Elizabeth Rathbun

Date of Death: Feb 04, 2015
Elizabeth Rathbun
[highlight_text]1920-2015[/highlight_text] Elizabeth Rathbun, 94, of Waupun, died Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at Marvin’s Manor in Waupun.


[leftcolumn] Elizabeth was born July 26, 1920 in Waupun the daughter of Arthur and Alma Learned. She graduated from Waupun High School in 1937 and from Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in Madison in 1941. She also attended Wayne State University in Detroit. She worked as a staff nurse at Wisconsin General in Madison, and at Highland Park General in Michigan. She met Milton Rathbun in Highland Park, MI and they married in 1947. In 1952 they moved to Waupun where she worked as a private duty nurse, and later as an office nurse and retired in 1982. Following retirement she and Milton traveled extensively in the U.S. and overseas.

Elizabeth is survived by a step-son, Charles Rathbun of Nebraska; a daughter-in-law, Patricia Rathbun of Idaho; a son, Richard Rathbun of Madison; two daughters: Tori (Terry) Beske of Waupun and Lisa (David) Mischler of Waupun; five granddaughters: Kristen (Brian) Binyon, Tara (Jonathan) Meester, Kayla (Joshua) Gierach, Hailey Mischler, and Callie Mischler; a grandson, Darin (Libby) Beske; two great-grandsons, Benjamin and Jayce; a great-granddaughter, Abigail; sisters-in-law, Muriel Mercer and Marietta Rathbun; and nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Milton in 1996; her parents; a sister, Irene Christiansen; a niece, Kayla Christiansen; and brothers-in-law and a sister-in-law.


[rightcolumn] [highlight_text] Services: [/highlight_text] Family graveside services will be held later in the Spring.



  1. Rebecca Hill Says: February 5, 2015 at 7:44 am

    Tori -Lisa -Rich , My deepest sympathies ! Elizabeth meant so much to so many people. I feel so blessed to have had her in my life so many happy memories. Her smile and sense of humor was contagious ! She was such a kind, caring , supportive friend to my mother . She raised a loving family which is a tribute to her .

    Love Rebecca Hill

  2. Tori & Terry,
    I am sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. My Mom passed in May so I kind of understand how difficult this is for all of you. May the God of all comfort be with you and your family during your time of grieving the loss of your mother, and may He sustain you and give you peace.

  3. Mark & Debbie Vande Zande Says: February 5, 2015 at 7:19 pm

    Dear Tori, Lisa and Rich,
    So sorry for your loss. We are glad that you could be so close to your mom these last few month. May God comfort and keep you during this time so sorrow.

  4. Cherry (Noparat Tananuraksakul) Says: February 6, 2015 at 12:08 am

    Lisa & Tori, I am deeply sad about the news as I never knew about your mom’s illness. She was incredibly sweet and kind and I never forget about how I met her and your dad back in 1984 at the Royal Palace, Bangkok, Thailand, and how both of them influenced me and got me to Waupun and Fond du Lac for study and intercultural experience from December 18, 1988 to 1990. I was grateful to be a part of her family, enjoyed learning all about American culture and getting to know her children, both Lisa & Tori, and grandkids, Tara, Kayla & Darin. My life positively changed then. I was so glad to be able to visit her again in Waupun in 2009.
    RIP my dearest mimi, Elizabeth Rathbun

  5. Susan Osteen Says: February 6, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    Tori and Lisa,
    So sorry to hear about your Moms death. Such a deep loss to lose your mother, my heart breaks for you both. Elizabeth was a women that I admired immensely and helped to me to grow in many area of my life. The world has lost a beautiful soul but heaven is rejoicing!

  6. Julie Sanders Says: February 7, 2015 at 9:34 am

    Dear Family,
    My heart is heavy today as I heard about your moms passing. I adored every moment I got to spend with your mom. I will cherish those memories. I will miss her very much. Please know that you all are in my heart and prayers at this time of great loss.
    Julie Sanders

  7. Amie (Wagner) Clark Says: February 7, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    So sorry to hear of Elizabeth’s passing. She was such a sweet lady, always in church, and smiling. Will always remember her in Uncle Bill’s office with the little white nurse dress and cap and how she would always tell me to “say ouch” for shots and such, and always she would do it before I even noticed and it never hurt! She had the magic touch.
    She will be greatly missed. Hugs.

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