Christa Rethman, 82, passed away surrounded by her family at Mercy Hospice in Johnston, on March 8, 2017. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Christa was born in Hamburg, Germany on December 7, 1934. She began her nursing career in Germany where she met Edward Rethman. The two were married in the United States on May 2, 1959. She continued her nursing career in Iowa and retired from Mercy Hospital in 1996. After retiring, she was able to pursue her passion for traveling and spend time with her grandchildren.
Left to cherish her memory are her children: Andre (Kathy) Rethman of West Des Moines, IA, Mark (Alice) Rethman of Buffalo, MN, Kirsten (Corey) McGrauth of Boone, IA; 6 grandchildren; a sister, Karin Hennemann of Scharzenbek, Germany; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward; her parents; a daughter-in-law; a son-in-law; a granddaughter; a sister, Inge; and 1 niece and 1 nephew.
As a final gift to the field of healthcare, Christa donated her body to Des Moines University.