Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Dianne L. Sheeder

Dianne L. (nee, Dow) Sheeder, 60, passed away at Harmony Commons on Tuesday, March 31, 2009.

Dianne was born in Oconomowoc, WI, on April 16, 1948, to Harold and Juanita (nee, Adams) Dow. She has lived in the Phoenix area for the past 17 years where she worked for the U.S. Postal Service. Dianne loved to work with ceramics and crafting. She was a strong person who fought very hard with her illnesses.

Survivors include her sons, Eric (Rosemary) Sheeder and Jason (Fiancé, Jenny Dyess) Sheeder; grandchildren, Matt Sheeder and Dalilla Weidman; brothers, Terry (Betty) Dow, David (Diana) Dow and Brian Dow; and her sister, Sharon (Robert) Peterson. Dianne is also survived by other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services for Dianne will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at 4 p.m. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Wednesday afternoon from 2 p.m. until the time of services.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Jenny Dyess and the staffs at Hospice Alliance and Harmony Commons for all of the kind care they provided to Dianne. A very special thanks to Dr. Thomas Goodrich for his kindness and compassionate care.

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

Domingo Bernal Sr.

Domingo Bernal Sr., 75, passed away at St. Luke’s Hospital Milwaukee on Tuesday March 31, 2009. He was born the son of Juan and Ricarda (nee: Perez) Bernal on May 14, 1933, in Pearsall, Texas.

Domingo was united in marriage to Juanita DeLaRosa in Racine on September 15, 1956. He was employed at Chrysler Motors, retiring in 1984 after 35 years of service. Domingo was a proud member of St. Edward’s Catholic Church and Local #72.

He was an avid Packers Fan, and found great enjoyment in tending to his yard along with watching his grandson, Domingo III, participate in football and tae-kwon-do. His greatest enjoyment was spending time with his extended family, including his great-granddaughter, Savannah Rose Bernal.

Domingo is survived by his wife of 52 years, Juanita; children, Domingo (Gloria) Bernal Jr., Chris Bernal, Guadalupe Bernal; grandson, Domingo (fiancée, Devon) Bernal III; and great-granddaughter, Savannah Rose Bernal. Domingo is further survived by one brother, Candelario (Beatrice) Bernal, and brother-in-law, Sylvester (Mary) DeLaRosa, all of Racine. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

Domingo was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Juan; one daughter, Guadalupe; four brothers, Ramon, Robert, Jose and Santiago Bernal; six sisters, Aurora Bueno, Minga Molina, Elvina Garcia, Elvira Ortiz, Ramona Martinez and Juanita Pavia.

A Mass of Christian Burial celebrating Domingo’s life will be held at St. Edward’s Catholic Church, 1425 Grove Ave., Saturday, April 4, 2009, at 10 a.m. with Rev. Allen Bratkowski officiating, assisted by Deacon Russ Missureli. Interment will be held at Calvary Cemetery. There will be a visitation at the Sturino Funeral Home on Friday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and at church on Saturday from 9 a.m. until mass at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family or Racine Fire Bells Inc., P.O. Box 081042 Racine, WI., have been suggested by the family.

The Bernal family would like to extend a very special thank you to all the Doctors and Nurses at St. Luke’s Hospital who cared for Domingo during his illness.

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

Stanley J. Carriveau

Phoenix, AZ – Stanley J. Carriveau, 64, passed away in Phoenix, AZ on March 31, 2009, following a short, courageous battle with cancer.

Stanley was born in Red Lake, MN, on March 19, 1945. He served in the U.S. Army and was a member of AMVETS and American Legion Post #27. Stanley was also very active with Salmon-a-rama and was a member of the South Milwaukee Tavern League during the '80s.

Stanley is survived by his sons, Troy (Julie) Carriveau and John (Debbie) Carriveau; stepsons, Bill (Patti) Anderson and Todd (Jean) Anderson; nine grandchildren; brother, Gary (Ellen) Carriveau; sisters, Shirley (Bud) Mikolajczak, Janice Sanders and Sharon (Don Eaton) English; sister-in-law, Patricia Carriveau; and brother-in-law, Dean Hince. Stanley is also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Duane Carriveau and Steve Carriveau; sister, Marion Hince; and her significant other, Daisy Rivest.

A Memorial service for Stanley will be held at St. Mary’s by the Lake Catholic Church, 7605 Lakeshore Drive, on Thursday, April 16, 2009, at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church on Thursday morning from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

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

Matthias Karl Georg Meise

Matthias Karl Georg Meise, 37, passed away on Tuesday, March 31, 2009. Matthias was born in Bonn, Germany, on June 2, 1971, to Gerhard and Margaret (nee: Gerlach) Meise. He was united in marriage to Robin Raether, on December 27, 2000, in Bonn, Germany. Robin and Matthias returned to Wisconsin in the summer of 2001.

Matthias attended Beethoven Gymnasium High School in Bonn, Germany, graduating in 1990. His post-graduate studies were Uni Bonn, class of 1995, and Uni Koeln, class of 1999, attaining a Master’s Degree in Arts and Classics. Matthias received his teaching certification at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He served in the German Army for one year, specializing in driving tanks.

Matthias was employed with the Racine Unified Schools since 2001 at Park High School and McKinley Middle School where he taught German and history. Matthias loved classical music, world history, movies, traveling, operas, theatre, telling jokes, teaching German and visiting the Racine beach. He was a loving husband, father, son, son-in-law and friend.

Matthias is survived by his wife, Robin Meise; two sons, Philip, age 3, and Theodor, age 1, all of Racine; parents, Gerhard and Margaret Meise, brother, Michael Meise, and sister, Maria Meise, all of Bonn, Germany. Matthias is further survived by his step-grandmother, Caesilia Hampe-Meise of Ochtrup, Germany; aunts, uncles, cousins, and many dear friends and colleagues throughout the United States and Germany. He was preceded in death by his paternal and maternal grandparents.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 8, 2009, at Sturino Funeral Home, with Rev. Henry Maibush officiating. Relatives and friends may visit with the family at the funeral home on Wednesday, from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., with service to follow. In keeping with the family's wishes, private burial will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations to the family can be sent to Educators Credit Union, 1400 N. Newman Rd. Racine, Wisconsin 53406.

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

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Irene Ruk

Irene (nee: Janiak) Ruk, 83, passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, March 29, 2009, at Becker-Shoop Center.

A lifetime resident, Irene was born on August 30, 1925, to the late Joseph and Constance Janiak. On August 3, 1945, she was united in marriage with the love of her life, Henry W. Ruk, who preceded her in death on November 29, 1997.

With profound faith in her God, she was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. Prior, she had been a member of St. Edward Church for 30 years.

