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Elsie  P. Radtke
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    Chicago, IL 60660

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Elsie P. Radtke, nee Prendergast, 70, October 21, 2019, dearly beloved wife
of John A. Radtke; devoted mother of Kate (Jon) Hall, Thomas (Beth) Mannix
and Elizabeth (Brian) Gajos; dear stepmother of Rebecca, Jeremy, Jessica,
and the late Jeffrey Radtke; adoring grandmother of Maya, Quinn, Lucas, J.J.
and Jimmy; loving sister of Kathleen (Dennis Ginosi) Prendergast, Joan
(Michael) Restko, Joseph (Mitzi) Prendergast, Rev. Richard Prendergast,
Thomas (Margaret) Prendergast, Anne (Roberto Obregon) Prendergast, Edward
(Juliet) Prendergast, Melon (Michael) Prischman, and James (Rachel)
Prendergast; dear aunt of many, countless friends and lives touched.

Elsie was born on March 21, 1949 in Chicago, IL to Richard and Virginia
Prendergast. Before college, Elsie started working and eventually managed
six locations of Mary Del Corsetieres, setting the stage for her eventual
career and focus on helping others. She graduated from St. Frances Xavier
with a Master of Arts in Education and worked as an art, English, and
computer teacher before becoming the Associate Director of Family Ministries
for the Archdiocese of Chicago, where she guided families through good times
and bad.

She married John Mannix in 1975 and together, they had three wonderful
children. She raised her children to mirror herself, instilling in them her
strong sense of right and wrong, placing the needs of others ahead of their
own, and being kind and loving to all. She married John Radtke in 2000 and
welcomed three stepchildren into her life. Elsie and John spent 19 amazing
years together, traveling the world and spending time being Grandma and Pa.
Elsie's final 11 years on this earth were her most joyous, as she was
blessed with five grandchildren; to her, nothing was more important than to
spend time with her grandchildren, whether baking, painting, or gardening,
playing at the park, having sleepovers, or just snuggling on the couch
together. Her love for her grandchildren was matched only by their love for

Elsie was always looking for ways to help others and volunteered for many
organizations including PADS/ Housing Forward. She was a skilled painter
and baker and her banana bread and chocolate chip cookies will be missed.
Through her work at the Archdiocese of Chicago, she was able to focus her
passion for helping others by teaching couples how to create and maintain
strong relationships. She was an active and dedicated member of the Mater
Christi Church and served as a Lecter, participated on the Wake Committee
and in the Women's Guild.

Memorial Visitation Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, from 2 to 9 p.m., at RUSSO'S
HILLSIDE CHAPELS, 4500 Roosevelt Road, Hillside, IL 60162 (Between Mannheim
and Wolf Roads). Family and friends will meet on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019,
at Mater Christi Church, 2431 S. 10th Ave., North Riverside, IL, for Mass
of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Rev. Richard Prendergast, officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Misiercordia, 6300 N. Ridge
Rd., Chicago, IL 60660 <>, or Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos, <> NPH International is an orphanage in Mexico, near and dear to
Elsie's heart as it is where she and John were married.

For additional information call (708) 449-5300. Please visit Elsie's
personal tribute website at <> and sign her guestbook