Longtime Class Schedule Coordinator & Administrative Assistant for Faculty Support at University of Massachusetts, Boston College of Management
Denise A. Radko, former long-term resident of the North End and Dorchester, died unexpectantly on November 18, 2021.
Denise is survived by her beloved husband Edward Radko, treasured daughter Sarah Yellamaty and her fiancé David Laferriere, and stepson Derek Radko.
She was the daughter of the late Mary Harrington of Boston, niece of the late Concetta Markus of Peabody, and Millie Dello Iacono of Dedham.
Denise will be missed dearly by cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Her beautiful life will be commemorated at:
Murphy Funeral Home, 1020 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester, on Monday, November 22, 2021, from 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, 655 Dorchester Avenue, South Boston, on Tuesday morning, at 10:00 A.M. Interment will follow in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Dorchester.
Denise and Edward were married for over twenty years. They enjoyed dancing, travelling the world, and spending quality time with each other. Together, they built remarkable infrastructures of both businesses and households from the ground up.
Denise was a devoted and loving mother to Sarah. From the minute Sarah was born, they were inseparable. Denise cherished her daughter and instilled in her a lifetime of core beliefs, joyful memories, and teachable moments about unconditional love that only a mother can bestow. Denise was patient, kind, understanding, open, and passionate when it came to parenting.
Denise was a hard worker and an exceptional friend. She completed her master's degree in clinical psychology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Upon completing her education, she started working in the College of Management. For over three decades, she served as an extraordinary colleague who was renowned for compassionately listening to all those in need. She was loved, respected, and highly regarded by students, staff, and faculty throughout the college. She will be missed deeply for her exemplary professionalism, kind-hearted generosity, immense problem-solving skills, but overall, for her welcoming smile and infectious laugh.
Denise lived her life fully committed to family, friends, and helping others. She was a phenomenal wife. She was an outstanding mother. She was a once in a lifetime friend. She was an authentic Italian woman. Denise often expressed her love by cooking for family and friends. If you stopped at Denise's home, you would never leave hungry.
She loved the beach; it was her favorite. One of Denise's fondest memories was spending summers at Brooksby Farms in Peabody, MA with her favorite aunt Connie and her cousins.
She loved animals, especially her precious dog, Gino. Denise had a flair for fashion, loved a good pair of high heels, and she never left the house without her hair and nails done. If you spent any time with Denise, surely there was a radio on or music playing softly in the background. She loved music; it brought her great comfort.
Denise will be sorely missed by all who were lucky enough to know her.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association at www.action.lung.org.