Renae Erin (Ottemann) Ernesti entered the Church Triumphant on October 12, 2023.



Renae’s funeral was held at St. Luke’s United Church of Christ, in Columbus, Nebraska on Monday, October 16.   Rev. Chris Alexander of St. John’s Lutheran Church – Shell Creek, Columbus, presided at the service.   

On October 18,  Pastor Ken Tubbesing presided at a 12:00 noon prayer service with Rev. Chris Alexander presiding at the burial service on the Martin Luther Church Cemetery.


The MLC church family joins with the family in remembering the 47 years that Renae walked her earthly journey.  Renae fought cancer courageously for over three years. Her caring attitude and contagious smile will truly be missed. She never let cancer stop her from living her life to the fullest.  She was a life-long member of Martin Luther Church.

MLC church family extends our sympathy to her husband, Andy; her children, Cassie and Blake Rathbone, Cevahn and Carter Ernesti;  Mother and stepdad Virginia and Jim Baack; Stepmom Deb Ottemann; sister and brother-in-law Amy and Todd DeBuse; Brothers and sisters-in-law Kurt and Leslie Ottemann; Cody and Kristina Baack; Step-brothers and spouses Brian Baack; Jeff and Lexie Baack; Brian Keller; and Aaron and Molly Keller; Mother and Father-in-law Alvin and Dona Ernesti; Brothers and sisters-in-law Doug and Sue Ernesti; Todd Ernesti; and Nick and Marie Ernesti.

She was preceded in death by her infant son Nicholas Steven Rathbone, father Harlan Ottemann, nephew Kadan DeBuse, and grandparents.

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 
From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, 
which the LORD, the righteous judge, will give me on that day, 
and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing.  2 Timothy 4:7-8