Dolores Cooke-Werner, 95
Dolores “Dee” Cooke-Werner (nee Raddemann),
95, of West Bend, formerly of Kewaskum, went to her eternal resting
place on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, at Kathy Hospice in the town of Polk.
Dee was born on Sept. 9, 1917, in Hartford, the daughter of the late
Edward and Helen (nee Brose) Raddemann, and lived there until 1935 when
she moved to West Bend.
In 1938, she was united in marriage to Charles Cooke, who was in the
U.S. Air Force, and was killed in action over Germany in 1944, only
having finished eight missions while serving his country in World War
II. Together, they had one son, Richard.
In 1950, she married Gustav “Clark” Werner, at St. John’s Lutheran
Church in West Bend, later moving to Kewaskum, where they both resided
until 2006, then moving to Park Place Condominiums in West Bend and in
2009 moving to Cedar Community Campus.
When Dee first moved to West Bend, she was employed at The Express
Office, The Beacon Restaurant and the office of Dr. Frankow and Dr.
Grundahl. After living in Kewaskum for a few years, she worked at
Rosenheimer’s Department Store until she retired in 1984.
She was an avid bowler in the 1950s and ’60s in West Bend, her most
enjoyable hobby. She also enjoyed playing cards, reading, doing
crossword puzzles, and cooking and baking, especially for her
grandchildren. Spending time with her family, grandchildren and
great-grandchildren were most enjoyable to her. She also loved to get
together with old friends.
Dee and Clark enjoyed spending time taking yearly vacations at the Eagle
River and Minocqua area lakes, spending time with family and doing a lot
of fishing. Dee loved to go pan fishing. When their son and
daughter-in-law bought their home on North Twin Lake, they had many
enjoyable times with family, friends, the neighbors and fishing.
Dee was a faithful member of St. Lucas Evangelical Lutheran Church in
Those Dee leaves behind to cherish her memory include her son, Richard
(Kay) Cooke of Spring Grove, Ill.; her daughter, Susan (Russ) Gavin of
Slinger; four grandchildren, Rick Cooke of Naperville, Ill., Michael
(Debbie) Cooke of Spring Grove, Ill., Pamela (Brian) Anderson of
Rosemont, Minn., and Jonathan Gavin of Slinger; her great-grandchildren,
Bradley Cooke, Cameron Cooke, Adam Hodgson, Colton Anderson and Samantha
Anderson; two sisters-in-law, Lois Raddemann of Hartford and Erna Werner
of Tucson, Ariz.; and nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many dear
Dee was preceded in death by her first husband, Charles V. Cooke, and
her second husband, Gustav “Clark” Werner; her parents, Mr. and Mrs.
Edward Raddemann; her parents-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Charles M. Cooke and
Mr. and Mrs. Emil Werner; three brothers, Wallace, Carlton, and Edward
Raddemann; two sisters, Hazel Burie-Dodish and Ruth Potter; her
brothers-in-law, Walter Werner, William Werner, Earl Potter, John Burie,
Nick Dodish, and Art Buss; her sisters-in-law, Lillian Buss and Hedy
Raddemann; and her grandson, Timothy Cooke.
Funeral services for Dee will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 1,
2012, at St. Lucas Evangelical Lutheran Church in Kewaskum. The Rev.
Troy Swenson will officiate and burial will be in Washington County
Memorial Park in West Bend.
Relatives and friends may call at the church on Monday from 11 a.m.
until the time of services.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Lucas Lutheran Church are
The Miller Funeral Home in Kewaskum has been entrusted with Dee’s
Additional information and guestbook may be found at