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Marjorie Ratzlaff

Published: Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST

ROCK FALLS – Marjorie Ratzlaff, 90, of Rock Falls, died Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz.

Marjorie was born March 24, 1923, in Glen Elder, Kan., the daughter of Homer and Gertrude (Hendricks) Breitweiser, one of six children. She graduated first in her class from Glen Elder High School in 1940. After moving to Illinois, she met and married Elmer Ratzlaff on May 27, 1945, in Dixon. She worked at Northern Illinois Utilities, and later with her husband, Elmer, in their farm equipment dealership, Ratzlaff Ford Tractor Sales. She also worked at Muffins & More in Rock Falls and Robinson’s May in Phoenix. She volunteered at CGH Medical Center, and was an active member of First United Methodist Church in Sterling.

She is survived by a son, David (Dina) Ratzlaff of Keaau, Hawaii; a daughter, Linda (Craig) Cooper of Glendale; grandchildren, Misha Romanchuk of Keaau, Christopher (Lorraine) Cooper of Round Rock, Texas, Nathan (Danielle) Cooper of Phoenix, and Patrick (Hollie) Cooper and Emily Cooper, both of Glendale. She adored her great-grandchildren, Henry, Matthew and Ashton Cooper. Also surviving are her sisters, Nita Foster of Abilene, Kan., Ruth Self of Salina, Kan., Jean Hartley of Weston, Mo., and Mary (Jay) Andersen of Salina; her brother-in-law, Howard (Linda) Ratzlaff of Fuquay-Varina, N.C.; her sister-in-law, Mary Ratzlaff of Morrison; and 28 nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 39 years, Elmer; a son, Dale, in infancy; and a brother, Keith.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, 501 Broadway Ave., Sterling, followed by a graveside service at Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling, with the Rev. Paul Judd officiating.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church in Sterling.

Visit www.mcdonaldfuneralhomes.com to send condolences.

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