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Louise Raether

Modified: Friday, Jan 11th, 2013

Louise Raether
Louise Raether, 94, of Yachats, Ore., died Jan. 6, 2013.

She was born July 28, 1918 to Harry and Delia McConn in Fairmount, N.D. She grew up in North Dakota and, following in the footsteps of her parents, music was a big part of her life. She placed second in the state as a soprano soloist and she once sang on the radio with Peggy Lee.

Louise moved to Wisconsin in 1940 to teach. Early in her teaching career, she started the first girl’s glee club and served as a choir director at her church. She taught in Fall Creek and Altoona for 28 years. Wisconsin’s governor honored her with the Distinguished Service Award in 1980 upon her retirement.

She met Harvey Raether (the local blacksmith) in Fall Creek, Wis. and they were married June 27, 1942. They had four daughters – Suzanne (1943), Patti (1945), Jan (1946) and Cherie (1955).

Louise and “Harv” lived on the lake until 1986, when they moved to Donna, Texas. In 2003, they moved to Yachats, where they lived with daughter, Suzanne, and her husband, Les. Following Les’ death in 2004 and Harvey’s death in 2006, Louise and Suzi continued to live together.

Louise was an active member at Atonement Lutheran Church in Newport Ore. She also enjoyed knitting, watching the fishing boats on the Pacific and cheering for just about any sporting event she could find on TV.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey Raether; son-in-law, Les; daughter, Suzanne Aiken; sisters, Francis Bruns and Edith Nielsen; and brother, Neil McConn.

She is survived by three daughters, Patti Ramstad (Ron Sheldon) of Roseburg, Jan (Gary) Nordin of Merrillan, Wis., and Cherie Brantner of Fall Creek, Wis; brother Dean (Charlotte) McConn of Detroit Lakes, Minn.; grandchildren, Kim (Andy) Freeman of Indianapolis, Ind., Peggy (Roger) Martin of Forest City, Iowa, Kathleen (Paul) Rojas of Fritwell, England, Chris Brantner of Fall Creek, Wis. and Jeff Brantner of San Diego; and Mitch Kuhnert of West Des Moines, Iowa; and three great-grandchildren.

Louise was cremated, and her ashes will be buried in Fall Creek next to Harvey. There are two services planned to honor the lives of Suzanne and Louise. The first will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at Atonement Lutheran Church in Newport, with lunch to follow. Another service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, at St. James Trinity Lutheran Church in Fall Creek, Wis., with lunch and inurnment at Trinity Cemetery to follow.

Bateman Funeral Home in Newport, Ore., and Stokes, Prock & Mundt Funeral Chapel in Altoona, Wis. are handling arrangements.

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