Mildred Radebaugh
Mildred Radebaugh

VAN WERT, Ohio — Mildred Radebaugh, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, and a former resident of Van Wert, died Monday evening, May 5, 2014, at Whispering Woods Nursing Home in Grand Rapids.

She was born March 10, 1918, in Van Wert County, the daughter of the late Clarence and Emily (Snyder) Williman.

On May 25, 1940, she married Wayne Stetler and they had two daughters, Connie and Barbara. Wayne was a pilot in WWII and he was killed in action Dec. 5, 1944. She then married Byron Radebaugh on Sept. 1, 1951, and they had one daughter, Claudia.


Mildred was a kindergarten teacher and also was an editorial assistant for the professional education journal “Threshholds in Education” at Northern Illinois University. She was also an artist working in oils and watercolors, wrote poetry, and loved to read and travel.

She leaves behind two daughters: Barbara Tolley and Claudia Rosalos; eight grandchildren: Steve and Mark Hilty, Nick, Chris, and Sabrina Tolley, and Wendy, Laurie, and Mike Rosalos; 13 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her husband: Byron, daughter: Connie, five brothers and two sisters.

She will be missed for her laughter, gentleness, fairness, and wisdom.

Funeral services will be at Brickner Funeral Home at 2 p.m. Friday, May 9, 2014, with the Rev. Paul Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Woodland Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 11 a.m. Friday to time of services.

Condolences may be left on our website, www.bricknerfuneralhome.com or sent to bricknerfuneralhome@bright.net.