Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Martha Mathilda (Daft) Primuth

Sturtevant -- Mrs. Martha Mathilda Primuth, 95, went to be with her Lord on Tuesday, June 30, 2009.

She was born in Lena, WI, on June 6, 1914, to the late Gottfried and Pauline (nee: Kading) Daft. She lived most of her life in Racine. She was united in marriage to Adolph Primuth in Oconto on June 5, 1937.

She was a member of Racine Bible Church.

She is survived by her four children, Sherry (Tom) Franseen, Ron (Juliet) Primuth, Carole (George) Mathieus and Patricia (Dave) Truelsen; eleven grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; and one sister, Miss Helen Daft.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Adolph Primuth, on Jan. 12, 2006; and a daughter, Mary Primuth, on Sept. 4, 1998.

Funeral services will be held at Racine Bible Church, 12505 Spring St., on Thursday, July 9, 2009, at 11 a.m. with Rev. John Miesel officiating. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Friends may meet with the family at the church on Thursday, from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. Memorials may be directed to Racine Bible Church.

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

Monday, June 29, 2009

Joseph J. Hartmanstorfer

Joseph J. Hartmanstorfer, 45, died on Monday, June 29, 2009, of natural causes at his residence. He was born in Milwaukee, on July 15, 1963. Joe attended St. Sebastian’s Catholic Church and grade school, J.I. Case High School and served in the U.S. Army.

Most recently, he made his living as a professional painter. Joe will be missed for his love of cooking, his dedication to the Green Bay Packers, and his prowess at card games, especially cribbage and pinochle. His cheerful disposition and sense of humor entertained many in his life.

Joe is survived by his three sons, Specialist Christopher (Holly) Hartmanstorfer, serving in the U.S. Army stationed in Wiesbaden, Germany, Matthew, and Brian Hartmanstorfer. Immediate family members, including parents, John (Pat) Hartmanstorfer; siblings, Cindi (Bill) Pierson of Charles, Iowa, Chief Petty Officer Dan (Vicki) Hartmanstorfer, U.S. Navy, Retired, of Huntington, West Virginia, Becky (Dave) Ryan of Madison, Amy (Major Tom Matelski, U.S. Army, stationed in Afghanistan) Matelski of Tampa, Florida, Mary (Thomas) Sheldon of Menominee Falls, and Caroline Hartmanstorfer of Racine.

Joe also leaves behind his beloved godmother, Delores Jones.

Joe will be sadly missed by his special friend and life partner, Theresa Salinas, and her daughter, Kellie. As a member of a large extended family, Joe also leaves behind countless aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends who loved him.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Patricia Schroeder; grandparents, Joseph (Caroline) Hartmanstorfer and Glenn (Ruth) Jones.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Sebastian’s Congregation, 3126 95th St., Sturtevant, on Tuesday July 7, 2009, at 4 p.m. with Rev. Paul Raczynski officiating. There will be a visitation at church on Tuesday from 2 p.m. until mass time. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family in Joe’s name would be appreciated.

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

James Ballantyne

James Ballantyne, 97, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on June 29, 2009.

Jim was born in Racine on May 27, 1912, to William and Margaret Ballantyne. Jim married Ethyl M. Schroetter of Kenosha on July 4, 1941. Ethyl preceded Jim in death on July 1, 2008, just three days short of their 67th wedding anniversary.

Jim worked in purchasing throughout his career, holding positions at Twin Disc, Modine Manufacturing Co., and J.I. Case Co. prior to retiring in 1972 as Director of Purchasing from Superior Die Set, in Oak Creek, WI.

Jim enjoyed woodworking, cabinet making, and photography; hobbies at which he was very accomplished. He served on the Board of Directors of Youth for Christ. Jim sang in many area churches and often accompanied Arvid Pederson, a well known local chalk artist.

Jim is survived by his daughter, Nancy (Curt) Johnson of Sawer, MI; and son, William (Linda) Ballantyne of Eden Praire, MN; four grandchildren, Heather Johnson, Sung (Jade) Ji, Scott (Callie) Ballantyne, and Meredith Ballantyne; two great-grandchildren, Samuel Ji and Peyton Ballantyne; his brother; William Ballantyne of Waterford; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Private services were held for Jim. Internment was at West Lawn Memorial Park.

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

Mary Louise Tucker

Mary Louise (nee: Christensen) Tucker, 77, passed away at her home, surrounded with the love of her family, on Monday, June 29, 2009.

A lifetime resident, Mary was born in Racine on October 6, 1931, to the late Christ and Agnes (nee: Winther) Christensen. She graduated from Washington Park High School in 1950.

On June 25, 1955, in Epiphany Lutheran Church, Mary was united in marriage with the love of her life, Bernard “Bernie” Tucker. She was employed by Dremel Mfg. for 13 years before leaving to fulfill her lifelong dream of being a full-time mother. Years later, she worked part-time for Shoreline Leader and Ruud Electric.

Mary attended Epiphany Lutheran Church. Among her interests, she enjoyed fishing, bowling, golfing and gardening. Above all, she loved and cherished nothing more than being at home in the surroundings of her entire family.

Surviving are her husband of over 54 years, Bernie; their treasured daughter, Carrie (Kyle) Johnson; sister, Helen (Sam) Kachichian; brothers, Jim (Hildegard) Christensen and Gordon (Martha) Christensen; sisters-in-law, Mabel Christensen and Norma Terry; and many special nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends too numerous to mention by name.

In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her brother, Carl Christensen; brothers-in-law, Bill Terry and Eugene Tucker; nephew, Tommy Christensen; and by Bernie’s parents, Robert and Charlotte (nee: Weir) Tucker.

Funeral services will be held in the funeral home on Friday, July 3, 2009, at 11:30 a.m. with Rev. Phil Janke officiating. Interment will follow in West Lawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be in the funeral home on Friday from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. In memory of Mary, memorials to the American Heart Association has been suggested.

A special note of thanks to Hospice Advantage – especially Gayle and Debbie; and to Dr. Gerald Wisniewski and his entire staff for the compassionate care and support that was so warmly extended in Mary’s time of need. May God bless all of you!

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

Shirley Jane Klamm

Shirley Jane (nee: Nelson) Klamm, 88, passed away at Aurora Medical Center in Kenosha, on Monday, June 29, 2009.

Shirley was born in Racine on January 9, 1921, to the late David and Dorothy (nee: Lawton) Nelson. On May 21, 1938, she was united in marriage to Karl Klamm, who preceded her in death on January 7, 1998.

Although her first priority was raising her ten children, Shirley was employed for many years at American Motors until her retirement in 1981. She also owned and operated Shirley’s Antiques in Racine.

