Rose Mary (nee: Petkus) Puluikis, 88, passed away on Thursday, July 9, 2009, at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-All Saints. She was a lifelong resident of Racine, born on October 21, 1920, the daughter of Peter and Tekla (nee: Mataitis) Petkus.
Rose was united in marriage to Paul Puluikis in Racine on October 2, 1948. She was employed at the Racine Public Library, working at the uptown branch and the bookmobile for 42 years, retiring in 1999. She also enjoyed knitting and sewing and especially being a homemaker. Rose’s flower garden and bird watching gave her much joy and peace throughout her life. During her working career as a librarian she loved working with the children. “Some more than others.” Rose loved her family, especially her grandchildren who were most important in her life.
Rose is survived by her daughters; Linda Brower of Columbus and Sally (Tim) Falaschi of Racine; grandchildren, Autumn Brower of South Milwaukee, Nathan Brower of Milwaukee, Jim (Denise) Falaschi of Racine, JadilLyn (Joe) Bachman of Shorewood; and great-grandson, Evan Falaschi of Racine. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul on March 6, 2007; sisters, Carrie Tilton and Michaeleen Samon; brothers, Ned and Ben Petkus.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 6400 Spring St., on Tuesday, July 14, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. William Dietzler officiating. Entombment will follow at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Hwy 32. There will be a visitation at the church from 9 a.m. until mass time at 10:30 a.m.
A very heartfelt thank you to Rose’s neighbors for their care and devotion to her over the years. Also a special thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff at Wheaton Franciscan Health Care for their professionalism and care during Rose’s illness.
Sturino Funeral Home
3014 Northwestern Ave., Racine 262 632-4479