Marilyn A. Rathke
Marilyn A. (Smith) Rathke, 72, of Shipshewana, died on Sunday, April 8 at her
daughter’s residence in Mecosta, MI. She was born on December 29, 1945, in
Niles, MI, to Russell and Mabel (Westfall) Smith. On May 5, 1986 in LaGrange
she married Jerry Rathke; he died July 14, 2017. Surviving are two daughters,
Kristine (Christopher) Smith of Mecosta, MI, Jennifer Miller of Lawton, MI;
son, Bradley (Christina) Nickell of Bremen; eight grandchildren, Caitlin
Smith, Bryce and Dmitri Nickell, Leah and Seth Miller, Antwon, Andre, and
Janay Hilson; seven great grandchildren; mother, Mabel Todd of Middlebury;
sister, Regina (David) Stevenson of Angola; brother, David Smith of
Thousand Palms, CA. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry L.
Rathke and father, Russell Smith. She worked at Coachmen Industries in
Middlebury for over 30 years as well as The Blue Gate Craft Barn and the
Furniture Store in Shipshewana. She adored her children and grandchildren,
spending much of her time with them. Marilyn loved planting and caring for
the beautiful plants and flowers in her yard. Visitation will be from
12:00 - 2:00 pm on Friday, April 13 followed by a 2:00 pm memorial service at
Miller-Stewart Funeral Home, Middlebury. Services will be conducted by
Pastor Ron Russell. Memorials may be given to Miller-Stewart Funeral Home
to assist the family with expenses.
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So very sorry to lose my long-time friend. We have many happy memories
together! I will miss visiting you.
From: Sally Hart