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Karen Rebecca Raasch

Birth Date: May 29, 1931
Death Date: October 28, 2014

RAASCH, Karen Rebecca
Resident of Sacramento, CA passed away October 28, 2014 at the age of 83.
Karen was born May, 29, 1931 in Alameda, CA to Clarence Boehmer and Judith Boehmer (nee Melnetsky).

Prior to retirement, Karen was a professional interior decorator and furniture store owner
in Santa Rosa, CA.

Karen was active for AARP and a major advocate for the animal rights movement.
“Her passion for animals was visible in her legislative work in Sacramento. She
campaigned for legislation—that became law—establishing that people living in
California’s 50,000 associations have the right to keep a pet, especially one that is an
emotional support animal”. “Her legislation was the basis for the appellate ruling
(Elibiari v Auburn Woods Association, 2004) creating the principle that emotional
support animals are as vital to mental well-being as a service animal is crucial to physical
well-being. The ruling impacted for the good countless seniors and disabled throughout
California who rely on a beloved pet for emotional support. The homeowners who
brought this case into the California courts were both disabled. The Auburn Woods
decision would not have been possible except for Karen’s bill. To get it signed into law,
she took on the well-organized homeowner association industry, but she was fearless—
and tenacious—during the fight”. Written by Marjorie Murray, President, Center for
California Homeowners Association Law.

“A great loss, this, for animals and Karen’s many friends alike. Karen and her late
husband, Everett, were pillars of the California animal protection movement for many
years, both under the banner of the own organization, the California Federation for Animal
Legislation, and as members of the board of Paw PAC, the California legislative voting
chart. Karen and Everett spent countless hours working the halls of the Capital over the
years. Always meticulously dressed and coiffed, Karen’s low-key and gentle approach to
the legislative process played no small part in the passage of many of the animal welfare
laws now on the California books. She worked closely with Rosa Lemberg, Beverlee
McGrath, and the late Virginia Handley, treasures all. A major focus for Karen was the
issue of pets in housing, and concerns for the elderly. Karen was much loved and will be
sorely missed by all who knew her, both as a tireless advocate for the animals, and as a
great friend. She truly made a difference, and for that we are all grateful. R.I.P., Karen,
save us an aisle seat, hey to Everett”. Written by Eric Mills, coordinator for ACTION FOR
ANIMALS.

Karen was preceded in death by her husband, Everett C. Raasch, and sister, Zona R. Stroud.
Karen is survived by her daughter, Loretta A. Mery, of Arcata, CA; granddaughters, Mery
Apple (one son); Sophia Paulekas and step-children Jerry (Rollien) Raasch, Edith Pixley,
Jim Raasch, and Irene (Eric Cummins.

A private gathering will be held in Karen’s honor.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to:

Action for Animals
P.O. Box 20184
Oakland, CA 94620

Second Chance
P.O. Box 95437
Fort Bragg, CA 95473

Dogworks Canine Rescue
149 Briarwood Drive
Vacaville, CA 95688
RAASCH, Karen Rebecca
Resident of Sacramento, CA passed away October 28, 2014 at the age of 83.
Karen was born May, 29, 1931 in Alameda, CA to Clarence Boehmer and Judith Boehmer (nee Melnetsky).

Prior to retirement, Karen was a professional interior decorator and furniture store owner
in Santa Rosa, CA.

Karen was active for AARP and a major advocate for the animal rights movement.
“Her passion for animals was visible in her legislative work in Sacramento. She
campaigned for legislation—that became law—establishing that people living in
California’s 50,000 associations have the right to keep a pet, especially one that is an
emotional support animal”. “Her legislation was the basis for the appellate ruling
(Elibiari v Auburn Woods Association, 2004) creating the principle that emotional
support animals are as vital to mental well-being as a service animal is crucial to physical
well-being. The ruling impacted for the good countless seniors and disabled throughout
California who rely on a beloved pet for emotional support. The homeowners who
brought this case into the California courts were both disabled. The Auburn Woods
decision would not have been possible except for Karen’s bill. To get it signed into law,
she took on the well-organized homeowner association industry, but she was fearless—
and tenacious—during the fight”. Written by Marjorie Murray, President, Center for
California Homeowners Association Law.

