Dolores Jean Rabe (nee Klemm)
Feb. 20, 1930 — March 9, 2016

Dolores Jean Rabe (nee Klemm) passed away peacefully due to heart failure on March 9, 2016, at the age of 86. She was born February 20, 1930, in Milwaukee, to Harold and Doris (Fischer) Klemm. She grew up in Wauwatosa and later moved to Lannon and attended Menomonee Falls High School, where she played the drum in their marching band and was a member of the graduating class of 1948.

She continued her education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, taking courses in journalism. There she met her future husband, Wayne A. (“Jack”) Rabe, and whom she married in August 1950. They were married for 60 years and lived in the Wisconsin communities of Madison, Shullsburg, Watertown, Oconomowoc and Endeavor. He was a high school teacher, and she very much enjoyed being a wife, mother and homemaker. She was a very creative person and enjoyed sewing, sketching, painting and writing poetry. She was also a movie buff, and was quite an expert on old movies, especially from the pre-1950s era.

Dolores is survived by her children, Virginia (Paul) Lyman of Wales, Joseph Rabe of South Milwaukee, Jerry (Sharon) Rabe of Hales Corners and John (Gina) Raven of Napa, Calif. She was blessed with 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother Robert Klemm; her husband; and her son Daniel Rabe.

Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the service at 10:30 a.m. on March 19, at Hartson Funeral Home, 11111 W. Janesville Road, Hales Corners. Interment will be at 4:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Cemetery, 413 Academy St., Endeavor.

The family suggests that, if desired, memorial contributions be sent to the Endeavor Public Library, 400 S. Church St., Endeavor, WI 53930.

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