Friday, February 27, 2009

Anna M. (Costanzo) Porcaro

Anna M. Porcaro, age 87, passed away Friday, February 27, 2009, at Woodstock Health and Rehabilitation Center, Kenosha, WI. Anna was born in Kenosha, August 5, 1921, daughter of the late Louis and Roselena (Nee: Mancusso) Costanzo.

On May 31, 1947, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Kenosha, she was united in marriage to Joseph A. Porcaro who preceded her in death, April 13, 2006. Prior to her marriage she was employed by Simmonds Corporation, Great Lakes Naval Training and later by Porters Furniture of Racine. Anna was a member of St. Lucy Catholic Church and the Ladies Altar Society and the Italian American Club of Kenosha. She was a loving and devoted wife and mother who will be deeply missed.

Survivors include her son, Charles Porcaro; brothers, Louis (Barbara) Costanzo, Michael Costanzo; sisters, Rita Costanzo, Catherine (William) Pollock; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Anthony Porcaro, Earl (Josie) Porcaro, Oscar Brusha, Betty Valente; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Joseph.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Lucy Catholic Church, 3101 Drexel Ave., on Wednesday, March 4, 2009, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Mark Jones officiating. Entombment will follow at Holy Cross Garden Mausoleum, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until time of Mass. Memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association or to the American Cancer Society have been suggested.

The family would like to extend special thanks to Meagan and staff on 2C at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints, Drs. Of Wheaton Franciscan Cancer Center, staff of Woodstock, especially Stephanie and the staff of Seasons Hospice especially her nurse Mary.

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

Ronald Joseph Welch

Ronald J. Welch, 54, passed away at his home on Friday, February 27, 2009.

Ronald was born in Racine to the late Kenneth and Marcella (nee: Dashner) Welch on September 16, 1954. He lived in Racine his whole life.

Mr. Welch was employed by Chrysler for 30 years and retired in February of 2004. He was a member of the UAW Local 75. He lived a simple life and enjoyed the local fairs and festivals.

Ronald is survived by four children, Tammy (Patrick) Hart, Christopher (Christine Kane) Welch, Jacob Welch, and Joseph Welch; three grandchildren, Tony, Amber and Jada; one brother, DuWayne Welch; one sister, Patricia Valadez; his loving fiancée, Sandy Kiekhefer; and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at the Wilson Funeral Home on Wednesday, March 4, 2009, at noon. Relatives and friends may meet with the family from 11 a.m. until time of service.

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

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Elizabeth E. 'Betty' 'Tooty' Bernhardt

Elizabeth Bernhardt, 83, passed away at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare on Thursday, February 26, 2009.

Betty was born in Waukegan, IL, on September 7, 1925, to Michael and Matilda (nee: Lohfink) Opitz. She attended school in Waukegan and graduated from Waukegan Township High School in 1943. Prior to marriage Betty was employed at American Can Company in Illinois. Betty was united in marriage to Jacob W. Bernhardt at St. Joseph Church in Waukegan on May 21, 1955. She was a devoted Cubs fan for over 70 years attending her last game at Wrigley Field on September 21, 2008, still hoping for a World Series Championship. Betty enjoyed dancing, playing cards with friends, taking pictures and playing the piano. She also enjoyed trips to Tomahawk and her favorite hobbies: shopping and researching her family history.

She is survived by her husband, Jacob Bernhardt; children, Joyce Mattner and Lloyd Bernhardt; beloved granddaughter, Melody Rose Mattner; brother, Joseph (Joyce) Opitz of Waukegan, IL; sisters-in-law, Lorraine Opitz of Gurnee, IL, Elsie (Clifford) Brander and Dorothy Kupper; brother-in-law, Harvey (Joan) Bernhardt all of Racine. Betty is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, godchildren, other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Michael (Virginia) Opitz, John (Helen) Opitz, Albert Opitz, and George Opitz; sister, Katherine (Otto) Marcussen; and brothers-in-law, Edward Bernhardt and Peter Kupper.

Mass of Christian Burial for Betty will be held at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1100 Erie St., on Monday, March 2, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Ricardo Martin officiating. Interment will follow in Ascension Cemetery in Libertyville, IL. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Sunday evening from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and on Monday morning at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass. Memorials to the family have been suggested.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to all of the relatives and friends who visited, called, sent cards or flowers and kept us in their thoughts and prayers during Betty’s illness.

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

Pauline M. (Learned) Resch

Pauline M. Resch, age 71, passed away Thursday, February 26, 2009, at Ridgewood Care Center. Pauline was born in Pearson, WI, on September 24, 1937, daughter of the late Earl and Cora (Nee: Macintosh) Learned. On August 27, 1955, she was united in marriage to Robert P. Resch. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who will be sadly missed.

Survivors include her husband, Robert; her three children, Lonnie (Sandy) Resch, Doreen (Dave) Lee, all of Racine, Corene (Steve) Trowbridge of Mt. Morris, WI; her six grandchildren, Robert and Tyler, Brian, Michelle, Jennifer and Aaron; her five great-grandchildren, Jade, Jordan, Lexus, Lanie and Lathan; sister, Ivy (Sy) Kirchenwitz of Tucson, AZ; sisters-in-law, Vi Resch, Jean Now, Rosie Zemke; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her two sisters, Joy Pupak, Carol Resch; and two brothers, Paul and Arland Learned.

Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, March 3, 2009, at 11:30 a.m. with Rev. Daniel Hinrichs officiating. Entombment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until time of service.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the entire staff at Ridgewood Care Center for their loving and compassionate care given to Pauline.

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

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

James Allan Schrank

James A. Schrank, 67, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, February 25, 2009, at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare.

Jim was born in Fond Du Lac, the son of the late Clarence and Viola (nee: Loehr) Schrank. He was a devoted, loving husband and best friend to Carol for 43 years.

Jim graduated from the University of Oshkosh in 1963. His career focused in retail enterprises, commercial real estate management, and administration representing J.I. Case Company, the State of Wisconsin and Cousin's Corporation.

He had a love for aviation and was an accomplished private pilot. Another of his hobbies was photography.

Jim was a caring, thoughtful person to all his relatives, friends, and neighbors.

