Boris Radzin

Boris Konstantin Radzin, aged 101 years, went into the loving arms of God on Oct. 22, 2016, at home.  He was the youngest son of Karl Radzins and Gertrude Agnes Meta Meiers Radzins.  Boris was born in Riga, Latvia on Sept. 19, 1915.

Boris fulfilled his national service in the Latvian army before attending university in Riga and Berlin.  His family was displaced by the Russian invasion of Latvia, which led to further military service and employment as a truck driver for American occupation forces in Germany.  He eventually settled in France, where he earned a pilot's license for light aircraft and gliders, flying as a hobby.

In 1955, Boris immigrated to the United States and soon after began the process of citizenship.  He initially joined his sister in Mitchell, SD and later moved to Milwaukee, WI where a brother had settled.  In Milwaukee he attended Marquette University, pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering.  He was also active in a French social group, Le Cercle Francais, where he met Patricia Pallasch, a fellow Marquette University student.  They began their 55 years of marriage on April 22, 1961 shortly after Boris received his US citizenship, and travelled to Europe for a 5 1/2 month honeymoon.

Boris became a Journeyman Electrician and a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 494, recently receiving his 55 year membership award. Boris was also very involved in the Boy Scouts, serving as a Scout Master for many years, earning the Brotherhood rank in the Order of the Arrow, and assisting his sons in earning their Eagle Scout awards.  He was also a longtime member of the Shorewood Men's Club and the International Institute of Wisconsin.  Boris, along with his entire family, was actively involved representing the French in the Holiday Folk Fair over the course of three decades.

Boris and Patricia raised four children.  Boris will always be remembered for his kindness, compassion, and 'hands on' attitude as a father.  He was a loving and devoted husband who never failed to support his wife throughout her pursuit of her Doctorate in Philosophy at Marquette University and her many community and charitable activities.  He was very involved in family life and loved hiking, camping, skiing, and family road trips.  His children will also remember him helping, teaching, and conversing with them in French, as that was the language he chose to speak at home.  Boris was, however, fluent in English, French, German, Latvian, and Russian.

He is survived by his wife Patricia; his four children, Andrea (Bartholomew) Salazar, Monica Radzin, John B. Radzin, and Mark (Allison) Radzin; six grandchildren, Sadie Radzin, Wyatt Radzin, Caleigh Radzin, Shepherd Radzin, Annamaria Salazar, and Teresa Salazar. He is also survived by his nieces Dzidra Kunz and Inara (Marts) Meisters and a nephew Karl (Denise) Radzins; and a number of grand and great grand nieces and nephews.

Boris was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Alexander, Andre, and Nicholas and sister Anna Erna.


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Services will be at a later date in Milwaukee, Wisc.


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