Sunday, August 31, 2008

Roger Sherman Rossman

Roger S. Rossman, 77, passed away on Sunday, August 31, 2008, after a long, valiant battle with cancer at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - All Saints.

He was a lifelong resident of Racine, born on March 12, 1931, the son of Carl and Bereniece (nee: Miller) Rossman. Roger was a 1949 graduate of William Horlick High School. On August 27, 1955, Roger was united in marriage to Mary Tewagian. He was a member of St. Mesrob Armenian Apostolic Church and St. Mesrob’s Retiree Group. Roger served in the United States Air Force from 1951 to 1953. He was a welder at Styberg Engineering for 43 1/2 years, retiring on September 30, 1994. Roger was a member of Harbor Light Yacht Club and loved to travel. He also enjoyed fishing with his brother, Wayne, and spending time with his grandchildren and granddogs, Coda and Allie.

Surviving is his wife of 53 years, Mary, and their daughters; Tamera (John Dembowiak) Rossman of Racine and Diane (John) Norkus of Augusta, GA; 3 grandchildren, Julianne, Andrew and Catherine Norkus; brothers, Gerald (Florence) Rossman of Hancock, Wayne (Marilyn) Rossman of Sturtevant and David (Betty) Rossman of Racine; sister-in-law, Sophie McLellan of Racine. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

Roger was preceded in death by his parents; a brother; brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, Raymond McLellan in 2004, Paul (Mary) Tewagian in 2005 and Michael ‘Main Street Mike’ in 2008.

Funeral services will be held at St. Mesrob Armenian Apostolic Church, 4605 Erie St., on Thursday, September 4, 2008, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Yeprem Kelegian officiating. Entombment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. There will be a visitation at the church on Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Mesrob Armenian Apostolic Church have been suggested.

A very special thank you to Dr. Odders and the oncology staff of Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – All Saints during his many hospital stays.

Sturino Funeral Home
3014 Northwestern Ave., Racine (262) 632-4479

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Ethel Stougaard

Ethel Stougaard, 93, of Racine, passed away at Bethany Nursing Home in Waupaca on Saturday August 30, 2008, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Racine on January 3, 1915, the daughter of Jacob and Marien (nee: Fuglsang) Hansen.

Ethel was united in marriage to Chris Stougaard in Racine on June 11, 1944. She was a longtime faithful member of Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, participating in Women’s Circle and The Women of the Church. She also attended Racine Bible Church on a regular basis. Ethel was devout in her faith, attending Bible studies at the Danish-American Home.

Ethel worked as a hairstylist and governess as a young woman and developed into a talented seamstress after marriage. She was also an avid bridge player and enjoyed playing in several groups.

Ethel is survived by her daughter, Sandra (Jack) Huse of Waupaca, and her two grandchildren, Neil (Glori) Huse of Vernon Hills, IL, and Sara Huse of Fitchburg. Other survivors include three great- grandchildren, Matthew, Emily and Katelyn Huse; one brother, Richard (Alice) Hansen of Racine; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Chris, and her sister, Rose Daley.

Funeral services will be held at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 322 Ohio St., on Friday, September 5, 2008, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Dr. M.A. Miritz officiating. Burial will be held at Graceland Cemetery. There will be a visitation on Friday at the church from 10 a.m. until service time.

In lieu of flowers, the Ethel Stougaard family has suggested memorials to the Danish-American Home, 5111 Wright Ave, Racine, WI 53406.

Sturino Funeral Home
3014 Northwestern Ave., Racine (262) 632-4479

Jimmy Joe 'Pipe' Hombs

Jimmy Joe Hombs, 32, passed away unexpectedly in the Emergency Room of Wheaton Franciscan – All Saints Medical Center on Saturday morning, August 30, 2008, as the result of a massive heart attack.

Jimmy was born in Waukegan, IL, on October 25, 1975, to Gene and Delores (nee: Wittnebel) Hombs. He attended Round Lake High School – Class of 1994. On August 25, 2007, at Wustum Museum, he was united in marriage with the love of his life, Jennifer Lynn Erickson.

For the past several years, Jimmy was employed as a heavy equipment operator at Gleason Redi-Mix, where his co-workers affectionately nicknamed him “Pipe.” He also was a friendly bartender and cook for Kelly’s Pub in beautiful downtown Trevor. With an extremely likeable personality, Jimmy was a big-kid-at-heart. He had an infectious smile and the magnificent ability to make everyone laugh. Jimmy enjoyed working on cars and was always buying items (that had seen better days) for cheap and refurbishing them into their like-new condition. He was a huge Chicago Bears fan and also appreciated watching a good car race. In honor of Jimmy’s kind and giving nature, his family opted to donate organs and tissue at the time of his death to enhance the lives of those in need – a precious gift Jimmy surely would have wanted to give. Above all, Jimmy was happiest when in the surroundings of his entire circle of family and friends. He passionately touched the lives of many and will be dearly missed.

Surviving are his loving wife, Jennifer; children, Bryon Erickson and Samantha Rodriguez, all of Racine; parents, Gene (Sandra) Hombs of Trevor and Delores (James) Clarady of Dodge, TX; sisters, Chris (John) Mahoney of Ingleside, IL, and Trisha Clarady of Dodge, TX; grandmothers, Cecil Hombs of Trevor and Elaine Kintzler of Grayslake, IL; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Art “Butch” and Linda Erickson of Sturtevant; sister-in-law, Jamie (Tom) Hayek of Racine; devoted aunt, Sue Wittnebel and Bob of Salem; nieces and nephews, Chase Erickson (Jimmy’s godson); Whitney Taylor; Savannah and Dylan Hayek; Mallory and Tyler Mahoney; special cousins, Jenny and Danny Erickson; and by many, many other dear aunts, uncles, cousins, relatives and friends too numerous to mention by name.

Jimmy was preceded in death by grandparents, Homer Hombs, Joan and Vilas Wittnebel, Lois Erickson, Harry Kintzler, Robert Goss and Virginia Salemi; and uncle, Paul Wittnebel.

Funeral services will be held in the funeral home on Wednesday, September 3, 2008, at 11 a.m. with Rev. John Fleming officiating. Interment will follow in Liberty Cemetery in Salem, Kenosha County. All are invited to continue celebrating Jimmy’s life, following the cemetery service, at Kelly’s Pub in Trevor. Visitation will be in the funeral home on Tuesday from 5-8 p.m. and on Wednesday from 10-11 a.m.. In memory of Jimmy, memorials may be made to his family.

A heartfelt note of thanks to the first responders of the Racine Fire & Rescue and to the entire staff of All Saints-ER for doing everything in their powers in trying to save our beloved Jimmy. We appreciate all your heroic efforts.

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

Friday, August 29, 2008

Herbert C. Nikolai

Herbert C. Nikolai, age 77, passed away Friday, August 29, 2008, at St. Luke’s Medical Center Milwaukee. Herb was born and raised in Kenosha, April 27, 1931, son of the late Herbert and Anna (nee: Venskus) Nikolai and had graduated from Mary Bradford High School,

Herb served in the U.S. Army from 1948 – 1952 stationed in Alaska. On August 13, 1955, at St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church he was united in marriage to Marilyn H. Schemel. Herb was employed by Twin Disc Inc for 31 years, retiring in 1986. He was a member and trustee of St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church, a member and past president of the Catholic Men’s Assn. and was a member and board member of the German Club. Herb was an avid golfer and golfed with the Tuesday Morning Seniors at Johnson Park. He treasured the time he spent with family and his golfing buddies at his cottage up north. Above all, Herb was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who will be dearly missed.