In addition to his wife, Carol, he is survived by one sister, Grace (Neil) Richter; five brothers-in-law and two sisters-in-law, Mary Ann (Bob) Grant, Douglas Renaud, Paul (Marlene) Renaud, James Renaud and Peter Renaud; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one brother.

Jim was cremated according to his wishes. Memorials may be made to one's favorite charity in his name.

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

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Neils K. Madsen

Kenosha- Mr. Neils K. Madsen, 95, passed away at Golden Living Care Center of Kenosha on Tuesday, February 24, 2009.

Mr. Madsen was born to the late John and Rose (nee: Miller) Madsen on March 18, 1912, in Racine. He was united in marriage to Frances Adelman on December 31, 1938. Mr. Madsen was employed at Styberg Engineering for over 36 years until his retirement in 1973.

Neils is survived by one son, John Madsen of Racine; and one sister, Linda Schilke. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Madsen; and daughter-in-law, Gail Jean Madsen.

Private services for the family were held on Saturday, February 28, 2009. Internment will be at West Lawn Memorial Park.

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

Rachel C. Tenuta

Rachel C. Tenuta, age 82, passed away Tuesday, February 24, 2009, at Ridgewood Care Center. She was born in Racine, November 30, 1926, daughter of the late Saverio and Mary (Nee: Serpe) Tenuta.

Rachel graduated from Washington Park High School. She was employed by Western Printing for over twenty years and had bowled on their bowling league. She last was employed with Badger Shirt Co. until her retirement. Rachel was a member of St. Lucy’s Catholic Church and enjoyed knitting, cooking and bingo. She will be dearly missed.

Surviving are her brother, Anthony (Dorothea) Tenuta; sister-in-law, Patricia Tenuta; nieces and nephews, David Tenuta, James Tenuta, Susan (Allen) Johnson, Jeffrey Tenuta, Diane Tenuta, Marie (Robert) Piek; grand-nieces, grand-nephews, other relatives and dear friends. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by three brothers, AnnunziatoNunzie,” Saverio “Sam,” and Robert.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 28, 2009, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Mark R. Jones officiating. Entombment will follow at Holy Cross Mausoleum, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Saturday from 9 a.m. until time of service. Memorials to St. Lucy Catholic Church have been suggested.

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

Joyce E. Rinta

Joyce E. Rinta, age 56, passed away unexpectedly, Tuesday, February 24, 2009, at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints Medical Center.

Joyce was born in Racine on February 17, 1953, and was a graduate of Washington Park High School “Class of 1971.” Furthering her education she received Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from Carthage College. On November 27, 1971, she was united in marriage to John L. Rinta, who preceded her in death on March 11, 2001. Joyce was employed as a Financial Analyst at Racine Recycling, Curative Workshop, U.S. Leather, Mercury Outboard, TMJ 4, Blythe Company, Midwest Management, and most recently at Case New Holland. She was a member of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church and the AAUW. Above all Joyce cherished time spent with and caring for her grandson, Reed Macabee Rinta, whom she loved dearly. She will be deeply missed.

Survivors include her son, Tyler John Rinta; her grandson, Reed Macabee Rinta; her mother, Lois J. Kilby (Nee: Kammerait); sister, Jean Marie Kilby of Racine; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jeffrey and Carol Rinta and nephews, Jeremy and Jason all of Las Vegas; aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her stepfather, L. Kenneth Nelson.

Funeral services will be held at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 4340 Six Mile Road, Monday, March 2, 2009, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Daniel L. Hinrichs officiating. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Sunday from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. and at the church on Monday from 10 a.m. until time of service. Memorials to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church have been suggested.

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

Monday, February 23, 2009

Joyce Marion King-Dawson

Largo, Florida – Mrs. Joyce M. King-Dawson (nee: Andersen), 77, passed away at Largo Memorial Hospital in Largo, Florida on February 23, 2009.

Joyce was born in Hayes, Kansas, to the late Nels and Esther (nee: Higgins) Andersen on September 16, 1931. She had lived in Racine for most of her life and had moved to Florida 15 years ago. In Largo, Florida, she was united in marriage to Charles Dawson on January 15, 1995.

Mrs. King-Dawson retired from Getty's Manufacturing in 1993. She was a member of the Harbor Lite Yacht Club and the Moose Club.

Joyce is survived by her husband, Charles; four children, Debra (Mark) Kunz, Sandra (Chuck) Schovain, Barbara (John) Brahm, and Michael (Terri) King; two step-daughters; three step-sons; ten grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two brothers; three sisters; and nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. She was preceded in death by three grandchildren, two brothers and one brother-in-law.

Funeral services will be held at the Wilson Funeral Home on Monday, March 2, 2009, at 10 a.m. with Rev. Mary L. Janz officiating. Interment will follow at West Lawn memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Sunday afternoon, March 1, 2009, from 3 until 6 p.m. and on Monday morning from 9 a.m. until time of service.

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

Julia J. Anderson

Julia J. Anderson, 94, passed away in the Ridgewood Health Care Center on Monday, February 23, 2009. She was born in Racine on June 11, 1914, the daughter of the late Alexander and Frances (nee: Krzywdinski) Stankiewicz. After Alexander’s death, Frances married John Rudin who adopted all the children. Together, Frances and John had a son Frank.

Julie had been employed by the Hamilton Beach Co. and J.C. Penny. On August 21, 1937, in St. Mary Catholic Church, she was united in marriage to Harry C. Anderson who preceded her in death on Nov. 16, 1978.

She was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, the Washington Park Golferettes and the Johnson Park Ladies. Julie was also a volunteer with the American Red Cross Gray-Ladies and in her earlier years with the Girl Scouts as a Brownie leader.

Surviving are her daughters, Frances (Don Brouwers) Bohmann of Sturtevant, and Barbara Anderson of Fayetteville, AR; six grandchildren, Cari, Chris, Mike, Rob, Julie and Dan; 12 great-grandchildren, and 2 ½ great-great- grandchildren. Her nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends further survive Julie. In addition to her parents, and her beloved husband Harry, Julie was preceded in death by her son-in-law, Bob Bohmann; her brothers, Frank, John, Paul and Edward Rudin; sister, Mary Rost; and nephew Rodger Rost.

Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, February 27, at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 6400 Spring St., with Rev. William J. Dietzler officiating. Visitation will be at the church on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of the Mass. Burial will take place at 2 p.m. in West Lawn Memorial Park. The family has suggested memorials be made to St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church.