With a profound faith in God, she was a proud member of Fellowship of Christian Believers where she enjoyed sharing her faith. Shirley was a people person who loved helping anyone in need. Above all, Shirley loved and cherished being in the midst of her family and friends.

Surviving are her children, Carol (Donald) Chase, Jack (Monica) Klamm, JoAnn (Vincent) Novak, Rodger (Shirley) Klamm, Bruce (Anita) Klamm, Phillip (Mary Jo) Klamm, Linda Meshenky, Sharman Turek, Constance (Robert) Sharp and Thomas (Betty) Klamm; 27 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Jeanne Johnson and Phyllis Lloyd; brothers, David (Dorothy) Nelson and Richard (Shirley) Nelson; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends too numerous to mention by name.

In addition to her parents, David and Dorothy Nelson; and her husband, Karl; Shirley was also preceded in death by her grandson, David Chase; sister and brother-in-law, Corrine and Roy Schimming; sister-in-law, Pat Nelson; brother-in-law, Dyson Lloyd; and son-in-law, James Turek.

Funeral services will be held in the funeral home on Monday, July 6, 2009, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Art Rader officiating. Visitation will be in the funeral home on Sunday from 4-6 p.m. and on Monday from 10-11 a.m. In accordance with Shirley’s wishes, cremation will follow the service. Private interment will take place in Graceland Cemetery. In memory of Shirley, memorials to Wrestling the World, W8059 Bayview Dr. Whitewater, WI 53190 have been suggested.

A special note of thanks to our family members and friends for all the prayers and support during the past few years. May God bless all of you!

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

Thomas E. Hanson

Thomas E. Hanson, 56, passed away on Monday, June 29, 2009, at Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center following a brief battle with a rare form of Pneumonia following surgery.

Tom was born in Racine on September 10, 1952, the son of Leland “Lee” Hanson and Dolores “Dee” Hanson. After graduating from Salem Central High School in 1970, he attended the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse for a year. In 1971 Tom enlisted in the Marine Corps serving in the Philippines, Okinawa and Vietnam for Land Duty. His ship duties were aboard the Juneau and USS Okinawa. He attained the rank of Lance Corporal and was discharged in 1974. He was proud to be a Marine. Tom then attended UW-Parkside for a year. He loved working with wood and so he moved to the Fox Valley and became a building contractor. His last ventures were with Twin Disc, Jensen Metals and Michael Machine as a machinist. Tom was a lover of nature, an avid fisherman and a precise marksman with a bow and arrow.

Tom is survived by his two children, Camilla and Erik Gomez; his mother, Dolores Hanson; sister, Kären Peterson; nephew, Hans Peterson; and niece, Kirsten Horning. He was preceded in death by his father “Lee.”

Memorial service with full military honors for Tom will be held at the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery on Friday, July 10, 2009, at 2:30 p.m. Interment will immediately follow. In lieu of flowers memorials to the family have been suggested.

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

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Frederick J. Draves Jr.

Frederick Julius Draves Jr., age 96, passed away , June 28, 2009, at Lakeshore Manor. Frederick was born in Racine, December 25, 1912, son of the late Frederick J. and Marie (Nee: Kenth) Draves.

On September 8, 1934, in Racine he was united in marriage to Anna S. Yankech. Frederick was employed by Harley Davidson for many years until his retirement. He was an accomplished musician and enjoyed dancing but most of all he treasured time spent with his family. He will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his five children, Frederick J. (Linda) Draves III of Las Vegas, NV, Annette Dreier of Golden Valley, MN, Jerome (Shirley) Draves of Edgar, WI, Margy (Harry) Park of Allen, TX, Warren (Jean) Draves of Racine; 13 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Paul Yankech of Racine; sister-in-law, Dory Yankech; nieces and nephew, Ida Scheiding, Ethel Smally and Henry Draves; other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Bert, Leo, and Harry; and three sisters, Lydia, Alice and Mabel.

Private funeral services will be held with interment at West Lawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers memorials to Lakeshore Manor have been suggested.

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

Carol Hoffman -Tully

MILWAUKEE – Carol Joan Hoffman-Tully, 83, passed away on Sunday, June 28, 2009. She was born in Milwaukee on August 27, 1925, the daughter of Elmer and Amanda (nee: Berg) Hoffman.

Carol was united in marriage to Loren “Bill” Tully in Racine on October 12, 1942.

Surviving are four daughters, Billie (Thomas) Peterson of Grafton, Colleen (Terry) Maleshafske, Kathleen Montey, and Darleen Tully (Eric), all of Milwaukee; eight grandchildren, Lisa, Janette, Deborah, Tyler, Christopher, Jennifer, Kimberly and Heather; and twelve great-grandchildren.

Carol was preceded in death by her husband, Bill, on September 13, 2004; brother, Robert; sister, Violet; and grandson, James.

Funeral Services will be held at Sturino Funeral Home on Thursday, July 2, 2009, at 10:45 a.m. Burial will follow at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery. There will be a visitation on Thursday, before services from 9:45 a.m. until time for service.

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

Isabell Virginia Smith

Mrs. Isabell V. Smith, 85, passed away at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – All Saints on June 28, 2009.

Isabell (nee: Larrabee) was born in Dunn County to the late Jackson and Esther (nee: Guite) Larrabee on November 18, 1923. She lived in Racine for 60 years. In Racine, she was united in marriage to Eugene V. Smith on March 9, 1946. He preceded her in death on December 8, 1993.

Mrs. Smith was an active member of the Taylor Avenue Church of Nazarene. She was the Sunday School Secretary for over 40 years. Because of her service to the church she received the Distinguished Service Award. She was a homemaker who worked side by side with her late husband keeping the family bee business. She was also a member of the Bee Keepers Association.

Isabell is survived by three children, James (Cathy) Smith of Bailey, Colorado, Edward (Debra) Smith of Racine, and Dawn (Anders) Kamf of Buffalo, New York; four grandchildren, Christa Smith, Elizabeth Akright, James J. Smith, and Kirsten Smith; one great-grandchild, Jeremy T. Smith; two sisters and four brothers , Zilpha Brensdal, Alvina Stibgen, John (Mary) Larrabee, Harmon Larrabee, Ruben (Betty ) Larrabee, and Carl (Diane) Larrabee; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was also preceded in death by one brother, Lamont Larrabee; and other brothers-in-law and sisters-in-laws.

Funeral services will be held at the Taylor Avenue Church of Nazarene, 2100 Taylor Ave., on Wednesday, July 1, 2009, at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the Wilson Funeral Home on Tuesday evening from 5 until 7 p.m.

A special thank you to the staff on 2 East at Ridgewood Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center and to the nursing staff at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare and Hospice for their kind and compassionate care of Isabell.

