Sunday, May 31, 2009

Rose L. Scholzen

Rose L. Scholzen, 94, passed away in Wheaton Franciscan Hospital-All Saints on Sunday, May 31, 2009. She was born in Racine on May 2, 1915, the daughter of the late Jacob and Katherine (nee: Siminic) Klass.

Mrs. Scholzen had been employed by the Hamilton Beach Company and later retired from the Mamco Corporation in 1978. She was a longtime member of St. Richard of Chichester Catholic Church, the Christian Mothers and Altar Sodality, and the Mamco 20-Year Club. She was a die hard Cub’s fan and wished she could live long enough to see them in another World Series.

Surviving are her three children, Nancy Belongia, her children, Pamela Belongia and Keith (Analyn) Belongia, all of Racine, David Scholzen, his children, Karen Ann (Jeff) Lisiecki, their children, Jaden and Ryan of Eagle, WI, and Michael David ( Martha Villalobos and her son Orlando) Scholzen, of Kenosha and his son Teddy Scholzen, Patricia (Michael) Koutelakis of Racine, their daughter, Christina Maria (Panagiotis) Xytakis, and their children Angela and Nicholas all of Chios, Greece. Her nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends further survive her.

Mrs. Scholzen was preceded in death by her loving husband, Ted, on Sept. 17, 1993; beloved granddaughter Susan Belongia-Stock; brothers and sisters, Frank Klass, Mary Luedtke, John Klass, Kathryn Hoffman, Joseph Klass, and Theresa Johnson, also preceded her in death.

Her con-celebrated Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, June 4, at 10:30 a.m. in St. Richard of Chichester Catholic Church, 15th and Grand Ave., with Rev. Ronald J. Gramza and Rev. Edwin J. Kersten O.S.A. officiating. Visitation will be in the funeral home on Wednesday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. and in the church on Thursday from 9:30 .a.m. until the time of the service. Entombment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. The family has suggested memorials to, St. Richard’s Church, Lincoln Lutheran Facilities, or St. Catherine’s High School.

The family would like to thank Dr. Rudy Byron, his staff, as well as, the entire staff of Lincoln Lutheran Village for their care and concern shown Rose and her family.

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

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Curtis W. Hipke

Red Granite, WI -- Curtis W. Hipke, age 87, passed away early Saturday morning, May 30, 2009 at Froedtert Memorial Hospital, Milwaukee. Curtis was born Iron River, WI, on April 2, 1922, son of the late Benjamin and Inez (nee:Barr ) Hipke.

He grew up in Ashland, WI, and graduated from Ashland High School. During World War II, Curt proudly served in the U.S. Army. Curt resided in Racine for 30 years, working for Marigold Dairy and owning and operating a Mobil Gas Station on Durand Avenue. In 1969 Curt became an over-the-road semi truck driver and moved to Red Granite, where he was employed with Schneider Transportation for over twenty years, retiring in 1986. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. He will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his children, Dennis Hipke, Bonnie Hipke, Jeri (Bob) Fisher, Jodi Jensen, Trace (Mark) Stainbrook and Teri Gemmell, all of Racine; grandchildren, Dan Hipke (Vicki Anderson), Jerame (Maria) Leger, Kaitlin and Nicholas Stainbrook, Gina (Douglas) Behr, Viki (David) Murray, Tami (Phil) Swaine; great-grandchildren, April, Yenessa, Estreya, Colton and Kennedy; a sister, Ethel Hamilton of Spokane, WA; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, Curtis was also preceded in death by his grandson, Brian Hipke; his brother, Howard (Vi) Hipke; and two sisters, Myrtle Blahnik and Grace Block.

A Memorial Service with full military honors will be held Monday, June 15, 2009, at noon at the funeral home with Reverend Walter Hermanns officiating. Interment will be held at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Monday at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until time of service.

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

Leslie S. Jacob

Leslie Jacob, 81, went to be with his Lord on Saturday, May 30, 2009.

Leslie was born in Racine on July 10, 1927, son of the late Andrew and Elizabeth Jacob. He was united in marriage to the former Antoinette “Pat” Pawlowsky on April 26, 1958. Leslie served in the U.S. Army at the end of World War II. He retired from J.I. Case Company on August 1, 1987. Leslie was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church.

Leslie is survived by his wife, Antoinette “Pat” Jacob; sons, Kurt Jacob of Milwaukee, Paul (Linda) Jacob and Gregg (Laurie) Jacob both of Racine; daughter, Susan (Paul) Bisswurm of Racine; grandchildren, David and Naomi Jacob, and Ryan and Danny Bisswurm; and sister-in-law, Jane Jacob. Leslie is also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Andrew Jacob, Jr.; sisters and brothers-in-law, Elizabeth and Art Schatzley, and Charlotte and Bernie Stuckey; nephew, Benjamin Stuckey; and niece, Charlotte Ann Pfeiffer.

A Memorial Mass for Leslie will be held at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 6400 Spring St., on Wednesday, June 3, 2009, at 10 a.m. celebrated by Rev. William Dietzler. Private family entombment will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church on Wednesday morning from 9 a.m. until the time of Mass.

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

Friday, May 29, 2009

Edna Y. Cheever

Edna Yvonne (nee: Knudtson) Cheever, 71, passed away on Friday, May 29, 2009, at Froedtert Memorial Hospital in Wauwatosa. She was born in Eau Claire on November 5, 1937, the daughter of Selmer and Bernice (nee: Nelson) Knudtson. On December 11, 1959, Edna was united in marriage to Alvin E. Cheever in Eau Claire. Edna enjoyed all types of puzzles and also enjoyed traveling.

Surviving is her husband, Alvin; sons, Dale Cheever, Daniel (Tammy) Cheever, DuWayne Cheever, Jeffery (Gina) Cheever; daughters, Dawn (Howard) Jorgensen, Pamela (Jim) Jandron, Joan (Jac) Cole; sisters, Beatrice (William) Tumm, Phyllis Radle, Ione (Charles) Anderson, , Lois Knudtson; brothers, Arthur (Florence) Knudtson and Edward (Darlene) Knudtson, brother in law, Pete Tumm and 13 grandchildren. She is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Edna was preceded in death by a sister, Virginia Tumm; and a brother in law, Herman Radle.

