Sunday, September 14, 2014

Carrol M. (Lechleitner) Litwin

Surrounded by her loving family, Carrol M. Litwin, age 71, passed away on Sunday, September 14, 2014, at her residence.   Carrol was born in Enumclaw, WA, on December 24, 1942, daughter of the late Steve and Isabelle (Nee: Lemburg) Lechleitner.

Following her high school graduation in 1960 in Gilman, WI, Carrol moved to Racine. She later met the love of her life, James Litwin, and on December 6, 1969, at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Gilman, WI, they were united in marriage. She retired from Moxness Products after a twenty-year plus career in sales and customer service. She was a longtime member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. Carrol was blessed with a lung transplant in 2005 after several years of difficult lung problems. More than life’s material possessions, Carrol loved and treasured her time spent with her family and friends. She will be deeply missed.

Survivors include her loving husband of forty-four years, James; her children, Scott (Rebecca (Nee: Hoy) Litwin and their children, Benjamin and Emma, Nicole (Alan) Deschler and their children, Cody and Caleb, all of Union Grove; brothers, Milford (Sonja) Lechleitner of Chippewa Falls, Clark (Judy) Lechleitner, Steve (Sandy) Lechleitner, all of Holcombe; sister, Marlene (Joe) Gallick of Chippewa Falls; brother-in-law, Jerry (Judy) Lebrick of Union Grove; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many dear friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Marcia Lebrick; and brother, Bruce Lechleitner.

A Memorial Mass will be held on Friday, September 19, 2014, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 6400 Spring St.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family Friday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of Mass at 11 a.m. Private interment will be held at the Southern Wisconsin Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, Town of Dover.  Memorials to Wheaton Franciscan Pulmonary Rehabilitation have been suggested.

A very special thank you to Dr. Steven Johnson, Wheaton Franciscan Hospital, for all his dedicated care and support and to the Lung Transplant staff at the University of Wisconsin  Hospital Madison for all their assistance over the years.

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

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Jane E. Gilmore (Murphy) Cisney

Jane Elizabeth Gilmore Cisney, age 99, passed away on Saturday, September 13, 2014, at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints Medical Center. Jane was born in Racine on June 16, 1915, daughter of the late George and Amanda (Nee:Bowmann) Murphy.

She graduated from Lincoln High School and Spencerian College in Manitowoc. Jane was employed by First Wisconsin Bank as a personal representative for many years, retiring from Firstar Bank.

Jane was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, The Catholic Women’s Club, Hoy Nature Club, Racine Literacy Council, the Quarry Rats, and a member and founding member of the Catholic Junior League. She served on the Board at St. Luke’s Hospital and served on the Johnsons Wax Retirees Board. Jane was also a volunteer for hospice. Above all she was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who will be dearly missed.

Surviving are her children, James B. (JoAnn) Gilmore of Milwaukee. Ellen Studebaker of Racine; grandchildren, Laura (Ernest) Tanel, Steve (Mary) Gilmore, Cynthia (Eric) Windschanz, James Gilmore, Brian Studebaker, Jane (Timothy) Studebaker-Harlan, John (Kathryn) Studebaker, Catherine “Kate” Studebaker; sister, Patricia Foley of Racine; nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, James F. Gilmore and Harland N. Cisney; and by her five brothers, Ned (Sylvia) Murphy, Patrick (Pat) Murphy, Robert (Estelle) Murphy, Richard (Ann) Murphy and George (Carolyn) Murphy.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 6400 Spring St., on Thursday, September 18, 2014, at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet at the church Thursday from 10 a.m. until time of Mass.

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

Friday, September 12, 2014

Ralph L. Trower

Ralph L. Trower, age 85, passed away peacefully on Friday morning, September 12, 2014. Ralph was born in Kansas City, MO, on April 28, 1929, son of the late Ralph and Vera Trower and was a graduate of Missouri University.

Ralph was employed at the Racine Journal Times for thirty-seven years as a sportswriter, sports editor and columnist. He served four terms on the Racine County Board of Supervisors, was past president of the Kiwanis Club of Greater Racine and past president of Wisconsin Associated Press Sportswriters and Wisconsin Pro Football Writers.

Survivors include his wife, Joan; son, Paul (Sang Shen) Trower of San Diego, CA; daughter, Ann Trower (Ernie Urpila) of Racine; step-son, Todd (Erica) Phillips of Racine; grandchildren, David Niesen, Jacob Phillips, Eve Phillips, Kaylee (Tyler) Morhbacher; great-granddaughter, Mia; other relatives and friends.

Ralph was preceded in death by his first wife, Ruth (nee: Pazen), in 2000.

Memorial services will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, at 11:30 a.m., with Rev. Samuel D. Jackson officiating. Private interment will be held at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Tuesday from 10:30 a.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Grace Church or the Racine Public Library have been suggested.

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

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Patricia A. (Pyne) Stoneburner

Patricia A. Stoneburner, age 84, passed away on Wednesday, September 10, 2014.  She was born in Chicago, IL, on June 6, 1930, to Richard L. and Katherine A. (Nee:  Kane) Pyne.

She retired from the Racine Post Office in 1986. She was President of the American Postal Workers Union, Racine, and Secretary of the Racine County AFL-CIO, serving in both positions for several years.

