• GEORGE R. RATERMAN
    March 24, 2020
    George Richard Raterman, age 83, (ne Yuris Ratermanis), of Kirkville, NY went home to be with 
    the Lord peacefully after a prolonged illness at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse NY on March 24, 
    2020. 
    George was born in Riga Latvia on March 28, 1936 to Max B and Mary (Schott) Ratermanis. 
    After arriving in the United States in 1949, George attended North High School in Syracuse and 
    graduated in 1955. He then attended the University of Iowa. 
    He served in the NY Air National Guard 174th Fighter Wing from October 1961 to August 1962 
    and participated as a crash team fireman in Strasbourg France during the Berlin Airlift. 
    He married the love of his life, Jennie Polimino, in August of 1957 and had a happy marriage 
    for 57 years. 
    George retired from the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and the NYS 
    Department of Transportation after serving 30 years as an Assistant Civil Engineer. 
    George was a strong Christian who was fiercely devoted to honor, passionate about his 
    convictions, and dedicated to his wife and family. He was a longtime member of the National 
    Rifle Association, an active member of the Tea Party, and an activist for the Conservative party. 
    He was also part of the Syracuse Latvian Association and a volunteer at the Syracuse Rescue 
    Mission. He attended First Christian Assembly, Pentecostal Christian Assembly, and the 
    Kirkville Wesleyan Church, where he taught Sunday School. 
    George and Jennie together were avid gardeners; George's specialties were the many varieties 
    of berries that flourished in his yard under his watchful eye. He was able by God's grace to 
    return to Latvia to visit after 40 years. 
    George was predeceased by his wife Jennie in 2014, his parents, his brother John (Janis) 
    Ratermanis and a great-grandson Canaan T. Davis in 2016. Survivors include his children; 
    daughter Laura (Stephen) Johnson, sons Max T. (Diane) Raterman and Matthew (Kim) 
    Raterman, and daughter Jennifer Raterman. He is also survived by his six grandchildren; 
    Christopher (Michelle) Johnson, Jill (Joel) Davis, Nicole, Max D. (Kris) and Joshua Raterman, 
    and Michael Ciciriello. He is additionally survived by his great-grandchildren; James and 
    Jennie Johnson and Colton Davis and his soon coming baby brother. He is also survived by a 
    sister-in-law and two nephews, Aina, Edgar and Victor Ratermanis. 
    There will be a private burial in Kirkville Cemetery to be followed by a celebration of George's 
    life to be announced at a later date In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to World Missions Press, 
    PO Box 120, New Paris, IN 46553-0120.
                               G.F. ZIMMER F.H.
                          CHITTENANGO 315-687-3366 
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    We are praying for the whole family and send our love to all.

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    I've known this family for over 40 years and when you think of a kind and gentle man ,this one comes to my mind. Soft spoken an in my eyes, always at peace with life and his family. I miss Mrs R. since she has passed and now I will certainly miss Mr R. But I do know that they are both together and they are flying high with the angels. I know that the love this family shares will help them get thru this tough time. I hope that my love for your family brings a little hug when you need it. God bless you all.

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    I was sorry to read of George's passing in Sunday's paper, but remind myself it was just that for him - a passing from this life into an eternal one with our Lord Jesus. I first met George (and Jenny) in 1983 when we worked together on a mission dinner for Open Doors Ministries. That developed into a friendship, and I especially liked the excuse of stopping by during raspberry season to buy berries and visit. George, Jenny and I would share news and pray together. After Jenny passed a few years ago, I stopped less, I'm sorry to say. I know George's arthritis was an affliction to him, and always prayed for that when I drove by the house. He is doubtless together with his beloved wife, now, and free from all his pain. My prayers of comfort go out to the family. Please keep me advised of any public memorial when that time is possible.

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