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Kathy Rabenstein

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Kathy I. Rabenstein
Born 1950s.
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Daughter of and [private mother (1920s - unknown)]
Sister of [private sister (1950s - unknown)], and [private brother (1960s - unknown)]
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Kathy reached the Royal Effort milestone by sourcing 500 profiles in the October 2019 Sourcerers' Challenge
Kathy won the October 2019 Integrators Challenge!
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Kathy Rabenstein is participating with Mid-Atlantic Team during the 2019 Connect-a-Thon, and has added 166 profiles.
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Lived in Phoenix, Arizona; Braddock (near Pittsburgh), Pennsylvania; Trier, Germany; Arlington, Virginia; and Washington, DC.

She was raised in Bethel Svenske Evangeliska Kyrkan, but later converted to Roman Catholicism. Her exposure to the Swedish liturgy led her in graduate school to writing a Swedish grammar for English speakers. While she had a great love of linguistics and languages, she lacked the penchant to speak them well. In addition to English, French, German, and Spanish, in which she had some facility, she studied Latin, Serbo-Croatian, Turkish, Russian, Roumanian, Italian, Portuguese, and Danish. She had many friends from the Middle East and learned to converse in Arabic, but never studied the language formally.

Member: Phi Alpha Theta (History), Alpha Sigma Nu (Jesuit), Delta Phi Epsilon (International).

Member: American Contract Bridge League Ruby Life Master and Bridge teacher.

Internationally recognized hagiographer (17 volumes and numerous articles published).

Certified Association Executive.

Graduate of Georgetown University School of Foreign Service; graduate work at Üniversitäts Trier; Georgetown, George Washington and Trinity Universities in history, economics, languages/linguistics, and nonprofit management.

Changes Seen in My Lifetime

  • Attire: (no slacks, white gloves, new clothes)
  • Computers: (Tandy, accounting machines, IBM 360)
  • Grammar Schools: In the one-square mile town in which I grew up, there were two grammar schools with one class for each grade in each school. Children walked to school and home for lunch. It was impossible not to know everyone in your class--and usually their siblings. Now children must take a school bus to a large school with a high degree of anonymity.
Lessons were written on paper or chalk boards, because there were no computers.
Education was well-rounded: Everyone studied music, art, physical education, as well as reading, writing, arithmetic, civics, and geography. There were regular classes on handwriting, that is, how to write cursive in the Painter method.
  • International Communication: My father built ham radios and taught me to use Morse code to communicate with others. International telephone calls were prohibitively expensive and difficult to make requiring the use of an international operator to connect the lines over underwater cables.
Before the Internet, before facsimile machines (faxes), international businesses in the late 1970's and 1980's used teletype machines. You would type out a message on one end to create a coded paper tape about 5/8" that fed into the machine once you had a live international connection with a receiving machine. Fax machines in the mid-1980's were a huge advance.
Most international communication was via airmailed letters on the lightest possible vellum paper to reduce the cost of postage. It was not unusual to wait three weeks for reply to a standard letter to Europe, which received a prompt response. Now I can communicate with friends all over the world within seconds—even carrying on a real-time conversation with video.
  • Household Appliances: Washers with mangles, washboards, line-drying, ironing
  • Neighborhoods: (caring for each other, penny candy, shoemakers)
  • Office Work: (noisy typewriters, secretarial pools, male-female roles)
  • Recycling: Sometimes I think we may be better off as a society if we returned to the older way of recycling, rather than disposing of things that still have a useful life. (rags, leftovers, hand-me-downs, repairs)
  • Telephones: (party lines, phone numbers)
  • Television: As a child we were permitted one-hour of television daily on our 9" black-and-white screen. There were three broadcast stations in Pittsburgh, plus the local public television station, which broadcast from about 06:00 (possibly later) until about 01:00. Each day's broadcasts ended with a short sermon and prayer. Television on Saturdays was cartoons—Bugs Bunny, Rocky & Bullwinkle,—until prime-time. (I never got to watch Saturday cartoons as I was enrolled in county-sponsored art classes for the gifted.) Daytime television on weekdays meant game shows until about noon, followed by soap operas. Cable television did not yet exist. About 1965, we got our first color television so our father, who repaired televisions on the side, could learn to work on them.
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Hi Kathy!

Congratulations on your "win" for the May 2020 Integrators Challenge. Way to go!!

I noticed that you chose our Integrators Challenge again this month (Jun 2020). Could you go here to sign up officially at: (We have to sign up each month we participate)

Thank you!! Dorothy B. Project Coordinator -

posted by Dorothy Barry

Hi Kathy

Thank you for participating in the Data Doctor weekly Challenge - for Orphan profiles. Every suggestion you cleared made our Tree that much better. The Data Doctor Team and the WikiTree community appreciates the work you are doing. Look forward to seeing join us for the next challenge.

Janet Wild

A Data Doctor Project Coordinator - Member of the WikiTree Appreciation Team

posted by Janet (Langridge) Wild
Hi Kathy

I noticed you chose our Integrators Challenge this month (May 2020), thank you!  *Could you do us a favor though, and go here to sign up officially at:current month....  (for May 2020). 

And if you can please add your question that you will be working on or the profile marked "needs profiles created" for the challenge. Thanks. 

Got a question, see this page as well:   and ....   Also, you can put a sticker on your profile You can do so by adding the words Integrators Challenge with the {{ }} in front and back, in your biography.

Thank you and Good Luck!! Dorothy,  Integrators Project Coordinator.

posted by Dorothy Barry
Thank you Kathy for helping me with the source citation for Susan Louise Swartz Lapp. I see Swartz is a special interest for you. Also congratulations on all your Wiki awards (you have contributed A LOT), and especially on getting your pilot's license! You are a Wonderful Wikitreer!
posted by James Rugh
I wanted to sincerely thank you for your recent help on my husband's family. It was kind of a brick wall, but teaching me about resources I didn't know I had was invaluable.

Where do I thank you. Is there a button to push somewhere that adds to your total?

posted by Amanda (Moyer) Torrey
Thank you for your comment about Jesse Dodson, Kathy. As I have said, I have no information about him other than he was 35 y/o in Dec of 1947... that he was a ferris wheel operator when birth mother met him...which he had been for 17 years...and then be became a truck driver and had a fondness for alcohol. If he had been moving around with a carnival for 17 years, who knows where he was actually from. Thanks for the help. :)
Thank you for updating my James Printess Palmer's bio.
Thank you so much, the profile looks great when properly formatted. I don't know why I have such a mental block when it comes to understanding formatting. Thanks again for your great help!!
posted by David Heyes

Kathy is 21 degrees from Jaki Erdoes, 18 degrees from Wallis Windsor and 18 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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