Monday, August 31, 2009

Beverly K. 'Bev' (Gehrig) Jaeger

Burlington - Beverly K. Jaeger, age 75, passed away peacefully Monday evening, August 31, 2009, at Aurora Memorial Hospital of Burlington. Beverly was born in Racine on October 28, 1933, daughter of the late Theodore and Katherine (nee: Kottmeyer) Gehrig. She was the only daughter in a family of four brothers, Ted Jr., Verne, Darryl and LeRoy, all of them having served in WW II. Beverly was further distinguished by being related to famed baseball player, Lou Gehrig.

She was united in marriage to Fred K. Jaeger of Racine on December 25, 1955. Bev and Fred were the only couple to be married on Christmas Day at the Plymouth Congregational Church, where she was a lifelong dedicated member. They had three children, Gary, Heidi and Lisa. Gary died in an auto accident at the age of three. During the children’s school years, Bev was active in the P.T.A. and Girl Scouts. She also worked as a secretary for a trucking company. She will be best remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

Bev is survived by her loving husband of nearly fifty-four years, Fred of Burlington; daughters, Heidi (Dave) Neiman of Sarasota, FL, Lisa Zaspel of Burlington; four dear grandchildren, Abbie and Kasey Zaspel of Burlington; Chandler and Rachel Neiman of Sarasota; brother, Ted Gehrig Jr.; sisters-in-law, Laurel Gehrig of Ripon, Lorraine Gehrig of Racine; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents and her son, Gary, Bev was also preceded in death by her brothers, Verne, Darryl and LeRoy.

Funeral services will be held at Plymouth Congregational Church, 1143 College Ave., Friday September 4, 2009, at 11 a.m. , with Rev. Glenn Lawson officiating. Interment will follow at Mound Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home Thursday evening from 5 -7 p.m. and at the church Friday morning from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. Memorials to Plymouth Congregational Church have been suggested.

The family extends a special thank you to Dr. Melanie Smith and her staff as well as the staff at Aurora VNA Hospice for your loving and compassionate care, and to all of the family and friends for all of your support and acts of kindness during these past months.

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

Helen Baillie

For Helen Baillie, family and friends were foremost. Next to them might well be her sewing machine.

A prolific and creative seamstress, in her forty years as receptionist, secretary and seamstress for Racine’s Academy of Dance, owned by her daughter, Bonnie Baillie Konsinowski, Helen fashioned and sewed thousands upon thousands of dance costumes for the Academy’s students, averaging more than 600 a year. The years saw her costume thousands of students, including her great-granddaughter, Mallory Bertone.

At dance recitals, Helen was the vigilant monitor behind the stage, keeping students quiet and in line, ready to go on for their numbers. Fundraisers for the Academy’s Performing Arts Company found Helen minding the “candy” table, also a familiar role for her for the past 14 years at Racine’s Penguin Players performances.

In her earlier years, Helen also built doll houses; not the prefab kind, but ones fashioned entirely from scratch, including much of the furniture, fixtures and people inside. You might also find Helen, and her husband, Leonard George Baillie, who preceded her in death, sailing on Lake Michigan in their US-1, taking a leisurely cruise in their 1955 Jaguar or, during NFL weekends, cheering on their beloved Chicago Bears.

Helen, age 87, a fourth generation Racine resident, passed away at her home on Monday, August 31, 2009. She was born Helen Marie Reichert on April 3, 1922, in Racine to the late Fred and Ruby Simpser Reichert Rabideau. She is a graduate of St. Catherine’s High School.
Helen was also preceded in death by her eldest son, Brian; and three sisters and a brother, Kay, Rita, Carole and Fritz.

She is survived by her children, Bonnie (Richard) Konsinowski, Racine, and Geoffrey (Lynn Larson) Baillie, Long Branch, WA; eight grandchildren, David Johnson, Boston, MA, Michael Konsinowski, Racine, Kelli (Joe) Bertone, Racine, Brian Baillie, Tacoma, WA, Geoffrey Baillie, Seattle, WA, Ashley Baillie, Gig Harbor, WA, Josh Baillie, Boise, ID, and Melanie Baillie, Purdy, WA; two great-grandchildren, Mallory Bertone, Racine, and Conor Baillie, Seattle, WA; and a sister, Mary (Stefan) Kramar, Amarillo, TX. She is further survived by a daughter-in-law, Susan Baillie, Appleton, WI; a nephew, Colonel Guy Glad; great-nieces and many friends.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend visitation services for Helen Marie Reichert Baillie at the funeral home on Monday, September 7, 2009, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Private funeral services will be held, Tuesday, September 8. Entombment will be in West Lawn Memorial Park.
Do not stand at my grave and weep.
I am not there. I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow.
I am the diamond glints on snow.
I am the sunlight on ripened grain.
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you wake in the morning’s hush,
I am the swift, uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there. I did not die.
Purath-Strand Funeral Home & Crematory
3915 Douglas Ave., Racine (262)639-8000

Eugene W. Hansen

Eugene (Gene) W. Hansen, 77, passed away unexpectedly in the Emergency Room of Wheaton Franciscan – All Saints Medical Center on Monday, August 31, 2009.

Gene was born on September 6, 1931, to the late Walter M. and Catherine G. (nee: Gizinski) Hansen. He received his education from St. John Nepomuk Grade School “Class of 1945”; St. Catherine’s High School “Class of 1949”; and Spencerian College – Accounting Degree “Class of 1957.” He faithfully served our country with the United States Army during the Korean War from January 21, 1952 – January 20, 1954.

On February 1, 1958, at St. Rose Catholic Church, he was united in marriage with the love of his life, Margery “Marge” A. (nee: Peil). Gene was employed by Modine Manufacturing for over 35 years, retiring as an accounting manager on April 29, 1994.

With a profound Catholic faith, he was a devoted member of St. Lucy Catholic Church, where he was extremely active in both – church and school. Gene was also a member of the Modine 20-Year Club and the American Legion. Among his interests, he enjoyed fishing, golfing, investing and playing cards. Above all, Gene loved and cherished being in the midst of his entire family.

Surviving are his loving wife of over 51 years, Marge; children, Lynn (Ron) Vokes of Racine, Diane (James) Nelsen of Racine, Rev. Fr. Stephen Hansen of Lexington, MO, Gail (Scott) Harmann of Racine, Patrick (Laurel) Hansen of Mukwonago, Karen Hansen of Racine and Craig Hansen of Racine; grandchildren, Rebecca and Rachel Gomez, Christopher Vokes, Jennifer (Michael) Small, Erin, Kevin and Kurtis Nelsen, Alex and Kyle Harmann, James and Catherine Hansen; and Austin Hansen; great-granddaughter, Alyson Small; brother, Lawrence Hansen; sisters, Ruth (Raymond) Organ, Dorothy (James) Kober, all of Racine; and Kathleen (Robert) Teska of Woodruff; brother-in-law, William (Jean) Kaisler; sister-in-law, Maryellen (Richard) Hable of Yelm, WA; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends too numerous to mention by name.

