Florence Shirley <I>Rathe</I> Potthoff

Florence Shirley Rathe Potthoff

Birth
McCook, Red Willow County, Nebraska, USA
Death 13 Oct 2017 (aged 83)
Kearney, Buffalo County, Nebraska, USA
Burial McCook, Red Willow County, Nebraska, USA
Memorial ID 184369251 · View Source
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Florence Shirley (Rathe) Potthoff, 83, of McCook died Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, at Kearney Regional Medical Center.

Services were Wednesday, Oct 18th at Peace Lutheran Church in McCook with the Rev. David Kahle officiating. Burial was at Memorial Park Cemetery near McCook.
She passed away peacefully with her family by her side.

Florence was born Aug. 15, 1934, in McCook to parents Albert E. and Ella (Alberts) Rathe. As an infant, Florence survived both the flood and tornado of 1935. She often recounted the story of how her family was unable to reach their storm cellar when the tornado hit, but were kept safe in a nearby road ditch where a sidewall of the house sheltered them from the storm.

Growing up, Florence attended school in McCook and graduated from McCook High School with the class of 1951.

On March 20, 1955, Florence was united in marriage to Marvin Dale Potthoff at Peace Lutheran Church in McCook. To this union, seven children were born.

The couple made their home in McCook. Florence was a busy homemaker, and after the children were in school, worked outside the home. She worked at JCPenney, at Burlington Northern (CB&Q Railroad) as a PBX operator, at the Red Willow County Courthouse and later at Walmart.

When the children were young and Marvin’s employment required him to work on Sundays, Florence would often take her young family to join her parents at St. John’s Lutheran Church. They would spend Sundays on the Rathe Farm where they waited for Marvin to meet them later in the day. In their later years, the family faithfully attended Peace Lutheran Church.

Florence was a member of St. John’s Ladies Aid, Good Friends at Southwest Elementary, the BN Past Time Club and the Retired Railroad Breakfast Club. She shared her husband’s love for children and very much enjoyed attending their children’s and grandchildren’s many activities, rarely missing a sporting event or activity.

Florence enjoyed cooking and baking cookies and candies for her family. In her free time, she also enjoyed latch hook, sewing and crafts. Her kids and grandkids looked forward to the many blankets she made for them. Florence always had the most beautiful flowers around her home, especially her hanging baskets.

She loved to play bingo, dominoes and card games with friends and family. She also loved her four-legged companions, Festus, Punky, Bailey and Zoey. In her later years, Florence was able to keep in contact with her family via Instant Messenger on the computer she patiently learned to use. This became an evening ritual she looked forward to each day.

Florence was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin; her parents, Albert and Ella Rathe; parents-in-law, William and Katherine Potthoff; sister and brother-in-law, Gladys and Frank Skinner; and brother-in-law, Loren Williamson.

Survivors include her seven children, Jeffery Potthoff and wife Annette of Adkins, Texas, Kevin Potthoff and wife Tami of McCook, Lance Potthoff and wife Kristy, and Troy Potthoff and wife Andrea, all of Kearney, Kyle Potthoff and wife Lisa of McCook, Lisa Ryan and husband Jack of Indianola and Tanya Potthoff of Chester; brother, Arlan Rathe and wife Beverly of McCook; brothers-in-law, Don Potthoff and wife Betty, Harold Potthoff and wife Pam, and sister-in-law, Joyce Williamson, all of Trenton; grandchildren, Jason Potthoff, Justin and wife Katherine Potthoff, Amy Potthoff, Morgan and husband Kyle Fornoff, Kaylee Potthoff, Austin Potthoff, Brent and wife Kari Potthoff, Jordon and wife Lindsay Potthoff, Keegan, Koy and Keland Potthoff, Taylor and Brock Madsen, Haley and Hunter Potthoff, Brooke and husband Kyle Teel, Ashley, Isabella and Zackary Ryan and Dylan and Hadyn Blume; great-grandchildren, Henleigh, Nora and baby Teel to be born in December, Bryce Fornoff and Holly Potthoff; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and a host of friends. She leaves behind her best friend puppy, Zoey.


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  • Created by: Rose Marie Brown
  • Added: 17 Oct 2017
  • Find A Grave Memorial 184369251
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Florence Shirley Rathe Potthoff (15 Aug 1934–13 Oct 2017), Find A Grave Memorial no. 184369251, citing Memorial Park Cemetery, McCook, Red Willow County, Nebraska, USA ; Maintained by Rose Marie Brown (contributor 46636833) .