Thursday, July 31, 2008

Joseph W. Dahlby

Joseph W. Dahlby, 74, passed away, due to multiple myeloma, at his residence on Thursday, July 31, 2008, surrounded by his family. He was born in Black River Falls on February 1, 1934, the son of the late Clifford and Wilma (nee: Hoeft) Dahlby.

Joe served his country with the U.S. Air Force from 1951 until 1958. On December 27, 1958, he was united in marriage to the former Nona Humble in St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sparta. He received his degree from the University of Wisconsin- LaCrosse and his Master's from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Joe taught 6th Grade in the Racine Unified School District for over 35 years. He taught at Winslow, Franklin, Olympia-Brown and Starbuck schools. He developed the Creative Writing Program for the District.

Joe was a member of Atonement Lutheran Church, the Racine Dairy Statesmen, and the Church Singers. Joe loved baking and cooking. He provided both the REST and HALO programs with his home-cooked meals. He baked bread and sold it as Joe’s Dough’s for the Relay for Life.. Joe was very involved with the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. In 1999 Joe was honored as The Man of the Year by the V.F.W. He also enjoyed traveling, woodworking; making candlesticks, doll furniture, assorted carvings, painting murals, singing and napping. His favorite hobby was being involved with his grandchildren.

Surviving are his devoted wife of nearly 50 years, Nona; their children, Brenda (David) Olmstead, Jane (Donald) Christensen, Katrina (Michael) Koester, all of Franksville, and Kurt (Gina) Dahlby of Mansfield, OH; son-in-law David Simington of Racine; 13 grandchildren, Jacqueline (Patrick) Pingel, Jacob (fiancée Stephanie Cully) Olmstead, Melisa, Ben, and Heidi Christensen, Emily and Tate Koester, Hans and Erika Dahlby, Gabrielle Hirth, David and Earl Simington; 2 great-grandchildren, Katherine and Lillian Pingel; brothers and sisters, Roger (Bev) Dahlby of Whitehall, WI, Larry (Linda) Dahlby of Sparta, Rosemary (Richard) Davis of Delavan, David (Daeng) Dahlby of Maui, Joyce (Walt) Sanders of Sparta, Paul Dahlby of La Crosse, Fred (Diane) Dahlby and Mary Kay Spicci all of Sparta; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law Richard (Diane) Humble of Lillian, FL, and Jackie Dahlby of Indianapolis, IN. His nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many dear friends also survive Joe. In addition to his parents Joe was preceded in death by his daughter Teresa Simington; brothers David and John Dahlby; brother-in-law and sister-in-law Shirley and Bob Sorenson.

His funeral service will be held on Monday, August 4, at 11 a.m. in Atonement Lutheran Church, 2915 Wright Ave., with Revs. Dr. Warren D. Williams and Rev. Denise Mbsie officiating. Visitation will be in the funeral home on Sunday, August 3, from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. and in the church on Monday, from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial, with full military honors, will be in West Lawn Memorial Park. The family has suggested memorials to either Atonement Lutheran Church or the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life-Guardian Angels.

The family would like to publicly thank Dr. Marcelo Pasquini and his staff as well as the entire nursing staff of 4C at the Zablocki V.A. Medical Center for the extraordinary care, love and dignity given Joe and his family.

DRAEGER-LANGENDORF FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY
4600 County Line Rd., Racine 262-552-9000

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Marie A. Oertel

Marie A. Oertel, age 87, passed away Wednesday, July 30, 2008, at Lincoln Village Convalescent Center. Marie was born in Racine, February 20, 1921, daughter of the late Otto and Anna (Nee: Feurerer) Oertel. Marie was a graduate of Park High School. She was employed by Larsen’s Bakery for many years.

Survivors include her loving nieces, Nancy Mascari of Grayslake, IL, and Rose (Dave) Blaszcynski of Racine; great nephews, Marie’s pride and joy, Joe Blaszcynski and Sam Blaszcynski; other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her sister, Dorothy Mascari in 1999.

Funeral services will be held at St. Monica’s Chapel, 3920 N. Green Bay Road, Tuesday August 5, 2008, at 10:30 a.m., with Rev. Paul A. Daniels officiating. Private family interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at St. Monica’s Chapel Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until time of services.

The family extends a special thank you to Mindy from Hospice, Sr. Irene Hanika, Marge Larson R.N. and the entire staff at St. Monica’s Senior Citizen Home for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Theodore J. 'Ted' Gabor

Theodore J. 'Ted' Gabor, age 84, passed away early Wednesday morning, July 30, 2008, at Wheaton Franciscan–All Saints Medical Center. Theodore was born in Stevens Point, WI, on August 16, 1923, son of the late Leo and Mathilda (nee: Garski) Gabor.

During World War II, Ted proudly served in the U.S. Merchant Marines. Ted was employed by J.I. Case for a number of years and last employed by Wisconsin Electric for 29 years until his retirement in 1986. He was a member of St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church, the Moose Lodge and 5th Street Yacht Club.

Survivors include his son John (Judi) Gabor; grandchildren, Marcy Todd and Penelope Gabor, Michelle Gabor, and Christine (Chris) Tuttle; sister, Regina Koll; great grandchildren: Elizabeth Fletcher, Cecily Shain, Max and Joe Tuttle; special friend, Shirley Saltys; dear friends, Josie, Mike and Sara, Valarie and Bill; nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. In addition to his parents, Ted was preceded in death by his two wives, Elaine (nee: Sherman) and Lucy (nee: Bein), his son Theodore, his sister Bernice Haluska, and his step-mother, Stella Gabor.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church, 700 Green St, Saturday, August 2, 2008, 10 a.m. Interment with Full Military Honors will follow at Calvary Garden Mausoleum. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church from 9 a.m. until time of Mass. Memorials to St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church have been suggested.

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

Edith P. (Altman) Schlegel

Edith P. Schlegel, 87, passed away on Wednesday night, July 30, 2008, at Ridgewood Care Center.

Edith was born in Yerington, Nevada on May 22, 1921, to the late Charles and Anna A. (nee: Egles) Altman. She lived in the Racine area for many years.

Mrs. Schlegel was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. She was an avid gardener and passionate about her flowers.

Edith is survived by three sons; Ronald R. Schlegel, Kerry A. Schlegel and Bruce J. Schlegel; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond G. Schlegel on Feb. 22, 2003; and two daughters, Carol L. Schlegel and Susan R. Kube.

Funeral services will be held at the Wilson Funeral Home, on Tuesday, August 5, 2008, at 11 a.m.with Pastor John R. Dingman officiating. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Tuesday, August 5, 2008, from 9 until service time.

Wilson Funeral Home
1212 Lathrop Ave., Racine (262) 634-3361

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Grace C. (Moratto) Graceffa

Grace C. Graceffa, age 80, passed away Tuesday, July 29, 2008, at Lakeshore Manor surrounded by her family. Grace was born in Racine, July 28, 1928, daughter of the late Joseph and Carmella C. (Nee: DeLuca) Moratto.

