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home : obituaries : obituaries June 26, 2016

6/26/2014 8:00:00 AM
Rethel May Stevens
May 30, 1935 - June 24, 2014

Rethel May Stevens, 79, Lucerne, passed away at 3:05 p.m. Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at Seton Specialty Hospital, Lafayette.

Born on May 30, 1935, in Royal Center, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Ruth (Roller) Sell. On Aug. 9, 1953, she married James Stevens at Shiloh Christian Church.

Rethel was a 1953 Royal Center High School graduate and valedictorian.

She retired from the U.S. Postal Service where she had been the Lucerne Postmaster for 32 years. Rethel was a member of Zion United Methodist Church in Lucerne for over 60 years. She was also a 50 year member of the Royal Center Order of Eastern Star and the Town and Country Extension Homemakers Club. She enjoyed going on bus trips, shopping, playing euchre, crocheting, playing piano and spending time with her family.

Survivors include her husband, James Stevens, Lucerne; daughters Debb Stevens, Lucerne, Janet Layer (Rich), Royal Center; sons Ken Stevens (Cindy), Royal Center, and Mike Stevens (Karen), Lucerne; brothers Victor Sell (Ellen), Royal Center, Glen Sell (Barbara), Delphi, Carl Sell (Edith), Logansport and Robert Sell, Royal Center; sister Leona Ray (Jan), Burnettsville; eight grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Service is 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 27, 2014, at Harrison-Metzger- Rans Funeral Home, Royal Center Chapel, with Pastor Bruce Russell officiating.

Visitation is 4-8 p.m. today at the funeral home where there will also be an Order of Eastern Star service at 7:30 p.m.

Burial will be at Zion Methodist Cemetery, Lucerne.

Memorial contributions may be made to Zion United Methodist Church.

Please sign the online guestbook or leave a condolence for the Stevens family at

Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, July 31, 2014
Article comment by: Ed and Lora Pinder

Jim and family,

I was scrolling through Rochester Sentinel obituaries and saw you lost your beloved wife. What a dear she was. Such a beautiful smile. It was always a joy when you two came into the restaurant. You always had to go back in the kitchen and say hello to "Bucky".

You have our deepest sympathies. If you get to Culver, please stop and see us.

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