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

Dolores Marie (Lemke) Legois

Dolores Marie Legois, 80, passed away Sunday, June 28, 2009, after a year-long battle with ovarian cancer. She was born June 5, 1929, in Racine, to Wallace and Marguerite (Nee: Drasen) Lemke. On January 15, 1949, she married Claude Legois in Racine.

Dolores worked for the City of Racine in the Water Department for over 30 years. She was a member of St. Richard Catholic Church. Dolores was an avid gardener and reader. She also enjoyed a good discussion on politics.

Survivors include her daughter, Claudia (Dan) Kovara of Racine; four grandchildren, Matthew Kovara, Rachel Kovara, Amy Kovara, and Katie (Troy) Dornack. all of Racine; sister-in-law, Sue Lemke of Union Grove; niece, Monika Lemke of Colorado; special friends and extended family, Mike Miklasevich, Betty Zinnen, Dick and Bev Simon, Jerry and Darlene White, Ladonna Richter, and Kevin and Alexis Dubiak. Dolores was preceded in death by her parents, dearly beloved brother, Gregory Lemke; and her brothers, Dick, Rowland, and Wayne Lemke.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Richard Catholic Church, 1503 Grand Ave., on Wednesday, July 1, at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Ronald J. Gramza officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church on Wednesday from 9:30 until time of Mass. Private interment will be held. In memory of Dolores memorial contributions for Gregorian Masses which are a series of Holy Masses traditionally offered on 30 consecutive days by the Association of Marian Helpers for Dolores

A heartfelt note of thanks to Dr. Mullane and staff, Hospice Alliance, and especially Dolores’s nurse Jake G. for their compassionate care and support that was given to Dolores in her time of need. May God bless all of you.

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

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Ruth K. (Duemke) Kyle

Ruth L. Kyle, age 85, passed away Thursday, June 25, 2009, at Harmony Commons. Ruth was born in Menasha, WI, July 16, 1923, daughter of the late Herman and Eda (Nee: Hering) Duemke.

On September 1, 1947, she was united in marriage to Gene W. Kyle who preceded her in death, February 23, 2007. Ruth was employed as a Registered Nurse at St. Mary’s Medical Center for many years until her retirement in 1981. Ruth was an active member of the Covenant Presbyterian Church where she served as Deacon and was a member of the church choir. She was also a charter member of the Racine Symphonic Chorus. Above all she was a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her children, Rika (Richard) Hoff of Knoxville, TN, Daniel Kyle of Milwaukee, William (Susan) Kyle of Louisville, KY, Susan (John) Havens of Milwaukee, Betty (Craig) Petersen of Racine; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Dorothy Blohm of Appleton, WI; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by her daughter, Cindy and her brother, Earl.

Relatives and friends may meet with family at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 40 Ohio Street, on Monday, June 29, 2009 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Funeral services at the church will follow at 7 p.m. with Rev. Melanie Hammond-Clark officiating. Private interment will be held at the Southern Wisconsin Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, Town of Dover. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Covenant Presbyterian Church or to Hospice Alliance have been suggested.

The family wishes to extend a sincere thank you to the staffs at Harmony Commons and Hospice Alliance for their love, care, and devotion.

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

Monday, June 22, 2009

Irene 'Wee' Rose Reimers

Irene “Wee” Rose Reimers, 79, passed away at Wheaton Franciscan Health Care-All Saints on June 22, 2009. She was born in Chicago, Illinois, on June 27, 1929, the daughter of Michael and Katarina (nee: Matijevich) Viljac.

Irene retired from Baxter-Travenol in Illinois after more than 10 years of service. She loved to golf at Countryside Golf Course in Mundelein, along with singing, dancing and music. Irene found most of her joy cooking, especially on Sundays surrounded by her family, while enjoying a good game of Scrabble.

Irene is survived by her loving sons, Phillip of Dallas, TX, Glen (Chris) of Aurora, IL, Gary of Plymouth, WI, and James of Dallas, TX; one sister, Julie Tamblyn of Clinton, MA; grandchildren, Jeremy (Kristin) Reimers, Erik Reimers, Aviation Technician Ashley Reimers, serving with the United States Navy, stationed on the U.S.S. Ronald Reagan, Alyssa, Kyle, Luke, Kristopher, and Katarina Reimers.

She is also survived by sister-in-law, Barbara Viljac; and brother-in-law, Jack Evans; dear family members, Larry and Jan Reimers; former daughter-in-law, Tracey Cochran; and special friends, Delores Citterman and Carol Demski; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends in Racine, Mundelein and Dallas.

Irene was preceded in death by her parents; one sister, Mary Evans; one brother, Tom Viljac; brother-in-law Gerald Tamblyn; special friend, Anne Wieser; and former husband, Cecil Reimers.

In keeping with Irene’s wishes, cremation has taken place, with burial to be held at Ascension Cemetery in Libertyville, IL, on July 10, 2009, at 11 a.m.in the chapel.

In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested memorials to Southeastern Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Association, 6130 West National Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53214, or Lincoln Lutheran Becker-Shoop Center, 6101 16th St., Racine, WI.

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

Edith 'Edie' M. Andersen

Edith “Edie” M. Andersen, age 76, passed away Monday, June 22, 2009, at her residence. Edie was born in Racine, July 15, 1932, daughter of the late Arthur and Helen M. (Nee: Graham) Andersen.

Edie was a graduate of Washington Park High School “Class of 1950.” She received her Bachelor's Degree in teaching from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and taught 7th and 8th grades at Burdick School, Milwaukee for thirty-five years. She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church and belonged to the United Methodist Women. Edie was also a member of the Racine Garden Club, Local BPW Chapter, American Association of University Women (AAUW), member and past president of the Women’s Civic Council, and member and past president of the Alpha Delta Kappa Sorority. She enjoyed reading, needlework and traveling especially to Denmark and Holland. Above all Edie was a generous and loving person who spent her entire life caring for others. She will be deeply missed.

Survivors include her cousins, Don (Joyce) Andersen and family of Delevan, Bette (Ted) Lozano and family of Milwaukee, Barbara (Charles) Hellesen and family of Racine, Dorothy Ralph and family of Alabama; her dear friends, Peter and Carol Feest and family of Racine; other relatives and dear friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, William “Larry” Andersen; and her good friend, Marilyn Ulrich.

Funeral services will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 745 Main Street, on Thursday, June 25, 2009, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Brad Van Fossen officiating. Interment will be held at Graceland Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church on Thursday from 10 a.m. until time of service. Memorials to the First United Methodist Church Youth Program have been suggested.

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

John W. Foley

Attorney John W. Foley, age 79, passed away on Monday, June 22, 2009, at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints Medical Center. John was born in Racine on July 31, 1929, son of the late Jeremiah J. and Rose I. (Nee: Welden) Foley.

