Monday, November 24, 2014

Doris A. Cassity-Jacobsen

Doris A. Cassity-Jacobsen, age 86, passed away on Monday, November 24, 2014, at her residence. Doris was born in Racine on August 3, 1928, daughter of the late Norbert and Yvonne (Nee: Ghysels) Remter.

In August of 1945 she was united in marriage to Robert J. Cassity. On November 14, 1993, she was united in marriage to Bruce R. Jacobsen.

Doris was employed by Svendsen Brothers for twenty years, retiring from Headley’s Medical Home Care after ten years of service.

She was a longtime member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, where she was actively involved in the Altar Guild, Mission Circle and Ladies Aid. An excellent cook and baker, Doris also enjoyed crafts, designing beautiful jewelry and attending craft fairs. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother who will be deeply missed.

Survivors include her husband, Bruce; her children, Brian (Debbie) Cassity, Nora (Jeffrey) Erlandson, all of Racine; her stepchildren, William (Suzanne) Jacobsen, John Jacobsen, Gene Jacobsen; her six grandchildren, Nick, Joe, Kelly, Lori, Tim and Mitchell; four step-grandchildren, Danielle, J.R., Stefanie and Brandon; 10 great-grandchildren; son-in-law, Albert Quadraccia; brothers, Norbert Remter, Wayne (Carol) Remter; nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Jean Quadraccia; her great-granddaughter, Addison; sister, Joyce (Thomas) Granger; and sister-in-law, Beverly Remter.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 28, 2014, at 11:30 a.m. at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 728 Villa St., with Rev. John Roekle officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Friday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11:30 a.m. Interment will be held at West Lawn Memorial Park. Memorials to the First Evangelical Lutheran Church have been suggested. 

A very special thank you to Hospice Alliance for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Theodore 'Ted' Kroes

Theodore “Ted” Kroes, age 94, passed away on Monday, November 24, 2014, at the Wisconsin Veteran’s Home, Union Grove. Ted was born in Wausaukee, WI, on February 20, 1920, son of the late Henry and Everdina (Nee: Clausen) Kroes.

During World War II Ted proudly served in the United States Air Force. Ted was a longtime member of St. Rita’s Catholic Church and on November 12, 1949, at the church he was united in marriage to Mary Rose Vaculik. She preceded him in death on August 1, 2012. Ted enjoyed farming and had a dairy route for eight years with Progressive Dairy. He was last employed by Alloy Casting for twenty years, retiring in 1982. Ted was an avid woodworker known for building clocks, various other pieces of furniture, and he also enjoyed whittling. He will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his children, Margaret (David) Voss of Union Grove, Joyce Kroes (Katherine Pentilla) of Waterford; daughter-in-law, Donna Kroes of Racine; his grandchildren, Richard (Amy) Klinkhammer, Tracy (Eric) Kipper, Tina Haag, Bryan (Kelly) Haag, Kimberly (Vinnie) Krezinski, Kristin (Geoff) LaCanne, Dakota Kroes, Michelle (Jason) Sutherland of Muskego, Nathan (Katherine) Voss of Oakfield Center, Jennifer (Art) Juszkiewicz of Rochester, Jeanine Pentilla of Portland, Oregon; his great-grandchildren, Trenton, Tyler and Troy Kipper, Dominic and Alyssa LaCanne, Dodge and Kylie Krezinski, Cayden Krida, Lauren Haag, Madalynn, Brayden, Brynn and Jonah Voss, Aviana Sutherland, Jane and Ean Juszkiewicz; two sisters, Georgia Repalian, Nettie Doyle; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his son, Dennis; daughter, Carol; brothers and sisters, John, Minnie, Dorothy, Sister Corona, William, George and Henry.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, November 28, 2014, at 11 a.m. at St. Rita’s Catholic Church, 4339 Douglas Ave., with Rev. Kevin Mullins OSA officiating. Entombment with Full Military Honors will follow at Holy Cross Garden Mausoleum, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Friday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of Mass at 11 a.m. Memorials to the Wisconsin Veteran’s Home or to St. Rita’s Catholic Church have been suggested.