In addition to his parents, his sisters, Lorraine Kaisler and Margaret Marsh, brother-in-law, Clark Marsh and sister-in-law, Alice Hansen, preceded Gene in death.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, September 5, 2009, at 10 a.m. in St. Lucy Catholic Church, 3101 Drexel Ave., with Gene’s son, Rev. Fr. Stephen E. Hansen, officiating. Interment, with military honors, will follow in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be in the funeral home on Friday from 5 – 7:30 p.m. with a Prayer Vigil being offered at 7:30 p.m. There will also be a visitation in the church on Saturday from 9-10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Catherine’s High School, St. Lucy’s Catholic Church or to the American Cancer Society have been suggested.

A heartfelt note of thanks to Rev. Fr. Mark Jones, Dr. Richard Clark, Dr. Michael Mullane and staff, Dr. Michael Lankiewicz, Rev. Fr. Martin and the All Saints Medical Center - Wheaton Franciscan staff for the compassionate care and support during the past five years. May God bless all of you!

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

Sunday, August 30, 2009

DeLoris L. Richtmyre

DeLoris L. Richtmyre, nee Dombrowski, 80, passed away in Minocqua on Sunday, August 30, 2009.

DeLoris was born in Stevens Point, WI, on July 3, 1929, to Frank and Grace (nee, Studinski) Dombrowski. She has been a resident of Kenosha since 1950, moving to Racine in 2001. DeLoris married Kenneth Richtmyre. They were married for 54 years. He preceded her in death on March 22, 2003.

DeLoris was employed by American Motors and later Chrysler for over 30 years. DeLoris was a member of the Caledonia Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. She loved her role as homemaker and caring for her children. DeLoris loved music, traveling to Gatlinburg, TN, and spending time at Lake Tomahawk.

Survivors include her children, Renda (Gary) Danzer, Sally (Robert) Baran, Earl (Kim) Richtmyre, Edward (Kymberlea) Richtmyre, Erven (Terri) Richtmyre, Pamela (Jim) Ewing and Randal (Barbara) Richtmyre; 22 grandchildren; brother, Wayne (Carol) Dombrowski; sister, Diane (Jack) Chezney; and special friend, Ann Fugette. DeLoris is also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; grandson, Stephen Richtmyre; sister, Lorraine Laszewski; and step-granddaughter, Gina Richtmyre.

Memorial services for DeLoris will be held at the Caledonia Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 6767 Hwy 38, on Wednesday, September 2, 2009, at 7 p.m. with John Garcia officiating. Private family inurnment will take place in Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Caledonia Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

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

William Glynn Humphrey

William Glynn Humphrey, 78, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family on August 30, 2009.

Glynn was born in Racine, February 8, 1931, son of William R. and Elizabeth (nee: Evans) Humphrey. On December 28, 1956 he was united in marriage to Lavern E. Williams at Trinity Evangelical and Reformed Church in Belleville, IL.

Glynn was a graduate and class president of Washington Park High School’s Class of 1949 and furthered his education by graduating from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse with an education degree in 1953 and the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a master’s degree in school administration in 1960. He was a standout high school and college athlete in football, basketball and track and in his senior year of college, the La Crosse Tribune called him “one of the finest guards in La Crosse history.”

Glynn entered the U.S. Army in 1953 and served in Korea and Japan. He returned to Racine in 1955 to teach fifth grade and became an elementary school principal in 1962, a position he held until retiring in 1987. Among his assignments in the Racine school system: teacher at Janes and Franklin schools, director of Head Start and principal of Lincoln, Howell, Roosevelt and Caddy Vista schools. He co-wrote a proposal that funded the city’s first Head Start program.

Glynn was inducted into the UW-La Crosse Wall of Fame in 1989. He was active in municipal softball, volleyball and golf leagues throughout the years. He also served as president and vice president of the St. David’s Society of Racine & Vicinity and was a lifelong member of the Covenant Presbyterian Church. During their retirement years, Glynn and Lavern enjoyed traveling, including cruises to the Caribbean, Alaska and Mexico, as well as trips throughout the United States. He will be remembered for his dedication to his family, love of music and keen sense of humor.

Glynn is survived by his wife of 52 years, Lavern; daughter, Katie (Carl) Matteson of East Troy; sons Steve (Mary Krigbaum) Humphrey of Sammamish, WA, and Greg (Liz) Humphrey of Racine; grandchildren, Meghan, Tyler, Rebecca, Kimberly, Emily, Ellen, Kristen and Rachel; cousins Owen (Phyllis) Evans, David (Janice) Evans, Alyce Evans and Gwen (Robert) Lehmann; other relatives and many friends. Glynn was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Gladys.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 5, 2009, at 11 a.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 40 Ohio St., with the Rev. Melanie Hammond Clark and the Rev. Victoria Millar officiating. There will be a visitation on Friday, September 4, 2009, from 4-7 p.m. at the Maresh-Meredith & Acklam Funeral Home, 803 Main St., and Saturday at the church from 10 a.m. until the service time of 11 a.m. Inurnment will take place at Graceland Cemetery at a later date. Memorials suggested to Hospice Alliance, Inc. or a charity of your choice.

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

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Alan A. Perlberg

MILWAUKEE - Alan A. Perlberg, 66, formerly of Racine, passed away on Saturday August 29, 2009 at Mt. Carmel Rehabilitation Center, Milwaukee.

Alan was born in Racine on January 7, 1943, the son of Arthur and Muriel (Helling) Perlberg. He graduated from Wm. Horlick High School “Class of 1961,” and went on to further his education, graduating from UW- Oshkosh, with a degree in journalism.

Alan was employed at the Milwaukee Library and Milwaukee County Stadium. He found great enjoyment in attending many festivals in Milwaukee and Racine; he enjoyed the outdoors and camping as a young boy with his family. Alan found solitude in his many long walks, along with being very well read and enjoyed listening to the radio.

Alan is survived by his cousin and caregiver, Charles “Chuck” Valukas, of Racine, along with other cousins, Gloria Valukas of Grafton, Lorraine (Cal) Peterson of Green Bay, Janet (Charles) Iggulden of Racine, and Wayne (Cindy) Valukas of Tennessee, Doris Brown and David, Don and Dean Miller all of Racine. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, many other relatives, and dear friends in Racine and Milwaukee.

Funeral services will be held at Sturino Funeral Home on Friday September 4, 2009, at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. There will be a visitation at the funeral home on Friday from 9:30 a.m. until service time.

In lieu of flowers memorials to American Lung Association, 13100 W. Lisbon Rd. Suite 700, Brookfield, WI, 53005, have suggested by the family.