John was a graduate of St. Catherine’s High School “Class of 1947,” Marquette University and Marquette Law School. On April 18, 1959, at St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church he was united in marriage to Karolyn A. Smith. John was an attorney and partner with Dye Foley Krohn & Shannon for 53 years until his retirement on December 31, 2007. John was a member and past president of the Racine County Bar Association, Marquette Law School Alumni Association, and the Wisconsin Bar Association. Always fascinated with politics he was an active member of the Republican Party.

John was also a member of the Racine Kiwanis Club and Racine Country Club. In his younger years he enjoyed downhill skiing and more recently enjoyed the game of golf. John was the foundation of his family and always proved to be a great source of love, strength and knowledge. Above all he was a loving husband, father and grandfather who will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his loving wife of 50 years, Karolyn; his three daughters, Elizabeth (John) Schuessler, Stephanie Foley, all of Racine, Katherine (Kurt) Maxey of Kenosha; his two grandchildren, William Schuessler and Emily Maxey; brother, Edmund (Patricia) Foley; sister, Margaret Culotta; sisters-in-law, Ruth Foley, Sue (John) Helland, Rose (Peter) Christensen; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister, Rosemary Stopar; and brother, Jerome Foley.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1533 Erie St., on Friday, June 26, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. John D. Aiello officiating. Private family interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Kinzie Avenue. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Thursday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and at the church on Friday from 10 a.m. until time of Mass. Memorials to St. Joseph Catholic Church, Health Care Network or to one’s favorite charity have been suggested.

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

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Patrick J. Moore

Patrick J. Moore, age 68, passed away Sunday, June 21, 2009, at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints Medical Center. He was born in Sturgeon Bay, WI, on May 19, 1941, son of the late Millard and Lucy (Nee: Wahl) Moore.

Pat attended St. Norbert’s College and had served in the National Guard. He was employed as a semi truck driver by Ganton Technologies for a number of years, retiring in 2005. He was a member of UAW Local 627 and a member of the American Legion, Post 494. Pat was a board member of the Washington Highlands Condominium Assn. and also was a former auctioneer. He will be dearly missed.

Surviving are his son, Michael T. Moore of San Diego, CA; three sisters, Colleen (Richard) Cornette of Sturgeon Bay, WI, Linda (Donald) Fett of Wickenburg, AZ, Michele (Roger) Stoeger of Wales, WI; nieces, nephews, special friends, Jill and Gene Meier, Dan Schuebel and John Wooley; other relatives and friends.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Monday, June 29, 2009, at 11 a.m. at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 4767 Dunn Rd, Sturgeon Bay, WI (Hwy 57, 7 miles north of Sturgeon Bay) with Reverend Anthony Birdsall officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Monday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of Mass.

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

Gerry Stirle

Gerry Stirle, 61, passed away at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee on Sunday morning, June 21, 2009.

Gerry was born in Racine on June 25, 1947, to the late Edmund and Helen Elizabeth (nee: Jensen) Stirle. A 1965 graduate of Washington Park High School, he went on to further his education at Gateway Technical College.

Gerry proudly served his Country with the United States Army, 14th Combat Engineer Battalion, in the Vietnam War. Though he tried his hand at various entrepreneurial endeavours, his primary career focus was in the commercial/industrial water treatment industry where he worked himself up from the factory to a Vice-Presidency.

On October 14, 1989, he was united in marriage with Rusty (nee: Smith). Family always came first for Gerry. He was a loving, caring and supportive husband, father, grandfather and brother. They were truly the “sunshine of his life.” He enjoyed a large circle of friends and appreciated each and every one of them. Gerry was a kind man with a subtle sense of humor who took time for everyone who touched his life.

Gerry loved fishing. As far as he was concerned, you just couldn’t beat a good day on the lake. Unless, or course, the Packers were playing, or it was time to go on another travel adventure with Rusty. Music soothed Gerry’s soul, especially Bob Dylan. He also enjoyed fantasy football, gambling and his dogs -- Cody and Kramer.

Surviving are his loving wife of nearly 20 years, Rusty; children, Michelle (Randy) Eschmann, Michael Stirle, Erik (Carla) Stirle and Teresa (Rick Adams) Smith; grandchildren, Justin Olson; Emily & Allison Eschmann; Miranda & Mallory Stirle; brother, Mark (Kathy) Stirle; sister, Jan (John) Dumas; brother-in-law, James Coberly (Irene) Smith; sister-in-law, Barbara Smith; and by many special nieces, nephews, other relatives and close friends too numerous to mention by name.

In addition to his parents, Gerry was preceded in death by Rusty’s parents, Robert N. Smith; Fred and Rosalie Sommer.

Funeral services will be held at Mound Cemetery Chapel, 1147 West Blvd., on Friday, June 26, 2009, at 11:30 am with Rev. Jeffrey M. Thielen officiating. Interment, with military honors, will follow in Mound Cemetery. Visitation will be in the funeral home on Thursday from 4-7 p.m. In memory of Gerry, memorials to the Multiple Sclerosis Society have been suggested.

Many thanks to our family members and friends who supported Gerry during these past months. He appreciated everyone’s genuine concern and the many acts of kindness that followed. Gerry truly loved all of you!

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

lvin Eugene Dahl

Sturtevant – Alvin E. Dahl passed away at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - All Saints on Sunday, June 21, 2009.

Alvin Dahl was born in Saskatchewan, Canada, to the late Alfred and Carrie (nee: Ebsen) Dahl on June 11, 1931. He lived in Racine for over 50 years. In Racine, he was united in marriage to Virginia L. Roethe on March 16, 1972.

Mr. Dahl served in the United States Navy during the Korean War. He was employed at J. I. Case Company for over 30 years before retiring. He was a farmer in Montana prior to moving to Racine. He loved farming and continued to do so part time thanks to his friends Tom, Bill and Tom Jr.

Alvin is survived by his wife, Virginia; his son, Roger (Christina); his grandson, Michael; one brother, Kermit (Margaret); and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.

According to Mr. Dahl's wishes, he will be cremated and inurned in Montana.

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

Roger Hergott

Roger Hergott, 79, passed away at the Wheaton Franciscan – All Saints Medical Center on Sunday morning, June 21, 2009.

Roger was born in Moyeuvre – Grande, France, on July 25, 1929, to the late Alphonse and Marie-Augustine (nee: Becker) Hergott. He served in Morocco with the French Army.

On June 13, 1963, in France, Roger was united in marriage with the love of his life, Albine Denise Marengo. Shortly after, they moved to the United States.

Roger was employed by Racine Steel Castings until his retirement in 1991. He was a long-time member of St. Edward Catholic Church. An outdoor enthusiast, he was an award winning tennis player; enjoyed golfing, bicycling, cross-country skiing, ice skating and hiking. Roger was a phenomenal artist who created many paintings and carvings in his lifetime. He also enjoyed playing cards and board games. Above all, he was passionate about his family and was happiest when in their midst.

