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Renee Marie 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; sister Joyce (Gene) Ludtke of Eagle River, WI; sister-in-law, Linda Ganter of Marinette; brother-in-law Gary (Mary) Radtke of Peshtigo; 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 2pm officiated by Deacon Chuck Schumacher. I express that all come casual – no suits allowed!
“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.”