Kay A. Rateike
Kay A. Rateike, a 79-year-old resident of Hainesville, passed away Monday morning, September 30, 2013 at The Wealshire in Lincolnshire. She was born in Barrington on May 8, 1934 to the now late Will and Elsie (nee Jahnke) Shepherd. Kay was formerly a 40-year resident of Mt. Prospect, and was a devoted member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Mt. Prospect for nearly as long. Kay was an equally devoted member of Lord of Glory Lutheran Church in Grayslake since moving to Hainesville 15 years ago. She was the beloved wife of 59 years to Paul W. Rateike, whom she wed on June 19, 1954 in Palatine; the cherished mother of John Rateike and Susan (Jeff) Gately; the adoring grandmother of Allison, age 17, and Jake, age 12; the dear sister of Karlie Chapman, Bette (Bill) Robertson, and Waler (Becky) Shepherd. Her son Scott preceded her in death. Friends of the family may visit at STRANG FUNERAL CHAPEL & CREMATORIUM, 410 E. Belvidere Rd. Grayslake, IL 60030 on Thursday, October 3, 2013 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. A brief visitation will continue on Friday, October 4, 2013 at Lord of Glory Lutheran Church, 607 W. Belvidere Rd., Grayslake, IL 60030 from 9:30 a.m. until the time of funeral service at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery in Barrington. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to Lord of Glory, address above, would be appreciated. For information, please call (847) 223-8122 or visit www.strangfuneral.org.
I was talking to my Mom and Dad tonight and they told me that they hadn’t received a Christmas Card from Kay Rateike. I did an internet search and found this obituary. I was deeply touched and saddened by its information. Kay Rateike was a wonderful person and like a second mother to me growing up. I have very fond memories of her joyful demeanor and she would so graciously drive Scott, John and myself to the local pool, movie theater, amusment park and what ever summer activity we would invent. I have very fond memaries of those times in my life and she was such a big part of that. May God Bless and Keep her.
Most Sincerely, Brian E Smith
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