Thursday, April 30, 2009

Elmer A. Ericksen

Elmer A. Ericksen, 81, passed away on Thursday, April 30, 2009, at Harbor House. He was a lifelong resident of Racine, born on June 10, 1927, the son of Anker and Emmy (nee: Jorgensen) Ericksen.

On May 27, 1950 he was united in marriage to Audrey Buchman at Bethania Lutheran Church. He served in the United States Army during World War II. Elmer was a member of Bethania Lutheran Church, Moose Lodge and Danish Brotherhood. He had been employed with Moxness and had worked for many years in construction, including Welling Construction. Elmer built the family home and continued to enjoy woodworking. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and cooking.

Surviving are three daughters, Claudia (Milo) Jehich, Cindy Ericksen and Carolyn (fiancĂ©e Roger Jorgensen) Ericksen; son, Ken (Gail) Ericksen; seven grandchildren, Joe, Lisa, April, Tiffany, Amanda, Amy and Aaron; ten great-grandchildren; brother and sisters, Fayna “Helene” (Ben) Wasik, Jens (Kay) Ericksen and Elsie Thompson; brother-in-law, Art Petzke. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Elmer was preceded in death by his wife, Audrey, on July 6, 1980; sister, Doris Petzke; and brother-in-law, Bob Thompson.

Services will be held at Bethania Lutheran Church, 4120 Wright Ave., on Monday, May 4, 2009, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Steve Wohlfeil officiating. Burial will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. There will be a visitation at the church on Monday before services from 10 a.m. until service time.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Alzheimer’s Assoc, 6130 W. National Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53214, or to Wisconsin Parkinson Assoc., 945 N. 12th St. Suite. 4602, Milwaukee, WI 53201-0342, have been suggested.

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

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Joyce (Bredow) Berger

Joyce Berger, age 76, passed away Wednesday, April 29, 2009, at Becker-Shoop Center. She was born in Wausau, WI, May 17, 1932, daughter of the late Carl and Lyla (Nee: Juedes) Bredow.

On November 23, 1968, at Gethsemane Lutheran Church she was united in marriage to John L. Berger who preceded her in death on June 5, 1996. Joyce was a member of First Church of God and was a past member of the Moose Lodge.

Surviving are her sons, John (Bonnie) Rossmann, Mark (Linda) Rossmann, John (Angela) Berger Jr., Kurt (Patricia) Berger; son-in-law, Jim Gruber; grandchildren, Steven, Kelli, Jennifer, and Nichole Rossmann, Vincent (Bonnie) Gruber, Victor (Pave) Gruber, Valorie and Vikki Gruber; great-grandchildren, Marianna Gutieerrez, Robert Rossmann, Faith Gruber, Gage Gruber, Ava Sturino; two sisters, Adeline (Fred) Schultz, Shirley Barth; a brother, Daniel Bredow; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; other relatives; special friends, Henry and LaVerne Dykhuis; and many other dear friends. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter, LaVerne Gruber; grandson, Randy Rossmann; twin sister, JoAnne Strike; brother, Charles Lane; and brother-in-law, Larry Barth.

Funeral services will be held at the First Church of God, 1650 Lathrop Ave., on Friday, May 1, 2009, at 6 p.m. with Rev. David Andrews officiating. Private interment will be held. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church on Friday from 4 p.m. until time of service. Memorials to First Church of God have been suggested by the family.

A special thank you to the entire staff at the Becker-Shoop Center for their loving and compassionate care given to Joyce.

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

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Jane Ruth Christensen

Jane Ruth (nee: Mayhew) Christensen, 91, passed away on Tuesday, April 28, 2009. Please see Wednesday, May 6, 2009, newspaper for full obituary and service details.

Victor Arthur Anderson

Victor A. Anderson, 45, passed away at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – All Saints on Tuesday morning, April 28, 2009.

Victor Anderson was born to Victor F. Jr. and Elizabeth (nee: Swanson) Anderson in Racine on Feb. 15, 1964. He lived all of his life in Racine. He was united in marriage to the former Tracy A. Hubbard in Racine on Aug. 31, 1996. He graduated from Washington Park High School in 1982. He was a long haul semi-truck driver working for Roadway Express for 15 years and most recently Sapko International.

Mr. Anderson was a member of Taylor Avenue Church of the Nazarene, Teamster Local #710, avid Packers fan, leisurely golfer, and collector of trains and Winross trucks. He was very proud of his one million mile accident-free driving. Victor will be deeply missed in our hearts.

Victor is survived by his wife, Tracy; two daughters, Rachel Luellman and Renee Anderson;mother, Elizabeth Anderson; two sisters, Debra Swencki and Glenda Anderson; two nieces and two nephews, Gavin and Stefanie Swencki, Ashley and Tyler Harding; one great-nephew, Mason; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Victor F. Anderson, Jr., and a brother-in-law, Joel Swencki

Funeral services will be held at the Wilson Funeral Home, 1212 Lathrop Ave., on Saturday, May 2, 2009, at 10 a.m. with Rev. David F. Monroe officiating. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Friday evening, May 1, 2009, from 4-8 p.m. and on Saturday morning from 9 a.m. until time of the service. Memorials in memory of Victor may be directed to Taylor Avenue Church of the Nazarene, 2100 Taylor Ave., Racine, WI 53403.

A special thanks to Dr. Robert Gullberg, Dr. Young Choi, staff at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare/All Saints 2A and Cardiovascular-ICU and all who helped support Victor and his family.

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

Jane Ruth Christensen

Jane Ruth (nee: Mayhew) Christensen, 91, passed away at her daughter’s home on Tuesday, April 28, 2009. She was born in Racine on May 29, 1917, the daughter of Raymond and Florence (nee: Raap) Mayhew.

Jane was a William Horlick High School graduate. She was married in Dubuque, Iowa, in 1938 to Howard Christensen. They owned and operated White Gull Inn in Fish Creek, WI, for many years. After retirement Howard and Jane moved to Florida, living in Homestead and N. Fort Meyers. Jane was a former member of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Racine and All Souls Episcopal Church in Fort Meyers, FL. She enjoyed square dancing, fishing, traveling and most of all being with her family and friends, especially the time spent with her great-grandchildren.

