Barbara M. Rathjen

  • Born: April 1, 1939
  • Died: October 14, 2021
  • Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

Wilson St Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory - Franklin Township Chapel

5950 E Thompson Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46237

Tel. (317) 783-3653

Tribute & Message From The Family

Barbara "Barb" Rathjen went to be with the Lord the morning of October 14th, 2021 at the age of 82.

Barb was born April 1st, 1939 to Orbie and Emanuel Kenon in Gorham, Illinois. She married William Rathjen on April 9th, 1955. In their 62 years together, they moved to Northwest Indiana and were blessed with three children and nine grandchildren, before moving to Indianapolis and welcoming four great-grandchildren. Before retirement, Barb was a bus driver in Merrillville, Indiana for many years. More recently, she enjoyed her time as a receptionist at Attitudes Hair Salon.

Barb's life was full of family, friends, faith, and fun. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church. She adored spending time with her family, whether it be making s'mores over the fire or teaching recipes to a new generation. She was very giving to her family; any attempt to pay for dinner was met with ferocious resistance. Little known to many, she was an outstanding bowler in her younger years, and served as a faithful sports mom and getaway driver for her children's shenanigans. Known to be lucky, she was charged with lighting the birthday candles for her grandchildren. In her later years, she took that luck to the casino, where on one trip she famously won on a penny machine. Barb's feisty and charitable character will be forever missed.

Barb has reunited with loved ones who went before her, including her husband, Bill; her parents; four siblings: Jean, Ruth, Dean, and Emanuel; daughter Debra Rathjen; and grandson Craig Rathjen. She is survived by her children, William (Judy) Rathjen and Candace (Todd) Kendrick; eight grandchildren: Jeremy Rathjen, Andrew (Melissa) Rathjen, Steven (Laura) Rathjen, Rachel (Jonathan) Schmidt, Rebecca Kendrick, Hannah Kendrick, Ryan Rathjen, and Dusty Nicholson, and four great-grandchildren: Colton Rathjen, Payson Rathjen, Liam Rathjen, and Owen Rathjen.

Visitation at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Home, 5950 E. Thompson Road, Indianapolis, IN 46237 will be held Sunday, October 17th from 1:00 to 3:00 PM, with funeral service at 3:00 PM. Burial will immediately follow the service at St. John Lutheran Church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.


Condolence & Memory Journal

My thoughts and prayers for her family and friends. It seems like I have known her all my life. We both lived in Gorham. She was such A sweet young lady.

Posted by Patsy (Jedamsky) Whitecotton - Peoria, IL - Friend   October 18, 2021

Candace, my deepest condolences. I'll keep you and your family in our prayers. May their love and support help you grieve your mom's passing, and that you all find a way to also celebrate the life she led.

Posted by Aurora Kittredge - Chesterton, IN   October 18, 2021


My love and Sympathy goes out to your family. So sorry to hear the loss of your mom. What a friend Barb was, in Bowling and at the job. Leaving foot prints in my heart never to be forgotten. Love Forever, Jim & Bonnie

Posted by Bonnie Bonnie/Jim Escott - Merrillville, IN - Friend   October 16, 2021

My deepest condolences. Your mom was such a kind and nice lady. I remember her fondly. Many prayers for your family.

Posted by MaryAnn Brandly - Saline, MI - Friend   October 16, 2021

So sorry to hear of your mom's passing.
One of my fondest memories is of Barb teaching me bowling and I earned most improved that year! Barb had so much patience.There aren't enough words to say how much she will be missed but you will feel some comfort in knowing how much she loved you and your precious family! In Christ's love

Posted by Janice Lax - Jackson, TN - Friend   October 16, 2021


Our deepest and heartfelt sympathies and prayers to the Rathjen families.
May you find comfort and peace in knowing she is God's loving arms.
She was a spunky and beautiful lady!❤❤

Posted by Tom and JoAnn Butler - Wheatfield, IN - Friend   October 16, 2021

May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief. I'm so sorry. She was my friend and co-worker for many years.

Posted by Terry Volk - Merrillville, IN - friend   October 15, 2021

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