Irene fulfilled her lifelong passion of being a tireless homemaker who cared for her husband, children and grandchildren. She was a fantastic cook and phenomenal baker. Above all, she loved and cherished being in the surroundings of her entire family.

Surviving are her children, Gerald Ruk of Racine, Joan (Lawrence) Brown of Yorkville, Adele (Barry) Brunow of Union Grove, and Diane (Michael) Hofmann of Oak Creek; grandchildren, Joshua and Sam Ruk, Steven and Kevin Brown, and Sara, Carolyn and Marie Hofmann; great-grandson, Aiden; sisters, Eva Garbarek, Emily Arndt and Adele Spieker; brothers, Leo and Lawrence Janiak; sister-in-law, Betty Janiak; former daughter-in-law, Evelyn Milich-Ruk; many dear nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents and husband, Irene was preceded in death by her brothers, Edward, Chester (Olga), Frank (Stephanie), and Matthew Janiak; sisters-in-law, Rosemary Janiak and Josephine (William) Kyser; brothers-in-law, Clarence Garbarek, Henry Arndt and Eugene Spieker.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, April 2, 2009, at 11 a.m. in St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 6400 Spring St., with Rev. William J. Dietzler officiating. Interment will follow in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be in the funeral home on Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. and in the church on Thursday from 10-11 a.m. In memory of Irene, memorials to the Make-A-Wish Foundation or to Hospice Alliance have been suggested.

A heartfelt note of thanks to the entire staff of Willowgreen for providing Mom with a beautiful place to live for the past five years; and to Becker-Shoop Center and Hospice Alliance for the compassionate end-of-life care and support that was so gently extended. May God bless all of you!

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

Robert Bergman

Robert Bergman, 84, passed away on Sunday morning, March 29, 2009, at Ridgewood Care Center.

A lifetime resident, Bob was born in Racine on March 22, 1925, to the late James and Gladys (nee: Benson) Bergman. A 1942 graduate of Washington Park High School, he was employed for over 40 years by Western Publishing, retiring in 1990.

On August 20, 1949, in St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church, Bob was united in marriage with the love of his life, Florence Gurski. He was a member of the Western 20-Year Club. Among his interests, Bob enjoyed bowling, especially with his league at Castle Lanes, and playing church league dart-ball.

Bob was a true gentleman who had a great appreciation for the simple things that life offered. Above all, he was happiest when in the surroundings of his entire family.

Surviving are his loving wife of nearly 60 years, Florence Bergman; their children, Mary (Clifton) Titcomb of Ft. Wayne, IN; Steven (Diane) Bergman, James (Evelyn) Bergman, both of Racine; and Peter Bergman of Fox Point, WI; grandchildren, Emily and Robert Titcomb; Michael and Sarah Bergman; Chris (Amy), Scott (Ariel) and Paul Bergman; Shayla Noltee; and Theresa Bergman; four great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Alice Bergman; and many other special relatives and family friends too numerous to mention by name.

In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by his brothers, Raymond and Howard Bergman.

Public visitation will be in the funeral home on Thursday, April 2, 2009, from 5-8 p.m. Private services will take place for family members at West Lawn Memorial Park on Friday with Rev. Allen Bratkowski officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Racine Zoological Society or St. Edward Catholic Church has been suggested.

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

Thomas G. Johnson

Naples Florida- Thomas G. Johnson 79, formerly of Racine, passed away at Barrington Terrace in Naples Florida, on Sunday March 29, 2009. He was born in Racine on September 21, 1929, the son of Albin and Amelia (nee: Voss) Johnson.

Tom was united in marriage to Janice M. Chvilicek in Holy Communion Lutheran Church on November 25, 1950. He served in the Wisconsin National Guard, Battery ‘B’ 132nd A.A.A. for six years. Tom was employed with Ameritech, retiring on February 28, 1991, after 43 years of service. He was member of the Telephone Pioneers, Y.M.C.A., Seniors Men’s Golf League at Johnson Park, and Library of the Blind “Talking Book Repair Racine.”

Tom is survived by two sons, Mark T. (Catherine) Johnson and Scott C. Johnson; two grandchildren, Kelli and David Johnson all of Racine; and nephews, Daniel and David Johnson of Austin, Texas. He is further survived by numerous cousins, other relatives and dear friends in Racine and Florida.

Tom was preceded in death by his wife, Janice on March 22, 1995; son, Gary M. Johnson; parents; brother, Robert Johnson; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Joseph and Vallberg Chvilicek; brother-in law, Paul Chvilicek; and special friends, Joanne Moran and Margaret Luke.

Remembrance Services will be held at West Lawn Memorial Chapel on Tuesday, April 14, 2009, at 2 p.m.. There will be a time to meet with family and friends at the chapel on Tuesday from 1 p.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials to American Lung Assoc., 13100 W. Lisbon Rd. Suite 700, Brookfield, WI 53005-9923 have been suggested by the family.

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

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Victoria R. Wellens

Victoria Wellens, of Franksville, WI, passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 28, 2009. She is survived by her devoted husband, Jim; stepchildren, Aaron and Elizabeth; and grandchildren, Morgan, Mia and Mya; and loving friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Harold Wellens and Emma Martin; and brother, Harold.

Victoria was the executive director of the Wisconsin Humane Society in Milwaukee. She came to the shelter in 1994 from the YWCA in Waukesha. In just five years, thanks to her brilliant efforts, Milwaukee boasted one of the best shelters in the country, a place where animals receive excellent care in a nurturing and loving environment.

She was an amazing human being and her commitment and dedication to the Wisconsin Humane Society was unparalleled. For 15 years, her outstanding leadership transformed the humane society into a beacon of hope for not only homeless animals, but for people who strive to make the world a kinder place for animals. She set the highest standards for animal care and was nationally recognized for her valiant efforts and remarkable leadership. Victoria also served on a myriad of national organizations to help shape the future for humane animal care throughout the country. Victoria’s leadership, vision and friendship will be missed by the staff, volunteers and many friends of the Wisconsin Humane Society.

In keeping with Victoria’s wishes private services will be held. In lieu of flowers please make contributions to the Wisconsin Humane Society, Victoria Wellens Memorial Fund, 4500 West Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53208

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

John N. Becker

John N. Becker, age 78, passed away Saturday, March 28, 2009, at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints Medical Center. John was born in Racine on January 19, 1931, son of the late Bernard T. and Margaret (Nee: Haas) Becker.