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

Emily T. Nasticky

Emily T. Nasticky, age 88, passed away unexpectedly Monday, February 23, 2009, at her residence. She was born in Racine August 15, 1920, daughter of the late John and Pauline (Nee: Pallak) Nasticky and was a lifelong resident.

Emily graduated from Washington Park High School “Class of 1938.” She worked at Peerless Machine and retired from J.I. Case Co where she was employed as a secretary. Emily was a member of St. Lucy Catholic Church, the Catholic Slovak Sokol, the Daughters of Isabella and the J.I. Case Twenty Year Club.. She enjoyed playing the piano and organ and the time she spent with family and friends playing cards. She will be dearly missed.

Surviving are her niece, Susan (John) Swendrowski of Wisconsin Rapids; nephews, Anthony (Judy) Kuchera of Racine, Rick (Olga) Jackson of Racine; great nieces and great nephews, Drew, Andrea, Tracy, Rebecca and Anthony; other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her sister, Irene Kuchera, and brothers, Otto and Rudolph Nasticky.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, February 26, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Lucy’s Catholic Church, 3101 Drexel Ave., with Rev. Mark R. Jones officiating. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet Thursday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass.

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

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Clarence C. Decker Jr.

Clarence C. Decker Jr., 67, passed away at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – All Saints on Sunday, February 22, 2009.

Clarence was born in Belgium to the late Clarence and Adela (nee: Arndt) Decker on April 1, 1941. He lived in Racine for most of his life. In Milwaukee, he was united in marriage to Nadine I. Pabelick on March 7, 1970.

Mr. Decker was a member of the Epiphany Lutheran Church since 1984. He worked in farming with Wallace Piper and Son for 20 years. He retired in 1989.

Clarence is survived by his wife, Nadine; two sons, Christopher (Keri) and Darrell; two daughters, Darlene (Michael) Langdon and Brenda (John) Wozniak; six grandchildren; family of nine brothers and sisters; and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at the Wilson Funeral Home on Friday, February 27, 2009, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Michael D. Zarling officiating. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Thursday evening, February 26, 2009, from 6 until 9 p.m. and on Friday morning from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

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

Flora Elizabeth Osgood

ELROY - Flora Elizabeth (nee: Burdick) Osgood, 91, formerly of Racine, late of Elroy, was promoted to Glory on Sunday, February 22, 2009. She was born in Ontario, Wisconsin, on October 10, 1917, the daughter of George and Gladys (nee: Griffin) Burdick.

Flora was a longtime resident of Racine and was united in marriage to Ross Leonard Osgood in Lindsey, Wisconsin, on December 23, 1934. She retired from Motor Specialty as a drill press operator after many years of service. Flora was a former member of Christ Church United Methodist of Racine, and the Rebecca Lodge. Most recently she had attended United Methodist Church of Wonawoc, WI.

Flora is survived by her two sons, LeRoy (Carol) Osgood of Oconto, and Ross Robert “Bob” Osgood of Elroy; and one daughter, Lynn (Richard) Ting of Sturtevant. She is further survived by several grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Donald (Mary) Burdick; and one sister, Marie Booth. Flora is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends in Racine and Elroy.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Ross on March 28, 1988; three sons, George, Donald and Elwyn “Buddy”; two grandsons, Danny Lee and George W. Osgood; one sister; and five brothers.

Funeral services will be held at the Sturino Funeral Home on Monday, March 2, 2009, at 11 a.m., with Rev. Rosalind Dryver-Scott officiating. Burial will be held at West Lawn Memorial Park. There will be a visitation at the Sturino Funeral Home on Sunday from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. and on Monday from 10:30 a.m. until service time.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Flora’s name to Christ Church United Methodist or Wonawoc United Methodist Church have been suggested by the Osgood family.

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

Saturday, February 21, 2009

George A. Paul

George A. Paul, 65, passed away unexpectedly Saturday February 21, 2009. George was born in New York October 26, 1943, son of the late Andrew and Rose (nee: Williams) Paul.

George attended Wm. Horlick High School. He was employed with J.I. Case Co for over thirty years until his retirement in 1992. George was a member of the Stein Club and the Racine County Conversation League. He loved nature, animals and wildlife and loved anything to do with the great outdoors. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. Gardening was a passion of his and he always had a meticulous beautiful yard. Following his retirement he kept active with snow removal and lawn care. Through the years George had many pets and loved all animals especially his faithful companion, Hoochie Pooch, and his bird, Sweety Tweetie. He will be always remembered as a happy and generous man who was a loving brother, dear uncle and a great friend. He will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his sisters, Esther (Hank) Andersen of Racine, Linda Paul of Union Grove, Elaine (Norm) McInnis, of Racine; fiancée, Marilyn Wasik of Racine; sister-in-law, Marie Paul of Racine; nieces, nephews, Joyce Jelenik, Joanne (Lance) McGuire, Renee Teddy, Alicia (Kelly) Masters, Gail (Jim) Whittier, Laura (John) Knoch, Kathy (Steve) Kaplan, Darcy Matus, Donna (Jerry) Schaff, Dyan (Ron) Schaff; great nieces and great nephews, other relatives and dear friends. In addition to his parents, George was also preceded in death by his sisters, Anna Belle Paul, Rose (Al) Jelenik, Mary (Tony) Macko, his brother Andrew, and his niece, Dana Paul, and nephew, Gary Macko.

Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, February 26, 2009, at 6 p.m., with Rev. Warren Williams officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Thursday from 4 p.m. until time of services and Friday for the committal service to be held at Graceland Cemetery at 11 a.m.

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

Lunette M. (Mastain) Westerfield

Lunette M. Westerfield, age 91, passed away Saturday, February 21, 2009, at Ridgewood Care Center. Lunette was born in Racine, December 28, 1917, daughter of the late Samuel J. and Louise M. (Nee: Gill) Mastain.

On June 27, 1936, at the Second Presbyterian Church in Racine she was united in marriage to Harlan W. Westerfield who preceded her in death October 22, 2001. They were proud to have been happily married for sixty-five years. Throughout her career she was employed by J.I. Case Company, Hulbert Bros., last working at Earl Hammil and Company, retiring in 1976. Lunette was an active member of the Second Presbyterian Church serving as past Deacon, member of the Ladies Guild, and assisted her husband with treasury work. Above all she was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who will be deeply missed.

