Geraldine Rathgeber

Geraldine Rathgeber

Wednesday, July 5th, 1933 - Thursday, December 26th, 2019
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Geraldine Rathgeber, aged eighty-six, passed away on Thursday, December 26, 2019 at St. Paul Lutheran Home in Melville. A Funeral Service will be held on Monday, December 30 at 3:00pm from the Chapel of Bailey's Funeral Home in Melville. The interment will follow in the Melville Municipal Cemetery at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Stars Air Ambulance or the Allan Blair Cancer Clinic as gifts of remembrance.
Geraldine Rathgeber was born on July 5, 1933 in the Homefield district, a daughter to Nick and Anne (nee Maystrowich) Smuk.
Geraldine received her education at Beaver Hill School. After completing her schooling she worked at Homefield Store.
She met Gilbert Rathgeber at her sisters place south of Goodeve and were united in marriage on July 15, 1954 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Goodeve. The couple began their life on Gilbert’s parents homestead south of Goodeve, where they raised their 3 children, Bev, Blair and Brian.
They retired to Melville in 1998 where Geraldine enjoyed gardening, crocheting, playing cards, baking and spending time with her grandchildren.
This past April, Geraldine moved into St. Paul Lutheran Home where she resided until entering her eternal rest on Thursday, December 26, 2019 at the age of 86 and now joins her late husband Gilbert.
Geraldine enjoyed visits with family and friends and loved keeping the nurses and staff on their toes. She was always teasing and giving them a hard time. Her mischievous ways and loving personality will be missed by her family.
Geraldine leaves to cherish her memory her daughter Bev and her children, Josh and Janice (Rick) and their children, Jacob and Emma; son Blair (Kim) and his son Travis (Larissa); son Brian and his children, Danielle, Jade and Jenna; as well as relatives, nieces and nephews.
Geraldine’s family and friends will always cherish the stories she shared with them, and memories made.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Monday, December 30th, 2019 | 3:00pm
    Monday, December 30th, 2019 3:00pm
    Bailey's Funeral Home - Melville
    101 Fifth Ave. W.
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    Pastor Kim Sherwin
  • Interment

    Melville Municipal Cemetery
    Highway #47 South, 2kms East on Cemetery Rd
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Tammy Forsyth

Posted at 01:23pm
To Bev, Blair, Brian and families:
Deepest sympathy in the loss of your mom, otherwise known to all as "granny". She was very near and dear to our family, and always went out of her way to make us donuts and to take home a care package of them each time we visited. We will always cherish those memories. Hugs to you all. xoxo
--Guy, Tammy Jordyn & Rylan Forsyth, Birch Hills, Sask.

Jake and Linda Gross

Posted at 12:02pm
With our heartfelt condolences to the Rathgeber family
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Karin (Richardson) Broda

Posted at 06:20pm
Gerrys’ family my deepest sympathy in the loss of your mother. May all your wonderful memories give you peace. Karin (Richardson) Broda

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