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March 9, 2014


Lucille Emma Rackers
A much loved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, daughter, sister, and friend, Lucille Rackers, 81, of Wardsville, passed away March 7th, 2014 in her home surrounded by family. She was born on March 9th, 1932 to Joseph Sr. and Lucy (Thessen) Kolb. Lucille was a graduate from St. Peters High School. She married the love of her life, Leo, whom she was married to for over 50 years; together they were proud and devoted parents to five children. Lucille volunteered in the St. Stanislaus nurse’s office for many years, and she and her husband Leo were co-founders of Rackers Equipment. Lucille was sharp as a tack, and very smart business woman. Always wanting to make the world around her a better place, she was a committed 4-H leader, a member of Women of Wardsville, a Lady Elk, a lifetime member of the Eagles Auxiliary and most importantly she was a member of the St. Stanislaus Parish which was very near and dear to her heart. Lucille was a woman of strong faith and her Catholic church was immensely important to her. 


Lucille’s dark brown eyes and contagious smile warmed the hearts of many. She loved fashion, looking stylish, making her friends and family jewelry, and enjoyed shopping with her only daughter. Always up for a good time with her friends, she was an avid card club member and fully enjoyed winning a game of Golf or Blitz any day of the week. Lucille was a talented seamstress and could mend almost anything you sent her way. She cherished the days she was able to quilt with her mother and truly treasured teaching her granddaughters how to cross stitch. One of Lucille’s absolute favorite things was to watch her grandchildren play sports. She could cheer louder and longer than almost any fan in the crowd. Some of her favorite activities included trips to the Lake, going frogging, and her many adventures in Arizona. She will be remembered for one of her most recent accomplishments, becoming The Shuffle Board Champion of Leisure World. There was nothing Lucille hated more than her infamous sweet tooth, which was notably fixed with scoops of nightly ice cream. She was famous for her wonderful, mouth-watering home cooked meals. She made the best sweet spaghetti, chicken noodle soup, and banana bread in all of Wardsville.
Her greatest love was undoubtedly her family. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, her family always came first. She enjoyed taking care of the people who mattered most to her and she was well known for her nurturing and mothering nature. Lucille touched the lives of many and will be greatly missed.
Lucille is survived by her children: Gary Rackers, Michael Rackers and wife Sherry, Wayne Rackers, Rhonda Gelbach and husband Douglas, and Phillip Rackers and girlfriend Denise Fry; grandchildren: Michelle and husband Ryan Sherry, Matthew Rackers, Justin and wife Tara Rackers, Jason Rackers, Nicole Gelbach, Megan Rackers, Austin Gelbach, Amber Bradbury and husband John, and Kelly Firoella; great-grandchildren: Zachary, Zoey, and Allison Rackers, and Harper and Sloane Sherry; siblings: Joseph Kolb Jr. and wife Mary Jane, Twin Brother Louis Kolb and wife Ruth, Agnes Volmert, Norbert Kolb and wife Shirley, and Stanley Kolb and wife Mary. She was preceded in death by her husband Leo Rackers, daughter-in-law Carol Rackers, and brother-in-law Richard Volmert.
Friends will be received from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at the Houser-Millard Funeral Home, where a prayer service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, March 13, 2014, at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, with Fr. Ignazio Medina officiating. Lucille will be laid to rest at St. Stanislaus Cemetery. Expressions of sympathy may be made to Hospice Compassus, St. Stanislaus School Foundation or The Helias Foundation.
Arrangements are under the direction of HOUSER-MILLARD Funeral Directors, 2613 West Main Street; Jefferson City, MO 65109. (573) 636-3838. Condolences may be left for the family online at

Heartfelt sympathies go to out to Rhonda, Doug, the children, extended family and friends from the Class of 73.

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