Delores M. Rathgeber
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Delores Minnie Rathgeber, age 89 of Coleridge, Nebraska, died on Friday, May 12, 2017 at the Park View Haven Nursing Home in Coleridge.

Funeral Services will be on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 10:30 am at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Coleridge with Rev. Russ Lambert officiating. Burial will be in the Lawn Ridge Cemetery in Coleridge. Visitation will be on Monday at the church from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm with a Prayer Service at 7:00 pm. Visitation will begin at 9:30 am on Tuesday at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz Funeral Home in Coleridge.

Honorary pallbearers will be her granddaughters, Tina Humpal, Becky Melichar, Lisa Van Winkle, Jodi Addison, Jill Sohler, Laura Marshall, Brittany Rucker and Melanie Miller.

Active Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Joel Humpal, Mark Rathgeber, Jimmy Humpal, Brett Rathgeber, Jason Humpal, Brandon Rathgeber, Justin Humpal and Kyle Kocmick.

Delores was born on July 14, 1927 in Laurel, Nebraska to Fredrick Anton and Frieda Christina Marie (Koch) Wiemers. She grew up in the Laurel area and married Melvin L. Rathgeber on October 17, 1948 in Coleridge. They farmed west of Coleridge and she also worked at the Farmers Union Store and then Holmquist Elevator. Melvin died on April 15, 1990 at the age of 64 and in 1991 Delores moved into Coleridge. She eventually moved to the Embers Assisted Living in Coleridge and finally moved into Park View Haven in 2012.

Delores was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Coleridge, the Willing Workers Extension Club and the Coleridge American Legion Auxiliary Post 114. She liked to bowl, sew, crochet and do word search puzzles. She especially enjoyed time with her family.

Delores is survived by her 5 children and spouses, LaVon and Ed Humpal of Tyndall, SD; Eugene Rathgeber of Tyndall, SD, Janet and Dennis Miller of Norfolk, NE; Karen and Don Schulz of Coleridge; Nancy Kocmick of Gayville, SD; a daughter-in-law JoAnn Rathgeber of Coleridge; 16 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, 4 step great grandchildren, 2 sisters, Elnora Kalin of Coleridge; Norma Jean and Wayne Vogel of Coleridge; 2 sisters-in-law, Wilma Wiemers of Laurel, NE and Sylvia Hight of Denison, IA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Melvin, 2 sons, Donald on April 22, 1954 and Larry on September 25, 2014, a son-in-law, Keith Kocmick on March 11, 2017, 2 sisters, Dorothy Kutil and Alverna Rathgeber and a brother, Fred Wiemers.




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My thoughts and prayers are with the Rathgeber children. I have many fond memories of times spent with Delores. I can always remember the summers staying out at the farm for a week. My deepest sympathy to you all.

Gary Calhoon


Our extra prayers are sent to each of the family members. Delores will be missed by our community. Our Pearl Creek neighborhood is getting very small.

Paul and Diane Wemhoff


Great memories of times our families spent together. She will be missed. Prayers to the family.

Jim and Linda Haiar


Thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. I have lots of memories of riding our bikes around the section when little and stopping at her house....she always had cookies, then we'd ride over to Ray and Mae's house. Always so kind!

Carol (Brummels) Stewart

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