Florence Rathmanner, 95

Florence M. Rathmanner, 95, of New Prague, died on Monday, July 19, 2004, at Queen of Peace Hospital in New Prague.

Born and raised in Silver Lake, Florence Rathmanner was born to James and Mary Ellen (Dillon) Ziska on November 2, 1908. She attended Silver Lake High School, and was a pharmacy graduate in 1930 from the University of Minnesota. She worked in Minneapolis as a pharmacist until 1932 when she married and moved to New Prague.

Her marriage to Martin A. Rathmanner took place on July 12, 1932, in Silver Lake. She was employed as a receptionist, dental assistant and office manager for Dr. Martin A. Rathmanner in New Prague. Florence was a member of the Third Order Franciscans, Queen of Peace Hospital Auxiliary, Girl Scout leader, member of AAUW, Minnesota Dental Auxiliary, St. Wenceslaus CCW, and Knights of Columbus Auxiliary.

Florence is survived by her children, Pat McDonald, Falcon Heights, Mary Ellen (David Steveken, St. Paul, Catherine (Jerry) Herrmann, Montgomery, Margaret Sharkey, Elko and Ann (Dan) Walker, Delano; and daughter-in-law, Mary Rathmanner, St. Paul; 23 grandchildren and 42 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, Dr. Martin A. Rathmanner; son, Martin J. Rathmanner; grandsons, Michael McDonald, Jerry Herrmann; and son-in-law, Dennis Sharkey and one brother, Cyril Ziska.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Jeff, Peter, Jim and Marty Rathmanner, Mark, David and John Steveken, Bill McDonald, Marty and Mike Herrmann, Tom and Joe Walker and Joe Sharkey.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 23, at St. Wenceslaus Catholic church in New Prague. Rev. William J. Paron will officiate.

Interment will be in St. Wenceslaus Cemetery in New Prague.

Visitation will be held at the Bruzek Funeral Home from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, with rosary being said at 7 p.m., and 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Friday.

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