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Velma Raasch Moentmann, 96, of Higginsville, and formerly of Hardin and Norborne, passed away at 12:15 a.m., July 25, 2008, at the Meyer Care Center in Higginsville.
Mrs. Moentmann and her twin brother, Verner, were born at the family home south of Hardin on Jan. 5, 1912, to Edward M. and Anna (Heil) Meier.
She was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church in Norborne. She graduated from Hardin High School and then attended CMSU at Warrensburg, earning her teacher’s certificate. She then taught at Oak Grove School until marrying.
On Sept. 3, 1933, she married Ortie Raasch of Norborne, where they were cattle and grain farmers; he preceded her in death on Nov. 26, 1965.
Following her husband’s death, Velma attended school at Research Medical Center earning a degree in Medical Records Technology. After graduation, she worked at Research Hospital in Kansas City, Lafayette Regional Hospital in Lexington, the Missouri University School of Veterinary Medicine in Columbia and Missouri University School of Dentistry in Kansas City. After retiring in 1972, she returned to Norborne where she was active in her church and community. She was a member of Lutheran Women’s Missionary League, Chase Extension Club and board member of the Freedom Retirement Center. She was an excellent fine stitch quilter, sharing her beautiful quilts with many people.
On Sept. 17, 1975, she married Marvin Moentmann of Norborne; he preceded her in death Dec. 12, 1989.
After Marvin’s death, she moved to John Knox Village East in Higginsville, and became a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church.
Survivors include: one daughter, Carol Raasch Henry of Richmond; one son and daughter-in-law, Robert Raasch and his wife, Claire, of Hardin; one step-daughter, Doris Pflughaupt, of Lincoln, Neb.; one step-daughter-in-law, Bonnie Rodenberg of Norborne; five grandsons, Kirby Henry, Douglas Henry and Craig Henry, all of Richmond, Jason Raasch of Hardin, and Jonathan Raasch of Sioux Falls, S.D.; four step-grandsons, Andrew Moentmann, Allen Moentmann, Jason Pflughaupt and Dana Pflughaupt; two step-granddaughters, Sherry Moentmann and Kristen Powell; three great-grandchildren and seven step-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husbands, her parents, one brother, Verner, one sister, Ella, and her step-son, Milton Moentmann, preceded her in death.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Trinity Lutheran Cemetery Fund in Norborne.
Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m., Monday, July 28, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Norborne. Funeral services will immediately follow the visitation at 11 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in Trinity Lutheran Cemetery, north of Norborne.
Arrangements are under the direction of Thurman Funeral Home in Norborne.