Shirley Radel


Shirley Radel Shirley Radel, age 86 of Redwood Falls, passed away peacefully Friday, December 11, 2015 at Seasons Hospice in Redwood Falls. Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, December 16 at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Wabasso. Visitation is 4:00-7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the church and will continue one hour prior to services on Wednesday. Burial is in St. Matthew’s Lutheran Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent at Stephens Funeral Service – Redwood Valley Funeral Home in Redwood Falls is assisting the family with arrangements.

Shirley Mae Radel, the daughter of Adolph and Alma (Ellingson) Lawrenz, was born March 23, 1929 at home in Johnsonville Township, Minnesota. Shirley graduated from Walnut Grove High School in 1947. She married Warren Radel on December 16, 1947 and raised her eight children on the family farm. Shirley’s life was all about family. She was a hall-of-fame wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She loved to dance, travel, and she cherished family gatherings. For most of her life she nurtured and cared for her children. In her later life, her children cared for her – just what every mother hopes for. After raising her family, she went to work as a trained medical assistant at the Wabasso Nursing Home to help care for others, a job she loved and excelled at. In her later years, Shirley lived at Garnette Gardens and Seasons where she was happy, comfortable, and well cared for.

Shirley is survived by her eight children: David (Roseann) Radel, Dwayne (Jane) Radel, Jody (Diane) Radel, Ginger (Tom) Baune, Sherri (John) Schueller, Tami (Clete) Guetter, Chad (Melissa) Radel, and Wendy (Stan) Rohlik; 25 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; and siblings: Ardyce (Jerry) Strand, Dean (Jan) Lawrenz, Charlene (Luke) Satter, and Ardyn (Marcy) Lawrenz. She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Warren, and one grandchild Kristina Baune.


  1. Roy & Sue Kodet says:

    Dear Radel Family , You All have our deepest sympathy on the loss of your loved one !! Our thought and prayers are with you. Let your great memories be your healing thru this difficult time !

  2. Kathy Schmidt says:

    Chad & Melissa, you have my prayers & sympathy on the loss of your mother (in-law) . You will surely miss her but she is having a blast at the best Christmas party ever! May you smile often as you think of her during this holiday season.

  3. Rene and Dianne Jennige says:

    Our sympathy and prayers to all of you and your families.

  4. Lisa Macht Buraczewski says:

    Dear Wendy and Siblings,

    I want you to know I am asking God to sustain you during this time of bereavement. May beatiful memories and the support of loved ones help you through this time.

    I have so many wonderful memories of your parents and the farm during my high school years. Shirley was a grand woman! I’d like to believe that now, she and your dad are reunited and waltzing away blissfully on the clouds.


    Lisa Macht Buraczewski

  5. Linda (Bernardy) Weldy says:

    My husband David & I want to extend our deepest sympathy. May the memories of your mom bring you comfort.

  6. Duane and Cindy Heiling says:

    Sorry to hear about Shirley, she was so full of life! Prayers and thoughts to all her family,
    God Bless,
    Duane and Cindy

  7. Arlene Zimmerman says:

    You have my deepest sympathy in the loss of Mom, Grandma and great grandma. It’s hard to lose a parent, but let the good memories take over. God bless and keep you all,
    Arlene Zimmerman

  8. Glen & Shirley Bock says:

    Our sincere sympathy to all Shirley’s family. You have great memories and these will sustain you even during this Christmas season.

  9. myron & mary vogt says:

    Our sincere sympathy to your families in the loss of your Mom. May your memories make you smile in the days to come as you spend time together sharing stories.

  10. Denny & Sharon LaPoint says:

    So Sorry to hear about Shirley, She was a favorite of ours, many memories from Lake Andrew. God Bless your family.

  11. Betty Zollner says:

    To the family of Shirley, I’d like to share my sympathy with all. I have memories of living in Wabasso many years ago, having Chad stay with me after Kindergarden with Rick, going to Twins games at the old Metrodome, having your Dad as a member of the Old Wabasso Creamery that Fred managed. Later years, we would see Shirley dancing.
    Keep all these memories in your hearts.

  12. Doug Kolbe says:

    We wish to extend our sympathy for your loss. We hope happy memories soon replace the sorrow of Shirley’s passing. Best wishes from the children of James Kolbe; Mary Lou Rolfs, Duane Kolbe, Douglas Kolbe & Kathleen Carlson.

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