Monday, April 14, 2014

Louis A. Lakatos

Louis A. Lakatos, age 85, passed away on Monday, April 14, 2014, at Ridgewood Care Center.  Louis was born in Racine on October 24, 1928, son of the late Joseph and Elizabeth (Nee:  Laszko) Lakatos.

During World War II he proudly served in the United States Air Force.  Louis was employed for twenty-five years with Advance Transportation.  He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Local 200.

Survivors include his children, Gerard (Robin) Lakatos of Racine, Michael (Karen) Lakatos of Mercer, Vincent (Tammi) Lakatos of Ashland, Dorene Grau of Racine, Catherine Lakatos of Eagle River; grandchildren, Tom and Jeanette, Casey and Brenna, Jamie, Kristie and Sidney Lakatos, Art and Ian Grau, Rachel OPahle; great-grandchildren, Mercedes, Ian Jr., Bailey, Willow, Darwin, Bennett and Roy; brother, Leslie (Lillian) Lakatos of Racine; sister, Elizabeth Carter of Racine; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sons, Thomas and Leonard

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, April 26, 2014, at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2201 Northwestern Ave., with Rev. Ricardo Martin officiating.  Interment with Full Military Honors will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family Friday at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. Memorials to Sacred Heart Catholic Church have been suggested.

A very special thank you to the caregivers at Ridgewood Care Center and to the staff at Hospice Alliance for their loving and compassionate care.  

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

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Hedwig M. 'Hattie' (Hein) Davis

Hedwig M. “Hattie” Davis, age 88, passed away on Saturday April 12, 2014, at Franciscan Villa in South Milwaukee. Hattie was born in Racine on September 13, 1925, daughter of the late John and Amalia (nee: Burchart) Hein.

On October 23, 1948, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Racine, she was united in marriage to Lorin Davis, who preceded her in death on May 16, 2005.

She was employed at the YWCA for many years. Hattie was a member of Lutheran Chapel of the Cross and former member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church and their Ladies Guild. Hattie enjoyed her bowling and golf leagues. She loved swimming, and feeding the birds, fish and animals at her retirement house in Hazelhurst.

Survivors include her children, Tom (Sue) Davis of Berlin Heights, OH, Barb (James) Barker of Racine, William (Mary) Davis of Union Grove; her grandchildren, Hannah Davis, Andrew (Lindsay) Davis, Emily Davis and Kimberly Davis; great-grandchildren, Weston, Nolan, Jack and Carter; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her sisters, Mary (Chuck) Stratman, Erna (Claude) Waite, Anne (Floyd) Larson; and sister-in-law, Joyce (Sherwin) Reiche.

Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday April 16, 2014, at 11 a.m., with Rev. Brian Liermann officiating. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m.

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

Friday, April 11, 2014

Isaac Johnson Jr.

Surrounded by family, Isaac Johnson Jr., age 69, passed away peacefully on Friday April 11, 2014, after a long courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease. Isaac was born in Deason, MS, on December 20, 1944, son of the late Isaac and Cora (nee: Berry) Johnson Sr.

Isaac received his formal education in Clarksdale, MS. He was baptized at the age of 12 and moved to Chicago, IL, in 1964 where he was employed as a cook. He later moved to Racine, WI, where he was employed with J.I. Case for over thirty years, before retiring in 1994. He was an active member of A and D Ministries, and a member of the JI Case Twenty-Year Club.

Isaac was united in marriage to Jean Dealveux and to this union two children were born. Isaac enjoyed life to the fullest. He was known as “Ike” and Goldie” with his fancy clothes, jewelry, Cadillacs and other cars. He loved his family, especially his sister, Eliza. The bond between him and his children was remarkable, but becoming a grandfather was the proudest time of his life. His pastimes included going for walks at the mall, thrift stores or just a simple car ride.

Isaac leaves to cherish his memories, his children, Jessica Ott, Tyrone Johnson Sr., Vanessa Johnson, all of Racine, Gabrielle Johnson of Milwaukee; grandchildren, Malcolm Lofton, Tyrone Johnson Jr., and Dairyon Johnson, Victoria Judon, all of Racine, Shavonna Scott of Norfolk, VA; sisters, Eliza Ward, Beatrice (Lewis) Givens and Parmelia Stevenson; brother, Oscar (Linda) Henderson, all of Racine; sister-in-law, Juanita Johnson of Clarksdale, MS; special friends, Hattie Darby, Geraldine Luckett, Berlin Fundergerg and Thomas Murray; many other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, Isaac was also preceded in death by his brother, George Johnson Sr.; and his brother-in-law, Jimmie Ward Sr.

Funeral services will be held at Greater St. Luke’s Baptist Church, 1326 State St., on Thursday, April 17, 2014, at 11 a.m., with Rev. Joseph Pipes officiating. Visitation will be held at the church from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m.

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

Marion (Odeimen) Curto

Marion (Nee:  Odeimen) Curto, age 82, of Racine, WI, walked on Friday, April 11, 2014, at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints Medical Center.  She was born in Detroit, MI, on November 8, 1931, daughter of the late Anna Odeimen and Joseph Devoss.  Marion was raised by Anna and Dan Keweygeshik.  She moved to Racine in 1958.

Marion was a proud member of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians.  After raising her five children she worked at West View Nursing Home for 12 years as a caregiver and retired.   Marion enjoyed ceramics, gardening, canning, puzzle books and embroidery. She was also a fantastic cook and baker of bread.  Above all, she was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who will be dearly missed.

