• January 20, 2018

Rathman - Herscher Pilot: Obituaries


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Posted: Tuesday, January 2, 2018 4:15 pm

Mary E. Rathman, 98, of Bourbonnais, passed away Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at Presence St. Mary’s Hospital in Kankakee.

She was born November 12, 1919 in Chebanse, the daughter of Frank & Alice Provancal Buck.

Mary married Rowland “Rollie” Rathman on November 8, 1938 at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Momence. He preceded her in death in June of 1992.

Mary retired from Herscher School District after 20 years. She was a member of the Jolly Club of Limestone, the Ruth Circle, and the Gleaners Life. She volunteered at St. Mary’s Seconds to Go Shop. Mary enjoyed playing cards and completing jig saw puzzles.

Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Randell & Merrell Rathman of Kingsland, GA; six grandchildren, Tamela Canale, Tracy (Tim) Waller, Randee Lee (Adam) Duncan, John Jr. (Dawn) Evans, and Mary Beth (Kelly) Hannan; ten great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Gertrude Buck Howe of Herscher; and one brother and sister-in-law, Don & Judy Buck of Bradley. 

In addition to her husband, Mary is preceded in death by her parents; one daughter, Marcelene Evans; two infant daughters at birth; three brothers, Vincent Buck, Leo Buck, and William Buck; and three sisters, Cecelia Baldwin, Loretta Buck Bebiak, and Evelyn Buck Howe. 

Visitation was held prior to funeral service on Thursday, December 28, 2017 at Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home in Bourbonnais. Deacon Patrick Skelly officiated the service.

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