On June 18, 1966, at St. Patrick Catholic Church he was united in marriage to Mary Jo DeMatthew (Nee: Beetcher). A graduate of St. Catherine’s High School “Class of 1949,” John served in the United States Army in Panama. He was a member of Holy Name Catholic Church and St. Patrick Catholic Church. He was a longtime employee of Schultz Savo Food Stores. What John enjoyed most in life was watching and encouraging his daughter Patti as she trained and competed in equestrian events. John also enjoyed playing golf and cards with his friends.

John is survived by his loving wife, Mary Jo Becker; his children, Patricia Becker, Jeffery (Leneya) De Matthew, Carol (Steve) Rawlinko, Daniel (Amy) DeMatthew, Barbara DeMatthew (Tim Pawzun), James (Kathy) DeMatthew; seven grandchildren, Joseph, Kathryn, Jamie, Eleanor, Nicholas, Rebecca and Dana DeMatthew; sister and brothers, Helen (Richard) Malzahn, Robert (Patricia) Becker, Jerome (Gail) Becker; sisters-in-law, Nancy Becker and Carol Samsa; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his three brothers, Thomas, Bernard “Buddy” and Dennis; and his sister, Betty.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1100 Erie Street, Friday, April 3, 2009, at 10 a.m. with Rev. Ricardo Martin officiating. Private interment will be held. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Thursday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and at the church on Friday from 9 a.m. until time of Mass. Memorials to St. Catherine’s High School or to St. Patrick Catholic Church have been suggested.

The family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to Dr. Choi and staff at the Southeastern Regional Cancer Center and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Friday, March 27, 2009

Genevieve 'Gene' Mary Hansen

Genevieve “Gene” Hansen, 90, passed away in Wheaton Franciscan Hospital-All Saints on Friday, March 27, 2009.

She was born in Colfax, ND, on May 4, 1918, the daughter of the late Joseph and Delia (nee: Jackley) Dederich. She came to Racine as a young girl and was a lifetime resident. She graduated from Holy Name School and the Class of ’36 from Park High School. On May 16, 1953, in Holy Name Church, she was united in marriage to Gilbert W. Hansen, who preceded her in death on June 4, 1982. Genevieve was a member of St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church and the Daughters of Isabella.

Genevieve was a devout Catholic who did not merely practice her religion, she lived it. Her life was dedicated to helping others. With her parents both passing when she was just 18, she turned down a nursing scholarship to focus on supporting and raising her five younger siblings. Her kindness and loving care extended past her family to all those in need. Gene leaves with us many great memories and a vision of putting others before self. Mom, if there is an oven in heaven, we know you are baking chocolate chip cookies right now.

Surviving are her three sons and five grandsons, Steven (Caroline) Hansen of Wilmington, DE, their sons Erik and Matthew; Donald (Julie) Hansen of Racine, their son Jacob; and Larry (Mary) Hansen of San Diego, CA, and their sons Michael and Gregory; brother, Jim (Beverly) Dederich; sister, Mildred Brauderick; sisters-in-law, Mildred Nelson and Marie Dederich, and Toni Cantwell; brother-in-law Richard Luedtke. Her nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends further survive her. In addition to her parents and beloved husband, her brothers, Frank and Robert Dederich, and sister, Mary Luedtke, preceded her in death.

Her Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. in St. John Nepomuk Church, 1903 Green St., on Wednesday, April 1. Visitation will be in the church on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the Mass. Burial will follow in Graceland Cemetery. Memorials have been suggested to St. John Nepomuk Church or St. Catherine’s High School.
Gene’s family would like to thank the entire staff at WFH 2B for the care and compassion shown to Gene and her family. A special thanks to Dr. Takata, for being more than just her doctor.

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

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Eugene William Hommerding

Eugene William Hommerding, 89, passed away on Thursday, March 26, 2009.

Surviving are his children, Leon R. Hommerding, Rita Simmons and Ruth Ann Gorham; nine grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Carol J. Conte.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Tuesday, March 31, 2009, at 11 a.m. There will be a visitation at the church on Tuesday, before services from 10 a.m. until 10:45 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the American Lung Assoc. or to one’s favorite charity have been suggested.

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

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Ivora 'Skin Goody' Turner

Ivora “Skin Goody” Turner, 77, passed away unexpectedly in his home on Tuesday, March 24, 2009. He was born in Myrtle, Mississippi, on September 19, 1931, son of the late Leroy and Hattie (nee: Harris) Turner. He moved to Racine as a young man, and on November 23, 1959, was married to Mary L. Johnson. Mr. Turner enjoyed a 42-year career at JI Case where he was a fork truck driver.

He is survived by his wife, Mary; and their children, Alice Turner of Chatsworth, CA, Derek Turner of Englewood, CA, Kevin Turner, Vicki (Courtney) Turner-Barlow, and Bradly Turner all of Racine; six grandchildren, Taeli Shea Turner, Chelsea, Christian, and Camille Barlow, Bradley and Bryson Turner; four brothers, Henry, Othella, and William Turner, and Joseph (Jennifer) Ticer, all of Racine; his aunt, Ann Canady of Peoria, IL; and a host of other relatives and friends. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Lura Kirk; and brothers, Vivian, George, and Terrell Turner.

Homegoing services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 3, 2009, at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church with Bishop L.L. Kirby officiating. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Visitation and viewing will begin in the church at 10 a.m.

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

Arthur J. Dupuis

Arthur Jerome Dupuis, 78, passed away peacefully at his home on Tuesday, March 24, 2009, following a courageous battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis.

A lifetime resident, Art was born in Racine on October 14, 1930, to the late William and Marie (nee: Raschke) Dupuis. A 1948 graduate of William Horlick High School, he proudly went on to earn his Business degree from University of Wisconsin – Madison in 1957.

On February 27, 1960, in Zion Lutheran Church, Art was united in marriage with the love of his life, Beverly Jane Jenkins, just recently celebrating their 49th Anniversary. He was employed for over 40 years by Western Publishing – Golden Books, retiring as a customer service account manager. In retirement, Art enjoyed working part time as a courier for M & I Bank and as a courtesy driver for Gentile Automotive Group.

Blessed with an incredible voice, Art shared his God-given talent by singing as a cantor at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, where he has been a longtime member. Among his interests, Art enjoyed running (he ran the 10-mile Lighthouse Run at age 50), working on projects around his beautiful home, golfing and was a Wisconsin Badger fanatic. Art was a passionate family man who loved and cherished being in the surroundings of his entire family. Above all, his grandchildren were his pride and joy.

Surviving are his loving wife of nearly 50 years, Bev; their children, Jeffrey (Robin) Monson-Dupuis of Greenfield; Kevin (Tonya) Dupuis of Racine and Christopher (Veronica) Dupuis of Caledonia; grandchildren, Deva and Ethan Monson-Dupuis; Brittany, Tyler and Cody Dupuis; and Aliah and Terra Papara; sisters-in-law, Anna, Florence and Arlene Dupuis; and JoAnn Brinkman; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends too numerous to mention by name.