On June 30, 1951, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church she was united in marriage to Carlo A. Graceffa Sr. who preceded her in death, April 20, 2003. Grace was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Her pastimes included playing bingo and shopping. More than anything she enjoyed Italian cooking and being in the surroundings of her family. She will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her children, Joseph (Connie) Graceffa, Carlo (Sue) Graceffa, Tony (Cindy) Graceffa, Steve Graceffa (special friend, Ana), Ann (Tom) Hecht, Mary Graceffa (special friend, Barney), all of Racine; her grandchildren, Joseph and Dominic Graceffa, Christine (Adam) Bridges, Bryan (Mae) Graceffa, Beth and Andrew Graceffa, Teri and Aaron (Rebecca) Graceffa, Mia Graceffa, Jacob and Lindsey Sattler, and Hannah Hecht; her great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn Grace Graceffa, Aiden Ryan Bridges, Abby and Aaron Graceffa; brother, Louis Moratto; Aunt Ann and Uncle Jerry Wiegel; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Grace Graceffa, Sam (Yolanda) Graceffa, Joseph (Dorothy) Graceffa, Rose Dacquisto, Angie (Ralph) Banks, Grace Liefbroer, Shirley Romeo; many dear nieces, nephews; special niece and nephew, Rose Ann and Chuck Hoeft; and many other friends including best friends, Pat Krieger and Hazel Litrenta. In addition to her parents and loving husband she was preceded in death by her son, Tom Graceffa; brother, Tony Moratto; and daughter-in-law, Barb Graceffa.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1533 Erie Street, Friday, Aug. 1, 2008, 11 a.m. with Rev. John D. Aiello officiating. Entombment will follow at Holy Cross Garden Mausoleum, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church on Friday from 10 a.m. until time of Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family for a special fund to be established have been suggested.

The family extends a special thank you to all the dear angels at Lakeshore Manor and to Dr. Jesse DeGroat for all their loving and compassionate care.

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

Monday, July 28, 2008

Fred Earl Shelton

Fred Earl Shelton, age 65, passed away Monday, July 28, 2008 at Wheaton Franciscan- All Saints Medical Center. Fred was born in Colfax, LA, April 10, 1943, son of the late Nat and Grace Ann (Nee: Mills) Shelton II. He was employed by Warren Packaging for seventeen years.

Survivors include his two sisters, Louvenia Barker of GA, Deanere (Larry) Johnson of Milwaukee; two brothers, John L. Shelton, Gilbert (Mary) Shelton, all of LA; two sisters-in-law, Nellie Shelton and Lauradell Shelton; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by 7 brothers and 2 sisters.

Funeral services will be held at the Dominion Church of God MPGT, 402 9th Street, Tuesday, August 5, 2008, at noon with Rev. Joseph Thomas of New Brighter Day Baptist Church, Kenosha, officiating. Private interment will be held. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church on Tuesday from 11 a.m. until time of service.

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

Doris A. Kirk

Mrs. Doris A. Kirk (nee: Nielsen), 87 passed away at her home on Monday, July 28, 2008.

Doris was born in Racine to Adolph and Anna (nee: Simmonsen) Nielsen on March 19, 1921. She lived all her life in Racine. On June 28, 1940, at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, she was united in marriage to Alvin L. Kirk.

Doris was an avid gardener and loved collecting cookbooks and dolls. Family was her number one priority which included large family gatherings and up north vacations. Her door was always open to family and friends. An extension of that family love was the nurturing devotion she gave to her grandchildren and the children of family friends.

Doris is survived by three sons, Dale Kirk of Sturtevant, Steve (Cindy) Kirk of Sturtevant, and David (Jolene) Kirk of Burlington; three daughters, Kathi Kirk of Kenosha, Nancy (Joe) Kimmell of Rushville, Indiana, and Barbara Kirk of Racine; 12 grandchildren; one great granddaughter; her brother, Robert (Bev) Nielsen of Margartan, North Carolina; and nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin; her son, Tom; her daughter-in-law, Tammy; her brothers Russell and Clarence; and her sisters, Alice Bayuk and Hazel Paddock.

A Memorial service will be held at the Wilson Funeral Home on Sunday, August 3, 2008, at 3 p.m. with Rev. Michael Zolnosky officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home from 1 p.m. until the time of service.

Wilson Funeral Home
1212 Lathrop Ave., Racine (262)634-3361

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Donald S. Blackman

Surrounded by the love of his family, Donald S. Blackman, 87, passed away at home on Sunday, July 27, 2008. He was born in Davenport, Iowa, on August 31, 1920, son of the late Carl and Mary (nee: Heisinger) Blackman. Donald proudly served in the South Pacific with the Army Air Corps during WWII. On December 28, 1946, he was united in holy matrimony to Elizabeth “Betty” Flood in Belmar, New Jersey.

Shortly following his graduation from St. Ambrose College in 1949, Donald began his 32-year career with the JI Case Company, retiring in 1982. He was an active and faithful member of St. Richard of Chichester Catholic Church. His passion was in volunteering for the benefit of the developmentally disabled. He served on the Board of Directors, as President, and Treasurer for the Association for Retarded Children (The ARC); Treasurer for Country Crafts, a support group for Careers, Inc; and served as coordinator for the Country Crafts store in Downtown Racine. Don also was the historian for the Good Sam Camping Club; historian and treasurer of the local Dairyland Hobos Good Sam Club; enjoyed traveling 50 states; photography; playing cards and Scrabble with his friends and family; gardening; woodworking, often giving his works as gifts to Toys-for-Tots, and area nursing homes.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Betty Blackman; their children, Stephen Blackman of Burlington, Roger Blackman of Reno, Nevada, Mary (Christopher) Johns of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Nancy (Jeffery) Konkol of Sturtevant, Alice (Cameron) Hahn of Spring Prairie, and Terry (Tom) Mikulecky of Caledonia; grandchildren, Eric Johns, Tracy Chiniewicz, Joshua Konkol, Natalie Konkol, Carson Konkol, Alexander Hahn, Elizabeth Hahn, Rebecca Hahn, Christopher Andersen, and Kelli Andersen; great-grandchildren, Zachary, Nicholas, and Rhiannon Chiniewicz; sister, Phyllis Matzen; as well as many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his son, Thomas Blackman; and brother, Clarence Blackman.

A funeral mass will be celebrated on August 1, 2008, at 11 a.m. at St. Richard of Chichester Catholic Church, 1509 Grand Ave, with Rev. Ron Gramza officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery in Caledonia. Memorials to Careers, Inc. Foundation, 3552 Douglas Avenue, Racine, WI 53402, have been suggested.

The family would like to thank Dr. Douglas E. Puffer and his staff, and to everyone at Vitas Hospice for the kind and compassionate care given to Donald and his entire family.

Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home
4600 County Line Road, Racine (262) 552-9000

Helen J. Kohlman

Helen J. (nee: Kasvin) Kohlman, 92, passed away peacefully on Sunday, July 27, 2008, at Ridgewood Health Care Facility, as a result of complications due to congestive heart failure. A lifetime resident, Helen was born in Racine on April 9, 1916, to the late Andrew and Elizabeth (nee: Martocko) Kasvin.