Alan’s family would like to extend a very special thank you to Mt. Carmel Rehabilitation Center for their fine care given to Alan during his illness.

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

Friday, August 28, 2009

Pauline L. Gedemer

Mrs. Pauline Gedemer (nee: Gibson), 91, passed away at WFH-All Saints on Friday, August 28, 2009.

Pauline was born on September 22, 1917 to the late James and Carolyn (nee: McBrian) Gibson in Ansonia, CT. Shortly after her birth, Pauline’s mother Carolyn passed away. Her father, James, was remarried to the late Bernice Gibson. The family then moved to Racine and became lifelong residents. On December 22, 1939, she was united in marriage to Gilbert Gedemer at St. Luke's Episcopal Church. He preceded her in death on May 14, 1967.

Mrs. Gedemer was employed at Jacobsen Manufacturing as a data processor for over 30 years before her retirement. She was also a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church.

Pauline is survived by her daughter, Kathleen (Wayne) Buehler; three sons, Paul (Laurine) Gedemer, James (Marilyn) Gedemer, Tom (Cheryl)Gedemer ; nine grandchildren, Alexander Gedemer, Colleen Sundberg, Grant Gedemer, Heidi Goodnight, Rachel Gedemer, Sarah Gedemer, Shawna Gifford, Spencer Gedemer, Tricia Franciosi; ten great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Dolores Kunka, Annette Gedemer; and many other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Pauline will be held at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 614 Main St., on Wednesday, September 2, 2009, at 6 p.m. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church on Wednesday from 4 p.m until the time of service. Private inurnment with be held at Mound Cemetery at a later date.

Memorials may be directed to St. Luke's Church.

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

Kandi C. (Wiebe) Pierce

Sturtevant - Kandi C. Pierce, age 41, passed away unexpectedly Friday, August 28, 2009, at her residence. Private services were held.

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

Leonard Earl Cotton

Leonard Earl Cotton, 70, was called Home by his Lord and Savior on Friday, August 28, 2009. He was born in Macon, MS on November 11, 1938, the son of Booker T. Harrington and Johnnie I. Cotton.

Leonard confessed a hope in Christ at an early age. He joined New Salem United Methodist Church in Macon, MS. Leonard graduated from Macon High School in 1959. He had attended Wayman A.M.E. Church. He had been employed by the City of Racine for over 18 years until his retirement in 1994. Leonard enjoyed the sports of basketball and baseball, but his true love was for his family. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him.

Surviving are his children, Valerie Benton and Bryan Cotton both of Baltimore, MD, and Stacey Brooks of Orange County, CA; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; his mother, Johnnie Perry; three sisters and three brothers, Bessie (Ron) Claybrook, Gaynell (Leon) Harlan, Linda Perry, William Perry Jr., Robert (Mae) Perry, and Bruce Perry all of Racine; uncle, Ellis (Dorothy) Cotton of Racine; aunt, Edna Bell Harmon of Macon, MS. His nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends further survive him. His father Booker T. Harrington, step-father William Perry Sr., and grandparents, John A. and Mamie Cotton preceded him in death.

His Homegoing Service will be held at 11 a.m. in Wayman A.M.E. Church, 424 N. Memorial Dr., on Thursday, September 3, with Rev. Charlene B. Mills officiating. Visitation will be in the church on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial will follow in Graceland Cemetery.

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

Cecelia R. (Kozenski) Schmidt

Cecelia Rachel Schmidt, age 81, passed away Friday, August 28, 2009, at Ridgewood Care Center following a courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Caledonia on December 17, 1927, daughter of the late Anton and Theresa (Nee: Juracek) Kozenski.

Cecelia graduated from William Horlick High School and attended Dominican College majoring in art. She was employed for 10 years as a secretary at Massey Ferguson and attended Kenosha Vocational School of Nursing. Upon graduation she worked in Dr. John Jamieson’s office for 33 years. On June 10, 1981, she was united in marriage to Paul Schmidt. Cecelia was a member and former board member of St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church. She was an artist who enjoyed painting watercolors. She was a member of the Racine Art Guild and the Wednesday Morning Art Group. Through the years Cecelia provided loving care to her family and friends. She was always there when needed and will be dearly missed.

Surviving are her loving husband, Paul; brothers, Anthony (Mary) Kozenski, Joseph Kozenski; sisters, Lillian Neumann; Marie Skowronski; brother-in-law, Walter (Joanne) Schmidt; many nieces, nephews, other relatives, friends and her special “Club Friends.” In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Wencel; and brothers-in-law, Benny Skowronski, Clarence Neumann, Joseph Schmidt and John Schmidt.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, September 1, 2009, at 7 p.m. at St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church, 1903 Green St. Relatives and friends may meet Tuesday at the church from 4:30 p.m. until time of Mass. Interment will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Please meet at the chapel. Memorials to St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church have been suggested.

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

Robert H. Leger

Robert Harmon Leger, “Bob,” passed away unexpectedly Friday, August 28, 2009, at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints Medical Center. He was born in Racine on April 11, 1930, son of the late Walter and Mabel (Nee:Bevington) Leger.

Bob graduated from Washington Park High School “Class of 1949” and recently enjoyed attending his 60th class reunion. Following high school, he served in the National Guard. Bob was employed at Twin Disc for 29 years, retiring in 1990. He was a member of the Twin Disc Twenty Year Club. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed woodworking, carpentry, helping his family and friends with remodeling projects, and winters in Sun City, AZ. Above all, Bob was a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather and will be dearly missed.

Surviving are his five children, James (Sharon) Leger, Sandra (John) Adams, Dave (Cindi) Leger, Janet (Richard) Jacobson, Steve (Susan) Leger; 11 grandchildren, Jamie, Brian, Stephanie, Summer (Mike), Ashlee, Lauren (Scott), Nicholas, Stephanie, Alexandria, Zachary, Joseph; seven great-grandchildren; and brother-in-law, Patrick Flynn. He is further survived by his life partner, Delores “Dee” DePatie and family: children, Julie (Tom) Leicht, Cherie (Tom) Fliess, Larry (JJ) DePatie; grandchildren, Stephanie (Adam), Andrea, Nicole (Chad), Ally (Ben), Katie (Travis), Sara, Tina, Meghan, Cory; four great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy (Nee: Forbes) in 1992; a brother, Richard; and a sister, Gladys Flynn.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, September 1, 2009, with viewing from 10 a.m. to noon; services will be held at noon at the funeral home with Reverend Steve Wohlfeil officiating. Entombment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Memorials to one’s favorite charity have been suggested.

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

Ysidro 'Sid' Gutierrez

Sid Gutierrez, age 73, passed away Friday, August 28, 2009, at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints Medical Center. He was born in Greenville, MS, on May 16, 1936, son of the late Maxamilion and Guadalupe (Nee: Sabala) Gutierrez.

