Velma Rathje, age 70 of Columbus died Sunday; March 27, 2005 at the Columbus Community Hospital. Funeral services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday; March 30, 2005 at Faith Lutheran Church in Rising City. The Rev. David Schultz will officiate. Burial will be in the Faith West Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday 4-8 p.m. at the McKown Funeral Home and Wednesday 9:30 a.m. until service time at church.
Velma H. Rathje was born June 1, 1934 in Rising City, Nebraska to Hans B. and Minnie (Siffring) Rathje. She was baptised and confirmed at St. Johns Ev. Lutheran Church. She attended Greenleaf Country School in rural Butler County, Surprise High School and graduated from Rising City High School. She was currently a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Rising City. She had worked at Jackson Cleaners, Columbus Community Hospital and at Head Start. She loved being with her family and friends.
Velma is survived by:
Brother Alfred (Marie) Rathje Rising City, NE
Brother Gerald (Roberta) Rathje Seward, NE
Sister Dolores (Gilbert) Gates Lincoln, NE
Many Nieces & Nephews
She was preceded in death by:
Father Hans B. Rathje
Mother Minnie Rathje
Sister Kathryn Vrbka
Infant Sister Edna Rathje
Memorials are suggested to:American Heart Association, National Diabetes Foundation or Family Choice