Marie R. Ratzlaff, age 99 of North Newton, formerly of Henderson, Neb., passed away Monday, June 22, 2015, in North Newton.
She was born June 10, 1916, in rural Stockham, Neb., to Dietrich D. and Mary (Janzen) Friesen.
Marie was united in marriage to Dietrich P. Ratzlaff on June 9, 1936, in Henderson. The union was blessed with six children.
Marie was formerly a member of Bethesda Mennonite Church in Henderson and currently belonged to Bethel College Mennonite Church in North Newton. She enjoyed reading and writing poetry, baking and cooking. She also loved to garden and while living in Henderson, she belonged to the Garden Club.
Left to cherish her memory are five sons: Neal (Debra) Ratzlaff of Omaha, Neb., Randy (Donna) Ratzlaff of Henderson, Steve (Lynette) Ratzlaff of Fresno, Calif., Keith (Treva Reimer) Ratzlaff of Pella, Ia., and Craig (Carol) Ratzlaff of Aurora, Neb.; one daughter Jeanne (Vernon) Dreier of Hesston; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; one sister Alice Janzen of Reedley, Calif.; nieces, nephews and friends.
Marie was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter-in-law Izen Ratzlaff; and two brothers, Dietrich and Wilbur Friesen.
Graveside services were held, June 29 at the Bethesda Cemetery, Henderson. A memorial service will followed at the Bethesda Mennonite Church, Henderson. Visitation will be from 1-9 on Saturday and Sunday at Metz Mortuary, Henderson. The family will greet friends from 6-8 pm Sunday evening. Memorials may be directed to the MCC.
Condolences may be left for the family at www.metzmortuary.com