Frances Leona Schlemmer Radaker

Frances Leona Schlemmer Radaker, 81, of Ellwood City (North Sewickley Twp.) passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 15, 2013, at her residence.

She was born in Ellwood City on June 21, 1932 to the late Leo F. Schlemmer and the late Hazel I. Himes Schlemmer.

She was a graduate of Ellwood City High School, class of 1950, and received her nursing degree from Allegheny General Hospital in 1953. She was a registered nurse, working most of her career at St. Francis Hospital in New Castle. She was also a longtime member of Knox Presbyterian Church in Ellwood City.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell R. Radaker, Sr., who died July 7, 1986. They were married on September 26, 1953. She was also preceded by her granddaughter, Michelle L. Radaker, and three sisters: Ethel Bollinger, Elsie McKinney, and June Shaffer.

She is survived by three sons and two daughters: Russell R. (and Kimberly) Radaker, Jr. in California; Leo F. Radaker (and Florence McElwain) in Ellport; Gerald A. Radaker (and Donna Capece) of Ellwood City; Judith Schaub of New Castle; and Luann (and David) Reeder, Jr. of Ellwood City.

Eleven grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren also survive, as well as one sister, Marjorie Ferrese of Ellwood City.

Friends will be received from 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. on Friday, October 18, 2013 in the TURNER FUNERAL HOME of Ellwood City, Sixth Street at Park Avenue.

Services will be conducted at 11 A.M. on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at TURNER’S with Rev. Ronald Follett officiating.

Entombment will be in Sylvania Hills Memorial Park, Daugherty Twp.

Memorial donations may be made in her name to the Alzheimers Assn. of Pittsburgh, 110 Liberty Ave., Suite E-201, Pittsburgh PA 15222 (

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