Surviving are his loving wife of 53 years, Marilyn; 2 sons, Herbert H. Nikolai and Kenneth G. (Michele) Nikolai; 3 grandsons, Christopher Nikolai of Racine, and Jeffrey Nikolai, who is in the U.S. Army stationed in Iraq, and their mother Joan Nikolai, and Michael Nikolai of Racine ; a sister, Jane (George) Shipley of Baltimore, MD; 2 brothers, Eugene (Sue) Nikolai of Cape Coral, FL. Norman (Joan) Nikolai of Oklahoma City, OK; nieces, nephews, other relatives , many dear friends and his faithful companion, Tami. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his in-laws, Harvey and Magdalene Schemel and a nephew, Robert Nikolai.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, September 6, 2008, 10 a.m. at St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church, 1903 Green St. Entombment with full military honors will follow at Holy Cross Mausoleum, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet Friday at the funeral home from 4:30 p.m. until 7 p.m.. (7 p.m. Prayer Vigil) and on Saturday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass. Memorials to St. Luke’s Medical Center Wound Care Center or The Family Readiness Group Leaders of Bull Company, 1st Squadron, 2nd Stryker Calvary Regiment have been suggested

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

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Evelyn 'Evie' M. (Buchman) Schleper

Evelyn M. Schleper, age 85, passed away Thursday, August 28, 2008, at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints Medical Center. Evelyn was born in Racine, February 17, 1923, daughter of the late Harold and Bertha (Nee: Neuman) Buchman and was a lifelong resident of Racine.

Evie had a lifetime love of learning and had four master's degrees. As a librarian, she began the St. Joseph Library and worked at Marquette University, Franklin Library, St. Thomas Aquinas in Waterford among others. She was working at Midwest College of Oriental Medicine as Dean of Students until her recent illness.

Survivors include her sister, Gerry Shimkus; nieces, Sandy Sus, Judy (Bryan) Krist, Barbara Sprague; great nieces and nephews, Kris, Kim, Joe, Tina, Heather and Jason. Among her special friends were Jan Klein, Elaine Raymaker, Pat and Lou Ferraro, and Sister Davida from Siena Center. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Joyce Ingle.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1533 Erie Street, on Tuesday, September 2, 2008, at 11 a.m. with Rev. John D. Aiello officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until time of Mass.

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

Willie Arthur Thornton

Willie Arthur Thornton, who was affectionately known as "Captain Blackdraw," passed away unexpectedly at the age of 56 on Thursday, August 28, 2008. Willie was born in Dyersburg, Tennessee, on August 30, 1951, to the late Willie Mae Powell and Willie O. Thornton.

The Thornton family moved to Racine when Willie was a small child. He was involved in many of the clubs and sports at Park High School and graduated in 1971. Willie's love for the city of Racine and the school system led him to obtain employment as an engineer with Racine Unified School District. During his time away from work, Willie was a member of Greater Mt. Eagle Missionary Baptist Church where he sang in the Male Chorus and Combined Choir. Willie loved to travel, especially by car or truck so that he could talk on his CB to his friends all over the country. His handle, "Captain Blackdraw," was known by many. He was the sort of man that you could turn to when you needed help, and was often there to help without even being asked. Many people hold fond memories of Willie caring for his neighbors’ lawns and ensuring that the snow was removed, or helping out at Jerry’s Barber Shop.

He is survived by his children, Sandra Renee (Christopher) Wise of Racine, Wisconsin, and Elvin L. Thornton of Chicago, Illinois; three grandchildren: Damon Thornton-Muhammad, Ciara Thornton and Chris Wise, Jr.; three brothers, Vernon Crawley of San Francisco, California, Theophlius "Ted" Crawley, and Ardell "Ken" (Trina) Crawley both of Las Vegas, Nevada; as well as many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Willie O. Thornton; his mother and stepfather, Willie Mae and Claster Cummings; brother, Howard Ward; and sister, Wava J. Days.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 3, 2008, from 5-7 p.m at Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home. Homegoing services will be held at Greater Mt. Eagle Missionary Baptist Church at 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 4, 2008. Final viewing will be at the church at 10 a.m. prior to the start of the worship service. Pastor Keith T. Evans will be officiating. Committal services will follow at Graceland Cemetery in Racine.

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

Beverly J. Staaden

Beverly J. (nee, LaFreniere) Staaden, 76, passed away at Lincoln Village Convalescent Center on Thursday, August 28, 2008.

Bev was born in Escanaba, MI, on November 13, 1931, to Ernest and Madeline (nee, Berens) LaFreniere. She married James F. Staaden, who preceded her in death, on August 28, 1997. Bev retired from Insinkerator after more than 25 years of service. Bev’s passion was bingo. She was a member of the Red Hat Society and bowled with the Thursday Night Women’s League at the Plaza Bowling Center for over 30 years. Bev could always be counted upon to take her grandchildren wherever they wanted to go. But most of all, Bev cared about people, especially her neighbors, and always had a dog treat with her for the dogs that walked by.

Bev is survived by her children, Marilyn Christensen, Jim (Patti) Staaden, Mary (Keith) Anclam and Jerry (Bonnie) Staaden; special friend, Jan Panther; grandchildren, Mark Christensen, Todd Christensen, Jackie Anclam, Tom Anclam, Danny Staaden, Rachel Staaden and Sydney Staaden; five great-grandchildren; and lifelong friend, Mary Kelley. Bev is also survived by many special friends and neighbors. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Jay LaFreniere; and two sisters, Dodo Borman and Betty LaFreniere.

Private family services will be held, followed by interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at the funeral home on Tuesday, September 2, 2008, from 5 until 8 p.m. Memorials may be directed to the American Cancer Society.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Michael Mullane and the staff at Lincoln Village Convalescent Center for all of their care and compassion shown to Bev.

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

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Esther C. Smerda Plaza

Esther C. (nee: Becker) Plaza, 91, passed away at Claire Bridge, Kenosha, on Wednesday, August 27, 2008.

Esther was born on December 17, 1916, the daughter of the late Ernest and Bertha Becker. On September 4, 1937, she was united in marriage to Jerry Smerda. They made their home in Racine until 1973 when they moved to Zephyrhills, Florida. They were blessed with 43 years together and two children, Jack and Jane. Jerry preceded her in death on September 11, 1980. In 1984 she was united in marriage to Joseph Plaza. They enjoyed 22 years together before his death in 2005.

Esther was a former member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Racine and was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Zephyrhills, Florida. She enjoyed the outdoors, flower gardening, volunteering at church and playing card games, especially Schafskopf.

Esther is survived by her daughter, Jane and Larry Kraus; four grandchildren, Angela (Scott) Rasch, Jeffrey (Nicole) Kraus, Craig (Kim) Smerda, and Jerry (Christina) Smerda; eight great-grandchildren, Connor and Logan Rasch; Colton, Nolan, Haiden and Nylah Kraus; Henna Smerda and Mason Smerda.