In addition to his parents, Art was preceded in death by his brothers, Wilfred “Bill,” Richard and Gilbert Dupuis; sister, Helen (Ken) Thatcher; and brother-in-law, Fred “Fritz” Brinkman.

In accordance with Art’s wishes, cremation will take place. A memorial service celebrating his life will be held on Saturday, April 4, 2009, at 11 a.m. in Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 725 High Street, with Rev. James F. Peters officiating. A reception will follow at Infusino’s Banquet Hall. Visitation will be at the church on Saturday from 9:30 – 11 a.m. In memory of Art, memorials may be made to Emmanuel Lutheran Church.

A heartfelt note of thanks to Dr. Joseph Mathew and Wheaton Franciscan Hospice for the compassionate care and support during Art’s fight against Pulmonary Fibrosis; and to all our faithful family members and friends for the many prayers and acts of kindness extended in our time of need. God bless all of you!

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

Monday, March 23, 2009

Ellis M. Storey

Ellis M. Storey, 66, passed away at Vitas Innovative Hospice in Wauwatosa on Tuesday, March 23, 2009. He was born in Ripley, Mississippi, on August 9, 1942, son of the late Cleave and Jennie Mae (nee: Simelton) Story.

He was a Racine resident for most of life. Ellis served in the U.S. Army from 1968-70. Following, he began a longtime career with JI Case Co. After retiring from Case, Ellis worked for the City of Racine as a Crossing Guard at Jerstad-Agerholm Elementary, and Mitchell Middle School. He was a member of Holy Disciple Pentecostal Church.

He is survived by his children, Denise Washington of Hinesville, GA, Ellis Storey, Jr. of St. Louis, MO, Eddie Miller of Anoka, MN, and Tawanna Storey of Racine; five grandchildren; three sisters and three brothers, Mary (Elder Walter) Hughlett of Milwaukee, Evone Story, Linda (Richard Wade) Story, Oliver (Orine) Story all of Racine, Lawyer (Mary) Story of Milwaukee, and Freddie Story of Columbus, MS; sister-in-law , Lorene Story of Racine; and a host of dear relatives and friends. He was also preceded by his sister, Joanne; and brothers, John, William, Troy, and Charles Story.

Homegoing services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 30, 2009, at New Omega Baptist Church, 5731 Northwestern Ave., with Pastor A.W. Scaife officiating. Burial will take place at the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Park immediately following the service. Visitation will be in the funeral home on Sunday evening from 4-6 p.m., and in the church on Monday beginning at 10 a.m.

Our family would like to thank the staff of Vitas Innovative Hospice for their dedicated and compassionate care for Ellis, and kindness toward our family.

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

Gerald J. Scholzen

Gerald J. Scholzen, age 82, passed away Monday, March 23, 2009, at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints Medical Center. Jerry was born in Racine, July 13, 1926, son of the late Frank A. and Johanna (Nee: Holler) Scholzen.

Jerry graduated from St. Catherine’s High School “Class of 1945.” He was proud to serve his country during WWII in the U.S. Army Air Corps and during the Korean Conflict in the United States Air Force. On June 26, 1948, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church he was united in marriage to Marguerite E. Durben. Jerry was employed by the City of Racine as a firefighter for over 20 years, retiring in 1984. He was one of the first EMTs to serve on the Fire Department. He was a member of St. Lucy Catholic Church. He enjoyed woodcarving, gardening, and traveling but most of all spending time with his family. He will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Marguerite; five children, Linda (Ron) Solberg, Jerry (Sandy) Scholzen, Betty (Tom) Klamm, Craig (Kerri) Scholzen, Dianne (Ron) Chase; eight grandchildren, Jason (Christine) Beyer, Andrew and Kristin Chase, Steven and Samantha Scholzen, Jennifer Klamm, Zachary Scholzen, Mike Solberg; three great-grandchildren, Austin Beyer, Summer and Carter Gray; a brother, Francis “Smokey” (Helen) Scholzen; sister, Marilyn Meister; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Robert (Dorothea) Durben, Alice Durben, George (Vicki) Durben, Lucille Scholzen; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Richard; a sister, Elizabeth “Betty” K. Scholzen; brothers- in-law, James Durben and Bernard Meister.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Lucy’s Catholic Church, 3101 Drexel Ave., Friday, March 27, 2009, at noon, with Rev. Mark Jones officiating. Interment with Full Military Honors will follow at Southern Wisconsin Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, Hwy C, Town of Dover. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church Friday from 10:30 a.m. until time of Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorials to All Saints Cancer Center and/or All Saints Cardiac Care Unit have been suggested.

A special thank you to the doctors and staffs at All Saints Cancer Center, All Saints Cardiac Unit, and the 2nd Fl Oncology Unit for their loving and compassionate care given to Jerry.

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

Rose Marie (Fiorita) Sollazo

Rose Marie Sollazo, age 89, passed away Monday, March 23, 2009, at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints Hospital. She was born in Racine on December 11, 1919, daughter of the late Guy and Divina (Nee: Russo) Fiorita.

On February 2, 1946, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church she was married to Leo Sollazo who preceded her in death March 7, 1996. Rose was employed as a stitcher at Rainfair Inc, as a drapery seamstress for Porter’s Furniture and was employed at Willy’s Sentry Store on Douglas Ave. Rose was an excellent seamstress and knitter. She took great pride in her grandchildren, her home, gardening with her husband , canning tomatoes, baking bread, Italian cooking and having a full cookie jar for her grandchildren. She will be dearly missed.

Surviving are two daughters, Linda (Gary) Stowers and Donna Nielsen; her brother, Joseph “Buff” Fiorita all of Racine; grandchildren, Amy Beth (Michael) Garbo, Marco L. (Jessica Davis) Andersen, Andrew J. Nielsen all of Racine, Emily Rose Nielsen (Brett Kammerer) of Madison, WI; step-grandson, Eric (Tracy) Stowers of Franklin, WI; great-grandchildren, Madelyn and Alexander Garbo of Racine; step-great-grandchildren, Dylan and Sydney Stowers of Franklin, WI; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by her sisters, Mary Metzger and Adeline Falaschi.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, March 27, 2009, at 6 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1533 Erie St., with Reverend John D. Aiello officiating. Private entombment will be held at Holy Cross Mausoleum, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Friday at the church from 4 p.m. until time of Mass. Memorials to the Alzheimer’s Assn have been suggested by the family.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Becker-Shoop Center for the kind and compassionate care Rose received while there.