“A great loss, this, for animals and Karen’s many friends alike. Karen and her late
husband, Everett, were pillars of the California animal protection movement for many
years, both under the banner of the own organization, the California Federation for Animal
Legislation, and as members of the board of Paw PAC, the California legislative voting
chart. Karen and Everett spent countless hours working the halls of the Capital over the
years. Always meticulously dressed and coiffed, Karen’s low-key and gentle approach to
the legislative process played no small part in the passage of many of the animal welfare
laws now on the California books. She worked closely with Rosa Lemberg, Beverlee
McGrath, and the late Virginia Handley, treasures all. A major focus for Karen was the
issue of pets in housing, and concerns for the elderly. Karen was much loved and will be
sorely missed by all who knew her, both as a tireless advocate for the animals, and as a
great friend. She truly made a difference, and for that we are all grateful. R.I.P., Karen,
save us an aisle seat, hey to Everett”. Written by Eric Mills, coordinator for ACTION FOR
ANIMALS.

Karen was preceded in death by her husband, Everett C. Raasch, and sister, Zona R. Stroud.
Karen is survived by her daughter, Loretta A. Mery, of Arcata, CA; granddaughters, Mery
Apple (one son); Sophia Paulekas and step-children Jerry (Rollien) Raasch, Edith Pixley,
Jim Raasch, and Irene (Eric Cummins.

A private gathering will be held in Karen’s honor.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to:

Action for Animals
P.O. Box 20184
Oakland, CA 94620

Second Chance
P.O. Box 95437
Fort Bragg, CA 95473

Dogworks Canine Rescue
149 Briarwood Drive
Vacaville, CA 95688
RAASCH, Karen Rebecca
Resident of Sacramento, CA passed away October 28, 2014 at the age of 83.
Karen was born May, 29, 1931 in Alameda, CA to Clarence Boehmer and Judith Boehmer (nee Melnetsky).

Prior to retirement, Karen was a professional interior decorator and furniture store owner
in Santa Rosa, CA.

Karen was active for AARP and a major advocate for the animal rights movement.
“Her passion for animals was visible in her legislative work in Sacramento. She
campaigned for legislation—that became law—establishing that people living in
California’s 50,000 associations have the right to keep a pet, especially one that is an
emotional support animal”. “Her legislation was the basis for the appellate ruling
(Elibiari v Auburn Woods Association, 2004) creating the principle that emotional
support animals are as vital to mental well-being as a service animal is crucial to physical
well-being. The ruling impacted for the good countless seniors and disabled throughout
California who rely on a beloved pet for emotional support. The homeowners who
brought this case into the California courts were both disabled. The Auburn Woods
decision would not have been possible except for Karen’s bill. To get it signed into law,
she took on the well-organized homeowner association industry, but she was fearless—
and tenacious—during the fight”. Written by Marjorie Murray, President, Center for
California Homeowners Association Law.

“A great loss, this, for animals and Karen’s many friends alike. Karen and her late
husband, Everett, were pillars of the California animal protection movement for many
years, both under the banner of the own organization, the California Federation for Animal
Legislation, and as members of the board of Paw PAC, the California legislative voting
chart. Karen and Everett spent countless hours working the halls of the Capital over the
years. Always meticulously dressed and coiffed, Karen’s low-key and gentle approach to
the legislative process played no small part in the passage of many of the animal welfare
laws now on the California books. She worked closely with Rosa Lemberg, Beverlee
McGrath, and the late Virginia Handley, treasures all. A major focus for Karen was the
issue of pets in housing, and concerns for the elderly. Karen was much loved and will be
sorely missed by all who knew her, both as a tireless advocate for the animals, and as a
great friend. She truly made a difference, and for that we are all grateful. R.I.P., Karen,
save us an aisle seat, hey to Everett”. Written by Eric Mills, coordinator for ACTION FOR
ANIMALS.

Karen was preceded in death by her husband, Everett C. Raasch, and sister, Zona R. Stroud.
Karen is survived by her daughter, Loretta A. Mery, of Arcata, CA; granddaughters, Mery
Apple (one son); Sophia Paulekas and step-children Jerry (Rollien) Raasch, Edith Pixley,
Jim Raasch, and Irene (Eric Cummins.

A private gathering will be held in Karen’s honor.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to:

Action for Animals
P.O. Box 20184
Oakland, CA 94620

Second Chance
P.O. Box 95437
Fort Bragg, CA 95473

Dogworks Canine Rescue
149 Briarwood Drive
Vacaville, CA 95688

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