Catherine Jeanne Hauck, 66, of Mission Viejo, loving wife, mother, sister, aunt and dear friend to many, passed away Sunday, March 1st. She took great joy in spending time with her adult children, grandkids, great-grandson, nieces, nephews and cousins. Her many dear friends were very special to her. She especially enjoyed playing with babies, and the babies always seemed to enjoy it, too.
Jeanne was born in Creston, Iowa, daughter of Wayne and Regina Rouh. She was the youngest of 4 children. Her family moved to Long Beach, CA in the early fifties. There she attended school at Garfield Elementary School, Stephens Junior High School, and graduated from Long Beach Polytechnic High School.
Jeanne was very creative in crafts: sewing, glass overlay and decorating. It was often said that if you stood still for too long, she would decorate you. She loved to come up with new ideas for decorating the house for different holidays, with Christmas being her favorite. She had her own power tools for cutting out wood patterns and designs. Her skills for sewing stuffed animals and dolls were shared by the many family members and friends that she often gave her creations to. This past Christmas, the theme was ‘ugly sweater’ design. She took great joy in making sweaters for her and her husband. They were truly one of a kind and were shared by all. The sweaters brought smiles to everyone there.
Jeanne was a fun loving gal. Her many friends always enjoyed being around her. Although really kinda shy, she always had a good time at gatherings for family and friends and was often the life of the party.It was important to her that others there also enjoyed themselves. She would always see to it that everyone was comfortable and that no one was neglected.
Jeanne was pretty good at most outdoor activities, including basketball. She often beat her husband at horse. He would claim that he had a sore shoulder. She also enjoyed playing softball and football.
Water sports she excelled at, particularly water skiing. She was certainly one of the better skiers among her family and friends. And she had a competitive nature to her. A family friend, a man, once remarked that she couldn’t beat him at ping-pong because she was a girl. Jeanne practiced daily for 3 months. The next time that guy came over, she called him out. Jeanne not only beat him, but she trash-talked him the whole time until he left in a huff.
Jeanne is survived by her husband of 47 years, Kenneth, her daughter Jodie Bagshaw (Joseph), her son Donald Hauck (Tracey), her sister Janet Swadener, her grand-daughters Ashley Gunckel, Sarah Love (Trevor), Abigail Whitener, Kelly Bagshaw, Josie Bagshaw, grandson Jason Gunckel, great-grandson Jay Love and many nieces and nephews, family and friends.
Jeanne was proceeded in death by her son Jason Hauck, her parents and her brothers Gary Rouh and Michael Rouh.
Memorial Services will be held at O’Connor Mortuary, Saturday, March 14th at 4pm followed by a gathering at the Hauck house.
A tribute program has been set up with Jeanne’s favorite charity, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Donations may be made, in her name, with the following information:
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Tribute Program #37814611
P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142
Memphis, Tennessee 38148