Surviving are his loving wife of over 46 years, Albine; their children, Denise Hergott of Racine; Muriel (fiancé, Dennis Boretsky) Hergott and Sylvie Hergott, both of Oak Creek; and Luc (Katrina) Hergott of Hartland; grandchildren, Michael Winkie and Colette Hergott; sister-in-law, Anne Marengo; and by other dear relatives and friends in the United States, France and Italy.

In addition to his parents, Roger was preceded in death by his brother, Lucien Hergott; foster brother, Raymond Esminger; and brother-in-law, Claude Marengo.

In accordance with Roger’s wishes, cremation will take place. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Monday, June 29, 2009, at 6 p.m.in St. Edward Catholic Church, 1401 Grove Ave., with Rev. Allen Bratkowski officiating. A reception will follow. Visitation will be in the church on Monday from 5-6 p.m. In memory of Roger, memorials to the American Lung Association have been suggested.

A heartfelt note of thanks to Dr. Iftekhar Bader and to the entire staff of All Saints Medical Center -2B for the compassionate care and support that was so warmly extended in Roger’s time of need. May God bless all of you!

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

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Rose M. (Celiesius) Hansen

Rose M. Hansen (Nee: Celiesius), age 88, died Saturday, June 20, 2009, at Hospitality Nursing and Rehabilitation Home in Kenosha, WI.

She was born December 8, 1920, in Racine to the late Charles J. and Mary A. (Nee: Daleski) Celiesius. On April 18, 1942, Rose was united in marriage to “the love of her life” Howard W. Hansen at St. Casimir’s Church in Racine. In 2007 they celebrated their 65th anniversary with family and friends.

Most of her life was spent being a loving wife and mother. She also gave many years to the caring of her mother and father-in-law. Rose especially enjoyed cooking, sewing, traveling with her husband, volunteering at Harmony Club, being with family and just appreciating the simple joys of life.

She is survived by her daughter, JoAnn M. Hansen of Racine; her nieces, Janet Geisner of Racine and Jean Fisher of San Diego; and other family members. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her two brothers, Charles and Frank Celiesius. In 2008 she lost her husband, Howard, and grieved his loss until her death.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, June 29, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Richard Catholic Church, 1503 Grand Ave., with Rev. Ronald Gramza assisted by Deacon Howard Wirtz. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church on Monday from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been suggested to St. Richard Catholic Church of Racine, St. Monica’s Senior Citizen Home, or S.E. WI Alzheimer’s Association.

Her daughter would like to thank Dr. Robert Gullberg for the many years of professional and compassionate care he gave to Rose.

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

Friday, June 19, 2009

Virginia M. (Wenszell) Johnson-Olson

Virginia M. Johnson-Olson, age 80, passed away Friday, June 19, 2009 at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints Medical Center. Virginia was born in Racine, September 3, 1928, daughter of the late Alfred and Irene (Nee: Langenfeld) Wenszell.

Virginia was employed by Harry Chopyak’s Grocery for many years. Virginia's pastimes included camping and fishing, and she was an avid Packer fan. Above all, she treasured time spent with her family and will be dearly missed. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her two husbands, Harold W. Johnson and Arthur F. Olson.

Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Monday, June 22, 2009, at 5 p.m. Private interment will be held at Graceland Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Monday from 4 p.m. until time of service.

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

Harold Louis Nagel

Harold Louis Nagel, 98, passed away peacefully at Oak Ridge Care Center on Friday, June 19, 2009.

Harold was born in Milwaukee on December 25, 1910, to the late William and Louise (nee: Bauch) Nagel. He has lived in Racine since 1927.

On September 14, 1935, in St. Lucy Catholic Church, he was united in marriage with the love of his life, Alice E. Koeppen, who preceded him in death on March 22, 2007, after 71 years of marriage.

Harold was employed as an insurance agent with Prudential and pattern maker for George Gorton Machine for many years, retiring in 1974. He was a member and served as past-president of the Gorton Machine Social Club; vice-president on the board of directors for MCU Credit Union; co-owner and vice-president of Harben Mfg.; member of Machinists Union Local 437; Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 286; and Businessmen’s Major League. Among his interests, Harold enjoyed bowling; golfing, especially with Ives Grove Senior League and Marsan League; and was an amateur baseball player having played on three championship teams – Dixon Sports, Badger Roofing and Gorton Machine.

Harold remained amazingly and completely independent in his own home until age 97. He loved nothing more than being in the surroundings of his entire family and extensive circle of friends.

Surviving are his grandchildren, Tria (Jim) Braun and Ted Durocher; great-grandchildren, Briara and Brody Braun; cousin, Beverly Rehbein; and many dear friends too numerous to mention by name. In addition to his parents and wife, Harold was preceded in death by his beloved daughter, Louise Durocher; and sister-in-law, Irene Chapman.

In accordance with Harold’s wishes, a brief service of committal will be held on Thursday, June 25, 2009, at 9 a.m. at the mausoleum of Graceland Cemetery. Those wishing to attend on Thursday should meet at the entrance of Graceland Cemetery (corner of Osborne and Graceland Blvds.) by 8:55 am.

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

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Charles 'Charlie' Manarino

Charles Manarino, passed away Thursday, June 18, 2009, at the Becker-Shoop Center. Charles was born in Pennsylvania, February 5, 1910, son of the late Michael and Frances (nee: Matagrano) Manarino.

During World War II, he proudly served in the United States Army Air Force stationed in the Central Pacific in Saipan, Guam, and Hickam Field, and was the recipient of the Bronze Star. He was a plumber at Willing Plumbing and J.I. Case Company for many years, retiring in 1977. Charles was a member of St. Lucy’s Catholic Church, V.F.W. Post 1391, Case Local 180, and Plumbers Local 118.

Survivors include his sister, Helen Blasco of Warren, MI; nieces and nephews, Angeline (William) Bielefeldt, Patricia (Thomas) Simonson, and Dani Widmer, all of Racine; Kathleen Moralez of Sheboygan; nephews, Albert (Nancy) Volpintesta of Appleton, Michael Blasco, David (Kim) Blasco of Michigan, and other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Mary (Emil) Volpintesta, Carolyn (Gabriel) Presta, Bertha Halliday and two infant sisters; nephew Anthony (Joyce) Volpintesta; and brother-in-law, Anthony Blasco.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Lucy’s Catholic Church, 3101 Drexel Ave., on Friday, June 26, 2009, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Mark R. Jones officiating. Relatives and friends are welcome to meet with the family at the church on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. A private entombment with full military honors will be held at Calvary Garden Crypts.

