Thursday, July 24, 2014

Patrick J. Murphy

Sturtevant -- Patrick J. Murphy, age 82, passed away on Thursday, July 24, 2014, at his residence.  He was born in Milwaukee, WI, on March 11, 1932, son of the late Edward and Marjorie (Nee: Danford) Murphy. He was united in marriage to Jean Jensen on February 14, 1993.

A native of Wisconsin, Pat was born and raised in Wauwatosa, graduating from Pius High School in 1950. Not long after, he journeyed to Parris Island, South Carolina, reporting to boot camp as a Marine Corps recruit.  It was there he was schooled in the Core Values that form the bedrock of a Marine’s character: Honor, Courage and Commitment, the latter a value obvious to anyone who has ever worked with Pat.

Following recruit training, and a stint at Camp Pendleton, Pat was sent to Korea, where he served for almost two years, seeing action around Pusan.  A Purple Heart  recipient, he returned to the States in 1952, assigned to duties in San Francisco and Camp Pendleton, after which he became a Drill Instructor in San Diego, where it became his turn to teach young Marines how to “stand tall with pride.”  Like many young men of the era, Pat received orders for Vietnam, serving in 1965-'66 on the U.S.S. Iwo Jima as Operations Chief for Special Landing Task Force and seeing action in places like Chu Lai, Phu Bai, and Hue.

He returned to the Sates in 1967 and, a year later, landed in Racine as a Marine Corps Recruiter, serving in that capacity for the next two years.  In 1970, he saluted active duty goodbye.  The next 20-plus years found Pat teaching at various schools, including Goodland School, Washington Junior High School, Giese School and Mitchell Middle School, retiring from full-time teaching in June 1993.  A familiar fixture at each school was the Popcorn Machine that Pat bought, and which he used to help with fund raising.  After retiring from teaching, Pat returned his commitment to the Corps by dedicating his time to the Agerholm-Gross Marine Corps League.

Survivors include his wife, Jean; his children, Kevin (Lori) Murphy of Kalamazoo, MI, Kristin (Christopher) Klages of Hales Corner, WI, Dr. Steven  (Ivonne) Murphy of Shorewood, WI; stepchildren, Mark (Kathleen) Nielsen of Racine, Jill (Mark) Hoffman of Racine; 11 grandchildren, Erin Murphy, Tyler Dombeck, Patrick Murphy, Michael Pincinkowski, Turner Hoffman, Kathryn Klages, Karolyn Klages, Nicolas Murphy, William Murphy, Diego Murphy and Clara Murphy; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Dorothy Murphy of Greenfield, WI, Diane (Ed) Kollenbroich of Milwaukee; mother-in-law, Jennie Jensen of Madison, sister-in-law Elaine (Edward) Huck of Madison; many loving nieces and nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

In addition to his parents, he also was preceded in death by his first wife, Katheryn (Nee: Schweitzer); and his brother, Howard.

Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, July 30, at noon, with Rev. Roger Black and Rev. Bruce Clanton concelebrating.  Private interment will be held at Southern Wisconsin Veteran’s Cemetery, Town of Dover.  Relatives and friends are welcome to meet with the family on Wednesday at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until time of service.  Memorials to the Wounded Warriors or to The Schools of Hope, United Way of Racine, have been suggested by the family.

A very special thank you to the entire staff at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints Medical Center and Vitas Hospice for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Patrick G. Polcin

Following a long struggle and with his family by his side, Patrick Gerard Polcin, age 58, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 24, 2014, at Post Acute Specialty Hospital of Milwaukee. Patrick was born in Racine on March 30, 1956, son of the late John and Josephine (Nee: Kroes) Polcin.

He graduated from St. Catherine’s High School “Class of 1974,” attended UW-Parkside and received his B.A. in Communications from Concordia University. On February 4, 1978, he was united in marriage to Linda S. Buehrens.

Patrick had been employed at In-Sink-Erator, worked in sales for many years and had worked for RUSD as a substitute teacher for 11 years. He was an active member of Faith Lutheran Church in Sturtevant.

Patrick was a member of Toastmasters International and was a Distinguished Toastmaster. He was a sportsman who enjoyed the outdoors: hunting, fishing, and camping. He enjoyed good conversation with friends and became known as “The Coffee Man” as he made the rounds in the local coffee houses. Above all, Patrick was a dedicated husband and father who treasured the time spent with his family. He will be dearly missed.

Surviving are his wife of 36 years, Linda; daughter, Wendy; siblings, John (Mary) Polcin, Kristine Grow, Josie (Kevin) Grow; nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Joseph; sister, Valeria; and his brother-in-law, Ron Grow.

Complete funeral services will be held on Monday, July 28, 2014, at Faith Lutheran Church, 8500 Durand Ave., Sturtevant. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. followed by a funeral service at noon with Reverend Jeffrey Mortenson officiating. Interment will follow at Graceland Cemetery.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the ICU Staff at Wheaton Franciscan Medical Center for their loving and compassionate care given Patrick.

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

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