Karen Ratke Jones


June 6th, 1969 - September 28th, 2013

Karen Ratke Jones passed away peacefully at home with her beloved husband, Bill, and cherished sons Michael and Mitchell. The daughter of the late John and Veronica Ratke, Karen is survived by her brothers Larry (Sandy) Ratke, Frank (Jan) Ratke, George Ratke, Greg (Gina) Ratke and Kevin Ratke, along with large loving family and many devoted friends.  

Visitation will be held from 5:00 unit 8:00 PM on Wednesday, October 2 at St. Patrick's Church, 4101 Norbeck Road, Rockville, MD, with Mass of Christian Burial on Thursday at 11:00 AM.   Interment Friday, October 4 at 12 Noon at St. Mary Cemetery, 14201 Uhl Hwy. S.E., Cumberland, MD 21502.

** NOTE: Auxiliary Parking will be at Flower Valley Pool, 4510 Flower Valley Drive, for the funeral on Thursday beginning at 10:00 am. A shuttle bus will be provided to bring you to and from the church. **

 In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Holy Cross Home Hospice,11800 Tech Rd. Suite 240, Silver Spring, MD 20904. Arrangements by Cole Funeral Services, P.A. www.colefuneral.com

 
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  • Meg Vaughan

    We continue to pray for you Bill, Michael and Mitchell. Karen touched all who knew her. I feel truly blessed to have known her. She loved so well. Even when suffering greatly she thought of others and of how she could help someone else. Karen is greatly missed. I now pray for the help of Our Lady to be able to love as Karen loved. She fought the good fight, she finished the race, she kept the faith.

    9 months ago

    Rose Sembower

    Karen was a sweet and loving person, devoted mother and loving wife, everyone knew that. And she had that infectious smile from the childhood. She was a wonderful person who always thought of others. I will always see her as that little moppet with the short hair who used to follow my husband and I around when we were younger. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bill and the boys. Watch out for us all Karen and say Hello to all our family that is with you in Heaven. Love, Rose and Jim Sembower

    9 months ago

    Krista Salas

    Prayers to Karen\'s family. She was a beautiful person who touched many.\n\nKrista Salas

    10 months ago

    Chuck and Christy Mitchell

    The William and Margaret Mitchell extended family all loved Karen. She was a kind and loving friend to all of us. Mom and Dad Mitchell always told everyone that Bill and Karen were their adopted children and treated them as such. We will miss Karen so much but will remember her smile since she always had one for all of us.

    10 months ago

    Tom Trotto

    Karen was a special woman who had the ability to bring the best out of those whose lives she touched. She was a great friend and a wonderful partner at work, always willing to help others in need. We will always remember her laugh, her smile, and her never ending spirit. She was an inspiration to all of us. Those of us who have had the blessing of knowing and working with her will always hold a special place in our heart for Karen. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Bill, and with your family. \n\n

    10 months ago

    Mary Beth Williams

    God blessed me with a dear friend who showed me how to laugh and enjoy life to the fullest. Karen and I met at UMBC and she convinced me to travel with her to Spain (twice) and to visit the running of the bulls, the Eiffel Tower and a lonely beach in Portugal. Then she influenced me to change my major to Political Science, to also study French and spend a semester in Quebec. There we went to mass together and she started her journey back to her faith. Years went by and God brought us back together again. Karen again convinced me to travel to Pennsylvania to attend Fr. Dan\'s retreat last year. I keep all these travels and time spent with my dear Karen close in my heart. May God bless your family as they learn to live in this earthly life without your physical presence. May perpetual light shine upon you and may you rest in peace. Karen, please help me to travel to Heaven, too, where we will meet again. All my love, through Our Lady who helps us always remain In Christ. Mary Beth Williams

    10 months ago

    Chuck Hafer

    Was on the way home tonight when my brother, Will, called me to tell me about Karen\'s passing. We shared our memories of Karen and recalled our fondness of her spirit and warm personality. Karen was one of those rare people you meet in life that touches you in a profound way. My deepest condolences go out to her husband, family, and children.\n\nWith deepest sympathy,\nChuck Hafer

    10 months ago

    Will Hafer

    I am saddened to learn of Karen\'s passing. My brother, Chuck and I were just remembering her for her warmth and big smile. My condolences to her family; I trust that you find comfort in each other and in your faith. So sorry for your loss... Sincerely, Will Hafer

    10 months ago

    Will Hafer

    I am saddened to learn of Karen\'s passing. My brother, Chuck and I were just remembering her for her warmth and big smile. My condolences to her family; I trust that you find comfort in each other and in your faith. So sorry for your loss... Sincerely, Will Hafer

    10 months ago

    Michelle Bednar-Charles

    It is not how long the candle burns but how brightly it shines....\n\nMy heart goes out to all of Karen\'s family and friends. We were each so blessed to have known her. May we take comfort in knowing now we have a special guardian angel to watch over us.

    10 months ago