Sid was united in marriage to Adeline (nee: Pavia) Gutierrez for 43 years until her passing on September 2, 1999. He was proud to have been employed as a truck driver with a clean driving record for over fifty years. Sid enjoyed boxing, fishing and playing pool. He cherished time spent with his family and quality time spent with his grand kids taking rides in the countryside.

Survivors include his children, Elizabeth (Robert) Bueno, Deanna Gutierrez, Stephen Gutierrez, Thomas Ysidro Gutierrez, Carrie (Daniel) Renteria Sr.; grandchildren, Katrina Munoz, Justin Renteria, Daniel Renteria Jr., Alyssa Gutierrez and Chandra Bueno; great-grandchildren, Mario Jr, Ramiro and Valentino Ysidro Munoz; brothers, Jesse Gutierrez, Maxamilion Gutierrez Jr.; sisters, Olivia Ramos and Esther Gutierrez, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by his sister, Sally Marquez; sister-in-law, Amanda Gutierrez; and grandchildren, Brandy Bueno and Roberto Bueno Jr,

Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Monday, August 31, 2009, at 1 p.m. with Rev. Heather L. Bumstead officiating. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Monday at 11 a.m. until time of service.
The family extends a special thank you to the staff at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints in the ICU and the Cardiac Unit.

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

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Betty J. Jensen

Sarasota, FL - Betty J. Jensen, 84, resided in Sarasota, FL, and was a long-time resident of Racine. She went to Heaven on August 26, 2009, where she was reunited with her husband, Kai Jensen, and mother, Judith Dandeneau. Betty and Kai were married on August 23, 1941, and Kai passed away on October 19, 1996. Her mother, Judith passed away on May 17, 1987.

Betty was born on February 3, 1925, in Chicago, IL. She was an extremely talented artist (mostly oil painting). She loved doing portraits and did beautiful landscapes and seascapes. She was also an avid golfer. Betty was well known for the hundreds of afghans she made for nursing home residents and the elderly. She was a wonderful wife, daughter, mother and grandmother.

Betty is survived by her four daughters, Judith (Dr. Leonard) Schwartzbaum, Patricia (Dr. G. Phillip ) Hicks, Kay “Cookie” (Jerry) Grimm, Ruth Anne Lichter; one son, Kai “Kip” (Gail) Jensen; 16 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great-grandchildren; and many other relatives and friends. She is also survived by her friend and caretaker, Maria Pinherio, who enabled her to remain at her home for many years. Betty was further preceded in death by a grandson, John Aaron Skornicka, on June 4, 2007.

Funeral services for Mrs. Jensen will be held at the West Lawn Memorial Park Chapel on Monday, August 31, 2009, at 2 p.m. with Rev. Holly Anderle officiating.
Memorials to Betty may be directed to The Church of the Redeemer, 222 South Palm Avenue Sarasota, FL 34236.

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

Thomas Schoene

Thomas Schoene, age 80, passed away Wednesday, August 26, 2009, at Ridgewood Care Center. He was born in Racine, son of the late Emil and Margaret Schoene.

Tom graduated from St. Catherine’s High School “Class of 1947.” On April 18, 1949, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church he was united in marriage to Ruth Jamieson. Tom was employed by Western Publishing Co for 32 years, retiring from Angel Lithographing in 1996. Tom was a member of St. Mary’s by the Lake Catholic Church and the Advertising Club. Above all he was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who will be dearly missed.

Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Ruth; four children, Tom (Debbie) Schoene, Steve (Sandy) Schoene, John (Joy) Schoene and Laura (George) Jackson; daughter-in-law, Marla Wiersum; eight grandchildren, Steve Schoene, Eric (Shari) Schoene, Lisa Bauer, Shannon (Brian) Crawford, Stephanie Schoene, Andrew (Elizabeth) Schoene, Logan and Tyler Jackson; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Michael (Eileen) Schoene; sisters, Catherine Jordan and Jacqueline Drummond; brother-in-law, Dr. John Jamieson; sister-in-law, Marian (Richard) Hoffman; nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Richard, in 1987.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, September 2, 2009, 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s by the Lake Catholic Church, 7605 Lakeshore Dr., with Reverend Stephen J. Stradinger officiating. Relatives and friends may meet Wednesday at the church at 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass. Private interment will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Memorials to St. Mary’s by the Lake Catholic Church, St. Catherine’s High School, Toys for Tots or Healthcare Network have been suggested.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the caregivers at Ridgewood Care Center.

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

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Lewis Benjamin McClellan

Mount Pleasant - Lewis B. McClellan, 88, passed away at Lincoln Village Care Center on Tuesday, August 25, 2009.

Lewis was born in Battle Creek, Michigan, on July 24, 1921, to the late Clarence and Gertrude (nee: Westwood) McClellan. On August 15, 1947, he was united in marriage to Marjorie Jens.

Mr. McClellan was a 1939 graduate of Park High and, he proudly served in the Air Force from 1942 to 1946 as an A.S.T.P. Rutgers University Engineering radar operator mechanic in Italy and Austria. In 1948, he earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Marquette University and was employed for 30 years as a project engineer for General Electric Corp. until his retirement in 1982. Lewis was also a member of Mount Pleasant Lutheran Church.

Lewis is survived by a son, Mark (Lisa) McClellan of Antioch, IL; daughter, Lynn McClellan of Racine; one granddaughter, Jenifer; a sister, Gertrude Purdue of Memphis, TN; nieces, nephews and many other relatives. Lewis was preceded in death by his wife, Marjorie on July 11, 2009.

Funeral services for Mr. McClellan will be held at Wilson Funeral Home on Tuesday, September 1, 2009, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Kara Baylor officiating. Entombment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Tuesday from 9 a.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Lincoln Lutheran Home.

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

Dolores O. Cordier

Dolores O. (nee: Drews) Cordier, 77, passed away on Tuesday, August 25, 2009, at her residence. She was born in Racine on April 30, 1932, the daughter of Oscar and Olivia (nee: Luebke) Drews. Dolores was united in marriage to James R. Cordier on May 16, 1953, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church.

She was a member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church, and found great enjoyment in playing Schaskopf, traveling with her husband throughout the United States, golf, bowling and crocheting.

Dolores is survived by her daughter, Suzanne O. Cordier of Racine; sons, Daniel J. (Felicia) Cordier of Florida and Steven O. (Laura) Cordier of Colorado; three grandchildren, Maxwell, Madeline and Grace Cordier; brothers, Duane (Shirley) Drews and Lloyd Drews all of Racine; Godson, Steven (Tracy) Drews of Antigo; sister-in-law, Sylvia Cordier, of New York; and special niece, Olivia Thompson of Iowa.