Survivors include her two sons and daughters-in-law, James (Linda) Westerfield, Dennis (Martha) Westerfield, all of Racine; her four grandchildren, Susan (Rick) DeKeuster, James (Suzanne) Westerfield Jr., all of Racine, Kimberly (Jeff) Hess of Orange County, CA, Daniel (Missy) Westerfield of Racine; four great-grandchildren, Katherine DeKeuster, Haley Westerfield, Ashlyn and Lily Westerfield; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, February 26, 2009, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Fiona A. Nicolaisen officiating. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until time of service. Memorials to the Second Presbyterian Church have been suggested.

The family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to Nurse Nancy Joy Goodman, Chaplin Gordon Boyce, the staffs at Odyssey Healthcare, Ridgewood Care Center 1 West, and St. Monica’s Senior Citizen Home for their loving and compassionate care.

Maresh-Meredith & Acklam Funeral Home
803 Main Street, Racine 262-634-7888

Friday, February 20, 2009

Eleanore M. Ratzburg

Eleanore M. Ratzburg, 87, passed away at Ridgewood Care Center on Friday, February 20, 2009.

Eleanore was born in Tigerton, WI, on November 4, 1921, to Edward and Anna (nee, Piehl) Knoke. She married William J. Ratzburg, Sr. in Milwaukee on September 29, 1945. Eleanore was employed with Mamco for over 15 years. She loved to play Shafskopf, cribbage and vacation in northern Wisconsin. Eleanore, together with William, enjoyed frequenting the various Senior Centers in Racine.

Eleanore is survived by her husband, William J. Ratzburg, Sr.; sons, William J. (Marilyn A.) Ratzburg, Jr. and Robert E. (Sharon) Ratzburg; grandchildren, Aaron (Kellie) Ratzburg, Nikolaus (Shanna) Ratzburg and Zachary Ratzburg; and great-granddaughter, Brooke Ratzburg. Eleanore is also survived by other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; granddaughter, Gretchen Ratzburg; and sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Walter Perkins.

Funeral services for Eleanore will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, February 25, 2009, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Stephen Jennings officiating. Interment will take place in Roseland Cemetery in Marion, WI. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Wednesday morning from 10 a.m. until the time of services. Memorials may be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church.

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

Thursday, February 19, 2009

William E. Cline

William E. Cline, 73, passed away at his home on Thursday, February 19, 2009.

Bill was born in West Allis on December 23, 1935, to John T. and Ida H. (nee, Vincent) Cline. He married the former Bonnie L. Mortenson on December 5, 1969. Bill was a Millwright by trade working for over twenty years with Local 2834 in Denver, CO, and the last 23 years with Local 161 in Kenosha. He worked throughout the west in Colorado, Wyoming, California, and in Illinois and Wisconsin and was highly regarded by his fellow workers, spending some of his time training apprentices. Bill was a member of the Masonic Lodge #17 in Pueblo, CO, was a 32nd Degree Mason and member of the Shriner's. He loved to participate in parades with the Shiner’s Motorcycles.

Bill is the beloved husband of Bonnie L. Cline; loving father of Dawn Marie Bollini of Minneapolis, MN, and Tammy Lee Gross of Albuquerque, NM; grandchildren, A.J. Colletti and Tara Colletti of Pueblo, CO, Amber Gross and Jake Hilderbrand of Albuquerque, NM, and Logan Smith of Minneapolis, MN; great-grandson, Parker Rider of Albuquerque, NM; best friends, of Michael Timler and Bill Baumann. Bill is also survived by other relatives and many friends and will be sadly missed by his dogs, Buffy and Brandy.

Private family services were held with Bill’s brother-in-law, Rev. P.J. Mortenson officiating.

Memorials to the family appreciated.

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

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Robert L. Rasmussen, Sr.

Robert Lee Rasmussen Sr., 79, passed away at Wheaton Franciscan Health Care- All Saints on Wednesday, February 18, 2009.

Bob was born on April 8, 1929, the son of William and Esther (nee: Andersen) Rasmussen. He was a William Horlick High School graduate, class of “1946” and on November 17, 1956, in Racine, Bob was united in marriage to Fay Hansen. He owned and operated R-A Construction Company for many years. Bob was a former member of Racine Moose Lodge #437. He found great enjoyment and always looked forward to hosting his annual 4th of July celebrations with family, friends and neighbors. Bob took great pleasure in vacationing at the cottage up north. He was an avid Packer fan and loved more than anything else being surrounded by his family and friends.

Bob is survived by his wife Fay; children, Susan (Brian) Wodicka, Bob (Leslie) Rasmussen Jr. both of Racine, Linda (James) Schemmel of Rochester, Cindy (Jeffery) Beegle, Amy (Paul) Thompson all of Racine; nine grandchildren, Joshua, Joseph, Adam, Alex, Eric, Kayla, Zachary, Olivia and Anna, two sisters-in-law, Sylvia (Rasmussen) Hirt of Racine and Rose Rasmussen of Rosholt. Bob is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Faye Johnson; brothers, Raymond “Buzz” (Vivian) Rasmussen, Norman, James, Keith and Donnie Rasmussen.

Funeral services celebrating Bob’s life will be held at Sturino Funeral Home on Friday, February 20, 2009, at noon with Rev. John Fleming officiating. Burial will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. There will be a visitation at the funeral from 10 a.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family would be appreciated.

A very heartfelt thank-you to the I.C.U. and medical staff at Wheaton Franciscan Health Care- All Saints for the fine care given to Bob.

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

Nettie Jane Kennow

Nettie Jane (nee: Allesandros) Kennow, 76, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, February 18, 2009, at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – All Saints. She was born in Illinois on September 18, 1932, the daughter of Joseph ‘Pa’ and Mabel (nee: Howell) Monroe.

On April 30, 1955 Nettie was united in marriage to Glen Kennow. She attended Trinity Lutheran Church. Nettie enjoyed shopping for family and friends, spending time outside caring for her yard and flowers, feeding the birds and bird-watching. She loved all animals and doing craft projects.

