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Louise A. Raether

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Louise A. Raether of Yachats, Ore., died Jan. 6, 2013, as a result of injuries sustained in a traffic accident north of Waldport, Ore. She was riding with her daughter, Suzanne Aiken, to church when their vehicle was struck.

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Louise was born in Fairmont, N.D., on July 28, 1918, to Harry and Delia McConn. She grew up in Valley City, N.D., and following her mother and fathers' footsteps, she was active in music, having placed second in the state as a soprano soloist. She once sang on the radio with Peggy Lee.

In 1940 Louise moved to Wisconsin to teach, and she taught in Fall Creek and Altoona for 28 years. She was honored by the state's governor with a Distinguished Service Award in 1980, upon her retirement.

Early in her teaching career, Louise started the first girls' glee club in the school and served as a choir director at her church.

She met her husband-to-be, Harvey, the local blacksmith, in Fall Creek, Wis., and they were married there June 27, 1942. Their union resulted in the birth of four daughters, Suzanne, Patti, Jan and Cherie.

Louise and "Harv" lived on the lake until 1986 when they moved to Donna, Texas, where they enjoyed retirement for 17 years. In 2003 they moved to Yachats and lived with daughter, Suzanne, and her husband, Les, until their respective deaths.

Louise was an active member at Atonement Lutheran Church in Newport, Ore., and she enjoyed knitting, watching the fishing boats on the Pacific and cheering for just about any sporting event she could find on TV.

Louise is survived by daughters, Patti Ramstad (Ron Sheldon) of Roseburg, Ore., Jan Nordin (Gary) of Merrillan, Wis., and Cherie Brantner of Fall Creek, Wis.; granddaughter, Kim Freeman (Andy) of Indianapolis; grandsons, Chris Brantner of Fall Creek and Jeff Brantner of San Diego; great-granddaughter, Gabby; great-grandson Mitch; and brother, Dean McConn (Charlotte) of Detroit Lakes.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey; son-in-law, Les; daughter, Suzanne Aiken; sisters, Francis Bruns and Edith Nielsen; and brother, Neil McConn.

Louise was cremated, and her ashes are to be buried in Fall Creek, next to Harvey. There are two services planned to honor her life and Suzanne's. They are scheduled to take place Jan. 11, 2013, at Atonement Lutheran Church in Newport, and Jan. 16, 2013, at St. James Trinity Lutheran Church in Fall Creek, with inurnment at Trinity Cemetery to follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to Atonement Lutheran Church in Newport.

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