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Darlene Rathje

April 10, 1944 September 7, 2021
Darlene Rathje
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Darlene Rathje, 77, of Fulton, IL, died Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, IL.

A private family funeral service will be held at the Fulton Chapel of the Bosma-Renkes Funeral Home, preceded by a private family visitation. Mr. Ken Renkes will officiate. Interment will be at the Fulton Township Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Darlene was born April 10, 1944 in Morrison, IL, to Jacob J. and Jeanette (Buikema) Schaver. Darlene was educated in the Albany Grade School and was valedictorian. She attended Clinton Community College in Clinton, IA. Darlene married James R. Rathje on November 16, 1973, in Albany, IL. He died on March 7, 2021. She was employed by General Electric in Morrison, IL, and retired from Clinton Community College. She was a member of the Garden Plain Presbyterian Church. Darlene was a passionate reader and an avid shopper. Her greatest joy in life was spending time with her family.

Survivors include two sons, Michael (Patti) Rathje of Cedar Rapids, IA and Jeffrey (Kathy) Rathje of Cincinnati, OH; two grandchildren, Alex and Julia Rathje; one sister, Carol Stash of Clinton, IA; four brothers, Kenneth W. (Barbara) Schaver of Morrison, IL, Donald J. (Marilyn) Schaver of Albany, IL, Harlan (Evelyn) Schaver of Fulton, IL and Robert W. (Deb) Schaver of Albany, IL; one brother-in-law, Bill Rathje of Phoenix, AZ; many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, James.
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Cemetery Details


Fulton Township Cemetery Final Resting Place

701 Fowler Rd,
Fulton, IL 61252

701 Fowler Rd, Fulton 61252 IL
United States

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American Cancer Society


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