Surviving are her children, David Kennow and Dennis Kennow, both of Racine, Kathleen (Clifford) Sell of Roberts and Nanette (James) Samz of Sturtevant; grandchildren, Jamie Samz II, Sarah Jane (Danny) Mobley, Betsy Samz, Rachel Kennow, Zachary Kennow, Dan (Liz) Kennow, Pete (Angela) Kennow and Glen (Heather) Kennow, Melissa Kennow, Monica Kennow; numerous great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Nettie was preceded in death by her husband, Glen ‘Papa’ on October 23, 1990; son, Frederick ‘Freddie Brown’ on October 16, 1983; Ma ‘Granny’ on October 8, 1977; one brother and sisters. Also her beloved dog and companion Sadie Mae.

Services will be held at Sturino Funeral on Monday, February 23, 2009, at 1 p.m. Burial will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. There will be a visitation at the funeral home on Monday, before services from 11 a.m. until time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to American Heart Association, The Lung Association or to Countryside Humane Society have been suggested.

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

Monday, February 16, 2009

Robert A. Vilt

Robert A. Vilt, 73, passed away at Ridgewood Care Center on Monday, February 16, 2009.

Robert as born on January 27, 1936, in Joliet, IL, to Frank Joseph and Helen Baxter (nee: McGlucky) Vilt. In his younger years he moved around a lot and settled in Racine 40 years ago. Robert served his country in the United States Marine Corps. He also owned and operated his own insurance company.

Robert is survived by his son, Kurt Vilt; daughter, Lisa Vilt; stepson, David (Debbie) Nelsen; daughter-in-law, Debra Vanden Branden; grandchildren, Vanessa and Erica Nelsen, Leah Vanden Branden, Toni, Crystal and Booker Scott; and great-grandchildren, Ethan Nelsen, Jewel, Jason and Christian Scott. He is also survived by other relatives and friends. Robert was preceded in death by his parents and long-time companion, Derelys Nelsen.

A memorial gathering for Robert will be held at Danny Palms, 2322 Lathrop Ave., on Saturday, March 7, 2009, from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m.

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

James A. Kortendick

STURTEVANT, WI -- James A. Kortendick, age 80, passed away Monday, February 16, 2009. James was born in Racine, son of the late Aloys and Gertrude (Nee: Lartz) Kortendick.

James was a graduate of William Horlick High School “Class of 1947.” During the Korean War, James proudly served with the United States Army while stationed in Germany. On June 11, 1955, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, he was united in marriage to Barbara Williams. He was employed by the Wisconsin Telephone Company for thirty six years from 1947-1983 and also drove school bus for several years. James was a longtime member of St. Sebastian Catholic Church where he served as usher and Eucharistic Minister. He also belonged to Knights of Columbus #4831, American Legion Post 494, Sturtevant Lion’s Club where he was a transporter. James served on the board for the Catholic Cemetery Association, Sturtevant Village Board for six years, and was involved as a volunteer for Meals on Wheels. Above all he was a devoted and loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his loving wife of 53 years, Barbara; his children, Patrick (Patty) Kortendick, Mary Jane (Jerry) Andersen, Shelly (Jerry) Gavin, Nancy (Bob) Garbo, Carol (Les) Paur, Ann (Bill) Wehnert; 23 grandchildren, Joseph Kortendick, Michael (Mindy) Kortendick, Carrie (Corey) Thompson, Christina and Catherine Kortendick; Sarah, Emily, Peter, Molly Sue and Michael Andersen; Daniel, Mary Rose, Margaret, and Theresa Gavin; Judith, Angela, and Andrew Garbo; Elizabeth, Bridget, Genevieve, and Monica Paur; Matthew and John Paul Wehnert; three great-grandchildren, Ben and James Kortendick, Allison Thompson; brothers, Kenneth (Dorothy) Kortendick, Tom (Helene) Kortendick, David (Yvonne) Kortendick; sister, Barbara Piechocki; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Mary Kortendick, Bernard (Linda) Williams, Ron Hibbard; nieces, nephews, cousins, friends, and special friends, Ken and Viv Clark, Jim and Hilma Hayek (card club for 53 years). In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Judith Rose; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Bernard and Rose Williams; brother, Robert Kortendick; brother-in-law, Charles Piechocki; and sister-in-law, Jane Hibbard.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Sebastian Catholic Church, 3100 95th Street, Sturtevant, on Friday, February 20, 2009, at 10 a.m. with Rev. Edward Carrol officiating. Interment with Full Military Honors will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Thursday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. (Rosary recited at 6:45 p.m.) and at the church on Friday from 9 a.m. until time of Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Catholic Church Extension Society, 150 S. Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL 60606 have been suggested.

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

Patrick V. Parenteau

Union Grove – Mr. Patrick V. Parenteau, 78, passed away at the Wisconsin Veteran's Home, Boland Hall in Union Grove on Monday, February 16, 2009.

Patrick was born in Ontario, Canada, to the late Daniel and Blanche (nee: Bedard) Parenteau on July 15, 1930, and had lived in Racine for most of his life. He was united in marriage to Janet Homan in Colorado, in 1955.

Mr. Parenteau proudly served his country in the United States Air Force. He was employed by the University of Wisconsin – Parkside for 10 years retiring in 1986.

Patrick is survived by his daughter, Katherine Parenteau; two sons, David (Joyce) Parenteau and Andrew (Cynthia) Parenteau; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; his brother, Joseph (Diane) Parenteau; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his sister, Carmella Smith, and a son-in-law, Norman Hefner.

Funeral services will be held at the Wilson Funeral Home on Friday, February 20, 2009, at 9:30 a.m. Interment with Full Military Honors will follow at Southern Wisconsin Veteran's Memorial Cemetery in Dover. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home from 8:30 a.m. until service time.

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

Leona C. Spring

Leona C. Spring, 73, passed away at the Vitas Innovative Hospice IPU, Wauwatosa, on Monday, February 16, 2009, following a long and difficult illness. Leona struggled strong and hard until the very end. Her will was stronger than her body. Finally, she could no longer go on. Leona has fought the good fight and finished the race. She now is in the care of our Lord and Savior.

