Paul W. Rathke, 97 |
January 10, 1919 -- July 16, 2016
Paul W. Rathke, beloved husband of the late Ruth (Tews) Rathke, passed
away peacefully at Milan Estates on July 16, 2016, in Saukville at the
age of 97.
A celebration of Paulís life will be held at First Immanuel Lutheran
Church in Cedarburg on Tuesday, July 19, 2016, at 1 p.m. Visitation will
be held at the church from 11 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. In lieu of flowers,
memorials to First Immanuel Lutheran Church or a memorial of your choice
Paul was born on Jan. 10, 1919, in
Kenosha and moved with his parents to Cedarburg in 1928. He lettered in
football and track at Cedarburg High School and graduated with the class
Paul married Ruth Tews, his high school sweetheart, on May 19,
Paul was a kind and loving father. He was very self-disciplined and
treated all things with great care. Paul loved to dance and he and Ruth
made wonderful partners on the dance floor, as in life.
Paul was passionate about photography, with his camera always ready at
family gatherings, road trips and throughout Cedarburg. He was extremely
proud to pass that passion on to his son, Ron and grandson, Michael.
After retirement, Paul also discovered a love of technology. From
electronic day-timers and weather monitors to tablets and cell phones,
he had a strong grasp on modern technology and was even texting his
children and grandchildren after his 97th birthday.
Paul was employed at Tews Dairy, delivering milk to homes in Cedarburg
and Grafton. He was well-liked and respected by his customers. He also
worked at Kieckaefer and Doerr Electric, retiring in 1984.
Paul is preceded in death by his loving wife of 70 years and best
friend, Ruth (Tews) Rathke on Feb. 1, 2016. He is the beloved father of
Ron (Shon) Rathke and Betty (Mike) Toeller. He is the proud grandfather
of Kristen (Jim) Caldwell, Erin Rathke, Michael (Francesca) Rathke,
David (Charissa) Toeller, and Mel (Roy) DeSimone; and
Abigail, Isabelle and Audrey Caldwell, Carter and Lauren Hare, Zooey
Rathke and Luke, Jackson and Alethea Toeller, as well as many other
relatives and friends.
Paul was preceded in death by his parents, William and Anna (Neuenfeldt)
Rathke; his father-in-law and mother- in-law, Theodore and Alida (Klueber)
Tews; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Frederick and Cora Tews; his
sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Alice and Harold Laubenstein; and his
wifeís baby sister, Irma Tews.
Paul and Ruth were devoted members of First Immanuel Lutheran Church in
Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory Cedarburg assisted the family with
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