Helen attended Stephen Bull Elementary School, Franklin Junior High School, and Washington Park High School. Helen's post-educational years were spent working at Webster Electric, where she worked for 13 years, helping out her parents and the war effort. On October 14, 1944, she was united in marriage to Theodore J. Kohlman at Holy Trinity Church, where she remained a life-long member until consolidation with St. Richard's Parish. Helen was an unassuming, charitable Christian who put the needs of family and friends before those of her own. She was active in the Saint Cecilia Society and a den mother for Cub Scout Pack 177. Her hobbies and interests included family, gardening, baking, bowling and football -- especially the Wisconsin Badgers, Green Bay Packers, and Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Her zest for life and her dry sense of humor will be sadly missed.

Surviving are her children, Robert T. (Karen) Kohlman, Patricia M. (John) Mand, and William D. Kohlman; and sister, Ethel Kasvin; grand-daughters Katie and Hannah Kohlman, all of Racine; nephews Thomas G. Kasvin of Cincinnati, Ohio; Richard H. Kasvin of Chicago, IL; Christopher J. Kasvin of Lakewood, CO; Richard M. Kohlman of Racine; nieces Mary M. Kasvin of Arvada, CO; Paula Rene' (Don) Jensen of Racine. Helen was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Theodore J. Kohlman; her brother Harry R. (Lorraine) Kasvin; brothers-in-law and spouses, Frederick W. (Maxine) Kohlman; Richard P. (Mary) Kohlman.

A funeral mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, July 30, 2008, at 7 p.m. at St. Richard's Catholic Church, 1509 Grand Ave, Racine, WI. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church from 5 p.m. till the time of Mass. Private interment will be held on Thursday morning at Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorials to St Richards Parish have been suggested.

The family would like to thank The staff at Wheaton-Franciscan All-Saints Medical Center, Ridgewood Health Care Facility, especially nurse Linda, and Special Events Coordinator Alex, and Odyssey Hospice nurses Kim, Rita and Erin for their loving and compassionate care for Helen in her time of need.

Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home
4600 County Line Road, Racine (262) 552-9000

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Francis 'Frannie' A. Collova

Francis A. Collova, age 85, passed away Saturday, July 26, 2008, at his residence. He was born to the late Carl and Elizabeth (Nee: Sarto) Collova on October 3, 1922. He attended Racine schools and lived in Racine for over 83 years. On May 8, 1948, he married Catherine Herrmann at St. George Church in Kenosha.

Francis was employed as a pipefitter for Plumbers & Fitters Local Union 118, serving for 38 years and as a member for over 50 years. He was elected to the Executive Board and Apprenticeship Committee, serving more than 15 years. He also held the position of Vice President.

Francis was very active in his community: working for Habitat for Humanity, Skillbank; serving on the Advisory Committee and Long Term Planning Committee. After his retirement in 1986, he worked until 2006 in job-related employment.

He served as President of the Racine A.C.E.S. (a dance organization) and also was President of Interfaith Singles and Parents without Partners. In addition, he was a member of the East Side Tennis Club. He was also active with community meals at St. Patrick’s on a weekly basis. Other service groups he belonged to were the Knights of Columbus and the Moose Club.

Francis was a dedicated member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church his entire life. He worked on many committees. For 32 years, he was President of the Holy Name Society. He sang with both the Sunday and funeral choirs. He also lectured at Masses. He was very active, working at Lenten fish frys, the annual festival and many Holy Name events, including the smokers and Mothers’ Day breakfast.

His wife preceded him in death in 1966. An infant daughter died in 1950.

He is survived by his daughter, Beth, son-in-law, John, and his grandson, Steven Augustyniak. His remaining family consists of three sisters: Ursula (James) Christopherson, Emma Nepper and friend Margaret Frisch, and Ruth (Jerome) Miller. His sister, Charlotte (Rodney) Bybee, preceded him in death in 2006, as did her husband in the same year. His brother, August, passed away in 2000. He is further survived by a sister-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Special recognition is given to his dear friends: Florence Swiatek, Mike Quinn and Ruben Fuentes. Francis will be dearly missed by family and friends, including his four-legged pal, Sparky.

Francis will be remembered for his outgoing personality, sense of humor, strong work ethic (working until 83 plus years), dedicated volunteerism, love for music, dance and playing tennis; enjoying happy times with family members and his outstanding loyalty to Sacred Heart Church.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2201 Northwestern Avenue, Saturday August 2, 2008, at 10 a.m., with Rev. Ronald O. Crewe officiating. Ms. Dorothy Wisniewski, an opera singer, will sing two special songs requested by Francis at his Funeral Mass. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy. 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home Friday evening from 4-7 p.m. (prayer service will start at 6:30 p.m. given by Ms. Barbara Sharp) and at the church Saturday morning from 9 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Sacred Heart Congregation and to the Sacred Heart Choirs.

A very special thanks to Aseracare Hospice staff and volunteers, and Home Instead for all the compassionate care that was given. It was greatly appreciated. Our hearts hold a very important place for all of you.

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

Bradley F. Kuehnemann

Bradley F. Kuehnemann, 58, passed away on July 26, 2008, on at Hospice Alliance Hospice House.

Bradley was born in Racine on June 17, 1950, to Herbert and Yolanda (nee: Miliano) Kuehnemann. He was employed as a draftsman at Walker Manufacturing until his retirement.

Bradley is survived by his mother, Yolanda Kuehnemann; brothers, Herbert (Margaret) Kuehnemann and Terry (Melody) Kuehnemann; niece and nephews, Elaine, Kevin, and Aron Kuehnemann. He is also survived by other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father.

Funeral services for Bradley will be held at the funeral home on Friday, August 1, 2008, at 11 a.m. with Deacon Howard Wirtz officiating. Interment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy. 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Friday morning from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Prospect Heights Center, 2015 Prospect Street, Racine, WI 53404, have been suggested.

Purath-Strand Funeral Home & Crematory
3915 Douglas Ave., Racine (262) 639-8000

Linda M. Baker

Linda M. Baker, 49, passed away unexpectedly at her home on Saturday, July 26, 2008. She was born in Racine on September 2, 1958, to Rudy and Athena (nee: Duncan) Baker. Linda attended St. Sebastian's Catholic Church, and graduated from Walden high school.

Linda was a welder by trade, and worked in many Racine area shops. Most recently she was employed at the Shalom Center in Kenosha. She dearly loved her crafts, making floral arrangements, and changing around her jewelry.

She is survived by her son, Rudy Stienhoff; her parents, Rudy and Athena Baker; her brother, Danny Baker; niece, Kayla Baker; and sister-in-law, Lisa Baker. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Rudy and Stella Baker, Jim and Helen Duncan; and her younger brother, Jimmy.

In keeping with her wishes cremation has taken place, and private services were held for her family.

DRAEGER-LANGENDORF FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY
4600 County Line Rd., Racine 262-552-9000

Friday, July 25, 2008

Josephine A. (Decheck) Meyers

Josephine A. Meyers, age 92, passed away Friday, July 25, 2008, at Wheaton Franciscan- All Saints Medical Center. Josephine was born in Milwaukee, WI, June 10, 1916, daughter of the late Pasquale and Madeline (Nee: LaGuardia) DeCheck.

