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Marlene (Bogatzke) Radtke

April 6, 1936 — February 11, 2020


   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.


Funeral Service

Monday, February 17, 2020 ~ 11 AM

Zion Lutheran Church, Manning, Iowa

Reverend Jonathan Conner, Officiating

Congregational Hymns

“Holy God We Praise Thy Name”    “The Old Rugged Cross”

“Abide With Me”   Carlys Stribe, Accompanist

Casket Bearers

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

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