Surviving is her daughter and son-in-law, Lisa (Jim) Tornoe of Racine; son, Stephen Christensen of Miami, FL; two grandchildren, Robert Tornoe and Kristen (Nick) Basile; six great-grandchildren, R.J., Rick, Melanie and Megan Tornoe, Vinnie and Domenic Basile all of Racine; sister, Lucille (Elmer) Felbab of Barefoot Bay, FL; nieces and nephew, Judy (David) Cook, Jill Parker, Jim Felbab and Susan Dixon. She is further survived by other relatives and friends.
Jane was preceded in death be her husband, Howard, on June 26, 2004, a son, Robert; parents; and step-father, Dave Mayer.

Memorial services will be held at St. Louis Catholic Church, 13207 Hwy G, on Saturday, May 9, 2009, at 2 p.m. Private inurnment will take place at Graceland Cemetery. There will be a visitation at the church on Saturday before services from 1 p.m. until service time. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Louis Catholic Church.

Thank you to the staff at Community Care and special granddaughter, Kristen, for the loving and compassionate care given to Jane. Without them she would not have been able to stay at home.

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

Monday, April 27, 2009

Linda A. Hughes

Caledonia – Linda Ann (nee, Johnson) Hughes, 57 passed away at Aurora Medical Center in Kenosha on Monday, April 27, 2009.

Linda was born in the Town of Lynn, WI, on January 26, 1952, to Harvey and Joyce (nee, Porath) Johnson. She attended schools in Granton, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and graduated from Gateway Technical College in Kenosha. On September 22, 1973,m she married Kenneth R. Hughes at St. Anthony’s Church in Kenosha.

The loves and passions of Linda were her family, friends, gardening, traveling and motorcycling. Linda was employed by the State of Wisconsin in the Milwaukee County Court House for 35 years as a court reporter.

Linda is survived by her husband, Kenneth R. Hughes; children, Heather Hughes and Christopher Hughes; grandchildren, Shaun Hughes and Savannah Shea all of Racine; her mother, Joyce Johnson of Lynn; and her brothers, Duane (Charlotte) Johnson of Lynn and Clifford (Christine) Johnson of Ishpeming, MI. Linda is also survived by other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her father.

A Memorial Mass for Linda will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Erie and St. Patrick Streets, on Saturday, May 2, 2009, at 10:30 a.m., celebrated by Rev. John Aiello. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass.

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

Frederick 'Fred' C. Hogue

Frederick C. Hogue, age 73, passed away Monday, April 27, 2009 at Wheaton Franciscan –All Saints Medical Center. Frederick was born in Adams-Friendship, Wisconsin, on June 22, 1935, son of the late Glenn and Mable (Nee: Garthwaite) Hogue.

Fred graduated from LaCrosse Logan High School “Class of 1955” and attended the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. He served active duty in the United States Navy from 1955-1957 and the Navy Reserves from 1957-1960. In 1958 he was united in marriage to Sharon Hanson. On May 27, 1988, in Elm Grove, WI, he was united in marriage to Carol J. Lindblom. He was employed by Twin Disc as Quality Assurance Manager for many years.

Fred was a member of the Mount Pleasant Lutheran Church and belonged to the Menomonee Falls Jaycees. He enjoyed his time volunteering with the Boy Scouts, Junior Achievement of Racine, and serving for the REST Program for seven years. Fred was an avid sportsman who loved playing golf, football in high school and the Navy and especially enjoyed watching the Packers. Above all he treasured time spent with his family and will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his wife, Carol; his children, Elizabeth (Stephen) Samerjan, Glenn (Judy) Hogue, Mark (Lori) Hogue; his grandchildren, Maia and Zoe Samerjan, Warren Hogue, Benjamin and Madeline Hogue; his step-children, Cara (Roy) Tock, Tobin Lindblom, First Sergeant Seth (June) Lindblom, Nora (Steve) Pierce; step-grandchildren, Nathan and Ethan Tock; sister, Mary (John) Kampschroer; and brother, David (Sis) Hogue. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers, Perry Hogue and John Hogue; and a sister, Lucille Cantwell.

Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, May 2, 2009, at 11 a.m. with Reverend Kara F. Baylor officiating. Private interment will be held at the Southern Wisconsin Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, Town of Dover. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until time of service. Memorials to the Diabetes Association or to the American Heart Association have been suggested.

The family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to Wheaton Franciscan- All Saints staff. Especially Dialysis West, Dr. Brennan and Dr. Dhingra, Dr. LeSage, and the ICU nurses for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Virginia 'Ginny' (Ziesemer) Creuziger

Mrs. Virginia 'Ginny' Creuziger, 87, passed away on Monday evening, April 27, 2009, at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare/All Saints. She was born in Racine on Jan. 11, 1922, to the late Carl and Lydia (nee: Potterville) Ziesemer. She lived all of her life in Racine. She was united in marriage to Emery Creuziger in Racine on Sept. 4, 1943.

She was the secretary at Gifford School for many years, retiring in about 1990. She was an active member of Evangelical United Methodist Church, sang in the church choir, played the church bells, and was a member of the Ridgerunners Square Dance Club. She loved knitting, crocheting and cooking.

She is survived by her loving husband, Emery Creuziger, of over 64 years; two sons, Dennis and Larry Creuziger. Virginia and Emery raised three of their granddaughters, Sara, Jessica and Laura; also surviving are five other grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, Katelyn; four sisters, Lorraine Lange, Lois (Jerry) Chadek, Janet (Harold) Green and Joyce Rohner; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her son, Robbin Creuziger, on June 23, 2002.

Funeral services will be held at Evangelical United Methodist Church, 11th and Main Sts., on Friday, May 1, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. John Flemming officiating. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Friends may meet with the family at the Wilson Funeral Home, 1212 Lathrop Ave., on Thursday, April 30, 2009, from 4-7 p.m. and at the church on Friday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.

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

Zachary Taylor Jensen

Zachary Taylor Jensen, 10 weeks old, became an angel on Monday, April 27, 2009. He, along with his twin sister Brianna, was born in Racine on February 15, 2009, the son of Thomas “T.J.” and Megan (nee: Gaulke) Jensen.

Zachary leaves to cherish his memory his parents, Thomas “T.J.” and Megan Jensen; his twin sister Brianna and brother Levi; his grandparents, Larry Gaulke, Kim (Robert) Emmerling, Cindi (Kevin) Bohn and Richard Jensen all of Racine; great-grandparents, Judy Roushia. Char Roushia and Ron (Mardell) Ferg, all of Racine, Marion Hamann of Pigeon Falls, WI, Roy (Carloyn) Emmerling of Havana, IL, and Don (Shelby) Bohn of Arkdale, WI; great-great-grandmother Nancy Ferg of Racine; his immediate aunts, Nicole (Jason) Passehl, Christine Gaulke and Stephany Garcia; cousin, Joeseph Garcia, all of Racine. His great aunts, great uncles, other relatives and friends further survive Zachary.