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

Edward P. Kuzia

Edward P. Kuzia, 93, passed away in Wheaton Franciscan Hospital-All Saints on Thursday, June 18, 2009. He was born in Racine on May 6, 1916, the son of the late Paul and Eleanora (nee: Ombreska) Kuzia.

Mr. Kuzia proudly served his country with the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII and was stationed in New Guinea. On October 28, 1950, in Holy Name Church he was united in marriage to the former Dorothy Kothe. Mr. Kuzia had been employed by Dumore Corp. for over 42 years, retiring in 1985. Mr. Kuzia graduated from Marquette University. He was a member of St. Lucy Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus Council #697 and a former member of St. Stanislaus Church. Mr. Kuzia enjoyed fishing, gardening, mushroom hunting, and was known to family and neighbors as the “Candy Grandpa.” His greatest love was the time spent with his family especially his grandchildren.

Surviving are his wife, of nearly 59 years, Dorothy; their children, Susan (John) Schliesmann, Barb (Mark) Lacke, Patricia (Gary) Meier, Kathy Kuzia, Mary (Jim) McDowell, Margie Kuzia, Randal Kuzia (Sandy Carreno), and Bill (Barrie) Kuzia; 22 grandchildren, Greg, Mike and Brad Schliesmann, Kara (Jeff) Batchelor, Heather (Steve) Weyda, Jamie (Josh) Hewitt, Christopher (Karin), Eric, Billy, Shannon, and Kaitlin Meier, Adrianne (Andy) Marinkovich, Jason (Merissa) Wemmert, David, Laura, and Christy Kuzia, Tricia (Juston) Love, Jake McDowell, Jay, Danny and Brady Kuzia; seven great-grandchildren, Madelyn, Grace and Sam Weyda, Athena, Alina and Jason Wemmert, and Jackson Meier. His nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends further survive him.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers, Paul and Stanley Kuzia; sister, Sophie Hilicki; and cherished grandson, Matthew Lacke.

His Funeral Mass will be celebrated in St. Lucy Catholic Church, 3101 Drexel Ave., at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 23, with Rev. Mark R. Jones officiating. Visitation will be in the funeral home on Monday, June 22, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and in the church on Tuesday from 9 a.m. until the time of the Mass. Burial, with full military honors, will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32.

A special thanks to the 3rd Floor Staff of Wheaton Franciscan Hospital and to family friend, Julie Maher, for the loving and compassionate care given to Edward in his time of need.

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

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Dominick 'Dom' Joseph Parise

Dominick ‘Dom’ Joseph Parise, 76, passed away at his home, surrounded by his loving family on Wednesday, June 17, 2009. He was born in Kenosha on March 14, 1933, the son of Joseph and Gilda (nee: Missurelli) Parise.

Dom was a graduate of Kenosha High School, continuing his education; he received his Barber Degree from Molar Barber College in Chicago.

Dom Served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict from 1952 to 1955. He was a saxophone player with the 5thArmy band. On June 6, 1953, Dom was united in marriage to Loretta Litrenta in Racine. He owned and operated Dom Parise’s Barber Shop, located on Douglas Avenue for 51 years, retiring in 2006.

Dom is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Loretta; son, David of Franksville; grandchildren, David Jr., of Franksville, Abbey, Steven and Mitchell, all of Waukesha; brother, Dennis (Pam) Jahns of Kenosha; brother-in-law, Rocco Litrenta of Racine; sister-in-law, Rosemarie (Samuel) Pulice. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. Loretta would like to thank her care-giving team, Barbara Solomon, Patti Stindle and Gina Christensen.

Dom was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral services will be held at Sturino Funeral Home on Monday, June 22, 2009, at 11 a.m. Entombment with full military honors will follow at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Hwy. #32. There will be a visitation at the funeral home on Sunday from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. and on Monday from 10 a.m. until service time at 11 a.m.

A special thank you to Hospice Alliance, and Dom and Loretta’s dearest friend, Traci.
Dom,
We lived a beautiful wonderful life and each day was precious.
Love you always, until we meet again.
Loretta
Sturino Funeral Home
3014 Northwestern Ave., Racine 262-632-4479

Howard Russell Johnson

Howard Russell Johnson, 87, passed away unexpectedly at home on Wednesday, June 17, 2009, as the result of a heart attack.

A lifetime resident, Howard was born on the Meachem Farm here in Racine on December 9, 1921, to the late Herman and Soffie (nee: Christofferson) Johnsen.

On June 9, 1945, he was united in marriage with the love of his life, Beverly Mae Jaskulske, who preceded him in death on April 15, 2003.

In his earlier years, Howard was employed by Cooper – Dixon Duck Farm. However, as an extremely talented ornamental iron railing fabricator, he worked for Nielsen Iron Works, from where he retired after a 30-year career.

Howard was a member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church. Among his interests, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, trying his luck at the casino, spending time in Upper Michigan, and helping family / friends with projects of all sorts. Above all, his first priority in life was always his treasured family.

Surviving are his daughter, Karen (Jim Hudson) Webber; son, Ron (Rosie) Johnson; grandchildren, Larry Webber, Mark Johnson, Krista Johnson and Craig Johnson; great-grandson, Brandon Johnson; brothers and sisters, Cornel (Virginia) Johnson, Virginia Webster, Marcella Nelson, Deloris (Jim) Ahmad and Buelah June Ellis; sisters-in-law, Janice (Melvin) Peterson and Marie Johnsen; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends too numerous to mention by name.

In addition to his parents and wife, Howard was preceded in death by his brothers and sisters, Harold and LeRoy Johnsen, Mabel (Loyal) Phetteplace, Myrtle (Richard) Cogswell, Genevria (Louis) Planert and Opal (Richard Bethge) Butterfield; Beverly’s parents, August and Viola (nee: Freundenthal) Jaskulske; niece, Diane Friend; and brothers-in-law, Richard Jaskulske, Merrill Ellis, Alvin Webster and Arvid Nelson.

Funeral services will be held in the funeral home on Saturday, June 20, 2009, at 11 a.m. with Rev. David Echelbarger officiating. Interment will follow in West Lawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be in the funeral home on Friday, June 19, from 5-8 p.m. and on Saturday from 10-11 a.m. In memory of Howard, memorials to one’s favorite charity or to the family has been suggested.

A heartfelt note of thanks to Dr. Robert Brown and Jennifer Boerger, NP; Dr. Christopher Stone (and nurse Ann), and Dr. Raymond Knight (and nurse Linda) for the compassionate care and support during the past several years. May God bless all of you!

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

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Robert 'Bob' L. Hunter

Robert L. Hunter, age 84, passed away Tuesday, June 16, 2009, at Wheaton-Franciscan Medical Center. Robert was born in Aurora, IL, on February 6, 1925, son of the late Jay L. and Bertha C. (Nee: Chandler) Hunter and had been a resident of Racine since 1949.

