Etta Karpinski

July 28, 2018

Etta Karpinski, 93, of Manteno, passed away peacefully in her home Wednesday (July 25, 2018).

She was born May 7, 1925, in Venice, the daughter of Henry and Gladys E. Cheatham. Etta married Bill Radtke Oct. 12, 1946. He preceded her in death Aug. 15, 1977. Later, she married Edmund Karpinksi Feb. 15, 1987. He preceded her in death Dec. 21, 2013.

Etta was a bookkeeper at Schulze and Burch Biscuit Company and a bridal consultant at Edith’s Bridal Shop in Blue Island. Etta was a volunteer at the Illinois Veterans Home in Manteno for 17 years. She also volunteered at St. Francis Hospital and for the Meals on Wheels Program. Etta attended Cornerstone Church in Manteno. She was known for her great faith in our Lord and savior Jesus Christ, and she taught all who knew her to believe.

Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Mary Pat Radtke, of Clearwater, Fla.; two daughters and one son-in-law, Janis and Donald Fletcher, of Bakersfield, Calif., and Julie DeChene, of Lockport; seven grandchildren, Ryan (Melissa) Fletcher, Kimberly (Kale) Kinchen, Michelle (Chris) Denner, William (Nicole) Radtke, Kevin (Katie) Radtke, Brianna (Paul) Stanley and Kacie (Bill) McDonald; seven great-grandchildren, Ava Fletcher, Manny Radtke, Luke Fletcher, Kaison Radtke, Charlie Denner and twins, Blake and Lauren Fletcher; and another great-grandchild expected in November.

In addition to her husbands, she was preceded in death by her parents; one grandson, Scott Fletcher; and five brothers.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. Monday, July 30, until the 10:30 a.m. funeral service at Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home in Manteno. Burial will be at 3 p.m. Monday, July 30, in Chapel Hill Gardens South Cemetery in Oak Lawn.

Memorials may be made to Illinois Veterans Home in Manteno.

Please sign her online guestbook at clancygernon.com.


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