A service celebrating his short life will be held in the funeral home on Thursday, April 30, at 1 p.m., with Rev. Charlene B. Mills officiating. Visitation will be in the funeral home on
Thursday, from 11:30 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial will follow in Graceland Cemetery.

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

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Norma Margaret Pinekenstein

Norma M. Pinekenstein (Nee. Pallesen), 86, passed away at Ridgewood Healthcare Center on April 26, 2009. She was a lifelong resident of Racine, born July 7, 1922 to Nels C. and Sophia (nee: Petersen) Pallesen.

Norma and the late Henry Pinekenstein, Jr. were married on May 27, 1944, at Grace Lutheran Church. Norma and Henry were best known for their fruit and vegetable stand located on the corner of Highways 20 and 31. Norma was also a teller at the First National Bank, a secretary for Racine Milk Producers, a foster parent, a school secretary for Racine Unified, a real estate agent, a caller for substitute teachers for Racine Unified. She was also active in the community, on the Racine Public Library Board, and various community, school and church committees. Norma loved to cook and often invited large groups for a meal. Norma loved to be with people and served others with a happy heart.

Norma will be dearly missed by her daughter and son-in-law, Ruth P. (Paul) Guenther, both of Racine; grandchildren, Dr. Kris Ann (Christopher) Schultz of St. Paul, Minn., Elizabeth Pinekenstein of Mukwonago, Bridget (Rich) Meyers of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Austin and Erika Guenther both of Racine; and great-grandchildren, Noah Henry Schultz and Lucy Lynn Schultz of St. Paul, Minn.; sister Betty Mikulecky of Racine. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

She was proceeded in death by her parents; husband, Henry Jr. on March 22, 2008; son, Henry; brothers, Ralph Pallesen, Al Pallesen and Peter Pallesen; sisters, Helen Jensen and Marie Brackett.

Funeral services for Norma will be held at the Lutheran Chapel of the Cross, 1426 Fancher Road, on Friday, May 1, 2009, at 2 p.m. with Rev. Daniel Feldscher officiating. Private burial will be held at West Lawn Memorial Park. There will be visitation at the church on Friday from 1 p.m. until time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Lutheran Chapel of the Cross have been suggested by the family.

The Pinekenstein family would like to extend a very special thank you to all who cared for Norma.

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

Theresa P. Fink

Theresa P. (nee, Beyel) Fink, 84, passed away at Lincoln Village Convalescent Center on Sunday, April 26, 2009.

Theresa was born in Traunstein, Germany, on June 28, 1924, to Kaspar and Theresa (nee, Praxenthaler) Beyel. She moved from Germany to Racine in 1957 to be near her sister, Philomena Foreman. Theresa married Joseph Fink. She was employed by High Ridge Hospital, retiring in 1975. She enjoyed gardening, knitting, cooking and spending time with her family.

Theresa is survived by her husband, Joseph Fink; daughters, Gerda (Herbert) Knorr and Renate (Robert) Burch; and grandchildren, Sandra (Dan Bartelt) Knorr and Ryan Burch. Theresa is also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; and sister, Philomena Foreman.

A memorial gathering for Theresa will be held at the funeral home on Thursday from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. A private inurnment will take place at West Lawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hope Safehouse Animal Shelter.

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

Rosemarie A. (Lico) Wiatrowski-Travis

Rosemarie A. Wiatrowski-Travis, age 66, passed away Sunday, April 26, 2009, at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints Medical Center. She was born in New York, NY, on January 19, 1943, daughter of the late Charles and Seraphine (Nee: Contessa) Lico.

Rosemarie was employed with United Airlines and retired from there after over thirty years of service. She then went on to work with Pactiv Corp. until her retirement in 2006. She was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, a member of Wisconsin Ovarian Cancer Alliance (W.O.C.A.) and was a United Way Volunteer. Rosemarie enjoyed gardening and cruises but most of all spending time with her family. Rosemarie will be forever remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother and will be dearly missed.

Rosemarie is the beloved wife of Howie Travis of Racine ; loving mother to her son, Christopher Wiatrowski (Katie Meyer) of Chicago; loving sister of Catherine (Fred) Uhl of Venice, FL; stepchildren, Tracy (Steve) Kral of Caledonia, Megan (Shawn) Wilder of Racine, Todd Travis of Racine; grandchildren, Maggie, Kaylee, Britani and Nathan; great-granddaughter, Breaisha; brother-in-law, Darrell (Norine) Travis of Oak Creek,; nephews, Richard (Allison) Stewart, Kenneth (Val) Stewart; her friend and father of their son, Wojcieh Wiatrowski; other relatives and dear friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, May 1, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 6400 Spring St., with Reverend William Dietzler officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Thursday at the funeral home from 4-7 p.m. (6:45 p.m. Remembering service) and on Friday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of Mass. Memorials to the W.O.C.A. in Franklin, WI, have been suggested.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Doctors Mullane and Johnson and staffs for their continued support.

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

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Walter 'Kerry' Wohlust

Walter “Kerry” Wohlust passed away peacefully Saturday, April 25, 2009, at the Veterans Home in Union Grove. He lived an extraordinary life filled with wonderful memories and was known for his many artistic talents as well as his long career as the leader of the Kerry Wahls Quartet.

Kerry was born in Racine, WI, on September 27, 1919, son of the late George and Frieda (Berg) Wohlust. He spent childhood summers working and playing at Muskego Beach Amusement Park and was billed as the “World’s Youngest Professional Drummer” at the age of five. He went on to attend Horlick High School and the Army Air Cadet Training School in St. Cloud, MN. He married the love of his life, Aileen “Skip” Danielson, on August 9, 1941, and they raised four daughters. He served in the armed forces during WWII in the European and Southern Pacific theaters in a variety of capacities: a USO entertainer in shows with many big stars of the time, cadet, gunner, medic and soldier and was awarded a purple heart and a silver star for extreme bravery in combat. While stationed on Christmas Island in the South Pacific, his artwork in the camp newsletter drew the attention of visiting First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and she asked him to d o her portrait and bring it to the White House.