She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

Dolores was preceded in death by her, parents; husband, James on December 14, 2006; stepmother, Lillian; daughter-in-law, Marrian (nee: Bergan) Cordier; brothers-in-law, Russell (Betty) Cordier and Clarence Cordier.

Funeral services will be held at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 728 Villa St., on Saturday, August 29, 2009 at 11 a.m. with Rev. John Roekle officiating.

Burial will be at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Union Grove, on Tuesday, September 1, 2009, at 11 a.m.; those wishing to attend please meet at the cemetery chapel.
There will be a visitation at Sturino Funeral Home on Friday, August 28, 2009, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and on Saturday at church from 10 a.m. until service time at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to First Evangelical Lutheran Church, have been suggested by the family.

A very special thank you to Wheaton Franciscan Home Health Hospice staff, especially Lori and Terri, Shirley Drews and Ruth Kern for their special attention time and care given to Dolores.

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

Beatrice Goodman

Beatrice Goodman, 98, died Tuesday, August 25, 2009, at Ridgewood Care Center.

Bea was the beloved wife of Abe, who preceded her in death, and the loving mother of Eugene (Edith) Goodman, Marion (Sanford) Sperer, and Diane (Robert) Anderson. She leaves nine loving grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren. Bea was a gentle and gracious matriarch who was loved by all she met. The family wishes to thank the staff at Ridgewood and Hospice Alliance for comforting her in her last days,

Relatives and friends are invited to a graveside service to be held Wednesday, August 26, 2009, at 3 p.m. at the Racine Jewish Memorial Cemetery, 700 Lathrop Ave., with Rabbi Martyn Adelberg officiating. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Temple Beth Israel Sinai, 944 Main St. Racine, 53403 or Hospice Alliance, 10220 Prairie Ridge Blvd, Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158

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

Monday, August 24, 2009

Helen M. (Vallner) Hanko

Helen Mary Hanko, age 93, passed away Monday, August 24, 2009, at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints Medical Center. She was born in Racine on October 13, 1915, daughter of the late George and Agnes (Nee: Gerlesits) Vallner and was a lifelong resident of Racine.

On December 26, 1934, she was united in marriage to Robert E. Hanko who preceded her in death October 28, 1994. Helen was a member of St. Richard’s Catholic Church and was an avid gardener. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. It was her grandchildren that she cherished and gave her the most joy these past years. She will be dearly missed.

Surviving are her daughter, Helen Schilg; son, Robert P. (Helen) Hanko; nine grandchildren, Walter (Diane) Schilg, Veronica (Robert) Struebing, Monica (John) Quarto, Rebecca (Todd) Mitchell, Theresa Phrakousonh, Angela (Ruben) Amaya, Robert J. Hanko Jr., Scott Hanko, Debbie Hanko; 17 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Agnes (Richard) Bentson, Theresa Ruediger and Rosemary Pederson; a brother, Edward (Evie) Vallner; other relatives and dear friends. In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by five brothers, Joseph, who was killed in action during WWII, Steven, Martin, Peter, Paul and George.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, August 28, 2009, at 11 a.m. at St. Richard’s Catholic Church, 1503 Grand Ave., with Reverend Ron Gramza officiating. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Friday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of service.

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

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Sister Geraldine Martin, O.P.

Sister Geraldine Martin, O.P., 95, passed away at Golden Living Center, Kenosha on Sunday, August 23, 2009.

Frances Elizabeth was born June 16, 1914, to Louis J. and Louise (nee: Pung) Martin in Fowler, MI. On August 28, 1931, she joined the Racine Dominicans and at her reception in 1932 she was given the religious name Sister Geraldine. She professed her first vows in 1934 and her final vows in 1940.

Sister Geraldine spent many years in service to others as a teacher and principal. She began her ministry in 1934 at Nativity of Our Lord, Detroit, MI. Places in Wisconsin where she served were St. Joseph, Racine; St. Charles, Burlington; Holy Cross, Kaukauna; SS. Peter & Paul, Green Bay; and St. Bernard, Madison. She also served at Our Lady of Guadalupe, Santa Fe, NM, and Assumption Grotto, Detroit, MI. After moving to Siena Center in 1976 she served as Coordinator and Assistant Coordinator at Siena Center, and Secretary/Receptionist of St. Catherine’s Infirmary. Sister Geraldine became a resident of Lakeshore Manor, Racine, in December 2007 and in February 2008 she moved to Golden Living Center in Kenosha.

Sister Geraldine is survived by the Racine Dominican Sisters and Associates; her sister, Sister Rita E. Martin; and sisters-in-law Pauline and Regina Martin; nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents; and her brothers, Clem, Greg and Sylvester (Julia) Martin.

Visitation will be in the Siena Center Chapel on Friday, August 28, beginning at 9:30 a.m. with a Remembering Service at 2:30 p.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 4:30 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 Geraldine at Golden Living Center.

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

Diane (Dawkins) Pryor

Diane Pryor, age 57, passed away Sunday, August 23, 2009, at her residence.

Diane was born on April 27, 1952, in Memphis, TN, daughter of the late William and Bernice (nee: Johnson) Dawkins.

Homegoing services will be held at Greater St. Luke’s Baptist Church, 1326 State St., on Thursday, September 3, 2009, at 11 a.m., with Rev. Jesse Summerall officiating. Interment will follow at Graceland Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church from 10 a.m. until time of service.

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

Sister Imelda (Incarnata) Kaltenbach, O.P.

Sister Imelda Kaltenbach, O.P., 92, passed away at Lakeshore Manor, Racine on Sunday, August 23, 2009.

Imelda Amanda Kaltenbach was born August 10, 1917, to Gerson and Johanna (nee: Lieble) Kaltenbach in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. On August 30, 1933, she joined the Racine Dominicans and at her reception in 1934 she was given the religious name Sister Incarnata. She professed her first vows in 1936 and her final vows in 1942. In 1968 she returned to using her baptismal name Imelda.

Sister Imelda served many years in ministry to others in food service and domestic work. She began her ministry in 1935 at St. Rita, Racine, WI. Other places in Wisconsin where she served were St. Mary, Tomah; St. Francis Xavier, Merrill; Holy Angels and Calaroga, Milwaukee. In 1940 she began her ministry as Manager of the Laundry at St. Catherine's Convent and later at Siena Center, Racine. In 2004 she became a resident at Lakeshore Manor, Racine.

Sister Imelda is survived by the Racine Dominican Sisters and Associates; her brothers Robert (Lorraine) and Theodore; her sisters Loretta Fehring and Leona (Leroy) Schueller; nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents; her brother, Herbert; and her sister, Elma Hacbarth.

Visitation will be in the Siena Center Chapel on Wednesday, August 26, beginning at 9:30 a.m. with a Remembering Service at 2:30 p.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 4:30 p.m. Interment will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery on Highway 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 Imelda at Lakeshore Manor.