On November 11, 1939, at St. Rita Catholic Church she was united in marriage to Richard P. Meyers who preceded her in death, April 29, 1996. Josephine enjoyed attending estate sales and antiquing. She will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her sister-in-law, Evelyn DeCheck of Franksville; her niece and caregiver, Angie France; her nephew and caregiver, Dr. Mark DeCheck; many other special nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by her brothers and sisters, William DeCheck, Dominick DeCheck, Laura Cichanofsky, Katherine LaBelle, Tony DeCheck and Michael DeCheck.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Rita Catholic Church, 4339 Douglas Avenue, Wednesday, July 30, 2008, at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until time of Mass.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints 5th floor staff and Rita and Marie from Society’s Assets for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Delores Jean 'Dee' Weidner

Delores Jean “Dee” Weidner, 57, passed away at her home on Friday, July 25, 2008, with her family by her side.

Delores was born in Racine on February 4, 1951, to Arnold and Bernice (nee: Burant) Weidner. She was employed by the City of Racine and Racine County. Most recently she was employed with Mayflower Tours as a Tour Director. Delores enjoyed traveling especially to Branson, MO. She like to play cards, dice, Bingo,and watch movies. Most importantly she loved being with her family and friends. Delores held degrees in science and accounting. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. Delores fought a courageous battle with a rare form of inflammatory Breast Cancer known as the silent killer.

She is survived by her siblings, Darlene Brawner of North Richland Hills, TX, Debbie (Jon) Young of Springfield, MO, Diane (Bob) Gatzke of Racine, Denise (Roger) Koenen of Forsyth, MO, and Craig (Jeanie) Weidner of Ingleside, IL; 9 nephews and nieces, Jason (Jennifer) Brawner, Joshua Brawner, Jacob (Amanda) Brawner, Katie Rose Brawner, Ashley Young, Courtney Young, Jen (Kevin) Erickson, Bryan Gatzke and Craig John “CJ” Weidner; and nine great nieces and nephews, Ashley, Harley, Nathan, Dakota, Maylea, Madison, Corbin and Katherine Brawner, and Ryan Erickson. Delores is also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins, and close friends. She was preceded in death by her parents.

A memorial service for Delores will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church on Tuesday, July 29, 2008 ,at 5:30 p.m. with Rev. Daniel Quinn officiating. Visitation time with the family will be held after the services in the church hall. A private family inurnment will take place in West Lawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Johns’ Lutheran Church, Smile Train, or any other of Delores’ favorite charities have been suggested.

Purath-Strand Funeral Home & Crematory
3915 Douglas Ave., Racine (262) 639-8000

Dr. Carol Riley

Dr. Carol Riley, loving mom and devoted friend, died unexpectedly on July 25, 2008, at the age of 48.

Carol graduated summa cum laude from Colorado State University with a B.S. in Biology in 1982, receiving grades of A for every class except for a single B, and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She then obtained a Master's Degree in Accounting and worked as a CPA for many years. Carol left her career to return to Colorado State and earned a Ph.D. in Ecology in 2001. Carol could have maintained her career and salary while working on a certificate or online degree, but Carol always strived for excellence and insisted on a real Ph.D. degree.

Carol was employed as an Instructor at the Kenosha campus of Gateway Technical College. She cared very deeply for all of her students and loved learning in any form; staying current in her fields of instruction - physiology and anatomy - was also very important to her. Carol was an avid horse rider and also enjoyed the outdoors through walks and gardening activities. She loved animals and provided a home for cockatiels, cats and a big Airedale named Barney. Carol also loved to read both fiction and non-fiction titles and often devoured a dozen or more in a single month. She was an enthusiastic musical theater fan and shared that passion with her children. She supported the arts in many forms in the Racine area and was also a member of the Caledonia Conservancy. Carol and her children were Friends and attending supporters of Olympia Brown Unitarian Universalist Church in Racine.

Carol is survived by her two beloved children, Emma and Ethan, and her sister Susanne in California. In lieu of flowers or other gifts, please consider a donation to an educational fund that is being set up at Johnson Bank for the children.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 2, at Olympia Brown.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Thomas M. France

Surrounded by his family, Thomas Morgan France, age 78, passed away peacefully Thursday, July 24, 2008, at his residence. He was born in Racine, November 15, 1929, son of the late Thomas and Mary (Nee: Board) France.

Tom graduated from Washington Park High School “Class of 1947.” He served in the U.S. Army with the 537th Unit of Military Police stationed in Germany. On August 18, 1951, at St. Rita’s Catholic Church he was united in marriage to Angie M. LaBelle. Tom was employed as a Racine County Deputy Sheriff for 8 years and then by Office Supply Co. for 20 years retiring from HH West Office Supply in 1992. He was a member of St. Rita’s Catholic Church and the Roma Lodge. He enjoyed airplanes, photography, and attending the annual EAA Show in Oshkosh. He also enjoyed woodworking and wood finishing. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and will be dearly missed.

Surviving are his loving wife of 57 years, Angie; 4 children, Debra J. Schulien, David (Becky) France, Sally K. Thomas, Cory T. France all of Racine; 6 grandchildren, Jason France and fiancée, Jennifer, Jennifer (Mike) Jones, Devin and Alexander Schulien. Jessica and Miranda France; 4 sisters, Lelia (Robert) Lund of Franksville, Jean (Stanley) Zdzarski of Racine, Mary Lou France of Racine, Nancy France of Denver, CO; nieces, nephews, other relatives, many dear friends and special neighbors. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a brother-in-law, William Morrow.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, July 26, 2008, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Rita’s Catholic Church, 4339 Douglas Ave., with Reverend Joseph Stobba OSA officiating. Relatives and friends may meet Saturday at the church, from 9 a.m. until time of Mass. Interment with full military honors will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Memorials to St. Rita’s Catholic Church have been suggested.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Howard Short and staff, Dr. Robert Gullberg and staff, and the staffs of St. Mary’s 2nd floor, 5th floor and ER for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Annette J. (Westenberger) Frederickson

Annette J. Frederickson, age 83, passed away Thursday, July 24, 2008, at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints Medical Center. Annette was born in Milwaukee, WI, May 10, 1925, daughter of the late Peter M. and Anna (Nee: Giltner) Westenberger.

On June 29, 1957, Annette was united in marriage to Wilbur K. Frederickson at St. Michaels Church in Milwaukee. In her younger years she was employed by Briggs and Stratton. Annette was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church for more than thirty years. Above all she devoted her life to her family and will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her husband, Wilbur; her three sons, Kurt S. Frederickson, Paul J. (Vicki) Frederickson, Jon A. (Mary K.) Frederickson of Waterford, WI; her three daughters, Mary E. (Andrew) Abbott of Kenosha, Kari Ann (Jeffrey) Melton of AL, Susan L. (Samuel) Irlapati of Eau Claire, WI; grandchildren: Kelsey, Joseph, Janine, Janelle, Jeana, James, Cullen, Quinton, Olivia, Rebecca and Elizabeth; brother, Herbert (Ivy) Westenberger of Pewaukee, WI; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Charlotte Westenberger of Memphis, TN; Austin “Tag” Stapleton of Menomonee Falls, WI; David (Lenore) Frederickson of FL; William (Doris) Schier of Wauwatosa, WI; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her daughter-in-law, Vicki Frederickson; brother, Walter Westenberger; sisters, MariAnn (Nathan) Baron, Isabelle (Robert) Eckert, Clarissa (Bernard) Wellinghoff, and Rose Stapleton.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, July 28, 2008, at 6 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1533 Erie St., with Rev. John Aiello officiating. Relatives and friends are welcome to meet with the family on Monday at 4 p.m. until time of Mass at the church. Private entombment will be held at Holy Cross Garden Mausoleum.