Kerry’s numerous paintings and prints depicting our vanishing landscapes can be found all over the world. He loved to paint “memories” and has a series of lighthouses, religious paintings and murals, airplanes, landmarks around the great lakes and even a special series of oil paintings depicting early Muskego Beach, now on permanent display in their public library. One of Kerry’s paintings of the Thunderbirds squadron is displayed in the Thunderbird National Museum located in Nevada.

Kerry maintained a dual career, painting by day and performing by night with numerous talented musicians from southeastern Wisconsin in clubs ranging from Chicago to the Playboy Club in Lake Geneva. His smooth handling of vibes, vocals and drums gave the Kerry Wahls Quartet a large following of cherished fans. They played many long term engagements in southeast Wisconsin, including the Burlingshire Resort and Greco’s in Kenosha in more recent years.

Despite his achievements musically and artistically, Kerry’s greatest accomplishments came from providing rich family experiences for his children and grandchildren. He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years “Skip” Aileen (Danielson); his four daughters, Melody (Robert) Carter of Baraboo/Racine, Lani Braley, Autumn (John) Lenart, and Paris (Tashe) Bozinovski all of Racine; his eleven grandchildren, Kerry (Rachael) Carter of Hertfordshire, England, Scott (Cheryl) Carter of Brooklyn Center, MN, Chad (Kristy) Carter of Green Bay, WI, Michael (Amy) Carter of Franksville, Robin (Jerry) Lillard, McAllen, TX, Lorelei (Tom) Smith of Oak Creek, WI, Marnie (Chuck) Hidde of Racine, Brea Lenart of Racine, Brett Lenart of Chicago, IL, Erika Bozinovski of Madison, WI and Alyssa (Jacob) Minger of Sturtevant, WI; and his twelve great-grandchildren, Zachary and Oliver Carter, Madison and Mia Carter, Kaeley Carter, Jacob and Hannah Lillard, Jordan and Dylan Smith, Paige and Max Hidde and Logan Minger. He is also survived by his sister Ruth (Fred) Oertel of Racine; brother-in-law Stanley (June) Danielson of Woodstock, IL; sisters-in-law Elaine (Ken) Danielson of Darien, WI, and Marlene (Glenn) Wohlust of Racine.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Frieda Wohlust; sister, Leora (Mike) Dinkelman; brothers, Leroy and Glenn Wohlust; sisters-in-law Aline and Mae Wohlust, June Danielson; and brothers-in-law, Mike Dinkelman and Ken Danielson. Also surviving are many dear nieces, nephews and family friends. Although Kerry will be deeply missed, we know he is up in heaven right now singing, playing vibes with one hand and painting more beautiful memories with the other hand.

A Memorial Service will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, April 29, 2009, at 11 a.m. Private interment will be held. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until time of service. Memorials to the Veterans Home in Union Grove have been suggested.

The family would like to express their deep appreciation to the staff at the Veteran’s Home in Union Grove at Boland Hall, 2 east, for their kind and compassionate care of Kerry during his stay there.

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

Adeline 'Addie' Melcher

Adeline “Addie” Melcher, 91 passed away on Saturday, April 25, 2009. She was born in Marquette, WI, the daughter of the late Edward and Ottelia (nee: Sigman) Wickner.

Mrs. Melcher was a longtime employee of the Wisconsin Bell Telephone Company. She also was a longtime member of Atonement Lutheran Church.

Surviving are her children, Charles (Nancy) Melcher, John ( Judy) Melcher, Jo Zuehlke, and Larry (Maryjane) Melcher; 10 wonderful grandchildren, Charles (Montiel) Melcher, Jeffrey Melcher, Lisa (Randy) Beebe, Kimberly (James) Davitz, Scott (Wendy) Melcher, Amanda (Keith) Darling, Brock (Penny) Melcher, Jennifer Luzack, Michelle (John) Mazur and Tyler Melcher; 17 great-grandchildren; sisters, Irma Jahns and Audrey Fox. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles E. Melcher, on August 23, 1971; sisters, Ruth Fenske, Eleanor Cuzner and Esther Steinhilber; and brother, Arthur Wickner.

Private funeral services were held on Thursday with Rev. Dr. Warren Williams officiating. The family has suggested memorials to Hospice of Racine or the Becker-Shoop Center.

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

Friday, April 24, 2009

Josephine 'Josie' Rose Beckett

Josephine “Josie” Ros (nee: Saavedra) Beckett, 78, passed away at Wheaton Franciscan Health CareAll Saints on Friday, April 24, 2009, with her family at her side. Josie was born in Texas on August 30, 1930, the daughter of Margarito and Cruse (nee: Gonzales) Saavedra.

She was united in marriage to William “Bill” Beckett at Holy Communion Lutheran Church on June 26, 1954. Josie was a faithful and devoted member of Holy Communion Lutheran Church, along with being very involved in the Evangelism Committee and the Prayer chain at Holy Communion.

She was an avid Packers and Brewers fan, and along with her husband found great enjoyment in attending citywide softball games. Most of all, Josie found her greatest love spending time with her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Josie is survived by her husband Bill, the love of her life, of almost 55 years, along with her devoted children, Rose (David) Bequeaith, William Jr. (Susan) Beckett, Vicki (Domingo) Chavez, all of Racine, Cynthia (Victor Sr.) Chavez, of Fredericksburg, Virginia; her loving twelve grandchildren, Jennifer (Joe), Rachel, Lisa, Billy III, Victor Jr., Christopher, Joshua, Jeremy, Zachary (Anica), Ashley, Matthew and Jarred.

She is further survived by her adoring great-grandchildren, Juanio, Hailey, Selena, Cailyn, Aiden, Nevaeh and Nathan; brothers and sisters, Esther (Paul) Bishop of Racine, Frank Rodriguez of Milwaukee, Mike (Nancy) Saavedra, Ann Beckett and Mickey (Judy) Saavedra all of Racine; and two godchildren, Julie Beckett and Brandon Bernal.

Josie is also survived by brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many many dear friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Guadalupe Braun; and great granddaughter Faith Haluska.

Funeral services honoring and remembering Josie’s life will be held at Holy Communion Lutheran Church, 2000 W. 6th St., on Tuesday, April 28, 2009, at 10:30 a.m., with Rev. Jeff Barrow and Rev. Kathy Brown officiating. Burial will be held at West Lawn Memorial Park. There will be a visitation at the Sturino Funeral Home on Monday from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. and at church on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until service time at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family in Josie’s name to be directed at a later date would be appreciated.

