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Abby A. Raak, September 11, 1996 - May 10, 2020

Abby A. Raak
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Abby Raak, age 23, of Eau Claire passed away in her sleep on Sunday, May 10, 2020. She is now reunited with her unborn daughter, Zafarah, in Heaven.

She was born on September 11, 1996 to Zahnett and Matthew in St. Paul, Minnesota. Abby’s world revolved around her daughter, Ava “Uva”, they were always outdoors on hikes or at the park. When they were not outdoors, they could be found cuddled up on the couch watching a movie.

Abby had the biggest heart and anyone who met her could feel the love that she had to give. She was always willing to go without something to make sure she could help those around her. Her vibrant, colorful, and spirited personality could turn any situation into a positive and her strong will and determination could pull her through anything.  “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift––that is why it is called the present.”

Abby is survived by her daughter, Ava; her father, Matthew; her mother, Zahnett and Chad; her siblings, Justin (Ashton), Amanda (Tyler), Deziray (nephew Aiden), Logan (Karina), Jacob, Eliza, Larissa; and many other family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her unborn daughter, Zafarah; her grandfather, Stanley; and grandmothers, Virginia, Rosemary, and Thelma.

Private family service will be held. Visitation will take place from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire. Due to the Safer-At-Home Order please respect the social distancing guidelines and the amount of people inside the funeral home at one time will be limited. Burial will take place at Rest Haven Cemetery, Town of Washington, WI, at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 16, 2020.

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Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements. 


  1. JAMES HERREID May 17, 2020

    God wanted her back so bad.

  2. Cody Risler May 17, 2020

    Abby was a good friend to be around and to talk to the parents of abby im sorry for your lose you guys are in my prayers

  3. Angela Porter May 16, 2020

    OMG, So SAD to hear, we were all neighbors back on Feronia st in St Paul,
    My kids Tj + ShayA played with u!! MUCH LOVE!!

  4. Jeff and Kristi Sather May 15, 2020

    Zahnette, Chad, and family, we are thinking of you, prayers, hugs, and our deepest sympathy.

  5. Jon Luther May 15, 2020

    Zahnett, Chad and family,
    The Luther family is very sorry for the loss of Abby. Your family will continue to be in our prayers. God Bless you all.
    Jon and Melissa

  6. Tiana Thatcher May 14, 2020

    Sending prayers and positive vibes towards her daughter and her family and other friends. Abby had a sassy and spunky attitude but always was a good person, with an uplifting spirit of being kind to people even when people would give her crap about it. She always spoke her mind, no matter what. We’ve known each other for a very long time, we did a lot of things together since we were neighbors. The summer days and nights were always the best. She was always full of laughter, even when she was going through things. Fly high Abby. No matter what I love you & I hope heaven is treating you well. Or wherever you are... gone too soon, this is so heartbreaking. I literally talked to you a month ago.. I wish this was fake and not true.. but you’re gone.... you’ll be missed by all the ones who love you. You’re beautiful.

  7. Kathryn Schansberg May 14, 2020

    Zahnette, I just saw Abby's obituary and I'm so sorry for your thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family.

  8. patricia bronson May 14, 2020

    She was a bright and beautiful girl, she loved her daughter and family, to young to go. i am gonna miss commenting on her memes. My love goes out to your family and God needs her, she will always be in out hearts.

  9. Angella Ziehl May 14, 2020

    To the family of Abby, we are very sorry for your loss, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  10. Al jarocki May 14, 2020

    Zahnett and Chad, I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathies to both of you in this trying time. God bless and help you both.

  11. Dawn Nuenke dawn May 13, 2020

    Abby was an amazing young lady who was loved by many, and will be missed by all who knew her! She's given us her most precious gift to remember her. Little Ava. We will all love and cherish her, while keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. We will miss you. RIP

  12. Savannah Gruber May 13, 2020

    My heart has been heavy ever since I found out the news about Abby. I cry everyday because she is gone. We weren’t the best of friends but she was the one person I could count on to know exactly how I was feeling. I can’t even imagine how you, your family and Ava are... I am so sorry you all have to go through this. Abby was, and still is such a beautiful soul. Myself, and Elliott are here if anyone needs anything. I’m sending my good thoughts and prayers to you.

  13. Gregory Nemecek May 13, 2020

    Zahnette ,
    I am so sorry to hear about your daughter. I am sending my condolences from my kids and my self to you and your family. Please hang in there. If you need anything please don't hesitate to reach out.
    Love, Gregory Nemecek XO

  14. Candy Rae Paulsen May 13, 2020 are loved by my entire family we have known you for years your strong willed...fisty...and beautiful you always were a blast to hang out movies with...just to be around you always made us smile I love you so very much and can't believe we won't see or hear you I'm going g to cherish your pictures always...thinking of you

  15. Anthony reyes May 13, 2020

    sorry u had to go so soon until next time ❤❤❤

  16. Kimberly Roper May 13, 2020

    My heart goes out to your family hun fly high little girl give my grandson a hug

  17. Stephanie Raak Holt May 13, 2020

    I’m so sorry to learn of this. Abby contacted me occasionally on FB and always seemed like such a happy person. She really loved Ava. Sending deepest sympathies to the entire family and her friends.

  18. Jamie Lende May 13, 2020

    That was absolutely beautifully written about Abby.

    My heart breaks for all of you just trying to find her place in this messed up world. Although I mostly watched her grow through posts and pictures and friends. Felt like I knew her. Personal memory I cherish is her love for hats when she was very young. Made sure I brought her a hat from time to time when visiting. Loved she was a Viking fan living in Wisconsin. Beautiful smile and a big ol heart is the way I will remember her. She definitely was a unique. Fly High Abby❤

  19. Valda May 13, 2020

    So very sorry for your family’s loss. Abby sounds like a fabulous young lady and loving mother. She has left us much too soon. Our hearts are with you all. Lots of love and all of our strength in the days ahead, Valda Pakalns and Tom Devine

  20. BILLIE May 13, 2020

    Abby, i unfortunately never got the chance to meet you, i spoke with you off and oon over the years. You were such a sweet girl do not fear death,it is a temporary state. Heaven is all your's now sweet angell. You are with one of your daughter's and i know you are watching over all of us. You will be severely missed. Your light was just so bright,the world is a little darker now. Rest easy sweet girl. We love you. Love aunt billie

  21. Stephanie T. May 13, 2020

    Zahnett, I am sorry to hear of your loss. You and your loved ones will be in my thoughts and prayers.

  22. Rusty Beebe May 12, 2020

    Ha girl. Aunt rusty love you so much as you watch over your loved ones know that we miss you dear and will always be in our hearts love Aunt Rusty and Grandpa Floyd