In addition to her husband, Jerry, and son, Jack, she is also preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Plaza.

Funeral services for Esther will be held at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 725 High Street, on Saturday, August 30, 2008, at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. James F. Peters officiating. Interment will follow at Caledonia Memorial Park Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church on Saturday morning from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff at Claire Bridge for their kindness and compassionate care of Esther for this past year.

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

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Lynn (Gorsky) Peterson

Lynn Peterson was born to Reuben A. Gorsky and Toby (nee Sunshine) Gorsky on January 28, 1949. Her soul transitioned from this life on Tuesday, August 26, 2008.

Lynn lived a life rich in passions, accomplishment and friendships. As a child, she was very close to her Grandmother Elena. Her daughter, Elena Anne Swiden, was named for her great-grandmother. Elena and her fiancé, Kevin G. Rude, survive Lynn, as do Lynn’s stepson, Christian T. Peterson, her Little Sister Alexis, and her companion dogs Maggie and Phoebe.

Married to Marc T. Peterson, a musician, sculptor and mentor of younger artists whose career with Johnson Wax spanned twenty-five years, Lynn shared his connection with stone and promoted his work. Lynn and Marc enjoyed traveling, and Lynn practiced her photographic artistry during many trips to the southwestern United States. Marc and Lynn were deeply connected to nature.

Her core values and wide interests led Lynn to develop her Reiki healing practice, and to her becoming a Dharma teacher who practiced and taught Meditation. Lynn's lifelong interest in the arts found expression through her photographs, collections, creative work, and her sixteen years as a board member of Spectrum School of the Arts. Lynn established a memorial scholarship in Marc's name which allows economically challenged children and adults to study at Spectrum.

All who knew Lynn were richer for her friendship. Lynn’s generosity of spirit -- and her beloved father’s example -- endowed her with a passionate sense of social justice. She was fair and just, honest, and a person of integrity. Lynn treated everyone with kindness.

Her busy career at Western Publishing Company did not prevent her from pursuing her dream: a B.A. in Communications granted by Alverno College. Upon completion of her goal, she joined Golden Entertainment, eventually becoming Editor and Manager of Book and Tape development.

Later, Lynn worked for the City of Racine. Her love for all children continued to inform her life. She worked as an Elementary Reading Teacher at Racine Montessori within the last few years, and was a dedicated Big Sister. Lynn fostered many children through Save the Children and The Christian Children’s Fund.

A Memorial Service will be held at the funeral home on Friday, August 29, 2008, at 6 p.m. with Rev. Dr. Tony Larsen of the Olympia Brown Unitarian Universalist Church officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Friday from 5 p.m. until time of service. Those who wish may contribute memorials for Lynn to The American Cancer Society Research Fund, or to the Make A Wish Foundation

Lynn's daughter Elena wishes to thank the nursing and hospice staff of Wheaton Franciscan All Saints Hospital for their extraordinary and loving care. Lynn's many friends dedicated themselves to providing Lynn with support, flowers, and love during her transition, and for them, Elena is deeply grateful.

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

Robert A. Christensen

Robert A. Christensen, 87, passed away at Home Harbor on Tuesday, August 26, 2008. He was born and raised on a farm near Jackson, Minnesota on July 2, 1921, son of the late Enoch Richard and Verna Samantha (nee: Miller) Christensen. When he was eight years old his family moved to Racine. He graduated from Park High School. During WWII Robert served in the Army Air Force as a B-17 Bombardier/Navigator instructor. On March 14, 1944, he was married to Evelyn M. Sorensen in Childress, Texas.

Bob devoted 39 years at Rainfair, Inc. where he was the Director of Purchasing. He was an active and faithful member of Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, and served in many capacities of the lay leadership. Bob found satisfaction in volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, Boy Scouts of America, Big Brothers, and the Racine Kiwanis. He also liked to golf, spending time in his workshop, and had a penchant for telling “Ollie and Sven” jokes.

He is survived by his children, Jon (Patti) Christensen of Franklin, Gary (Laurie) Christensen of Minnetrista, Minnesota, Jane (Forrest) Dockery of Simi Valley, California, and Susie Fox of Racine; seven grandchildren, Whitaker Christensen, Joel Christensen, Catherine Christensen, Chad Dockery, Amy Dockery, Ani Injasoulian and Leo Fox; great-grandson, Maddox Christensen; brother, Jack Christensen; as well as many other relatives and friends, including his “Little Brother” Jeff Fidler, his wife Annie, and children Alison, Mandy and Ashley all of Racine. He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn; his brother, Ramon Christensen; and sister, Fernie Diimig.

Memorial services will be held at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 13, 2008, with Rev. James Barsch officiating. All are invited to arrive at the church to visit with his family beginning at noon. Interment at Graceland Cemetery will be private. Memorials to Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, Habitat for Humanity, or the Okoboji Bible Camp in Spirit Lake, Iowa, have been suggested.

Our family offers many thanks to everyone at Home Harbor, Odyssey Healthcare, and all his caregivers and friends. Your care and time given to him can never be repaid.

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

Barbara S. Fink

Barbara S. Fink, 75, passed away at her residence on Tuesday, August 26, 2008.

Barbara was born in Leeds, England on February 10, 1933, to George and Ann (nee: Hill) Robson. She married Roger D. Fink at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church on November 27, 1965.

Barbara was a member of Trinity Evangelical Church and was past secretary of the AAL branch. She was very active in volunteer work. Barbara volunteered at the Wise Penny Thrift Shop, Racine Volunteer Center, the Visitor Bureau, Friends of Seniors, Early Days Gas and Engine Association #10, Big Brothers Big Sisters and numerous other organizations. She was past secretary and treasurer of the Holiday Rambler camping and travel club. Barbara was also a member of the Women’s Auxiliary of the American Legion Post #434 and TOPS. She worked the box office at the Racine Raiders games. Barbara was a doll collector. She enjoyed traveling, going to theater shows, shopping, gardening and watching English shows on Channel 10 on Sundays. Most importantly she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

Barbara is survived by her husband of 42 years, Roger Fink; daughters, Andrea (Charles) Lundgren and Victoria Fink; grandchildren, Amanda (Christopher Bruno) Lundgren and Benjamin Lundgren; great-grandson, Kristoffer Bruno; sisters-in-law Lucille (Michael) Schuerman, Violet (Cas) Duba, Phyllis (Bob Factor) Degerstedt, and Darlene (Jim) Peterson and brothers-in-law Vernon (Pat) Fink, Duane Fink and Robert (Connie) Fink. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, sister and brother-in-law Doreen and Lee Wolff, father-in-law and mother-in-law, Chris and Pearl Fink and brother-in-law Arlan “Archie” Fink.

Funeral services for Barbara will be held at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 7900 Nicholson Road, on Friday, August 29, 2008, at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. David Wierschke officiating. Private family interment will take place in Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. and at the church on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of services. Memorials to the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church Building Expansion Fund or Hospice Alliance have been suggested.

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

Jacqueline B. Smitendorf

Jacqueline B. Smitendorf, 85, died peacefully in her sleep on Tuesday, August 26, 2008.