Josies’ family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the nursing staff at W.F.H.–All Saints I.C.U. for their fine care, and to Andrew and Carol Duncan for their never-ending friendship. Most of all, a very special thank you to Rev. Jeff Barrow and Rev. Kathy Brown for their friendship and spiritual support during Josie’s illness and always.

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

Jeanette R. (Moyer) Heimerl

Union Grove -- Jeanette R. (Nee: Moyer) Heimerl, age 75, passed away unexpectedly during one of her many enjoyable outings with her husband on Friday, April 24, 2009.

She was born on May 13, 1933, daughter of the late William and Esther (Nee: Gooder) Moyer. On September 24, 1960, she was united in marriage to Willis Max Heimerl at Yorkville United Methodist Church. She was a lifelong resident of Yorkville.

Jeanette was the kindest, sweetest, most thoughtful wife and mother that ever lived. She loved her family dearly. She adored her grandchildren and was very proud of them. They loved their grandma very much. She enjoyed being with her family, especially on vacation at the Wisconsin Dells every summer. She liked the boat trips, train ride, Tommy Bartlett Show, walking Main Street, having a picnic at the Lake Delton Public Beach, craft malls and the special tradition of all of us eating at Kentucky Fried Chicken. She had fun with her husband going to the various local county and state fairs, tractor shows and thresherees, Renaissance Faire, East Troy Trolley and Elegant Farmer.

Jeanette enjoyed entering her crafts and flowers in the Racine County Fair receiving many blue ribbons over the years. In her earlier years, she entered various baked goods and was known for her wonderful Christmas cookies. She also made a needlework picture for each of her grandchildren when they were born and a Christmas ornament for their first Christmas. She would sew clothes for her daughters when they were young and also many Barbie doll outfits. She will be missed dearly, but we will cherish her memories forever.

Jeanette is survived by her loving husband of 48 years, Willis; daughters, Susan (Burnell) Breaker of Racine, Sharon (Louis) Fliess of Burlington; six grandchildren, Andy and Ryan Breaker, Emily, Abbey, Michael and Molly Fliess; brother, Jim (Sandy) Moyer; sisters-in-law, Janice Hahn, Christine Heimerl; other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her parents, Jeanette was also preceded in death by her special cousin, Barbara Koenig, and Aunt Marjorie Evans.

Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the Yorkville United Methodist Church, 17645 Old Yorkville Road, Union Grove, Tuesday, April 28, 2009, from 4:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. with the service to follow at 7 p.m. with Rev. Gary Swanson officiating. Private interment will be held at Forest Hill Memorial Park.

The family would like to express a special thank you to the employees of the Mt. Pleasant IHOP Restaurant, Mt. Pleasant Rescue Squad, and Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints Emergency Room staff for their compassionate care provided.

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

Wayne G. Prechtel

Sturtevant – Wayne George Prechtel, 66, passed away at Wheaton Franciscan – All Saints Medical Center on Friday, April 24, 2009.

Wayne was born in Milwaukee on November 1, 1942, to the late Alfred and Adeline (nee: Magnus) Prechtel. He graduated from Nathan Hale High School of West Allis in 1960.

He faithfully served our country as a military police officer with the United States Army Reserves. Prior to his retirement, Wayne enjoyed working for Spee-Dee Packaging Machinery. Earlier in his career, Wayne worked as a Parts Manager for various auto dealerships.

With a profound faith in God, he was a proud member of Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Caledonia. As a boating enthusiast, Wayne had been a member of the Racine Yacht Club. Among his other interests, he enjoyed classic cars, playing pool, bicycling and music -- especially singing and playing the guitar. Above all, he loved and cherished being in the surroundings of his family and close friends.

Surviving are his daughter and son-in-law, Christine and Ronald Brandt; adored granddaughter, Hailey Brandt; special friends, Linda Prechtel, Sharyn Prechtel and Sharman Turek.

In addition to his parents, Wayne was preceded in death by his beloved daughter, Valerie Prechtel, who died of a brain tumor at the tender age of 2.

A memorial service celebrating Wayne’s life will be held in funeral home on Wednesday, April 29, 2009, at 7 p.m. with Rev. Emile Burgess officiating. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 5-7 p.m. Private interment of Wayne’s cremated remains will take place at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Cemetery in Muskego.

A heartfelt note of thanks to Sharman and Linda for all their compassionate care and support during the past two weeks; and to all our friends and co-workers for the many prayers, phone calls and sincere understanding during this difficult time. May God bless all of you!

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

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Jack Alan Spencer

Jack Alan Spencer, 79, passed away on Wednesday, April 22, 2009, at Becker Shoop Center. He was a lifelong resident of Racine, born on August 17, 1929, the son of Floyd and Ida (nee: Muleski) Spencer.

On April 2, 1949, Jack was united in marriage to Ardice Macaione in Iowa City, Iowa. He served in the United States Army 82nd Airborne Division. Jack retired as a hydraulic pump repairman in 1992 from Bosch, formerly known as Racine Hydraulics, after 30 years of service. He was an avid golfer, playing courses throughout Racine, the United States and Jamaica, especially with his friends and fellow golfers from Cham-Tap.

Jack is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ardice; children, Jack (Mary) Spencer, Alan Spencer all of Racine and Don (Karen) Spencer of Eagle River; seven grandchildren, J.T., Matthew, Amy, Gina, Chayce, Carly and Ryan; four great-grandchildren, Mia, Bryce, Ryan and Abigail, son-in-law, Jeff (Barb) Sutton of Sparta. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Jack was preceded in death by two daughters, Deborah Spencer and Jeanne Sutton; one son, David Spencer; granddaughter, Faye Spencer; two daughters-in-law, Diane and Barbara Spencer; and brother, Wally Muleski.

Memorial services will be at Sturino Funeral Home on Sunday, April 26, 2009, at 3 p.m. Private burial will be held at Calvary Cemetery. There will be a visitation on Sunday from 1 p.m. until time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Hospice Alliance, 10220 Prairie Ridge Blvd., Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158 have been suggested.

The Spencer family would like to extend a very special thank you to the entire staff at Becker Shoop Center for the fine care given to Jack.

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

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Charles 'Charlie' H. Lexa

Charles “Charlie” H. Lexa, age 74, passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2009, from complications following surgery. Charlie was born in Racine on August 29, 1935, son of the late Henry E. and Helen A. (Nee: Mihel) Ehlert and was raised by his mother and adoptive father, Charles Lexa.

