In Memory of Margie M. Rath

Margie M. Rath
Margie M. Rath
Born: October 8, 1933
Died: June 23, 2020
Age: 86
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Margie M. Rath
October 8, 1933 - June 23, 2020
From: Battle Creek, IA

Margie M. Rath, age 86, of Battle Creek, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, at the Willow Dale Wellness Village of Battle Creek, Iowa.

A Private Family Graveside Service will be held at the Ida Grove Cemetery of Ida Grove, Iowa. Rev. Kevin J. Freese will officiate. The Christensen-Van Houten Funeral Home of Ida Grove, Iowa, is in charge of the funeral arrangements.  Condolences may be sent online at

Margie Minnie Rath, the daughter of Carl and Elsie (Wunschel) Druivenga, was born October 8, 1933, in Sac County, Iowa. Margie grew up on the family farm and attended country school in rural Sac County. She helped out on the family farm until she was united in marriage to Frederick J. Rath on June 3, 1951, in Arthur, IA.

Margie and Frederick made their home on an acreage outside of Ida Grove. The couple was blessed with three children: Dorothy, Donald, and Dean. Margie enjoyed being a homemaker and raising her children. She took pride in the large garden she grew and was also an avid reader. In their free time, Margie and Frederick could be found dancing the polka with the local dance group. In the fall of 1993, Margie moved into Ida Grove. She was a member of the Horn Hospital Auxiliary, Legion Auxiliary and the Faith Bible Church Ladies Aide Society.

Left to cherish her memory include her children Dorothy (Gilbert) Schoba of Ida Grove, IA, Dean (Julie) Rath of Ida Grove, IA and Donald (Debbie) Rath of Gulfport, MS; 5 grandchildren: Jenniffer (Shannon Hopkins) Cedeño, Susan (Bill) Henkelman, Gary (Tara) Kron, Jr., Christina (Marty) Homer and Dawn (Nathan) Holbrook; 19 great-grandchildren; 16 great-great grandchildren; brothers Duane (Shirley) Druivenga and James “Jim” Druivenga both of Battle Creek, IA; brother-in-law Wayne Steinkuehler of Texas; many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Margie was preceded in death by her loving husband of 42 years Frederick Rath, her parents Carl and Elsie Druivenga, brother Raymond (Donna) Druivenga; sisters Doris (Leonard) Sanford, Emma Jean Steinkuehler; sister-in-law Janice Druivenga; granddaughter Amy Kron; great-grandson Joseph Landon; great-granddaughter Rebecca “Becca” Cedeño; great-great granddaughter Abby Hicks; great-grandson Joseph Hopkins.



Private Family Graveside Service


Rev. Kevin J. Freese


Susan Henkelman
Bill Henkelman
Jenniffer Cedeno
Shannon Hopkins
Gary Kron, Jr.
Ryan Kron

Honorary Pallbearers
Her Grandchildren & Great Grandchildren


Recorded Selection

"The Old Rugged Cross"


Ida Grove Cemetery
Ida Grove, Iowa


Monday, June 29, 2020 at 9:26 AM
“Dorthy, deepest sympathy to you and all of your family. God be with you in this time of sorrow. Vera”
- Vera Varner
Friday, June 26, 2020 at 9:15 AM
“Praying for your family. Heaven gained a wonderful angel. I have many fond memories of her from when we were kids in Ida Grove. Always seemed to have a smile.”
- Lue Baker
Friday, June 26, 2020 at 9:15 AM
“To the families of Marge-you have our heartfelt condolences. She was always a joy whenever I was around her and I know she will be missed.”
- Cindy & Gary Nystrom
Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 2:08 PM
“Keeping you all in our prayers”
- Galen Peery
Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 9:05 AM
“Our prayers & sympathy to the family. ”
- Harold & Bernice Raymer & family
Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 9:05 AM
“Marg was a special cousin that took very good care of my mother and father in their later years. My condolences to the family as I know she will be missed so very much. ”
- Joyce "Clouse" Greer
Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 9:05 AM
“So very sorry for your loss, she was a very special lady ”
- Marilyn Dose
Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 9:05 AM
“I am so very sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts and in my prayers. Marge was such a very nice lady. God Bless!”
- Sheila Petersen
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