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

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Edward T. Petrick

Edward T. Petrick, 89, passed away on August 22, 2009, at Ridgewood Care Center.

He was born in Stevens Point on June 12, 1920, the son of Edward and Catherine (nee: Tetzlaff) Petrick. Ed’s family moved to Racine in 1925. On January 15, 1949, Ed was united in marriage to Nancy Dunleavy in Dubuque, Iowa.

Ed served in the CCC Camp from 1938 to 1940, then serving the United States Army Air Corp, as a Medical Technician Air Evacuation F3 from January 1942 to November 1945. He was a set-up man in the Pipe Department at Walker Manufacturing for 29 years, retiring in 1969 due to a disability. He was a member of St. Andrews Lutheran Church. Ed enjoyed fast pitch softball, and most of all always enjoyed helping others in any way he could.

Surviving is his wife of 60 years, Nancy; three sons, Richard (Nori) Petrick of Stillwater, MN, Michael Petrick and Larry (Novelette) Petrick, all of Racine; grandchildren, Andy (Jenny) Petrick, Brian Petrick, Aaron Petrick and Nick Petrick; great-grandchildren, Cody, Kyle and Jordan Petrick; sister-in-law, Frances Petrick and brother-in-law, Paul Dunleavy; former daughter-in-law, Fran Bodnar. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Joe Petrick; three sisters, Jean Stazewski, Rose Krueger, Clara Petersen; and his parents.

Funeral services will be held at St. Andrews Lutheran Church, 1015 Four Mile Rd., on Thursday, August 27, 2009, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Carol Baumgartner officiating. Full military honors will conclude the services. Private burial will take place at Mound Cemetery. There will be a visitation at the church on Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m.

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

Friday, August 21, 2009

Robert 'Bob' James Lund

FRANKSVILLE – Robert ‘Bob’ James Lund, 90, passed away on Friday, August 21, 2009, at his residence.

He was born in Racine on July 10, 1919, the son of Fredrick and Edna (nee: Peterson) Lund. He grew up on a farm in Raymond. On August 11, 1944, Robert was united in marriage to Leila France.

Bob was a heavy equipment operator for 34 years with James Cape & Sons, retiring in 1983. After retirement he continued to work, including Oakes and Blakies Construction. Until his recent illness, he was still able to operate heavy equipment. He was a member of Operators Engineer Local 139 for 56 years. Bob was an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed gardening and cutting grass.

Surviving is his wife of 65 years, Leila; four daughters, Patricia Lund of Dublin, CA, Joyce (Darry) Dahl, Jeanne (Rob) Wilks and Connie (Tom) Dremel all of Franksville; son, Bob (Lori) Lund of Burlington; 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; sister, Edith Vogel of Caledonia. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends, and his beloved dog, Buffy.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant sister; and sisters, Vera and Doris.

Please join us in celebrating Bob’s life at Tom and Connie’s home, 2512 65th Dr., Franksville, WI 53126. There will be a time for family and friends to meet on Sunday, August 30, 2009, from 2:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. with a remembrance service at 4 p.m.

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

Ronald Wayne Johnson Sr.

Sturtevant -- Ronald W. Johnson Sr., 59, passed away peacefully at his residence on Friday, August 21, 2009, with his family at his side. He was born in Waukegan, IL, on February 18, 1950, the son of the late Clayton and Dorothy (nee: Oglesby) Johnson.


On September 4, 1971, in the First Methodist Church in Kenosha, he was united in marriage to the former Linda Ortiz. Ron owned and operated Ron Johnson Auto Body. He always had a passion for working on cars.

Surviving are his devoted wife, Linda; their sons, Ronald W. Johnson Jr. of Racine, and Mike Johnson of Sturtevant; brothers, Clayton Johnson Jr. and Jerald Johnson both of Kenosha, and Robert (Bonnie) Johnson of Pahrump, NV; sister-in-law, Jacqueline Johnson of Kenosha; and mother-in-law, Lydia Ortiz of Racine. His nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends further survive him. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother Larry W. Johnson.

His funeral service will be held in the funeral home on Tuesday, August 25, at 7 p.m. Visitation will be in the funeral home on Tuesday from 5 p.m. until the time of the service. Burial will be in Sunset Ridge Memorial Park on Wednesday, August 26, at 11 a.m.

The family would like to thank Dr. Michael Mullane, his staff, as well as the entire staff of Hospice Alliance.

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

Gilbert R. Miller

Gilbert Roland “Gil” Miller, 78, passed away at Wheaton Franciscan Health Care- All Saints on Friday, August 21, 2009, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Racine on October 13, 1930, the son of Arnold E. and Alice K. (nee: Hush) Miller, Sr. Gil graduated from St. Catherine's High School and attended Dominican College and Marquette University. On June 2, 1951, Gilbert was united in marriage to Patricia Grace Krahn at St. John Nepomuk Church.

Gilbert was an Assistant Supervisor with Wisconsin Natural Gas, retiring after 39 years. He was an Officer with EMBA, active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church where he was a collection teller. He enjoyed bowling and softball in his younger years. Most of all, he loved spending time with his family.

Surviving is his wife Pat; daughters, Nancy (John) McGrath, Jill (Mark) Felch-Garvin, Alison (Steve) Mrkvicka; grandsons, Jonathan (Kate) McGrath, Jeramy Felch, Aaron Felch, Steven Mrkvicka; granddaughters, Teresa McGrath, Jennifer (John) Lubatti, Rebecca Felch, Kristen Mrkvicka; great-granddaughters, Alexia Mrkvicka, Myah Caron, Mary Grace McGrath, soon to be born, great-grandson, Vincent Lubatti; and brother and sister-in-law, Arnold E. (Barb) Miller Jr. Gil is further survived by much-loved nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1533 Erie St., on Tuesday, August 25, 2009, at 11 a.m. with Fr. John Aiello officiating. Burial will follow at Holy Family Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held at 9:30 a.m. for relatives and friends to meet with the family before 11 a.m. mass.

Memorials to The American Lung Association or The Tobacco Free Coalition have been suggested.

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

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Susan Marie McFarland

Susan Marie McFarland (nee: Gordon) gracefully passed away Thursday, in her home the evening of August 20, 2009. At the moment of her death she was lovingly surrounded by her husband Jamie, son Jerrod and daughter Lisa.

Sue’s journey with cancer began eight years ago; it encompassed much of her life but never defined it. First and foremost was her faith; researching, teaching and living it. Secondly, but no less important, were her six grandchildren: Aaron LeGath, Sam, Maddy and Chase McFarland, Eleanor and Sully Brieske. Because of her kindness she also held the title of Grandma Sue to many others throughout the years.

Among her many accomplishments: she was a well-studied pianist, a pilot, an excellent second-mate, and an entrepreneur. She loved golfing, traveling, gardening and giving. Her smile was contagious and her love was as big as life.