In his early years Charlie joined Sokol and attended Bohemian School to learn Bohemian. To earn money he was a caddy at the Racine Country Club and had his own paper route. He was a graduate of William Horlick High School “Class of 1953.” Charlie joined the United States Navy where he traveled the world and lived in Morocco and Australia, ending his twenty-year Naval career in San Diego, CA. Returning to Racine with his family he was a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service for fifteen years. He was a longtime member of the Moose Lodge and the V.F.W. Post 1391. Charlie also enjoyed his time as a delivery person for Flowers by Walter. He loved crossword puzzles, reading, gardening and especially spending time with his family and friends on his “veranda.” He will be sadly missed by all.

Survivors include his wife, Linda (Nee: Grove); his children, Karin Fannon, Linda (Claudio) Araujo, Craig Lexa; his daughter-in-law, Denise Lexa; 13 grandchildren; two stepchildren, Tracy Squires, Melanie (Mike) Zember; five stepgrandchildren; brothers, Paul (Judy) Lexa, Richard (Marilyn) Lexa; sisters, Helen (Joe) Camilli, Margaret Lemay, Louise Urdiales; brother-in-law, Robert (Judy) Grove; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his son, Robert Lexa.

A Memorial Service will be held at the funeral home on Thursday, April 23, 2009, at 5:30 p.m. Private interment will be held. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Thursday from 3:30 p.m. until time of service.

The family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to the wonderful doctors and nurses at Froedtert Memorial Hospital for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Mary Denise Dretzka

San Francisco, CA -- Mary Denise Dretzka passed away on Tuesday, April 21, 2009, at San Francisco General Hospital. Mary was born in Racine on January 30, 1960, daughter of Roland and the late Jill (nee: Cieslukowski) Dretzka.

Mary was a graduate of St. Edward Grade School, St. Catherine's High School, the University of Wisconsin-Madison (Bachelor of Theatre Arts), and the California Culinary Academy. Mary had a great love of the theater and participated in many plays and musicals while in high school and college. After a career in the apparel industry, Mary began her career as a chef to pursue her love of cooking and baking.

Survivors include her loving parents Roland and Elaine Dretzka; brother David (Phyllis); sister Susan; sister Julie (Tim) Myers; and cherished nieces: Jillian Dretzka, Abby, Molly and Kaylee Myers. She is further survived by aunts and uncles: Hubert (the late Violet) Dretzka, Marianne and Jim Cherrie, Mary Lou (the late Ken) Dretzka, Robert and Ellen Cieslukowski, Pat and Ron Cumming, Sandy & Peter Puestow, Dr. Ed and Joanne Pezanoski, Richard Pezanoski, Rachel Pezanoski. Also many special cousins and friends: a special friend, Sister Barbara Walsh of San Francisco; and former husband, Mo Backus of San Francisco. Mary was preceded in death by her mother Jill (in 1965); grandparents: Jerome and Elynor Dretzka, Ed and Susan Cieslukowski, and Sig and Jane Pezanoski; godfather, Jerry Dretzka; Aunt Lennie Dretzka, Uncle Nick Fluyeras; and Aunt Lorraine Pezanoski.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Edward Catholic Church, 1425 Grove Ave., on Saturday, May 2, 2009, at 11 a.m. with the Reverends Allen Bratkowski and Richard Molter officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the Mass. Interment will be at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery, Cudahy, WI, on Monday, May 4, at 10 a.m. Memorials to St. Catherine's High School music and drama department are suggested.

A special thank you to Susie, Phyllis, Joan, Michelle, Geri, Sister Barbara and Mo for being with Mary.

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

Viola 'Vi' M. Uebel

Mrs. Viola (Vi) M. Uebel, 84, passed away on Tuesday, April 21, 2009, in Chippewa Falls, WI. She was born in Green Bay on August 4, 1924, to the late Henry and Minerva (nee: Rabideau) VandenBranden. She lived in Racine for 80 years. She was united in marriage to Ralph W. Uebel in San Diego, CA, on August 4, 1945. He preceded her in death in 1983. She was a member of St. Mary's by the Lake.

She is survived by her son, David (Julie) Uebel; son-in-law, Ken Adams; grandson, Kenny Uebel; granddaughter, Hope (Jake) Otto. She was also preceded in death by a son, Kenneth Uebel, and a daughter, Dawn Adams.

Friends may meet for the Committal Service at West Lawn Memorial Park Chapel on Monday, April 27, 2009, at 11 a.m.

Memorials in memory of Mrs. Uebel to St. Mary's by the Lake have been suggested.

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

Carol M. Williams

Kenosha – Carol M. Williams, 61, passed away at her home on Tuesday, April 21, 2009 following a courageous battle with Lymphoma.

Carol was born in Milwaukee on January 6, 1948, to the late Peter and Germaine (nee: Watson) Williams. A graduate of Union Grove High School, she lived in Milwaukee until moving to Kenosha in 1999.

Carol was employed by Ametek-Lamb Electric for over 33 years until the closure of the company. Following, she went on to pursue a horticulture degree from Gateway Technical College. Sadly, she was forced to resign when diagnosed with terminal lymphoma in 2008.

Carol will be remembered for her kind and loving spirit who had no enemies. She was a passionate people person and had a great zest for life. Carol enjoyed gardening, needlepoint and her ethnic Norwegian heritage. Above all, she loved and cherished being in the surroundings of her entire family.

Surviving are her brothers and sisters, William (Nancy) Williams, Robert Williams, Lois (Jim) Driskill, Jane Hensler, Joan Lehninger, Dan (Rose) Williams, Irvin (Darlene) Williams and Stacy (Dawn) Williams; her loving companion, John Fornal; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends too numerous to mention by name.

Funeral services will be held in the funeral home on Tuesday, April 28, 2009, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Mark Barnett officiating. Visitation will be in the funeral home on Tuesday from 9-11 a.m. Private interment will take place at Lake View Cemetery in Rib Lake on Wednesday.

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

Monday, April 20, 2009

Scott A. Kechter

Scott A. Kechter, 52, passed away on Monday, April 20, 2009, at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – All Saints. He was a lifelong resident of Racine, born on November 26, 1956, the son of Artie and Dolores (nee: Olsen) Kechter. Scott was united in marriage to Pamela R. Owen.

He was employed at APL Logistics Ltd. Scott enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, and was and avid Packers fan.

Surviving are two children, Danielle Kechter and Jason (Jessica) Kechter; six grandchildren; sister, Vicki (Tom) Thiery; brother, Mark (Colleen) Kechter. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Pamela, on November 9, 2008.

