Marlene Mathilda, daughter of Karl and Amanda (Dammann) Bogatzke, was born on a farm south of Manning on April 6, 1936. The next month on May 31, 1936, she was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church south of Manning. Marlene attended country school through the eighth grade and then onto Manning High School. Marlene was confirmed on March 18, 1951 at Zion Lutheran Church in Manning. She graduated with the Manning High School Class of 1954.
In October of 1954 she moved to Milwaukee, WI where she had four aunts living in the area. She soon found a job and met her future husband. Marlene was united in marriage with Clifford Radtke on April 11, 1959 at St. Andrews Lutheran Church in Milwaukee. Three children were born to this union. In 1971 she moved to Verona, WI. Over the years, Marlene worked in the accounting and human resources departments of several companies, primarily in office supply companies. After retirement, she continued living in Middleton, WI for several years, then moved to Senior Housing and her final years in Assisted Living.
Marlene was always very active with her family and being independent as much as she could. She enjoyed caring for her grandchildren, traveling, reading, knitting, crocheting, sewing, and thrift shopping. Family and friends enjoyed Marlene’s sense of humor. Above all, she cherished her family, especially her grandchildren. Even though she never returned to live in Manning, she visited often to see family and friends.
On February 11, 2020, Marlene passed away at The Villa Nursing Home in Middleton, WI after several months battle with her heart. She was 83 years, 10 months and 5 days of age.
Preceding Marlene in death are her parents; infant daughter in 1964; brother and sister in infancy; sisters Mae (Ken) Fogleman and Marilyn Holmes; brother Myron Bogatzke; and sister in law Donna Fae Bogatzke.
She is survived by her children Laura Jacobson of Evansville, WI and John (Debbie) Radtke of Spring Green, WI; four grandchildren Lindsay and Jakob Jacobson; and Ryan and Tess Radtke; brother Marvin Bogatzke of Audubon; sister-in-law Wilma Bogatzke of Manning; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Monday, February 17, 2020 ~ 11 AM
Zion Lutheran Church, Manning, Iowa
Reverend Jonathan Conner, Officiating
“Holy God We Praise Thy Name” “The Old Rugged Cross”
“Abide With Me” Carlys Stribe, Accompanist
Jakob Jacobson Ryan Radtke
Martin Bogatzke Craig Bogatzke
Daniel Holmes Jeff Holmes Steve Fogleman
Honorary Casket Bearers
Todd Bogatzke Nancy Muhlbauer
Carmen Yancey Gwena Young Pam Mickelson
Karla Gierstorf Danette Holmes
Debra Fogleman-Wesley – In Memoriam
Manning Cemetery, Manning, Iowa
Marlene’s family respectfully requests donations be made to
either NAMI Dane County “Mental Health Support” or The American Heart Association or Care Wisconsin