Mildred Rath - August 10, 2013Harvard resident, Mildred F. Rath, 89, died Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, at Harvard House Assisted Living, Harvard.
Services will be Thursday, Aug. 15 at 10 a.m. at the Harvard United Church of Christ, Harvard. Burial will be in the Harvard Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday, Aug. 14, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Harvard United Church of Christ, Harvard. Apfel Funeral Home, 505 N., Hastings is in charge of the arrangements.
Mildred was born April 13, 1924, to George and Christina (Schmer) Weitzel on the family farm south of Harvard. She graduated from the Harvard High School in 1942. She married Raymond L. Rath on Aug. 17, 1943. Raymond died in 1984. Together they farmed and had a dairy operation in the Eldorado area.
She was a lifelong member of the Harvard United Church of Christ. She was affiliated with many of the church organizations and was in the Women’s Fellowship.
Her joy came from her family members and friends.
She is survived by three sons, Raymond (Emily) Rath Jr. of Clarkston, Mich., Glen (Jacqueline) Rath of York, and Gale Rath of Harvard; six grandchildren, Zachariah Rath, Bree Sorgenfrei (Jerad), Levi Rath (Tori), Isaac Rath, Ryan Rath (Amy) and Adam Rath (Kelly), four great-grandchildren, Colten Rath, Keaton Sorgenfrei, Jolee Sorgenfrei, and Cutler Rath and many dear nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Raymond, an infant son James and one sister and five brothers.