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

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

James J. Emmerling

James J. Emmerling, 76, passed away at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare on Thursday, July 24, 2008, with his family at his side.

James was born in Burlington on May 3, 1932, to Edward and Elizabeth (nee:Vogel) Emmerling. He served in country in the United States Army in Korea. James was employed by the City of Racine Parks and Recreation Department. He married Kathleen Reschke and they spent 20 wonderful years of marriage together. James liked trains, riding his moped, and loved his 1989 Ford pick-up.

James is survived by his loving wife, Kathie; son, James (Leslie Ehlert) Emmerling; granddaughters, Jennifer (Rob) Tucker and Danielle Emmerling; sister, Beatrice (Otto) Hipper; sisters and brothers in law, Laura Emmerling, Leonard (Margaret) Reschke, Mary (Erv) Koehler, James (Margaret) Reschke, Michael (Gayle) Reschke, Renee (Michael) George, and Robert Fiebig. He is also survived by nieces, nephews, god children, other relatives, and many dear friends. James was preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Art, Milton, and Roy; sister, Mildred; brother-in-law and sisters in law, Leonard and Margaret Reschke, and Margaret Fiebig; and nephew Brad George.

A memorial service for James will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, July 30, 2008, at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Donald Johnson officiating. Interment will follow in Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery with Full Military Honors. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Wednesday morning from 9 a.m. until the time of services. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family have been suggested.

Purath-Strand Funeral Home & Crematory
3915 Douglas Ave., Racine (262) 639-8000

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Frederick N. Schutz

Frederick “Fred” N. Schutz, 49, passed away unexpectedly at WFH-All Saints Medical Center on Wednesday, July 23, 2008, as the result of a heart attack.

Fred was born in Kenosha on December 30, 1958, to incredible and loving parents Eugene and Elizabeth (nee: Battenburg) Schutz. Carolyn Schutz was his loving Step-Mother. A graduate of Horlick High School, Fred was a long-time employee of Racine Steel Castings. For the past few years, he was employed as a quality control engineer with Instrument Development Corp. of Mukwonago.

On November 30, 2002, in Racine, he was united in marriage with Lynda Michelle Little.
Fred loved to be at home in the surroundings of his family. He enjoyed mastering “Guitar Hero” and “Rock Band” video games; singing; computers; riding gigantic roller coasters; and playing with his canine companions, Max, J.R. and Mini. Fred was a true gentleman who thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated the simple things in life.

Surviving are his wife, Lynda; daughters, Amanda (Dustin) Mathis and Samantha Schutz; grandchildren, Kaylee, Megan, Ann-Marie and Drake Mathis, all of Racine; mother, Elizabeth Moran of New Berlin; father, Eugene (Carolyn) Schutz of Kenosha; brothers, James (JoAnn), John ( Jeanette ) and Gary ( Vicki ) Schutz; mother-in-law, Judi (Vincent) Carey; brother-in-law, Patrick Louis Little; many special aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends too numerous to mention by name.

In accordance with Fred’s wishes, cremation will take place. A memorial service of remembrance will be held in the funeral home on Saturday, July 26, 2008, at 11 a.m. There will be time to visit with the family on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. In memory of Fred, memorial contributions to the family have been suggested.

A heartfelt note of thanks to the extremely compassionate staff of WFH-All Saints Emergency Room, especially Jeff, for doing everything in their powers in trying to save our beloved Fred.

Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home & Crematory
4600 County Line Rd., Racine (262) 552-9000

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Marie M. Koleske

Marie M. Koleske, age 94, passed away Tuesday, July 22, 2008 at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints Medical Center. Marie was born in Racine, May 6, 1914, daughter of the late Frank L. and Veronica S. (Nee: Feest) Koleske.

Marie was a graduate of St. Joseph Grade School and St. Catherine’s High School “Class of 1932.” She was an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and sang in their choir. Marie was employed by Hartman Trunk Company for twenty-five years and then by Master Appliance until her retirement. She will be sadly missed.

Survivors include her sisters, Hildegard Walsh, Rita (Samuel) Barranco, Elaine Jones; her brothers, Lawrence (LaVerne) Koleske, Louie Koleske, Mark (Sandy) Koleske, Daniel (Shirley) Koleske; sister-in-law, Josephine Koleske; brother-in-law, Joseph Adamek; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brothers and sisters, Francis (Laura) Koleske, Paul Koleske, John (Roberta) Koleske, Joan Adamek, Eleanor (George) Beyer; brothers-in-law, Eugene Walsh, Ray Jones.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1533 Erie Street, Thursday, July 24, 2008, at 10 a.m. with Rev. John D. Aiello officiating. Entombment will follow at Holy Cross Garden Mausoleum, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church on Thursday from 9 a.m. until time of Mass. Memorials to St. Joseph Catholic Church or to St. Monica’s Senior Citizen Home have been suggested.

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

Harold B. Angel

Harold B. Angel, 94, passed away at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints on Tuesday, July 22, 2008.

Harold was born in Chicago, IL, on March 29, 1914, to Robert and Elizabeth (nee, Murphy) Angel. He has been a resident of Racine since 1920. Harold married the former Gertrude Bruton. She preceded him in death in 1981. Harold was employed by Angel Lithographing. He served in the U.S. Navy in the Atlantic from 1942 until 1945 and was a member of VFW Post 1391. Harold graduated from St. Catherine’s High School in 1933, after which he was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame. He loved to play cribbage and was an avid Brewers and Packers fan. Harold’s wit and humor will be greatly missed.

Harold is survived his children, Paul (Peggy) Angel of Dodgeville, Tom (Ann) Angel of Madison, Vincent (Linda) Angel, Sheila Angel, and Fred Angel all of Racine; five grandchildren, Timothy Angel, Matthew Angel, Christopher Angel, Erin Angel and Clare Angel; great- grandchildren, Samuel Angel, Paul Angel and Maggie Angel; brother, Robert (Winnie) Angel of Racine; and sisters- in-law, Cathryn Miller and Fran Baker. Harold is also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

Memorial services for Harold will be held at St. Richard’s Catholic Church, 15th Street on Saturday, July 26, 2008, at 10 a.m. celebrated by Rev. Ronald J. Gramza. Inurnment will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church on Saturday morning from 9 a.m. until the time of Mass.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to the I.C.U. staff at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints, especially Kerri and Katie for all of their care and compassion.

Purath-Strand Funeral Home & Crematory
3915 Douglas Ave., Racine (262) 639-8000

Monday, July 21, 2008

Mike Saavedra Jr.

Mike Saavedra Jr., age 49, passed away Monday, July 21, 2008, at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints Medical Center. Mike was born in Racine, November 17, 1958, son of Mike and Nancy L. (Nee: Brisko) Saavedra Sr.

