A Mass of Christian Burial celebrating the life of Wilbert Leo Radtke, age 80, of Lester Prairie, took place Wednesday, July 29 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted. Wilbert died Friday, July 24, 2009, at the Golden LivingCenter in Delano.
Wilbert was born April 26, 1929, the son of Anton and Angela (Paul) Radtke, in Winsted. He was baptized April 28, 1929, at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted, and confirmed at the same church Oct. 25, 1942.
He attended elementary and high school at Lester Prairie public schools, graduating in 1947.
In 1951, Wilbert married Lorraine, and they were blessed with seven children.
Wilbert owned Radtke Produce, Inc. in Lester Prairie for 58 years, retiring from the business in 2007. He also was a dairy farmer outside of Winsted for 15 years.
He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Lester Prairie Jaycees.
Wilbert lived in Lester Prairie his entire life and was a lifetime member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted.
He enjoyed fishing, listening to or playing music, dancing, watching sports, especially the Minnesota Twins; playing cards, and gardening.
Wilbert was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Jeanette Howg; brothers Quentin, Raymond, Francis, and twins Lawrance and Laurel; and a sister, Mary Jane Schlauderaff.
He is survived by the mother of his children, Lorraine Seemann of Lester Prairie; his children, Barbara Radtke (friend Juliann Ryan) of Minneapolis, Kim Lasky (husband Rodney) of New Hope, Joseph Radtke (wife Catherine) of Winsted, LuAnn Weisenburger (husband Bryon) of Lester Prairie, Jon Radtke (wife Colleen) of Honolulu, HI, and William Radtke (wife Michelle) of Lester Prairie; 16 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; siblings Tony Radtke Jr. (wife Jane) of Winsted, and Pauline Cady (husband Paul) of Zimmerman; as well as other relatives and friends.
Fr. Tony Hesse officiated at the 10:30 a.m. Mass. The soloist was Lavon Kielkucki, who sang “Ava Maria.” Congregational hymns included “How Great Thou Art,” “Amazing Grace,” “On Eagle’s Wings,” and “Song of Farewell.” Interment followed in the church cemetery.
Visitation was Tuesday evening, July 28 at the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in Lester Prairie.
Serving as casket bearers were Jeremy Radtke, Nicole Weisenburger, Nathan Weisenburger, Nicholas Strei, Brianna Radtke and Jordan Radtke.
Arrangements were with the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in Lester Prairie. For online guestbook, please visit www.mcbridefuneralchapels.com.