Mary Lou White, 86, of Kearney, Neb. died Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at Mother Hull Home in Kearney, Neb.
The family will greet friends and relatives from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, July 11, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville and after 9 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.
A memorial service will be held for Mary Lou at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 12, 2019 at the Reiff Funeral Home in Dyersville.
Mary Lou White was born July 9, 1932 in Petersburg, to Clarence and Anna Wessels. She graduated from St. Boniface High School in New Vienna. Mary Lou Wessels married Paul E. Rahe on April 18, 1953, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna. Two children were born of this marriage, Patrick and Paul. Paul E. Rahe died in an accident Sept. 27, 1956. Mary Lou Rahe married Vernon A. White at St. Boniface Catholic Church in New Vienna May 11, 1962. Children of the marriage of Vernon and Mary Lou are Mary, who died at birth, Daniel, David and Steven. Mary Lou was a stay at home mother until her sons were in high school. She then she worked at Kearney Catholic High School, until her retirement. Mary Lou enjoyed bowling on several leagues at the Ertl Lanes in Dyersville, and at the Hilltop and Big Apple Lanes in Kearney, Neb. She also enjoyed gardening and canning. Vernon and Mary Lou did extensive traveling during their retirement. The two of them spent the entire summers at their cabin at Harlan County Lake. She loved her sons, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
Left to cherish her memory are her sons, Patrick Rahe and his wife, Teri, Paul Rahe and his wife, Kimberly, Daniel White, David White and his wife, Cheryl, all of Kearney, Neb. and Steven White and his wife, Sharon of Elm Creek; grandchildren, Andrew (Mandy) Rahe, of Kearney, Neb. Michelle (Corey) Friedrich, of Aurora, S.D., Alex Rahe, of Kearney, Neb., Tori (Shawn) Hatcher, of Severn, MD, Jacob White of Lincoln, Bailee White of Elm Creek, Colten White of Lincoln, Dane (Kara) Johnson of Elm Creek, Josh (Abby) Johnson of Kearney, Cody (Katie) Sparks of Milford, Ryan Sparks of Kearney, Ross Sparks of Callaway, Neb., and Trevor (Nikki) Sparks of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; great-grandchildren, Shelby (Brett) Johnson, Cale, Krason, Cannon, Coy, Hayden, Connor, Rhett, Ezra, Logan, Wyatt, Carleigh, Madison and Deklyn; great-great grandson, Briggs; brother-in-law, Allen (Dee) White, of Guttenberg; sister-in-law, Gloria Marolf, of Farley; along with other relatives and many friends.
Mary Lou was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Paul Rahe and Vernon White; infant daughter, Mary; brother, Fred Wessels; sisters, Germaine Schuster, Eileen Engelken, Phyllis Clemens and Ruth Osenburg; brothers-in-law, Ralph Marolf, Richard “Dick” Jacque, Wayne Osenburg, Arnold Schuster, Clarence Engelken and D. O. Clemens; sisters-in-law, Ethel Jacque and Norma Wessels; and great-grandson, Blake Rahe.