Rachel M. Hoth

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Rachel M. Hoth, 97, died Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018, at the Guttenberg Care Center.

Funeral services were Thursday, Sept. 20, at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Garnavillo, conducted by Rev. Hillary Burns Kite. Visitation was before services at the church.

Interment was at National Cemetery, National.

Leonard-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Elkader assisted the family.

Rachel was born Dec. 8, 1920, the daughter of Lloyd and Mathilde (Mueller) Brownson in rural National. Rachel grew up on the family farm that was homesteaded by her great-grandfather in 1849. In 2007, she received a plaque from the State of Iowa that the farm has been in the same family for over 160 years.

Rachel received her elementary education at the National Independent rural school and was third highest in the county after taking the eighth grade examination. She graduated from Garnavillo High School.

The family attended church and Sunday school at St. Peter’s Lutheran at National until the church disbanded; their membership was transferred to St. Peter in Garnavillo. She took an active part in church activities, especially teaching Sunday school. She was a member of the Happy Hustlers 4-H Club. One year she and her partner placed first in county demonstration and was awarded a trip to state fair; also that same day she was selected as county health girl, but since she and her partner were selected to go the state fair, the award was given to the runner-up.

Rachel attended Wartburg College where she received her standard elementary teaching certificate. She taught lower elementary at the Lutheran Homes in Muscatine. She attended summer school at Teachers College at Cedar Falls and taught fourth and fifth grade at Monona Elementary School.

On Aug. 28, 1945, she was married to Harold Hoth at St. Paul Lutheran in Monona, as her home church in Garnavillo had burned down in March of 1945. Three children were born to this union, Douglas, Steven and Susan.

Later she attended summer school at Upper Iowa for more credits and taught fourth and fifth grades at MFL. It was a joy to her to see children learn. She grew a large vegetable garden, froze numerous items, and she did much tractor work in the field, helping to put the crops in and taking them out.

She enjoyed exhibiting at the county fair for many years in the baking department, fresh vegetables, and in the antique department.

Rachel is survived by her sons, Douglas of Mantica, Calif., and Steven (Alice) of Dubuque; grandson, Daniel (Dawn Perry) Hoth; great-grandchildren, Dominick and Derek Haas and Macaylah Hoth; numerous nieces and nephews whom she thoroughly enjoyed when they visited her on the farm.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband and daughter, Susan.

The family wishes to thank the nurses and staff of the South Wing of the Guttenberg Care Center for their kindness and care of Rachel. They also wish to thank the Cornerstone Family Practice and St. Croix Hospice.

The family suggests that memorials be made in Rachel’s memory to St. Croix Hospice.

Online condolences may be left with www.graufuneralhomes.com.

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