MANKATO, MN -- Sondra Dee (Helmke) Rade-macher, age 51 of North Mankato, MN, died Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011 at Mayo Clinic Health Systems, Mankato, MN.
Memorial services were Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Belgrade Ave. United Meth-odist Church in North Mankato, MN. Woodland Hills Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Sondra was born March 3, 1960 in Emmetsburg, to Allen and Juanita (Chapman) Helmke. She was raised on a small acreage in Ruthven and attended K-12 at Ruthven Consolidated High School. She was very active in sports throughout her high school years including softball, basketball and golf. Sondra attended Southwestern MN Vocational Technical College in Jackson, MN. She worked most of her career in Human Resources and later worked for the MN Department of Employment and Economic Development as a Business Service Specialist in Mankato, MN.
Sondra married James H. Rademacher in Mankato, MN, Jan. 12, 2007. She was a member of Belgrade Ave. United Methodist Church, Belgrade Ave. United Methodist Women's Ruth Circle, and Ladies Auxiliary Fraternal Order of Eagles F.O.E. Auxiliary 269. Sondra loved the arts and enjoyed golf, the outdoors, nature, her pets or just sitting in a boat with her husband fishing on a calm summer day.
Sondra is survived by her husband James; father, Allen (Jan) Helmke of Ruthven; mother Juanita Helmke of Emmetsburg; brother, Steven Helmke of Ruthven; grandmother, Mary Chapman of Emmetsburg; stepson, Daniel (Amy) Rademacher of Mankato, MN; step-daughter, Krista (Jeremy)?Kolars of Mankato, MN; grandchildren, Ethan and Taylor Rademacher and Whitley Kolars; nieces and nephews, Jamie and Ty Helmke and Nick and Jennifer Chapman also her loyal companion, Sophie.
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Ronald Chapman and her paternal grandparents, William and Lila Helmke.
Memorials are preferred to donor's choice.