Mom at the my Wedding
Dr. Deborah Dale Radecki
  • 67 years old
  • Date of birth: Aug 2, 1948
  • Place of birth:
    Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Date of passing: Jun 12, 2016
  • Place of passing:
    Portland, Oregon, United States
Lord make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love. Where there is injury, pardon. Where there is doubt, faith. Where there is despair, hope. Where there is darkness, light. Where there is sadness, joy.

Dr. Deborah D. Radecki passed peacefully June 12, 2016, while visiting family in Portland, OR and celebrating her 45th wedding anniversary. She was born August 2, 1948 in Chicago, IL to Bruce and Roberta Bishop. Debbie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter and sister who is survived by her mother, husband Martin Radecki, their 4 children Nick (Kelly) Radecki, Emily (Ryan) Charette, Molly Radecki, and Andrew (Martha) Radecki along with three grandchildren, Roman, Ana and Sebastian, two brothers Bill and Jim Bishop. Debbie received her medical degree and pediatrics training at Indiana University and Riley Hospital and her Masters in Public Health from IUPUI in Indianapolis. Most recently Debbie was a pediatrician with Rainbow Pediatrics in Hendersonville, NC after moving from Indianapolis to be closer to family. Debbie’s love of and service to children is evident from the time she spent working at St Vincent’s Hospital clinic, where she trained residents, to her initiation of the Reach Out and Read book-giving program. In her life she touched the lives of countless families, co-workers, and friends and most especially children. 

Remembrances:
Her family will celebrate her life on Saturday, June 25 in Asheville, at the home of her daughter, Emily Charette, 70 Price Rd, Asheville, NC 28805, beginning at 4:30 with services at 5:00.

On July 2 a second service will be held in Indianapolis, IN at the home of family friends Dave and Ginny Kelleher, 3920 W 166th Street Westfield, IN 46074, beginning at 4:30 with services at 5:00.

Please dress casually and for the weather. 

In lieu of flowers, the family asks for contributions to be made to:

Reach Out and Read (http://www.reachoutandread.org)  OR

Doctors Without Borders. (http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org)

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by John Morton on 10th July 2016

"Debbie Radecki was a wonderful person.  I first met her when I was a medical student at Riley.  She and Ceta were pediatric residents and they were so nice.  One could tell that they both cared deeply about their patients.  Debbie had such a nice easygoing manner.   It was a joy to work with her.  She was a great listener.  She liked to laugh.  She loved people.  She will be missed."

This tribute was added by Terry Weingartner on 29th June 2016

"To the whole Radecki family--
I know your loss is so profound! Debbie was such a special person. She loved life, even when she was dog tired. She had the best laugh and was so caring and generous to the whole Bradburn clan. She never took herself  too seriously but you knew she took care of her patients like they were her own. May the great memories of her be a comfort! She loved you all so much!"

This tribute was added by Jill Overholt on 24th June 2016

"Debbie was such a wonderful woman and I am so grateful to have known her for the time that I did. She and Marty were the first family to open their home and their arms to me when I moved to North Carolina--not only setting me up in one of their rental homes, but inviting me over for dinner, introducing me to their children and friends, and even allowing me to stay in their home for a few days without ever having met me! Debbie was truly a generous, compassionate woman and will truly be missed. Love to Marty and the rest of the family."

This tribute was added by Rosemary Ritchie on 24th June 2016

"Dear Marty and Children,
I am so sorry to hear this sad news.  I remember Debbie for all her many accomplishments, most of all, her wonderful family, her ready smile, her easy manner and her willingness to take on anything a friend needed.  She would be right there like she had nothing else to do.  I will keep Debbie and all of you in my prayers."

This tribute was added by Cheryl Ferguson on 23rd June 2016

"I worked with Debbie for one year in the clinic. It was my first job after residency and I had a 6 month old daughter. She was amazing with the residents. I learned so much from her. When I had daycare issues, she would come to my rescue. Her daughter Molly babysat for me a few times and once Dr. Schreiner's wife watched my daughter for the afternoon! (Which was amazing, since Dr. Schreiner was my boss at Riley!) She was like an awesome big sister as much as a colleague. I remember how excited she would get over an interesting patient and call all the residents over to learn. She always treated everyone with respect and love. She was a beautiful soul and I will miss her. Love to Marty and the whole family."

This tribute was added by Mary McAteer on 22nd June 2016

"My heart is truly saddened by the loss of an amazing, loving, beautiful doctor and friend.  I always felt loved and supported by Debbie, so much wiser and kinder than I could ever dream of being.  Her laugh always made me feel included in her thoughts, an accomplice in delight at the wonders of pediatrics.  I send my love to Marty and your family, please know how important she is to all of us."