She was born in Montague, Michigan, on September 10, 1922, the daughter of the late Daniel and Marion (nee: Connell) Robin. On June 22, 1946, in Holy Innocents Episcopal Church, here in Racine, she was united in marriage to Robert Smitendorf. Jacqueline was an avid reader.

Surviving are her husband of 62 years, Robert; their daughter Diane Mainland; and grandson, Michael Sell all of Racine.

A private service and interment was held on Friday in the Chapel of Mound Cemetery. Rev. Kara F. Baylor officiated. Memorials can be made to your favorite charity.

DRAEGER LANGENDORF FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY
4600 County Line Rd., Racine (262) 554-9000

Diana Rosalee LaVette

Diana R. (nee: Pieri) LaVette, 89, passed away on Tuesday, August 26, 2008, at the Becker Shoop Center. She was born in Missouri on October 20, 1918, the daughter of Bartolo and Albertina (Nee: Casolari) Pieri.

Diana was united in marriage to Webster “Webb” LaVette. Along with her husband, she had spent many years in Tucson, enjoying the warm weather and many happy years of golf. Diana enjoyed needlepoint, and vacationing in Hawaii and Florida.

She is survived by one son, Dan Erickson of Somers; step-children, Ellen (Jack) Brower and Jeff (Bunnie) LaVette, both of Manteno, Illinois, Christina (LaMar) Thomas of Naperville, Illinois; grandchildren, Ronald (Niloo) Meline, Dante (Roxanna) Meline, Steve Erickson and Joel Erickson both of Somers. She is further survived by several step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren, one brother, Dante (Flo) Pieri of Rockford, Illinois, and many dear friends. Diana was preceded in death by her husband, “Webb” on May 7, 2007, one daughter, Sherrie Meline, and one daughter-in-law, Linda Erickson.

There will be a memorial visitation, remembering Diana’s life on Tuesday, September 2, 2008, at the Sturino Funeral Home from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.

The LaVette family would like to extend a very special thank you to the entire staff at the Becker-Shoop Center for the fine care that Diana has received over the years.

Sturino Funeral Home
3014 Northwestern Ave., Racine (262)632-4479

Monday, August 25, 2008

Elizabeth F. 'Betty' (McNally) Lombardo

Sturtevant -- Elizabeth F. Lombardo, age 88, passed away Monday, August 25, 2008, at Oak Ridge Care Center. She was born April 7, 1920, daughter of the late James and Adelaide (Nee: Greise) McNally.

On June 26, 1948, in Racine, she was united in marriage to Paul F. Lombardo. Betty graduated from the Normal Teachers College and taught school for RUSD for thirty years. She spent the majority of those years at Lakeside Elementary School and Wind Point Elementary School, retiring in 1983. She was a member of St. Sebastian’s Catholic Church. She enjoyed playing bingo and going on casino trips. Above all she was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother who will be dearly missed.

Surviving are her husband, Paul; 3 children, Jim (Sandy) Lombardo, Mary (Roy) Chacon, Paul Lombardo (Beth Kjell); 3 grandchildren, Drew Chacon (Tammy), Dustin Chacon (Chyrstal), Lucas Lombardo (Alissa); a sister-in-law, Rosemary McNally; numerous loving nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Mary (Henry) Holt and her brother, Charles “Carl” McNally.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, August 28, 2008, at 11 a.m. at St. Sebastian’s Catholic Church, 3100 95th St., Sturtevant, with Reverend Paul L. Raczynski officiating. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet Thursday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of Mass. In lieu of flowers memorials to Make A Wish Foundation, Milwaukee, have been suggested.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff at Oak Ridge Care Center, especially Nurse Gail, and to Ben and Lee and Benji Martin for their loving care and compassion given to Betty.

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

David Flores

David Flores, 50, passed away unexpectedly at Mercy Hospital in Janesville, WI, on Monday, August 25, 2008, as the result of a ruptured cerebral aneurysm which occurred while relaxing at his campsite in Milton.

A lifetime resident, Dave was born in Racine on July 10, 1958, to Nestor and Julia (nee: Sabala) Flores. A graduate of Case High School, he went on to proudly earn his Associate Degree in fluid power engineering from Gateway Technical College.

For years, Dave has been employed as an engineer for Racine Unified School District.

On July 24, 2004, he was united in marriage with Angelica Marie Bruno. A proud member of the Racine Chapter of the Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.), he enjoyed cruising on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle and spending time at his campsite. Dave and Angie loved sharing the special moments together that their campsite offered – building fires, appreciating God’s gift of nature and just spending time together at their little slice of Heaven. Above all, Dave loved and cherished being in the surroundings of his enormous circle of family and friends. He will be remembered for being an extremely giving and caring gentleman. Even in death, Dave donated his vital organs to enhance the lives of those in need. May God bless you, Dave.

Surviving are his loving wife, Angie; daughters, Heather (Matt Gedemer) Flores and Lindsay (Jeffery Bruce) Flores; parents, Nestor and Julia Flores; step-children, Breanna Bowen; Amber, Anthony and April Hetland; grandchildren, Breanna and Jalen Gedemer; brothers, Ernie (Roxanne) Flores and John (Margie) Flores; sisters, Christine (Rudy) Gonsalez and Kathie (Mark) Flores; mother-in-law, Bonnie (Robert “Roby”) Swanson; father-in-law, Richard Bruno; brother-in-law, John (Leslie Nyland) Bruno; sisters-in-law, Jennifer (Chris) Norton, Elizabeth (Sam Modder) Bruno and Stephanie Swanson; many dear nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends too numerous to mention by name. Dave was preceded in death by his brother, Paul Flores.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, August 30, 2008, at 10 a.m. in St. Lucy Catholic Church, 3101 Drexel Ave., with Rev. Mark R. Jones officiating. Interment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. In honor of Dave’s passion for motorcycles, family and friends are invited to ride their bikes in procession to the cemetery. Visitation will be in the funeral home on Friday evening from 7-9 p.m. and in the church on Saturday from 9-10 a.m. In memory of Dave, memorials to the family have been suggested.

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

George William Thomas

George William Thomas, 88, passed away at Ridgewood Care Center on Monday, August 25, 2008.

George was born in Carrier Mills, Illinois, on Sept. 19, 1919, to the late William and Mary (nee: McCutcheon) Thomas. He has lived in Racine since 1949.

George faithfully served our Country with the United States Army 82nd Airborne Division in Europe during WWII, including the Battle of the Bulge. On Jan. 4, 1941, in Charleston, MO, he was united in marriage with the love of his life, Imogene B. Lyle, who preceded him in death on May 26, 1996.

Prior to retirement, George was employed as a furnace installer and repair specialist with Service Oil and Franksville Oil. Years ago, he attended Immanuel Baptist Church. George was a diehard Chicago Cubs and Bears fan; liked reading and watching boxing. Above all, he enjoyed being at home in the surroundings of his entire family.

Surviving are his daughter and son-in-law, Dianne and Dean Creuziger; grandchildren, Scott, David and Gregg (Peggy) Creuziger; and Amy (Ralph Jr.) Slaasted; great-grandchildren, Megan and Matthew Creuziger; Danielle, Caitlyn and Joshua Slaasted, all of Racine; brothers, John Thomas of Harrisburg, IL, Norman (Frances) Thomas of Imperial, CA, and Donald (Beverly) Thomas of Harrisburg; sister, Virginia Kingston of Harrisburg; and many special nieces, nephews and other relatives too numerous to mention by name.