Sue is survived by her husband, Jamie; and their children, Jerrod and spouse Michelle (nee: Herman), and her daughter, Lisa and spouse Joel Brieske. Her six grand children, listed above and her loving sister and best friend Vicki Sell, husband Jeff and their two children Kristen and Cory.

Many cared for her through out her years dealing with cancer, mainly oncologist Dr. Michael Mullane, and too many to thank individually, but we are certain you know who you are and hope to someday have the chance to express our gratitude in person.

A funeral service honoring and remembering Sue’s life will take place at Mount Pleasant Lutheran Church (1700 S. Green Bay Rd.) on Tuesday, August 25, 2009, at 5:30 p.m. with Rev. Kara F. Baylor officiating. There will be a visitation in the church on Tuesday from 2-5 p.m. Sue had requested memorials in her honor be sent to Hospice Alliance and Mt. Pleasant Lutheran Church.

Thank you; we are forever changed by the sentiment expressed throughout this time.

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

George E. Foley

George E. Foley, 88, passed away at WFH-All Saints on Thursday, August 20, 2009.

George was born in Racine on July 20, 1921, the son of George and Louise (Gramza) Foley. He was united in marriage to Helen Johnson, who preceded him in death in 1987. George was united in marriage to Doris Mattal on June 24, 1989. He was a Washington Park High School graduate “Class of 1939.” George proudly served in the U.S. Air Force during W.W. II as a pilot and was honorably discharged as a First Lieutenant.

He was a longtime member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church and proud member of Masonic Lodge F&A.M. #18, Scottish Rite and Tripoli Temple. George was employed at S.C. Johnson as a transportation supervisor, retiring with more than 40 years of service. He found great enjoyment in bowling, golf, singing with the Cardiac Capers, and portraying Santa for many years.

George is survived by his wife, Doris; one son, Dan of Mesa, AZ.; five grandchildren, Scott, Brad, Pam, Beth and Heide; three great-grandchildren, Lexi, Maraen and Joshua; one sister, Louise; and one brother, Patrick. George is also survived by step-children, Marla, Nancy and Mark; step-grandchildren, Corinne and Nicole; step-brother-in-law, Glenn Johnson; and very special friends, Jack and Barbara Dehne. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. George was preceded in death by one brother, James, K.I.A. in W.W. II; and two sisters, Evelyn and Anna Mae.

In keeping with family wishes, private services will be held.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church have been suggested.

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

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Opal M. Benedict

Opal M. (nee: Hannon) “ Auntie Midge or Mrs. B.” Benedict, 86, was born into eternal life on Wednesday, August 19, 2009, at Hospice House in Pleasant Prairie. She was born in Green Bay, on November 29, 1922, the daughter of David and Alvina (Wheelock) Hannon.

Opal was united in marriage to George Benedict on March 20, 1943, in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was a graduate of Wm. Horlick High School “Class of 1940” and attended Gateway College, earning a degree in Accounting. Opal was employed at Racine County Human Services for over seven years until her retirement. She was a faithful member of Northside Calvary Church since 1982, was church treasurer for over 17 years, along with being Sunday School treasurer.

Opal had a gift for teaching, she found great enjoyment in playing cards, especially Schafskopf, was known for her famous Kolaches, just to list of few of her many talents. She was an avid Green Bay Packer fan. Opal was known as “The sweet lady with the pleasant smile.” She had an unwavering faith, which was an inspiration to her family and friends.

Opal is survived by her loving children, Linda (Guy) Rannow, George and Sue (nee: Wilkinson) Benedict, Robert and Kristen (nee: Lindholm) Benedict, and Rod Benedict; five grandchildren, Kim (nee: Rannow) Coan, Heidi (Steve) Stublaski, Elton (Lisa) Benedict, Kelsey and Kaitlyn Uncles. She is also survived by great-grandchildren, Trent Rannow, Kelsie and Tommy Stublaski, Casey Coan, Cohen and Morgan Benedict and Matthew Uncles; one brother, David (Bev) Hannon; one brother-in-law, Dan Clemmerson; and one sister-in-law, June Benedict. Opal is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George, on January 22, 1976; three sisters, Hazel Nitz, Sylvia Lauterbach and LaVerne Clemmerson; one brother, Melvin Hannon.

Funeral services honoring and remembering Opal’s life will be held at Northside Calvary Church, 5734 Douglas Ave., on Saturday, August 22, 2009, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Jason Holm officiating. Private burial will be held at West Lawn Memorial Park. There will be a visitation at church on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until service time at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Northside Calvary Church or Hospice Alliance have been suggested.

Opal’s entire family would like to extend a very special thank you to Community Care, Willowgreen, WFH-All Saints Staff, Lincoln Lutheran Village, Hospice Alliance, and special friend Marion Rognsvoog, for their loving care that they provided to our mother, grandmother, great grandmother and friend.

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

Bernelda M. (Urban) Husman

Sturtevant -- Bernelda M. Husman peacefully passed away at home, surrounded by family members on Wednesday, August 19, 2009. Bernelda was born on April 24, 1906, in St. Charles, MN. She came to Racine after marrying Henry Husman in 1926. Henry died in 1991.

She is survived by a daughter, Carrol (Reinhart) Dykstra of Sturtevant, son-in-law, Robert Knudson, seven grandchildren, nineteen great-grandchildren, twenty-three great-great-grandchildren, and one great-great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by her two daughters and one son-in-law, Sharon and Allen Schutten, Shirley Knudson, great-grandson, Andy Dykstra,; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Vern and his wife Bernice, Arny and his wife, Emily.

Bernelda sent her daughters to Lutheran schools and was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church, First Evangelical Lutheran Church, and for the past 26 years a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Sturtevant. Her activities through the church were very important to her. She was known for her quilts and crafts and her love of family and the Lord.

Many people will remember seeing Bernelda at the Red Cross Drug Store on Sixth Street. She worked behind the cosmetic counter for 38 years.

Funeral services will be held at Faith Lutheran Church, 8500 Durand Ave., Sturtevant, on Saturday, August 22, 2009, at 10 a.m. with Rev. Jeffrey Mortenson officiating. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Friends may meet with the family at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of service. Memorials may be directed to Faith Lutheran Church.

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

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Augustus E. Comande

Fresno, CA -- Augustus Eugene Comande, “Gus,” age 91, passed away Tuesday August 18, 2009. He was born in Racine, January 7, 1918, son of the late George and Frances (Nee: Fabiano) Comande.

Gus graduated from St. Catherine’s High School. During WWII he served in the U.S. Army stationed in the South Pacific Theatre and then in the European Theatre, returning to America aboard the Queen Mary. Gus worked at American Motors Corp. for a number of years and moved to California in 1953. On September 19, 1954, in San Francisco, he was united in marriage to Lily “Lee” Armienti. They made their home in Daly City, moving to Fresno five years ago to be near their son. Gus retired from the Sate of California University System where he was employed for 26 years. He will be dearly missed.

Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Lee; his son, Lyle (Dee) Comande; brother, Nick A. (Isabella) Comande of Racine; brother-in-law, Dominic LoPiccalo of Racine; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by sisters, Josephine (Joseph) LoPiccalo, Sarah Comande, Rose (Walter) Kozich, Anna (James A.) Marino, Victoria LoPiccalo, and an infant brother, Nick.

Graveside services with full military honors will be held Monday, August 24, 2009, at 11 a.m. at St. Peter's Cemetery, Fresno, CA.

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

Monday, August 17, 2009

Lydia (Blaha) Schulz

Lydia Schulz, age 97, passed away Monday, August 17, 2009, at Ridgewood Care Center. Lydia was born in Racine, August 14, 1912, daughter of the late Frank and Mary (Nee: Slovak) Blaha.

Lydia was employed by Webster Electric for ten years and retired in 1977 from In-Sink-Erator after over twenty years of employment. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Lydia enjoyed playing bingo and crossword puzzles but more than anything she enjoyed her time spent as Nanny for her nieces and nephews. She will be deeply missed.

Survivors include her children, Jerome “Jay” Gross, Jr. of Pinckney, MI, and Pamela (Lynn) Murray of Freeport, IL; her grandchildren, Katherine (Scott) Keller of MI, David Gross of Canada, Justine (Carl) Hein of MI; her great-grandchildren, Emily and Josh Keller, Kirstyn and Cameron Hein, Dwight Gross; sister, Stephie (Perry) Smith of Kenosha; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Frank, John, William, and Edward, her sisters, Ann, Frances, and Mildred, and her daughter-in-law, Marge Gross.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1533 Erie St., on Friday, August 21, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. John D. Aiello officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Friday at the church 9:15 a.m. until time of Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the American Cancer Society of the American Heart Assn have been suggested.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Lydia’s niece, Patricia and Paul Steimle and their daughter Jackie and Ryan Morrow for all their loving and compassionate care given to Lydia.

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

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Ella Mohr Steiner

Ella Mohr Steiner, 97, passed away at Clare Bridge Assisted Living on Sunday, August 16, 2009.

Ella was born in Sheboygan, WI, on October 23, 1911, to Henry and Catherina (nee, Basner) Mohr. She married Ramon (Ray) Charles Steiner. He preceded her in death on February 9, 1972. Ella enjoyed being a homemaker and caring for her family. She was a longtime member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. Ella loved to create handmade gifts for her family; they are many, beautiful and treasured by her family.

Ella is survived by her three daughters, Sally (Richard) Granger, J. Carol Douglass, both of Racine, and Kathryn (Neil) Anderson of Kenosha; twelve dear grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and dear cousin, Selma Lindeman of LaMesa, CA. Ella is also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her grandson, Jeffery Granger on May 30, 1988; and three sisters, Grace Broitzman, Evelyn (Mohr) Rivers and Lorraine Mohr; and her dear cousin, Emma Thompson.

Funeral services for Ella will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1501 Erie St., on Thursday, August 20, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Daniel B. Quinn officiating. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church on Thursday morning from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested by the family to St. John’s Lutheran School or a charity of ones choice.

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

Charles Raymond Urban

Charles Raymond Urban, 63, passed away at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee on Sunday, August 16, 2009.

A lifetime resident, Charles was born on February 12, 1946, to the late Howard and Catherine (nee: Chaffee) Urban. He attended St. Catherine’s High School through his junior year until transferring to Washington Park High School, graduating in 1964.

Charles faithfully served our Country with the United States Navy during the Vietnam War aboard the USS Kitty Hawk (cva-63) from Oct. 13, 1966, until Oct. 1, 1968. Upon his return, he went on to school at Gateway Technical College. Charles was employed by the JI Case Corp. as a supervisor and also worked part-time for Randall’s Food Market. Catholic by faith, he was a longtime member of St. Rose Catholic Church.

Charles had a great appreciation for animals, especially his pets – Pugsley (age 27), Pugsley Ann, Pug-A-Poo, T-Rex, and D-O-G. Among his interests, he enjoyed fishing, bowling, darts, Cribbage, war movies, oil painting, The Beatles, watching the Packers, and playing the Lottery. Above all, he loved being a father and grandfather.

Surviving are his children, Peter Urban, Billie Jo Urban (Jonathan), and Christopher Urban; grandchildren, Justin, Kataya, Jasmine, Reginna, Russia and Asia; great-grandson, Jamarreon; sister (and his best-friend), Mary Jo Urban; nieces, Jacqueline and Linda Urban; nephews, Andee and Dante Urban; and Rodney Rogers; longtime friend and former wife of 13 years, Jacalyn DrahiemThomsen; and many other friends too numerous to mention by name.
In addition to his parents, Charles was preceded in death by his nephew, Sonny Urban; and beloved friends, Blanche and Nikki Urick.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, August 25, 2009, at 11 a.m. in St. Richard of Chichester Catholic Church, 1503 Grand Ave., with Rev. Ronald J. Gramza officiating. Interment, with military honors, will follow in St. Louis Cemetery – Caledonia. Visitation will be in the funeral home on Monday from 5-8 p,m. and in the church on Tuesday from 10-11 a.m.

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

Herman T. 'Turk' Bay

Herman Bay, 81, passed away at the Wisconsin Veterans Home on Sunday, August 16, 2009.

Herman was born to the late Christ and Anna (nee: Nielsen) Bay on March 15, 1928, and lived his entire life in Racine. He proudly served his country in WWII as a member of the Army. He was also employed as a glazier at Kamm Glass Company where he especially enjoyed making stained glass windows.

Herman is survived by his two sons; Dr. Randall George (Mary Pat) Bay of Bettendorf, IA, and Christian Bay of Racine; three daughters; Diane Bay, Sally Bay, both of Racine, and Kathleen (Rick) Conti of Eagle; seven grandchildren, David, Jonathan, Madeline, Amelia, Audrey, Rick and Victoria; and one sister, Norma Edwards. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Christ Bay, Walter (JoAnn) Bay, and James Bay; a sister, June (Wallace) Jensen; as well as his ex-wife, Rosalie, whom he remained friends with for many years.

Funeral services for Mr. Bay will be held at the Wilson Funeral Home, 1212 Lathrop Ave., on Saturday August 22, 2009, at 1 p.m. with Rev. Crystal Steinberg officiating. According to Herman's wishes, he will be cremated and inurnment will follow at the Southeastern Wisconsin Veteran's Memorial Cemetery at a later date. Relatives and friends may meet with the family on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. until the time of service.

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