Funeral services will be held at Sturino Funeral Home on Friday, June 5, 2009, at 11 a.m.. Burial will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. There will be a visitation at the funeral home on Thursday from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and on Friday from 10 a.m. until time of service.

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

LaDawn Rose Petersen

Mrs. LaDawn Rose (nee: NyLand) Petersen, 45, passed away at St. Luke's Medical Center in Milwaukee on Friday, May 29, 2009.

Mrs. Petersen was born on September 25, 1963, in Las Vegas to Wallace and Shirley (nee: Wilson) NyLand. LaDawn was married to Rodney J. Petersen in Racine on June 19, 2005. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, a Braille worker volunteer, on the board of Christian Care and enjoyed many crafts.

LaDawn is survived by her husband, Rodney J. Petersen; one son, Thomas Lahey; one step-son, Rodney J. Petersen II; two step-daughters, Heather Maire Petersen and Katrina Overstreet; five grandchildren, other relatives and friends. LaDawn is preceded in death by grandmother, Gloria Massey.

Memorial services will be held at Grace Lutheran Church, 3700 Washington Ave., on Friday, June 5,2009, at 7 p.m. with Rev. Thomas Chryst officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church from 6 p.m. until the time of service. Memorials to the Anniversary of Grace Lutheran Church fund have been suggested.

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

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Dorothy G. Muller

Dorothy G. Muller, age 86, passed away Thursday, May 28, 2009, at Lincoln Village Convalescent Center. Dorothy was born in Racine, April 1, 1923, daughter of the late Nicholas and Martha (Nee: Bruce) Muller.

She was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church, where she sang in the choir and was Vice President of Trinity Ladies Aid for twenty years. She graduated from William Horlick High School “Class of 1941.” She worked for Western Advertising Agency/Bozell and Jacobs Inc. for forty-two years, retiring in 1983. Dorothy was a wonderful gourmet cook. She will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her three sisters, Leone Muller, Marie Peil, and Alice J. Hudec; dear friends, cousins and special cousins from the Freylange, Belgium, area and other relatives. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her infant brother, Jean Matthew Muller; and brothers-in-law, Glen Peil, and Paul Hudec.

Rev. Stephen E. Jennings officiated at private funeral services, followed by interment at Mound Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church, Trinity Ladies Aid or Trinity Lutheran School Tuition Support Program.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Gerald Wisniewski and nurse, Peggy for their kindness over the many years, and also to Dr. Park and Dr. Choi.

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

Ruth (Peppers) Holston

Ruth Holston, beloved mother and aunt, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, May 28, 2009, at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints Medical Center. Ruth was born in Holmes County, Mississippi, on April 21, 1930, to the late Northern and Geneva Peppers Sr.

On January 24, 1955, Ruth married John E. Holston Jr., who preceded her in death March 10, 1989. In that union, one son John Holston III was born. Ruth worked for St. Luke’s Hospital for thirty five years, retiring in 1984. Ruth was well known for her immaculate flowers and grass which gave her great joy. She was a faithful member of St. Richard’s Catholic Church. Ruth and her husband, John, were very social people and enjoyed their travels together. More than anything Ruth enjoyed her husband and son, and getting together with relatives for barbecues and picnics. She will be dearly missed.

Ruth is survived by her son John Holston III; three sisters, Magnolia (Howard) Anderson, Henrene Edwards and Mary Carr; four brothers, Northern (Zenobia) Peppers, Frank (Lois Morrisey) Peppers, Larry Peppers, John (Janet) Peppers; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister Mary Alice Brown; father-in-law and mother-in-law, John and Alberta Holston; brothers-in-law, T.J. Carr Sr. and Frank Edwards; nephews, Manuel Carr, TJ Carr Jr. and Jerry Carr.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Richard Catholic Church, 1509 Grand Ave., on Friday June 5, 2009, at noon, with Rev. Ronald J. Gramza officiating. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Kinzie Avenue. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church on Friday from 11 a.m. until time of Mass. Memorials to the American Heart Association have been suggested.

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

Lee A. Matthews

Sturtevant, WI -- Lee A. Matthews, age 78, passed away Thursday, May 28, 2009, at Kindred Hospital, Greenfield, WI. He was born in Milwaukee, WI, on September 8, 1930, son of the late Henry and Helen (Nee: Stronke) Matthews.

Lee was employed for 25 years at Allen Bradley Company and went on to own and operate Sturtevant Rework and Assembly for seven years. He then worked for the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development in Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha, retiring from Unified Solutions INC.

Lee was an accomplished musician and trombonist. He was an original member of the Allen Bradley Orchestra and Chorus and played for various other bands including the bands of Steve Swedish, Bob Stevens, Russ Roland, Ted Wayne, John Bunic, Chet Zientek, the West Allis Concert Band, the Racine Concert Band, the Kenosha Pops, the Wilson Knights, and Newman Senior Band among others. He belonged to the Milwaukee Musician’s Union and was looking forward to leading his band on top of a circus wagon at the upcoming circus parade as he had done for many years. Lee was a member of Mt. Pleasant Lutheran Church, the Masons and the Shriners. He will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his son, Doug and fiancé, Wendi Britton, and sons Derek and Dillon, all of Escanaba, MI; cousins, Helen (Rick) Fliss, Leslie (Robert) Osborn, Maryann Krepczynski, all of Milwaukee; and other relatives dear friends. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Edward.

A Memorial Service will be held at Mt. Pleasant Lutheran Church, 1700 S. Green Bay Road, Racine, on Sunday, May 31, 2009, at 3 p.m. with Rev. Dave Echelbarger officiating. Private interment will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery, Milwaukee. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church on Sunday from 2 p.m. until time of service. Memorials to the Mt. Pleasant Lutheran Church Youth Music Department have been suggested.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the caregivers at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints Medical Center and Kindred Hospital, Greenfield, WI.

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

Frances Ziemann

Lindenhurst, IL -- Frances (nee; Neff) Ziemann, 86, formerly of Racine, passed away at Victory Lakes Skilled Nursing Facility in Lindenhurst, IL, on Thursday May 28, 2009. Frances was born in Eldon, Iowa, on May 21, 1923, the daughter of Walter and Bertha (nee: Curtis) Neff.

