Wilma L. Rahn, age 88, of Yankton, South Dakota, passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at her daughter's home in Omaha, Nebraska.
Funeral services are 10:30 AM, on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at First United Methodist Church in Yankton with Reverend Ron Johnson officiating. Burial will be in the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Yankton. Visitation is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, on Friday, April 24 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton. Visitation continues one hour prior to the funeral at the church.
Pallbearers are Bill Bobzin, Mert Cady, Ted Mickelson, Kent Nelson, Jim Thomas, Jon Thomas and Harvey Youngberg. Honorary pallbearers are Dennis Brunick, Doug Nelson and the late Gary Thomas.
Wilma was born October 4, 1926 in Aten, Nebraska to John and Cora (Kelly) Nelson. She attended Aten Grade School and graduated from Yankton High School in 1944. Wilma excelled at typing and was hired by the US Treasury Department in Washington DC as a typist for one year. She then lived in Hastings, Nebraska and worked for the Naval Ammunitions Depot before moving back to Yankton where she worked at Montgomery Ward's. On May 16, 1948, Wilma married Russell W. Rahn in Yankton. After their marriage, they continued to live in Yankton and Wilma worked at the Federal Land Bank for 10 years. In 1960, they moved to Columbus, Nebraska and then to Tacoma, Washington but then returned back to Yankton a few years later. Wilma then started selling real estate which she thoroughly enjoyed. She first worked for Ted Mickelson and then for Bill Bobzin and Harvey Youngberg at Century 21, retiring in 1985 at the age of 59. Wilma loved flower gardening and was part of the local gardening club. She also enjoyed bowling, playing cards and doing crafts. She was active in The Center and Meals on Wheels Program. Wilma was also very involved in the First United Methodist Church as a Sunday school and confirmation teacher as well as assisting with soup kitchens and the church food stand at Riverboat Days. She was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother and will be deeply missed.
Wilma is survived by her husband, Russell W. Rahn of Yankton; son, Jan N. Rahn of Yankton; daughter, Cheryl (Tom) Wildy of Omaha, NE; two granddaughters, Elisa and Alexa Wildy; brother, Marion "Sam" (Eleanor) Nelson of St. Helena, NE; and many nieces and nephews.
Wilma was preceded in death by her parents; brother, John "Unkie" Nelson; three sisters: Olive Cady, Eleanor Hennings and Neola Thomas; and a nephew, Gary Thomas.
Family would prefer memorials to the First United Methodist Church or your favorite charity.
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Today we lost a wonderful, caring person, our Aunt Billie. She was always fun and my Mother,Olive and my Father,Iver, loved her and the entire Rahn family dearly.All of you are in our prayers and in our hearts. Even though she is gone from this earthly life, she will be with us forever.
Jerri and Bob Green
Sadness filled my heart as I read the announcement in the paper today about Wilma's death. I have so many wonderful memories of the times our families spent together while we were growing up. My dad (Neal) tells so many stories of the times spent with his cousins growing up and enjoyed all the times they spent together.
May God give you the peace to comfort you at this time of loss, the hope of being together once again in eternity, and the love of family and friends near and far.
Betsy (Ahart) Knodel
You will always hold a special place in my heart. Great Aunt Wilma (Daughter of Gary and Carol Thomas) Our vacations to Yankton , SD were always topped off with a visit to Aunt Wilma and Uncle Russ's home for dinner. You kept dad on his toes just like your sis (Neola) would of wanted you to. It was your caring demeanor and ambition to live a full life that I will always admire about you. May God comfort your family at this time. We will all miss you.
Love Debra Mansur (Thomas)
My sympathy to all of Wilma's family. I remember her fondly as a part of my parent's wonderful "card club" group of friends when I was still living at home many years ago. They always had so much fun together, laughing, eating, drinking, and telling a lot of stories. She was also the realtor that sold us our first home. She was a lovely lady.
My thoughts and Prayers are with your entire family at this sad time.
Aunt Wilma was so special to me, so many times she passed some of her beautiful clothes on to me, I wore them so proudly. What a great reunion going on in Heaven, with those who have gone on before.
Don and Marlyn Morgans
One year ago on the 23rd of April I meet this special lady. Wilma was very kind, and I found her very interesting. Getting to know Wilma was an adventure, I learned something new every time I would come to see her. I would sit and chat about her many things she has done over the years. She would ask me about my many splendors. I always loved our visits and our meals together. When it was time to end our visit on Monday, I knew she would be o k. Wilma would received her wings and be ready to fulfill her destiny, knowing that Her flowers will never die I will always remember her beautiful eyes and winning smile. I would always greet her with "Good morning star shine" when she would wake up for the day. She was a very special lady to me and so was her family. Her family is in our thoughts and prayers during this time in need. Thank you to her family for letting me get to know her.
Russ, Jan & Cheryl. What a classy lady my Great Aunt Wilma. I will always remember her wonderful laugh & smile! She will be truely missed here on earth by her family & friends! She has arrived to her eternal home where she is reunited with her family & friends who have gone before her, they will greet her with open arms full of love to comfort her. Take care of each other.
Tammy (Thomas) Starkey
Cheryl - I'm so sorry to hear about your mom. I remember her well
from our college years - she was a great lady! My thoughts and prayers are
with you and your family. Treasure all the memories.
Kim (Gehring) Rodriguez
I met Wilma a year ago, and she was always interesting to talk to. She taught me much about living in South Dakota, and her stories were always entertaining. Wilma, it was privilege to know you and Russ, as well as Cheryl and her family.
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