Helen B. Rahe Sept. 12, 1924 – Sept. 22, 2021


Helen B. Rahe

      Helen B. Rahe, 97, of Monticello, Iowa, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021 at Dennis & Donna Oldorf Hospice House in Hiawatha, Iowa.

      Visitation was held from 3 - 7 p.m. on Sept. 26, 2021 at Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello, with a rosary at 3 p.m. Visitation  continued from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral mass.

      Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Sept. 27, 2021 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello. Burial was held at Calvary Cemetery after the funeral luncheon.  Rev. Paul Baldwin officiated.

      Helen was born on Sept. 12, 1924 the daughter of Harry and Alice (Bell) Arnold. She married LaVern Rahe on Oct. 19, 1949 in St. Francis Xavier Basilica, Dyersville, Iowa.  He preceded her in death on Jan. 27, 1966.

      Helen shared many joyous memories playing cards, bingo, and dining with her friends. She was a great baker and pies were a specialty, especially lemon meringue pie. She could be known as the Queen of Garage Sales in Monticello.

      Survivors include her children:, Dennis (Deb) Rahe of Fairfax, Donna Kluesner of Farley, Joyce Ehrisman of Monticello, grandchildren: Curt Rahe, Kyle Rahe, Chad Rahe, Brian Kluesner, Emily (Troy) Ostwinkle, and Bruce (Mackenzie) Ehrisman, granddaughter-in-law, Dawn Rahe, great-grandchildren: Katelyn and Brayden Rahe, Ayla, Avery, and Bowen Ostwinkle, a sister, Marguerite Kramer of Edgewood, and a brother-in-law, Tom Donahue of Chadron, Neb.

      She was preceded in death by her parents, her parents-in-law, Ben and Catherine (Bessler) Rahe, her husband, LaVern, sons-in-law, Neil Kluesner in 1987 and Steve Ehrisman in 2014, grandson, Todd Rahe in 2015, siblings: Lucille (Arthur) White, Clara (Joe) Rausch, Dorothy Strief, Ambrose (Lucille) Arnold, in-laws: Lois Donahue, Violet (Elmer) O'Shea, Nelma (Clarence) Strang, Kenny (Margaret) Rahe, Alvin Rahe, Jean (Jim) Callahan, LaVerne Kramer, Ruth (Roger) Moran, Carmen (T.J.) Gaynor, Eddie (Bertha) Rahe.

      The family would like to thank the staff at Dennis & Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy for their compassionate care.

      Memorials can be directed to Sacred Heart School and Parish or Jones County Senior Dining Program.

      Kramer Funeral Home in Monticello is assisting the family and information is available at www.kramerfuneral.com.  Online condolences and memorials may be sent to Kramer Funeral Home, 700 E Oak St, Monticello, IA  52310.

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