Monday, March 30th, 2015
Rose Mary (Baltes) Raterman, age 83, of Fort Loramie Swanders Rd., Minster, Ohio, passed away of natural causes at her residence, Friday morning March 27, 2015.
She was born December 20, 1931, in Dayton, Ohio, to the late Lewis and Edna (McEldowney) Baltes. On January 11, 1958, at Holy Family Catholic Church in Frenchtown, Rose married Thomas Lawrence Raterman. They had been married 41 years before he preceded her in death on February 14, 1999.
Surviving are seven children: Carol & Douglas Hoying of Jackson Center, Thomas Jr. & Angela Raterman of Fort Loramie, Cynthia & William Turton of Berlin Heights, William Raterman of Minster, Linda Raterman of Troy, Ron & Joann Raterman of Fort Loramie, Charles Raterman of Hagatna, Guam; fifteen grandchildren: Jay and Andrew Hoying, Brian (Masha) Raterman, Kristin (Andrew) Hange, Mitchell Raterman, Devon (Jeremy) Gale, Amy (Andrew) Tessaro, Jarod and Elyse Turton, Brooke, Nathan, Connor, Hannah, Ella, and Isaac Raterman, and four great-grandchildren; eight siblings: Gene Baltes of Tiffin, Joe & Linda Baltes of Florida, NY, Louedna Fullenkamp of Botkins, Marlene Bettinger of Coldwater, Cletus & Carolyn Baltes of Nobleboro, ME, Helen Lovell of South Elmonte, CA, Carolyn Phelan of Versailles, Deborah & Paul Eaton of Las Vegas, NV; three sisters-in-law: Patricia Neff of Vandalia, Norma Raterman of Minster, Theola Raterman of Dayton, and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by an infant son, Daniel Raterman; sisters and brothers-in-law: Betty Baltes, Floyd Fullenkamp, Lavern Bettinger and Jim Phelan; Mary & Ben Schuler, Verona Seggesser, Juliana & Floyd Gates, Louise & Wally Sr. Wagner, Florence & Robert Ritter, Mickey & Andrew Dobrozsi, and Al Neff; Henry & Louise, Ludwica, Joe, Raymond & Marian, Louis, and Homer & Betty Raterman.
Rose was a 1950 graduate of Versailles High School. She continued secretarial studies at Miami Jacobs University in Dayton. She was a homemaker and farm wife. Years ago, she had been employed at the former Crop Mate Fertilizer Co. in Fort Loramie.
Rose attended St. Michael Catholic Church and was also a member of St. Ann's Ladies Sodality, Name of The North, the Fort Loramie American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, Minster Eagles Ladies Auxiliary, and the Lake Loramie Improvement Association. She was a gift shop volunteer at Wilson Memorial Hospital.
While her children attended school, she had been active in several Fort Loramie School booster clubs and was a student walk volunteer for AM religious education. Over the years, Rose found pleasure in entertaining her grandchildren, gardening, traveling, reading, genealogy, history and even world politics. She also came to enjoy chair volleyball and an occasional casino visit.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM, Wednesday, April 1, 2015, at St. Michael Church in Fort Loramie with Rev. Steven Shoup presiding. Interment will follow at St. Michael Cemetery.
Friends may call Tuesday 3:00 to 8:00 PM and Wednesday 9:00 to 10:00 AM at Gehret Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Wilson Memorial Hospital Foundation or Special Olympics.
Condolences may be expressed at www.gehretfuneralhome.com.