Mike attended J.I. Case High School. He had been employed by AMC, Cape Construction, and was last employed by the Chrysler Corporation Milwaukee Plant for twenty-seven years. He was a member of the UAW 75. Mike was an avid Cubs and Bears fan and enjoyed playing pool with various leagues. He will be deeply missed but will be fondly remembered for his generosity and acts of kindness.

Survivors include his two sons, Steven M. Saavedra (fiancée, Nicole Owens), Ryan F. Saavedra and Sarah Andersen and their mother, Paula; his parents, Mike and Nancy Saavedra Sr.; brother, Randy (Cindy) Saavedra; sister, Lynn Marie Saavedra; Aunts and Uncles, Barb (Don) Bednar, Sam (Jeanne) Brisko, Josie (Bill) Beckett, Anne Beckett, Mick (Judy) Saavedra, Esther (Paul) Bishop; Goddaughter, Tracey Saavedra (Derrick DalSanto); nephew, Scott Saavedra; niece, Sarah (Tony) Eschmann; great nephew and niece, Carter and Kayla; cousins, other relatives, and many dear friends. He was preceded in death by his uncle, John Beckett; and his aunt, Lupe Braun.

Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, July 26, 2008, 9:30 a.m. with Rev. Kathy Brown officiating. Interment will follow at Graceland Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Friday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. and Saturday at the funeral home from 9 a.m. until time of service.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the EMT, Mt. Pleasant Rescue Squad and ER, ICU staffs for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Joseph C. Barranco

Surrounded by his family, Joseph C. Barranco, age 89, passed away Sunday, July 20, 2008, at Franciscan Villa, South Milwaukee. He was born in Racine, September 22, 1918, son of the late Dominic and Mary (Nee:Cinquegrani) Barranco.

Joe attended St. Joseph’s School and St. Catherine’s High School. On January 27, 1940, at St. Joseph Catholic Church he was united in marriage to Charlotte M. Metzger. During WWII from 1942-1945, Joe served in the U.S. Marine Corps stationed in the South Pacific Theatre.

Joe was employed by Walker Mfg. for 42 years, retiring in 1978. He was a lifelong active member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church where he served as an usher and member and past president of the Holy Name Society. Joe was also a member and past president of UAW Local 85. He was a devoted husband and father who loved being a grandpa. He will be remembered as a kind and loving man and his constant smile will be dearly missed.

Surviving are his wife of 68 years, Charlotte; 4 children, JoAnne Barranco of Racine, Carol (William) Haigh of Gilbert, AZ, Patricia Robash of Racine, Mark (Terri) Barranco of Racine; 7 grandchildren, Jennifer (J.R.) Couch of Chandler, AZ, John (Colleen) Robash of Milwaukee, Jamie Robash of Milwaukee, Joseph Barranco of Racine, Jacqueline Robash of Racine, Anthony Barranco of Kenosha, Ashley Robash of Racine; 3 great grandchildren, Taryn Barranco-Bazan, Ally and Jack Couch; 2 brothers, Angelo Barranco , Sam (Rita) Barranco all of Racine; 4 sisters, Adeline Sackman of NC, Susan Griffin of Rockford, IL, Rose (Gene) Bracker of Waukesha; Mary Balabuch of Plano, TX; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Ann (Mario) Covelli, Susan Metzger, Viola Metzger all of Racine; nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant granddaughter, Jacklyn Robash, a great-grandson, Jameson Couch; a brother, Frank; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Julie Barranco, Jane Barranco, Mary Metzger, Rose Metzger, Augie Sackman, David Griffin, Norbert Balabuch, Edward Metzger, Ben Metzger, Fred Metzger and Albert Metzger.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, July 25, 2008, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1533 Erie St., with Reverend John D. Aiello officiating. Interment with full military honors will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet Thursday at the funeral home from 5-7 p.m. and on Friday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church or Franciscan Villa have been suggested.

A special thank- you to all the staff at Franciscan Villa for the loving and compassionate care given to Dad. You were his second family and he loved you all.

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

Madelyn 'Maddy' K. Riedel

Sturtevant -- Madelyn K. Riedel, 67, died peacefully at her home surrounded by her family on Sunday, July 20, 2008. She was born in Milwaukee, WI, on November 12, 1940, the daughter of the late William and Florence (nee: Malone) Redmond.

On June 30, 1962, in St. Edward Catholic Church, she was united to David C. Riedel. Maddy had been employed by Goldblatt’s Department Store, Valari Insurance, and Mobil on Washington Ave.

Surviving are her husband David; their daughters, Renee Riedel of Kenosha, Leigh Ann (Brian) Englander of Lincolnville, ME, and Michele (Jeff) Klimek of Racine; 3 grandchildren, Kassidy Klingbeil, Sarah and Gabrielle Englander; and her brother, Michael (Phyllis) Redmond of Caledonia, MI. Her nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends also survive her.

Relatives and friends can meet with the family in the funeral home on Thursday, July 24, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. to celebrate her life. In keeping with Maddy’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Memorials can be directed to Hospice Alliance, 10220 Prairie Ridge Blvd., Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158.

DRAEGER-LANGENDORF FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY
4600 County Line Rd., Racine, (262) 552-9000

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Clayton 'Sam' Kenneth Lee

Clayton Kenneth Lee, 72, passed away Saturday, July 19, 2008 at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare -All Saints. He was born in Racine on November 16, 1935, to the late Clayton and Ruth (nee: Pinnow) Lee. He was a lifelong resident of Racine. He was united in marriage to Carol Therkelsen in Racine, October 25, 1958.

Clayton graduated from Horlick High School in 1954. He served in United States Marine Corps. He was employed for 33 years at Sheet Metal Workers, Local Union 18. Clayton was a very loving and devoted family man and enjoyed his children and grandchildren very much.

He is survived by his loving wife Carol of 49 years and their children, Cindy and Louis Peasley, Craig and Sandy Lee, Connie Lee, Charles and Kari Lee, Carrie and Charles Glenn,
Christy and Scott Ziegler. He is also survived by nine grandchildren, Ryan and Kevin Peasley, Kristopher Lee, Patrick Jenkins, Steven, Michael and Carlie Glenn, Zack and Jennifer Ziegler; two sisters, Nancy Litrenta, JoAnn and Robert Kandl; one brother in law, Rodger Johnson; and many other family members. He is preceded in death by his parents, Clayton and Ruth Lee, and his sister, Pam Johnson.

Funeral services will be held at the Wilson Funeral Home on Wednesday evening, July 23, 2008, at 7 p.m. with Rev. Warren Williams officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Wednesday evening from 5 until 7 p.m.

Wilson Funeral Home
1212 Lathrop Ave., Racine (262) 634-3361

Joyce L. Volpintesta

Joyce L. Volpintesta, nee Tully, passed away peacefully at her home on Saturday, July 19, 2008.

Joyce was born in Racine on January 2, 1927. She married Anthony V. Volpintesta on November 10, 1948. He preceded her in death on July 7, 2003. Joyce was a simple women, who found pleasure in the simplest things in life. She enjoyed shopping and loved spending time with her family. Her favorite pastime was playing bingo with her friends.

