Florence Pauline Rau, 91, of Scottsbluff, died Saturday, November 17, 2012 at Golden Living Center in Scottsbluff. Her graveside funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at Fairview Cemetery in Scottsbluff with pastor Garry Schick officiating. Memorials in her name may be made to the Zion Evangelical Church. Her obituary may be viewed online at www.jolliffefuneralhome.com where online condolences may be made and memorial candles lit.
Florence was born December 10, 1920 in Hillrose, Colorado to Jacob and Anna Marie (Kiezer) Yakel. She attended school in Scottsbluff, and on May 18, 1939, she married Edward H. Rau in Harrisburg, Nebraska. She and her husband farmed all of their married life from 1939 until retiring in 1980. They moved into town in 1990.
She was a longtime member of the Zion Evangelical Church in Scottsbluff, was a member and past president and secretary of the women’s guild there and was chairwoman of the funeral dinner committee for many years.
She is survived by her daughter, Mary Jane (Jack) Kleemeyer of Douglas, WY, her daughter in law Janie Rau Melser of Springfield, CO, her sister Alvina Kufeldt of Scottsbluff and her brother Dick Yakel, also of Scottsbluff. She is also survived by her grandchildren Jonathan Rau, Michael Rau, Jason Kleemeyer, Scott Kleemeyer, Cody Kleemeyer and Theresa Lilley and great grandchildren Audrey Jane Rau, Jordan Greeley, Taryn Lynn Greeley, Shaylee Kleemeyer, Garrett Kleemeyer, Brielle Kleemeyer, Skyla Kleemeyer, Ashley Kleemeyer and Justin Kleemeyer.
Her parents, husband Edward, sons Stanley Rau and Roger Rau, daughter in law Patricia Rau and numerous brothers and sisters preceded her in death.