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

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Lorraine 'Lori' Schoeffer

Lorraine Ann “Lori” (nee: Glodowski) Schoeffer, 81, passed away at Home Harbor on Sunday, March 22, 2009, following a courageous battle with cancer.

A lifetime resident, Lorraine was born in Racine on May 4, 1927, to the late Louis and Stella (nee: Wolgot) Glodowski. She was a graduate of Washington Park High School.

On March 15, 1952, Lorraine was united in marriage with the love of her life, Bernard A. “Bernie” Schoeffer, who preceded her in death on April 1, 2002.

Lorraine was employed by Twin Disc for over 22 years, retiring in 1989. A faithful member of St. Lucy Catholic Church, she enjoyed being involved with the Knights of Columbus-Council 697 Ladies Auxiliary. Lorraine was a member of the Twin Disc 20 Year Club. She had a great appreciation for Lighthouses and had acquired an extensive collection over the years. Among her interests, Lorraine loved travelling with Bernie to Arizona for annual Brewer and Cub spring training camps; trying their luck in Las Vegas; and to beautiful Eagle River twice a year with their family. Above all, Lorraine’s priorities in life were her faith in God and her treasured family.

Surviving are her daughter, Karen (Todd) Anderson; son, Randall Schoeffer; grandson, Cory Seymour; sisters-in-law, Rose Marie Glodowski and Anne Bergo; brother-in-law, Philip Schoeffer; special friend, Flo Jordan; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents and husband, Lorraine was preceded in death by her beloved sons, Timothy and James Schoeffer; brother, Edwin Glodowski; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Joseph and Mary (nee: Gilitzer) Schoeffer; sister-in-law, Margaret (John) Lamont; and brother-in-law, Francis Schoeffer.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, March 26, 2009, in St. Lucy Catholic Church, 3101 Drexel Ave., at 11:30 a.m. with Rev. Mark R. Jones officiating. Interment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Visitation will be in the church on Thursday from 10-11:30 a.m. In memory of Lorraine, memorials to St. Lucy Catholic Church have been suggested.

A special note of thanks to all the residents and staff of Home Harbor for making Mom feel so welcomed and loved during the past two years. Your devoted friendship and kindness will always be remembered!

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

Norman R. Andersen

Norman R. Andersen, 75, passed away at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints on Sunday, March 22, 2009.

Norman was born in Racine on December 13, 1933, to Christian and Martha (nee, Koeller) Andersen. He married the former Marilyn Neuman at Trinity Lutheran Church on May 7, 1955.

Norman and Marilyn met when employed together at AllOver Clipper Company. Norman then worked for Don Hutson Chevrolet for over 30 years, before moving to Palmen Motors in Kenosha where he worked for 11 years until his retirement in 1996. Norman was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church and a volunteer with the Racine Lutheran High School Thrift Store. He was an avid fisherman and loved to spend time at Found Lake near St. Germain, WI, but most of all he loved spending time with his grandchildren.

Norman is survived by his wife, Marilyn Andersen; sons, Richard (Tammy) Andersen and Mark (Jeannie) Andersen; grandchildren, Karrica Andersen, Mark Andersen, Ryan Andersen and Olivia Andersen; his sister, Betty Krewal; and brother-in-law, Richard Neuman. Norman is also survived by cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services for Norman will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2065 Geneva St., on Friday, March 27, 2009, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Stephen Jennings and Rev. David Gehne officiating. Interment will take place at Graceland Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church on Friday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services. Memorials may be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church, Racine Lutheran High School or the American Cancer Society.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Richard Odders and his staff at the Racine Cancer Center; all the nurses on the second floor at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints; and the staff at Wheaton Franciscan Hospice; and especially Norman’s home nurse, Barb Proesser for all of their compassionate care of Norman.

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

Dorothy J. Anderson

Mrs. Dorothy J. Anderson, 85, passed away on Tuesday evening, March 10, 2009, at Ridgewood Healthcare Center, after a long battle with cancer. She was born in Racine on Oct. 27, 1923, the daughter of the late Andrew and Margaret Anderson. Together Margaret and Andrew had three children, Bernadine, Dorothy and Donald. She was united in marriage to William Anderson on July 15, 1960, he preceded her in death on June 19, 1992.

She worked for the cheese plant in Mayville, WI, was an assistant to Dr. Jameson and a homemaker. She enjoyed baking, traveling, crossword puzzles and crocheting. Above all, she loved having a home filled with family and friends,

She is survived by her daughter, Carol (Emil) Panyk of Racine; grandchildren, Scott Nelson of Canada, Kristin Nelson and her husband, Jimmy Rogers of Canada, Betty (Rob) Wanless, Steven (Wendy) Panyk, eight great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Sharon Nelson, a sister and a brother.

Funeral services will be held at the Wilson Funeral Home 1212 Lathrop Ave., on Tuesday, March 24, 2009, at 11 a.m. with Dr. Ma Miritz officiating. Friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Tuesday morning from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in memory of Mrs. Anderson to the MDA Anderson Cancer foundation have been suggested.

The family would like to thank Hospice and Ridgewood for all the loving care they provided.

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

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Dolores A. Barnett

KENOSHA – Dolores A. (nee: McGrath) Barnett, 64, passed away from complications from heart surgery on Saturday, March 21, 2009, at Memorial Hospital of Burlington. She was born in Kenosha on April 20, 1944, the daughter of Joseph and Verna (nee: Andersen) McGrath.

Dolores was educated at St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s Schools. She was employed with AT&T and Ameritech as an operator and later as a central office technician. Dolores was able to retire at the age of 50 and spent those retirement years volunteering at Horizons Women’s Shelter and other Telephone Pioneer sponsored projects. She found great enjoyment in shopping resale stores for bargains for herself and many others. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Dolores is survived by her children, Todd Barnett, Debra (Jeff) Wamboldt, and Troy (Heidi) Barnett, all of Kenosha; her grandchildren, Kelsey and Kalee Barnett, and Michael and Rachel Wamboldt; also by sisters, Patricia (Don) McCann of Showlow, AZ, Kathleen (Peter) Clouthier of Racine; and brother, William (Anne) McGrath of Winchester, MA. Dolores is further survivived by nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, other relatives and many dear friends, especially her best friend Darlene (Bart) Keeling.

Dolores was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services honoring and celebrating Dolores’ life will be held at Lord of Life Church, 5601 Washington Road, on Wednesday, March 25, 2009, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Jennifer Arnold officiating. Burial will be held at Green Ridge Cemetery. There will be a visitation at the Hansen-Lendman Funeral Home, 6019 7th Ave., on Tuesday from 5 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. and at the church on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until service time at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested memorials to Make-A-Wish Foundation, 13195 West Hampton Ave. Butler, WI., 53007.