Memorial Services will be held at Sturino Funeral Home on Thursday, April 23, 2009, at 1 p.m. with Rev. Steve Wohlfeil officiating. There will be a visitation at the funeral home on Thursday before services, from 11:30 a.m. until service time.

Special thank you to the ICU staff at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – All Saints.

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

Dewayne 'Bill' Leroy Tatum

Dewayne “Bill” Leroy Tatum, 82, passed away at his residence on Monday April 20, 2009, surrounded by his family. He was born on February 20, 1927, in Kearney, Nebraska, the son of Walter and Mabel (nee: Warby) Tatum.

Bill was united in marriage to Dorothy Hess in Port Washington on February 12, 1949. He was employed as an operating engineer with Wisconsin Electric, retiring after 38 years of service. Bill proudly served in the United States Army as a Corporal and later served as a Sergeant with the National Guard.

He was an avid Packers fan, and enjoyed NASCAR along with finding enjoyment in bowling, golfing, and swimming and diving at the Racine Quarry. Over and above his interests, Bill found his greatest pleasure spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and his extended family.

Bill is survived by his wife of 60 years, Dorothy, and their children, John (MaryAnn) Tatum of Cudahy, Susan (Ken) Jensen of Waterford, Debra (Terry) Dallia of Racine, Cathleen (Joseph) Nixa of Franksville, Timothy (Laurie) Tatum of Grand Prairie, Texas, Amy (Mark) Carr, and Todd (Sherry) Tatum all of Racine. He is further survived by 17 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Vester Tatum of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Leo (Lois) Staton of Florida; one sister, Sarah “Nancy” Ankney, who he was reunited with after 50 years of being separated as young children. Bill is also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and two brothers, Melvin Tatum and Donald Staton.

In keeping with Bill’s wishes, private services were held at the Sturino Funeral Home.

The Tatum family would like to extend a very special thank you to Dr. Manne and her staff for the fine care and compassion given to Bill during his illness.

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

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Bervin 'B.J.' 'Lars' Larson

If you are reading this, you will know I passed away on Sunday, April 19, 2009.

I was born in LaCrosse, on January 18, 1925, the son of the late Lewis and Edna (nee: Osgard) Larson. I received my education in the schools of Onalaska. My brother Lloyd was born on July 6, 1930 and died June 3, 1998.

After graduation I enlisted in the Marine Corps at the age of 18. I served in several military campaigns in the Pacific during World War II. After being discharged I married Caryl Schlict in LaCrosse in 1946. We had two children: Kay and Scott. Caryl and Scott are deceased. I attended LaCrosse State Teacher’s College, (now known as the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse) for two years. I was recalled to the Marine Corps in 1950 and served 14 months, ten of them in Korea. I made a lot of good friends in Korea; sadly many of them did not make it home.

Upon my return I became a meat cutter. After a few years I moved to Racine, where I arrived with forty dollars and a suitcase. In 1959, I was employed by Buehler’s Market on Main Street for the prevailing rate of sixty-five dollars a week. On August 17, 1963, I married Phyllis Rognsvoog Schreiber; we brought forth a daughter, Lee Ann. In 1964 we bought the Hanson & Schweitzer Meat Market. We sold it after two years.

I took a job as the meat manager in a small store in Kenosha. It was, in turn, bought out by the PDQ Corporation. Along with my good friend and business partner, Henry Meyer, we leased the meat department and formed L&M Meats, Inc. Henry and I had different personalities which seemed to provide a good balance, and we successfully ran our operation for the next forty years without any serious disagreements. We created four meat departments in various grocery stores in the Racine-Kenosha Area. I retired in 1996 and Henry died in 2004.

I joined Racine Rotary-West in the early 1970s. Along with my wife Phyllis, we hosted eight Rotary foreign exchange students. I truly believe that if international peace and understanding is to be achieved it will partially come about when people throughout the world trade children with one another for a year or so at a time. It provides a wonderful outlook on other cultures in other parts of the world. It really enriched our lives.

I learned to fly, and got my pilot’s license. Phyllis and I enjoyed many fine vacations across the U.S.A. We also visited the families of our exchange students throughout the world. Other things I was proud of was being a candidate for the Racine Unified School Board and candidate for State Senate, Past Chairman of the Wisconsin Libertarian Party, member of the Racine County Visitors Center and a volunteer on the Racine Zoning Board of Appeals. I enjoyed golfing, photography, antique clock collecting and repairing, woodworking and clock building.

The most important person I leave behind is my devoted wife Phyllis. She had a very positive effect on my life and was the stabilizing influence on many of my business decisions. I also leave my children, with much love and affection, Kay (Rollie) Stewart, Lee Ann (Shawn) Pautz, Bruce (Darlene) Schreiber, Jim Schreiber, Donna Schreiber Bruska, and Scott (Evie) Schreiber. My grandchildren, who I will miss dearly, Christine (Dino) Lucas, Amy (Nathan) Dowd, Justin (Bunny) Larson, Mike (Carla) Stewart, Aaron (Jennifer) Schreiber, Devina Johnson, Melissa (Mike) Larson, Ryan (Sarah), Brandon, Lucas and Alex Schreiber, Daniella, Lexi and Benjamin Pautz, along with many great-grandchildren.

There will be a Memorial Service celebrating my life held in the funeral home at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 23, with my grandson Rev. Ryan Schreiber officiating. You can meet with my family from 5 p.m. until the time of the service. According to my wishes I will be cremated and spread over my favorite boyhood area in Onalaska.

Again, I want to thank my lovely wife Phyllis for putting up with me these past 45 years. She has provided the love and influence that has made my life worthwhile and successful. And thanks to all of you. Remember me kindly and be happy.

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

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Ruth C. (Hayman) England

Ruth C. England was born to eternal life on April 18, 2009, at the age of 97. Ruth was born in Evanston, IL, on June 27, 1911, daughter of the late Jesse and Rebecca (Nee: Osbourn) Hayman.

On September 25, 1965, in Racine she was united in marriage to George A. England, who preceded her in death September 28, 1997. She retired in 1975 from First National Bank. Ruth was a member of Mt. Pleasant Lutheran Church. Above all Ruth touched many lives and will be missed by all who knew her, especially her family.

