In Memory of Johanna "Jo" Radzwill

Gathering of Family and Friends

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Thursday February 25, 2021
O'Connell Family Funeral Home
520 11th Street South
Hudson WI, 54016

Memorial Service Livestream

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Thursday February 25, 2021
Service Link Listed in the Obituary


Johanna “Jo” H. Radzwill, age 76 of Hudson, Wisconsin, formerly of Minneapolis, Minnesota, passed away February 14, 2021. Jo was born November 23, 1944 in Paducah, Kentucky to Van Dursen and Carolyn (Lemon) Harms. She graduated high school in Homewood, Illinois as a National Merit Scholar Winner and continued her studies at Purdue University where she met her future husband, William Radzwill. Jo completed her bachelor’s degree at St. Cloud State University, in St. Cloud, Minnesota, and she and Bill were united in marriage on August 15, 1964. The couple were blessed with four children, and made their home in Cokato, Minnesota. After 27 years, the marriage dissolved, and she relocated to Minneapolis, Minnesota, her home for 20 years, and worked as a Data Analyst for St. Mary’s/Fairview Hospital.  In that time she returned to school and earned a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Cardinal Stritch University.   “Way to go Mom!” rang out in the auditorium as she received her diploma.  Jo was a smart lady.  At 71 years old, Jo traveled to Mexico to celebrate her nieces wedding where she was able to utilize her high school Spanish which she studied 53 years prior.

 Jo loved spending time with her family and bestowed on them the truest examples of kindness, patience, loyalty, and unconditional love. In her younger days, Jo helped with her children’s Cub Scout, Brownie, and Girl Scout Troops, and served on the Dassel-Cokato School Board. She volunteered with the Minnesota DFL, served on the Marcy Holmes Neighborhood Development Board, and was a member of the Minneapolis Ski Club. Jo appreciated art, especially pottery, and learned to paint and throw pottery herself. She had a talent for quilting, sewing, and needlepoint, and cherished time spent enjoying the wonders of nature.  Yet her favorite pastime was attending all of her grandkids school, sporting, and music events.

 Johanna will remain in the hearts of her children; Kristina (John) DeLaundreau, Kirk (Sheri Holm) Radzwill, Mark (Jessica) Radzwill, Kathy (Mark) Manninen; grandchildren, Maria (Sarah), Michelle, Aaron, Jennifer, Kate (Brittany), Kilee, McCabe, Isabella, Hannah, Henry, Jack, Ty and Lucy; also known as “Grandma Jo” to Sarah and Anna; siblings, Jan (Karen) Harms, Doug (Jane) Harms, Barbara (Dan) Taylor; many loved nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, Van and Carolyn Harms; and former husband, Bill Radzwill.

 A gathering of family and friends to celebrate Jo’s life will be held from 4:00-6:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 25th at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home, 520 S. 11th St., Hudson, WI. Masks and social distancing required. Jo’s memorial service can be viewed  at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 25th by following this link: Johanna “Jo” Radzwill Memorial Service (Passcode: Radzwill). Memorials and cards for the family may be sent to the funeral home: Care of Johanna Radzwill Family, to be forwarded. Memorials will be sent to Minnesota State Parks.

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    • Saddened to see this news. It was my pleasure to work closely with Jo at Fairview, part of the time as her supervisor. She was very dedicated to her work which involved using data and information to help Fairview leaders improve patient programs and services. She provided high quality reports that were well received by her customers. One has to admire that outside of work how her attitude of services to others was reflected as a volunteer. It is good to hear how she enjoyed her family and a good retirement.

    • Radzwill family,
      Thinking about all the fun memories in the 1980s. I especially remember going to the Black Hills in SD!!! With the Wanzeks Glinzes our family and your family!! JoAnn was a wonderful person just doing all the Momma jobs! Your family has given us so many wonderful memories. So Sorry for your loss of your MOM!

      Phyllis and Delno

    • To the Radzwill family,
      Jo what a wonderful lady! To many many wonderful memories on the wagon train for many years. She was just like A Mom to us always helpful and caring!!! For many years Becky and I got to stay at your house in Cokato and she was always so thoughtful and the amazing indoor pool was to die for!!! When we went to Big Sky your family was so wonderful to Becky and I just like we’re part of your family!! Our trip to SD with so many of the wagon train families will also be remembered ! She was just a wonderful caring Person and I will always Cherish so many Amazing times!!! So so sorry for the loss of your Beautiful MOM!!💓💓

    • Jo was always too kind to me. My sister, Kim and I were lucky enough to take a ski trip to Big Sky, Montana with Radzwill, Glinz family and many more. I tore out my ACL on day one. Jo took me to the doctor. She went in with me just like a mom would. The doc had bad news which would make for a long week for me. So Jo took me to an art supply store so I wouldn’t get bored while stuck on the couch. Somehow I managed to have a blast that week due to the love and caring hands of Jo and her unending supply of Welches grape juice and string cheese. On the Fort Seward Wagon Train I always wanted the Radzwills in my wagon. Again, I was forever asking Jo for sunscreen, bug spray, water bottle, candy, hold my horse while I take a Buffy break. Jo always had a smile for me as we worked our way through the prairie. I can still hear her reminding Mark to stop teasing his little sister, Kathy. Ha!
      I am so sorry for your loss Kris, Kirk, Mark, and Kathy. A beautiful lady I will always remember fondly.

    • Jo was my neighbor in Cokato. My daughter Nancy spent a lot of time at her house and Jo was always kind and patient. My condolences to Kris,Kirk.’Mark and Kathy.

    • Jo was our neighbor at Red Cedar Canyon.
      Although we knew her only for a short time. We always enjoyed our conversations with her and appreciated her as our neighbor. She was a very kind and generous person,
      Our condolence’s to her family.
      Ron and Carlene Krueger