Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Thomas Michael Rustici

Thomas Michael Rustici passed away at his residence on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, after a brief illness, with family by his side. Tom was born in Pawcatuck, Connecticut, on February 19, 1927, son of the late Michaelangelo and Domenica (Nee: Sammataro) Rustici. Tom was the second youngest of seven siblings.

During World War II Tom proudly served in the United States Navy. Tom spent his childhood in Connecticut and attended college in Milwaukee at MSOE. Tom was fortunate to meet Joyce Rupinski during this time, and they were married on April 11, 1953, in Milwaukee, WI. Tom was an extremely caring and devoted spouse.

Tom spent his career with JI Case Tractors, as a Manufacturing Engineer. Tom did a marvelous job raising five children. He raised them in a very positive and patient fashion, with all five children carrying on these traits. He was a devoted Catholic who spent many years as an usher and was chairperson for St. Paul’s Senior group. Tom has many cherished friends who he has spent time with in various activities; playing cards, golfing and traveling. His love for woodworking will forever be remembered in the various items he made for family and friends.

He is survived by his spouse of 61 years, Joyce; children, Dave (Carol) Rustici of Loveland, CO, Ken (Lynn) Rustici of Racine, Robert(Lisa) Rustici of Nashua, NH, Kathy (Roger) Hermsen of Green Bay, Ann (Craig) DeCamp of Waterford, WI; twelve grandchildren, Matt (Katie) Rustici, Jessica (Zach) Jones, Sarah (Kris) Gerulski, Megan (Jeff) Swanson, Christophe (Kim) Rustici, Marissa (fiancĂ©, Jonathan) Rustici; Lindsay, Aaron and Natalie Hermsen; Max, Eric and Jake DeCamp; and 5 ½ great-grandchildren, Logan and Ella Rustici, Theo and Johanna Swanson, Weston Gerulski; brother, Charles (Patricia) Rustici; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Kiedrowski and Grace Rupinski; numerous nieces and nephews, other relatives and dear friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, April 24, 2014, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 6400 Spring St., with Rev. Terrance J. Huebner officiating. Entombment with Full Military Honors will follow at Holy Cross Garden Mausoleum, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Thursday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass at 11 a.m. A  Roma Lodge service will be held at 10 a.m.

The family extends a special thank you to Hospice Alliance, and specifically Mohamed’s compassionate care. Thanks, Tom, for being the awesome person you were. We Love You!

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

Mary J. (Jacobi) Daniels

Franksville -- Mary Jean Daniels, age 71, passed away on Monday, April 21, 2014, at St. Luke’s Medical Center, Milwaukee. She was born in St. Louis, MO, on September 25, 1942, daughter of the late Wilfred and Jean (Nee: Schulte) Jacobi and had been a resident of Racine the past 67 years.

On December 10, 1960, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church, she was united in marriage to Richard E. Daniels. Mary was an active member of St. Louis Catholic Church. She also had been active in the Girl Scouts and enjoyed many crafts. Above all, it was time she spent with her family that she treasured the most. She will be dearly missed.

Surviving are her husband of 53 years, Richard; children, Beth (Richard) Roeder of Franksville, Janet (Dwayne) Hart of Franksville, Kirt Daniels of East Troy, Jeffery (Stephanie) Daniels of Peoria, IL, Gregory (Judy) Daniels of Oak Creek; grandchildren, Matthew, Theresa, Alix and Vincent Daniels, Kyle, Jamie and Phillip Roeder, Emily, Christian, Audrey, Isaiah and Olivia Daniels, Kelly and Tyler Hart, Zachary, Shannon and Jake Daniels; two great-grandchildren, Brady and Trevon; siblings, William (Lynn) Jacobi of Phoenix, AZ, Charles (Jean) Jacobi of Brainerd, MN, James (Lynn) Jacobi of Detroit, MI, Sue Jacobi , Katie (John) Ward of Brainerd, MN; brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law; nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her infant son, Mark.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Louis Catholic Church, 13207 Hwy G, on Saturday, April 26, 2014, at 11:30 a.m., with Reverend Mark Danczyk officiating. Interment will follow at St. Louis Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet at the church from 10 a.m. until time of Mass. Memorials to St. Louis Catholic Church have been suggested.

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

Virginia Mae Tannler

Virginia Mae Tannler, age 81, passed away on October 13, 2013 at her residence.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert William Tannler; her parents, Anton and Clara Hrdlicka.

Surviving are her two children, Rhonda Rae Tannler, Edward Tannler; three grandchildren, James Clinton Latshaw, Luke Albert Latshaw, Celine Tannler; one great-grandchild, Ananda Tenessen-Latshaw; three sisters; one brother; and other relatives.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a committal service at Graceland Cemetery on Friday, April 25, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. Please meet at the front gate.  A reception will follow at Buckets Pub dining room.  Memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association have been suggested.

A special thank you to the entire staff of Hospice Alliance and Lincoln Lutheran for their loving and compassionate care. 

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

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Catherine M. 'Katie' (Eisenreich) Barz

Catherine M. Barz, age 85, passed away on Saturday, April 19, 2014, at her residence.  Catherine was born in Chippewa Falls on February 8, 1929, daughter of the late Wolferd and Margaret (nee: Weber) Eisenreich, and moved to Racine with her family when she was a teenager.