During World War II he proudly served in the United States Army in the Pacific Theatre. On August 31, 1946, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth L. Harkness who preceded him in death, January 31, 1996. Robert received a degree in engineering from the University of Illinois. He was employed by Modine Manufacturing for thirty-seven years, retiring in 1987, and belonged to the Modine “20-Year Club.”

He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church and sang in the choir. Robert was formerly involved with the Kiwanis Club of Racine and was instrumental in the building of the pancake machines used for Pancake Day. He enjoyed time with his friends playing cards, golfing and fishing. Above all he treasured time spent with his family, especially attending his grandchildren’s sporting events and activities. He will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his three children, Carol J. (James) Zukewich, Robert C. (Marie) Hunter and Patricia A. (William) Bieneman; eight grandchildren, Thomas, Michael (Jennifer), and Scott Zukewich, Ryan, Nathan, and Eric Hunter, Samuel and Sara Bieneman; brothers-in-law, Eugene (Marian) Harkness, John (Mary Grace) Harkness; sister-in-law, Joan Hunter; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by his brother, William Hunter.

Funeral services will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 745 Main St., on Friday, June 19, 2009, at 6 p.m. with Rev. Brad Van Fossen officiating. Private interment with full military honors will be held at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church on Friday from 4 p.m. until time of service. Memorials to the First United Methodist Church or to the American Cancer Society have been suggested.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the nurses and CNA’s at Wheaton Franciscan - All Saints Medical Center, and to Dr. Mark DeCheck for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Rev. Lester R. Thompson

Rev. Lester R. Thompson, age 89, passed away Tuesday, June 16, 2009, at his residence. Lester was born in Tipperary, Iowa, on October 10, 1919, the son of Ray and Doris Thompson. The family later moved to Knoxville, Iowa, where he grew up.

In May of 1940, he graduated from the Apostolic Bible Institute in St. Paul, Minnesota. In September of that year, he married the former Lucille Ray in Columbus, Ohio.

He was ordained to the ministry in November of 1941, by the late Rev. W. T. Witherspoon in Columbus, Ohio. He later became the Assistant Pastor to Rev. Witherspoon.

In 1948 he moved his family to Wisconsin, where he pastored in Clintonville and Eau Claire. In 1950 he was selected to be the Editor-in-Chief of the Pentecostal Herald, the official magazine of the United Pentecostal Church International, where he served until 1950 when he again moved his family to Wisconsin – this time to Racine, where he pastored at the former Bethel Tabernacle. He later pastored in Bloomington, Indiana, but again returned to Wisconsin, this time to be the founding pastor of the Apostolic Faith Church in Sturtevant (now of Racine).

He was a well-known Bible teacher, and, as such, taught in many parts of the country. Lester Thompson was a gentle, kind-hearted man – a Gentleman. Earth and the ministry has lost a true soldier.

Lester leaves a loving family, of which he was very proud: his wife of nearly 69 years, Lucille; four sons, Gary (Linda), Ronald, Richard (Sharon), Stephen (Sharon); and one daughter, Sheryl (Steve) Wasmundt; ten dear grandchildren, Celeste DeHahn, Ted Thompson, Cindy (Andre) Maki, Renee Carroll, Dulcie Albright, Scott (Melissa) Thompson, Sonya (Philip) Rose, Chad (Lisa) Wasmundt, Holly Wasmundt and Stephanie Wasmundt; 15 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson. He also leaves a sister-in-law, Elsie Thompson. Preceding him in death were his parents; his brother, Robert; his sister, Wanda VanCleve; his grandson, Seth Thompson; and his great-granddaughter, Madison Rose.

Funeral services will be held at Parkway Apostolic Church, 10940 S. Nicholson Road, Oak Creek, WI, on Saturday, June 20, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. Private interment will be held at West Lawn Memorial Park on Monday. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Friday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and at the church in Oak Creek Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of service.

We wish to thank Vitas Hospice Care for all the wonderful people who cared for our loved one.

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

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Susan A. (Wirkus) Friso

Sturtevant -- Susan Ann Friso, age 61, passed away on Sunday, June 14, 2009, at her residence after a long and courageous battle with Rheumatoid Arthritis. She was born in Waukegan, IL, on June 14, 1948, daughter of the late James and Delphus (Nee: Bauknecht) Wirkus.

Susan was raised in Racine and graduated from St. Catherine’s High School “Class of 1966.” She enjoyed sewing, miniature doll houses, and was an avid collector of “Winnie the Pooh” items. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

Surviving are her husband, Gerry; her son, Phillip (Tom Reinke); daughter-in-law, Christine Horton; grandson, Nicholas Friso; her brother, Mike (Cheryl) Wirkus of Racine; sister, Patricia (Gerard) Delleman of TX; brothers-in-law, Joe Friso, Jim (Mary) Friso, Tom (Margit) Friso, all of Racine; special cousins, Dave (Charlene) Bauknecht, Michelle (Dan) Hafner, Tom (Rose) Bauknecht, and aunt Viola Bauknecht, all of Antigo, WI; nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. In addition to her parents, Susan was preceded in death by her son, Jeffrey, an infant son, Gerald Grant; two brothers, James and Scott Wirkus; and her special uncle, James Braden.

Funeral services will be held at the funeral home, Saturday, June 20, 2009, at 2 p.m. with Rev. John D. Aiello officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Saturday at the funeral home from 1 p.m. until time of service. Memorials to the Arthritis Foundation have been suggested as Susan was an avid supporter of their work and ever hopeful for a cure.

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

Jerome LeRoy Fournier

Jerome ‘Jerry’ LeRoy Fournier, 61, passed away on June 14, 2009, at his residence. He was born in Milwaukee on March 30, 1948, the son of Myron and Caroline (nee: Iraci) Fournier.

Surviving are his children, Stacy Carlucci, Michael, Randy and Christopher Fournier; brother, William Fournier; longtime companion, Margaret ‘Miki’ Quinn; and special friend, Clarence Heck. He is further survived by other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at the Sturino Funeral Home on Friday, June 19, 2009, at noon. There will be a visitation at the funeral home on Friday before services from 11 a.m. until service time.

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

Betty Jane Phillips

Betty Jane (nee: Kitzman) Phillips, 79, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 14, 2009, at Select Specialty Hospital in West Allis.

Betty was born in Racine on June 13, 1930, to Arthur and Mathilda “Tillie” (nee: Kitzmann) Kitzman. She was a 1948 graduate (first graduating class) of Lutheran High School. Following, she went on to school to become a dental assistant.

On February 29, 1953, in St. John’s Lutheran Church, she was united in marriage with the love of her life, Richard E. Phillips, who preceded her in death on March 29, 1998. During Dick’s 40-plus year career with Major League Baseball, they lived in various places in their lifetime including Hawaii and Vancouver. When Dick passed away in 1998, Betty moved back to hometown Racine.

