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Marie Rathgeber

Marie Rathgeber

Thursday, May 31, 1923 - Thursday, October 24, 2019
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It is with extreme sadness and heavy hearts that the family of Marie Rathgeber announces her passing on Thursday, October 24, 2019. She was 96 years young.

Marie was born in Melville on May 31, 1923, to Bill and Anne Pilot. She was the oldest of three girls (sisters Olga and Natalie). The family lived on a farm outside of Melville and, although they didn’t have a lot, they were a happy, close-knit family. Marie completed her Grade 12 and, even though funds were low, her father wanted her to have an education and made it possible for her to go to Teacher’s College. In February of 1942, Marie got her first teaching position at Beresina School, where she taught 42 pupils from Grades 1 to 10. She was only 19 years old in a strange place away from her home and family and now was teaching children, some close to her own age. She would send half of her cheque home every month to help her family and would always bring gifts of clothing or fruit for her sisters when she got to come home for a holiday. In her 25 years of teaching at numerous schools, she made many friends and loved meeting up with previous teachers and students and hearing about their lives and accomplishments.

On November 14, 1947, Marie married Carl Rathgeber, son of John and Louise Rathgeber. So now her family of two sisters grew to a family of ten girls. That’s right, Carl was the only boy with seven sisters. During their marriage, Carl and Marie enjoyed a house full of family and friends, lots of dancing, playing cards and travelling, and nobody ever left her home hungry. She was a wonderful hostess and an awesome cook. Her cabbage rolls will be so missed. Marie loved reading, doing crossword puzzles, knitting, crocheting, bingo and the casino in her spare time.

Carl and Marie had one daughter, Sandra, who they cherished and tried to give everything to. Sandra has two daughters, Tamara and Shona, who were the world to Carl and Marie. Both Carl and Marie were retired at this time so while Sandra worked, they would look after the girls after school, and Marie would always make sure there was a snack of cinnamon buns, cake or cookies - always something wonderful to eat at Grandma’s!

Marie’s granddaughter Shona married Jesse Rhinas (our rock when Carl died), and they are blessed with three handsome, beautiful boys who Marie just couldn’t see enough of. They became her world, and hockey (something she knew nothing about) became her sport. Then Tamara married Dwayne Lakusta (another amazing man and father), and they are blessed with a daughter, Kamryn, whose dancing and swimming is making history. Marie now had four great-grandchildren and couldn’t have been happier hearing about and watching all of their achievements. They were her pride and joy, and she couldn’t wait to hear from them and anything about them, for they had more talent and skill than she could ever believe possible! She was so very proud of her family. Marie so looked forward to when she would get to go to Moose Jaw or Fort Saskatchewan (which was a long trip, but so worth it); these were her highlights until she couldn’t do it anymore. She became a resident of St. Paul Lutheran Home on July 19, 2019, where she resided until her eternal rest on October 24, 2019.

Marie was predeceased by her parents, husband Carl, sister Olga, six sisters-in-law and nine brothers-in-law. She leaves to cherish her memory: her daughter, Sandra; granddaughter Tamara (Dwayne), great-granddaughter Kamryn; granddaughter Shona (Jesse), great-grandsons Brady, Zachren and Nathan; sister Natalie and family; sister-in-law Betty and family; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. God be with you, Marie. Your family will always miss you and love you. Godspeed.
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    Friday, November 1, 2019 |
    Friday, November 1, 2019
    Rev. Philip Schwindt
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    Friday, November 1, 2019 |
    Friday, November 1, 2019
    Melville City Cemetery
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Linda Timoffee

Posted at 07:58pm
Sandy and family, so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. She truly was a very special lady. She always gave me a big smile and I was always happy to have a little chat with her. May all your precious memories comfort you during this difficult time. Thinking of you all

Nirma Waldbauer

Posted at 12:50am
Sandra's so sorry to hear of the passing of your mom. Such a wonderful lady and she will be truly missed Norma Waldbauer

Karin Broda

Posted at 09:38pm
Sandy my deepest sympathy in your loss. Your mom was a wonderful lady. I have many good memories of her when we were growing up. She is now safe in the arms of Jesus. ✝️

Ernie Calancia

Posted at 01:16pm
My aunt Marie was always a pleasant person to be around. She loved to laugh and enjoyed being in a room of happiness. She seemed to crack a joke at the right time. Our loss is Heaven's gain, for sure!
Ernie Calancia

Marcella Davis

Posted at 12:19am
Mrs. Rathgaber was my grade 3 teacher in Otthon school. It was the only year I attended a country school. 2 room school with grades 1 to 3 in one room and 4 to 6 in the other. I can still close my eyes and see her in front of the classroom teaching with kindness, patience and love. She made an impact on me at age 8 that is lasting a lifetime. She was a wonderful lady. My condolences to her family.
Marcella Davis nee: Chillog

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