Erika Radke

March 26, 1939November 29, 2018

Erika Radke, 79, of Wethersfield, passed away peacefully at Hartford Hospital, on November 29, 2018. Erika was born on March 26, 1939 in West Prussia, Germany and was the daughter of the late Robert and Justine (Heise) Radke. During WWII, Erika fled to West Germany with her family where she lived until 1962. She was a trained medical nurse working at a hospital near Goetting, Germany. In 1962 she immigrated to the United States where she worked at St. Francis Hospital for several months then she began training to become a psychiatric nurse. Erika worked at the Institute of Living for several years as the head nurse of the Day Hospital. After many years of dedicated care of her patients, Erika took an early retirement to care for her ailing mother. She took care of her mom until her passing. After back surgery, Erika was unable to walk and was a resident of a rehabilitation center until July of this year. She then moved home where she received home care up until her final days. Erika was also very interested in genealogy, she enjoyed walking, traveling and was an avid reader. Erika is survived by her brother, Erich Radke and his wife Gertrud and her sister, Olga Radke, along with several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Emmerich Radke and her sister, Ida Kroll.

The family will receive relatives and friends on Sunday, December 2, 2018 from 3-6 p.m. at the D’Esopo Funeral Chapel, 277 Folly Brook Boulevard, Wethersfield. Services will be held on Monday at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral chapel, everyone is asked to be at the funeral chapel at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Village Cemetery, Wethersfield. Memorial donations in Erika’s memory may be made to Hartford HealthCare at Home, 1290 Silas Deane Highway, Wethersfield, CT 06109. For online expressions of sympathy to the family, please visit


  • Calling hours Sunday, December 2, 2018
  • Prayer Service Monday, December 3, 2018
  • Burial Monday, December 3, 2018

Erika Radke

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