Coralyn Elizabeth Radatz, 89, of Winona, formerly of Lewiston, died Friday, March 15, 2019 at her home. Coralyn was born on March 10, 1930 in Winona to Homer and Cora (Sebo) Goss. She grew up in Lewiston as one of six children on the family farm. Coralyn graduated from Lewiston High School before attending Winona Teaching College and the University of Minnesota. On April 28, 1951 she married Charles Radatz, who had grown up 1 mile down the road on Thackeray Acres. Here they raised their children and continued dairy farming.
Charles and Coralyn were blessed with 4 wonderful children, Chris, Ray, Caryl, and Susan. She taught them the value of hardwork, love for family, and the value of a clean home. She loved children and truly was a giver. At family vacations on the lake she would be the first one in her swim suit to race the grandkids into the water and she wouldn't get out until the last one was ready. She was the best grandma ever!
After her children had left home she started her second career at SEMCAC, overseeing the senior dinning program. After nearly 20 years there, Coralyn took a job as a para professional at Lewiston Public School. She had a way to bond with the children that couldn't be replicated. She was a people person who loved learning your story and telling hers. If Coralyn was a stranger to you, then you haven't walked by her in a hallway yet.
She was active in Lewiston Church of the Brethren, First Congregational Church where she enjoyed being the dessert lady for the Souper Thursday meals, The Arches Museum, Winona Marine Art Museum, and the Lewiston Flower Society.
Coralyn will be deeply missed by her children, Chris (Mary) Radatz, Ray (Diane) Radatz, Caryl (Reggie Bennett) Radatz, Susan (Dennis) Frame; grandchildren, Brandon (Amy), Megan (Bryan), Jason (Carrie), Corinne (Willem), Tim (Amber), Charlie (Adriana), Bryce, John, Carl (Kelsey); 16 great and 1 great-great-grandchild; siblings, John (Patty), Anah (Howard), Odean (MaryAnn) and many nieces and nephews. Coralyn is preceded in death by her husband, Charles; parents; Brothers, Ray, Noel (Dorothy).
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Thursday, March 21, 2019 with visitation from 4-7 p.m., Wednesday March 20 and one hour prior to the service at Hoff Celebration of Life Center, Goodview. Private family interment will be held at Lewiston Church of the Brethren Cemetery. Memorials can be made out to Lewiston Church of the Brethren Cemetery Fund.
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Our condolences to Ray and Diane on the passing of Coralyn...what a beautiful write-up in the paper. She sounded like a wonderful mother and grandmother.
Paul & Wendy Schneider
I delivered meals to Coralyn for the last few years. She was always very upbeat and positive! It definitely was the highlight of the route to stop and visit a bit with her.
I delivered meals to Coralyn for the last few years. She was always so upbeat and positive! It was definitely the highlight of the route that day to stop and visit for a bit with Coralyn.
I remember her when I worked for her as a summer intern with SEMCAC and also through 4-H in Winona County, Friendly lady.
Coralyn Radatz Family…
I was saddened to hear of the passing of Aunt Coralyn. She was absolutely a wonderful person! The obituary on the funeral home web site was truly a tribute to her life, her family, and the type of woman that she was. I remember long ago visits to “the farm” and the warm, friendly hospitality that she always provided. Aunt Coralyn always wore a smile and had the energy of the Energizer Bunny! She touched so many people in a positive way and will surely be missed by all. Our prayers are with her and the family that she left behind.
Gary & Ann Gromer
Aunt Coralyn in the Grand Rapids shop of Julian & Trudy Gromer. Circa 1966.
Aunt Coralyn in the Grand Rapids shop of Julian & Trudy Gromer. Circa 1966
Wonderful,loving lady! Told you what she thought and the best Sunday School Teacher ever!
Our thoughts and prayers are with her family.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Radatz family. Although we did not know Coralyn personally, we do know her family carries her great qualities. May God's peace be with all of you.
Bob & Julia Uphoff
When i was a little kid i use to spend some time at there farm. The cookies seem to come to mind the most. My thoughts and prayers to the family
What a wonderful woman. My thoughts and my prayers are with the Radatz family. Gods blessings to you all
My Aunt Coralyn was a dynamo. I have loved her (and been a little awed by her) all my life. I feel as if my universe has shifted; however, I know that heaven has received a treasure and she and Charles are together again.
Coralynn and Charles were neighbors. Sweetest lady ever! She was a giver to so many people. Loved by everybody in Lewiston. RIP dear friend
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