Survivors include her daughter, Ruth Ann (Hank) Miller of Racine; step-daughter, Sandra (James) Davis of Anna, IL; daughter-in-law Diana Knudson of McAllen, TX; her grandchildren, Kimberly (Kevin) Jones of Racine, Darin (Kim) Andersen of Milwaukee, Tony Davis of Anna, IL, Melissa Davis of Nashville, TN, Kristen, Karl, Rachel, and Jana of McAllen, TX; great-grandchildren, Cody and Haley Jones of Racine; nieces, nephew, and dear friends. In addition to her parents and husband, George, she was preceded in death by her son, Charles “Chuck” Knudson, and three sisters.

Memorial services will be held at Mt. Pleasant Lutheran Church, 1700 S. Green Bay Rd., on Friday April 25, 2009, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Kara Baylor officiating. Private interment will be held at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church Friday from 10 a.m. until time of services. Memorials to the Mt. Pleasant Lutheran Church Meditation Garden Fund would be appreciated.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Mary Lou, Mom’s Tuesday “Ray of Sunshine.”

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

Bernena M. Tolliver

Mrs. Bernena M. Tolliver, 84, passed away Saturday morning, April 18, 2009, in Wheaton Franciscan/ All Saints. She was born on Dec. 26, 1924, to the late Elnora (nee: Caulvan) and John Ruggeri. She was united in marriage to Kenneth C. Tolliver on Sept. 27, 1944. He preceded her in death on Sept. 21, 1999.

She enjoyed working, crocheting, cooking and spending time with her family. Above all she was a devoted wife, mother and friend.

She is survived by her daughters, Judy (Steve) Honore, Jeanice (Jack) Duffy, Regina (Harland) Werth; sons, Butchie (Corrine) Tolliver, Kurt Tolliver, John (Julie) Tolliver; grandchildren, Cody Tolliver, Kyle Tolliver, Liza Tolliver, Tanya Tolliver, Jamie Tolliver, Joanna Werth, Harland Werth, Jonathon Werth, Michael, Tammy Kimberly Elisha, Ana, Mark Honore, Danny Honore, Stephanie Degroot, Tina, Mary Jane, Jimmy, Marcia Duffy and thirty-five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at the West Lawn Memorial Park Chapel, 9000 Washington Ave., on Wednesday, April 22, 2009, at 10 a.m. with Rev. Holly Anderle officiating. Friends may meet with the family at West Lawn Chapel from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.

You're in heaven now, so we know you are happy and at home. We love you more than words can say. You'll be missed very much, you were the best part of our life.

Wilson Funeral Home
1212 Lathrop Ave. Racine 634-3361

Friday, April 17, 2009

Joel S. Wellhoefer

Joel S. Wellhoefer, 57, passed away on Friday, April 17, 2009, at Froedtert Hospital. He was born in Sheboygan on May 16, 1951, to Louis and Romaine (nee: Phalen) Wellhoefer. He lived in Racine for about 35 years. He was united in marriage to the former Suzanne Runge, in Racine on June 5, 1976, at Our Saviors Lutheran Church.

Joel began his career as an elderly outreach case worker with the United Way/Mental Health Assn. of Racine. He worked at Walker Manufacturing as a pricing analysis, and as a sixth grade teacher at Mitchell Middle School.

He was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran, a graduate of UW-Madison with a BA in History and an MA in education, an MBA from Marquette University and received his teaching certificate from UW-Parkside.

He is survived by his wife, Suzanne Wellhoefer; their two sons, Erik and Mark Wellhoefer; mother, Romaine Wellhoefer; one brother, Jon (Nancy) Wellhoefer; his three nieces, Amy, Traci and Jenni; and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his father, Louis Wellhoefer, in February 2009.

Funeral services will be held at Our Savior's Lutheran, 2219 Washington Ave., on Wednesday, April 22, 2009, at 6:30 p.m. with Rev. Tracy Polzin officiating. Friends may meet with the family at the church on Wednesday from 3 p.m. until the time of service. Private interment will be held at West Lawn Memorial Park on Thursday.

Memorials in memory of Joel to Our Savior's Lutheran Church have been suggested.

A special thank you to Dr. Jack Ohringer, Linda, and the ICU staffs of Froedtert for their friendship and compassionate care through Joel's illness.

Joel loved God, his country and was grateful to those who served in all the wars. Above all he truly cherished and loved his family and was always there for us. You will always be held in our hearts.

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

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Kyle D. Latus

Caledonia -- Kyle Daniel Latus, age 21, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, April 16, 2009, at his residence. He was born in Racine on May 21, 1987, and graduated from Chesterton High School, Chesterton, IN.

Kyle was currently employed by the U.S. Government Census Office. He loved music and working with computers. Most important was his family, friends, and his nephew, James. He will be dearly missed.

Surviving are his parents, Kathleen Latus of Ohio and Eric (Melissa) Latus of Indiana; his brother, Jeffrey (Dana) Latus ; nephew, James Thomas Latus; grandparents, Diane and John Timmerman, Jeffrey and Mary Latus; great-grandparents, John and Marion Latus; step-brothers and step-sister, Brandon, Brittany and Brayden; niece, Danyelle; aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his uncle, Joe Raphael; aunt, Sharon Wood; and a cousin, Andy Wszelaki.

Funeral services will be held at the funeral home, Sunday, April 19, 2009, at 7 p.m. with Reverend John D. Aiello officiating. Relatives and friends may meet Sunday from 5 p.m. until time of service at 7 p.m. Private interment will be held at West Lawn Memorial Park.

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

Karl R. Pinnow

Karl R. Pinnow, 59, passed away on Thursday, April 16, 2009, at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – All Saints. He was a lifelong resident of Racine, born on June 14, 1949, the son of Karl and Hildur (nee: Storheim) Pinnow. Karl served in the United States Army from 1969 to 1971. He was an over-the-road truck driver for many years. Karl enjoyed riding his motorcycle and shooting pool.

Surviving are his sisters, Janice (Gerald) Zinke and Barbara (Stephen) Jensen; brother, David Pinnow; nieces and nephews, Terri (Greg) Ailes, Kerri (Scott) Hanson, Debbie Jensen, Steven (Karen) Jensen, Aaron (Shelly) Pinnow and Benjamin Pinnow. Further survived by great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces, great-great-nephews, other relatives and friends.

Karl was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial services will be held at Sturino Funeral Home on Monday, April 20, 2009, at 3 p.m. Private inurnment will be at Veteran’s Southern Wisconsin Memorial Cemetery. There will be a visitation at the funeral home on Monday before services from 1:30 p.m. until service time.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family would be appreciated.

A special thank you to the 3rd floor ICU staff at All Saints, Dr. Mullane, Dr. Bader, their staff and Hospice for the care given to Karl.

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