Marlene Mae Rath, age 75, of Silver Lake and Hutchinson, died Monday, July 9, 2012, at Cedar Crest of Silver Lake.
She was born Oct. 21, 1936, in Hutchinson, the daughter of Otto and Clara (Hollman) Holtz. Marlene was baptized as an infant, and later confirmed in her faith as a youth April 10, 1949, both at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Acoma Township, McLeod County.
She received her elementary education at the Immanuel Lutheran School, and was a graduate of the Hutchinson High School class of 1954.
Marlene was united in marriage to Eldon Rath May 21, 1960, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Acoma Township, McLeod County. This marriage was blessed with two children, Connie and Daryl.
Marlene and Eldon resided and farmed on the family homestead in Collins Township, rural Stewart, until 1982, when they moved to Acoma Township. They share 47 years of marriage until Eldon passed away April 2, 2008.
Marlene was employed at Red Owl Grocery Store in Hutchinson, where she worked in the produce, meat, and bakery departments; and at the 3M Company in Hutchinson, until she retired in 1994.
She was a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Hutchinson.
Marlene enjoyed horses, horseback riding, animals, and cooking. She loved art and loved to paint. Marlene especially enjoyed spending time with her family, grandchildren, and friends.
Marlene is survived by her daughter, Connie Walters and husband, Rob of Dassel; son, Daryl Rath and wife, Jennifer of Hutchinson; grandchildren Jeremy, Jessica, Darin, Brady, Jaydon, Jerrod, Jansen and Tucker; great-grandchildren, Hannah and Ryker; sisters June West and husband, Larry of Park Rapids, Betty Eggert and husband, Wayne, and Peggy Brekke and husband, Gary, all of Hutchinson; a brother, Alvin Holtz and wife, Marion of Hutchinson; nieces, nephews, and many other relatives and friends.
In addition to her husband, Eldon, Marlene was preceded in death by her parents, Otto and Clara Holtz.
Funeral services took place Friday, July 13, at 11 a.m. at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Hutchinson, with interment in the Oakland Cemetery.
Visitation was Thursday, July 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the church, and continued Friday, one hour prior to the service.
Arrangements were with the Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson. Online guest book is available at www.hantge.com.click on Obituaries/Guest Book.