She was united in marriage to Otto Ziemann in Chicago, IL. Otto and Frances retired to Savannah, Georgia, for 17 years, where they enjoyed playing golf and Frances began her art career at Savannah College of Art and Design. She and Otto returned to Racine full time and Frances received a bachelor’s degree in art from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in 2000, sixty years following their graduation from McKinley High School.

Frances is survived by her children, Pamela and her husband, Charles Hudson of Racine, Timothy P. and his wife, Sharron Ziemann of Lake Villa, IL., and Andrew O. and his wife, Jeanne Ziemann of Lilburn, GA.; six grandchildren, Sarah (Rafael Aguero), Amy (fiancé Jeremy Edling), Timothy Jr., Rachel and her husband Andrew Candler, Andrew, and Alexander and honorary grandson, Thomas Dang Vu. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends in Racine and Illinois.

Frances was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, Otto, on October 10, 2006.

Funeral services will be held at Siena Center, 5635 Erie St., Racine, at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 1, 2009. There will be a visitation at Sturino Funeral Home, 3014 Northwestern Ave., Racine on Sunday May 31, 2009, from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. and at Siena Center on Monday from 9:30 a.m. until service time. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the food pantry at Holy Communion Lutheran Church of Racine or a charity of your choice are suggested by the Ziemann family.

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

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Leo J. Pucely

Leo J. Pucely, 95, passed away at his home on Wednesday, May 27, 2009. Leo was born in Racine on December 17, 1913, to John and Jennie (Yarina) Pucely.

Leo loved the farm where he lived his entire life. He spent most of his life farming and working at various manufacturing companies. He loved to spend time walking on his farm enjoying nature. Leo was a simple man enjoying the simple things in life. Family was the most important thing in life to Leo. He loved spending time with his many nieces, nephews, their children and took good care of his parents.

Leo is survived by his brother-in-law, Robert (Mary) Scott; and sister-in-law, Lucy Pucely. Leo is also survived by nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces, other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers and sister-in-law, Edward Pucely, Carl Pucely, Emil and Rose Pucely; sisters and brother-in-law, Elsie Scott, Victoria and Jack Hanson; and niece, Marya Pucely.

Visitation for Leo will be held at the funeral home on this Sunday afternoon, May 31, 2009, from 2 until 3:30 p.m. A time of Sharing will be held at 3:30 p.m. Private entombment will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Memorial may be directed to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Leo’s caregiver, Ann , for her companionship and loving care and compassion.

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

Gloria L. 'Marty' LaSchiava

Gloria L. “Marty” LaSchiava, 71, passed away at Lincoln Village Convalescent Center on Wednesday, May 27, 2009.

Marty was born in Racine on September 21, 1937, to Frederick and Ella (nee: Nelson) Paeth. She worked for Andis Clipper until her retirement. Marty enjoyed puzzles and going to the Theater Guild. She was a Rat Pack and Frank Sinatra fan. Most importantly she lived her life for her family.

Marty is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Bob Schroeder; grandchildren, Robert LaSchiava, Joshua Potter, who is currently serving his country in Iraq, and Ann Rose Schroeder; great-grandchild, Julian LaSchiava; brothers and sisters, Don (Joan) Paeth, Marilyn (Jim) Kaiser, Bob Paeth and Alice (Delmar) Burman. She is also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her longtime companion, Walter Barth in 1991.

A memorial service for Marty will be held at the funeral home on Monday, June 1, 2009, at 7 p.m. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Monday evening from 5 p.m. until the time of services.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Lincoln Village for the wonderful care given to Marty.

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

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

James W. Pfister

James W. Pfister, age 78, passed away Tuesday, May 26, 2009, at Woodstock Health and Rehabilitation Center, Kenosha, WI. James was born in Racine, July 2, 1930, son of the late Francis X. and Emma V. (Nee: Bergstrom) Pfister.

James was employed by Walker Manufacturing for many years and was a member of St. Richard Catholic Church.

Survivors include his brother and sister, Richard (Gwen) Pfister of Springfield, VA, Helen (Ray) Kucharski of Sun City, AZ; sister-in-law, Joan Pfister of Brookfield; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Francis X. Pfister Jr. and Robert (Adeline) Pfister.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Richard Catholic Church, 1503 Grand Avenue, Friday, May 29, 2009, 10 a.m. with Rev. Ronald J. Gramza officiating. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church on Friday from 9 a.m. until time of Mass.

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

David McClelland

David Laurence McClelland, 69, passed away Tuesday, May 26, 2009, at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints Medical Center. Dave was born in Saginaw County, Michigan, on October 14, 1939, the son of the late Harold and Kathryn (nee: Herron) McClelland.

Dave graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Chemical Engineering, and he remained an avid fan of the Michigan Wolverines as well as the Detroit Tigers. He was a long-time member of the University of Michigan Alumni Association.

He was united in marriage to Kay Frances Kennedy on August 29, 1958, at the Methodist Church in Henderson, Michigan. The couple moved to Racine in 1962, where Dave began his 30-year employment with S.C. Johnson. During his tenure they lived in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Mexico City, Mexico, where they developed many wonderful, lifelong friendships. Following his retirement in 1992, Dave formed JST Investments with his wife Kay and son Scott. The company was named for his three sons and invests in rental properties.

Reunions with his brothers and sister always turned into story-telling fests with lots of laughter. For the last twenty years the greatest joy he had was time spent with his grandchildren. Dave especially loved golfing with family and friends at Meadowbrook Country Club, where he recorded three holes in one, the most recent on May 3. He enjoyed travel and had many fun golfing trips with his friends. Dave and Kay traveled extensively and usually found a few golf courses along the way.

Survivors include his loving wife of fifty years, Kay; his sons and daughters-in-law, Scott (Joy) McClelland of Racine, Tony (Ashley) McClelland of Normal, IL, Lori McClelland of Phoenix, AZ; his grandchildren, Jeremie (Angela), Melanie (Eric), Shannon (Eric), Peter, Jack, Will, Sean, Conner, Lilly, Maribelle and Elly; his three great-grandchildren, Cyril, Angel and Tyler; sister and brothers, Jane Widener of New Bern, NC, Alex McClelland of Henderson, MI, Daniel (Sharon) McClelland of Fenton, MI, Doug (Judy) McClelland of Oakley, MI; mother-in-law Erma Criner of Elsie, MI; brothers-in-law Jim Kennedy of Fort Worth, TX ,and Paul (Gayle) Kennedy of Troutville, VA; nieces, nephews; his best golfing buddies, Ron Kraus and Russ Carlson and the other golfers at Meadowbrook; good friends William Gibb and Bill McFadden in Mexico City; the TON golf group in San Antonio, Texas; other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to his parents, Dave was preceded in death by his son, Jeffrey, on September 10, 2006.

