Rachel Gackle was born November 11, 1919 to Frederick and Magdalena Gackle of Watkins, Montana. She was their 4th daughter with older sisters Emma, Clara and Katharine, and younger siblings Leah, Harold and Eltina. Rachel was baptized and confirmed in the Zion German Congregational Church. As a country girl she worked hard on the farm including milking cows, feeding chickens, and riding horses.
She, having only spoken German at home, started school in 1926 attending the Gackle
Grade School for one year. The following year she transferred to the Berry Grade School where she attended until graduating from the 8th grade. Rachel then went to Brockway High School. She always enjoyed school participating in many academics and activities including playing basketball, Glee Club, play productions, and youth fellowship at church. She graduated with the class of 1937.
Rachel attended Great Falls Commercial College for one year. She often worked as a secretary for a variety of businesses. She was asked to serve a wartime need and teach at the Berry Elementary school. She accepted and taught country school for two years. She resumed her education at McMurry College, Abilene, Texas. She pursued Religious Education and finished in 1948. She transferred to the University of Colorado at Boulder and graduated with a degree in Biology in 1950.
Rachel always attended a local church wherever she lived. At this time in her life she attended college age youth group activities. At one of these events is where she met Glenn Pribbeno, from Sharon Springs, Kansas, who was working as an engineer in Denver, Colorado. A courtship ensued. In 1951 they were married on June 24th at the Zion Congregational Church in Watkins, Montana.
Glenn and Rachel’s first home was in Wheatridge, Colorado. They were blessed with a son and two daughters: Kenneth, Kathleen and Cheryl. Rachel was very good at caring for the home, helping with school work, encouraging musical and extra-curricular activities. She enjoyed gardening, being a Campfire Girls group leader, taking piano lessons right alongside of us kids and making sure our family was healthy.
Her life was characterized by serving and caring for others. She taught Sunday School until she retired. She was active in women’s fellowship, praying for others and always a gracious hostess. She worked in the community as well as a precinct chairman and selling World Book Encyclopedia. She was a teacher at heart and always believed in education.
After 32 years as a civil servant, Glenn retired from the government. Glenn and Rachel moved to Longmont, Colorado to be closer to elderly family. They remained active especially in their church and by travelling to many places both near and far. Rachel continued her love of family by doing a lot more with her genealogy research. She published a book in 1989 entitled, “Two Hundred Fifty Years of Gackle Family Trails.”
Unexpectedly, in 1995, Glenn passed away. They had been married 43 years. Shortly thereafter Rachel moved into the Cherry Creek Retirement Village to be closer to her children. She enjoyed the activities that were provided there as well as many new friendships.
At the age of 99, Rachel passed peacefully into paradise in her own home with family present on December 31st, 2018.
In lieu of flowers please open your hearts to
Peace With Christ Lutheran Church
3920 S. Tower Road, Aurora, CO 80013