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July 13, 1938 – Monday, September 5, 2016

Service Information
St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Corcoran, MN
Friday, September 9, 2016
11:00 A.M.

Visitation Information
St. Thomas Parish Hall, Corcoran, MN
Thursday, September 8, 2016
4 – 8 PM, 7 PM prayer service

Marjorie Helen DeZiel Rathbun, age 78 of St. Michael, formerly of Rockford and Watkins, loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother passed away peacefully Monday, September 5, 2016 at The Legacy of St. Michael. She was born on July 13, 1938 in St. Cloud, the daughter of Frank and Mildred (Warrick) DeZiel.

On January 18, 1958 Marjorie H. DeZiel and James W. Rathbun “Big Jim” were united in marriage in Spring Valley, Minnesota. Together Marjorie and James had four children. After leaving Rockford, the two made their retirement home in Watkins, Minnesota where they resided for many years.

Marjorie worked at Graco Inc. for 25 years. She was a great cook and baker. Marjorie enjoyed socializing, playing pulltabs, cribbage, cards, watching birds, and wintering in Arizona with her husband.

Preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Jim Rathbun; parents, Frank and Mildred “Millie” DeZiel; and brothers, Earl DeZiel, Dale DeZiel.

Survived by her children, Cheryl (Paul) Vergin, Cindy (Gary) Corbett, Barry (Lisa) Rathbun, Todd (Becky) Rathbun; 4 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; siblings, Duane (Elaine) DeZiel, Arlene Rhode, Gary (Joni) DeZiel, Jerry (Ruby) DeZiel; sisters-in-law, Lois DeZiel, Patty DeZiel; and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Mass of Christian Burial for Marjorie H. Rathbun will be held on Friday, September 9, 2016 at 11:00 A.M. at St. Thomas the Apostle Church0 County Road #10, Corcoran, Minnesota. Father John Gallas will be the celebrant. Visitation will be held from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M., with 7:00 P.M. Prayer Service, on Thursday, September 8, 2016 in the St. Thomas Parish Hall at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Corcoran. A visitation will also be held one hour prior to Mass at church. Interment will be in Elmwood Cemetery in Rockford, Minnesota.

Casket bearers will be Whitney Graunke, Jeremiah Graunke, Craig DeZiel, Steve DeZiel, Paul Vergin, and Bob Cain.

Honorary casket bearers will be Gary DeZiel and Jerry DeZiel.

A special thank you to the staff and nurses at The Legacy of St. Michael and St. Croix Hospice Care for their professional and loving care of Marjorie.

Serving the family is The Peterson Chapel St. Michael/Albertville Funeral Home. 763-497-5362.

1 Guestbook Entry

  1. Kim M Wewstrup

    Marge was a wonderful lady whom the town of Watkins loved. May she rest in peace. Our prayers to the family.

    Kim Westrup & Jill Knickerbocker Watkins, MN


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