Marzine E. Rautmann, 83, formerly of Ada, died peacefully with her family at her side on Friday evening, Dec. 13, 2013, at Homestead Care Center where she had been a resident for the past two years.

She is the former Marzine Illig, born in her family home Sept. 11, 1930, in Pound, Wis., daughter of the late August and Elsa (Berth) Illig. Marzine attended Brillion High School.

On Dec. 2, 1950, she was united in marriage to Jerome W. Rautmann at Bethel United Church of Christ, Ada. Jerome preceded her in death Feb. 21, 1991.

Marzine had been employed at various companies throughout the area, but most importantly she was a wife, mother and homemaker.

She was a member of Bethel United Church of Christ in Ada where she was a member of the Ladies Aid.

She was also a 4-H leader for the Franklin Cadets.

In her free time, Marzine could be found in her garden or preserving the fruits of her work. Her greatest joy was doing craft work, embroidery, crocheting, knitting and quilting. Visitors to her home could always see the many craft projects she had started or was currently working on.

Survivors include her children: JoAnne (Gary) Strysick, Jacksonville, Fla.; Patricia (Frank) Mollo, Lincoln, Neb.; Tammy (Ray) Reiss, rural Kiel; Linda (Daniel) Langkabel, Clayton, N.Y., and Brian Rautmann, St. Nazianz. She is further survived by 12 grandsons, two granddaughters, eight great-grandsons and two great-granddaughters. Marzine is also survived by her sister, Corrine (Eugene) Hintz; sister-in-law, Arlene Rautmann; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a brother, Reinhold (Carita) Illig; two sisters, Carol (Roland) Fleishner and Elizabeth (Harry Jr.) Drews; sister-in-law, Lucille Rautmann and brother-in-law, Norman Rautmann.

Funeral services for Marzine will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, at Bethel UCC, W4225 County Line Road, Elkhart Lake, with the Rev. Jim Liddle officiating.

Family and friends may call at the Meiselwitz-Vollstedt Funeral Home, 815 Sixth St., Kiel, on Wednesday, Dec. 18, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. and at the church Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of services.

Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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