Catherine “Cathy” Marthaler Rue , age 89 of Tracy, passed away Friday, March 29, 2019 at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 4, 2019 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at church on Thursday. Interment will be in the Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Tracy. Stephens Funeral Service – Tracy Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Catherine “Cathy” Marthaler Rue was born August 11, 1929 to Simon and Clara (Walz) Marthaler near West Union, Minnesota. She was baptized, had first communion and was confirmed at her home church in West Union. Cathy went to country school and received her GED in 1978. On September 14, 1949 she was united in marriage to Donald Rue. The couple moved many times and lived in Long Prairie, Tracy and South Dakota. They eventually settled in Tracy. After the death of her husband in 1984, Cathy worked as a clerk in Tracy. She enjoyed church activities and visiting the home bound church members for many years. Cathy loved sewing, gardening, and her flowers. In 2014, she sold her house and moved to Twin Circle. Cathy loved to visit with her family.
Catherine is survived by her three daughters: Barb (Tony) Schons of Alexandria, Sharon Rue of Crystal and Patricia (Eric) Larson of Golden Valley; five grandchildren; and three great grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband, son Tom, three brothers, two sisters-in-law, and one nephew.