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Martha Bertha Raatz West
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Birth: Aug. 21, 1934
Abbotsford
Clark County
Wisconsin, USA
Death: Apr. 2, 2009
Janesville
Rock County
Wisconsin, USA

Martha West, Janesville (1934 - 2009)

August 21, 1934 - April 2, 2009
Martha West, 74, of Janesville, formerly of Necedah, WI, died on Thursday, April 2, 2009, at Rock Haven. She was born in Abbotsford, WI, on Aug. 21, 1934, daughter of Robert and Sarah (Fink) Raatz. She married Raymond Hart in 1952, and he preceded her in death in 1960. Martha then married Wallace Gaethke. She later married Donald E. West in Janesville on Feb. 9, 1980. He preceded her in death on July 12, 2004. Martha was employed by Kwik Trip, and was a member of the Women of the Moose. She also was an avid bowler, and had rolled two 300 games in her career.
She is survived by her seven children: Ray Hart of Brooklyn, WI, Art (Sandi) Hart, Robert (Anne) Hart, Laura (Larry) Fischbach, Sarah (Roger) Johnson, all of Janesville, Terrie (Robert) Freed of Edgerton, and Bertha (Bob) Grindey of Janesville; two stepdaughters, Kim (Danny) Suiter of Orfordville and Chris Reinhardt of Ferryville; 18 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two brothers, Carl (Vivian) Raatz and Reinhardt "Butch" (Karen) Raatz, both of Walworth; and two sisters, June (Swede) Boss of Delavan and Audrey Stolzer of Clearwater, FL. numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Don; two children, Caroline and Joseph; and two sisters, Clara Kramar and Jane Mudgett.
A Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 7, 2009, at SCHNEIDER APFEL SCHNEIDER & SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME, Janesville, with Rev. Wendy Nitz officiating. Interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Monday from 4 until 7 p.m. at SCHNEIDER APFEL SCHNEIDER & SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME, where a Women of the Moose Service will be held at 6:30 p.m.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Robert William Raatz (1900 - 1960)
  Sarah Martha Fink Raatz Brohn (1916 - 1993)
 
 Spouses:
  Raymond James Hart (1927 - 1960)
  Wallace Gaethke (1934 - 1981)
  Donald E. West (1926 - 2004)
 
 Children:
  Caroline Martha Hart (1954 - 1954)*
  Arthur Lee Hart (1957 - 2011)*
  Joseph Thomas Gaethke (1963 - 1965)*
 
 Siblings:
  Martha Bertha Raatz West (1934 - 2009)
  Carl William Raatz (1935 - ____)*
  Audrey Marie Raatz Stolzer (1936 - 2013)*
  Clara Ann Raatz - {Straws}-Kramar (1938 - 1998)*
  Jane Raatz Mudgett (1939 - 1984)*
  June Caroline Boss (1939 - ____)*
  Reinhart Delbert Raatz (1943 - 2011)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Oak Hill Cemetery
Janesville
Rock County
Wisconsin, USA
 
Created by: Straws-Sween
Record added: Apr 04, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 35502697
Martha Bertha <i>Raatz</i> West
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