Date of death: 6/15/2022

Saint Meinrad Class: O 1981

Rev. Joseph Conrad Rascher, age 66, of Trenton, IL, entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, June 15, 2022 at his residence at St. Mary’s Parish.

Fr. Joe was born November 5, 1955 in Breese, a son of the late Aloysius E. and Marcella C., nee Korte, Rascher.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Joseph and Mary, nee Spannon, Rascher and Conrad and Catherine, nee Steinmann, Korte.

Fr. Joe is survived by his sister Mary (partner Diane Holden) Rascher of Urbana, IL.

He graduated in 1973 from Mater Dei Catholic High School in Breese, IL and received his Bachelors of Arts Degree and Masters of Divinity from Quincy University. Fr. Joe later graduated in 1981 from Saint Meinrad School of Theology, St. Meinrad, IN.

Fr. Joe was baptized into his faith on November 13, 1955, Ordained Transitional Deacon on April 11, 1980, and later Ordained a Roman Catholic Priest on June 6, 1981 by Bishop William Cosgrove at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Breese, IL. He had the blessings to serve St. Mary, Belleville, IL (Deacon), St. Andrew, Murphysboro, IL, St. James, Millstadt, IL, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Mt. Carmel, IL, St. Francis Xavier, Francisville, IL, Immaculate Conception, Kaskaskia, IL, St. Michael, Paderborn, IL, St. Boniface, Evansville, IL, St. Pius V, Walsh, IL, St. Stephen, Caseyville, IL, Purification of the BVM, Trenton, IL and other various extra-parochial appointments.

Fr. Joe was a member of the Trenton Knights of Columbus Council 2932 and the Fourth Degree Bishop Althoff Assembly.