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Margaret Ann Radke

Published July 06,2022

Obituary's Biography:

Margaret Ann Radke, 101, a resident of Grayslake, IL passed away on July 4, 2022. Margaret was born on April 21, 1921 in Litchfield Minnesota to Oscar and Katherine Anderson nee Reagen.

Margaret was a member of St. Andrews Church in Grayslake. She was employed for many years to the city of Grayslake and received a certificate of appreciation for her extra ordinary service from the mayor.

Margaret is survived by her son Jim (Donna) Radke, Viroqua, WI, her daughter in law Penny (George) Bailitz, Twin Lakes, WI, her grandchildren Kermit Radke, Kurt (Heather) Radke, Darek (Dawn) Radke, Bret (Rose) Radke, Grant (Mary) Radke, Robin (Doug) Nehls, Liz Radke, Chuck Radke. 15 great grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild. Margaret was preceded in death by her husband Edward Radke, her son Kermit Radke Sr., her step son Edward Radke, her brothers Edward Anderson, Bernard Anderson, and her sisters Mary Perisan, Kay Foley, Hanah Becker, Helen Winn.

A visitation and funeral service for Margaret will be held on Friday July 8, 2022 at the Strang Funeral Chapel and Crematorium 410 E. Belvidere Rd, Grayslake, IL, from 11:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M. with the funeral service commencing at 1:00pm.  Burial will be at the Avon Centre Cemetery 21300 W Shorewood Dr Grayslake, IL, 60030. For more info log onto www.strangfuneral.org or call 847-223-8122.


4 replies on “Margaret Ann Radke”

  1. Regarding Margaret Radke, I miss you so very much and all the good times we had. You were the best mother-in-law, so sweet to everyone. My life will be different without you as no one can ever replace our relationship. You always listened to me, never judged me. Love you Gram will never forget you. You will always be in my heart, forever always. Penny

  2. We’ll sorely miss our sweet little lady-always a twinkle in her eye, always ready to share a funny story, always living life to the fullest…not to mention an AA pioneer for women, with compassion for us all beyond measure. Now Maggie is our guardian angel-the brightest star in the sky twinkling above us-what a blessing!!
    I’m heartbroken that I’m unable to attend Maggie’s funeral. To her family: My deepest condolences. I was fortunate to meet many of you at a surprise birthday party that you held for Maggie a few years back-what an honor it was to join you for that wonderful celebration! I feel as though I know you all so well because Maggie spoke of each and every one of you non-stop. I’m certain that her devotion to you is the reason that she lived to be 101. I found a short poem that sums up the bittersweet feelings I have about losing Maggie, and I hope that it resonates with you as well.
    God looked around his garden
    And found an empty place,
    He then looked down upon the earth
    And saw your pretty face.
    He put his arms around you
    And lifted you to rest-
    God’s garden must be beautiful
    He always takes the best!
    He saw your road was getting rough,
    The hills were hard to climb…
    So he closed your weary eyelids
    And whispered, “Peace be Thine”.
    It breaks my heart to lose you,
    But you didn’t go alone-
    For part of me went with you
    The day God called you home.

  3. So sorry I was not able to make Maggies’s service. Maggie held and will forever hold a special place in my heart. Maggie taught me many things over the years but the two that stand out are unconditional love and humility. I was gifted with her unconditional love and privileged to witness Maggie share her love with countless others. Maggie was a humble women who taught me about humility as I watched her live her life and interact with all the people she encountered. I will miss you Maggie and I will be forever grateful to call you my desr friend.

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