Life Story for
Theresa Wolfhilde (Bader) Raber - “Resi”, 97, a resident of Wenatchee, WA for 54 years, passed away on May 22, 2018.
Theresa was born in Schretzheim Germany on April 12th, 1921. Her mother, Theresia Bader raised her without her father Wolfgang Bauer, as a single parent in Holzheim on the family farm and later in Augsburg in Southern Germany. Her mother later married “Opa” Boll, who adored Theresa and spoiled her even though the onset of the second world war was making it more and more difficult for the Bavarian people. Theresa went to trade school and became a proficient seamstress and tailor and helped to support her family during those difficult times. Theresa had a brief marriage with a German submariner Herr Golling, but she met the love of her life William Gordon Raber in 1948 when he was stationed in Augsburg as a Chief Warrant Officer with the US Air Force. They married in Augsburg on February 4, 1949 and she started her new life as an Air Force wife. Theresa became accustomed to the constant moving every 1½ to 3 years between Arlington, Houston, Monterey, Omaha, Chicago and Minneapolis in the US and interspersed with overseas assignments in Augsburg, Furstenfeldbruck, Rhein Main, Frankfurt & Nurnberg in Germany.
While stationed in Omaha Nebraska Resi and Bill welcomed a son Jeffery on April 24th, 1951. Later while accepting another overseas duty assignment in Furstenfeldbruck Germany two more children, a son Curtis on April 3rd, 1955 and a daughter Denise on October 12th, 1956 were born. The family enjoyed the military service life and all the new and exciting places they lived but with Williams growing health concerns he finally retired from the Air Force in 1965.
Wenatchee became the family’s permanent home because of visits to Williams sister and brother-in-law, Midge and Walter Graham. With each visit, they fell more in love with the Wenatchee Valley and realized it was the perfect place to retire. Theresa continued as a seamstress privately but also worked for the Silver Needle, Mills Brothers & the Fashion shop. Theresa also found a new passion with machine knitting where she made beautiful dresses and finished off other machine knitter’s garments with expert hand sewing and crochet.
She also worked at Cascoa Growers in Cashmere with her daughter’s new mother-in law, Edith Marker, where she quickly became part of the “Marker family”.
William went to work for Wenatchee Federal Savings and Loan, later known as Columbia Federal Savings and while there became one of the initial owners of the newly built Fontanelle Condominiums. Sadly, on July 11, 1979 William passed away but Theresa remained in the condo by herself until her 97th birthday. She was fiercely independent and not afraid to undertake any task, whether it be paneling the wall or digging up asphalt to put in a patio – at age 80.
Theresa is survived by two sons & one daughter.
Son Jeffery William Raber and wife Luanne of East Wenatchee, WA. Children Kristopher Tarl Raber and wife Tabitha of Bakersfield CA, Amanda Irene Raber of Spokane WA, Jared Jeffery Raber and wife Megan and their daughter Audrey Mara of Spokane and Alexis Irene Raber of Ellensburg WA. Theresa was preceded in death by daughter-in-law Vicky Lynn (Ross) Raber in 1988, the mother of Kristopher and Amanda.
Son Curtis Owen Raber and wife Mary Carmen of Papillion NE. Children Curtis William Raber and wife Kristina, his son Jacob Curtis of Bellevue, NE, Thais Josefina (Raber) Campisi & husband John and their two girls Ava Maria and Mila Dolce of Papillion NE.
Daughter, best friend and traveling companion - Denise Ann (Raber) Marker and husband Barry of Malaga WA.,
Very special friends and neighbors at the Fontanelle, Herb & June Gatewood & Dorothy Sheppard, of Wenatchee. Her dear friend for 52 years Cornelia “Bettie” (Chapman) French, of East Wenatchee.
Theresa truly loved and will be missed by her little dog, Schatzy – now making her home with Denise and Barry and 2 new sister dogs.