A special thank you to the staff at Fairchild Hall and Vitas Hospice for their loving and compassionate care.  

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

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Gwendolyn F. (Deschler) Simanek

Gwendolyn F. Simanek, age 98, passed away on Sunday, November 23, 2014, at her residence. Gwendolyn was born in Racine on July 5, 1916, daughter of the late Frank and Mabel (Nee: Brothers) Deschler.

Gwendolyn was a graduate of St. Catherine’s High School “Class of 1934.” On February 14, 1942, she was united in marriage to John “Bob” Simanek, who preceded her in death on March 3, 1999.

She was a longtime member of St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church. Gwendolyn had a great love for traveling and also enjoyed painting. More than anything, she cherished time spent with her family. She will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her children, Stephen (Theresa) Simanek, Julieanne (Richard) Behling, Thomas Simanek, Daniel (Theresa) Simanek; her grandchildren, Emily (Paul) Ricco, Peter Simanek, Christopher Simanek, Terra (Brad) Morris; her six great-grandchildren, Quinn, Ethan, Eliana, Tristram, Isabella and Riverlyn; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her son, Robert; and brother, Franklin.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, December 4, 2014, at 11 a.m. at St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church, 1903 Green St., with Rev. Steve Varghese officiating. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Thursday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of Mass at 11 a.m. Memorials to St. Catherine’s High School have been suggested.

A very special thank you to the staff at Eldcare for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Kathleen A. (Scheel) Arentz

Kathleen A. Arentz, age 64, passed away on Saturday, November 22, 2014, at Wheaton Franciscan – All Saints Medical Center. Kathy was born in Racine on August 1, 1950, daughter of the late Irving and Shirley (Nee: Johnson) Scheel.

Kathy graduated from William Horlick High School in 1968. Kathy was married to George Arentz, who preceded her in death.

Survivors include her son, David (Karla) Stafford of Maineville, Ohio; her granddaughter, Mia; her brothers, Gary Scheel of Racine, Bill Scheel of Racine; and sisters, JoAnne (Gerald) Cummings of Crandon and Nancy Kroll of Racine; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

One of the happiest times in Kathy’s life was finding and reuniting with her son, David. She became a part of his life along with David’s new wife and then later upon the birth of her granddaughter, Mia.

Kathy’s whole life was her dogs.  If you like to honor her memory, memorials can be made to the Racine County Humane Society, 4630 Oakdale Drive, Racine, WI  53405.

Per Kathy’s wishes private services were held.

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

Friday, November 21, 2014

Idabelle Rouse (Raught) Reider

Idabelle Rouse Reider, age 96, passed away on Friday, November 21, 2014, at Wheaton Franciscan Hospice. She was born in Janesville, WI, on January 27, 1918, daughter of the late Joseph and IdaMae (Nee: VanVranken) Raught.

On April 18, 1942, she was united in marriage to Elmer J. Rouse and together they raised two daughters, Barbara and Kathryn, and a foster daughter, Anita. Elmer preceded her in death on December 29, 1973. On November 23, 1975, Idabelle was married to Fredrick W. Reider.

She was a charter member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. She enjoyed working as a bookkeeper for the Rouse’s Sinclair Station and for Dr. William Buckley’s Orthodontist Office for 17 years, retiring in 1983. Idabelle enjoyed riding horses, knitting, crocheting, baking and cooking. It was time spent with her family she treasured the most. She will be dearly missed.

Surviving are her husband, Fredrick; daughter, Kathryn Rouse (Don Riegelman) of Racine; granddaughter, Robin Petersen; great-grandson, Brandon Johnson; foster daughter, Anita Oakes and family of Racine; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends.

