Joan K. Rater

Joan K. Rater, 77, of Ross Road, Corry, Pa., died Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, at Corry Memorial Hospital.

She was born July 10, 1944, in Corry, Pa., a daughter of the late Walter and Ruth Dahl Dingfelder.

Joan was raised and educated in Corry and graduated from Corry Area High School in 1962. She worked for Erie County Plastics for many years in addition to raising and caring for her family. She retired from there in 2008 when the plant closed.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Corry.

Joan enjoyed reading, decorating for Christmas and especially spending time with her grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Joan was preceded in death by three sisters, Marian Humphrey, Norma Vanderhoof and Betty Landers; and a brother, Howard Dingfelder.

Joan is survived by her husband and high school sweetheart, Gary C. Rater, whom she married April 23, 1962, in Erie, Pa.; a daughter, Joanna Butcher and her husband Michael of Corry, Pa.; two sons, Scott Rater and his wife Paula of Huntersville, N.C., and Jeff Rater and his wife Sande of Corry, Pa.; a sister, Jean Merritt of Albion, Pa.; and a brother, Alan Dingfelder and his wife Marie of North East, Pa.

She is also survived by nine grandchildren, Caitlin, Shane, Seth, Josh, Mike, Emily, Chelsea, Emiley and Jacob; and many nieces and nephews.

Family and friends may call at the First United Methodist Church, 650 Worth St., Corry, Pa., on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of the funeral service there at noon. The Rev. Duk Hee Han will officiate.

Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery.

The family suggests memorials to a charity of one’s choice. 

Funeral arrangements are under the care of Bracken Funeral Home Inc., 315 N. Center St., Corry, Pa.

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