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Radloff, Dorothy J. S. B. (Pape) 1919-2010


Posted By: M. Durr - IAGenWeb volunteer
Date: 4/15/2010 at 18:32:40

Dorothy Johanna Sophia Bertha Radloff, 91, Postville, Iowa, died Thursday, March 4, 2010, at the Good Samaritan Center, Postville, Iowa, following a short illness. Dorothy was born on February 23, 1919, at the Waverly Hospital in Waverly, Iowa, to Otto and Hulda (Peters) Pape. She was baptized at Readlyn Lutheran Church on March 12, 1919, and confirmed on August 27, 1933, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Monona, Iowa.

Dorothy moved with her family to Monona in 1926. She was born second of five children. Dorothy attended school in Monona and graduated from Monona High School in 1938. She was an awarded guard on the Monona basketball team. After graduation she worked in Monona for Dr. Kettlekamp and Jasmin and at the Monona theatre. On August 22, 1941, Dorothy married Melvin Radloff at St. John's Lutheran Church in Luana, Iowa. To this union four children were born. Together they farmed Melvin's family farm south of Luana. They celebrated 66 years together. As a young wife, she helped in a successful farming operation and raised the children.

She and Melvin were enthusiastic Postville Pirate and Hawkeye fans, attending games whenever possible and in the later years listening to games on the radio and watching them on T.V. She was an active member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Luana, Iowa, belonging to Ladies Aid and choir. She enjoyed her neighborhood ladies club, The Home Garden Club, bowled many years, a Postville "Avon Lady," snowmobiling and traveling. Melvin and Dorothy enjoyed traveling the tri-state area dancing to Jerry Gilbertson and "Big Band Sounds." They were members of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Postville, Iowa. She especially enjoyed making many beautiful needlework gifts for friends. Her beautiful counted cross stitch will be cherished forever by her family.

Dorothy was a wonderful wife and mother. Always happiest when the whole family gathered together. She enjoyed watching her grandchildren grow and then the addition of six great-grandchildren. She always had a smile and happily appreciated all visitors at the Good Samaritan Center.

Survivors include her two daughters, Sandra (Richard) Helgerson, Postville, Sue (Verdine) Houg, Postville; two sons, William (Laura) Radloff, Luana, Robert (Nancy) Radloff, Postville; nine grandchildren, Bryce Helgerson, Brock (Jill) Helgerson, Jermey Houg (special friend, Samatha Adam), Chad (Darcy) Radloff, Petra Radloff, Amber Radloff, Derk Radloff (special friend, Emily Schroeder), Bobbie Jo (Ryan) Bevins, Kristie (Tim) Hrdlicka; six great-grandchildren, Josie and Lydia Helgerson, Hannah and Logan Radloff, Carter Bevins and Ashlee Hrdlicka; two sisters, Emelyn (Lorenz) Lenth, Carol (Bob) Schillig; two sisters-in-law, Elaine Pape and Marilyn Radloff.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Melvin; one sister, Marge Markey; one brother, Merwyn Pape; one brother-in-law, Elmer Radloff.

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, March 9, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Postville, Iowa. The Rev. Steve Brackett will officiate.

Burial will follow in the Postville Cemetery in Postville, Iowa.

Visitation will be held on Monday, March 8, 2010, from 4-8 p.m. at the Schutte-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Postville, Iowa, and one hour before services at the church.

Schutte-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Postville, Iowa, is in charge of arrangements.

Extracted from a funeral brochure


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