In addition to her parents and first husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Barbara Petersen; grandson, Jon Petersen; a loving brother and four loving sisters.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, November 29, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 6400 Spring St., with Rev. William Dietzler officiating. Private entombment will follow at Calvary Crypts. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Saturday at the church, from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass. Memorials to the Health Care Network or St. Paul the Apostle Church have been suggested.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff of Wheaton Franciscan Hospice for their loving and compassionate care. 

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

Diane M. (Porcaro) Maritato

Diane M. Maritato, age 77, passed away Friday, November 21, 2014 at the Hospice House in Racine surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Racine on October 22, 1937, daughter of the late Herman and Irene (Nee: Bencriscutto) Porcaro.

Diane was a graduate of St. Catherine’s High School, “Class of 1955.” On September 27, 1958, Diane was united in marriage to Dr. Frank R. Maritato. Diane and Frank recently celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary.

Diane was a Realtor for twenty-nine years, a former director and president of the Racine Board of Realtors and a former director of the Wisconsin Realtors Association. She was a member of the Vittoria Colonna and served as president in 2010-2011. She was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. Her passions ranged from cooking, entertaining, playing bridge, reading and traveling. She was deeply loved, always in our thoughts and forever in our hearts.

Surviving are her husband, Dr. Frank, children, Lisa (Patrick) Peterson of Ashburn, VA; Mitch (Debbie) Maritato of Germantown, WI; Nancy Custard of Ashburn, VA; Frank (Karen) Maritato of Glen Allen, VA; four grandchildren, Meagan and Emily Maritato, Gianna and Zoë Custard; brothers and sister; Joseph (Judy) Porcaro, David (MaryAnn) Porcaro, Nita (Tom) Bain, Dino (Sophia) Porcaro; brothers-in-law, Louie (Mary) Maritato, Mario (Lois) Maritato nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents, she also was preceded in death by her grandson, Marcus Maritato.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, November 26, 2014, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 6400 Spring St., with Rev. Allen Bratkowski officiating.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family for visitation at the funeral home on Tuesday, November 25, 2014, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. (Vittoria Colonna Service at 6 p.m.) and Wednesday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of Mass.

A very special thank you to the staff and volunteers of Hospice Alliance Home Hospice and the Hospice House of Racine for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Nancy E. (Lees) Petersen

Mt Pleasant -- Surrounded by her loving family at home, Nancy E. Petersen, age 72, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 20, 2014, following a forty-five year battle with Multiple Sclerosis. Nancy was born in Racine on April 23, 1942, daughter of the late Andrew and Dorothy (Nee:Piette) Lees. She graduated from St. Catherine’s High School “Class of 1960.”

On August 5, 1961, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church, she was united in marriage to David J. Petersen. Together they raised three children, Kimberly, Tammy and Scott.

Nancy was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. She was an avid Packers fan and in her earlier years she enjoyed bowling, fishing and golf. She was an accomplished seamstress and loved to sew. Through the years she took great joy in creating one of a kind clothes for all members of her family. Above all, she was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who will be dearly missed.

Surviving are her husband of 53 years, David; children, Tammy (Michael) Lundgren of Mt. Pleasant, Scott (Amy) Petersen of Mt. Pleasant; grandchildren, Joshua (fiancée Jenna), Jacob and Nicholas (Dalilla) Lundgren, Aaron and April Wilson, Michael and David Petersen; great-grandchildren, Gauge, Mason, Chevy, Jackson, Axel, Romeo, Scarlett, Emmett and Aaron Jr.; siblings, Judith Shilhavy of Sturtevant, Michael (Mary) Lees of Mt. Pleasant, Debra Lees of Racine; other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Kimberly; grandchildren, Samantha and Nathaniel; and great-grandson, Nevin.

Visitation will be held on Monday at the funeral home from 5-7 p.m. and on Tuesday at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 6400 Spring St., from 11:30 a.m. until noon. At noon a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated with Reverend Terry Huebner officiating. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Memorials to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church or one’s favorite charity have been suggested.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Wheaton Franciscan Hospice nurses Mary, Debbie, Kathy and Barb for their loving and compassionate care. 

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