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Darlene Radke

July 30, 1933 — December 24, 2023


Darlene Radke was born Dorothy “Darlene” Patterson on July 30, 1933 to Gerrold and Ruth Patterson in Gravette, Arkansas. At the age of 90 she had a minor heart attack and died from pneumonia complications at Alderwood Rehab in Bellingham on December 24, 2023. Darlene graduated from Meridian High School Class of 1951. She was married to Elmer Radke on April 10, 1953 until he passed away on Christmas Day 2018. They enjoyed being together 65 years raising their four boys and taking many vacations and visiting relatives. They served and worshipped together at Ferndale Holiness Camp. Darlene played the organ at the Bellingham Free Methodist Church for over 25 years and organized many women’s ministry events. Their 4 sons are Steve (Andrea), Douglas (deceased), Gordon (deceased) and Philip (Fran). Darlene is also survived by 11 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many friends like “family”.


A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, January 6, 2024, at 1:00 PM at Good News Fellowship Church, 1252 W Axton Rd, Ferndale, Washington. Reception to follow.


Memorials in Darlene’s name may be made to the Lighthouse Mission.

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Service Schedule

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Celebration of Life

Saturday, January 6, 2024

Starts at 1:00 pm (Pacific time)

Good News Fellowship Church

1252 West Axton Road, Ferndale, WA 98248

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