In respecting George’s wishes, private family funeral services will be held with Rev. Arne Gulbrandsen officiating. Interment, with military honors, will take place in West Lawn Memorial Park.

A special note of thanks to Dr. William Nicholson and Dr. Thomas Wood; the entire staffs of Harmony Commons and Ridgewood Care Center (especially Jewel) for the compassionate care and support that was so warmly extended during a difficult time. God bless all of you!

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

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Jean Marie Tremmel

SUN CITY, ARIZONA - Jean Marie (nee: Engstrom) Tremmel, 85, formerly of Racine, passed away in Sun City on Sunday, August 24, 2008. She was born in Racine on July 31, 1923, the daughter of Carl and Florence (Schwartz) Engstrom. Jean was united in marriage to Alois Joseph Tremmel on August 9, 1941, at St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church. She was employed at Mamco, and retired from Toledo Scale Company after many years of service.

Jean is survived by her loving husband of 67 years, Alois; two sons, Chuck and Tim Tremmel both of Racine; five grandchildren, Becky, Heidi, Jeff, Chuck and Christina. She is further survived by great-grandchildren other relatives and dear friends.

Jean was preceded in death by a brother, Norman "Bud" Engstrom, and one sister, Patricia Arndt.

Funeral services will be held at the Sturino Funeral Home on Wednesday, September 3, 2008, at 10:30 a.m. with Janet M. Ruidl, parish director of St. John’s Nepomuk Catholic Church, officiating. There will be a visitation at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until service time. Entombment will be follow at West Lawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, the Tremmel family has suggested memorials to one’s favorite charity.

Sturino Funeral Home
3014 Northwestern Ave., Racine (262) 632-4479

Betty V. Hansen

Betty V. (nee: Andersen) Hansen, 96, passed away on Sunday August 24, 2008, at W.F.H. All-Saints, in Racine, Wisconsin. She was born in Denmark on October 20, 1911, the daughter of Christian and Anine (nee: Hansen) Andersen.

Betty was united in marriage to Emil Hansen in Waukegan, Illinois, on August 9, 1930. She found great enjoyment in knitting, crocheting and most recently watching the Milwaukee Brewers and the Chicago Cubs.

Betty is survived by her two loving daughters; Marian (Don) Brehm of Racine and Norma (Leonard) Neihoff of Paducah, Kentucky; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandsons. She is further survived by one sister-in-law, Ida Andersen of Florida; nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Emil on October 27, 1980, one brother, Carl Andersen, and one sisterl, Esther Funk.

In keeping with Betty’s wishes private funeral services were conducted by Rev. Steve Wohlfeil of Bethania Lutheran Church, with burial at West Lawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to one’s favorite charity have been suggested.

Betty’s family would like to extend a very heartfelt thank-you to the Newman Manor staff, W.F.H. All Saints 5th floor Cardiac Care Unit and Hospice, along with Dr. Michael Ansani for the fine care and compassion given to our mother.

Sturino Funeral Home
3014 Northwestern Ave., Racine (262) 632-4479

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Don Pogorzelski

Don Pogorzelski was called to eternal life August 23, 2008. He was born in Milwaukee on June 24, 1930, and graduated from South Division High School. He moved to Racine in 1949 to work for his father’s business, Kamm Glass. Don became part owmer and president of Kamm Glass following his father’s death, working there until retiring after more than 35 years.

He married Joan Collins on December 15, 1951, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church. Don and Joan had 8 children: Lynn (Larry) Westrich, Tom (Leslie) Pogorzelski, Mark Pogorzelski, Dan (Sherrie) Pogorzelski, Joe (Delia) Pogorzelski, Don Pogorzelski, Julie (Richard) Scott and Ann Pogorzelski. They have 16 grandchildren, Josh (Tiffany) and Chris Baumstark, Peter and Jordan Westrich, Suzie (Wade) Towers, Dylan Pogorzelski, Adrian, Kaitlyn, and Garrett Barney, Deda Franco, Darryl (Stephanie) Briggs, Amanda Pogorzelski, Micah, Caleb, and Leah Scott, Amber Pogorzelski; 9 great-grandchildren, Logan and Peyton Baumstaark, Jake and Grace Towers, Ilean and Josalyn Franco, and Anthony Villagrana. He is also survived by 2 brothers, Robert (Barbara) Pogorzelski, and David (Delores) Pogorzelski; a sister, Diane (Squire) Ostrandere; many loved nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. He will be sadly missed by all. He was a second father to Sue Funk.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Lucy Pogorzelski, and a niece, Cindy Pogorzelski.

He was a member of St. Edward’s Catholic Church since 1951. He had belonged to St. Edward’s Men’s Club and was a youth sports coach. Don was instrumental in starting City League 12-inch softball and was the first referee for City Women’s Volleyball. He was an active 4th degree member of the Knights of Columbus Chapter 697 and was honored to be a past Grand Knight amongst many other positions. He loved sports, reading, playing Dominos, going to casinos, talking, laughing and sleeping. He especially loved Door County where he spent many precious times.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, August 28, 2008, at 6 p.m. at St. Edward’s Catholic Church, 1401 Grove Ave., with Reverend Richard Molter officiating. Relatives and friends may meet Thursday at the church, from 3:30 p.m. until 5:45 p.m. Donations to St. Edward’s Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus or Hospice Alliance have been suggested.

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

Don lived life with love and faced death confident in God’s promise of eternity.

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

Frances Ziese

Frances (nee: Sieber) Ziese, 80, passed away on Saturday, August 23, 2008, at Woodstock Health & Rehabilitation Center. She was born in Fond du Lac on March 8, 1928, the daughter of Fred and Mary (Smith) Sieber. On August 16, 1947, Frances was united in marriage to Marvin Ziese in Elroy. She was a member of St. Peters Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Surviving are her children, Marlene Russ of Racine and Joyce Blake of Jessieville, AR; grandchildren, Scott (Linda) Andersen, Julie (Edward) Sosa, Charlotte (Damian) Strak, Sheila Chairez, James Russ; and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin, on March 12, 1982; daughter, Lillian Andersen; and her parents.

Funeral services will be held at Sturino Funeral Home on Wednesday, August 27, 2008, at 2 p.m. Burial will follow at Graceland Cemetery. There will be a visitation at the funeral home from 1 p.m. until time of service.

Our gratitude goes out to Raymond Martin for all the hard work and time given to keep our grandmother in the home she loved so much. We also want to thank Community Care, Aging and Disability Center and Woodstock Rehabilitation Center for all the support and care given to our grandmother.

Sturino Funeral Home
3014 Northwestern Ave., Racine (262)632-4479

Harry W. Felbob

Harry William Felbob, 94, passed away on Saturday, August 23, 2008. Harry was born December 12, 1913, to John and Carrie (Olson) Felbob. On March 18, 1933, Harry was united marriage to Veda Almond.

Harry was a great husband, dad, grandfather, great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather. The family will miss him immensely. He worked at Western Publishing for 29 years, retiring in 1979. Harry was an avid Cubs fan, loved fishing, pheasant hunting, playing cribbage and sheepshead. He and his wife also bowled in a couple’s league for many years.

