A Mass of Christian Burial for Erika F. Rakiecki of Pendleton, a German native who worked as an interpreter and court stenographer for the U.S. military after World War II, was offered Tuesday in Our Lady of Bistrica Catholic Church in Lackawanna.
She died March 24 after a brief illness. She had suffered from heart disease. She was 78.
The daughter of a diplomat, she grew up in Berlin and Weimar, Germany, and earned an interpreter's degree in Frankfurt. She worked for the G2 Branch of the U.S. Military Occupation Forces until she met her future husband, Frank, a military policeman. The couple moved to Lackawanna and later to Pendleton.
Mrs. Rakiecki spent four decades working with the Girl Scouts, as a troop leader, neighborhood director, association chairwoman and first vice president. She received the Girl Scout Council Award, Thanks Badge and Green Angel Award and received the volunteer award from Lackawanna. She later volunteered for the Boy Scouts after her grandsons became Scouts.
Also active in her church, she was a member of Our Lady of Bistrica Church Choir for nearly 30 years.
She is survived by a daughter, Linda of Pendleton; a brother, Dieter, and sister, Linde Gottschlich, both of Germany; and two grandsons.