Kitty L. Sandgren

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Kitty (Herta) L. Sandgren (Radke), 98, of Suring, passed away on Sunday, March 11, 2018, with her family by her side. Kitty was born Nov. 9, 1919, to the late Albert Radke and Clara Radke (Bobert) in Marshfield and grew up in Stratford as the youngest of eight children.

She was a graduate of Stratford High School and married Dr. Gilbert Sandgren in 1936, a physician who provided medical care to the Suring area throughout the 1950s and 1960s. Kitty worked to support her husband through his medical schooling and provided administrative and nursing support to his medical practice until his passing in 1967. Afterwards, she lived and worked in Palm Desert, California, for a number of years.

Throughout her life, Kitty was a wonderful hostess, cook and baker. She enjoyed her lake cottage immensely, and family and friends are left with many fond memories of swimming and water-skiing, playing badminton and cards, and of course, eating many large, delicious meals prepared by Kitty. She loved the outdoors and spent much of her time connecting with her grandchildren, who affectionately addressed every birthday card, postcard and package to “The Best Grandma in the Entire World” for decades.

Kitty was a member of Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Suring. She will be remembered as a selfless, caring, thoughtful, smart and loving grandmother, mother, wife, sister, daughter and friend.

Kitty is survived by her son, Gilbert (Karen) Sandgren; grandson, John Sandgren; and granddaughter, Melissa Sandgren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Gilbert, and siblings Herald, Adele, Betty, Anne, Claire, Walter and Elsie.

Visitation will be held Friday, March 16, 2018, at Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Suring from 9 a.m. until the funeral service at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Michael Paholke officiating. Kitty will be interred in Mount Olive Lutheran Cemetery. Gruetzmacher Funeral Home in Suring is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be expressed at

The family would like to thank Kitty’s personal caregivers, Tina, Jean, Megan and Kimberly, her special friend and helper at the cottage, Gina, her mailwoman Lori, the staff at Baycare Medical Center, and all of those who helped Kitty live a full and independent life for many years.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation and/or the Mount Olive Lutheran Church in the name of Kitty Sandgren.