Rachel Jean Hawkins was born July 6, 1942, in Le Mars, the daughter of Richard and Jean (VandenBerge) Hawkins. She attended country school near her home in Elgin Township and later graduated from Le Mars Central High School in 1960.
Rachel was united in marriage to Louis Westhoff on June 30, 1961, at St. John's Lutheran Church in Le Mars. Rachel and Louis were blessed with three children, Teri, Lora, and Keith.
She worked in the Le Mars Community Middle School cafeteria for more than 20 years.
Rachel was a longtime member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Le Mars. She was a member of the Dorcas Circle and the adult choir for more than 40 years. She also enjoyed quilting projects at church and assisting with "do-day" for many years. Rachel was always willing to volunteer whenever needed for church projects.
She also was the leader of several Christian Womens Club Bible studies.
Rachel was a gifted seamstress, having created beautiful clothes for family members throughout the years. She also enjoyed her flowers, raising roses, tulips, and African Violets.
When her children were young, she taught Sunday School and was a 4-H Leader.
Rachel enjoyed being a grandmother. Everyone will remember her generous warm hugs.
Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Louis, of Le Mars; three children: a daughter, Teri Wermerskirchen and her husband Dale, of New Auburn, Minn., and their children Julie and Jeremy Butricks and family, D.J. and Serenity, Jessica and John Maki and daughter Nevaeh; a daughter, Lora Berner and her husband Doug, of Clive, and their children, Joel and Chad; a son, Keith Westhoff and his wife Donna, of Le Mars, and their children Brittany, Brady, and Brooke; two sisters, Marilyn Rendon and her husband Pepé, of Green River, Wyo., and Barbara Dantes and her husband Gary, of Orr, Minn.; a brother, Roger Hawkins and his wife Kathleen, of Le Mars; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Jean (VandenBerge) Hawkins. Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. John's Lutheran Church, E.L.C.A. with the Rev. Gary Landsness officiating. Inurnment will be at a later date. Visitation will be after 3 p.m. today (Monday) at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars with the family present to greet friends after 5 p.m. followed by a 7 p.m. prayer service Monday evening at the funeral home. Visitation will continue Tuesday morning at the church from 9:30 until service time.
Pallbearers will be Julie Butricks, Jessica Maki, Brittany Westhoff, Joel Berner, Brady Westhoff, Chad Berner and Brooke Westhoff.
Expressions of sympathy can be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome of Le Mars.