Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Norman Levin

Norman Levin, age 96, passed away on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at Ridgewood Care Center.  He was born in Chicago, IL, on September 19, 1917, the second of six children of the late Victor and Anna (Nee: Marcado) Levin.

Norman graduated from Washington Park High School “Class of 1935.”  He served in the U.S. Army as a medic during WWII stationed in the European Theatre.  On February 10, 1946, in Chicago he was united in marriage to Ethel R. Potash, who preceded him in death on November 7, 2007.

Norman owned and operated Public Fruit Company for over 40 years.  He was a member of Beth Israel Sinai Congregation. Norman enjoyed golf and was an avid bowler who became a state bowling champion in his age group.  Above all, Norman was devoted to his family and will be dearly missed.

Surviving are his sons, Victor (Michelle) Levin of Encino, CA, Steve (Jan) Levin of Baton Rouge, LA; a grandson, Ben (David Johnson) Levin of Washington, D.C.; sister-in-law, Anna Levin of Los Angeles, CA; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his son, Owen Levin in 1991; and his siblings, Ougenie “Jenny” Carlson, Luna Koker, Albert, Ralph and Sol Levin.

Graveside services followed by full military honors will be held on Thursday, July 24, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the Racine Jewish Memorial Cemetery, 612 Lathrop Ave., with Donna Addy officiating.

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

Georgia A. (McCarthy) Adi

Georgia A. Adi, age 92, passed away on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at Ridgewood Care Center. Georgia was born in Racine on September 12, 1921, daughter of the late Roy and Adella (Nee: Cichanofsky) McCarthy.

On October 21, 1943, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Dover she was united in marriage to Peter Adi Jr., who preceded her in death on October 30, 1994.

In her earlier years she was employed by Hamilton Beach and Western Publishing for 27-1/2 years. She was a longtime member of St. Patrick Catholic Church and most recently a member of St. Lucy Catholic Church. Georgia was very proud of her Irish heritage and enjoyed reading, canning, flower and vegetable gardening.

Survivors include her daughter, Pat Bauer, and her granddaughter, Michelle Bauer, both of Racine; other relatives and many dear friends.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sister, Carol (Harvey) Moore.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, July 28, 2014, at 11 a.m. at St. Lucy Catholic Church, 3101 Drexel Ave., with Rev. Mark R. Jones officiating. Interment will be follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Monday at the church from 10:30 a.m. until time of Mass at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Lucy Food Bank or to Ridgewood Care Center have been suggested.

A special thank you to Georgia’s caregivers at Ridgewood Care Center.

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

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Bernadine A. (Potrykus) Wilinski

Surrounded by her loving family, Bernadine A. Wilinski, age 90, entered into eternal life on Sunday, July 20, 2014, at her residence.  Bernadine was born in Milwaukee on October 11, 1923, daughter of the late Edward and Martha (Nee: Perszyk) Potrykus.

She married Ralph S. Wilinski on February 23, 1943, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Pewaukee; he preceded her in death on December 9, 1972.  She was a 4-H leader, member of the Woman’s Club, served as president of the Christian Mothers at St. Stephan’s Catholic Church in Milwaukee, American Legion Auxiliary Post 434 in Oak Creek, the Women’s Civic Council in Racine and the Florence Nightingale Society.  Bernadine attended Rosemary Bishoff’s Modeling School in Milwaukee and enjoyed reading, gardening, and antiques.

She was Mrs. Santa Claus for Racine Cooperative Nursery School for several years; was known as “Grandma B” to many families she babysat for during the years; gave many hat demonstrations to local organizations as “The Hat Lady” owning more than 200 hats; and had a Monday 500 card club with friends and her sister, Gloria.  She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.  Above all, she was loving and devoted to her family and will be deeply missed.

Survivors include her four children, Catherine (Lyle) Andersen of Caledonia, Susan F. Vasquez of Portland, OR, Helen (Alan) Parker of Pickett, WI; Mark Wilinski of Racine; six grandchildren; four great-granddaughters; one great-grandchild to be born in December; one step-great-grandson; brother, Edward Potrykus of Trinity, FL; sister, Gloria Potrykus of Racine; sister-in-law, Marilynn Potrykus of Kingston, MA; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.  In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, Clarence Potrykus.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, July 28, 2014, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1533 Erie St., with Rev. William Dietzler officiating.  Interment will follow at St. Adalbert Cemetery in Milwaukee.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church on Monday from 10 a.m. until time of Mass at 11 a.m.  In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Joseph Catholic Church have been suggested.

A special thank you to the staffs at Compassionate Care Hospice and Cardiac Connections for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Rhea P. (Osterman) Smith

Rhea P. Smith, age 92, passed away on Sunday, July 20, 2014, at Ridgewood Care Center. Rhea was born June 10, 1922, in Price County, WI, daughter of the late John and Helen (Nee: Pomraining) Osterman.

She was educated in Racine schools including Holy Name, Franklin Jr. and Washington Park High School. On January 6, 1951, in Crown Point, Indiana, she was united in marriage to Raymond T. Smith.

Rhea was a member of Washington Park Golf Club, former member of Johnson Park Golf Club, Racine Garden Club and Racine Children’s Theatre. She retired from Kohl’s Department Store in July of 2004 after seventeen years of service.

Survivors include her loving husband of sixty-three years, Ray T. Smith; her children, Dale (Jack) Gibson of Palm Springs, CA, Roberta Krause, Kevin (Cindy) Smith, all of Racine; seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; other relatives and many great friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her two sisters, Mabel Feerher and Lucille Kamien.

Private funeral services will be held with interment at West Lawn Memorial Park.

