Pernille Raetz died May 23 in Grass Valley after a four month battle with lung cancer. She was 43.

Friends and family are invited to a memorial service in celebration of her life at 11 a.m., June 14, at the Laytonville Cemetery on Branscomb Road in Laytonville.

Mrs. Raetz was born Sept. 14, 1964, in Copenhagen, Denmark, to Aksel and Ulla Hansen Mortensen. She moved to the United States in 1984 and returned to visit her family and homeland many times. She graduated high school in Denmark. Throughout her life, she worked as a clerk, manager and trainer at various grocery stores. For most of the last three years, she worked at Kit’s Corner and Riviera Market in Kelseyville.

Mrs. Raetz enjoyed creative art design, beadwork, watercolor and drawing. Her work reflected her gentle spirit, kind heart and playful humor as she made necklaces, bracelets, and drew pictures for her children, family and friends. She loved nature, fishing, and the outdoors. Mrs. Raetz also enjoyed living with her husband on Dan Clark’s Rainbow Ranch in Kelseyville. She loved the sound of the wind blowing through the tall pines, and the swans drifting across the ponds brought a quiet grace and calming peace to her life. She is well loved and will be missed.

Mrs. Raetz is survived by her husband of four years, Jeffrey Raetz of Kelseyville; daughter, Amanda Sauer; grandson, Anthony; son, Nicholas Sauer, all of Florida; children Ditte Carter and Ben Carter of Ukiah; stepchildren Ben Raetz of Upper Lake and Kaitlin and Vicki Raetz of Red Bluff; brothers Jorgen and Arne Mortensen; sister, Henny Mortensen, and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Aksel and Ulla Mortensen, and sister, Lillian Mortensen Persson.

Memorial contributions may be made to any cancer resource center of the donor’s choice.

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