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

Friday, March 20, 2009

Nancy C. Heinen

BURLINGTON – Nancy C. Heinen (nee: Woodward), 67, passed away on Friday, March 20, 2009, at Aurora Memorial Hospital of Burlington. She was surrounded by her loving family as she lost her courageous battle with cancer.

Nancy was born in Racine on May 28, 1941, to Richard and Mathilda (nee: Johnson) Woodward. She was a homemaker until entering the medical profession as a medical assistant and pharmacy technician. Nancy lived in Racine and Kenosha prior to moving to Phoenix, AZ, in 1986. She retired in 2005 and returned to Wisconsin to be near her children and grandchildren. Nancy enjoyed camping, bowling, traveling, gambling, her family, and especially helping others.

Surviving are her four children, Kimberly Bitto of Genoa City, Barbara Robers of Burlington, Marianne DeBolt of Salem and Jeffrey (Kris) Heinen of Union Grove; seven grandchildren, Jessica Barrette, Samantha and Alex Robers, Emily and Cassie DeBolt and Ryan and Sarah Heinen; three brothers, Howard Woodward of Black River Falls, Vernon (Irene) Woodward of Racine, Wayne (Marvel) Woodward of Marshfield; as well as many nieces, nephews; and special friend, Andy Gianturco of Phoenix.

Nancy was preceded in death by her brothers, Floyd, Bill, and David Woodward; sister, Joyce Woodward; half brothers, George and Glenn Woodward; and half sisters, Helen Ludvigsen and Margaret Rasmussen.

Family and friends are invited to meet in the Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home on March 23, 2009, for a visitation from 5-8 p.m. A service of remembrance will follow at 8 p.m. A committal service will take place in the West Lawn Memorial Park chapel on Tuesday at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been suggested to the American Cancer Society.

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

Stephanie Ann Luten

Ms. Stephanie Ann Luten (nee: Morgan), 47, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, March 20, 2009. Stephanie was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on May 4, 1961, the daughter of James and Pinkie (nee: Russell) Morgan. She was a 1979 graduate of Washington Park High School. After graduation she attended the University of Wisconsin – Platteville, and the University of Wisconsin – Parkside.

Stephanie worked many years as a bus driver. Her first position was with the Unified School District, and then with the Belle Urban System. She also worked as a support coordinator at the Dr. John Bryant Community Center.

Stephanie accepted Christ at an early age, and loved to talk about her Lord. Stephanie loved life; to smile, dance, and tell jokes. Her laughter was contagious! She could break out in a roaring laugh and get everyone to join in. She was completely dedicated to her family and friends, and was always willing to lend a helping hand to others. All she asked in return was respect and kindness. She was an excellent homemaker and loved to cook. Her parents were her joy, and she spent many hours helping them with their business at the 7 Mile Fair.

Left to cherish her memories are her children, Sheteaka Morgan, Ronald Luten, Jr., and Raven Luten; and her parents, James and Pinkie Morgan all of Racine; five sisters, Portia (Nadah) Bailey of Walden, New York, Lydia (Gregory) Nelson of Milwaukee, Briannie Morgan, Ciara Morgan, and Kiara Morgan all of Racine; her grandparents, Flaura Russell, Luke (Dee) Morgan, and Annie B. Jackson all of East St. Louis, IL; as well as a host of other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Luke James Russell; and paternal grandfather, Lacy Jackson.

Homegoing services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 27, 2009, at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor John D. Russell and Pastor T.L. Howell officiating. Visitation will begin in the church at 9 a.m. Committal services will be private.

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

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Yvonne G. Ziegenhagen

Yvonne G. (nee: Meister) Ziegenhagen, 82, passed on Thursday March 19, 2009, at Kenosha Memorial Hospital. She was born in Oshkosh, on December 5, 1926, the daughter of Armin and Gertrude (nee: Schaufelberger) Meister. Yvonne was united in marriage to Edward R. Ziegenhagen in Racine on May 20, 1948. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church and St. John’s Mission Guild.

Yvonne is survived by her children, Armin Ziegenhagen, Bruce (Barb) Ziegenhagen, Gerry (John) Alvarez, Murlyn (Jon) Rutkowski, and Robert Ziegenhagen. She is further survived by eleven grandchildren, and many great-grandchildren, along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward, in 1979, two sons, Edward in 2000 and Jessie in 1986; two grandchildren, Samantha and Jason; and one brother, Armin.

Funeral services will be held at the Sturino Funeral Home on Monday March 23, 2009, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Daniel Quinn of St. John’s Lutheran Church officiating. Burial will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. There will be a visitation at the Sturino Funeral Home on Monday from 9:30 a.m. until service time at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. John’s Lutheran School have been suggested by the family.

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

Steve O. 'Butch' Szuhai III

Steve O. ‘Butch’ Szuhai III, 68, passed away on Thursday, March 19, 2009, at his residence. He was a lifelong resident of Racine, born on May 27, 1940, the son of Steve and Romayne (nee: Hegeman) Szuhai Jr.

On October 6, 1973, Butch was united in marriage to Deborah J. Larson at the Zion Lutheran Church in Racine. He was a Washington Park High School graduate "Class of 1958." Butch retired from the military as a Tech Sgt., having served 33 years with the 440th United States Air Force Reserves. Most recently he had been employed with Limtech for the last 11 years. Butch was a member of the Wood Carving Club and enjoyed motorcycles. He especially enjoyed spending time with his grandsons, family and friends, including his retired friends from the 440th .

Surviving are his wife, Deb; daughters; Jenni (Steve) Mai and Keri “Cookie” Haney; mother-in-law, Elaine Larson; grandsons, Jon, Nate and Dylan; sisters, Kathleen Ross, Elizabeth Goll and Jackai Szuhai, all of Racine, and Alice Szuhai of Michigan; best friends Bob and Anita Atkinson of Racine. He is further survived by numerous relatives and many dear friends.

Butch was preceded in death by his parents; father-in-law, George Larson; sister and brother-in-law, Shirley and Jack Garbo, and brother-in-law, Ken Ross.

There will be a visitation with the family at Sturino Funeral Home on Monday, March 23, 2009, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. At 7 p.m. there will be a time for sharing and remembrances. Private burial will take place at Southern Wisconsin Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery.

The family would like to thank Dr. Howard Short and Dr. Leonard Kleinman for the wonderful care Butch received.

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

Margaret Caroline Thompson

Margaret Caroline Thompson, 88, passed away peacefully at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints Medical Center on her beloved husband’s birthday, Thursday, March 19, 2009.

Margaret was born in Genesee, WI, on October 9, 1920, to the late Theodore and Valeska (nee: Freudenstein) Becher. She lived in Racine for most of her life.