A memorial service will be held at the Maresh-Meredith Funeral Home on Monday, June 1, 2009, at noon, with the Rev. Brad Van Fossen officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of service and there will be a reception afterward at the Racine Masonic Center, 1012 Main St. A private interment will be held at a later date. Memorial to the Jeffrey D. McClelland Scholarship Fund or the Chiwaukee Prairie Preservation Fund have been suggested.

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

Monday, May 25, 2009

Leona M. Popadick-Borger

Kenosha – Leona M. Popadick-Borger, 85, formerly of Racine, passed away peacefully with her family at her side on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25, 2009, at Brookside Care Center in Kenosha.

Leona was born in Milwaukee on February 15, 1924, to the late Clarence and Isabelle (nee: Brown) Kaltenbach. She lived all of her life in Racine until moving to Kenosha in 1970. Leona attended Washington Jr. High and Horlick High School.

On June 30, 1945, she was united in marriage with her first love and father of her children, William Popadick, who died unexpectedly at the young age of 47 on January 13, 1966. On June 13, 1970, she married Henry Borger, who preceded her in death on August 18, 1991.

For many years, Leona and Will owned / operated the Delta Drive-In Restaurant on Sheridan Road. Later in life, she was a successful sales rep. for Mary Kay Cosmetics. Leona was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church, Women's League, and the Women of the Moose in Kenosha. Among her interests, she enjoyed travelling, bowling and tending to her pets. Most importantly, Leona offered a lifetime of positive support and endless love to her children and grandchildren, cherishing all the special times they shared together.

Surviving are her children David (Georgia) Wagner, Linda (Jerry) Jardina both of Racine, and Bill (Sandy) Padek of Kenosha; grandchildren, Jennifer (Tobin) Spolar of Racine; Michael (Veronica) Jardina of Elmhurst, IL; Steven (Kristin) Jardina and Stephani (Jamie) Schaefer, both of Chandler, AZ; Becki (Allen) Beggs and Lisa (Dan) Huckemeyer, both of Valencia, CA; Steven (Wende) Padek of Carmel, IN; and Dennis (Amanda) Padek of Round Lake Beach, IL; great-grandchildren, Makenzie and Bennett Spolar; Claudia Jardina; Sydney, Madelyn, Colton and Logan Jardina; Caden and Luke Schaefer; Ashlee, Zachary and Stephanee Beggs; Mara and Ella Padek; and Tyler and Treyson Huckemeyer; brothers, Robert (Mary)Kaltenbach and Bill Kaltenbach; sister, Marian (Don) Rorek; special family members, Chris and Sarah Haase and family; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents and husbands, Leona was preceded in death by her brother, James Kaltenbach.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, June 1, 2009, at 10 a.m. in St. Lucy Catholic Church, 3101 Drexel Ave., with Rev. Mark R. Jones officiating. Interment will follow in West Lawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be in the funeral home on Sunday from 5-7 p.m. and in the church on Monday from 9:30-10 a.m. In memory of Leona, memorials to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation – “Sydney’s Squad” have been suggested.

A heartfelt note of thanks to Dr. Ernesto Buencamino and the entire staff of Brookside Care Center for the compassionate care and understanding offered in our time of need.

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

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Sister Bernadette Leduc, O.P.

Sister Bernadette Leduc, O.P., 83, passed away at Siena Center, Racine on Sunday, May 24, 2009.

Emilianna Leduc was born July 8, 1925, to Wilfred and Martina (nee: Forget) Leduc in Detroit, MI. On January 23, 1943, she joined the Racine Dominicans and at her reception in 1944 she was given the religious name Sister Bernadette. She professed her first vows in 1946 and her final vows in 1952.

Sister Bernadette spent many years in service to others in teaching and pastoral care. She began her ministry in 1945 at Holy Name, Racine, WI. Other places in Wisconsin where she served were SS. Peter & Paul, Green Bay; Holy Angels, Milwaukee; St. Aloysius, Sauk City; and Holy Cross, Kaukauna. In California she served at St. Joseph Academy and St. Joseph Parish in Fontana. She also served in Michigan at Nativity, Assumption Grotto, and Patronage of St. Joseph in Detroit; St. Clement, Centerline; Casa Maria, Imlay City; and Hospital Hospitality House, Saginaw. Later she continued to serve others by doing home care or elder care in Warren and Roseville, MI. She became a resident at Siena Center, Racine in January 2007.

Sister Bernadette is survived by the Racine Dominican Sisters and Associates; her brothers, Raymond (Pauline), Gerald (Pearl Marie), and John Albert (Mary) LeDuc; and sisters, Remonne Cardinal, and Elaine DeFever; nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents; her sisters, Lucille Grodi and Cecilia Chronister; and brothers-in-law, Arnold Grodi, Jack Cardinal and Henry Chronister.

Visitation will be in the Siena Center Chapel on Thursday, May 28, beginning at 9:30 a.m. with a Remembering Service at 2:30 p.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 4 p.m. Interment will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Memorials to the Racine Dominican Mission Fund have been suggested.

The Racine Dominicans would like to extend their thanks to the Supportive Living Staff that cared for Sister Bernadette at Siena Center.

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

Henry 'Hank' Johnson

Henry “Hank” Johnson, 81, of Sturtevant passed away Sunday, May 24, 2009, following a short illness. He was born April 30, 1928, in Union County, Illinois, to Henry Vernon and Mae (Hawkins) Johnson.

He attended Wolf Lake High School, Wolf Lake, Illinois. He served in the United States Navy from 1945 until 1948 in the Pacific Theater as a deep sea diver. Following his discharge from the Navy he moved to Sturtevant to join his uncles working for the Milwaukee Road Railroad. It was in Sturtevant that he met Betty Gastrow. They were married May 21, 1949, at Holy Communion Lutheran Church in Racine, celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary last week. They have lived their entire married life in Sturtevant.

Hank was very active in the community as a member of the Sturtevant Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, serving as Chief in the mid-1960s. He coached Pony League and Colt League Youth Baseball for more than 25 years, leaving an indelible mark on the youth of the community.

