Lawrence T. “Rowdy” Rademacher, 94

Lawrence T. “Rowdy” Rademacher, age 94, of Melrose, died peacefully on Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at the Melrose Area Hospital in Melrose, Minnesota.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 29 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose with Rev. Marvin Enneking officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery.

Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday and from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose. Parish prayers will be at 5 p.m. Monday evening.

Lawrence Theodore Rademacher was born October 27, 1917 in Oak Township, Stearns County, Minnesota to William and Maria (Valentini) Rademacher. On October 20, 1941 he married Hildegard Kemper at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Melrose. Lawrence was employed at Melrose Memorials and later at Empire Memorials, retiring in 1981. He enjoyed gardening, going to the casino, and doing carpentry work for his family.

Lawrence was a member of St Mary’s Catholic Church of Melrose.

Survivors include his wife, Hilda Rademacher of Melrose; children, Gerald (Joyce) Rademacher of Melrose, Jim (Julie) Rademacher of Melrose, and Kenny Rademacher of Melrose; eight grandchildren and ten great-granchildren; brothers, Richard (Lorna) Rademacher of Shoreview and Leander (Nancy) Rademacher of Big Lake; and sister, Jeanette (Melvin) Ramler of Sartell.

Lawrence was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Joe and Clarence Rademacher; sisters, Betty Wensman, Lenore Lenarz, and Lorraine Sylvester; infant sister, Rosalia Rademacher; and great-grandson, Brady Rademacher.

Serving as casket bearers will be Andy Rademacher, Dan Rademacher, Jeff Rademacher, Jason Rademacher, Scott Althaus, Ron Hellermann, Cole Arnzen, and Chad Rademacher. Cross bearer will be Heidi Althaus and scripture bearer will be Pam Rademacher. Reader will be Michelle Rademacher. Petitions will be read by Callie Arnzen and Savannah Rademacher. Gift bearers will be Dylan Rademacher, Dallas Rademacher, Cameron Rademacher, Maura Rademacher, Katie Rademacher, Tyler Rademacher, and Ashley Rademacher. Eucharistic Ministers will be Ruth Traeger, Pat Seanger, and Vern Hollermann. Eulogy will be read by Rich Rademacher.

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.

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