Catherine Auster

November 4, 1936 - February 21, 2023

Catherine Auster, 86, of Beaumont, died Tuesday, February 21, 2023, at Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas, Beaumont. She was born on November 4, 1936, to Rosalie Biondo Ragusa and Pasquale Ragusa, in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Catherine is a graduate of Dominican High School in New Orleans. She is also an alumni of LSU, where she majored in education. Upon graduation, she embarked upon a career as a first-grade teacher.  Catherine chose to leave teaching school in order to focus full time on family life and was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She was a devout Catholic who was active in parish life. Catherine taught Catechism (CCD classes) for several years and was a member of the Divine Mercy Society.

She enjoyed maintaining a garden and had a green thumb for nurturing plant life. She had a passion for craft and sewing as well. Catherine even designed and fabricated her daughter, Marlene’s, wedding dress.

Survivors include her son, Mark Auster of Beaumont; daughter, Marlene Reich and her husband, Russell, of Vidor; sister, Frances Ragusa of Beaumont; grandchildren, Christopher Auster and his wife, Carrie, of Bridge City; Holli Novak and her husband, Nick; and Allie Reich, all of Vidor; great-grandchildren, Chloé Doyle and Madeleine Doyle, both of Bridge City and Blakely Novak and Palmer Novak, both of Vidor; niece, Mary Susan Ragusa Ahrens of California, Maryland; and great-nephew, Wade Mahaffey of Lusby, Maryland.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Albert M. Auster; parents; sister, Providence Ragusa; brother, Dominick Ragusa; and sisters, Jacqueline Ragusa and Virginia Ragusa.

A Rosary for Mrs. Auster will be recited at 4:00 p.m., with a gathering of her family and friends to follow until 6:30 p.m., Sunday, February 26, 2023, at Broussard’s, 1605 North Major Drive, Beaumont. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m., Monday, February 27, 2023, at St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church, 6825 Gladys Avenue, Beaumont. Her interment will follow at Magnolia Cemetery, Beaumont.

Memorial contributions may be made to Birthright of Beaumont, 2626 Calder Avenue, Suite 201, Beaumont, Texas 77702 or St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church for Divine Mercy, 6825 Gladys Avenue, Beaumont, Texas 77706.

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Broussard’s Mortuary Major Dr.
  • 1605, North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas, 77713,
  • February 26, 2023
  • 4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Gathering of Family and Friends

Broussard’s Mortuary Major Dr.
  • 1605, North Major Drive, Beaumont, Texas, 77713,
  • February 26, 2023
  • 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Mass of Christian Burial

St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church
  • 6825, Gladys Ave, Beaumont, TX, 77706,
  • February 27, 2023
  • 11:00 am


Magnolia Cemetery
  • 2291, Pine St, Beaumont, TX, 77703,
  • February 27, 2023

Comments (5)

    Helen Marchand says:

    So sorry for your loss Marlene, Mark, Frances and all of the family that knew and loved her. She was such a kind and gentle lady. RIP Catherine.

    Lisa Shoup says:

    Mark, I did not know your Mom well but, I had met her and talked to her a few times. She was such a nice lady. I really liked her. I am so sorry for your loss. Just know that you and your family are in my prayers at this difficult time. If you need anything, please don’t hesitate to call me. Love you!

    James and Gigi Posey says:

    Mark & Marlene…although we did not know your mother well, we are deeply saddened for your loss. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. Many prayers for grace and mercy thru this very sad time.

    George Marr says:

    Mark and Marlene,

    My condolences on the loss of your mother. I pray
    to give you strength during this difficult time.
    George Marr (Paul’s dad)

    Linda Sachitano says:

    Marlene, Mark and all the family, I was so sorry to see that your mother had passed away. I saw her all the time at Mass at St. Jude and a long time ago she came to our Ladies Auxiliary meeting at the K.C. Hall and gave a presentation on the Divine Mercy Society. I know she will be missed by many. Prayers for all of you.

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