Mary E. Bopp Rataiczak, born March 24, 1938, passed away at her home on July 4, 2018 after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer’s through the strong support of her family, especially her son Scott who was her primary caretaker. She was preceded in death by her parents, Chester and Katherine Bopp and by her brothers, John (Jack) and Chester (Sonny) Bopp.
She is survived by her husband of 59 years, John Rataiczak, Sr., her sons, John (Melissa) Rataiczak, Jr. of Morristown, Ohio, Randy (Lynn) Rataiczak of Marietta, Ohio and Scott Rataiczak of Bellaire, Ohio. Her grandchildren in whom she took great joy and pride, Ashley (Les) Davis, Mitchell Rataiczak, Seth (Kelsey) Rataiczak, Sarah Rataiczak, Jay Rataiczak and by her great grandchildren, Winston Leslie Davis and Harriet Louise Davis.
A lifelong resident of Bellaire, Ohio, she was a member of the St. John’s Catholic Church and graduated from Bellaire High School in 1956. She was a ballroom dance instructor at Arthur Murray’s Dance Studio where she met her husband, one of her students. They were married on August 29, 1959 in St. John’s Catholic Church. She became very involved in the lives of their children by taking leadership roles in organizations to help guide them in life; Neffs PTA president, Red Cross swim instructor, Bellaire Child Guidance Club president and Ohio Valley YMCA Swim Mom president. In addition, she co-founded the Bellaire Summer Swim program where she was head coach and led the team to the League Championship. She also volunteered her time as a coach to special Olympic athletes and cheerleaders. She served on the Belmont County Board of Developmental Disabilities and was a Eucharistic Minister for her church
She focused 35 years of her life as founder and co-owner of Rat & Cheese (R & C) Photography which became one of the largest photography studios in the state of Ohio, capturing the memories of over 10,000 high school seniors and 200 wedding ceremonies. The Bellaire High School Alumni Association awarded the studio with the Alumni Achievement Award. She and her husband spent many years as snowbirds in Florida where they developed many special relationships.
Friends and family will be received at the Bauknecht-Altmeyer Funeral Homes & Crematory 441 37th Street Bellaire, Ohio on Sunday, July 8 from 1 to 4 pm. Funeral liturgy with Mass will be celebrated on Monday, July 9 at 10 am at the St. John Catholic Church with Fr. Daniel Heusel, as celebrant. Interment in the Belmont County Memorial Park Cemetery in St. Clairsville, Ohio.
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