Surviving is his daughter, Janice (Marshall) Lee; granddaughters, Debby (Scott) Yocco, Diana Kaestner, Michelle (Steve) Ryder; grandsons, Jeff Kaestner, Mark Trossen; great-grandsons, Tony (Kristi) Yocco, Nick Yocco, Alex Trossen, Carly Trossen, Haley Kaestner, Jeff Kaestner; great-great-grandson Brayden Yocco and a sister Verna Bethards. He is further survived by a host of nieces and nephews and his little sheltie, “Annie.”

Harry is preceded in death by his wife Veda on May 4, 2000; great grandson. Tyler Trassen; brothers, Fritz, Russell, Charlie, Edmond and Victor; sisters, Ester Weitkum and Edna Gardner; parents; son in law, Keith W. Hammill.

Funeral services will be held at Sturino Funeral Home on Wednesday, August 27, 2008, at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. There will be a visitation at the funeral home on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until time of service.

Special thank you to Hospice Alliance and all the aides, nurses and social workers who cared for Harry for many months. Also, a thank you to Harry’s niece, Charlene Rowlands for her daily support and love.

Sturino Funeral Home
3014 Northwestern Ave., Racine (262) 632-4479

Friday, August 22, 2008

George A. Mertens

George A. Mertens, age 91, passed away Friday August 22, 2008. George was born in Racine on June 19, 1917, son of the late Joseph and Elizabeth (nee: Renke) Mertens and had been a lifelong resident.

During World War II, George proudly served his country as a Medic in the US Army while stationed in England. On July 15, 1950, he was united in marriage to Helen B. Johnson, who preceded him in death January 27, 1988. George was employed with Modine Mfg. for thirty three years until his retirement in 1982. He was a longtime member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. George was an avid golfer and recorded an ace once, and enjoyed playing cards, working jigsaw puzzles and working in his gardens. He was a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather who will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his children, Melody Sorenson of Racine, Susan Meyer of Kenosha; daughter-in-law, Josephina Mertens of Las Vegas, NV; grandchildren, Christine (John) Anderson, Wayne Mertens, Dave Keating, Kim Binninger, Kathy Olsen, Amanda Brey, Debra Mertens, Caroline Mertens; numerous great-grandchildren; sister, Rita Deschler of Racine; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents and his wife Helen, George was also preceded in death by his son, David, and nine brothers and sisters.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2201 Northwestern Ave., on Tuesday, August 26, 2008, at 10:30 a.m., with Rev. Ronald O. Crewe officiating. Interment with Full Military Honors will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church Tuesday from 9 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. Memorials to the American Lung Association have been suggested.

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

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Catherine S. Klinkhammer

Catherine S. (nee: Smetana) Klinkhammer, 57, passed away peacefully at her home, surrounded with the love of her family, on Thursday, August 21, 2008, following a brave and determined 11-year battle with ovarian cancer.

A lifetime resident, Cathy was born in Racine on February 1, 1951, to the late Charles and Catherine E. (nee: Bentley) Smetana. She attended St. Edward’s Grade School, graduating from St. Catherine’s High School in 1969. On April 25, 1970, in St. Edward Catholic Church, she was united in marriage with the love of her life, Ronald J. Klinkhammer. Tragically, Ron died unexpectedly of a heart attack this past January, 29, 2008.

For a period of time, she was employed by Color Arts. However, Cathy proudly chose her life’s work to be a devoted homemaker, a career she completely excelled at. Being a Mom and a Grandma meant everything in the world to her. When diagnosed with Stage 4-ovarian cancer in early 1998, she was the rock of the family, in a very scary situation, and comforted her children with a promise that she would fight with all her might. Cathy had incredible strength and totally amazed her family and friends with an extremely positive attitude, even with the numerous rounds of chemotherapy that she received.

Cathy enjoyed crafts, especially quilting, sewing, crocheting and creating beautiful stained glass with her husband; tending to her flowers in her garden; and spending time on her computer. Above all, she loved and cherished being with her entire family.

Surviving are her children, Eric (Tammy) Klinkhammer of Kenosha; Kevin (Tracy) Klinkhammer of Racine; Cathy Ann (Kirk) Hauptmann and Heather (Tony) Aust, both of Racine; grandchildren, Haley, Brandon, Ryan and Nicholas Klinkhammer; Collin Gonzales; Evan and Lauryn Klinkhammer; Katie and Kayla Hauptmann; and Megan Aust; sister and brothers (who affectionately named her “Sis”), Denise (Dale) Stillman, Charles (Patty), Larry (Connie), David (Anna Marie), Steve (Evelyn) and Rick (Kellie) Smetana; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Norbert and Flora Klinkhammer; sisters-in-law, Charla Klinkhammer, Barbara (David) Rudin and Beverly (Joe) Paricka; and by many special nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends too numerous to mention by name.

In addition to her parents and husband, Cathy was preceded in death by her brother-in-law, Norbert B. “Norby” Klinkhammer.

Funeral services will be held in the funeral home on Tuesday, August 26, 2008, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Brian Gorman officiating. Interment will follow in Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, next to her beloved husband, Ronald. Visitation will be in the funeral home on Monday from 5-8 p.m. and on Tuesday from 10-11 a.m.

A special note of thanks to the wonderful staff of Hospice Alliance for providing compassionate care in these past few weeks; and to Dr. Michael P. Mullane, and his entire team, for 11 years of dedicated treatment and treasured friendship. May God bless all of you!

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

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Yolanda Pierangeli

Yolanda (nee: Aiello) Pierangeli, 87, passed away at Lincoln Village Convalescent Center on Wednesday, August 20, 2008.

A lifetime resident, Yolanda was born on October 22, 1920, to the late Salvatore and Palma (nee: Molinaro) Aiello. A talented athlete in high school, she graduated from Washington Park in 1939. On November 16, 1940, in St. Lucy Catholic Church, she was united in marriage with the love of her life, Philip Pierangeli, who preceded her in death on November 5, 2006.

A tremendously devoted and tireless homemaker, Yolanda (affectionately called “Yo” by her friends) also had worked for Jacobsen Mfg.; Massey-Harris; and for her nephew, Gene Perrelle, at Personnel Inc. Yolanda was a lifetime member of St. Lucy Catholic Church. She was also active with Knights of Columbus Council #697– Ladies of Columbus; Vittoria Colonna of Roma Lodge; enjoyed bowling and golfing in various leagues, playing cards, reading and, especially, loved ballroom dancing with her beloved Philip.

Surviving are her children, Barbara Grabow of Monroe; Philip A. (Mary) Pierangeli of California; and Dr. Gregory T. Pierangeli of Racine; grandchildren, Barry (Cindy) Grabow; Dina Ortiz; Anthony (Cheryl) and Joseph Pierangeli; Alyssa and Jonathan Pierangeli; great-grandchildren, Paul and Tony Grabow; Vincent and Dominic Ortiz; and Nico Pierangeli; sisters-in-law, Irma (Paul) Ferraro, Viola and Frances Pierangeli; and Carmelina Aiello; extended family members, Edward Grabow, Brenda Pierangeli and Pedro Ortiz; many special nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends too numerous to mention by name.

