Family request memorials to Alzheimer's Assn. or St. Paul's United Church of Christ Cemetery.
Lavern Helen Raaf, 79, of Gerald, Mo. passed away on Sunday, January 7, 2018, at Mercy Hospital in Washington.
Lavern was born north of Gerald on August 21, 1938, to Louis and Edna (Pruessner) Panhorst. She attended Beemont School. She was confirmed at Ebenezer Stone Church on April 6, 1952, with joint classes through Stone Church and St. Paul's United Church of Christ. On September 7, 1957, at Ebenezer Stone Church she was united in marriage to William H. Raaf. She was a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Gerald. She worked at Paramount Cap Factory in Gerald, did child care in her home and was a homemaker. She loved working in their flower and vegetable gardens and out in the yard. Her hobbies were sewing, embroidery, cooking, traveling around the country including Canada.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Edna Panhorst; husband, William; brothers, Harley, Leonard and Richard Panhorst; brothers-in-law, Earl Rohlfing, Dr. Graydon Ballard, Richard Raaf and Herbert Raaf; sisters-in-law, Mayme Panhorst, Anna Mae Raaf Ballard and Marie Raaf.
She is survived by sons, Duane Raaf and wife Deborah of Owensville, Randy Raaf and wife Deborah and Roger Raaf all of Gerald; daughter, Karen Stillman and husband Paul of Gerald; sister, Elda Rohlfing of Gerald, sisters-in-law, Julia Panhorst of Eureka, Marilyn Schmidt and husband Landon of Lee's Summit; grandchildren, Chad and Mandy Raaf, Sarah Traub and husband Justin, Eric Raaf, Emily Kerley and husband Zac, Tyler and Bailey Stillman; great-grandchildren, Lizzie and John Traub, Lillian Raaf and Janie Kerley; special friend, Betty Boehmer of New Haven; special care givers, Christina Long and Mary Margaret Bee; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 11 from 4-8 p.m. at Gottenstroeter Funeral Home in Gerald.
Funeral services will be on Friday, January 12 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Gerald with Pastor Glenn Hollander officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.