Surviving are her children, Sara Curto and husband Ron Lipke, Ella Curto, Diane Eick, and David Curto; six  grandchildren, Elizabeth Cruz, Jennifer, Andrew and Daniel Eick and their father James Eick, Nicholas Curto and  Holly Morgan and their mother, Wendy Hayek; a great-granddaughter, Keaira Eick;  sisters, Roseane Alexander and MaryJane Brimacombe; her close longtime friends, Jackie Mianecki and Janie Spaulding.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son Robert Curto – Odeimen; and a brother, David Odeimen.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at 5 p.m. at the funeral home with Reverend Mark Jones officiating.  Relatives and friends may meet Wednesday from 4 p.m. until time of service at 5 p.m.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Papp, the nurses and staff at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints for their loving and compassionate care, and to Wendy Hayek for her loving support during our mother’s illness.

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

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Charles Garbedian

Surrounded by his loving family, Charles Garbedian, age 83, passed away on Thursday, April 10, 2014, at his residence. Charles was born in Racine on December 21, 1930, son of the late Moses and Mary (Nee:  Ohannesian) Garbedian.

Charles was a graduate of William Horlick High School “Class of 1950” and received a Bachelor of Science degree from Marquette University.  During the Korean War he proudly served in the United States Marine Corps and received the Purple Heart.  Charles lived his life serving in various executive positions in the private sector.  He enjoyed his family and will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his three children, Denise (James) Brennan of Mountain Lakes, NJ, Chuck (Darla) Garbedian of Waukesha, Michelle (Dan) Sheehan of Racine; 9 grandchildren; former wife, Norma (Nee:Ruffolo) Garbedian; other relatives and many dear friends.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Sam “Moe” Garbedian; sisters, Charlotte Valdez and Eva Aiello.

Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at 11 a.m. with Reverend Mark Jones officiating.   Interment with Full Military Honors will follow at Graceland Cemetery.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family on Tuesday at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m.

A very special thank you to Kathy Taylor, Jadeen Ellis and Vitas Hospice for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Kenneth E. Cremer

Kenneth Edward Cremer, age 64, passed away on Thursday, April 10, 2014, at his residence.  Ken was born in Racine on January 26, 1950, the second of six children of the late Richard and  Joyce (Nee: Andersen) Cremer.

He graduated from Wm Horlick High School, “Class of 1968,” and went on to the University of Wisconsin where he received a BS and Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering.  From 1972-1974 he served in the U.S. Army stationed in Bamberg, Germany.  Ken was employed by Haban Mfg. for many years and retired from United Conveyor of Waukegan.   Ken was a member and volunteer at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.  He will be dearly missed.

Surviving are his children, Jessica Cremer of Marion, OH, Jacob Cremer (Kevin Doyle) of Minneapolis, MN;  his siblings, Linda (Rich) Stearns, Dr. Judy (Paul) Wolfman, Rick Cremer, Nanci Cremer (Michael Bowman), Barbara (Charles) Angus, David Cremer (Maria Femia); his former wife, Sara Perkins (Earl Sommerfeld); many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a nephew, Christopher Angus.

A memorial service will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, April 19, 2014, at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends may meet with the family from 10 a.m. until time of service.

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

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Mary (Theos) Nielsen

Surrounded by her loving family, Mary Nielsen, nee Theos, age 86, passed away on Sunday, April 6, 2014, at Wheaton Franciscan – All Saints Medical Center.   Mary was born in Racine on May 13, 1927, daughter of the late John and Anna (Nee:  Panagiotoponlon) Theos and was a lifelong resident of Racine.

On November 13, 1949, at Kimissis Tis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church in Racine, WI, she was united in marriage to Ernest C. Nielsen. Mary was a Senior Interior Designer at Porters of Racine for 23 years. She opened her own interior design studio in downtown Racine, Mary T. Nielsen Interiors, where she was in business for 10 years until her retirement.

Mary was a member of The International Society of Interior Designers. She also was an active and lifetime member of the Kimissis Tis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church, Philoptochos Society, choir member/organist, and member of Saint Katherine Greek Orthodox Church in Naples, FL.  Mary thoroughly enjoyed her winters in Naples, Florida, for the past 20 years.  She also enjoyed her travel, especially her trip with her entire family to Greece and Denmark, visiting many relatives and sharing her and Ernie’s ancestry with all. She had a great flair in the kitchen, creating many Greek and Danish dishes.  More than anything she cherished time with her family and will be deeply missed.

Survivors include her loving husband of sixty-four years, Ernest; her children, James (Mary) Nielsen of Racine, Joan Turner of Whitefish Bay; her grandchildren, Katelyn (Glenn) Smith, Tricia (Jay) Oksiuta, Michael (Kelly) Turner; her great-grandson, William Oksiuta; other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son-in-law, Robert Turner; and sister- and brother-in-law, Ann and Harold Sorensen.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 11, 2014, at 10 a.m. at the Kimissis Tis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church, 1335 S. Green Bay Road, Hwy 31, with Rev. John Ketchum officiating. Interment will follow at Graceland Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Thursday at the funeral home from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. (Trisagion service at 7 p.m.). In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Designated Memorial Fund of the Kimissis Tis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church.

The family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to Dr. Michael Mullane and staff and Wheaton Franciscan Hospice staff for their loving and compassionate care.  

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