In addition to her parents and husband, Yolanda was preceded in death by her brothers, Tom (Joyce), Frank (Lucille), Justy, and Warren (Mary) Aiello; sisters, Edith (Chester) Perrelle, Carmella (Arthur) Greco and Mary (Charles) Ruffalo; sister-in-law, Cleo (Pio) Renzoni; and brothers-in-law, Gino (Lorraine), Dino, and Eligio Pierangeli.

In accordance with Yolanda’s wishes, funeral services will be held in the funeral home on Monday, August 25, 2008, at 10 a.m. with Rev. Mark R. Jones officiating. Interment will follow at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Following the cemetery service, all are invited to join the family for a luncheon, to continue celebrating Yolanda’s life, which will be served at Roma Lodge at 1 p.m. Visitation will be in the funeral home on Monday from 9-10 a.m. In memory of Yo, memorials to Ladies of Columbus or Vittoria Colonna have been suggested.

A heartfelt note of thanks to Lincoln Village, Home Harbor, Ridgewood Care Center, Hospice Alliance and Dr. Gerald Wisniewski for the compassionate care and support that was so warmly extended to Mom over the past few years. God bless all of you!

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

Laverne E. 'Grandma Happy' Sokolowski

Laverne E. (Mroch) Sokolowski, who was known as “Grandma Happy,” passed away on Wednesday, August 20, 2008, at the age of 93 at Ridgewood Care Center with her loving family by her side.

Laverne was born on May 20, 1915, in Racine to Charles and Laura (nee: Krueger) Mroch. After her father’s death at a young age her mother married her stepfather, John Levandowsky. Laverne attended schools in Racine and graduated from Horlick High School in 1933. She earned three “R” letters in sports. Laverne loved watching basketball. She was honored by Jay Hammes, the Athletic Director, in 2004 with a plaque for attending more than 550 plus games over the last 55 years, out of town, in town semifinals games, and one state championship at Madison. Laverne especially enjoyed watching Horlick Football, seeing her only great grandson, Shaun LaFever, who played for Horlick. She was a true dedicated “Rebel” fan!!

Laverne was united in Marriage to Ignacious “Nick” P. Sokolowski on July 15, 1939. They were married 46 years at the time of his death in 1986. Laverne was employed by Western Printing for 20 years, retiring in 1976. Retirement couldn’t keep her home so she worked as a crossing guard, at Dania Hall for 17 years catering weddings and parties and at Dee Dee’s restaurant in the kitchen for 8 years. In her spare time she bowled, played cards with her friends in the Horlick K.I.T. Club from the class of '33, until her health deteriorated. She loved to dance, sew and knit as a hobby. She was also active in Kilties and Elks youth band. Most importantly she loved spending quality time with her family and friends.

Laverne is survived by her son, Ronald Sokolowski, Sr. and daughter in law, Judy Sokolowski; grandchildren, Laurie (Kevin) LaFever, Diana (Todd Bindel) Sokolowski, and Ronald Sokolowski, Jr.; great grandchildren, Shaun (Amber Friso) LaFever, Nicole and Taylor LaFever, Britney and Caitlin Bindel, whom she loved dearly. She is also survived by a sister in law, Lillian Sokolowski; a brother in law, Lenny Sokolowski; many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. In addition to her loving husband, parents, and stepfather, she was preceded in death by brothers in law and sisters in law.

Laverne wanted to say a special thanks to her dearest friend, Lillian Rondone, for always being there for her. Love Ya!!

Special thanks to Judy Sokolowski for going out of her way to help care for Laverne in any way that she could..

Thanks to all of the staff at Ridgewood and Odyssey Hospice for all the comfort and compassion given to Laverne and also to the LaFever Family for delivering health shakes and putting a smile on her face.

Memorials can be made to the family, the Horlick Basketball Athletic Fund, St. John’s Lutheran Church or one’s favorite charity.

Funeral Services for Laverne will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, August 26, 2008, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Daniel B. Quinn officiating. Interment will follow in Mound Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Tuesday from 9 a.m. until the time of services.

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

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Brother Andrew W. 'Tony' Tate


Milwaukee -- Brother Andrew W. “Tony” Tate, age 67, father of John and Rochell (Nee: Mullen) Tate went to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on August 19, 2008.

Funeral services will be held at Dominion Church of God M.P.G.T., 402 9th Street, Racine, on Saturday, August 30, 2008, at 1 p.m. Visitation at church on Saturday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m.

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

Emil C. Suma

Emil C. Suma, 91, passed away on Tuesday, August 19, 2008, at Becker-Shoop Center. He was a lifelong resident of Racine, born on July 2, 1917, the son of Stanley and Mary (nee: Kolpecki) Suma.

On June 1, 1946, Emil was united in marriage to Mildred Jensen at their home. Twenty years later they renewed their vows at St. Edward Catholic Church. Emil attended St. John’s Catholic School in Racine and received his engineering degree from the University of Virginia. He proudly served in the United States Army and was the recipient of the Purple Heart. Emil had been employed at Greene Manufacturing, retiring after 45 years of service. He was an avid hunter and especially enjoyed deer hunting.

Surviving is his wife of 62 years, Mildred; nephew, Stanley (Barbara) Suma of Illinois; sister-in-law, Carol Gourlay of Racine; nephews, Ian (Amy) Gourlay of Union Grove and Gordon Gourlay of Racine; nieces, Heather Boye and Joan Paradiso both of Virginia Beach, VA. He is further survived by many great nieces, great nephews, other relatives and friends.

Emil was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Mary Klema and Lillian Drozd; and a brother, Stanley Suma.

Funeral services will be held at Sturino Funeral Home on Friday, August 22, 2008, at noon. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery. There will be a visitation at the funeral home on Friday before services from 10 a.m. until time of service.

Sturino Funeral Home
3014 Northwestern Ave., Racine (262) 632-447

Ronald D. Tomaloff

Ronald D. Tomaloff, 61, died unexpectedly at Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital in Wauwatosa on Tuesday, August 19, 2008.

A lifelong resident of Racine, he was born on February 21, 1947, to the late Stanley and Stella (nee: Jacukowicz) Tomaloff.

Ron worked for Case New Holland for over 32 years, last working on Monday.

An avid golfer, Ron could often be found spending his spring and summer days on the course. He also enjoyed his life as a grandfather. Ron attended St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church and recently joined the Loyal Order of the Moose in Kenosha.

He is survived by loving wife of 20 years, Veronica “Roni” of Racine; his children, Michael (Amanda) Tomaloff of Madison, Christopher Tomaloff of Racine, Eric (Jody) Ambrose of Racine, Mindy (Mike) Ramig of Sturtevant; his grandchildren, Caleb and Brooke Ramig; mother-in-law, Helen Gill of Racine; nephew, David Tomaloff, and niece, Lisa Borgo.

In addition to his parents, Ron was preceded in death by his sister, Joannie Tomaloff; brother, Stan (Carol) Tomaloff and father-in-law, John Gill.

Family and friends are invited to meet at Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home on Friday, August 22, 2008, from 6-8 p.m. for a public visitation. The celebration of his life and Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 6400 Spring St., at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. William Dietzler officiating. There will also be a visitation in the church on Saturday from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Entombment at Holy Cross Cemetery in Caledonia will follow the Mass.

