Rose Mary (Baltes) Raterman

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MINSTER — Rose Mary (Baltes) Raterman, 83, of Fort Loramie Swanders Road, Minster, passed away of natural causes at her residence, Friday morning, March 27, 2015.

She was born Dec. 20, 1931, in Dayton, to the late Lewis and Edna (McEldowney) Baltes. On Jan. 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 Feb. 14, 1999.

Surviving are seven children, Carol and Douglas Hoying, of Jackson Center, Thomas Jr. and Angela Raterman, of Fort Loramie, Cynthia and William Turton, of Berlin Heights, William Raterman, of Minster, Linda Raterman, of Troy, Ron and Joann Raterman, of Fort Loramie, and Charles Raterman, of Hagatna, Guam; 15 grandchildren, Jay and Andrew Hoying, Brian (Masha) Raterman, Kristin (Andrew) Hange, Mitchell Raterman, Devon (Jeremy) Gale, Amy (Andrew) Tessaro, Jarod and Elyse Turton, and Brooke, Nathan, Connor, Hannah, Ella and Isaac Raterman; four great-grandchildren; eight siblings, Gene Baltes, of Tiffin, Joe and Linda Baltes, of Florida, New York, Louedna Fullenkamp, of Botkins, Marlene Bettinger, of Coldwater, Cletus and Carolyn Baltes, of Nobleboro, Maine, Helen Lovell, of South Elmonte, California, Carolyn Phelan, of Versailles, and Deborah and Paul Eaton, of Las Vegas, Nevada; three sisters-in-law, Patricia Neff, of Vandalia, Norma Raterman, of Minster, and 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 and Ben Schuler, Verona Seggesser, Juliana and Floyd Gates, Louise and Wally Sr. Wagner, Florence and Robert Ritter, Mickey and Andrew Dobrozsi, and Al Neff; Henry and Louise, Ludwica, Joe, Raymond and Marian, Louis, and Homer and 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 was active in several Fort Loramie School booster clubs and was a student walk volunteer for morning 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 a.m., Wednesday, April 1, at St. Michael Church in Fort Loramie with the Rev. Steven Shoup presiding. Interment will follow at St. Michael Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday 3 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday 9 to 10 a.m. at Gehret Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the , Wilson Memorial Hospital Foundation, or Special Olympics. Condolences may be expressed at

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Published in Sidney Daily News from Mar. 29 to Mar. 30, 2015
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