He served as Sturtevant’s Civil Defense Coordinator for more than 30 years and was a member of the Village’s Police and Fire Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals for many years. Hank was a charter member of the Sturtevant Lions Club, serving many terms as President, as well as Secretary, Treasurer and most other offices during the 38 years reign of the club. He was a member and Past Commander of VFW Post #9948.

In 1979 he was named the Sturtevant Man of the Year by the Sturtevant Chamber of Commerce and was honored to throw out the first pitch for the Milwaukee Brewers at County Stadium. He was honored by the Village of Sturtevant with the naming of the South Park Baseball Fields for him and his fellow baseball coach, Duane Fink. He received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Village of Sturtevant in 1993 for more than 23 years of faithful service to the community in all capacities.

He worked at J.I. Case Company from 1957 until his retirement in 1990 as a welder and millwright and was a 33-year member of Local 180 UAW. He was also employed by Western Printing and Racine Plating Company after leaving the railroad.

Hank is survived by his wife, Betty; daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Bob Collins of East Troy; son and daughter-in-law, John and Beth Johnson of Sturtevant, five grandchildren, Tim (Katey) and Steve (Amy) Collins, Kristi (Jamie) Opper, Scott (Kim) and Dan Johnson; and two step-grandchildren, Nick (Dina) and Noah Wood; as well as five great-grandchildren, Calvin, Carter, Lilah, and Brady Collins, and Dylan Johnson. He is further survived by one brother, Bill (Donna) Taylor of Kentucky; two aunts, Dorothy Smiddy and Jane Duncan of Illinois; one sister-in-law, Shirley Mau of Sturtevant; one brother-in-law, William (Ruth) Gastrow of Racine; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his parents, two brothers, and three sisters.

Visitation will be at the Draeger Langendorf Funeral Home on Wednesday, May 27, 2009, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the evening and on Thursday, May 28, from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will follow at the U.S. Veterans Cemetery, Union Grove.

Memorials may be made to the Faith Lutheran Church, Sturtevant, or the Wisconsin Lions Camp, 46 County Road A, Rosholt, Wisconsin 54473-9335 in Hank’s memory.

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

Kenneth Joseph Fronsee

Kenneth Joseph Fronsee, 68, passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, May 24, 2009, at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints Medical Center following an inspirational battle with cancer.

Ken was born in Stephenson, Michigan, on November 26, 1940, to the late Emmanuel and Kathryn (nee: Mathias) Fronsee. He graduated from Menominee High School in 1958. On October 16, 1965, in Kenosha, Ken was united in marriage with the love of his life, Karen J. Glerum.

In 1964, Ken began a long and successful career with Monroe Systems for Business, retiring as a District Field Engineer Manager in 1996. He served as a Trustee / Finance Director for the Village of Elmwood Park from 1987-1991. Ken was also a well-respected Advisory Board Member for Waukesha County Technical College from 1987-1999. Among his interests, he enjoyed playing golf, working with computers, and repairing things. Above all, Ken loved and cherished his entire family and friends - always giving, caring and supporting them.

With a profound faith in God, he was a member of St. Lucy Catholic Church. Throughout his valiant struggle with cancer, Ken always placed his trust in God and never complained about the battles he had to fight. A walking miracle to say the least, Ken overcame the diagnosis of paralysis and continued to fight for his life with great determination.

Surviving are his loving wife of over 43 years, Karen; son, Kenneth E. (Sharon) Fronsee; daughter, Kelly A. (Boychen) Bradshaw; grandchildren, Michael and Hadyn; brothers, Jack (Judy) Fronsee, Thomas (Nancy) Fronsee and Joseph (Victoria) Fronsee; Karen’s parents, Edwin and Leona Glerum; sisters-in-law, Patricia Rossman, Sue (Thomas) Bernhardt, Kathleen (Peter) Knopfhart, Kristine (Tom) Barndollar, Geralyn (Scott Pregent) Willding and Anne Benson; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends too numerous to mention by name.

In addition to his parents, Ken was preceded in death by his sisters, Patricia Fronsee, Liela (Larry) Fry and Ann Fronsee.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, May 28, 2009, at 11 a.m. in St. Lucy Catholic Church, 3101 Drexel Ave., with Rev. Mark R. Jones officiating. Interment will follow in St. George Cemetery. Visitation will be in the funeral home on Wednesday evening from 4-8 p.m. (Service of Remembrance at 7:30 p.m.) and in the church on Thursday from 10-11 a.m.

A heartfelt note of thanks to the special people who supported and inspired Ken to achieve the impossible – Dr. Mullane, Dr. Jayaprakash, Dr. Haider and Dr. Taylor; all the therapists from the All Saints Atrium and Rehab. Floor especially Pat, Sue, Tom, Janica and Jan; the entire nursing staff of the Medical Center 2nd Floor; to Ann Gibbs for bringing Ken’s laughter back; and to all our family, especially Tom Bernhardt, and friends for everything you have done in our time of need. May God bless all of you!

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

Martin Terpstra

Martin Terpstra, 89, passed away at Ridgewood Care Center on Sunday, May 24, 2009.

Marty was born in Racine on August 28, 1919, to Martin and Jennie (nee, Krotz) Terpstra. He married the former Lois Neu who preceded him in death. Marty enlisted in the Army in December 1942 and was assigned to the 39th Combat Engineer Battalion where his lifelong passion for motorcycles served him well as a frontline courier. He participated in the invasion of Sicily, the campaign in Naples, the liberation of Rome and into the Northern Alps. He was honorably discharged in October of 1945. He worked as a truck driver for many years before retiring from Payne & Dolan in the early '80s.

Marty is survived by his children, William (Linda) Terpstra and Nancy (Bill Stanovich) Terpstra; grandchildren, Jim (Caron) Truesdill, Jennifer (Pete) Rodrigues, Ryan (Jewel) Dobbie and Robyn (Jason) Simrell; and four great-grandchildren. Marty is also survived by other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Carolyn Truesdill.

Private family services will be held. Interment will take place in Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery with full military honors.

The family would like to thank the staff at Ridgewood Care Center for all of their compassionate care.

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

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Sister Margaret Ann Dresang, O.P.

Sister Margaret Ann Dresang, O.P., 90, passed away at Lakeshore Manor, Racine on Saturday, May 23, 2009.

