Denise "Ester" Radgowski

Tawas City, Michigan
March 24, 1951 - June 1, 2019

Service Location

American Legion Audie Johnson Post #211


Celebration of Life
Sunday, June 23, 2019
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Obituary Notice

Denise "Ester" Radgowski, of Tawas City, formerly of the Detroit area, passed away on Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Saginaw St. Mary's Hospital, age 68. She was born on March 24, 1951 in Hamtramck, Michigan to Bernard and Florence (Czapka) Radgowski. During her childhood years, she was raised and attended high school in the surrounding Detroit area, and later in her adult life, Ester made Tawas her home. Ester and her best friend, Pam, owned and operated the Tawas Bar for 17 years. In 2008, they decided to begin a new chapter in their life. After the long hard days and nights of owning a bar, Ester could now enjoy the simple things in life that truly made her happy. She absolutely loved being on the water, and enjoying the activities that go along with lake life. Jet Skiing, boating, and swimming were her favorite. Her love of Jet Skiing was so much, that Ester became heavily active with the Water Warriors who ride for Special Olympics. She followed a desire of hers to raise money and help children in the Special Olympics through the Water Warriors program for 20 years! Ester was so active in her Tawas community. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, the Tawas Bay Eagles FOE #2855, and was even nominated as the Tawas Perchville Queen in 2006! She also loved to play softball, and was active on leagues for many years, both in the Detroit area, and also in Tawas. Ester was an entertainer. She had a knack for making people smile and laugh, and will always be remembered for her ability to cook and prepare delicious meals for her friends and family. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her. Ester is survived by her very best friend, Pam Godoshian of Tawas City; 2 sisters, Linda (Garry) Spurlock of East Pointe, and Cindy Radgowski of Centerline; 1 brother, Larry (Laura) Radgowski of Grosse Pointe; 7 nieces and nephews, Carrie (Ron), Jenny, Garry Jr (Bridgett), Amy (Eric), Elizabeth (Bob), Karen (Kevin), and Chance; 13 great grand nieces and nephews; and so many special friends. She is preceded in death by her parents, Bernard and Florence Radgowski. Per her wishes, cremation has taken place and there will be a celebration of her life at the American Legion Audie Johnson Post #211 on Sunday, June 23, 2019 from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM. Those wishing to express their sympathies to her family are encouraged to make a special donation to the charity of her choice, the Water Warriors who ride for Special Olympics. An online guest registry is available to sign at


Water Warriors who ride for Special Olympics
Charity of donor's choice


Many great memories will remain thanks to this wonderful person, resting well now and missed dearly. Condolences to all the friends and family...we too mourn as a community for this loss.
— Bobby Johns
Dear Pam, we were so very sorry to hear the news of Ester's death. Truly a shock. If there's anything you need or that we can do, please let us know. Ester held a special place in everyone's hearts and will be missed. I'll never forget the last time I saw her. I came up behind her and said "I'd recognize that voice anywhere!" She didn't even turn around before saying "You should talk!" She was a wonderful and gracious friend and we loved her very much.
— Dave and Cyndy Smith
My deepest sympathy, Pam. You were both special to me, and I have fond memories of the wonderful times at the Tawas Bar. God bless, Bill (Deacon) Western.
— Bill Western
my deepest condolences Pam...Ester always brightened any room she entered...R.I.P.
— Frank Mahon
Pam, so shocked hearing of Ester's passing. I cannot imagine how devastating this is for you. We were just talking a few weeks ago! Heaven has another angel now and I am confident she is in a kitchen! Seriously speaking, I cannot think of 2 people that have touched the Tawas community more than you. I feel blessed knowing the 2 of you. Love you, Amy
— Amy Klus
I will never forget working at the bar with her. Any of us that had kids they were always welcome there and she made them all feel speciial there. She was truly a remarkable person. We all loved her. Have fun riding the waves in heaven Eater.
— Lori Davies
Pam, So very sorry for your loss!! RIP Ester! Thank you for the great times I will never forget. You were truly a great person to be around.
— Patti Bryans
I will miss you very much my friend, you always made me feel so welcome at your home. Going to Tawas will never be the same. My heart is broken.
— Your friend, Debbie
She will be missed very much. She will always have a special place in Candia and my heart.
— Nancy Wilson
A good friend is like a four leaf clover we,
hard to find and lucky to have.
I lost my clover,
— Debbie H.
A good friend is like a four leaf clover, hard to find and lucky to have.
I lost my clover,
Love Debbie
— Cheryl
A good friend is like a four leaf clover, hard to find and lucky to have.
I've lost my clover.
Love Debbie
— Cheryl Anastasi
To the Radgowski family, I was very sorry to see the information on Denise. I’m building a cabin in Mio and was looking up info on something in Tawas and ran across the info. Again, I’m very sorry to hear of this.
Larry Gill
— Lawrence Gill Sr.
Dear Pam and family, we send our love and sympathy over the loss of such a dear soul.
— John and Laura Miknyocki
I’m so sorry Pam. I’m sending Prayers to you, and sending them up in Heaven to Ester. Love Cheryl’s Sister - Lulu ❤️
— Michelle Lulu Anastasi

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