On November 26, 1938, in Dubuque, Iowa, she was united in marriage with the love of her life, Carl Albert Thompson, who preceded her in death on June 8, 1993.

With a profound Christian faith, she was a member of the United Pentecostal Church. Margaret fulfilled her lifelong passion of being a proud and tireless homemaker, a vocation she completely excelled at. She enjoyed cooking, canning and tending to her treasured family. Margaret loved nothing more than being in the surroundings of her entire family, especially her grandchildren.

Surviving are her children, Alvin (Helen) Thompson, Darlene Thompson and Gene (Sandy) Thompson; grandchildren, Patricia (Paul) Gordon, Bonnie (Bill) Stangohr, Jeanie (Ted) Weber and Brian Thompson; great-grandchildren, Bethany and Aubriana Gordon; Katelin, Emmalee and Jared Stangohr; Tate and Spencer Weber; brother, Leslie (Ruby) Becher; brother-in-law, Ralph McGuire; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents and husband, Margaret was preceded in death by her infant sister, Alvita Becher and sister, Loretta McGuire.

Funeral services will be held in the funeral home on Monday, March 23, 2009, at 1 pm with Rev. Todd Malkasian officiating. Interment will follow in West Lawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be held in the funeral home on Monday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. In memory of Margaret, memorials may be made to the Tupelo Children’s Mansion – for helping orphaned and disadvantaged children.

A heartfelt note of thanks to the physicians and nursing staff of WFH-All Saints Medical Center 2B for the compassionate care and support that was so warmly extended in our Mom’s time of need. God bless all of you!

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

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Wiladean 'Gerry' Carney

FRANKSVILLE – Wiladean ‘Gerry’ (nee: Peterson) Carney, 81, passed away on Wednesday, March 18, 2009, at Ridgewood Care Center. She was born in Leopolis, WI on October 14, 1927, the daughter of Everett and Leathy (nee: Gregory) Peterson.

Gerry was a graduate of Tigerton High School in Tigerton. She was united in marriage to Harvey Carney. Gerry had been employed at Farm & Fleet in Sturtevant, retiring in 1992. She was a sports fan, loved the Packers, Badgers and Brewers. Gerry also loved to cook and made cotton candy for the local school carnivals for many years. Most of all she loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Surviving are her children; James Carney, Jaclyn (Rick) Behnke and Jeanne (Warren) Aiona; ten grandchildren, Rochelle, Joshua, Beth, Jennifer, Nathan, Samantha, Zachary, Jacob, Danielle and Justice; six great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Sally Peterson. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey, on June 23, 1979, son, John on November 15, 2006, three sisters and three brothers.

Services will be held at Sturino Funeral Home on Tuesday, March 24, 2009, at 1 p.m. There will be a visitation at the funeral home on Tuesday before services from 11 a.m. until time of service.

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

Joseph 'Joe' L. Scott

Joseph L. Scott, age 38, passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2009, following a courageous battle with cancer. Joseph was born in Racine, son of Steven W. Scott and Kathryn R. (Nee: Cain) Aretz.

Joe was a graduate of William Horlick High School. He continued his education at MATC and received a technical degree in carpentry. He worked for many contractors in the city and eventually opened his own business. His love for the outdoors included playing tennis, snowboarding and riding bikes. Joe was also a very knowledgeable movie buff and reader. Joe’s many other talents included painting, drawing, and designing decks and porches.

Before receiving his degree from MATC, Joe drove across country in an 18-wheeler with his aunt, B.J. Joe was adventurous and enjoyed trying new things. But more than anything else, his life centered around his daughter, Nina, who was his greatest source of pride and happiness. He was taken from us too soon and will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his daughter, Nina, and her mother, Michelle Parkhill; his mother, Kathryn (Doug) Aretz; sister, Lisa (Joseph) Glover; two nieces, Mikayla and Riley; stepbrother, Steve (Betsy) Aretz of Berkely, MI; aunts, Cindy (John) Ryder of Racine, B.J. O’Donnell of Valrico, FL; cousins, Dr. Steven Ryder (Michelle), Melissa Damaschke (Don), Katherine Ryder-Pettersen (Ryan); and lifelong friend, Benito (Dawn) Kelly and their sons, Tim and Jesse; along with other relatives and many dear friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Steve Scott, in March of 2008; his grandmother, Margaret Cain; and grandfather, Don Grant.

A Memorial Service will be held at Olympia Brown Unitarian Universalist Church, 625 College Ave., on Saturday, March 28, 2009, at 6:30 p.m. with Rev. Dr. Tony Larsen officiating. Private interment will be held. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church on Saturday from 5 p.m. until time of service. Memorials to the family for an education fund to be established for Nina have been suggested.

The family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to Dr. Michael Mullane, Oncology Alliance and staff, the staff from the Oncology wing of Wheaton Franciscan Hospital and the Cancer Center, Wheaton Franciscan Hospice, and especially the nurses and aides at Ridgewood Care Center for their loving and compassionate care.

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

George A. Musack
'George the Tailor'

George A. Musack, 78, passed away on Wednesday, March 18, 2009, in North Carolina.
He was born in Racine on May 17, 1930, the son of the late Anthony and Rose (nee: Patriarca) Musack. On November 24, 1949, in Emmaus Lutheran Church, he was united in marriage to Ruth Andersen. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1999 and Ruth preceded him in death in 2000.

George worked as a salesman and tailor for George & Lester’s for 18 years. In 1967 he opened “George’s Custom Tailors” in Racine. His skillful needlework, careful fitting and meticulous attention to detail established an enviable reputation in tailoring of men’s suits and women’s apparel. After closing his tailor shop, George work for Gingess Formal Wear and Jorgenson’s Men’s Wear. George was a talented craftsman and counted all of his customers as friends. He was known and well-liked by everyone - he never knew a stranger. He was known as a gentlemen’s gentleman.

His most cherished memories were the times spent with his family. George enjoyed time fishing, golfing and was the “shuffle king” in Leesburg, Florida. Surviving are his children, Debbie Benicek of Cary, NC, Cathy (Jim) Campbell, Julie Marks, Greg Musack (Cindy), and Jodi Runkel, all of Racine; his grandchildren, Joe Jurkiewicz, Heather Benicek, Nicole Ashley (Curt), Jennifer Jurkiewicz (Mark Hammes) , David Marks, Jeremy Marks, Erica Marks, Jason Runkel, Megan Runkel, Heather Kammien (Jack), Chad Campbell; great-grandchildren, Jack Kammien III, Eliza Kammien and Aubrey Ashley, and Jenny and Mark’s baby to arrive this fall; his sister Norma Jensen of Middleton; and special friend Alma Fenstemacher of Leesburg, FL; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held in the funeral home on Tuesday, March 24, 2009, at 6 p.m. with Rev. Holly Anderle of First Baptist Church officiating. Visitation will be in the funeral home on Tuesday from 4 p.m. until the time of the services. Burial will be in West Lawn Memorial Park at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, all are welcomed. The family has suggested memorials to either Special Olympics, or your favorite charity.

