugh and cry and remember the man who taught us all so much. God Bless. Elizabeth aka Betsy

Posted by Betsy Scott - Salt Lake city, UT   September 28, 2016

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 a bright and quick smile for me. I will always remember him and the whole Rausa family fondly.

Posted by Julanne Surprenant (Lyons) - Jaffrey, NH   September 28, 2016

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 he enjoyed all his family down the cape ! Another Littleton Icon that will be so greatly missed.

Posted by Roger and Robin Kanniard and Family - Littleton   September 28, 2016


Paul & Family,
I'm very sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Best Wishes,

Posted by Shane Garrabrant - Foxboro, MA   September 28, 2016

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 together, stay together, come home together." Thank you Joe for always looking out for us.

Posted by Linda Roberts (Mathews) - Clinton (Littleton), MA   September 28, 2016

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 and your family in my thoughts and prayers

Posted by Christen Cignarella    September 28, 2016

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 Gloves Boxing matches over the years and we shared many funny stories. He was also a fixture at Acton Toyota for many years as one of our most dependable runners. He shared many colorful insights on the Pats and the Sox. God Bless Him and the Family. Keep on truckin Smokin.

Posted by Neil O'Leary - Littleton, MA   September 28, 2016