This tribute was added by Rhonda Fain on 22nd June 2016

"My son, Mason, has a congenital heart defect.  This unfortunately lowered his immune system.  But fortunately for us he had an awesome pediatrician who took amazing care of him.  She always seemed to be on call when Mason would be at his worse.  She often texted me to check on him whether he was in the hospital or not.  I will miss her giggly laugh when she would ask Mason for a hug and he would dive into her arms!  Praying for comfort for you all!  She is going to be missed by my family very much!"

This tribute was added by M. Alan L. Schwartz on 22nd June 2016

"Dr. Radecki was a wonderful pediatrician with a great amount of compassion to share with her colleagues and her patients. She appeared to receive great joy from her service to those in need. May she rest in peace and peace be with her family."

This tribute was added by Brian Chase on 22nd June 2016

"Debbie was a caring, thoughtful and compassionate person who will be missed by her family and friends.  She helped me survive a very serious illness 28 years ago and was a tremendous help to Michele during this period.  I will always remember the Radecki’s cookouts which I’ve missed dearly since their move. You will always be remembered for your kindness, understanding and sense of humor."

This tribute was added by Molly Hill on 21st June 2016

"Debbie was such a gem to have known.... she was always so welcoming and giving to me and all of our family.  It was so fun to spend time with her in Cancun... we always heard of every adventure with the grandkids.  They, her own kids and Marti were the center of her world.  She has touched so many lives, both personally and professionally ~ and she'll be missed by so many. It was truly a gift to have known her."

This tribute was added by Eric Yancy on 21st June 2016

"In 1976, a frightened, young PL-1 could not have had a better friend with whom he shared call than Debbie. Not knowing an angiocath from a butterfly Debbie held my hand through numerous harrowing nights in the NICU at Riley. Her compassion for ALL people was  evident. No one can forget that ever-present smile, which  was truly a reflection of her heart. Thank you, Debbie for being a friend, and for loving and caring for all God's children for so many years. Rest well."

This tribute was added by Carol Humpherys on 21st June 2016

"I am so thankful to have had the blessing of spending a week with Debbie and Marti in February, laughing at her stories over margaritas and Mexican food. She was a strong, dedicated, loving, wonderful woman."

This tribute was added by Dave Harsha on 20th June 2016

"Debbie was a truly special person and Doctor. Her love for others was felt by everyone that had the good fortune of knowing her. She was one of the most giving persons I have ever known. She taught me, taught with me, laughed with me, and practiced medicine with me. I"ll always be grateful for her seeing one of my kids for a rash that could have been meningitis. I was so scared! She gave me peace of mind with trust in her ability to diagnose children and treat their parents! I am fortunate to know the rest of the Radecki family and the wonderful people that they are. A truly special family. I am blessed to have known Debbie and feel tremendous sorrow at her leaving us so soon. God Bless you, Debbie. God's Peace to the Radecki family."

This tribute was added by Edward Brinkman on 20th June 2016

"Your mother was friends with my mother, and Molly is friends with my sister.  I met Debbie only a few times.  She did make me laugh when I was around her, I mean, not on purpose, but she did funny things.  There was this one time I stayed at the family home, I can't remember why, probably was on my way somewhere and I was somewhere  between point A to point B.  But, Debbie came home and was talking and such, and she put her hands in her pockets, felt something strange by the look on her face, pulled it out, and it was a cordless computer mouse from work.  She said, "uh oh, they might be looking around for this at work." I died laughing.  Anyways, more recently, she gave me the most valuable comment I've ever received from a doctor.  I had made a fb response about controlling a patient's pain through relaxation and breathing techniques, rather than through medication, and she said she was proud of me for being a positive patient advocate.  That moved me and meant so much to me because usually doctors ignore the pions in the workplace.  I was so honored.

I am so very sorry for your loss.  Her life ended too soon.  My heart is with you all."

This tribute was added by Kim Smith on 20th June 2016

"I am so blessed to have gotten to know Debbie.  She was a mentor and friend to me.  She taught me so much about pediatrics but more importantly about love of life and others.  What an amazing person who has made an imprint on my heart and will never be forgotten."

This tribute was added by Matt Armstrong on 20th June 2016

"She will be truly missed. My daughter was a patient of hers, and she was the only doctor that she trusted and liked. This was a milestone, so this event has a large impact on us. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for being who you were, and may you live eternally in all of our hearts."

