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Patty L. Rahe

March 6, 1944 — November 29, 2019

Patty L. Rahe, 75, was called home on November 29, 2019 at the Linn Community Nursing Home surrounded by her 4 children. Visitation was Sunday, December 1, from 2 to 8 p.m. at Ward Funeral Home in Linn. The family received friends from 4 to 6 p.m. A funeral was held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, December 2, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church near Greenleaf.  Rev. Matthew Durance officiated.  Eunice Beier was organist and the congregation sang “I Know That My Redeemer Lives,” “Amazing Grace” and “I’m But a Stranger Here.” The pallbearers were her four grandsons, Josh Turner, Trent Turner, Jonathan Rahe, Kyle Rahe and nephews, Bill Rahe and Bob Rahe. Burial was in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Linn. On March 6, 1944 the Lord blessed Herman and Christina Lehman of Linn with a gift of an infant daughter Patty Lou.  She was baptized on July 21, 1944 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Linn, by Rev. Harvey Bernhardt.  On October 27, 1957, she was confirmed by Rev. Carl R. Schnieder at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.  In 1962, she graduated from Linn High School. On August 18, 1962, she was united in marriage to Richard Rahe at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, by Rev. James Sieffert.  This union was blessed with 3 daughters and 1 son. In 1970, they moved to the farm Southwest of Hanover and started farming with Murray and Edna Clark. Patty was a waitress for most of her life.  She started working at the age of 13 at the drugstore in Linn.  She worked at Swirly Top in Washington and then Ira Price Café, in Topeka, KS.  When she returned to the area, she worked at Pony Express Café and managed it for several years.  When she semi-retired from the Pony, she started working at the Hometown Café in Barnes, where she continued to work until 2015.  Patty also enjoyed hauling stock trailers with her husband. In January 2016, she moved from the farm to a small house in Linn to be closer to family.  In September 2019, she moved to the Linn Community Nursing Home.   She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard in 2002; parents; eight sisters, Dorothy Long, Betty Long, Mary Banniger, Catherine Wilkens, Lillian Rippe, Jeannette Hoerner, and infants Ida and Helen Lehman; four brothers, Leonard, Lawrence, Robert and Terry Lehman. Survivors include her children, Lisa (David) Voelker, Linn, Traci (Brian) Turner, Washington, Todd (Becky) Rahe, Hanover, and Crystal (Chris) Hoffman, Oskaloosa, KS; sisters, Ruth Simnitt and Judy Lotz, Topeka, and Louise Rahe, Hillsboro; brothers, Leroy Lehman, Linn, and Bill Lehman, Topeka; eleven grandchildren, Jessica (Damon) Young, Hannah (Jon) Rettig, Kelli (Matthew) Kisker, Josh (Brittany) Turner, Kaitie (Don) Wenzl, Trent Turner, Jonathan (Vanessa) Rahe, Stephanie (WD) Jorgenson, Kyle Rahe, Aurora and Ian Hoffman; twelve great-grandchildren with number thirteen due in February 2020; and many other relatives. A memorial fund has been established and will be designated later. Contributions may be sent in care of Ward Funeral Home. To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Patty L. Rahe, please visit our flower store.


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