Joyce is survived by her children, Bruce (Sandy) Volpintesta, Marie Hanson and Ramona (Gary) Halbur; grandchildren, Lisa, Ryan, Pamela, Monica, Jenissee, Haley, Kara and Alexandra; great-grandchildren, Connor, Leah, Elizabeth, Mariah, Samuel, Thane, Soren, Elias and Elijah; sisters, Patsy Reed and Alice Horvath; and sisters-in-law, Carol Tully and Betty Tully. Joyce is also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her great granddaughter, Lauren Marie Hueffner; her parents; three brothers; and two sisters.

Funeral services for Joyce will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, July 22, 2008, at 1 p.m. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home, on Tuesday from 11 a.m. until the time of services. Memorials may be directed to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 133 Evergreen Road, Suite 101, Louisville, KY 40243 or Shriners Hospital for Children-Chicago, 2211 N. Oak Park Avenue, Chicago, IL 60707.

Purath-Strand Funeral Home & Crematory
3915 Douglas Ave., Racine (262) 639-8000

Friday, July 18, 2008

Shirley (Gordon) Sidran

Shirley Gordon Sidran passed away peacefully Friday, July 18, 2008, at the age of 92. Born in Racine, she was the daughter of Max Gordon and Ida Davidson Gordon, early members of that city's Jewish community.

She graduated from the University of Wisconsin, where she met her husband Louis Sidran, and went on to earn two graduate degrees in counseling and social work. A lover of humor, good conversation and social causes, she was most proud of her time spent as the Director of the senior day care center at the Presbyterian Home in Evanston, Illinois, during the '70s. As a resident herself at Milwaukee's Jewish Home and Care Center during the last ten years, she remained interested in political discussions and current events, actively supporting the candidacy of John Kerry, and enjoyed reading to her fellow residents from the book, "A Bintel Brief." She remained an active and faithful member of the Jewish community and regularly recited the opening prayer during Saturday morning services at the Helen Bader Center.

She is survived by her daughter Maxine, sons Ben (Judy) and Ezra (Kelly) and grandchildren Leo, Josh and Morgan.

Funeral Services will be held on Monday, July 21, at 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home with Rabbi Martyn Adelberg officiating. Interment will follow at the Racine Jewish Memorial Cemetery.

The family gratefully thanks the staff of the Helen Bader Center for their devotion and care.

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

Bernice C. (Seitz) Miller

Bernice C. Miller, age 84, passed away Friday, July 18, 2008, at Aurora Medical Center, Kenosha, WI. Bernice was born in Racine, August 20, 1923, daughter of the late John L. and Rosaline E. (Nee: Iselin) Seitz.

On August 24, 1946, she was united in marriage to Milton F. Miller at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Bernice was a graduate of Dominican College and taught junior high students at Sacred Heart Catholic School for twenty years until her retirement in 1988. After retiring she volunteered with the Racine Literacy Council, the Volunteer Center of Racine, and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program. She especially enjoyed sharing her love for learning while tutoring at local schools and the Ellsworth Correction Center. She was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church and Catholic Women’s Club. Above all she devoted her life to her family and will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Bernice will be deeply missed.

Survivors include her husband, Milton; her four children, Janet Kilpatrick (Vince Lofink) of Bear, Delaware, Leon (Shelley) Miller of Littleton, CO, Alan (Susan) Miller of Racine, Laurence (Cynthia) Miller of Racine; her seven grandchildren, Stephanie Adams, Erica (Aaron) Tarpine, Roxanne and Amy Miller, Lorrie (Chris) Brown, Vincent (Viminda) Miller, Nicole Miller; five great-grandchildren; brother, John Russell Seitz of Racine; aunt, Hazel Iselin of Racine; brother-in-law, James (Ruthanne) Miller of Little Rock, AR; sister-in-law, Mary Jane (William) Haas of Franklin, WI; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brother, Kenneth Seitz; sister, Mary Elaine Seitz; grandson, Anthony Miller; son-in-law, James Kilpatrick.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 6400 Spring Street, on Tuesday, July 22, 2008, at 10 a.m. with Rev. Richard J. Molter officiating. Interment will follow at the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 21731 Spring Street, Union Grove. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Monday from 4 to 6 p.m. and at the church on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the mass. Memorials to St. Catherine’s High School have been suggested.

On behalf of her children and grandchildren, we would like to thank our Dad for his loving care and devotion to Mother.

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

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Peter W. 'Bill' Fox

Homosassa, FL -- Peter W. 'Bill' Fox, age 82, passed away July 16, 2008, at Oak Hill Hospital, Spring Hill, FL. Peter was born June 30, 1926, in Racine, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John R. Fox and had been a lifelong resident until his retirement in the 1990s.

During World War II, he served in the the US Army Air Corps and was a member of the American Legion Post 310. Bill was employed as Regional Sales Manager for Vulcan Materials for 25 years. He was an honorary life member of the Deutscher Maenner Verein and was an avid golfer. Bill will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Hall Fox; sons Dan M. (Dawn) Fox and Gary D. (Jane) Fox, all of Racine; two grandchildren; brothers, J. Bernard, Charles, Richard and sister Margaret Vrana, all of Wisconsin; nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. In addition to his parents, Bill was also preceded in death by his first wife, L. Lois Fox.

A Memorial Mass will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2201 Northwestern Ave, Friday July 25, 2008, at 10:30 a.m., with Rev. Ronald O. Crewe officiating. Private interment will be held at West lawn memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church Friday from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to Chick Evans Scholarship Fund.

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

Thomas Eugene Tuttle

Thomas E. Tuttle, 76, passed away at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – All Saints on Wednesday, July 16, 2008.

Thomas Tuttle was born in Racine to the late Eugene and Bessie (nee: Harcus) on April 2, 1932, and had lived in Racine for most of his life. In Racine, he was united in marriage to Patricia Elsner on November 5, 1955. She had preceded him in death on February 8, 2004.

Mr. Tuttle serviced in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church. He had a notable career in research and development with S.C. Johnson Co and retired as an Entomologist after working for over 30 years. He was an avid reader and enjoyed camping and traveling. Most importantly he was a devoted family man and will be dearly missed.

Thomas is survived by two children, Matthew (Maria) Tuttle of Racine and Ginger (Brian) Thiesen of Cookeville, Tennessee; four grandchildren, Samantha, Nicholas, Shawn and Cameron; his sister and brother-in-law, Betty (Richard) Burdick; his sister-in-law, Norma Henry; many nieces and nephews; and a special family friend, Sharon Schroeder, along with other friends.

Funeral services will be held at the Wilson Funeral Home on Monday morning, July 21, 2008, at 10 a.m. with Rev. Steven C. Fringer officiating. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Sunday evening, July 20, 2008, from 6 until 8 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the First Presbyterian Church.

Wilson Funeral Home
1212 Lathrop Ave., Racine (262) 634-3361

Reyanna 'Rey-Rey' Davee Everett

Reyanna “Rey-Rey” Davee Everett, age 2, tragically died unexpectedly at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee on Wednesday, July 16, 2008, from unforeseen complications of a routine tonsillectomy.

