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Saturday November 22nd, 2014
10:00am - 11:00am

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First Baptist Church of Antwerp
Saturday November 22nd, 2014

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Fern E Rath

Fern E. Rath, 99, of  Antwerp passed away Thursday, November 20, 2014 at Twin Rivers Care Center, Defiance.

Fern was born in Black Run, Ohio on February 24, 1915, a daughter of the late Mary (Collins) and Frank  Hutchinson.

She was a  custodian at Antwerp Local Schools Antwerp and a member of Antwerp VFW & American Legion Auxiliaries, Royal Neighbors & First Baptist Church of Antwerp.  Fern also called square dances and was well known for her grand sense of humor.

Fern married Wade Rath in 1935. Wade died in 1993.

She will be sadly missed by her daughter, Trudy of Defiance & grandson, Derek of Fort Wayne.

Fern was preceded in death by her siblings, Minnie Hull, Ollie Hull, Goldie Pickens, Rachel Hedges, Harold, Fred & Leo Hutchinson.

Her funeral service is Saturday, Nov. 22nd, 11 am, with viewing one hour prior at First Baptist Church of Antwerp.

Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com

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Dear Trudy,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Your Mom was such a super person. If my Father and Grandpa, Bill & John Woodcox, were still here they would agree. She was always happy, always had time for people, and was such a nice neighbor.  I am happy she had such a long life. So glad I was able to know her.

Julia (Woodcox) Gross Dec 3 2014 12:00 AM

Dear Fern

You were one special lady, from the day I met you until the day you left us I loved you dearly.  We had so much fun together I won't for get you. rest in peace until we meet again.

Barb Hull Nov 25 2014 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss.   May God comfort her family at this time.   I am a 1977 graduate of Antwerp and fondly remember your mother.   She was a very kind and wise lady.

Susan (Mosier) Gladieux Nov 25 2014 12:00 AM

Fern always had a smile for everyone and enjoyed life to the fullest.  Rest in peace dear lady.

Jan Gaisford Nov 22 2014 12:00 AM

Trudy & Derek,

Sorry for the loss of your Mom and Grandma. She was such a godly and kind woman. When I was going through the most difficult time of my life, she called me everyday to encourage me to continue the good fight. I remember our times of her going with many of us to the Gaither Homecoming concerts. She was the life of the party and I ached from laughing and smiling so much! Even though I have not seen her since 2009, please know she has been in my thoughts and prayers. I love her just as if she was my Grandma! How I wish I would have been able to visit her before we return to the Philippines this past August! You will continue to be in my prayers during this time of grieving but know she is now in the place that she has sung about for many years.

Brian Schwartz Nov 22 2014 12:00 AM

I remember Fern from working at the school part-time my Jr. and Sr. year and full-time in the summer. I really liked her!

Jaci (Panico) Underwood Nov 22 2014 12:00 AM

Trudy,  We're so sorry to hear of Fern passing. I have many fond memories from working with her and hearing her singing while she worked. Rest in peace my friend.

Denny & June Lucas Nov 21 2014 12:00 AM

goodbye for now old friend. have many fond memories of bringing my aunt margaret over to visit her friend and wade what a guy. see you all again love stevie moore

stevie moore Nov 21 2014 12:00 AM

Trudy, I am so sorry about your Mom. She had a good long life. What a fun gal she was. God Bless you and your son.
Shawn...I still laugh at what you did to Donna S at the PO one day.

Helen Livingston Nov 21 2014 12:00 AM

Trudy,  We have so many good memories of your Mother.  She made everyone happy wherever she went.   What a Lady,  treasure your memories and know that she will be with you always. Joyce & Steve Parrish

Joyce & Steve Parrish Nov 21 2014 12:00 AM

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