Lives Lived: Edith Rademaker |

Lives Lived: Edith Rademaker

Edith Jane Rademaker, of Grass Valley, died peacefully in her home on Sunday, Feb. 21. She was 96.

A memorial service officiated by the Rev. Seth Kellermann will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 6, at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 235 S. Church St., Grass Valley.

She was born Aug. 10, 1913, in Stockton, to Thomas Francis Joseph and Edith Marie Murphy. She grew up in San Francisco before moving to Grass Valley with her husband and three young children in 1944.

Mrs. Rademaker was active in the Altar Guild and St. Catherine’s Guild of Emmanuel Church, the Republican Women’s Club and the Newcomers’ Club.

She was an avid reader and loved gardening, arranging flowers and interior design. She was known for cooking fabulous meals out of nothing and was always stylish and elegant.

Mrs. Rademaker is survived by her daughters, Edith (Sunny) Forrest of Grass Valley, and Susan Patricia Fowzer of Boise, Idaho; granddaughters, Patti Painter (Dennis) of Nevada City, Judith Forrest (Chris) of Mill Valley, Stephanie Blackwell and Lisa Blackwell of Sacramento, Torrey (Greg) Atrian and Kristina (John) Mark of Meridian, Idaho; and great-grandchildren Tristan, Kahlia, Amber, Genesis, Jozia and Alexander.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters, Katherine and Maxine; her husband Don Thomas Rademaker; her son, Don Thomas Rademaker Jr.; and grandson Eric Carl Forrest.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to Emmanuel Church Memorial Fund, the Nevada County Library (980 Helling Way, Nevada City, CA 95959) or the charity of choice.

Services are by Hooper and Weaver Mortuary, Nevada City.

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