Catherine E. Radtke


MENDOTA - Catherine Elizabeth Radtke, 95, of Mendota, passed away July 23, 2021 at Heritage Health, Mendota.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 27 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Mendota with Rev. Ken Gibson officiating. Burial will be at Restland Memorial Gardens, Mendota. Visitation will be held for one hour prior to services. Merritt Funeral Home, Mendota is handling arrangements.

Catherine was born Jan. 12, 1926 in West Brooklyn to Joseph and Emma (Schneider) Haub. She married Ernest “Ernie” Radtke on Feb. 12, 1945. He preceded her in death.

She and Ernie were blessed with four amazing children and their four amazing spouses who survive including Carole (Steve) Dancey of Mendota, Richard (Carol) Radtke of Bloomington, Minn., Randall (Char) Radtke of Mendota and Rodney (Sara) Radtke of Durham, N.C.; 11 wonderful grandchildren and their eight spouses; 13 great-grandchildren; two siblings, Gib (Sis) Haub and Darlene Shaw; one sister-in-law, Doris Haub; one brother-in-law, Pal Lauer; and she was “Aunt Catherine” to 46 nieces and nephews.

In heaven, she has joined her parents; her husband; two sisters, Flora Grothen and Shirley Lauer; two brothers, LeRoy and Marvin Haub; one son, Randy Radtke; and one grandson, Justin Radtke.

Catherine was a long time member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Mendota where she was part of Bible Circles and choir. Many remember her smile from Classon’s Bakery counter. If you ever sat around her table during card club or a family meal, you felt her love. Her family was blessed to have her for 95 years.

Memorials may be directed to M.A.S.S. (Mendota Area Senior Services). Online condolences may be left at