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Marilyn Kay (Nikirk) Rathsman

July 28, 1940November 19, 2021

Marilyn Kay (Nikirk) Rathsman, 81, formerly of Columbus passed away Friday November 19, 2021 at Greenwood Village South in Greenwood. Marilyn was born in Oolitic, Indiana July 28, 1940 the daughter of Isaac M. and Ida Ethel New Nikirk. She married Everett L. Rathsman, Jr. March 11, 1967 in Bedford, he preceded her in death May 25, 2018. She attended Indiana University and retired as a Probate Para Legal from the Law Office of Richard Enyon. She attended First Lutheran Church of Columbus and was a member of Bible Study Fellowship. She enjoyed reading, cooking and loved to work. She is survived by her daughter, Tanya (Phillip) Pongracz of Indianapolis; grandchildren, Abigail (Wyatt) Bowles of Altus, Oklahoma and Adam Pongracz of Indianapolis; sisters, Elsie Webb of Oolitic and Betty (Kenny) Speer of Oolitic; brother, Mike (Kim) Nikirk of Kodak, Tennessee; sister-in-law, Cara Jeffries of Columbus. She was preceded in death by parents; husband; brothers, Warren, Walter, Wendell and Jerry Nikirk. A funeral service will be conducted at First Lutheran Church Tuesday a 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Larry Isbell officiating. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to service time Tuesday at the Church. Burial will follow at Garland Brook Cemetery. Online condolences may sent to the family at Memorials may be made to Our Hospice South Central Indiana. Myers~Reed Chapel on 25th Street in serving the Rathsman family.


  • Tanya (Phillip) Pongracz, Daughter
  • Elsie Webb, Sister
  • Betty (Kenny) Speer, Sister
  • Mike (Kim) Nikirk, Brother
  • Abigail (Wyatt) Bowles, Grandchild
  • Adam Pongracz, Grandchild
  • Cara Jeffries, Sister-in-law

  • Our Hospice of South Central Indiana


  • Visitation

    Tuesday, November 23, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Tuesday, November 23, 2021

  • Burial

    Tuesday, November 23, 2021


Marilyn Kay (Nikirk) Rathsman

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Dorothy Yeaton

November 25, 2021

Tanya, I was so sorry to hear about your mom; had hoped to visit her in G'wood, but Covid prevented. I want you to know she was the friend who enabled me to survive the law firm we both worked for, maintaining contact as often as possible since. Last time I saw her was @ Walmart (east). Doesn't seem that long ago. She was a real sweetie and I valued her friendship more than most ex co-workers. Stopped @ her house awhile back and spoke w/ her next door neighbor; she told me she'd gone to G'wood. She made a valuable contribution
wherever she worked, and someone I shall sorely miss! Dot Yeaton -

Hal and Cindy Gelfius

November 23, 2021

To Marilyn's family,
We were so sorry to read about Marilyn's passing. She was a wonderful lady----very warm and helpful. While working for Eynon's law office, she helped us with an estate matter. She was so fond of my husband's fruitcake, and whenever he made them for the holidays, he always went by the office and gave one to her.
May good memories comfort you.
Hal and Cindy Gelfius