Mrs. Spring was born in Racine on December 12, 1935, the daughter of the late Anthony and Esther (nee: Luebke) Beres. She was a 1954 graduate of William H. Horlick High School. On September 26, 1959, Leona was united in marriage to Dennis C. Spring. She had been employed by the Park Inn Restaurant, in Kenosha, Wigs and Ellie’s Charcoal Lodge, DeMark’s Bar, and finally, retiring in 1997 from the Journal Times after 10 years of service. Leona was an avid Brewer fan. She also enjoyed bowling and traveling the scenic roadways to northern Wisconsin and South Dakota.

Surviving are her husband of nearly 50 years, Dennis C. Spring; their children, Nancy (Timothy) Gename, Lynda (Carl) Nejedly, all of Racine, Dennis A. (Kelly) Spring of East Troy; two precious grandchildren, Kate Elizabeth and Cory Joseph Nejedly. Leona is also survived by her sisters, Fran Gigl and Ruth Kern; and by her brother, Larry Beres. Her nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and dear friends further survive her. She will be deeply missed by all of them. In addition to her parents, her sister Marge Bidlo, and brother, James Beres, preceded her in death.

Her funeral service will be held on Thursday, February 19, at 11 a.m. in the funeral home with Senior Pastor Major Robert L. Edmonds officiating. Visitation will be in the funeral home on Wednesday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and in the funeral home on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Cremation will follow. A private inurnment will follow at a later date. The family has suggested memorials be made to the American Heart Association.

The family would like thank Vitas Hospice for helping Leona during this difficult time.

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

Charlotte Therese Bialecki

Charlotte T. (nee: Czuper) Bialecki, 95, passed away peacefully at Wisconsin Veterans Home – Boland Hall in Union Grove on Monday, February 16, 2009.

A lifetime resident, Charlotte was born in Racine on June 7, 1913, to the late Joseph and Josephine (nee: Nowikowska) Czuper. She attended St. Stanislaus Grade School “Class of 1928” and graduated from St. Catherine’s High School in 1932.

On October 18, 1947, in St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, she was united in marriage with Stanley F. Bialecki, who preceded her in death on November 23, 2007.

Years ago, Charlotte was employed by Webster Electric, S.S. Kresge Dime Store and Motor Specialty. However, her favorite job and first priority in life was being a full-time wife and mother, a vocation she completely excelled at.

With a profound Catholic faith, she had been a member of St. Stanislaus and Holy Trinity Parishes. In recent years, she was a member of St. Lucy Catholic Church. Charlotte enjoyed cooking, baking, canning, doing special things for her family, taking day trips to places around Wisconsin and Illinois, and taking an occasional trip to the casino. Along with her husband, she enjoyed planting and cultivating their garden when they lived on Blaine Avenue. Visits from Toby, the Welsh Terrier, were also always enjoyable. All in all, Charlotte enjoyed life. She will be greatly missed, especially by her daughter, Kathleen.

Surviving are her son, Paul (Sally) Bialecki of Madison; daughter, Kathleen Bialecki of Racine; sisters-in-law, Adella Czuper and Irene Rygasewicz, both of Racine; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents and husband, Charlotte was preceded in death by her brothers, Joseph, Stanley, John and Vincent Czuper; sister, Harriet Johnson; brothers-in-law, Donald Schreiber, Clayton Lee, Edward Johnson, Dominic Bialecki and Richard Rygasewicz; and sisters-in-law, Ann Czuper and Lorraine Bialecki.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, February 20, 2009, 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. Visitation will be in the funeral home on Thursday from 5-7 p.m. and in the church on Friday from 9-10 a.m.

The family would like to thank the staff on 2 West at the Wisconsin Veterans Home at Union Grove – Boland Hall, for their compassionate care of Charlotte, especially Deanna and Sue.

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

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Julius M. Silvasi

Julius M. Silvasi, age 82, passed away Sunday, February 15, 2009, at Ridgewood Care Center. He was born in Racine May 31, 1926, son of the late Julius and Mary (Nee: Kinik) Silvasi and had been a lifetime resident.

On July 26, 1947, he was united in marriage to the former Dorothy Yanzito to whom he had been married for 61 years. Julius proudly served his country from 1944-1946 with the U.S. Marine Corps stationed in the Pacific. He also served in the Korean War from 1950-1952. Julius retired from Western Publishing Co in 1988 after working there 33 years. He was a member of Teamsters Local #43, a lifetime member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, a member of V.F.W. Post 1391, a member of Disabled American Veterans and a member of Roma Lodge. Julius was an avid golfer but most of all he treasured the time spent with his family. He will be dearly missed.

Surviving are his wife, Dorothy; a daughter, Linda (Kevin) Kelly; a son, David (Annette) Silvasi; grandchildren, Maggie (Bennie) Volpendesta, Peter and Paul Silvasi; great-grandchildren, Isabella and Domanico Volpendesta; a sister, Margaret (Tom) Matter; sister-in-law, Loretta Papara; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara; his twin brother, Steve; his sister, Marion Meier; also his parents, grandparents, brothers-in-law, Ben Yanzito, Richard Yanzito, and Ernest Papara.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, February 20, 2009, at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2201 Northwestern Ave., with Reverend Ronald Crewe and Reverend Brian Holbus officiating. Entombment with full military honors will follow at Holy Cross Mausoleum, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Friday at church, from 9 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. Memorials to one’s favorite charity have been suggested.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Joy for her loving and compassionate care.

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

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Elizabeth (Chubak) Sorensen

Elizabeth Sorensen, age 97, passed away on February 14, 2009, “Valentines Day,” at Alexian Village in Milwaukee where she made her home for the last six years.

Elizabeth was born on April 13, 1911, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Chubak in Corliss (Sturtevant) WI. Prior to moving to Milwaukee she lived in Racine and on September 1, 1934, she married Stanley Nels Sorensen. They enjoyed the fullness of life; dancing, traveling, especially to Mexico and Florida and golfing together. Stanley preceded her in death on February 20, 1976.

Elizabeth was an endless source of inspiration and pleasure to her family as well as to all who knew her as a trusted and loving friend. Her 97 years were filled with generous, tireless enthusiasm for life that she imparted to her children, Jon (Janet) Sorensen and Karen (Bill) Meltzer; and to her grandchildren, Jessica (Brig) Sorensen-Konecke, Karen Sorensen (Conor McGrady), Jon Sorensen and Dori Sorensen; Elizabeth (Tim) Osius, and Gregory (Veronica) Meltzer. Her great grandchildren, Margaux, Will, Jack, Sam, Lily, Kai, Niels, and Nico loved her hugs, kisses and laughter. Elizabeth gave so much of herself with unquestioning support and love to all of us as well as fantastic apple pies and wonderful Hungarian and Danish dishes she prepared.

