Rachel Wollman was born on October 13, 1985. She grew up in Fordham Colony, SD. When she was 16 years old, she moved to Altona Colony, MN. On June 3, 2007, she married the love of her life, Samuel Wollman. Together they had 6 daughters and 1 son. They were married for 14 years. Life took a sudden, unexpected turn in Feb 2021, when she was diagnosed with an aggressive, cancerous brain tumor. By the grace of God and the prayers of God’s people all around the world, she underwent 2 successful brain surgeries, radiation, natural treatments, and chemo, without any side effects that affected any of her cognitive functions. She felt amazingly well throughout the year, up until the last 6 weeks of her life, when the cancer multiplied by leaps and bounds. She was touched by the Master Healer face to face when she went to be with him in glory, on November 19, 2021, 9 months after her diagnosis.
Rachel was a beloved wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend to many. Her life radiated with a peace, joy and gentleness that came from walking with the Lord from an early age.
She was one who delighted in quietly keeping her home and loving her children. She loved making her home an orderly, peaceful and beautiful place. Her creative touches were everywhere you look from paintings, to beautiful sketches of her children, to roses in little vases. Sewing was also much a part of who she was. You could almost always find her in her sewing room in her spare time making everything from dresses, to slippers, bedding, baby books, and the cutest baby clothes for her children and friends.
She had a special bond with her nieces and took the time to teach them to crochet, decorate cakes, make donuts and many other things. She will be missed but will live on in their hearts through all she taught them.
She loved her community and poured herself into serving whether it was her cook week, canning room, garden or singing in the choir. Working together with the ladies was such a gift to her, especially this past summer, she couldn't get enough of it. If something was going on where she was needed she poured her heart into it and did it well.
More than anything else, she loved Jesus and it radiated to everything and everyone her life touched. Serving Jesus meant everything to her. She walked closely in obedience wherever He lead her. Throughout the year of her sickness her faith in her Savior was very strong. She endured the surgeries and treatments with a
patience that encouraged others around her. Her joy and laughter with friends and family still filled her home despite all the pain and discomfort. Even as it became evident that God had chosen a different path for her, in the end she still said, “Jesus, I still love and trust you.”
So we have this hope that one day God will wipe every tear from our eyes, there’ll be no more sorrow, no more pain, no more painful parting. Our family circle will be unbroken forever when we join her and dad in the heavenly Jerusalem where they are waiting for us with open arms. The days ahead of us with them are greater than the ones behind us and for that we are grateful.