This tribute was added by Crystal Moorhead on 20th June 2016

"Dr. Radeki was a wonderful person. She attended to my son on more than one occasion at Rainbow Peds as well as at Pardee Hospital. Anyone who knew her knew that she loved what she did because it showed. She will be sorely missed & to the family I am so sorry for your loss."

This tribute was added by Fernando Escobar on 20th June 2016

"Debbie:  your example illuminated my path for so many years, your teachings will continue to provide me with a wonderful guidance, you will never be forgotten..."

This tribute was added by Matt Torres on 20th June 2016

"Dr. Radecki,
  I still hope you will walk through Rainbow Pediatric doors with your squeaky shoes. I sure miss our talks about weekend plans, and what you had planned. I saw how caring you were the day you told me if I ever needed a place to stay I was welcomed in your home. You knew of my past and knew of my change and you were so respectful that I wish I could tell you thank you for that. You never asked why, you just said, "Do whatever makes you happy."
I will always have a spot for you in my heart. You were family. I will surely miss you as Rainbow Pediatrics will miss you as well.
Reach out and Read program you started at Rainbow will continue in your honor.
Love you and miss you,
Matt"

This tribute was added by Kathy Thomas on 20th June 2016

"I was shocked and so sorry to hear of Deb's passing.  Condolences to family and her hundreds of friends.  I am happy to have known her.  KT"

This tribute was added by Sam Dubois on 20th June 2016

"Dr. Radecki was a very caring person. Although my knowing of her was mainly through work she always made a point to say Hello. She was passionate about the children served and their well being. There was never a time I did not see her trying to "fit" a child into the office if need be. She was in office to the wee hours after everyone else was gone for the day. She had compassion for every child and anyone she came to know. The Reach Out and Read Program she started has continued to this day and it is amazing how those kids get excited to know once their appointment is done how they get a brand new book. That legacy started from her heart and passion of teaching that now this will forever continue on in her memory. Thank you Deborah Radecki - Dr. Radecki you will be greatly missed by us all."

This tribute was added by Mary Liechty on 20th June 2016

"Aching for you all.  Debbie was always just herself - a mom who always was wondering if she was doing the right things like the rest of us, a giver, an accepting soul, a lover of her work.  She lived fully.  I'm glad we got to see her recently, so happy at Andrew's wedding.  Much love to you, Marti, Nick, Emily, Molly and Andrew."

This tribute was added by Natalie Kiefer on 19th June 2016

"Such a shock and sadness to hear of the loss of a lady who was so good with my girls. Thank you for your service and compassion to my girls as a doctor and to many! You will be missed dearly."

This tribute was added by jen shimek on 19th June 2016

"Dear Aunt Debbie,
There are no words to express how sad we were to hear the news. You were such a wonderful aunt, physician, mother and grandmother - life was unfairly cut way too short. We will never forget you or the kindness you showed to our family, Rich's parents and all others you touched along the way. It breaks my heart to say goodbye. Love you always."

This tribute was added by Marianne Teixeira on 19th June 2016

"I am so grateful for the support that Debbie provided to my children when I could not be present for so many of their NCHS "things" like basketball games and soccer games and ER visits for stitches.
Debbie was an extraordinary, kind and generous person. She lived Faith, Hope and Love.
Sincere condolences to her family."

This tribute was added by Sherry Shipman on 19th June 2016

"I am so sorry for your loss. She saw my children many times at Rainbow Pediatrics and they loved her. She will be missed"

This tribute was added by Ceta Bradburn on 19th June 2016

"To write about someone as kind and compassionate as "doctor Ducky" as she was known to many a pediatric patient seems totally inadequate. Deb was my friend, my study companion, my professional colleague, my extended family from the time we were both residents in pediatrics. Her spirit will live on within all the families she touched.  She truly has left her corner of the world a better place and I miss her."