Mary Elizabeth Dresang was born October 26, 1918, to Christopher and Margaret (nee: Nussbaum) Dresang in Appleton, Wisconsin. On October 26, 1935, she joined the Racine Dominicans and at her reception in 1936 she was given the religious name Sister Margaret Ann. She professed her first vows in 1938 and her final vows in 1944.

Sister Margaret Ann spent many years in service to others in teaching. She began her ministry in 1937 at Sacred Heart, Racine, WI. Other places in Wisconsin where she served were St. Bernard, Madison; SS. Peter and Paul, Green Bay; St. Mary, Holy Name and St. Joseph, Racine; St. Benedict, Milwaukee; St. Louis, Caledonia; Holy Name Kimberly; St. Norbert, Roxbury; St. Mary and St. Anthony, Kenosha; and St. Mary, Mayville. She also served in Michigan and New Mexico. She became a resident at Siena Center in 1990 and continued to serve in the Senior Companion Program. She moved to Lakeshore Manor two weeks ago.

Sister Margaret Ann is survived by the Racine Dominican Sisters and Associates; her sister, Roseal (Fred) Hauser; sisters-in-law, Elda Dresang and Margie Dresang; nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents; and her brothers, Nick, Bernard, Norman, Norbert and an infant brother; sisters, Catherine, Elizabeth, Anna, Margaret, Magdalen and an infant sister.

Visitation will be in the Siena Center Chapel on Wednesday, May 27, beginning at 9:30 a.m. with a Remembering Service at 2:30 p.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 4 p.m. Interment will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Memorials to the Racine Dominican Mission Fund have been suggested.

The Racine Dominicans would like to extend their thanks to the staff that cared for Sister Margaret Ann at Lakeshore Manor.

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

Friday, May 22, 2009

James Neil Peterson

Delavan – James N. Peterson, 85, passed away at Mercy Hospital in Janesville on May 22, 2009.

James Peterson was born in Racine, Wisconsin, to the late Dr. Ralph and Anna (nee: Hohl) Peterson on October 18, 1923, and had lived most of his life in Racine. He was united in marriage to Judith A. Mickelsen in Chicago, Illinois, on November 28, 1969.

James proudly served his country in the United States Army during World War II achieving the rank of 1st Lieutenant. He graduated from St. John's Military Academy and upon returning from service in Italy became an instructor of Military Science there. As a graduate of Marquette University, he earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration. Upon graduation, he was employed as a sales representative and retired as a supervisor of shipping and receiving. He was a former member of Gethsemane Evangelical Lutheran Church. He was an avid fisherman, a member of the Masonic Lodge, 32nd degree Mason, American Legion and Disabled Veterans.

James will be dearly missed by his wife, Judith, of 40 years; two children, son James (Yvonne) Peterson, and daughter, Jane Ann Peterson, who preceded him in death; grandchildren, Nadine, Erik, Tina, Neil; a step-son, David, and family; two special brothers-in-law, Robert (Dorly) Mickelsen and Thomas Mickelsen; and many friends. He was preceded in death by his brother, Rodney Peterson.

Private services were held at the Wilson Funeral Home, Racine, Wisconsin. Interment with full military honors occurred at Graceland Cemetery. Memorial donations in Mr. Peterson's name may be directed to Disabled Veterans, PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, Ohio 45250-0301.

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

Sgt. 1st Class Brian K. Naseman

Sgt. 1st Class Brian K. Naseman, 36, died while serving our Country with the U.S. Army – 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team – 108th Forward Support Company, attached to the 2nd Battalion in Iraq on Friday, May 22, 2009.

Brian was born in St. Mary’s, Ohio, on July 13, 1972, to Richard and Diane (nee: Schmitmeyer) Naseman. A 1990 graduate of New Bremen High School, he went on to attend Wright State University and Ohio State University pursuing a degree in Education. Soon after, Brian began his 20-year career with the Army National Guard. Brian originally served with the Ohio Army National Guard, before transferring to the Wisconsin Army National Guard from where he had been deployed to Kuwait and Iraq. While serving, Brian also worked as a laborer for Masonry Specialists.

On March 20, 1999, Brian was united in marriage with the love of his life, Peggy E. Chmielewski. They are now members of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, VFW Post 1865 and the Wisconsin Field Artillery Assn. Among his interests, Brian enjoyed fishing, camping, golfing and shooting archery with his sons. People were naturally drawn to Brian’s outgoing, compassionate character. Above all, Brian was a true family man who loved and cherished being in the surroundings of his entire family, friends and fellow Service Members; but most of all with his wife and children. Brian is a Hero to our entire Nation.

Surviving are his heart-broken wife, Peggy; their adored sons, Cole (age 9) and Carter (age 7); parents, Richard and Diane Naseman; sisters, Lori Buroker, Christy (Jason) Eilerman and Sandra (Scott) Wendeln; Peggy’s parents, Shirley and Carl Chmielewski; brother-in-law, Jeff (Kandie) Chmielewski; sisters-in-law, Cindy Becker and Kristine (David) Ricchio; devoted friends, Scott Krebs, Scott Toutant, Danny Toutant, Scott Seymour, Colin Hackney, Patrick Ball and Nick Hamilton; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends too numerous to mention by name.

Brian was preceded in death by his grandparents, Lawrence and Marianna Schmitmeyer; Carl and Hazel Naseman; Frank and Catherine Chmielewski; and Eugene and Velma Krebs.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2009, at 10 a.m. in St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 6400 Spring St., with Rev. William J. Dietzler officiating. Interment, with Full Military Honors, will follow in West Lawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be held in the funeral home on Friday from 4-9 p.m. and in the church on Saturday from 10-11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the “Brian Naseman Children’s Fund” (at all Johnson Bank locations) has been suggested.

A heartfelt note of thanks to our family members, friends and the entire community for the outpouring of compassion and support during this tragic time. May God bless all of you.

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

Mary V. (Wirry) Weill

Mary V. Weill, age 92, passed away Friday, May 22, 2009, at Franciscan Villa, South Milwaukee, WI. Mary was born in Racine, February 2, 1917, daughter of the late Albert and Rosa (Nee: Frantz) Wirry.