Special thanks to Debbie, Heather, and Alma for their loving care of Dad over the last few years and to “Grandpa’s” many caring friends in North Carolina.

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

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Ann (Marino) Guendel

Ann Guendel, age 80, passed away on Tuesday, March 17, 2009, at the Ruth Hospice Home, West Allis, WI. Born in New York City, Ann spent a large part of her life in the Midwest, having lived in Peoria, Racine and from 1981-2006 in Oak Brook, Illinois. In 2006, after the passing of her husband Tom, she relocated to Greendale to be closer to family.

Ann was a great mom, who along with her husband Tom raised three sons. She will be remembered as a kind, gentle and loving woman who always put her family first. Ann enjoyed reading, travel and her friends. Most of all, she enjoyed the times spent with her family, including her nine grandchildren.

She is survived by her sons, Doug (Cathy), Rich, Steve (Joanne); a sister, Rita. In addition she has nine grandchildren, Christopher, Matthew, Brett, Madeline, Ben, Brandon, Daniel, Katelyn and Bradley. She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom, and parents, Michael and Julia Marino.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Rita Catholic Church, 4339 Douglas Ave., on Monday March 23, 2009, at 11 a.m., with Rev. Raymond Elam officiating. Private interment will be held. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church Monday from 10 a.m. until time of Mass. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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

Deanne C. (Brynd) Brien

BURLINGTON -- Deanne C. Brien, age 70, passed away Tuesday, March 17, 2009, at Park Falls, WI. Deanne was born in Watertown, WI, on October 19, 1938, daughter of the late Harold and Janet (Nee: Brooks) Brynd.

On September 16, 1969, she was united in marriage to George E. Brien. Deanne was employed by S.C. Johnson Wax for thirty-four years until her retirement in 1992. She was a member of St. Mary Catholic Church in Burlington and St. Anthony Catholic Church in Park Falls, WI. Deanne had a great love for her pets and walking her dogs. Above all she devoted her life to her family and will be deeply missed.

Survivors include her husband, George; her four children, Deanne (Albert) Czyszczon, Michael (Tonya) Brien, Patrick (Kelley) Brien, George W. Brien; her five grandchildren, Jessica, Erica, and Amanda Czyszczon, Cullen and Delaney Brien; her great-grandson, Nathan Adkins; sisters, Sandra (John) Ellingson, Joanne (Gordon) Weidner; sister-in-law, Linda (Kurt) Yust; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Monday, March 23, 2009, at 11:30 a.m. with Rev. John D. Aiello officiating. Private interment will be held. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Monday from 10 a.m. until time of service.

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

Monday, March 16, 2009

Karen S. (Bark) Sexton

Karen S. Sexton, age 59, passed away Monday, March 16, 2009, following a courageous battle with cancer. Karen was born in Racine on July 12, 1949, daughter of the late Raymond and Lydia (Nee: Wolf) Bark.

On April 28, 1973, she was united in marriage to John “Jack” D. Sexton. Karen was employed as a Licensed Practical Nurse at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints Medical Center for thirty-six years. She was an active member at St. Andrew Lutheran Church. Karen enjoyed traveling with her family, but especially loved blowing bubbles and baking cookies with her grandchildren. She will be deeply missed.

Survivors include her husband, Jack; her daughter, Joanna Sexton and her children, Lorna and AJ,; her son, Keith (Tracy) Sexton and their children, Michael, Johnathan, and Christopher; sister, Joan (Bob) Goodrich of Pensacola, FL; sisters-in-law, Rose Bark of Alabama, Connie (Ron) Fiedler of TN; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brother, Bill.

Funeral services will be held at the funeral home, Saturday, March 21, 2009, at 3 p.m. with Rev. Carol Baumgartner officiating. Private interment will be held. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Saturday from 1 p.m. until time of service. Memorials to the Susan G. Komen Foundation have been suggested.

PRECIOUS GRANDMOTHER
I Can’t Tell You Nana
How Many Tears We’ve Cried
Since The Day We Were Told
Our Precious Nana Had Died
It Seems Impossible
Although We Know It’s True
Because Everything We See
Reminds Us of You
We still Hear Your Laughter
See The Smile On Your Face
We Would Have Lost Our Sanity
If Not For God’s Saving Grace
We Have To Close This Letter Now
But This Is Not Good-bye
For You Will Forever Walk Softly
In Our Hearts And In Our Minds

Love, Michael, Johnathan, Christopher, AJ, and Lorna

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

Elizabeth E. Bevry

Elizabeth “Liz” E. (nee: Mevis) Bevry, 74, passed away on Monday, March 16, 2009, at Hospice House in Pleasant Prairie. She was a lifelong resident of Racine, born on June 17, 1934, the daughter of LeRoy and Myra (nee: Gleason) Cichanofsky.

Liz was a graduate of Washington Park High School, Class of “1952.” She continued her high school friendships throughout her life meeting monthly to play cards. Elizabeth eloped with the love of her life, Kenneth Bevry on December 31, 1954, in Racine. Together they enjoyed raising and showing horses for 40 years. Liz especially found great enjoyment in giving special attention to their young horses. Liz and Ken were proud members of the Arabian Horse Association for 33 years. Liz was especially proud of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and enjoyed spending time with them and will be greatly missed.

Liz is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Ken; children, Laura (Ted) Chacon and their children, Katherine (Jeff) Kihm, Carolyn (Kevin) Anthony, Jennie (Matt) O’Malley and Nick (Kristy) DeLeon; Susan Bevry and her children, Benjamin, Rebecca and Amanda Koke; and Kenneth (Connie) Bevry Jr. and their children, Carley, Corbin and Mackenzie Bevry; 10 great-grandchildren; and sister-in-law, Judith Gott. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 1100 Erie St., on Monday March 23, 2009, at 10 a.m., with Rev. Ricardo Martin officiating. Burial will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. There will be a visitation at the Sturino Funeral Home on Sunday, March 22, 2009, from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. and at church on Monday from 9 a.m. until mass time.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to C.N.S.V. Vasculitis Foundation, P.O. Box 28660 Kansas City, MO. 64188, have been suggested by the family.

The Bevry family would like to extend a very heartfelt thank you to Dr. Barboi and the Froedtert Hospital staff for the fine care given to Liz during her illness.

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