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

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Earl M. Pfleger Jr.

With his loving family by his side, Earl M. Pfleger Jr., age 86, passed away on Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at his residence. Earl was born on May 22, 1928, son of the late Earl and Alice (nee: Smith) Pfleger Sr., on the family farm on the corner of Douglas Ave and South Street in Racine.

On October 22, 1949, at St. John Nepomuk Church in Racine, he was united in marriage to Mae Kralicek. They shared fifty beautiful years together on their family farm in Kenosha before Mae passed away on December 22, 1999.

Earl was employed with the Eaton Corp for thirty years until his retirement. A farmer at heart and a master welder, Earl could build his own pole barns, work on tractors, and fix anything on the farm. In his spare time, Earl also enjoyed camping, fishing and quality time with his family. He will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his children, Mark (Melle) Pfleger of Denmark, WI, Matthew (Jane) Pfleger of Antigo, WI, Pamela (Donald) Ruge of Kenosha, Cynthia (Phil) Wheeler of Kenosha; special niece, Chris Lloyd of TX; 10 grandchildren, Mark, Erin, Sarah, Ryan, Doug, Kirsten, Ashley, Thomas, Lauren and Madilyn; five great-grandchildren, Cali, Maya, Michael, Zoey and Delilah; brother, Carl (Barbara) Pfleger of Kenosha; brother-in-law, Anthony Kralicek; sisters-in-law, Elsie Budzinski, Kathleen Marsh and Judy Meyer; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Sebastian Catholic Church, 3100 95th St., Sturtevant, on Monday, July 21, 2014, at 10:30 a.m., with Rev. Mark Jones officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family on Sunday at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. and on Monday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of Mass at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be held at West Lawn Memorial Park on Tuesday at 11 a.m. Memorials to Kenosha St. Joseph’s High School Scholarship Fund or Racine St. Catherine’s High School Scholarship Fund have been suggested.

The family extends a special thank you to Dr. Ronald Schulgit, Dr. Michael Ansani, Dr. Rushim Bains and the staff of 3B at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints, Mary, Cathy, Andrea and April of Wheaton Franciscan Hospice for all of their loving and compassionate care.

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

Monday, July 14, 2014

Debra J. (May) Bose

Debra J. Bose, age 59, passed away unexpectedly at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints Medical Center on Monday, July 14, 2014. Debra was born in Chippewa Falls, WI, on September 20, 1954, daughter of the late Fred and Deloris (nee: Kressin) May.

On April 11, 1981, Debra was united in marriage to the love of her life, William R. Bose, at St. John Nepomuk Church. She was employed as a home health aide for twenty-five years.  An avid reader, Debra also enjoyed sewing and puzzles, but she was most concerned with taking care of everybody else’s needs.  She will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her husband, William; son, Anthony (Jennifer) Bose; brothers, David (Diane) May, Gary May; best friend, Sue Horak; brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  In addition to her parents, Debra was also preceded in death by her sister, Elizabeth Schueler.

A Memorial Service celebrating Debra’s life will be held on Saturday, July 19, 2014, at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Relatives and friends are welcome to meet with the family at the funeral home on Saturday, from noon until time of service at 1 p.m. Private interment will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32.  

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

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Stella V. Foster

Surrounded by her family, Stella Victoria Foster, age 92, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 13, 2014, at her residence.  She was born July 3, 1922, in Saginaw, MI, daughter of the late Boleslaw and Stephina (Nee: Hojricka) Ziolkowski.

Stella graduated from Washington Park High School “Class of 1940.”  On December 27, 1941, she was united in marriage to Marvin J. Foster Sr., who preceded her in death in 1995. Stella was a member of Holy Name/St. Richard’s Catholic Church for over 75 years.

She was employed as a clerk at the Racine County Court House from 1968 – 1984.   Stella was a volunteer at Toys for Tots for 12 years and also at Wadewitz Elementary School for several years helping 1st and 2nd graders improve their reading skills.  She also volunteered as an usher for many years at the Racine Theater Guild.  She enjoyed gardening, cooking, baking, traveling, knitting, reading and supporting all Wisconsin sports teams, especially the Green Bay Packers.  More than anything, it was time spent with her family she treasured the most.  She will be dearly missed.

Surviving are her children, Marvin J. “Skip” (Kathy) Foster Jr., Richard W. “Dick” (Terrie) Foster, Suzanne L. “Sue” Foster, Cynthia J. “Cindy” (Frank Giandenoto) Foster, and James R. “Jim” Foster; grandchildren, Gary Thompson, Brad Foster, Marc (Jennifer) Giandenoto, Brian (Nathan) Foster; great-grandchildren, Alec Romano and Addison Giandenoto; siblings, Josephine Ziolkowski, Jennie Jensen, Catherine (Lyle) Sweet, Ben Ziolkowski, Ted (Jean) Wasiak; other relatives and dear friends.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Sue Foster, in 1994; stepfather, Vincent Wasiak in 1960; and sisters, Sophia Ziolkowski, in 1928, Mary Lesnik, in 1997, and Bernice Blagec, in 2013.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, July 17, 2014, at 11 a.m. at St. Richard’s Catholic Church, 1503 Grand Ave., with Reverend Ron Gramza 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.  In lieu of flowers, please consider donating a memorial to St. Richard’s Building Fund, The American Cancer Society, or a charity of your choice.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Donna Lathrop for her longtime friendship and support, sharing in the good times and bad, plus a few laughs along the way; to Jeannie, her instructor in exercise class and all of the ladies in the class for your help, friendship and support over the years; and to the staff of Wheaton Franciscan Hospice for their loving and compassionate care. Many hugs to her nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

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