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Obituaries

Mary O. Ratzlaff

Mary O. Ratzlaff
Mary O. Ratzlaff

MORRISON – Mary O. Ratzlaff, 85, of Morrison, passed peacefully on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, in Franklin, TN, surrounded by her daughters.

Mary was born February 25, 1934, in Rock Falls, the daughter of Chirila John and Eva (Pavel) Ordean. She married Harold Ratzlaff on July 6, 1952, in Sterling. He preceded her in death on October 20, 1985. Mary dearly loved time spent with her family and friends. She liked to help others, bake, sew, play pinochle, and she created a collection of porcelain dolls.

Mary traveled internationally, and each of the five grandsons took separate trips to Disney World with her. Mary was an active member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Morrison, where she was a member for 53 years. She served on the Altar Guild, participated in Bible study and Sunday School and helped with church dinners, and VBS. Mary supported missions and was a member of LWML. A servant of God would define how Mary lived her life.

Survivors include two daughters, Lynnette Cox (Steve Monk) of Waunakee, WI; and Cheryl (Chris) Chamberlain of Franklin, TN; one brother, John Ordean Sr. of Como; five grandsons, Andrew (Maureen) Chamberlain of Mahomet, IL, Michael (Lauren) Chamberlain of Murfreesboro, TN, Dr. Nicholas Chamberlain of Hamilton, MT, Aaron Tyska of Machesney Park, IL, and Phillip Tyska of Wuhan, China. She had a special fondness of children and babies and loved her three great-grandchildren, Ender and Asher Chamberlain, Mahomet, IL; and infant, Ava Marie Chamberlain, Murfreesboro, TN.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; one daughter, Ann Tyska; and two sisters, Eva Ufkin and Anna Young.

Visitation will be Friday, June 14, 2019, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls and on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Morrison. A funeral service will be held Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at the church with Reverend Mike Winkelman and Reverend Tony Appel co-officiating. Christian burial will follow at Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling.

Memorials have been established to St. Peter Lutheran Church in Morrison and Lutheran Bible Translators - Designate “David Federwitz Ministry.”

Online condolences may be sent to www.mcdonaldfuneralhomes.com.

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