Ida L. Reisse, 101

Ida L. Reisse, nee Garberding, formerly Radke, died on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, at The Fields of Washington County at the age of 101 years. She was born April 20, 1912, in Grand Rapids, Minn., to the late William and Bertha (nee Domann) Garberding.

On Aug. 31, 1935, she was united in marriage to Harvey Radke. Harvey predeceased July 7, 1976. Later, on April 2, 1983, she married George Reisse. George predeceased Jan. 19, 1999.

Ida was a pioneer, born the same week that the Titanic sank. She grew up on a subsistence level farm outside Goodland, Minn., on the Iron Range. Her home first served the logging company during the great clear cutting. After school, she moved to West Bend. She worked as a housekeeper and cook for several families, including the Rolfs and Dr. Heidner.

Like many, the depression was devastating, quickly followed by the drought of 1936. With World War II came more employment opportunities.

Socially, Ida’s life centered on the closely knit neighborhood and her church, Fifth Avenue United Methodist Church. Ida invested much of her time and effort there. At home in a single house with two families, she cared for her husband's father as he gradually deteriorated from cancer. Later she continued her care-giving with her mother-in-law.

Amidst this, she nurtured and parented her son, Harvey Jr., to whom she gave endlessly. Ida was generous in love, and dedication to all around her, always humble and ever caring.

It seemed fitting that after a stroke, her last years were spent at the Samaritan Health Center where in her declining years she received kind and compassionate care.

Survivors include her son Harvey Jr. (Jeanne) Radke of Racine; three grandchildren Patricia (Matt) Mevis, Thomas (Paula) Radke and Colleen (Charlie Anderson) Radke; seven great-grandchildren Mackenzie, Carson, Kira, Brianne, Ethan, Nathan and Nolan; other relatives and friends. At Ida’s request, a private committal service was held at Union Cemetery, West Bend.

The Schmidt Funeral Home of West Bend is serving the family. Online guestbook and condolences available at