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Vada Maida Raker
Vada Maida Raker entered this world on August 17, 1931, to Rudolph and Adina Sunderman on a farm near Kaylor SD. Vada attended Kaylor Country School until the 4th grade when they moved to Scotland area. She attended and graduated from Scotland High School in 1949. Vada met the love of her life, Herbert Raker and they were united in marriage on August 28, 1949. Herb & Vada lived and farmed in Emery SD, until moving to the Scotland area, where they continued to farm until moving Into town until 1971. Together they raised five children: Neta, Mike, Cindy, Nancy, and Mark. Vada worked at different jobs until going to work at Human Services Center, where she retired after 25 years.
Vada loved surrounding herself with her family. She enjoyed cheering them on at different sporting events and on occasion had to be reminded, “ it’s only a game, mom.”
Vada was known for her excellent cooking and somehow managed to plan and cook enough for everyone because it was always a guess as to how many would be eating at the Raker table, as everyone was always welcome. In fact, it was a joke that we never left the table before planning our next meal.
Vada was an active member in the VFW Auxiliary for over 50 years holding various officer positions on the local and district level, as well as St Paul’s Lutheran Church, teaching many Sunday School classes.
Vada passed away on Monday, July 8th, 2019, at the age of 87 years and 11 months.
Vada is survived by her five children: Neta (Turk) Peturka of Scotland; Mike Raker of Scotland, Cindy (Robert) Kvick of Sacramento CA, Nancy (Jeff) King of Oxford IA, and Mark (special friend Jinjer) of Scotland.
Vada is the loving grandmother of 10 grandchildren: Justin Halverson, Heather Jenkins, Heidi Jenkins, Robert Raker, Kyle Kvick, Niki (Wayne) Klein, Erin Ramsey, Chelsea( Andrew) Stracke, Lindsey ( special friend Brandon) and Paige Raker. 3 Great Grandchildren: Savanna Jenkins, Leaha Jenkins, Atley Stracke, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Vada is preceded in death by her husband Herbert, her parents, one brother, and one sister.
This obituary was written in loving memory by the family of Vada Raker.
I was sorry to read of the loss of Vada. Mom (Luella Baumgartner) always thought highly of her as a Sunderman cousin. She dearly missed seeing her cousins when the Sunderman reunions were no longer being held.
Connie (Baumgartner) Hirsch Aug 28 2019 7:33 PM
So sorry for your loss. Vada was one of a kind. I enjoyed visiting with her. She spoke highly of her family.
Sheryl Frey Jul 16 2019 3:24 AM
Oh I am so sorry for your loss dear family of Vada. I worked with Vada at the human services center and oh we had so much fun. She was such a loving, caring person and I loved her laugh also. Prayers, Hugs and love to all of you!
Linda Nickles Jul 12 2019 7:12 AM
To the entire Raker family, So very sorry to hear of Vadas passing! What a beautiful soul she was! Many found memories, hugs and prayers to you all!
Rhonda Isaak Jul 12 2019 6:44 AM
so very sorry for your loss she will be missed she was truly a great person
Bob and Jessica Gimbel Jul 12 2019 1:03 AM
Vada will be remembered for her kindness and sincere concern for others. We shared an office area for a number of years at the Human Service Center. It was a great honor to know this lovely lady.
Cindy Jensen Jul 11 2019 2:29 PM
I spent so much time at your house while growing up and I have such fond memories of your mom and how good she was to us. Always welcoming and feeding the neighborhood kids. My deepest sympathy and love to your family. Thinking of all of you during this difficult time. Cheryl
Cheryl Beringer-Warneke Jul 11 2019 1:58 PM
What a great person and mother/grandma to an awesome family. Prayers for your peace, hope, and courage!
Mary Jo Williams Jul 11 2019 1:12 AM
Mark and Family, our sympathy and prayers to you and your family in the loss of your mom.
Terry and Lisa Pravecek Balvin Jul 10 2019 5:30 PM
So sorry to hear of your loss. What a great personality and smile Vada had. Our deepest sympathies go out to the family at this difficult time. God bless.
David & Jackie Max Jul 10 2019 4:55 PM