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THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
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Renee M. Radtke

Issue Date: May 10, 2017

Renee Marie (Hegemann) Radtke, The angels arrived for me just before 5am on Friday, May 5th while at home surrounded by my loving family after losing my battle to damn cancer. I was newly 58, born on April 16th, 1959 in Burlington, WI to Elmer and Rose (Bralick) Hegemann.

We moved to Conover, WI when I was 2 years old, where I graduated from Northland Pines High School in 1977. Not long after that, I traveled southeast and met my very best friend, David Radtke. We were married on August 30, 1980 at St. Mary's in Peshtigo and have resided here since.

I worked for the Peshtigo National Bank for 17+ years in the bookkeeping department, but left due to my illness in March, 2015. Prior to that, I worked at the Peshtigo School District and Peshtigo State Bank, taking time off in between to raise my babies. I will miss my wonderful coworkers, past and present, dear friends and neighbors who have given me such wonderful support, prayers and love. They were always there for me.

I enjoyed doing so many things, but laughing was my favorite. Comedy, practical jokes and humor would take my breath away. I enjoyed all with a sense of humor. Even when you couldn't see the smile on my face anymore, I carried laughter in my heart. I also loved Wisconsin college and pro sports - football, basketball, baseball and hockey; my flower gardens and pond; bird watching; fishing; sudoku and crossword puzzles; and a little Candy Crush on the side.

My children are my greatest accomplishment and I am so proud of them. College, wonderful jobs, and being totally self-sufficient bring me comfort in knowing that they will do well after I'm gone. But as a mom, I will still be watching over them. So behave!

I am survived by my loving husband Dave; my sons, Ryan Radtke (fiancée, Jess Griswold) of Appleton and Ross Radtke (special friend, Mariah Smith and granddog, Brewer) of Wisconsin Rapids; my daughter, Heather Rose Radtke of Milwaukee; brothers, John (Kathleen) Hegemann of Citrus Heights, Ca., Paul (Mary) Hegemann of Green Bay, Dennis (Janis) Hegemann of Sparks, NV and Thom (Donna) Hegemann of Pahrump, NV; a sister Joyce (Gene) Ludtke of Eagle River, WI; sister-in-law, Linda Ganter of Marinette; brothers-in-law, Gary (Mary) Radtke of Peshtigo and Mike (friend Maryanne) Zaloudek of Ft Collins, CO and numerous nephews and nieces.

I was preceded in death by my parents, nephew, Kelly Hegemann; great niece, Riley Ludtke; mother and father-in-law, Clarence and Lenore Radtke; sisters-in-law, Judy Hegemann, Cindy Hegemann, Susie Radtke and Janis Zaloudek and brother-in-law, Jim Ganter.

My family will receive friends and family at Berth and Rosenthal Funeral Home on Saturday, May 13th from 11am until a brief Memorial Service at 2 pm officiated by Deacon Chuck Schumacher. I express that all come casual " no suits allowed!

A special thank you to Dr. Halaweh and his angels, Tracy, Lisa, Patty, Lisa, Deb, Kate and Amanda for all their support, kindness and love. You've all made my illness more bearable and my life full of admiration of what you do for others.

"If today a smile should appear on your face, it's because at this very minute, I am thinking of you and I am smiling too."


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