COLUMBUS — Marietta Loraine Rathjen, 79, of Osceola, formerly of Ravenna, died Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, at the Community Hospital in Columbus.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Ravenna with the Rev. Richard Piontkowski officiating. Burial will be at Highland Park Cemetery in Ravenna.
Visitation will be 5-7 p.m. Friday at the church with rosary at 7 p.m.
Rasmussen Funeral Home in Ravenna is in charge of arrangements.
Marietta was born April 7, 1940, to Frank and Rose (Bachkora) Chramosta. She attended a rural elementary school south of Ravenna and graduated from Ravenna High School in 1958.
She married Larry Rathjen on Sept. 17, 1966, at Loup City. They had two children, Sheila Ann in 1967 and Douglas Larry in 1969. The couple lived in Sweetwater where she was a homemaker until her children were older and then she worked at various jobs in Ravenna, including Ravenna Insurance Agency, The Ravenna Bank and Ravenna Dental.
After Larry passed away Sept. 21, 2000, she moved to Kearney. She worked in the kitchen at Kearney Catholic High School where her granddaughters went to school. She thoroughly enjoyed being around all of the kids and loved to be silly and always tried to embarrass the girls, even though they loved every minute of it. She brought her unique personality to her job and the kids still talk about how much fun she made lunchtime.
She never missed a band event, basketball game or anything else they were involved in. She especially loved following the marching band all the way down the parade route, cheering them on all the way.
She moved back to Ravenna in 2009 and enjoyed singing in church and for the Memorial Day service as well as entertaining the residents at Seneca Sunrise and Good Samaritan. Music was a huge part of her entire life and she was always singing something, whether it was something on the radio or just something she made up herself. She enjoyed having coffee with her friends and just being happy, never refusing anyone a smile, hug or a good laugh!
She eventually moved to Osceola to be closer to Doug and his family. She wanted to be able to attend their activities and never missed one if at all possible. She made friends easily and even though she hadn’t lived there very long, everyone knew her and enjoyed her fun spirit. She was able to watch the Osceola Stormdogs win the game that took them to state football this year. She wasn’t going to be able to go to the state game but as it turned out, she got a front row seat!
If you knew Marietta at all, you know that she had the most contagious laugh and you always knew when she walked into a room. She lived her life on her own terms and her kids and grandkids were always at the center. You could always find her sitting in the bleachers watching a game or at every performance of every play. She was their biggest cheerleader and was never afraid to be the one in the crowd to get the cheer started.
She never knew a stranger and even though not everyone appreciated it, she stood up for what she believed in and never wavered in her faith and what was important to her. She instilled those qualities into her family and they always knew that when things weren’t going so great, she would be there to defend them and love them, no matter what! Her motto for life and the last words she spoke to her family were “LIVE WELL, LAUGH OFTEN AND LOVE MUCH.”
She is survived by her children, Sheila (Kelly) Kennedy of Kearney and Doug (Penny) Rathjen of Osceola; grandchildren, Megan (Mike) Kielty of Lincoln, Katlin (Keenan) Huppert of Colorado, Miranda Rathjen and fiance Luke, Mollie Rathjen and Thad Rathjen, all of Osceola; niece, Teresa (Randy) Reese of Osceola and family; nephew, Dan Campbell; and many other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Larry Rathjen; her parents, Frank and Rose Chramosta; and her sister and brother-in-law, Marcella and Warren Campbell.