A passionate and tireless volunteer dental assistant, Betty served the less fortunate in various communities for many years. However, her first priority in life was being a homemaker, mother and husband’s number one fan.

Betty was a member of Pentecost Ev. Lutheran Church where she enjoyed being involved in church clubs and committees. Proud of her alma mater, she was a dedicated volunteer of the Lutheran High School Thrift Shop. Among her interests, Betty was an avid reader who acquired an extensive library over the years; and enjoyed needlepoint and crocheting. Above all, she loved and cherished being in the surroundings of her entire family.

Surviving are her children, Daniel “Danny” (Erin Rooney-Phillips) Phillips of Racine, Karen (John) Stahlman of Plano, TX, and Jodi Kosempa of Charlotte, N.C.; grandchildren, Leilani and Kristina Kosempa, and Lauren Stahlman; mother, Tillie Kitzmann; sister, Shirley Bamford; sister-in-law, Phyllis Kitzman; brothers-in-law, Don (Bev) Phillips and Gene (Sonia) Phillips; many special nieces, nephews, other relatives, classmates and friends too numerous to mention by name.

In addition to her husband, Betty was preceded in death by her father, Arthur Kitzman; and brother, David Kitzman.

In accordance with Betty’s wishes, cremation will take place. A memorial service will be celebrated on Thursday, June 18, 2009, at 10 a.m. in Pentecost Ev. Lutheran Church, 2213 Coolidge Ave., with Rev. Milan J. Babel and Rev. Luke Jacob officiating. Entombment will follow in Graceland Cemetery. Visitation will be held in Pentecost Church, 2213 Coolidge Ave., on Wednesday from 4-6 p.m. and on Thursday from 9-10 a.m. In memory of Betty, memorials to her beloved Lutheran High School have been suggested.

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

Leone M. (Mitchell) Anderson

Leone M. Anderson, age 94, passed away on Sunday, June 14, 2009, at the Becker-Shoop Center. Leone was born in Racine, July 2, 1914, daughter of the late Frank and Antonina (Nee: Rice) Mitchell.

On January 23, 1933, in Racine she was united in marriage to Harvey Anderson, who preceded her in death on October 20, 1998. During World War II Leone riveted B17 bomber wings at the Case Company and was employed for twenty years at Fanny Farmer.

She was a member of St. Nicholas Episcopal Church and St. Ann’s Guild. Leone enjoyed bowling and was a member of Paradise West Bowling League. She always looked forward to her summers where she spent numerous hours teaching children how to swim at her home. Above all, Leone treasured time traveling up north and to Canada fishing with her family and will forever be remembered as a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother. She will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her two daughters, Audrey Harmann of Sturtevant and Kathleen (Jerry) Eppers of Hayward, WI; two sons, Eugene (Winifred) Anderson and Mark (Kay) Anderson, all of Racine;
12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; 13 great-great grandchildren; brothers, Edward (Connie) Mitchell of Racine and Donald Mitchell of FL; sisters, Nora Nielsen, Grace Paulson, both of Racine, Linda (Milton) Mogren of Atlanta, GA; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her son-in-law, Art Harmann; and brother, Frank (Betty) Mitchell.

Funeral services will be held at St. Michael’s Church, 4701 Erie St., on Thursday, June 18, 2009, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Terry McGugan officiating. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church on Thursday from 10 a.m. until time of service.

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

Josephine M. Rosenquist

Josephine M. (nee: Sabatino) Rosenquist, 94, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 14, 2009. She was born in Sturtevant on March 11, 1915, the daughter of Lorenzo and Santa (nee: Bruno) Sabatino.

Josephine was united in marriage to Edward R. Rosenquist. She was a longtime member of St. Richard Catholic Church. Josephine retired from JC Penney and was an active volunteer for Harmony. Nothing gave her more joy than being with family and friends.

Surviving is a sister-in-law, Florence Rosenquist; nieces, Cynthia Sabatino, Camille Woten, Elaine (Nelson) Hine; nephews, James (Barbara) Gaudio, Kenneth (Susan) Foster, Steve Foster and Jeff (Michele) Gaudio; sister-in-law, Florence Rosenquist. She is further survived by nieces and nephews in the Rosenquist family.

Josephine was preceded in death by her loving husband, Edward; parents; sister, Agnes Gaudio; brothers, Joseph Russell and Lawrence Sabatino; nephew, Rusty Sabatino; niece, Sandra Woten and aunt Helen Bruno-Jutz.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Richard Parish, 1509 Grand Ave., on Tuesday, June 16, 2009, at 11 a.m. with Fr. Ronald Gramza officiating. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery on Douglas Avenue. There will be a visitation at the church on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until time of service.

Memorials to New Beginnings Home, 640 Wood Rd., Kenosha, WI 53144, Asera Care Hospice, 6737 W. Washington, Suite 3200, West Allis, WI 53214 or to St. Richard Parish, 1509 Grand Ave., Racine, WI 53403 have been suggested.

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

Saturday, June 13, 2009

LeMoyne E. Farnsworth

LeMoyne E. Farnsworth, age 85, passed away Saturday, June 13, 2009, at his residence. LeMoyne was born in Elkhart, IN, on October 15, 1923, son of the late Nathan and Wilma (Nee: Yost) Farnsworth.

LeMoyne received a Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. During World War II, he served in the United States Air Corps. LeMoyne was employed for many years at Walker Manufacturing, retiring in 1988. Following retirement, he was employed at Cornerstone Design. LeMoyne’s first love was flying and he was actively involved with the EAA. He inspired many Young Eagles with his zest for flying and especially loved flying his home-built biplane. He will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his loving wife of sixty-three years, Margaret (Nee: Tykal); his three children, Lynn (George) Tatge of Florence, Italy, Kent (Julie) Farnsworth of Ft. Wayne, IN, Scott (Sally) Farnsworth of Racine; son-in-law, David Huelsbeck of Fayetteville, GA; ten grandchildren, Jeff, William, Brian, Tony, Alice, Mark, Kristin, Emma, Lee and Lily; his great-grandson, Gavin; seven step-grandchildren, Anna, Emily, Laura, Alex, Megan, Laura and Dau; sister, Nathene (Gordon) Squires of Elkhart, IN; brother-in-law, Walter Weltz; sister-in-law, Marian Tykal; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Kay Huelsbeck, and sister, Gloria Weltz.

Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Wednesday, June 17, 2009, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Private funeral services will be held with interment at Graceland Cemetery. Memorials to Young Eagles EAA Chapter 838 or one’s favorite charity have been suggested.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Odders, Wheaton-Franciscan Cancer Center, and Hospice Alliance for their very supportive and loving care and for their giving of hope.

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