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Dorothy Radke

January 21, 1923 — July 28, 2018

Dorothy G. Radke, age 95, of Merrill, passed away on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at Pine Crest Nursing Home in Merrill.  She was born on January 21, 1923 to the late George and Edna (Kuether) Gruetzmacher in Merrill.

Dorothy was a registered nurse, and was recognized for 56 years of service at the former Holy Cross Hospital.  She worked as a nurse in the recovery room, as well as being a pharmacy registered nurse technician for 30 years.  Dorothy was a charter member of Agon and Wispan (Recovery Room/Peri Anesthesia Nurses), member of St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ, mission guild, quilters, money counter, Helping Hands and the senior choir.  She was nominated in “Who’s Who” among human services and the American Nursing Professionals in 1990, and the St. Stephen’s Faith Award  in 1996.  Dorothy was also a greeter for many years at Waid Funeral Home.

Dorothy had beautiful gardens with many flowers, her favorite being roses.

Dorothy was an outstanding mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister who took loving care of her family throughout her entire life.

Dorothy is survived by her daughter: Georgia (Marty) Martinson of Minneapolis, MN, brother: Robert (Joan) Gruetzmacher of Sun Prairie, WI, granddaughter: Kari (Matt) Saarloos, East Bethel, MN, great granddaughter: Ava Rose Saarloos, East Bethel, MN.  She was preceded in death by her parents, former husbands: Floyd Stevenson and Otis Radke.

Funeral Services for Dorothy will be held on Saturday, August 4, 2018 at 11am at St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ in Merrill.  The Rev. Lucas Williams will officiate.  Visitation will be held on Friday, August 3, 2018 from 5pm-7pm at Waid Funeral Home, and again at the church on Saturday from 10am until the time of the service.  Burial at the Merrill Memorial Park Cemetery will immediately follow the service.

The family wishes to thank Pine Crest Nursing Home for their many years of care and love given to Dorothy.

Waid Funeral Home & Cremation Service of Merrill is assisting the family with arrangements.  Online condolences may be made at

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