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Marilyn Rubenthaler, 82 - October 24, 2016

Marilyn Jean Rubenthaler, 82, of Gothenburg passed away unexpectedly on Monday, Oct. 24, 2016, at the Lexington Regional Hospital in Lexington.
Services took place at the Evangelical Free Church of Gothenburg on Saturday, Oct. 29. Interment was at the Gothenburg Cemetery.
Rubenthaler was born to Arthur and Martha (Miller) Kratzenstein on Feb. 22, 1934, at Wild Horse Valley on a family farm near Brady.
She graduated from Gothenburg High School in 1951 and from Kearney Teacher’s College in 1953, after which she taught school for several years.
On June 20, 1954, she married Jim Rubenthaler at the Svea Dal Evangelical Covenant Church north of Brady. During their 62 years of marriage, they raised four children on the family farm, which has been in their families for over 100 years.
Rubenthaler enjoyed her family and attended as many of her children’s and grandchildren’s activities as she could, according to family members. She loved to “dig in the dirt” and raised beautiful flowers. She also made cinnamon rolls every Saturday and would often deliver the extras to neighbors.
She enjoyed listening to music, as well as singing and playing, said family. She played for many weddings and funerals, playing for her first wedding at the age of 14.
?Rubenthaler was an active member of the Svea Dal Church, playing the organ and piano for services, teaching Sunday School and helping out wherever she could. She was also a member of the Svea Dal Ladies Ministries, the Spannuth Women’s Extension Club, Pounce-A-Dears China Painting Club and Birthday Club.
Survivors include: her husband, Jim of Gothenburg; daughters—Marcia and Gretchen (Troy) David, all of Brady, and Robin (Ron) Hines of North Platte; her son, Matt (Jennifer) of Lincoln; five grandchildren—Allison, Derek, Brooke, Trevor and Lizzie; three step-grandchildren; one great-granddaughter, Gemmia; a brother, John (Darlene) Kratzenstein of Brady; Karen Kroeker, of Brady; numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Memorials are suggested to Gideon’s International, P.O. Box 133, Gothenburg, NE 69138, and the Svea Dal Evangelical Covenant Church, 1676 Svea Dal Road, Brady, NE 69123.