Tom Rademacher Death, Obituary – The death of Tom Rademacher, age 73, from Rosen, Wisconsin, has been announced by the Zahrbock Funeral Home in Madison. Mr. Rademacher passed away on January 5, 2023, at his residence. At St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Rosen, Minnesota, at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 11, 2023, a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated in the deceased’s honor. At the Mass, the celebration will be presided over by Father David Breu and Deacon Paul Treinen. On Tuesday, January 10, 2023, visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., and a Rosary will be recited at 7:00, all of which will take place at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Rosen, Minnesota.
St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery will be the location of the interment. On Thursday, January 5, 2023, Tom Rademacher, who was 73 years old and from Rosen, unexpectedly passed away at his house. Thomas Michael Rademacher was brought into the world in Ortonville, Minnesota on July 28, 1949. His parents, Marcus and Clara (Laners) Rademacher, were his parents. Tom cherished his time spent with his family, at church, and watching the Rosen Express play baseball. On September 4th, 1971, Tom tied the knot with Jeannie Roggenbuck. Tom had a happy and memorable childhood spent on the farm that his family owned outside of Rosen. We are the 8th of 11 children, and from a young age we was imbued with a profound love for both my family and the church.
In addition to receiving his baptism and confirmation at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and School in Rosen, he attended classes there from first through eighth grade. In 1967, he received his high school diploma from Bellingham High. In Bellingham, where he went to high school, he participated in football, basketball, and baseball, but he always considered baseball to be his first and foremost passion. Tom was considered to be a very competitive player, and he was known to initiate games very frequently at home on the farm. As his brothers so often remarked, he was not a fan of coming out on the losing end. His life consisted of several facets, one of which was working on the family farm.
When he was a little lad, he was looking forward to the time when the oats would be harvested so that he could start constructing his next baseball field. He would then attach the B John Deere to the pull behind trailer and pull it to the next ball field. He would get one of his brothers to ride on the drag to add weight, even though his father would not always give him permission to do so. In March of 1969, he was sent to Vietnam as part of the draft. He spent the first half of the year in Louisiana, where he attended basic training. From there, he boarded a flight to Vietnam and volunteered in the military there, eventually becoming an artillery gunner in the infantry.
Before sustaining an injury to his foot, he had been there for two and a half months. As a result of the injuries, he was required to spend the following year receiving medical treatment in hospitals located in both Kansas and Japan. Following his return to the United States, he secured a position as a Veterans Service Officer with the Lac qui Parle County government. He took pride in his work and put others’ needs ahead of his own at all times. He was filled with profound appreciation for the chance to be of service to those who had contributed to the independence of our nation. Tom was filled with a sense of immense pride when he thought about how our nation’s attitude toward veterans has evolved from the time he returned home to the present day.