Sharon Faye Radke, age 88, of Appleton, passed away on January 4, 2023.
Proceeding me in death was my loving husband, Bill, who I married in 1957, my brother, Jack Engerson and my parents Harold & Mildred Engerson. My father was the Chief of Police in Kaukauna and my mother taught school in Kimberly.
Survivors are our sons, Brent William and Paul Jay, Paul’s wife Elizabeth, our grandchildren Heather (Dan Melena), Sarah Radke (Fiancé Alex Eaton), Eric Radke, and the apple of my eye a great grandchild, Peyton Elizabeth Melena.
I belonged to the Community Blood Center for 28 years, involved in two area churches, Trinity Lutheran and First Congregational United Church of Christ in Appleton, where I was a soloist, choir member, and was active in each church. I was also active in the Genevieve Paulson Circle, of King’s Daughters, Delta Kappa Gamma society, Meals on Wheels, Wilson Wives Bridge club, and Wisconsin National Education Association. I was privileged to have taught Kindergarten for 38 years; and voted the Teacher of the Year in 1987. My pride and joy were my garden and my yard where I spent endless hours in the summers. I graduated from Kaukauna High School in 1952, and the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in 1956.
A celebration of my life will be held with Pastor Nick and my neighbor Pastor Jim Rademacher who provided me a great deal of Spiritual Guidance at my home. Friends may be welcomed on Monday January 9, 2023 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM at the First Congregational United Church of Christ on East South River Street in Appleton. There will be a memorial service on Monday at 11:00 AM at the church. For more information and to express condolences, please visit www.wichmannfuneralhomes.com.
In lieu of flowers please feel free to give to the above churches mentioned, the Appleton Education Foundation or a charity of your choice.
A very special thank you to my oncologist, Dr. Yao and his wonderful team who helped me through my years of pancreatic cancer. I would also like to thank Hospice for the care they provided.
Last, but not least I want to thank the support of my loving family. I was a “people collector” thus too many to mention by name, but you know who you are. To my friends and neighbors, I love you and will miss all of you. Thank you for being so kind to me and taking care of me through this very difficult time of my life.