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In Memory of William Radosevich

Visitation

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday March 25, 2022
O'Connell Family Funeral Home
520 11th Street South
Hudson WI, 54016

Visitation at Church

9:30 am - 10:30 am
Saturday March 26, 2022
St. Patrick Catholic Church
1500 Vine Street
Hudson Wisconsin

Mass of Christian Burial

10:30 am
Saturday March 26, 2022
St. Patrick Catholic Church
1500 Vine Street
Hudson Wisconsin

William J. Radosevich, age 77 of Hudson, died March 23, 2022 at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, MN after a brief illness with his family at his side.

Bill was born on May 5, 1944 in Ashland, WI to Tony and Pauline Radosevich. He grew up on a dairy farm in Benoit, WI where he got into much mischief with his siblings Tracy, Myra, Joe and Cheryl. He attended 1st-8th grade at the four-room schoolhouse in Benoit and played basketball, baseball and volleyball at Ondossagon High School.  He attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison, majoring in Political Science, and went on to earn his JD degree from Marquette Law School in 1969.

Following his graduation, Bill moved to Hudson to begin his career as a lawyer at the Lawrence Gherty Law Office.  In 1977 he opened his own private practice, which he continued up until his death.  He handled all kinds of matters but especially enjoyed real estate, land use and municipal law.  He served as City Attorney for Hudson from 1977 to 2000, helping guide a period of tremendous growth in Hudson. Over the years he served in many other public roles, including Village Attorney for Roberts and Somerset, Attorney for the Hudson School District and Alderman on the Hudson City Council.  Away from the public eye, Bill had a side specialty providing pro bono help to mothers escaping domestic violence who were trying to get back on their feet again.

Bill was a devoted father to his daughter Andrea, providing unlimited quantities of love, fun and good advice. He adored his grandchildren Jeremy and Nicole and was a doting uncle to his many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. He was also a father figure and mentor to many young people outside his family, providing college scholarships and pocket money for special treats. His hobbies were hunting, fishing, attending high school basketball games, traveling to his grandparents’ homeland of Croatia, and solving the world’s problems over coffee with the guys.  His family and friends remember him as a person who was curious and kind, with a good sense of humor and a twinkle in his eye.

Bill will always remain in the hearts of his daughter Andrea Radosevich, son-in-law Dana Cogswell, grandchildren Jeremy and Nicole Cogswell, sisters Myra Snippen and Cheryl (John) Bergold, brother Joseph Radosevich, sister-in-law Helen Radosevich, and his nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. He is preceded in death by his parents Tony and Pauline Radosevich, brother Tracy Radosevich and brother-in-law David Snippen.

Bill’s life will be celebrated with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30am Saturday, March 26th at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Hudson. A Visitation will be held Friday, March 25th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the O’Connell Family Funeral Home in Hudson, as well as one hour prior to the Mass at the church on Saturday. Bill’s Mass will be livestreamed through St. Patrick’s Facebook page. Memorials are preferred to organizations helping refugees from the war in Ukraine, including Cadena Foundation and Team Rubicon. Services have been entrusted to the O’Connell Family Funeral Home.

The family is especially grateful for the care and kindness of everyone in the Surgical ICU at Regions over these last weeks.

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    • When Bill was in grade school then high school at Ondossagon, he was good friend with my brother in law Dick Johnson and my sister Lois Lumberg. Bill stood up for their wedding.

      Years flew by and in 2008 I advertised for interested persons to attend a meeting to plan an All School Reunion for Ondossagon. He attended that first meeting, and all others. He would drive up and back from Hudson.

      I didn’t believe we would need his lawyer skills, but boy did we! He truly was a blessing as he knew how to keep us legally correct with the state regulations. Thousands of dollars passed through our treasury! Food, mementos, year books, cook books, rentals and decorations.

      Bill became such a dear friend with a great sense of humor I shall never forget.

      I will miss him dearly.

      I hope he’s enjoying a great fish fry with his family heaven.

      Blessing to his whole family.
      Jan Lumberg Kupczyk

    • It truly saddened me to hear of Bill’s passing, but it did bring back one of my favorite, early teen memories.

      Must have been 1973 or 1974. Bill, my father (Dick Larsen) and Fred Kremer planned a deer hunting trip. They included me and Fred’s son, Paul on the trip. We were all going down a river, near Bill’s homeplace in Benoit. I was not new to deer hunting, but hunting from a canoe, during the winter, and tent camping were all new experiences. There was already more than a foot of snow on the ground. The beauty and serenity of the snow, ice formations and solitude were unforgettable. No signs of civilization until we got to the take-out point.

      Was it cold? Yes. Did we get a deer? No. But nobody complained and all said it was a great trip. I was fascinated by the friendship the three men shared, and glad they included us teenagers.

      Bill – I hope you are gliding down a river and watching the wildlife, content with all you accomplished and shared with others. Thank you for the memories!

    • I was very fond of Bill. I met him years ago when I served on the City Council. Bill would see me walking on 2nd street and always call me into his office for a chat. He was so friendly and has followed my crazy life form Painting homes to Selling homes. My most recent visit with him was right before Thanksgiving when he came to my real estate office to pick up a pie. I enjoyed his input on current affairs and happenings around Hudson and the world. He made quite an impact in our community leaving a legacy for sure. Bill will be missed. May he rest peacefully.

    • When I was little Bill and Michelle would pick me up for a day or a weekend and we would go miniature golfing and/or just spend the day together. I remember very clearly the day Andrea was born, it was my first communion and we had my party and Grandma Pete’s. Then we moved to Chicago and my dad was transferred back to St. Paul. They wanted to purchase their dream retirement home on a lake. My Aunt Delores connected them with Bill and Michelle who now lived on Lake Mallalieu in North Hudson. My parents found their dream home just up the street from Bill, Michelle and Andrea. I feel very fortunate and blessed to have grown up so close to Bill. Through the years he has done many things for my family. I always knew I could give him a call or just stop in and he would make time for me. He would occasionally call me to check and see how everyone was doing in the family. He was a king and giving person.

      Whenever we connected, we had such wonderful conversations. He would catch me up on Andrea and Jeremy, but the glow in his eyes when talked about his grandchildren! His trips to Europe were so important to him and to have shared them with his family was a huge highlight of his life. He also loved to talk about my mom and dad. He would always tell me the coffee clutch would laugh at my dad’s stock talk. He would say, the laugh is on them because my dad’s recommendations helped him make a lot of money;) Last fall, we ran into each other at Cozy Corner and we laughed about a venison steak dinner he had made for me and my mom when I was in high school. He said he had been thinking about that and he was going to have me over and make it again. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. I already miss knowing I can’t pick up the phone and call him, but I also know I was very blessed to have him in my life!

    • I worked with Bill as an HPD officer. Bill was straight forward and very knowledgeable. He could be very persuasive and had a great personality. Had a great sense of humor and a great laugh and smile. Bill did a lot of things for our community. For this I say thank you Bill so much. He leaves us all with great memories. God’s peace.

    • I meet Bill thru contracts with him thru my employer in Hudson 40 years ago. Then he assisted me in a personal issue. And we developed a friendship, I moved out of state but I always stopped to say Hello to my dear friend. I am glad to call him a friend for life. He was a great man and a great friend.