Reyanna was born in Kenosha on May 30, 2006, to Jonte Davee Everett and Liane Michelle Brys. Reyanna was the sunshine in her entire family’s lives. She had an infectious laughter that could steal the heart of anyone.

Surviving are her parents, Jonte and Liane; her big sister, Hailey Rae Ehlert (age 6);
Grandparents, Sue and Keith Turner; Susan Ryan; and Mark (Pam) Brys; great-grandparents, Liane Ryan; LeRoy and Delores Brys; and Pat and Robert Billups; aunts and uncles, Jeremy (Colleen Hoyt) Hollimon; Tatianna Everett, Kiara, Kiana, Keith Jr. and Torin Turner; Jenni (Greg) Glowinski and Nicholas (Andrea Grandy) Brys; cousins, Aiden Hoyt-Hollimon; Jared, Colin and Hayden Glowinski; and a host of other cherished relatives and family friends too numerous to mention by name.

Reyanna was preceded in death by her great-grandparents, Elmore and Ellen Storbeck; and Clovis Ryan.

Memorial services celebrating the life of precious little Rey-Rey will be held in the funeral home on Monday, July 21, 2008, at 1 p.m. with Rev. Charlene B. Mills officiating. There will be time to offer condolences and support her family on Monday from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family have been suggested.

Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home & Crematory
4600 County Line Rd., Racine (262) 552-9000

David A. LaMere

David A. LaMere, 47, passed away unexpectedly at his residence on Wednesday, July 16, 2008.

A lifetime resident, David was born in Racine on October 28, 1960, to Reginald and Barbara Ann (nee: Wheatley) LaMere. David attended Washington Park High School. He was an all around handyman and specialized in roofing.

David enjoyed fishing, camping, golfing, music, playing drums, working in his yard and loved animals of all kinds. Above all, David was the first person to help out anyone in need.

Surviving are his mother, Barbara Ann LaMere; sisters, Debbie K. LaMere and Pam J. LaMere; brother, Mark (Tracey) Millwood; nephews, Dan S. LaMere and Corey Millwood; niece, Faith Millwood; second mother, Luise Gajan; many aunts, uncles, special relatives and friends too numerous to mention by name. David was preceded in death by his father, Reginald LaMere.

In accordance with Dave’s wishes, cremation will take place. A memorial service will be held in the funeral home on Tuesday, July 22, 2008. at 7 p.m. There will be time to visit with the family on Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the family.

Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home & Crematory
4600 County Line Rd., Racine (262) 552-9000

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Michael J. Foster

Michael J. Foster, age 57, passed away unexpectedly, Tuesday, July 15, 2008, at his residence. Michael was born one of thirteen children in Ingersoll, Ontario, July 28, 1950, son of the late Joseph and Marie (Nee: Amirault) Foster.

On April 22, 1977, he was united in marriage to Leslie Foster (Nee: Toland). Michael was employed by CNH for over thirty years in Canada and the United States, residing in Racine since 1996. Michael’s passions were golfing, fishing, cars and making wine. He was a volunteer for Make-A-Wish Foundation. Above all, Mike treasured time spent with his family and will be deeply missed.

He is survived by his wife, Leslie; his two daughters, Melanie Foster (fiancé, Chris Carr) and Jaclyn Foster, both of Toronto, ON; his sisters and brothers, Sharon Foster of Brantford, ON, Jean Foster of Burlington, ON, Patrick (Gloria) Foster of Vancouver, BC, Gerald (Joan) Foster of Burlington, ON, Mary (Bill) Kendrick of Bedeque, Prince Edward Island, Joseph (Sherry) Foster of Kelowna, BC, John (Linda) Foster of Burlington, ON, Joan (Lennie) Verestiuk of Burlington, ON, Paul Foster of Toronto, ON, Stephen Foster of Burlington, ON, Alison (Dave) Hatton of Aurora, ON; mother-in-law, Edith Toland of Oakville, ON; brother-in-law, Dave (Jan) Toland of Madoc, ON; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister, Annette (Terry) Brown; and father-in-law, Dane Toland.

Services will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, July 17, 2008, at 6 p.m. Private interment will be held. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Thursday from 4 p.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, donations to Make-A-Wish Foundation, 13195 W. Hampton Avenue, Butler, WI, 53007 have been suggested.

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

James Gordon Navis, Sr.

James Gordon Navis, Sr., 83, passed away at Clement Zablocki VA Hospital on Tuesday, July 15, 2008. He was born in Sheldon, IA, on Nov`. 21, 1924, to the late Henry and Henrietta Navis. He lived most of his life in Racine. He was united in marriage to the former Grace Friesema in Racine on Sept. 27, 1946; she preceded him in death on Oct. 15, 2007.

He served in the United States Army Air Corp, flying in a B-24 bomber during WWII in the European Theater. Along with his wife, Grace, they owned and operated Jim Navis Insurance Agency for many years. He was a member of Racine Christian Reformed Church and former President of the Local and State Chapters of Gideon’s International.

He is survived by his children, James G. Jr, (Constance Cohen), John G. (Ruth), Keith A. (Kim), Ronald D., and Karen A. (Ed) Diemer; eleven grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mildred Kuiper, Evelyn Braaksma, Joyce (Richard) Gorr; one brother, Kenneth (Betty) Navis; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends also survive. Three brothers, Gerald, Clifford and Harley Navis, preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be held at Racine Christian Reformed Church, 900 Illinois St., on Friday, July 18, 2008, at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor John Bylsma officiating. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Friends may meet with the family at the church on Friday morning from 9 a.m. until the time of service.

Memorials in memory of Mr. Navis to Racine Christian School or Gideons have been suggested.

Wilson Funeral Home
1212 Lathrop Ave, Racine (262) 634-3361

John Alden Christopherson

John A. Christopherson, 74, passed away at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – All Saints on Tuesday afternoon, July 15, 2008.

John Christopherson was born in Racine to the late Henry and Katherine (nee: Smertz) Christopherson. He lived in Racine for most of his life. In Racine, he was united in marriage to Beverly E. Eastman on May 26, 1955.

Mr. Christopherson served in the United State Army. He was also an Assistant Scout Master in the Boy Scouts of America for Troop 350 of Union Grove. He enjoyed dabbling in many hobbies, such as furniture making, camping, fishing, cooking and beer and wine making. He especially enjoyed square dancing with his wife. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

John is survived by his wife of 53 years, Beverly; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Betty Guy and Evelyn (Richard) Dibble; one sister-in-law, Helen Christopherson; nephew, Robert (Shirley) Christopherson; many other nieces and nephews; other relatives; and very special friends, Geraldine (Don) Dorff, Esther (Earl) Thompson, Doc (Judy) Stone, Lee Hazlett, and Art Rubin. He was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister-in-law, Robert (Laurabelle) Christopherson and Henry Christopherson; and one brother-in-law, Richard Guy.

Funeral services will be held at the Wilson Funeral Home on Saturday, July 19, 2008, at 10 a.m. with Pastor John Fleming officiating. In following Mr. Christopherson's wishes, he will be cremated. Inurnment will take place at West Lawn Memorial Park on Tuesday, July 22, 2008, at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Friday evening, July 18, 2008, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Wilson Funeral Home
1212 Lathrop Ave., Racine (262) 634-3361