Ron’s family wishes to thank the emergency physicians and staff at All Saints Medical Center and the Neuro I.C.U. at Froedtert Hospital for doing all they could to help Ron. Also, a special thank you to the Wisconsin Donor Network for giving the family an opportunity for Ron to be an organ donor.

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

Sophie A. (Cheske) Barlow

Sophie Ann Barlow (Nee: Cheske), age 84, passed peacefully at Autumn Home on Tuesday, August 19, 2008. Sophie was born in Racine on June 6, 1924, to William and Sophie (Nee: Muliarczuk) Cheske.

Sophie worked at Hamilton Beach, Motor Specialty and in 1991 retired from Webster Electric. She loved big band music, dancing and walking.

Surviving are her children, Cheri (Dave) Weber of Janesville, WI, Rick (Roxanne) Barlow, and Tommy Barlow, all of Racine; her six grandchildren, Diane Weber of Florida, Christopher (Sarah) Barlow, Jamie (Rachel) Barlow, Jessica Barlow, Jim (Danelle) Schultz, all of Racine, Angela (Brian) Messmer of Bismarck, ND; her 10 great-grandchildren, Chelsea, Cameron, Kenzie, Chase, Tyler, and Layton Barlow, Skylar and Payton Schultz, Natalia and Andrew Messmer; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brothers, William Cheske, Peter, Stephan, William, Stanley; and sister, Ann Boldus.

A Memorial Service will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, August 27, 2008, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Dino Galati officiating. Interment will follow at Graceland Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until time of service.
The family wishes to extend our heartfelt thank you to Delilah and Dana Souter and the entire staff and residents at Autumn Home for the love, compassion and wonderful care our mom received while in their care. We were truly blessed to have fallen into your hands.

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

Edith G. Eckblad

Edith G. (nee: Berven) Eckblad, 85, passed away on Tuesday, August 19, 2008, at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – All Saints.

She was born in Baltic, South Dakota, on April 14, 1923, the daughter of Leander G. ‘Lee’ and Louise M. (nee: Simonson) Berven. On June 9, 1943, Edith was united in marriage to Marshall Eckblad at Bethesda Lutheran Church in Racine. She was a member of Calvary Memorial Church and the National League of Pen Women.

Edith was the author of Kindness Is A Lot of Things, Soft As The Wind, Danny’s Orange Christmas Camel, Something For Jesus and other published children’s books. Edith also taught writing workshops at Gateway, was active in church visitation, and was an active member of the Women’s Club of Racine. In addition she was a volunteer at All Saints Gift Shop for many years.

Surviving are her children, Dr. Mark (Judith) Eckblad of Madison, Jonathan (Marjorie) Eckblad of Racine, Rev. James (Barbara) Eckblad of West Bend, Nancy (Michael) Petee of Miller Place, NY, and Peter (Sally) Eckblad of Racine; 12 grandchildren, Lisa (Ben) Jacobson, Charity (James) Chiappetta, Susanna Eckblad, Heidi (Robert) Peterson, Luke Eckblad, Marshall Eckblad, Michael Eckblad, Jack Eckblad, Peter Eckblad, Hilary Petee, Maxwell Petee and Elena Eckblad; 7 great-grandchildren, Quinn, Asher, Hazel, Isabella, Josephine, Leo and Bennett; sister, Leone (Nazareth) Gengozian of Oak Ridge, TN; sisters-in-law, Doris Eckblad of North Carolina and Margaret Eckblad of Winona, MN. Edith is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Marshall, on April 18, 1996, and her parents.

Funeral services will be held at Calvary Memorial Church, 4001 Washington Ave., on Friday, August 22, 2008, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Richard Ferrell officiating. Burial will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. There will be a visitation at the church before services from 9:30 a.m. until time of service.

Memorials in memory of Edith to Calvary Memorial Church have been suggested.

Sturino Funeral Home
3014 Northwestern Ave., Racine, (262)632-4479

Frederick C. Jackson

Frederick C. Jackson, 25, was called home by his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, August 19, 2008, following an unfortunate automobile accident.

Fred was born in Racine on August 8, 1983, the son of Frederick G. Jackson and Bettie Jean Roscoe.

Fred attended William Horlick High School and was currently working on his G.E.D.. Fred had been employed by McDonald’s, USI and several temporary services.

He was a member of Shekinah Glory Ministries. Fred enjoyed playing basketball, fishing and competing with his many friends. His greatest love was the time he spent with his family and friends.

Surviving are his parents, Bettie Jean Roscoe of Racine and Frederick G. (Janie) Jackson of Atlanta, GA; his brothers and sisters, Sherman (Kay) Price, Keantre Banks all of Racine, Kenyata (Isiah) King of Milwaukee, Porsche Jackson of St. Paul, MN, Pebbles Jackson of Racine, Jeremy Green and Deronti Carr both of Atlanta, GA; his fiancée, Elena Garcia and her daughter Natalia Reyes both of Racine; grandmother Juanita Jackson of Atlanta and Lucille Hood of Racine. Fred is further survived by his aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers Lincoln Jackson and William Anderson.

His Homegoing Service will be held on Thursday, August 28, at 11 a.m., in Searching Together Missionary Baptist Church, 825 21st St., with Bishop Charles Jones officiating. Burial will follow in Calvary Cemetery.

Visitation will be in the church on Thursday from 9 a.m. until the time of the Service. In lieu of flowers donations can be made at any US Bank location in Racine.

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

Monday, August 18, 2008

Eldora M. (Haack) Kreilkamp

Eldora M. Kreilkamp (Nee: Haack), passed away Monday, August 18, 2008, at the age of 93.

She was the beloved wife of the late Robert A Kreilkamp, mother of Mary (the late Florian) Oberhauser, the late Robert (Judy) Kreilkamp, Kathy (the late William Hermann) Shaw, William Kreilkamp (Edward Beckard), the late Jean Kreilkamp, and Ronald Kreilkamp (Jacques Lou). Dear grandmother of Jane (Frank) Steck, Katie (Rob) Klingberg, James Oberhauser, Stephen (Caley Clark) Oberhauser, Mary Kreilkamp, Robert Kreilkamp, Brian Kreilkamp, Ann (Mark) Rose, Mary (John) Chastain, Howard (Marla) Shaw. Dear great-grandmother of Laura, Elizabeth and Christopher Rose; Riley and Meagan Steck; Lindsey, Mollie, and Peter Klingberg; Jonathan, William, Owen, and Audrey Shaw. Dear great-great-grandmother of Caitlin Beckham. Further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends in Racine and Hubertus, Wisconsin.

Eldora was a devoted Catholic who taught elementary school at St. Hubertus. Eldora was an accomplished organist and pianist and played for the Church throughout her life. She was a talented and avid knitter. Family always looked forward to the mittens that arrived each winter. Her love was the binding that held her family together and carried them through life.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Richard Catholic Church, 1503 Grand Ave., Saturday August 23, 2008, at 11 a.m., with Rev. Ronald J. Gramza officiating. Interment will be held at St. Hubert’s Cemetery, Hubertus, WI. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of Mass. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to St. Richard Catholic Church, Racine.

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