MAUDE R. RATHGE, 94, of New Haven, died on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013. Born in Allen County, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Myrtle Saurer. She was a member of Christ Lutheran Church, Wood burn. She retired in 1980 from Woodburn Diamond Die after 10 years. She had previously worked at East Allen County Schools and spent many years as a farmer and homemaker. “She was known for her faith, strength, and good advice.” She is survived by her children, James (Jan) Rathge of New Haven, Deborah (Thomas) Gerbers of Hamilton, Marilyn Rupright and Carilyn (William) Reiter, both of Fort Wayne; sister, Irene Rekeweg of Woodburn; 10 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold H. Rathge, in 1995; grandson, Chad Gerbers; three brothers; and one sister. Funeral service is 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at Christ Lutheran Church, 4412 Park St., Woodburn, with calling one hour prior. Pastor Tim Edwards officiating. Calling also from 2 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, 2013, at E. Harper & Son Funeral Home, 740 St. Rd. 930 E., New Haven. Burial in Bowers Cemetery, Fort Wayne. Preferred memorials to Christ Lutheran Church, Woodburn or Visiting Nurse & Hospice Home. For online condolences, visit

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