Grace Radke

Grace Radke


December 18, 1940 - March 10, 2023


Grace Radke, 82, of Mitchell, SD, died Friday, March 10, 2023, at Avera Bormann Manor in Parkston. Funeral Mass will be 10:30 AM Thursday, March 16, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Mitchell. Burial will be at Servicemen’s Memorial Cemetery in Mitchell. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5-7:00 PM at Bittner Funeral Chapel with a 6:30 PM prayer service. Arrangements by Bittner Funeral Chapel.

A live stream of the funeral service can be viewed at:

Grace Matilda Radke was born December 18, 1940, to Frank and Elizabeth (Giesen) Wermers on the family farm near Dimock. She joined her siblings, Robert, Virginia, Violet, Joyce, Joseph, Barbara, then later her sister, Ellen. She attended Dimock Parochial School for 8 years then graduated from Parkston High School. After high school she attended Mount Marty College for nursing.

Grace married her high school sweetheart, James Radke, on December 27, 1960, in Dimock, SD. Their courtship began with attending the Dimock Dances and going to Milltown on Sunday afternoons. Grace and Jim loved traveling to different states and countries, and cherished the memories of their trips together.

Grace enjoyed sewing and sewed clothes for her family, including Jim’s dress shirts and her daughter’s prom dresses. She enjoyed fishing, gardening, and camping with family. Grace loved spending holidays with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Grace was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church for 61 years and the Altar Society. She was a long-time sponsor of LifeQuest. She was also a donor to the Abbott House and John Paul II School.

Grace is survived by her husband, Jim; daughters, Nancy (Loren) Adema of Sioux Falls, Lisa (Scott) Mehlhaff of Sioux Falls, and Kathy (Jim) Massa of Winner; 7 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; sister, Barbara Caffrey of Brandon Valley; in-laws, Denny and Mary Jo Radke, Kay and Barra Birrcher, and Paul and Linda Radke; and special niece, Jean Nelson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Robert and Joseph; sisters, Virginia, Violet, Joyce, and Ellen; parents-in-law, Kenneth and Josephine (Nuebel) Radke; and sister-in-law, Dorene (Fred) Huether.


Wednesday, March 15, 2023
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
6:30 PM Prayer Service

Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 W Havens Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Thursday, March 16, 2023
10:30 AM
Holy Spirit Catholic Church
1401 W Cedar Ave
Mitchell, SD 57301


Servicemen's Memorial Cemetery
Mitchell, SD

Posted by Mark Huether on April 25, 2023
So sorry to hear Uncle Jim. . Fond memories from years ago. Mom and dad cared for her very much. Sweet lady and role model.
Posted by Gary & Julie Kunkel on March 17, 2023
Sincere sympathy to Jim & all the family. She was a sweet lady & will be missed.
Posted by Terry & Paula Abeln on March 16, 2023
Sincere sympathy ❣️
She was a kind & gentle lady!
Posted by PATRICK CAFFREY on March 15, 2023
So many good memories from my childhood and our family events. My sincere condolences and sympathies to all.
Posted by James and Kay Tegethoff on March 15, 2023
Sorry to hear about Graces passing, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, may you find peace and closure, knowing she is with our lord.
Posted by Mariella Boehmer on March 15, 2023
my prayers blessings, Jim
Posted by Marlajean Waters on March 13, 2023
So very sorry, 🙏🏻
Posted by Gregg and Jody Brower on March 13, 2023
Jim and family, so sorry to hear of Grace's passing. What a wonderful lady, we are fortunate to have been able to have her part of our lives. Hold tight in your hearts to the wonderful memories you have of her. God Bless!
Posted by Ken & Barb Koster on March 13, 2023
We are so very sad for your loss.
Posted by DENNIS & CHERYL KUNKEL on March 13, 2023
Jim & Families we are so very sorry to about Grace she was a Beautiful kind soul She will be missed by many many people Our Thoughts & Prayers are will you all .
Posted by Deacom Barry on March 13, 2023
Prayers and my blessings. A holy woman she is. Will miss her humor.
Posted by Tammy Frost on March 12, 2023
Jim and family, I am so sorry to hear of Grace’s passing. She was such a wonderful person. I know that heaven gained a fantastic angel with her. We will keep you in our prayers.
Posted by Joel and Norma Kannegieter on March 12, 2023
Was so sorry to hear of Grace's passing Jim. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May you find comfort in knowing she is at peace and in the arms of her Savior. 🙏🏼
Posted by Dean and Shanna weiss on March 11, 2023
Oh Jim we are so saddened to hear of Graces passing. We will be thinking about you and your family in the difficult days ahead.
Posted by Gail Hanson on March 11, 2023
Our condolences to the family! I have such fond memories Grace and she was such a good friend to my mom.
Posted by Terry and Julie Greene on March 11, 2023
Our deepest sympathies to you and your family Jim. We have some wonderful memories of Grace. We are praying for strength to get through this difficult time.
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