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Glenn M. Rathermel, 78, of 1532 Whitrock Ave., Wisconsin Rapids, died Friday, Feb. 4, 2011, at Arborview Court Care Center in Wisconsin Rapids.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Nekoosa. The Rev. Delbert Rossin will officiate. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery in Nekoosa with military rites by Wisconsin Rapids American Legion Post No. 442. Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday at Feldner/Ritchay Funeral Home in Nekoosa; and from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church.

Glenn was born Aug. 31, 1932, in Big Flats, to Alva and Jane (Sherman) Rathermel. He served in the U.S. Army from 1953 until 1955 during the Korean War. Glenn married Donna Droste on Aug. 22, 1959, at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Nekoosa.

Glenn attended Wood County Normal and Stevens Point State University. He obtained his administrative credits from Winona State University. Glenn was a teacher and principal in Babcock for two years and at Adams-Friendship Area Schools for 34 years, retiring in 1994.

Glenn was a member of the Nekoosa Lions Club, Adams-Friendship Retired Teachers, Wisconsin Rapids Retired Teachers Association, Nekoosa Library Board and Bethlehem Lutheran and Lakes Area Christian Fellowship Churches. His interests included traveling, music, gardening, camping and the great outdoors.

Survivors include his wife, Donna Rathermel of Wisconsin Rapids; one son, Jeffery Rathermel of St. Paul, Minn.; two sisters, Clare Harder of Marquette, Mich.; brothers-in-law, Lester Kouba of Nekoosa and Glenn (Lois) Leach of Wisconsin Rapids; sisters-in-law, Loretta (Virgil) Holz of Nekoosa, Irene Rathermel of Friendship, Alice (Tom) Roundy of Baraboo, Gloria Drosta of Wisconsin Rapids and Donna Johnson of Hancock; and much-loved nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends.

Glenn was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Francis and James; sister, Georgia Kouba; brothers-in-law, Art Harder, Eugene Drosta and Alvin Droste; and sisters-in-law, Grace Droste and Cathy Drosta.

The Rathermel family would like to thank Pastor Rossin and Marlene, Glenn's wonderful caregivers over the past four years and the support from family and friends. 


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