Giannina L. Radcliffe, 75
Dec. 2, 1940 — Nov. 16, 2016

Giannina L. Radcliffe, 75, of West Bend, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 16, 
2016, at The Kathy Hospice in the town of Polk, with her family at her side.

Giannina was born Dec. 2, 1940, the daughter of the late James A. and 
Eda (Perantoni) Burnett. In 1963, she was united in marriage to John E. 
Radcliffe at St. Andrews Church in Scotia, New York.

A naturally curious and intelligent person, Nina was fluent in English 
and Italian and studied German, Russian and old English. She majored in 
chemistry at the University of Vermont and had a BA plus two Master’s 
Degrees from the State University of New York. She and her husband, 
John, prioritized education and passed this on, with both of their 
children going on to complete post-graduate degrees.

She had more than 30 years of teaching experience and helped found two 
private schools, acting as first principle of one. She was active 
intellectually and physically, with a rich breadth of personal 
experience; she had climbed in the Adirondacks, the Serra Nevadas and 
the Alps, had bicycled, walked and motored through Scotland and the 
Scottish Isles, had traveled Europe, explored the Caribbean, and driven 
from coast to coast throughout the United States.

A major cornerstone of Nina’s life was her strong faith. She served on 
the vestry and as senior warden of St. James Episcopal Church in West 
Bend and worked on numerous committees including the Executive Committee 
in the Diocese of Milwaukee. Combining her dedication to faith and her 
love of music, Nina was a longtime member of the Saint James choir.

Nina was an ardent genealogist, collecting digital and paper records and 
photographs, as well as conducting interviews to identify and develop 
the stories of family members, both Scottish and Italian. She 
corresponded with fellow enthusiasts throughout the world and was active 
in Burnett family gatherings in Scotland with her chief, James Burnett 
of Leys.
Through her communications, Nina developed a strong connection to family 
at home and in Scotland, a gift she passes on to her children and 
grandchildren. Nina was fully engaged in the lives of her family and 
friends and thoroughly enjoyed spending time with people. Everywhere she 
went, this love of interaction led others to her and developed lifelong 
relationships nearby and abroad; she genuinely cared for people and 
became involved in their lives, and this interest in others, in turn, 
drew them to her.

Finally, but not least, Nina drew great strength and security from her 
family and her husband, John, to whom she was married for 53 years, with 
their recent 50th anniversary capped by a family trip to Scotland, 
during which she shared her knowledge of the land and the family with 
her grandchildren, a gift of identity and belonging.

Those Giannina leaves behind to cherish her memory include her husband, 
John; two children, Elizabeth (David Kramlich) Radcliffe and their two 
children, Madison and Campbell, of Brooklyn, New York, and Kristofer 
(Andrea) Radcliffe of Gig Harbor, Washington, and their two children, 
Hayden and Charlotte; a brother, Scott (Claire) Burnett of Falmouth, 
Maine; a sister, Ann (Michael) Dahlin of Prescott, Arizona; and other 
relatives and friends here and in Scotland.

Funeral rites for Giannina will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, 
at St. James Episcopal Church (148 S. Eighth Ave., West Bend). The Rt. 
Rev. Steven Andrew Miller, DD, also assisted by the Rev. Martha Branson 
Berger, the Rev. Melinda Valintine Davis, and the Rev. Deacon Cathleen 
McCurry Milliken will officiate and committal will follow in the church 
columbarium.

Giannina’s family will join with the gathering at the church immediately 
following the service to celebrate her life.

The Myrhum Patten Miller and Kietzer Funeral Homes have been entrusted 
with Giannina’s arrangements. Additional information and guestbook may 
be found at www.myrhum-patten.com.