Dorothy Rabe

Dorothy Rabe



Dorothy Mae Rabe

Dorothy Mae Rabe age 90 of Redwood Falls, formerly of Walnut Grove, passed away Monday, May 30, 2011 at Sunwood Good Samaritan Care Center in Redwood Falls.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 2 at the First Presbyterian Church in Redwood Falls.

Visitation will be held 5:00-8:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Redwood Valley Funeral Home and will continue one hour prior to the service at church on Thursday.  Interment is in St. Catherine’s Catholic Cemetery in Redwood Falls.  Stephens Funeral Service – Redwood Valley Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.


Dorothy Mae (Pool) Rabe was born May 26, 1921 near Chandler, Minnesota to Stephan and Alma (Runge) Pool.  She was baptized in the Methodist church and confirmed in the Lutheran church.  She attended school in the Lake Wilson area.  Dorothy was united in marriage to Emil Rabe in 1939 in Nebraska.  To this marriage, 5 children were born.  Dorothy worked at the Revere Club for a number of years, and later purchased Arlene’s Café in 1958, renaming it Dorothy’s Café, which she owned and operated for 30 years.  Dorothy was well known throughout the area for her homemade rolls, pies, and home cooking.  She was a longtime member of the English Lutheran Church in Walnut Grove.  Dorothy loved cooking, baking, quilting, crocheting, and gardening.  She was always very giving of herself and her time to others.
Dorothy is survived by her children: Adolph (Peggy) Rabe of Motley, MN, Marie Story of Redwood Falls, Doreen (Daniel) Steenblock of Redwood Falls, Jan Erickson of Redwood Falls, and Sue Eidhammer of Windom; 20 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; and 5 great-great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by her siblings: Etta Arnt of Tracy, Herbert (June) Pool of Milroy, Robert (Donna) Pool of Minneapolis, Amy (Jim) Koepke of Erwin, SD, Caroline Grunwald of Owatonna; sister-in-law Betty Pool (wife of John) of Tracy; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  She is preceded in death by her parents; 2 grandchildren: David and Tom Story, and siblings: Sylvia, William, George, Stephan, Alvin, John and Mildred.

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