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Darlene Cecelia (Pickel) Rathjen

March 15, 1938 ~ April 21, 2022 (age 84)

Obituary

Darlene C. Rathjen, of Seward, was born on March 15, 1938 to Albert and Celia (Lowney) Pickel in Lincoln, Nebraska.  She attended Hartley Elementary, Whittier Junior High and Lincoln High School. On January 8, 1956, Darlene was united in marriage to John Rathjen Jr. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lincoln, Nebraska.  She was a homemaker who enjoyed taking care of her family.  In her free time she liked to cook and bake and was an excellent cook.  She especially enjoyed spending time with her family and loved being a mom, grandma and great grandma.  Darlene passed away on April 21, 2022 in Seward, Nebraska at the age of 84 years.  She is survived by her children, Howard (Marlene) Rathjen of Lincoln, Nebraska, John (Luann) Rathjen of West Des Moines, Iowa, Craig (Amy) Rathjen of Hickman, Nebraska, Bonnie (Todd) Meints of Garland, Nebraska; grandchildren, Ashley Rathjen, Zachary Rathjen (fiancée Madi Myers), Tyler (Victoria) Rathjen, Elisa Rathjen, Ethan Rathjen, Benjamin Rathjen, Hannah Rathjen, Jordan (Lizzy) Hoins, Jenna Hoins (fiancé Justin Fitchner), Jackson Hoins; great grandchildren, Mason Rathjen, Charlotte Rathjen, Violet Rathjen, Brooks Rathjen, Marceline Martin, Alexander Hoins. Darlene was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Celia Pickel; husband, John Rathjen Jr.; brother, Don Pickel, Glen Pickel, Ralph Pickel, Earl Pickel; sisters and brothers-in-law, Lavern and Ernest Scott, Maxine (Dean) Gottula. 

Casket Bearers: Jordan Hoins, Jackson Hoins, Zachary Rathjen, Tyler Rathjen, Ethan Rathjen, Benjamin Rathjen

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Services

Visitation
Tuesday
April 26, 2022

3:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Volzke Funeral Home
147 Main Street
Seward, NE 68434

Gathering of Family and Friends
Tuesday
April 26, 2022

6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Volzke Funeral Home
147 Main Street
Seward, NE 68434

Funeral Service
Wednesday
April 27, 2022

10:30 AM
Zion Lutheran Church
370 4th St.
Garland, NE 68360

Committal
Wednesday
April 27, 2022

Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery
Rural
Garland, NE 68360

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