Mary K. “Kathy” Raum


OREGON – Mary K. “Kathy” Raum, 83, lifelong Oregon/Byron resident, died Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020 in her home in Oregon. Born Aug. 17, 1937 in Afton, Iowa, the daughter of Edmund and Rose (Wollensack) Vogel.

Kathy was a 1956 graduate of Byron High School and was head of the “50’s Club” for her Byron High School classmates and ran the Byron Nostalgia Facebook page. Married to John Peter Raum April 27, 1957 in Byron. She was employed at the Ogle County Zoning Office for many years, retiring in 2000. Kathy was very artistic and an active member of the Eagles Nest Art Group, serving as Treasurer and was also a Girl Scout leader 1963-1968. She enjoyed sewing, making most of her own and many of her daughter’s clothes. Kathy was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Oregon where she sang with the church choir most of her adult life.

Survived by her husband of 63 years, Pete Raum of Oregon; daughter, Christine (Kenn Gall) Raum of Rock City; sons, Pete (Gary Lenhart) Raum, Jr. of Oregon and Craig (Shigeko) Raum of Yokasuka, Japan; grandchildren: Brittany and Alexandra Raum, Jennifer & Rebecca Raum, and Andy & Jaime Raum; and great grandchildren, Linkin and Layke.

Predeceased by her parents and brother, Joseph Francis Vogel.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a private family Funeral Mass will be held at St. Mary Catholic Church, Oregon. A Celebration of Life will also be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Kathy’s name may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church, Oregon. Farrell-Holland-Gale assisted the family.