On November 27, 1948, she was united in marriage to Donald W. Gleason, who preceded her in death in 1982. She was later married to John L. Barz, who preceded her in death.  Katie was a member of St. Rita Catholic Church and the Christian Mothers. She was previously a member of Holy Name Catholic Church.  Katie was an excellent cook who also enjoyed knitting and crocheting. She will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her children, Sharon Gleason of Madison,  Charles Gleason of Racine, Theresa (Terry) Miller of CA, Kathleen Gleason and Mary Gleason, both of Milwaukee, Cynthia (Joel) Tew of FL; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren;  sister-in-law, Marion Eisenreich of Eau Claire, WI;  other relatives and dear friends. In addition to her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by her siblings, George (Lorraine) Eisenreich, Walter (Margaret) Eisenreich, Lawrence Eisenreich and Gertrude (Warren) Freed.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Rita Catholic Church, 4339 Douglas Ave., on Thursday, April 24, 2014, at 10:30 a.m., with Rev. Kevin Mullins officiating. Entombment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church on Thursday from  9:30 a.m. until time of Mass.  Memorials to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society have been suggested.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Haider and Hospice Alliance for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Friday, April 18, 2014

Royal William 'Bill' Schaefer

With his family by his side, Royal William “Bill” Schaefer, age 91, passed away on Friday, April 18, 2014.  Bill was born in Racine on June 23, 1922, son of the late Royal and Marjorie (nee: Pierce) Schaefer.

During World War II, Bill proudly served in the US Army Air Force while stationed in Guam.  On November 11, 1950, he was united in marriage to the love of his life, Alice J. Nield, at First Presbyterian Church, where he was a lifelong member and music/choir director for nearly thirty years.

Bill graduated from Carroll College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics and was a science teacher in the South Milwaukee area for over thirty years, until his retirement in 1984. In his younger years, he was a member of the Racine Kilties and was affiliated with Camp Anokijig from 1931-1968, serving as camp director for five years. Bill was a member of the Hi-Lo Dance Club and loved his years of square dancing with Alice.  He also enjoyed golfing. Bill will be best remembered for his love and devotion to his family and will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his loving wife of nearly 64 years, Alice; sons, Bill (Louise) Schaefer of Edwards, CO, Jim (Karen) Schaefer of Geneva, FL; grandchildren, Courtney (Kent) Lambrecht, Andrew Royal Schaefer, Matthew James (Courtney) Schaefer, Adam Benjamin Schaefer; great-grandchildren, Chase and Oliver Lambrecht; sister, Mary Lou Hill;  nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  In addition to his parents, Bill was also preceded in death by his brother, Donald.

A Memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 730 College Ave., on Tuesday April 22, 2014, at 11 a.m. Interment with Full Military honors will be held at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family on Tuesday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m.  Memorials to the First Presbyterian Church or Camp Anokijig have been suggested.

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

Carol E. (Eickhorst) Corona

Surrounded by her family, Carol Elaine Corona, age 82, passed away on Friday, April 18, 2014, at Oak Ridge Care Center. She was born in Racine on October 25, 1931, daughter of the late Elmer and Agnes (Nee: Pfister) Eickhorst.

Carol graduated from Wm Horlick High School “Class of 1949.” On May 27, 1950, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church she was united in marriage to Michael D. Corona. Carol was employed by Belle City Credit Union, Webster Credit Union and Danfoss Credit Union.

She was a member of St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church and a member and past president of the Christian Mothers. She was also a member of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball Association. Carol was involved with scouting while raising her children and served as a den mother and Girl Scout Leader. She volunteered at St. Mary’s Hospital as a “Pink Lady” for many years as well as volunteering for many years at St. John Nepomuk Church and school.

At home, Carol enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting, cooking and baking. She was an avid Packers and Cubs fan who enjoyed rooting just as much while watching her grandchildren play sports. She enjoyed the family vacations and traveling with her husband, Mike, on his many endeavors. Her favorite pastime was shopping with her daughter and granddaughters which always was highlighted with the annual trip to the Walnut Room in Chicago the day after Christmas. Carol was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother who will be dearly missed.

Surviving are her husband of 63 years, Mike; three children, Michael (Jacque) Corona, Susan Lynch, James Corona; grandchildren, Michael (Allie) Corona, Kathryn (Jason) Ortiz, Sarah Corona, Kimberly Lynch, Kelly Lynch, Amy (Justin) Thornton, Tony Corona; great-grandchildren, Michael and Macie Corona, Ellie Corona, Ethan Thornton, Logan Ortiz and Millie Corona; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Catherine (Ronald) DeRose, Florence Staats, Marilyn Corona, Bernice Corona, Herman Buchaklian; her goddaughters, Peggy Kohler and Debbie DeRose; her longtime and best friend, Jean Kohler; nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a great-grandson, Michael Charles Corona; sister, Barbara Buchaklian; godson, Tom Corona; and her son-in-law, Thomas Lynch.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at 11 a.m. at St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church, 1903 Green St., with Reverend Richard Molter officiating. Relatives and friends may meet Tuesday at the funeral home from 4-7  p.m. (7 p.m. Prayer) and on Wednesday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of Mass

 The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Mark DeCheck and the staff at Oak Ridge Care Center for their loving and compassionate care these past two years.

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

Ryan C. Bronson

Ryan C. Bronson, age 30, passed away on Friday, April 18, 2014, at his residence.  Ryan was born in Racine on May 17, 1983, son of Dale and Kathleen (Nee: Nelson) Bronson.

Ryan was a very giving and loving person.  He loved taking care of his nieces and nephews.  He enjoyed nature and the simple things in life, especially bird watching and long walks with his canine companion, Starsky.

He is survived by his mother, Kathleen Bronson; his father Dale Bronson; sisters, Monique (Eric) Ricker, Laura (Jonathan) Daniels; Grandma, Josephine Nelson; nieces, nephews other relatives and dear friends. He was preceded in death by his Grandpa, Kenneth Nelson.

A Memorial Service celebrating Ryan’s life will be held at the funeral home on Friday, April 25, 2014, at noon with Rev. Wayne Beilgard officiating.

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