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Submitted in loving memory, by her Niece - Sarose Horvath Vinson

Elizabeth M (Horvath) Radtke

October 25, 1921 ~ March 25, 2016 (age 94)

SOUTH BEND -   Elizabeth Margaret was born on October 25, 1921 to Louis John Horvath and Rosalia Gizella (Hadarich) in South Bend, Indiana.  Welcomed by brothers William “Bill” and Louis Jr. and Albert “Bud”.  She grew up at 2214 Kemble Avenue in South Bend, worked at Studebakers until she was out of high school where she majored in business.  She attended South bend College of Commerce.  Took two years of advanced shorthand at Indiana University Extension.  She also attended the General Service Institute course of Secretarial Practices for Government Secretaries given by the U.S. Civil Service Commission in Chicago.

She was secretary for 19 years to Commanding Officers at the Naval Plant Representative Office of Bendix Aerospace Systems Division in Mishawaka, IN from 1952-1973, when the plant closed, the last to leave the building.

She retired to Winter Park, FL with her sister Irene Horvath to join her sister Margie and husband Edmund L. Pierce.  She had lived with her sister Irene since her divorce from William Radtke in 1962, until 2004, when Irene returned to Indiana.

Elizabeth was preceded in death by all her family members.  She lived out her life in Winter Park surrounded by friends.

According to her wishes, there will be no services.  Cremation has taken place.  She will be laid to rest in the family plot in Sacred Heart Cemetery at a later date.  Zahoran Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society, American Cancer Society, Salvation Army, Feed the Children and the Water Project in her name.    To leave an online condolence, please visit our website at, or our facebook page, Zahoran Funeral Home.

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While she worked at: Studebaker's, in South Bend, Indiana -

In the late 1940s, the Studebaker Girls' Glee Club performed concerts before differant community organizations in the area. Bette Horvah Radtke, who was a member, figures the Studebaker Corp. organized the emplyee group to promote good public relations and good employee relations: "We were a big familyand really had a lot of fun: The singers practiced every week in the Studebaker Administraition building and traveled by city bus to their concerts. Amoung those in the photo are Betty Hahn, Rosa Hahn, Ruth Thomas, Ruth Lehman, Lucille Hagman, Mary Parks, Ethel Gerber, Lucile Sausaman and Elizabeth Horvath Radtke.




cira 1950 a Wedding Gift for his co-workers Studebaker Corp - Plant 4 Export Divivision


While she worked at: Naval Plant Representative Office of Bendix Aerospace Systems Division in Mishawaka, Indiana - 1952-1973 -

Memorial to Wilber L. Webb 1952-1957

July 1954 Change of Command

Change of Command - 1956

(L-R) - 1st C. O. James F. Wellen Cdm USN - Cdm Frank M. Sanger, Jr.

Cdm Wellen - 4 tours of duty - 1st Comanding Officer - Naval Plant Represention TALOS Missle - U.S. Navy

April 22, 1956

Unknown - CDR Sanger - Elizabeth Horvath-Radtke


Presented on Sept 25, 1961 - Change of Command - Sanger to Bassett


Capt. Leonard Bassette - Jul 1958 - Sep 1961

Jan 1961 - All Hands Meeting CDR Maberry presents Capt Bassett award picture on 25 Sep 1961  
W. F Miller - 20 Year Service Award 25 Sep 1961 25 Sep 1961 Luncheon LCDR Bradish, O.C. Omberg, W.F. Miller, Capt Bassett, Capt Donahue

Capt Bassett


Skit for Capt Bassett at his farewell Luncheon on 25 Sep 1961

Skit Continued

Skit Continued

Skit Continued


Official Change of Command 25 Sept 1962 - Capt P.M. Donahue relieves Capt L.F. Bassett



Cira 1961-1964 - Mary Reilfsnyder recieves Benny Sugg Award from Capt. P.M. Donahue Cira 1961-1964 - Gloria S. Wood recieves Benny Sugg Award from Capt. P.M. Donahue
Capt Donahue, R.T. McGrath, Mary Lou Edwards, & Mike Nusbaum Capt Donahue presenting awards
More awards January, 1961 - All Hands Meeting
Swearing In Incentive Award to Liz Dentino from Capt Donahue - 23 Jul 1962
Farewell Luncheon for Capt P.M. Donahue - MAy 1964 Capt P, M. Donahue


Pins awarded to the following emplyees by CDR D. W. Davis, USN 01 Apr 1965

10 years: Gloria Wood, Polly Alphin, W. Newitt, & V. Reeder

15 years: B. Thompson & V. Seaman


05 May 1967 - Farewell Luncheon for CDR Davis

Nov 1968 Naval Organizational Chart for Mishawaka Plant


Left to Right; Patricia Davis, Virginia Bauwens, and Bette Radtke being congratulated on their promotions by DCR G. S. Ives - September 1969



Commanding Officers List - by Elizabeth



CGN-9 USS Long Beach

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November 1993 - Board Certification

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Project started: April 11, 2016


Updated:Friday, April 29, 2016 12:20:08 PM