Monday, October 27, 2014

Cheryl M. (Kouzes) Anderson

Surrounded by her husband and church family, Cheryl M. Anderson, age 58, passed away on Monday, October 27, 2014, at Aurora St. Luke’s South Shore Medical Center. Cheryl was born in Aurora, IL, on August 9, 1956, daughter of the late Peter and Shirley (Nee: Vermaat) Kouzes.

On January 16, 1981, she was united in marriage to Howard Anderson Jr. In her early years Cheryl was employed at Southern Wisconsin Center as a Nursing Assistant. She graduated from Parkside University, worked at Abbott Labs and  for various home health care companies.

Cheryl was an avid reader and enjoyed many different activities, always with the companionship of her circle of girlfriends.  She loved to travel, last seeing her son‘s marriage in August in Georgia. Cheryl was a faithful member of Grace Church, having given her heart to the Lord at a Billy Graham crusade at age 20. Cheryl was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2010 and fought four years.  She was a loving and devoted wife and mother who will be deeply missed.

Survivors include her loving husband of thirty-three years, Howard; her son and daughter-in-law, Howard (Ashley) Anderson III of Athens, GA; brother, Kevin (Celita) Kouzes of Port Washington; stepmother, Linda Kouzes of Elkhorn; mother-in-law, Magnolia Anderson of Jackson, MS; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Gary (Veris) Garland, Floretta Anderson, all of Jackson, MS; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 1, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Grace Church, 3626 Highway 31, with Rev. Samuel Jackson officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Friday at the funeral home from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and Saturday at Grace Church from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m.

The family is thankful for all the support given to Cheryl the last four years.

MARESH-MEREDITH & ACKLAM FUNERAL HOME
803 Main St., Racine, WI    (262) 634-7888

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Derek S. VanKoningsveld

Derek S. VanKoningsveld, age 24, passed away on Sunday, October 26, 2014, due to a motorcycle accident. Derek was born in Racine on June 28, 1990, son of Dennis and Kathleen (Nee: Larson) VanKoningsveld.

He attended Washington Park High School. Derek loved motorcycles, raising fish and live corral, and listening to all types of music. An avid Chicago Bears fan, he was also was a big supporter of the Relentless Family. Derek was very loyal and loving to his family and friends and will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his two daughters, Nevaeh and Nora; his parents, Dennis and Kathleen VanKoningsveld; sister, Ranelle (Glen) Cieske; brothers, Richard (Tracy) VanKoningsveld, John VanKoningsveld; nieces and nephews, Tony, Ryan, Brandon, Nathan, Ashley, Trysten and Natalie; two great-nieces, Sophia and Skylar; aunts, uncles, cousins, and many dear friends.  He was preceded in death by his brother, Michael.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 30, 2014, at 7 p.m. at the funeral home with Derek’s friend, Rev. Myron H. Tucker, officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Thursday at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until time of service at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family have been suggested.

MARESH-MEREDITH & ACKLAM FUNERAL HOME
803 Main St., Racine, WI     (262) 634-7888

George D. Smith

George D. Smith, age 88, passed away on Sunday, October 26, 2014, at his residence. George was born in Concordia, Kansas, on May 16, 1926, son of the late George and Viola Smith.

During World War II George proudly served in the United States Army. On August 17, 1973, in Racine, he was united in marriage to Ethel F. Allen. George was a solid born-again Christian who belonged to Grace Church. An avid traveler, he enjoyed attending various Christian conferences. He will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his loving wife of forty-one years, Ethel; his children, Cynthia (James) Ryan, Lloyd (Camille) Williams, Richard Williams; son-in-law, James Freeman; beloved grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and very dear friends.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two children, Wenonah L. Freeman and Debbie Cozzi; sister, Stella Oliver; and three brothers, Taylor, Norman and Walter Smith.

A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, October 30, 2014, at noon at Grace Church, 3636 Highway 31, with Rev. Sam Jackson officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Thursday from 11 a.m. until time of service at noon. Private interment will be  held at Warren Cemetery, Gurnee, IL. Memorials to one’s favorite charity have been suggested.

MARESH-MEREDITH & ACKLAM FUNERAL HOME
803 Main St., Racine, WI    (262) 634-7888

Robert C. Chambers

Elroy, WI -- Robert Clayton Chambers, age 90, passed away on Sunday, October 26, 2014, at Heritage Manor, Elroy, WI.  He was born in Lakewood, OH, on April 18, 1924, son of the late Clayton and Myrtle (Nee: Englehart) Chambers.

They moved from Indiana, where Clayton was the Clerk of Courts. Working as an accountant, he died when Bob was 13 months old, leaving his mother a widow for four years, until she married Bob's stepfather, Walter Gardner.

Robert served three years in the U.S. Army during WWII under the command of General George S. Patton.  He graduated from Kent State University, after attending Cleveland State University and Biarritz University in France.

On July 22, 1950, in Cleveland, OH, he was united in marriage to Dorothy McKnight Cleary, who preceded him in death on March 19, 2008.

Robert worked in international advertising and marketing. He was employed by subsidiaries of Emerson Electric Co including InSinkErator, which brought him to Racine in 1976 to direct the worldwide sales of InSinkErator products.  Prior to that he was employed for nine years by Ridgid Tool and Die, where he handled the company's marketing and advertising in 112 countries. He retired in 1987.

