Marlene J. Radunz, age 85, of Rural Darwin passed away Thursday, January 23, 2020, at her home. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, January 29, 2020, at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Litchfield. Visitation will be from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM on Tuesday, January 28th at Johnson-Hagglund Funeral and Cremation Service and also one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday, January 29, 2020. Interment will be in the Ripley Cemetery.
Marlene Joan Radunz, the daughter of Homer and Ruth Curtiss, was born on August 19, 1934, in Atwater, MN. She graduated from Litchfield High School in 1952. On June 1, 1954, she was married to Verl Stern at First Presbyterian Church in Litchfield, MN. She was a devoted wife and mother who lost her first husband Verl on September 12, 1968. On December 9, 1973, she was united in marriage to Stanley Radunz at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Litchfield, where they farmed together in Ellsworth Township. Marlene was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church and the Ladies Aid, she was also a member of the VFW Auxiliary. Marlene served as secretary of the Ellsworth Township Board and was a fire warden for many years. Throughout the years Marlene also worked at Farm Bureau and the Steve Davidson Agency. Marlene enjoyed gardening, plants and all of the farm animals, especially her kittens. She will be remembered as a fabulous baker, gardener, wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.
She is survived by her children Kathleen (Stephen) Coughlin of Boyds, MD, Eric (Erin) Radunz of Rogers, MN, daughters-in-law Julie Stern of Grove City, MN and Cindy Linder of Litchfield, MN; Grandchildren Rhett Lundgren, Becky Smith, Tiah Chapp, Tracy Stern, Kevin Stern, Michael Coughlin, Elizabeth Coughlin, Kira Radunz, Vaughn Radunz; great grandchildren Jadielyn, Skye, Kael, and Todd. She is also survived by her sisters Shirley DeBoer of Litchfield, MN and Judy Silge of St. Croix Falls, WI, special friends Marlys Knacke and John Smith and family; She was preceded in death by her parents, both husbands, sons Dennis Stern, Michael Stern and Todd Stern.
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