Elizabeth was preceded in her death by her loving husband of 42 years, Stanley; her parents; her siblings: Rose Zakhar, Joseph Chubak, Margaret Bruce, and Lyna DiSalvo; and her granddaughter, Jill.

A private family gathering will take place to celebrate Elizabeth’s life. Memorials to the Alexian Village Employee’s Appreciation Fund, 9301 N. 76th St., Milwaukee, WI 53223, or to one’s favorite charity have been suggested.

We wish to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. London and to the wonderful people at Alexian Village who so lovingly were there for our mother.

We love you Mom, Grandma, and Great-Grandma. “You are an endless source of inspiration and pleasure to us. We watched you living so beautifully full and you inspire us to do the same.” KPS

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

LaVerne Lema (DeBauche) Nowak

LaVerne Lema Nowak, age 89, passed away Saturday, February 14, 2009, at Golden Living Center in Kenosha following a long battle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was born in Kenosha on May 5, 1919, daughter of Edward and Evelyn (Nee: Osborne) DeBauche.

LaVerne was a very down to earth lady, simple and sweet, caring very much for her Savior and for her family. She loved and was loved. Her beautiful smile melted the hearts of her family and everyone she came in contact with. She will be deeply missed and forever loved by all those she is survived by.

Surviving are her children, Robert (Treasa) Lema, Judith (Richard) Pirk; daughter-in-law, Julie Lema; 12 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Phillip (Elaine) Erdman; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Madalin and James McCarthy, Jane Lema, Remi and Kay Lema, Darlene and Richard Larsen;many nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Evelyn (Jake) Erdman, Edward (Mable) DeBauche, her first husband and father of her children, Julius “Duke” Lema; her second husband, Steve Nowak; her son, Edward Lema; a grandson, Richard Pirk Jr.; 2 great-grandsons, David and William Pirk; 2 sisters, Dorothy DeBauche and Joyce Davidson; 2 brothers, Edward (Kay) Erdman and Robert (Elaine) Erdman; and two brothers-in-law, Leo Lema and Edward Lema.

A Memorial service will be held Saturday, February 28, 2009, at 11:30 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 9122 Durand Ave., Sturtevant, with Reverend Richard Rogers officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Saturday at the church from 10:30 a.m. until time of service. Private interment will be held at West Lawn Memorial Park.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to all the nurses, doctors, and caregivers at Golden Living Center, and to Asera Care Hospice for their wonderful care given to our mother and grandmother.

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

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Barbara Ann Strazzinski

Barbara Ann (nee: DeHahn) Strazzinski, 65, passed away on Thursday, February 12, 2009, with her family and her friends by her side. She was a lifelong resident of Racine, born on September 26, 1943, the daughter of Robert and Julia (nee: Czosnek) DeHahn.

She was a 1961 graduate of St. Catherine’s High School. On May 2, 1964, Barbara was united in marriage to Phillip Strazzinski. She attended St. Stanislaus Catholic Church and later St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Barbara was employed as a secretary for Young Radiator and later advanced to a Domestic Engineer. She loved gardening, cooking, needlework and helping family and friends. Most of all she treasured her grandchildren, Elizabeth and Nicholas.

Surviving is her husband, Phillip; son, David Strazzinski; daughter, Theresa (Michael) Kelly; grandchildren, Elizabeth and Nicholas; four brothers and three sisters. She is further survived by a multitude of nieces, nephews, other relatives and many special friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Memorial Mass will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, S89W22650 Milwaukee Ave., Big Bend, WI 53103 on Saturday, February 28, 2009 at 11 a.m. with Fr. Richard Robinson officiating. There will be a visitation at the church on Saturday before services from 9 a.m. until time of Mass. Donations in Barbara’s memory can be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church of Big Bend or Big Bend Elementary School, W230S8695 Big Bend Drive, Big Bend, Wisconsin 53103

Barbara and her family would like to thank Dr. Osborne, Dr. Ruggeri and the wonderful staff at Waukesha Memorial Hospital and Hospice Alliance. A special thank you to the staff of Big Bend School for their generosity and support for Barbara’s family.

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

Gail Madsen

Gail Madsen, age 66, passed away Thursday, February 12, 2009, at Ridgewood Health Care Center. She was born in Racine on April 5. 1942, daughter of the late Joseph and LaVerne (Nee: Mueller) Hurbis.

On September 26, 1970, Gail was united in marriage to John Madsen at St. Edwards Catholic Church. Gail was a member and past president of Racine and Kenosha Inner Wheel clubs and a past zone representative of Inner Wheel USA. She also was a member of the Racine Junior Womens Club.

Surviving are her husband, John; her brother and sister-in-law, Dennis (Valerie) Hurbis; father-in-law, Neils K. Madsen; special cousin, Karen (Frank) Osmitz; god-daughter, Kim (Eric) Christensen and their children, Henry, Frank and Grace; special friends, Howard and Betty Jeske, Don and Joan Cotton, other relatives and dear friends.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, February 18, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Howard Haase officiating. Private entombment will be held at Holy Cross garden Mausoleum. Visitation will be on Tuesday, February 17 from 5 until 7 p.m. and on Wednesday at 10 until time of service at the funeral home. Memorials to the Inner Wheel USA Foundation have been suggested by the family.

A special thank you to Dr. John Brennan, Dr. Thomas Connor, Dr. Paul Knudsen, Dr. Jaishree Hariharan, Kristy Hentz RN, all of the care givers at Ridgewood especially Annabelle, Toni, Charlotte and Jewel and the therapy department for their loving and compassionate care given to Gail.

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

Lawrence J. Thoune

Lawrence J. Thoune, 87, passed away at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare on Thursday, February 12, 2009.