He enjoyed flying and was a "student  pilot" for 20 years. Robert enjoyed golf and tennis and was a member of the Kenosha Country Club.  He and Dorothy were avid bridge players, and dedicated supporters of anything that was connected with the local humane societies. Above all, Robert was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who will be dearly missed.

Surviving are his children, Patti (Chuck) Vlasak of Elroy, WI, Tim (Micki) Chambers of Oswego, IL; grandchildren, Charlie (Kasey), Jonathan (Dana), Richie, Nicholas and Ashlee Vlasak, Kelly (Josh) Horeni, Stacey (Will) Lueke, and Jamie Chambers; 12 great-grandchildren, Ryan, Drew, Gracie, Jude, Joshua, Matthew, Charlie, Owen, Asher, Zane, Fischer and Walker, and other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his sister, Evelyn Conley.

Committal services with full military honors will be held on Friday, October 31, 2014, at 1 p.m. at Holy Cross Cemetery Chapel, Hwy 32.  Entombment will follow.

Maresh-Meredith and Acklam Funeral Home
803 Main St., Racine, WI   (262) 634-7888

Esther M. Klemp

Janesville -- Esther M. Klemp, age 87, passed away on Sunday, October 26, 2014, at Cedar Crest, Janesville, WI.  Esther was born in Lima Township on October 23, 1927, daughter of the late Carl and Mary (Nee:  Churchill) Klemp.

Esther was a secondary mathematics teacher for thirty-seven years, teaching in Waterford for fifteen years and Racine Unified for twenty-two years.  She was a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.

Survivors include her sister and brother-in-law, Adella (Warren) Smith of Janesville; her godchildren, James Schultz and Edward Schultz; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Harriett Shumann and Mary Klemp; brothers, William Klemp and Carl Klemp.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 1, 2014, at 3 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 614 Main St., with Rev. Bob Lambert officiating.  Private interment will be held.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family Saturday at the church from 2 p.m. until time of service at 3 p.m. Memorials to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church have been suggested.

A special thank you to Agrace Hospice and staff at Cedar Crest for their loving and compassionate care.

MARESH-MEREDITH & ACKLAM FUNERAL HOME
803 Main St., Racine, WI   (262) 634-7888

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Marshall J. Allen

Marshall J. Allen, age 72, made his transition on Saturday, October 25, 2014, at his nephew’s residence.

Marshall was the eldest of nine children born to the late Pastor Nesbie J. and Mother Vicie L. (nee: Barker) Allen on July 20, 1942, in Cleveland, Ohio.

Marshall was a painter by trade and attended Gateway Technical College, where he learned to upholster furniture.  Marshall loved music and played the bongos in a few bands.  He loved children and regularly spent weekends with his nephews. There was a time when he was an avid pool player, golfer, bowler and enjoyed playing cards.

To treasure his memories he leaves four brothers and two sisters,  Lemont of Racine, Sharyan (Luzell) Johnson of Birmingham, AL, Vernest (Alinda) of Bowie, MD, Lonnis of Atlanta, GA, Gladys Oliver of Racine, Oren (Marsha) of Milwaukee; two special nephews, Damon and Jajuan Muhammad; and one aunt, Myrtle Harrell, all of Racine.  He also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Algers and Reishton Allen; nephew, Jimi Allen; niece, Jahamarah Allen; and brother-in-law, Craig Oliver Sr.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, October 30, 2014, at the funeral home at 1 p.m. with Pastor Curtis L. Doss, officiating.  The family will begin receiving guests at noon.  The interment will be at Graceland Cemetery.

MARESH-MEREDITH & ACKLAM FUNERAL HOME
803 Main St., Racine, WI   (262) 634-7888

Friday, October 24, 2014

Jack Nehring

Jack Nehring, age 85, passed away on Friday, October 24, 2014, at Boland Hall, Veterans Home, Union Grove.  Jack  was born in Racine on August 2, 1929, son of the late Clarence and Lillian (Nee:Deinken) Nehring and had been a lifelong resident.

Jack graduated from Wm. Horlick High School “Class of 1947.” He served in the U.S. Army in the Korean War, earning a Korean Service Medal with four bronze stars and a United Nations Service Medal. On November 25, 1950, at St. Joseph’s Friary, he was united in marriage to Lucille R. Langenfeld.

Jack had been employed by Racine Telecable and retired as vice-president in 1992. He was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, a former member of the Optimist Club and was one of the founding members of Racine Crime Stoppers.  Jack was an avid golfer and enjoyed his weekly poker game with his friends.  Above all, he was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and will be dearly missed.

Surviving are his wife, Lucille; seven children, Freedom Free of NC, David (Sharon) Nehring of Racine, Jeffrey Nehring of Racine, Deborah Nehring of TX, Cheryl (David) Brown of NC, Scott Nehring of VT, Carolyn (Allen) Alvin-Nehring of PA;  12 grandchildren; a brother, Gerald (Eva) Nehring of CA;  sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law,  Rita (Mac) Gilley, Larry (Geraldine) Langenfeld, George Langenfeld; nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends.

Private services and interment will be held at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Town of Dover.

MARESH-MEREDITH & ACKLAM FUNERAL HOME
803 Main St., Racine, WI     (262) 634-7888