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Charles “Charlie” Rathsam, 92

February 25, 2020

Charles “Charlie” Rathsam, 92, of Lancaster, passed away on Tuesday, February 25, 2020. Born in Lancaster, PA he was the son of the late Dorothea (Kaiser) and Carl Rathsam. He was the beloved husband to Jean (Greiner) for 68 years.

A US Army veteran of World War II, Charlie enjoyed working with his hands and worked as a land surveyor and draftsman at J. Haines Shertzer and Andrews Excavating. Charlie was a devout Catholic and parishioner of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Lancaster. In his free time, Charlie enjoyed working in his garden and remodeling his home. He and his family spent many years enjoying countless holidays, especially enjoying Christmas and his elaborate decorations. Most of all, Charlie cherished time with and providing for his family. Charlie was a humble and soft-spoken man. He was liked and respected by all who knew him. His gentle heart and self-less nature will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

In addition to his wife, Jean, Charlie is survived by his children: Thomas C. and Daniel J. Rathsam both of Lancaster; Susan M. Torrence (Mark) of Lititz, Robert C. (Kay) and Anthony J. (Bonnie) Rathsam both of Lancaster; his 7 grandchildren: Robert, Rebecca, Bryan, Devin, Aaron, Connor and Brynn. He is preceded in death by his daughter Mary Jo ”Josie” Deller.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11AM, Friday, February 28, 2020, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 440 St. Joseph St., Lancaster, PA 17603. Family and friends will be received for visitation from 10AM to 11AM. Interment will follow at St. Joseph New Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Charlie’s memory may be made to: The Multiple Sclerosis Society https://www.nationalmssociety.org.

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Condolences to the Family

February 28, 2020

Danny:
My condolences to you and your family on the loss of your father…..
I hope I’m not out of line with this but Congrats on you Chiefs winning the Super Bowl
Charles “Smoke” Smith 
Federal Mogul / NTN-BCA

February 28, 2020

Tom, My condolence . Tom Zangari.

February 27, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss.  Your wonderful family is a testament to the kind of man Charlie was!  He will remain in your hearts forever!  Sending you all lots of hugs and prayers. With love, Carol Leigh

February 27, 2020

Bob, Kay and your entire family, I am so very sorry for your loss. He sounds like he was a wonderful man. May your memories of him remain close in your heart forever. May he Rest In Peace. Deb, Mark, Jordan and Alyssa Perkins

February 27, 2020

To Bob, Kay, & the entire Rathsam family, you have our deepest sympathies.  As I mentioned to Bob in a text upon hearing of his father’s passing, no matter how “prepared” we think we are it’s still never enough time and never easy to say goodbye.  However our faith tells us its not goodbye, but until we meet again!  
May your favoriate memories of your father give you comfort at this difficult time.
Mike, Amy, & Aiden Gillin
 

Visitation
Friday, February 28, 2020
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
St. Joseph Catholic Church
440 St. Joseph St.
Lancaster, PA
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