IPSWICH - Lorraine E. (Bailly) Rathe, 96, a long-time resident of Ipswich, died peacefully at the Masconomet Health Care Center, on January 27, 2018. She was the wife of the late Rene Rathe, with whom she shared 63 years of marriage.
Born in Haverhill, Mass., on April 21, 1921, she moved to Ipswich as a young girl, and graduated from Ipswich High School in 1939. She was married to Rene, in 1939, at St. Stanislaus Church in Ipswich.
In addition to raising her six children, she enjoyed baking for friends and family, flower gardening, and playing her piano. She was a lifelong member of St. Stanislaus and Our Lady of Hope parishes, and the Catholic Women's Club.
When her children had grown, she worked in the kitchen at the Caldwell Nursing Home, and then in the cafeteria at the Winthrop School, where she was known to the children as "the money lady."
In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by three of her children, daughter Patricia Brady, and sons, Richard, and George.
She is survived by her daughters, Jane Phipps, and her husband, Kenny, Mary Murray, and her husband, Matt; and son, Michael Rathe, and his wife, Marie. She is also survived by 11 grandchildren, as well as many great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
A graveside funeral service will be held Thursday, February 1, at 10 a.m., in the New Highland Cemetery, 29 Town Farm Road, Ipswich. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. There will be no visiting hours. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Mrs. Rathe's name to Care Dimensions Hospice, 75 Sylvan Street, Danvers, MA 01923. Arrangements are under the direction of the Morris Funeral Home of Ipswich. For directions, or to send a condolence to the Rathe family, please go to MorrisFH.com.
Published on January 28, 2018