Pat is survived by her children, Colleen Stoneburner of Racine, Patrick Monette-Shaw of San Francisco, CA, Carol Stoneburner of Santa Cruz, CA; granddaughters, Christine, Marcella, and Sarah; great-grandchildren, Joshua, Brooke, Ephram and Charlotte; great-great-grandson, London; other relatives and many dear friends.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by an infant brother, William; infant daughter, Patricia; daughter, Linda; great- granddaughter, Caprice; and son-in-law, Carl.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, September 19, 2014, at noon at the funeral home. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Friday at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until time of service at noon. Memorials to Friends of the Racine Public Library have been suggested.

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

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Nicole A. 'Nicki' (Iggulden) Gilbert

Nicole A. “Nicki” Gilbert, age 43, left this world unexpectedly early Sunday morning, September 7, 2014.   Nicki was born in Racine on February 8, 1971, daughter of Michael A. and Marsha L. (nee: Seils) Iggulden.

Nicki was a graduate of St. Catherine’s High School “Class of 1989.” Following high school, Nicki attended Marian College where she met the love of her life, George G. Gilbert. They were united in marriage on May 6, 1995, at St. Joseph Catholic Church where she has been a lifelong member.

Nicki enjoyed her eighteen years employed as a hair stylist with Partners in Design Hair Salon. For the last five years, she has been living her dream of owning her own shop, “The Vine,” with her partners, Mary Bryant and Julie Borglin. An exercise enthusiast, Nicki Jazzercized for many years and recently worked out at Coreadvantage Studio with her friend, Joe Eloundou.

Above all, Nicki was a loving wife and mother who cherished her time with her family. She loved attending her son, Cole’s, and her daughter, Sadie’s,  many events, and was their greatest fan and endless source of love and support. She was blessed to have her best friends and sister, Michelle and Slade, as next door neighbors, along with their children, whom Nickie also loved as her own. A friend to everyone, Nicki will be remembered for her beautiful smile, positive attitude, her vibrant and upbeat personality.  She will be greatly missed by all those whose lives she touched.

Survivors include her loving husband of nearly twenty years, George; her children, Cole and Sadie; her parents, Michael (Marsha) Iggulden; her sister, Michelle (Slade) Smith and their children, Shey, Sydney and Saige; her mother-in-law and father-in-law, George (Patricia) Gilbert; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Michelle (Larry) Dykes and their children, Delanie and Michaela, Joseph Gilbert and his children, Ronin and Riley, Daniel (Breaa) Gilbert; other relatives and many dear friends.

 A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, September 13, 2014, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1533 Erie St., with Rev. Steve Varghese officiating.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family Friday at the funeral home from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. and Saturday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of Mass at 11 a.m.  In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family for an education fund to be established for Nicki’s children have been suggested.

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

Friday, September 5, 2014

Vikki L. (Allen) Berns

Vikki Lynn Berns, “V,” age 65, passed away on Friday, September 5, 2014, at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints Medical Center.  She was born in Racine on December 5, 1948, daughter of the late Wardlow and Gartha (Nee: Everett) Allen.

V graduated from Washington Park High School “Class of 1967.” She was employed by Racine Unified School District for 25 years working at Wadewitz School in Special Education and as a Librarian Assistant.  V enjoyed going to rummage sales and restoring antique furniture.  More than anything, she enjoyed all children, her own family and the years of children she worked with at school.  She will be dearly missed.

Surviving are her son and daughter-in-law, Jacob and Sara Berns; grandchildren, Josephine Kirkland and Cash Berns; her siblings, Connie (Larry) Perfetto, Michael (Chris) Allen, Ronald (Theresa) Allen; nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews; special friends, Joan, Ann, Catherine, Bill Goodall; her former husband, William Berns; and the  Darcott Family; other relatives and friends.

Private services will be held.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Engel and the Wheaton Franciscan Hospice Staff, especially Nurse Mary and Ann for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Theodore J. Weichmann

Theodore (Ted) James Weichmann, 84, died on Thursday, September 4, 2014, at Mitchell Manor Assisted Living, in Oak Creek, WI.  He was born on May 2, 1930, in Chicago, IL, to Otto and Myrta (nee MacLagan) Weichmann.

On July 31, 1954, he married Marlene Hitzemann. They were married over 60 years. Ted came to Racine in 1964 to work at Harris Metals.  He enjoyed watching the Cubs and da Bears, movies, and listening to his records. Ted was well known for movie trivia and took great pride and joy in his time working on Racine’s Fourth of July parade for many years.   

He is survived by his wife and his four children:  Sharon (Joe) Gentile of Minneapolis, MN, Valarie (George) Langan of Park City, UT, Bruce of Belleville, WI, and Diane (Joe) Brinza of Maple Lake, MN; a sister-in-law, Lois Weichmann in Texas; a brother-in-law, Claude Towne in Arizona; eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Charlotte Herdegan and Janeva Towne; and his brother, Carlyle.

A Memorial Service will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, at noon.   Relatives and friends may meet with the family Tuesday from 11 a.m. until time of service.   Private interment will be held later. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Alzheimer’s Association or the Harmony Club of Racine have been suggested.

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