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Christina ‘Tina’ Raser, 89

Christina “Tina” Raser, age 89, of Watertown, died Friday, May 14, 2010.

She was born Dec. 26, 1920, in Victoria, to Joseph and Katherine (Heid) Wartman.

Tina was united in marriage to Wilbert Frank Raser June 14, 1951, in St. Bonifacius,

After their marriage, the couple lived for two years in Glenn Lake, then moved to Howard Lake, where they rented a farm, until they purchased their own dairy farm outside of Watertown in 1957.

Christina and Wilbert lived on the farm outside Watertown until 1993, at which time they purchased a home in the city of Watertown.

After Wilbert’s death in 2002, Tina continued to live in her home in Watertown until this past year.

Tina loved to care for her family. Her hobbies where those of a loving wife and mother seeing to the daily chores of the farm, preparing meals, and doing needlework in her spare time.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbert; siblings and spouses Ed and Hildegard Wartman, Roman Wartman, Ralph Wartman, Harold Wartman, Philip Wartman, and Margaret and George Gelhaye; and a brother-in-law, Elmer Monnens.

Tina is survived by her children, Ed and Mary Raser, and Diane and Keith Ketcher; seven grandchildren, Steven Raser, JoAnne Raser, Jason and Andrea Raser, Heidi and Kevin McGuinn, Katie and Matt Hanson, Emilie Ketcher, and Adam Ketcher; and two great-grandchildren, Cecilia Hanson, Colin McGuinn.

She is further survived by her sister, Lucetta Monnens; sisters-in-law Adeline Wartman, Rosemary Wartman, Mildred Wartman, and Gloria Wartman; and brothers-in-law and sister-in-law Walt and Rose Raser, Richard and Helen Raser, Florence Raser, and Ed Hammers.

Mass of Christian Burial took place Wednesday, May 19 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Watertown with the Rev. Frank Wampach officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Casket bearers were Tina’s grandchildren: Steven Raser, JoAnne Raser, Jason Raser, Heidi McGuinn, Katie Hanson, Emilie Ketcher, and Adam Ketcher.

Arrangements were by the Iten’s Watertown Funeral Home.