Mary was a lifetime member of St. Joseph Church and on October 11, 1941, she was united in marriage to Edward Weill who preceded her in death, November 18, 1984. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, sister, grandmother and great-grandmother who will be dearly missed. Above everything Mary treasured time spent with her family. She was last employed by Color Arts. Mary was an avid sports enthusiast who enjoyed watching baseball and the Green Bay Packers.

Survivors include her children, Marilyn (Clayton) Venne of Racine, David (Linda Lea) Weill of Racine, Timothy (Faye) Weill of Nashville, TN, Donald (Julie) Weill of Waukesha, WI; grandchildren, Sandra (John) Quella, Mark (Debbie) Venne, Theresa (Domingo) Flores, Todd Weill, Tracy Weill, Bridget (Phillip) Wadley, Tina (Greg) Tollefsbol, Katie (Tim) Hanners, Jana Weill; 14 great-grandchildren; sister, Lorry (John) Murphy of Racine; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by her brothers, George Wirry, Anthony (Lorretta) Wirry, Henry (Janet) Wirry, and Charles Wirry; and sisters, Ethel Wirry, Claire (Alfred) Weill, and Mildred (Ralph) Weill. She was also preceded in death by her granddaughter, Lisa (Michael) Benkowski.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1533 Erie Street, on Tuesday, May 26, 2009, at 11 a.m. with Rev. John D. Aiello officiating. Entombment will be held at Calvary Garden Mausoleum. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church on Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorials to The Alzheimer’s Assn. or St. Joseph’s Catholic Church would be appreciated.

The family wishes to thank the staff and volunteers at Franciscan Villa for the care and friendship extended to Mary.

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

Andrew B. Schaefer

Andrew B. Schaefer, 80, passed away at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare on Friday, May 22, 2009.

Andy was born in Racine on January 20, 1929, to Mikel and Marie (nee, Petz) Schaefer. He married the former Florence L. Krueger. She preceded him in death on July 29, 1996. Andy was a massage therapist for the West Suburban YMCA in Wauwatosa, retiring from the Racine YMCA. He was a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church and was a true friend to many.

Andy is survived by his children, Mary Mueller, Margaret Highland, Roy (Nadine) Schaefer, Carolyn (Dane) Placko and Bonnie (Steve) Johnson; daughter-in-law, Loanna Schaefer; grandchildren, Michael Schaefer, Ross Schaefer, Ryan Schaefer, Grace Placko and Haley Placko; great-grandchildren; and sisters, Mart (Chuck) Halstead, Ida Seyferth and Esther Gallo; and special nephew, Bill (Dorothy) Povkovich. Andy is also survived by numerous other nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his son, Robert Schaefer; five brothers; and six sisters.

Funeral services for Andy will be held at Christ the King Lutheran Church, 3350 LaSalle St., on Thursday, May 28, 2009, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Hilbert Kamps officiating. Inurnment will take place at Valhalla Cemetery in Milwaukee. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Wednesday evening from 5 until 8 p.m. and on Thursday morning at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of services. Memorials may be directed to the Lutheran Blind Mission, the YMCA or a charity of one’s choice.

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

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Robert P. 'Bob' Wiersum

Robert Wiersum, 52, died at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – All Saints on Thursday, May 21, 2009, after battling multiple health issues over the years.

A lifetime resident of Racine, he was born on July 2, 1956, to Myron and Carol (nee: Haumersen) Wiersum. He graduated from Washington Park High School.

Bob grew up attending Racine Bible Church. However he was most recently a member of Family Fellowship Church which developed under the Friends of the Family Home Ministries in Racine. As a Christian man, Bob enjoyed doing God’s work. A longtime volunteer with Friends of the Family, Bob helped run the ministry’s food pantry where over ¾ of a ton of food was distributed daily to those in need.

Bob also enjoyed his time woodworking, fishing, taking photographs and spending time with his family.

In addition to his parents, his survivors include his sister, Jean (John) Friesema of Woodland Park, CO; sister-in-law, Marla Wiersum of Racine; nieces and nephews, Kari (Jason) Masilian of Racine, Jason (Tricia) Friesema, Josh (Anne-Marie) Friesema both of Woodland Park, CO, John (Annie) Friesema of Colorado Springs, CO; great-nieces and nephews, Noah, Keziah, Ellie, Issac, Kenny, Ava, Jett and Cole; as well as other dear relatives and friends. Bob’s brother, Ted Wiersum, preceded him in death.

Family and friends are invited to meet at the Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home on Tuesday, May 26, 2009, at 6 p.m. for the celebration of Bob’s life with his minister and friend, Pastor Scott Miller officiating. There will be time to meet with his family from 4-6 p.m. Cremation will follow after the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been suggested to Fishing, Faith and Friends (1215 Douglas Ave. Racine, WI 53402).

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

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Janet Lee Madsen

Janet Lee (nee: Manske) Madsen passed away on Wednesday, May 20, 2009, at the age of 77 after a long, courageous battle with lymphoma. Janet was born on March 27, 1932, in Racine, the daughter of Bernard and Lolita Manske.

She graduated from William Horlick High School and went to Spencerian College secretarial school and began working at Johnson Wax. On March 29, 1952, she was united in marriage to Russell H. Madsen. While living in Racine, Janet held numerous jobs including a secretary in the advertising department at Johnson Wax, and as an assistant Librarian at Jerstad-Agerholm Middle school. She eventually began a career in real estate as a Realtor that lasted over 30 years in both Racine and Denver, CO.

Janet was a lifelong member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. She sang in the choir, was a member of the St. Paul’s Junior League and spent many years organizing the yearly church rummage sale.

Janet enjoyed family gatherings, cooking and spending time with her late, beloved partner Bill Benecke. She especially loved the time she had with her grandchildren.

Surviving are her sons; Steven (Connie) Madsen and Christian (Kendra Schimke) Madsen; proud grandmother to Kirsten Madsen, James Madsen, Connor, Chase, and Carter Madsen; and great-grandmother to Bradley and Alexandra Madsen; brothers, Tom (Shirley) Manske and Fred Manske; aunt to Dr. Eric (Dr. Jennifer) Manske, Jennifer (Jonathon) Fenske, Heather (Evan) Mann, Christopher Manske, Owen (Lisa) Manske, Nicole (Tony) Tempesta, Melissa (Lance) Kingery, Loren (Martha) Manske; and numerous nieces, nephews, family members and friends. In addition, she was a lifelong friend of Auralie Frazier, Marilyn Lehner, Mary Moore, Carol Svoren and Jean Abegglen.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, John (Jack) Manske; niece, Noreen (nee: Manske) Ollerman; and former husband, Russell H. Madsen.

