Elizabeth L. Radtke died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 1998 following a courageous five-year battle with leukemia.
Funeral services for Elizabeth "Betty" Radtke, age 69 of Lester Prairie, were held Saturday, Jan. 31, 1998 at 11:30 a.m. from the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in Lester Prairie with Father William Vos officiating. Interment was in the Lester Prairie City Cemetery.
Betty Radtke was born Elizabeth Lucy Nieboer on July 8, 1928 in Sandstone, Minn., the daughter of Case and Adeline (Rudd) Nieboer. She attended Sandstone High School and St. Cloud Teachers College, where she earned a degree in teaching. After graduation Betty moved to Lester Prairie and began teaching at the Lester Prairie Public School.
On June 18, 1949 she was united in marriage to Quintin Radtke at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted.
The couple operated a milk delivery business for 20 years and an excavating business for 40 years in Lester Prairie. Betty enjoyed talking with the customers of both businesses.
Betty was an active volunteer in the American Legion Auxiliary, Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts. Her pastimes included visiting with friends and relatives, gardening, swimming, bowling, walking, reading, and protecting the environment.
She will be greatly missed by her husband, Quintin; two sons, David Radtke and wife, Pat of Cupertino, Calif., and Duane Radtke and wife Linda of Glencoe.
Further surviving her are four grandsons: Brent, Danny, Derek and Nathan; two sisters and a brother: Jean Colby and husband Richard of Bloomington, Minn., Dorothy Vos and husband Jerry of St. Joseph and Robert Nieboer and wife, Carol of Kalispell, Mont.
Also further surviving her are brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Wilbert Radtke, Fanchon Radtke, both of Lester Prairie and Mary Schlaugeraff and husband Wayne of Hutchinson; Pauline Cady and husband Paul of Zimmerman, Minn., and Tony Radtke and wife Jane of Winsted, as well as other relatives and friends.
Preceding her in death were her parents and two brothers-in-law, Ray Radtke and Francis Radtke.