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Alvin W. Rathke

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Alvin W. Rathke, 89, of Hoffman, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011, at the Good Samaritan Center in Hoffman. Funeral services for Alvin Rathke will be held at 2 pm on Saturday, Nov.r 12, 2011, at Messiah Lutheran Church in Hoffman. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Aeneas Cemetery, Stevens County.

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Alvin was born on Sept. 17, 1922, in Grant County to Walter Rathke Sr and Rosa Abel. He was baptized in the Lutheran faith on Oct. 8, 1922 and confirmed on June 27, 1937 at Zion Church in Hoffman. He worked for his grandparents before marrying.

On Sept. 25, 1944, Alvin was united in marriage to June Hellberg at her family's farm in Stevens County. They farmed in Stevens County; Alvin was a farmer all his life, and he was proud of his herd of dairy cows. When he quit farming, he helped his wife with the gardening and raising vegetables to sell at the farmers market. He sold many 100-pound bags of potatoes. He enjoyed trapping pocket gophers for anyone.

Alvin was a proud husband and father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was always ready to help anyone who needed help and never turned anyone down. He was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church; his faith in God was very strong, and he was saddened when he was unable to go to church.

He is survived by his wife, June of Hoffman; sons Warren (Delores) of Morris, Wayne of Alexandria; granddaughter Laurie (Mark) Torkelson of Kensington; great-grandsons Cody and Chase Torkelson; and a brother, Lorenz (Gail) Rathke of Goose Creek, S. C.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Walter Jr.; and sisters Ardella Klein and Luella Rathke.

Family prefers memorials to the Aeneas Cemetery Fund or the Messiah Lutheran Church Choir.

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