Larry was born in Menominee, MI, on January 26, 1922, to Goldie Joseph and Sarah (nee: Barette) Thoune. He moved to Racine in 1943, shortly after their marriage was blessed at Holy Name Catholic Church. Larry served in the United States Army in the European Theater 28th Division and 110th Infantry Regiment during WWII. He married Betty R. Christensen at Holy Communion Lutheran Church on August 11, 1945. She preceded him in death on November 4, 2007. Larry was employed at J.I Case Company until his retirement in 1987. He was a member of St. Edward Catholic Church, where he served as a Eucharistic Minister, an Usher, and Assistant Scout Master. Larry was also a member of Ives Grove Senior Men’s Golf League and a member of Local #180 Case 20-year club.

He is survived by his sons, Lawrence “Bud” (fiancée Nancy Summer) Thoune and daughter-in-law, Becky Grimsrurd of Vancouver, WA, and Richard “Dick” (Terry) Thoune of Racine; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; twin sister, Florence Daley of Livonia, MI; sisters, Marion Carvenough and Sharon Ruleau; and brother, Melvin Kiefer (Joanne) Thoune. Larry is also survived by his special friends, Shirley and Evert Carlson. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Carol Larsen; brothers-in-law, Corky Larsen, Jack Daley, Augie Christensen, Willis Carvenough, Robert Ruleau and Robert Dean; sister-in-law, Dotie Dean; and grandson, Dustin Thoune.

The Mass of Christian Burial for Larry will be held at St. Edward Catholic Church, 1425 Grove Ave., on Thursday, February 19, 2009, at 1:30 p.m., celebrated by Rev. Allen Bratkowski. Entombment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy. 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church on Thursday from noon until the time of Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Edward Catholic Church or St. Sebastian School have been suggested.

The family would like to thank the Wheaton Franciscan ICU and Pastoral Care staff for your compassion and support extended to Larry in his time of need. You are all special people. God Bless.

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

Mary L. Mann

Mary L. (nee: Sullivan) Mann died of natural causes on Thursday, February 12, 2009, in Lakeshore Manor, at the age of 94.

She was born in Winona, MN, on April 9, 1914, and grew up in Kenosha. She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Agnes Sullivan of Kenosha; her late husband, Dick Mann; her brother, Frank (Pearl) Sullivan; and her sister, Kathryn (Robert) Janisky; her granddaughter, Sandra Hutchinson; and her great-granddaughter, Megan Hutchinson.

She is survived by her daughters, Kathleen (Neil) Hutchinson of Racine and Mary Ellen (Paul) Kaster of Wayzata, MN. She is also survived by seven grandchildren: Mary Day, John (Laura), Casey (Judy) and Michael (Julie) Hutchinson and Carolyn, John, and Laura Kaster, plus six great- and two great- great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, John E. (Dorothy) Sullivan of Kenosha; nieces, nephews and many friends.

Mary worked her whole life, most memorably at Oster’s, Meadowbrook Country Club and the Bartley House. She was a faithful member of St. Richard’s Catholic Church, where she was involved with the Legion of Mary, Christian Mothers, and various other church service groups. Whether she was at work, volunteering, or at play, she was everyone’s Mom, Grandma and friend.

Our Mother was blessed with a generous spirit, selfless soul, and a passion for all things IRISH! She loved people and people loved her. She loved to talk and tell her stories, adding a bit of Blarney here and there, as only she could do! She found joy in reaching out to everyone. She was admired and loved by all whose lives she touched. Her contagious optimism, and her sense of humor truly inspired (and entertained) others. Our Mother worked hard her whole life and had many sorrows. In spite of and because of them, she set an example for us of a life profoundly and beautifully lived. She gave every day she had and everything she had, to us. She knew, and she tried to teach us, that contentment was achieved by rejoicing in what you had, not despairing over what you did not have. We watched her never waiver in her faith in God and her love of her Church and the Blessed Mother.

We want to especially thank the staff from Lakeshore Manor for the care they gave our mother during the last 2 years of her life. There is no better place she could have been. They loved her and treated her as their own. We should all be fortunate enough to be cared for by nurses like Bernie Flores, Cheryl Glaser, and the entire fifth floor staff. They gave our mother the quality of life she deserved. Brenda King, you were her special angel. Also, our endless gratitude to her dear and faithful friend, Annette Basaldua. You never missed a week visiting her and taking Mom her favorite things to eat. You made sure she knew the outside world had not forgotten her. She is smiling with love on you all and she will see to it that all the kindness you showed her is returned to you.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, February 17, 2009, at 11 a.m. in St. Richard Catholic Church, 1503 Grand Ave., with Rev. Ronald J. Gramza officiating. A reception will immediately follow at church. Private interment will take place at St. James Cemetery in Kenosha. Visitation will be in the funeral home on Monday from 4-7 p.m. and in the church on Tuesday from 10-11 a.m. In memory of Mary, memorials to “Mothers Against Drunk Drivers” have been suggested.

Thank you Mother, for making the world a better place to live for 94 years.
“Erin Go Bragh”

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

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Rudy S. Oremovich

Surrounded by the love of his family, Rudy S. Oremovich, age 86, passed away at home Wednesday, February 11, 2009. He was born in Racine May 24, 1922, son of the late John and Kathrin Oremovich.

On November 4, 1944, at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church he was united in marriage to Elaine M. Wifkofski. Rudy was employed by Nielsen Iron Works for over 20 years and was a well known handyman who was always there willing to lend a helping hand. He was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Rudy was an avid fisherman and enjoyed bowling and golfing. Above all he was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who will be dearly missed.

Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Elaine; his daughter, Judy Mertins; grandchildren, Kris Cashmore of Racine, Steven (Phyllis) Mertins of Fond du Lac, Eric (Melissa) Mertins of Racine, James Mertins (Stephanie) of Racine; great-grandchildren, Matthew, Jeremy, Andrew, Caitlin, Arthur and Tommy; two sisters, Marge Haluska and Jeanette Domanico; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Marilyn (Don) Stephens, Carol (Gene) Heck, Mert Witkofski, Elmer Witkofski; other relatives and dear friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, John.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, February 14, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 1533 Erie St., with Reverend John D. Aiello officiating. Entombment will follow at Holy Cross Mausoleum, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet Saturday at the church 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass. In lieu of flower memorials to the family or St. Joseph’s Catholic Church have been suggested.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Michael Mullane and staff and the staff at Hospice Alliance for their loving and compassionate care.

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