Herbert C. Rathje, Annandale


Herbert C. Rathje, age 94, of Annandale, died Friday, March 28, 2014, at the Annandale Care Center.
Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at St. Ignatius Catholic Church, Annandale, with Fr. Victor Valencia as the celebrant. Burial followed at Woodlawn Cemetery in Annandale. Visitation was from 4-7 p.m. Monday at Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Annandale, and one hour prior to the service Tuesday at the church. A prayer service was held at 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral chapel.
Herbert Cortney Rathje was born Sept. 11, 1919, in Annandale to Henry and Anna (Ramm) Rathje. He grew up and lived his entire life in Annandale. On Aug. 26, 1941, he was united in marriage to Margaret Paumen in Maple Lake. Herbert loved working the land and loved his cows; he worked as a farmer all of his life. Herb enjoyed feeding the birds, being with family, snowmobiling, farming and gardening. He was a great husband and dad and was the best grandpa. Herbert had a generous heart and was known by his smile.
Herbert is survived by his wife of 72 years, Margaret; children and their spouses, Delores and Jerry Nelson, of Bloomington; Kenneth and Connie, of Annandale; Wayne and Lesley, of Annandale; Lois and Larry Jensen, of Kimball; Mary and Rollie Lange, of Clearwater; and Janice and Duane Matter, of Delano; 15 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Meagan Lange; brothers, Henry and Alfred; and sisters, Bertha Powers, Anna Fashant and Frieda Smith.
Pallbearers were Mark Rathje, Scott Nelson, Jeff Nelson, Dave Nelson, Eric Jensen, Kurt Jensen and Nate Matter. The St. Ignatius Music Ministry and Tom Schreiner provided music for the service. Arrangements are entrusted with Dingmann Funeral Care Burial & Cremation Services of Annandale.