Funeral services remembering Janet’s life will be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 3011 Erie St., on Saturday, May 23, 2009, at 10 a.m. with Rev. Diane Tetrault officiating. Burial will follow at Graceland Cemetery. There will be a visitation at Sturino Funeral Home on Friday evening from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and on Saturday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until time of service.

Memorials in Janet’s memory to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202 have been suggested.

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

John A. Gallo

John A. Gallo, passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2009, at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare. He was born in Racine on February 6, 1965, son of Gerald and Patricia (Nee: Monahan) Gallo.

John was a graduate of Park High School, “Class of 1983.” He furthered his education at Gateway Technical College and Carthage College. During John’s career he was employed in various capacities in retail at the Boston Store, J.C. Penney and last working for Wal-Mart as a photo technician. He enjoyed shopping and had a great love for traveling.

He is survived by his parents, Gerald and Patricia; aunts and uncles, Roy (Alice) Wiberg, Fred Linderman, Eloise (Don) Karkow, David (Romie) Gallo, Esther Gallo; cousins other relatives and many dear friends. Preceded in death by his grandparents, Ralph and Margaret Alswager, Edward Monahan, John and Emilia Gallo, aunt Myrtle Linderman, uncle Ralph Gallo and his cousin David Gallo.

Funeral service will be held on Saturday, May 23, 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends are welcome to meet with the family for Visitation on Friday, May 22, from 5 until 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

A very special thank you to his cousin, Dr. Mary Karkow, for her loving and compassionate care given to John.

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

Carol Marie Gray

Waukesha, WI – Mrs. Carol M. Gray passed away peacefully at dawn with her daughter at her side at the Virginia Health and Rehabilitation Center in Waukesha on May 20, 2009. She was 88 years old.

Carol was born on March 2, 1921 in Racine, WI to Carl and Amelia Lindblad.

Until moving to Waukesha in 2001, Carol lived all but three years of her life in Racine. On Christmas Day 1943, she was wed to Jack Gray who was serving in the Army during wartime. He called her his “Christmas Carol." After the war, Jack and Carol began a family. They devoted their lives to each other and their children. Family meant everything to them. Holidays and family reunions were very special. Carol and Jack shared a strong faith in Jesus Christ. As did her parents and siblings, Carol had a gift for music and writing. Carol and Jack also enjoyed traveling. There was at least one family camping adventure each summer. After Jack retired in 1982, he and Carol made several trips to the Pacific Northwest to visit their daughter and grandson.

Carol’s blue eyes and sweet smile will be sadly missed by her son, John (Kathy) Gray of Waukesha, WI; and her daughter, Karen J. Neuman of Puyallup, WA; her grandchildren, Erica (Mark) Lange of Phoenix, AZ, Erin (Robert) Crawford of Waukesha, WI, and Matthew (Sierra) Neuman of McCall, ID; seven great-grandchildren, Ryan, Kevin, and Keegan Lange, Logan, Skylar, and Paige Crawford, and Della Rose Neuman; and her sisters, Jean Robinson of Minneola, FL, and Mary Ellen (Don) Staff of Racine. She is also survived by 29 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Schuyler Gray, on October 20, 1991; her brothers, John, Elliott, Paul, and Wesley Lindblad; and her sister, Nancie (Rigoletto) DiMilo.

Funeral services will be held in Racine at the Wilson Funeral Home, 1212 Lathrop Ave., on Monday, May 25, at 3 p.m. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at 1:30 p.m. until time of service. Interment will be at Mound Cemetery on Tuesday, May 26, 2009, at 9:30 a.m.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Michael Lunde and the staff of the Virginia Health & Rehabilitation Center in Waukesha for the compassionate care given to Carol during the past eight years.

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

Tony (Efraim) Evreniadis

Surrounded by his family, Tony (Efraim) Evreniadis passed away peacefully Wednesday, May 20, 2009, at his residence. He was born on June 10, 1919, in Asia Minor, son of Dimitri and Despina Evreniadis. On January 29, 1939, in Greece he was united in marriage to Sophia Kouimtzidis. In 1968, together with their children, they immigrated to the United States.

Tony was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was a member of the Kimissis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church in Racine and was also a member of AHEPA.

Survivors include his seven children, Grace (Christos) Kourtsidis of Canada, Dimitri (Theodoula) Evreniadis of Greece, Stephanie Larsen, Mary (Ted) Karapanos, Stavros Evreniadis, Olympia (Lefterios) Veziridis, and Joseph (Virginia) Evreniadis of Racine. There are 21 grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Sophia, in 2004; a brother, Hajis; sister-in-law, Anne; and a great-grandson, James Efraim.

Visitation and funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 27, 2009, at Kimissis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church, 1335 S. Green Bay Rd. Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. followed by funeral services at 11 a.m. with Rev, John Ketchum officiating. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers memorials to the church have been suggested.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Doctor David Ross and nurse Lori, and Home and Hospice Advantage of Racine.

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

Frederick William Witt

Frederick W. Witt, 88, passed away at Harmony Living Center, on Wednesday May 20, 2009. He was born in Racine on February 1, 1921, the son of Fred J. and Martha V. (Pooch) Witt.

Fred served in the U.S. Army in the 163rd Field Artillery Battalion, 38th Infantry Division in the Central and South Pacific and the Philippines. He was employed as a Certified Public Accountant in Racine since 1952, retiring after 55 years of service.

Fred is survived by two sisters, Cecilia (Edward) Westberg of Sheboygan and Esther Witt of Milwaukee; friend and former wife, Jean Witt of Racine; and sister-in-law, Sylvia Witt of Los Altos, Calif.; he is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives, colleagues, and dear friends.

Fred was preceded in death by two brothers, Walter and Paul Witt.

Funeral services will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1501 Erie Street, on Tuesday, May 26, 2009, at 11 a.m., with Rev. Daniel Quinn officiating. Burial will be held at West Lawn Memorial Park. There will be a visitation at church on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until service time.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. John’s Lutheran Church, Lutheran High School or to one’s favorite charity in Fred’s name have been suggested.

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