Obituary for Charlene Rae Rathjen Charlene R. Rathjen, 74, of Grand Island, died Sunday at CHI- Health St. Francis. Funeral services will be held Friday at 10 a.m., at All Faiths Funeral Home. Reverend Adam Snoberger will officiate. A visitation will be held on Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. Burial will be at Highland Park Cemetery in Ravenna, NE., following the service. Charlene was born on January 5, 1944 in Broken Bow, to Orval and Ruth (Hawkins) Kruser. After graduation from Broken Bow High School, she moved to Grand Island to attend the Grand Island School of Business. She was united in marriage to Ronald Rathjen on August 26, 1974. Following their marriage they lived in Grand Island where they raised their family and Charlene worked as a 911 dispatcher for 30 years. Charlene loved spending time with her children and grandchildren and is remembered as a loving nurturer. She enjoyed crafts, crossword puzzles, collecting her sun jigglers, and crime shows. She was also featured on an episode of “Rescue 911” during her time as a dispatcher. Those left to cherish her memory are her children, Henry (Sara) Rathjen of Grand Island, Jessica Rathjen of Grand Island, Craig Rathjen of Joplin, MO., Ricky Rathjen of Joplin, MO., Vickie (Pat) Martin of Grand Island, Terri (Will) Lovato of Sheldon, MO; grandchildren, Cami, Brinley, Ramsey, Rider, Rachel, Carley, Matthew, Justin, Stephanie, Rebecca, and Madilynn; 11 great grandchildren; and her sister, Jacqueline (Dennis) Hiatt of Longmont, CO. Charlene was preceded in death by her husband; parents; her brother, Terry Kruser; and sisters, Marjory Cramer and Barbara Fales. Memorials are suggested to the family. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Charlene Rae Rathjen please visit our Sympathy Store.
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Charlene Rae Rathjen January 5 1944 August 19 2018.
Death notice for the town of: Grand Island, state: Nebraska