Sean Christopher Raschke, 31, of Gloucester, son of CSM (R) Stephen Paul Sr. and Donna Raschke, passed away on May 10, 2011 at Riverside Walter Reed Hospital in Gloucester with family at his side, from complications due to diabetes.
Sean was born Oct. 1, 1979 at the U.S. Army Hospital in Frankfurt, Germany. He graduated from Woodside High School in Newport News, and obtained an Associate Degree in Culinary Arts from Johnson and Wales University in Norfolk, Va.
Since 1998, he has worked for a number of local restaurants to include the Trellis Restaurant, Opus 9, Uno’s, and Goodfellas. Sean also worked for Le Gourmet Chef in Williamsburg, Va., and currently for the past four years had been working at the Brookwood BBQ on Ft. Eustis Blvd.
Sean loved to cook, listen to music, and watch his favorite football team, the San Francisco 49ers.
He is also survived by his sister, Summer Barnes (Kevin) of Milwaukee, Wis.; his brother, CPT Stephen Paul Raschke Jr. stationed in Bamberg, Germany; paternal grandmother, Annette Raschke of Marshfield, Wis.; maternal grandparents Maj. (R) Donald and Mabel Smalley of Peebles, Ohio; two nieces, Teagan and Cassidy Barnes, and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins all over the world.
Sean was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Ernest Raschke of Marshfield, Wis., who is holding his spot at the Sheepshead Table.
A Mass of Christian Burial conducted by the Rev. James Cowles was held Saturday, May 14, at 10 a.m. at the Church of St. Therese, Gloucester. Interment followed in Rosewell Memorial Garden Cemetery.
The family received friends Friday, May 13, from 7-9 p.m. at Hogg Funeral Home, Gloucester Point with a Christian Wake Service at 7:15 p.m.
In memory of Sean, the family would like for donations be given to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Tidewater Chapter, 5712 Cleveland Street, Suite 100, Virginia Beach, Va. 23462.