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Ruth Esther Rathjen, 101, Ottawa, Kan., passed away Saturday, June 15, 2013.

Funeral services are planned for 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 21, 2013, at Dengel & Son Mortuary.

Friends may pay their respects to Mrs. Rathjen from 1 p.m. Thursday to the service hour at Dengel & Son Mortuary, where the family will meet with friends 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Friday. Interment is set for Princeton Cemetery, Princeton, Kan.

Ruth was born Saturday, May 11, 1912, in Princeton. She was the daughter of David Leander and Ada Mary (Kennedy) Mathias.

Ruth was a lifelong resident of Franklin County, living in Princeton and Ottawa.

She graduated eighth grade at Mt. Hope Rural School.

Ruth was united in marriage to Thomas H. Rathjen July 21, 1930, in Ottawa, Kan. He preceded her in death March 12, 1994. They shared 62 years of marriage.

Ruth was a devoted lifelong homemaker who loved and enjoyed her family. Her hobbies were jigsaw puzzles, playing cards and word search puzzles. She loved working in the garden and with her flowers.

She was a longtime member of the Princeton Christian Church, accepting Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior; she was baptized 85 years ago on Oct. 16, 1927.

Survivors include her only daughter, Marynell New and husband, Wayne; three grandchildren, Cheryl A. Floyd and husband, Lonnie, Steven W. New and wife, Penny, and James L. New; five great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and sister, Nellie M. Carey.

She also was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Edith M. Deaton and Mildred A. Brown; and two brothers, John and Alfred Mathias.

The family suggests memorial contributions to Princeton Christian Church or Christian Care Cottage through Dengel & Son Mortuary, 235 S. Hickory St., Ottawa KS 66067.

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