This tribute was added by Keicha Peak on 19th June 2016

"I had the pleasure of meeting Dr.Radecki after giving birth to my son Shyne five Years ago.One of the reason why i chose Rainbow Peds. Is b/c of her. The love she has for children and she has this warmness that touched each one of her patients. Its amazing. She will be missed. I wont forget our stay in the Hospital not just because i gave birth to a Handsome baby boy but because Dr. Radecki showed a genuine concern for our son and that goes along way with me. For five years during each visit she has been the same way. We will miss you!! My condolences go out to the Family. ;( rest in heaven"

This tribute was added by Mary Gilkey on 19th June 2016

"I met Debbie when I was pregnant with my first child about 15 years ago. My husband knew Debbie his entire life and knew that she would be the prefect pediatrician for our children and for us as new parents.  He couldn't have been more right.  Debbie was the only person besides me and my husband to be in all 3 of our delivery rooms and she met each of our children within an hour of being born.  She took great care with my children and with us as young parents.  Debbie was filled with joy and her smile and laugh were infectious. She made going to see Dr Ducky fun for my children and profoundly reassuring for me and Tristan.  Debbie taught us that it was ok to worry about our kids but that most of the time everything is fine and we just needed to relax. Kids are weird and unique and lovable.  Debbie was the first person to feed my kids Cheerios because I was scared they might choke. She welcomed me into her home when my kids got sore throats after office hours and when we wanted to visit in NC. Debbie duct taped a sponge bob piñata back together because my middle child cried, and she visited my youngest in the NICU every day of her admission to make sure we were ok and understood what was happening. We couldn't have done it without her. Debbie was an enormous presence and her love and acceptance are a part and will always be a part of our family."

This tribute was added by Elaine Lucas on 19th June 2016

"Marti,
I am so sorry for your loss. I haven't seen you since I lived next door to you and Debbie when she was in med school. Our daughter now has the needle point artworks that you took to your parents for me to have framed. They still looks great after 40 plus years!
Thinking of you and your family and wishing you peace.
Elaine (Bussard) Lucas"

This tribute was added by Holly Murray on 19th June 2016

"Dr Radecki
What can I say, you were an amazing lady inside and out. Rainbow Pediatrics will not be the same without you. I have loved working with you these past several years. I will miss are long talks in your office and in mine. I will miss you yelling for me for help with the pulse ox machine, computer, email, referrals, or whatever else you needed.  But, I think I will miss your hugs and pats on the back most of all. Thank you for being such a wonderful doctor, coworker,  and friend.  Just as we always said to one another as we went on a trip,  I LOVE YOU....❤
I will see you again sweet angel"

This tribute was added by Lauren Royal-Woods on 19th June 2016

"I met Dr. Radecki when I had my son Westley and she was wonderful. Always listened and helped with expert advice. I really enjoyed her sense of humor. Wes and I will certainly miss her!"

This tribute was added by Kelli Rupe on 18th June 2016

"I first met Dr. Radecki 16 yrs ago after the birth of my daughter.  She was a patient at the Peds clinic many moons ago and Dr. Radecki was her doctor.  As a young mom, not really knows the first part plod being a parent, Dr. Radecki helped me in so many ways!  She not only took care of my daughter but she made sure I felt comfortable with everything before she even left the room!  She just had a calming effect to her with her patients!  For that I will be forever grateful!  God bless!  Many prayers to all!"

This tribute was added by Jenny Arden on 18th June 2016

"Sweet Debbie, I adored you and wished to emulate you ever since I was a kid and you were a caring teen saddled with looking after a lonely little girl.  You taught me to swim, to catch fireflies, to ride a horse (er, pony....Tinkerbell).  You let me sleep in your bed even when I had too much kool-aid. You even invited me to be a junior bridesmaid in your wedding to the wonderful Marty (you later confessed you knew my family would come if you asked me!)  Later, when I was a new mom, you gave me tips from Dr. Debbie.  (We were a stopping off point on the way to see Nick in RI).  You always made whoever you were with feel like the most important person in the world.  You had so much love and joy and compassion for all living things.  I feel glad I had a chance to talk with you last week, and I will miss you.  My heart goes out to Marty, Nick, Andrew, Emily, and Molly, and to Aunt Bobbie and Jim and Bill and their families.  You left us too soon, and I know we will see you again some day.  But it is hard today, and we love and miss you.  Give my love to Uncle Bruce..."

This tribute was added by Bill Bishop on 18th June 2016

"There must be bigger and better plans for Aunt Debbie in Heaven. We are lucky and thankful for the time we got together.     She willl be greatly missed here by all of her family in friends here but never forgotten.   We all love you and thanks you for all the good you have done here for me and my family.   I remember so many late night phone calls asking why and if my children William and Marihicks were going to be ok.   You always reassured Marianne and me that everything was going to be good and made time no matter how busy you were for us.  

We all love and miss you.  

Billy, Marianne, William and  Marihicks"

This tribute was added by Sean Bishop on 18th June 2016

"Cousin Debbie. I'll miss you. I enjoyed your kind heart and your smile. Glad we managed to see each other over the years and were able to participate in each other's family events....You lived a lovely life. Well done, Debbie."


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