Saturday, October 31, 2009

Gus W. Hanes

Gus W. Hanes, age 83, passed away Saturday, October 31, 2009, at his residence. Gus was born on October 28, 1926, in Hammond, Indiana, son of the late Eva (Nee: Sofianos) and William Hanes.

He served with the 746th AAF Battalion, 116th ACS Squad, in the United States Air Force from August 1945 to January 1947, and was stationed in Vienna, Austria, and Paris, France. He graduated from De Forest Institute (later DeVry), Chicago, IL. He was married to Betty Tubekis on October 13, 1957, and moved to Kenosha and then to Racine. Gus was a former Ahepan. He was employed at Warwick Manufacturing Electronics in Zion, IL, for seventeen years and at St. Luke’s Hospital, Racine, where he retired after twenty years in 1992. A classic car enthusiast, he enjoyed attending auto shows. Above all he was a loving and caring family man who will be dearly missed.

He is survived by his wife, Betty; and daughters, Diana (Richard) White, Joan (Thomas) Durkin, all of Racine; his grandchildren, Kristina, Cassandra, and Ava; brother, Peter (Jane) Hanes of Libertyville, IL; sisters, Catherine (Stanley) Prostko of Kenosha and Helen (James) Carey of College Park, MD; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, November 5, 2009, at 10 a.m. at the Kimissis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church, 1335 S. Green Bay Road, Hwy 31, with Rev. John Ketchum officiating. Interment with full Military Honors will follow at Graceland Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Wednesday at the funeral home from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. with a Trisagion Service at 6:45 p.m. Memorials to the Kimissis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church, Wisconsin Parkinson Association, 945 N. 12th St., STE 4602, Milwaukee, WI 53233 or to the American Heart Association have been suggested.

The family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to the staffs at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saint Healthcare, Hospice Alliance, Dr. Howard Short, and Dr. Richard Clark for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Gus W. Hanes

Gus W. Hanes, age 83, passed away Saturday, October 31, 2009, at his residence.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, November 5, 2009, at 10 a.m. at the Kimissis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church, 1335 S. Green Bay Road, Hwy 31, with Rev. John Ketchum officiating. Interment with full Military Honors will follow. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Wednesday at the funeral home from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. with a Trisagion Service at 6:45 p.m.

Memorials to the Kimissis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church, Wisconsin Parkinson Association, 945 N. 12th St., STE 4602, Milwaukee, WI 53233, or to the American Heart Association have been suggested.

Please see Tuesday’s RacinePost for a full notice.

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

Friday, October 30, 2009

Rev. Msgr. Peter E. Bolerasky

Reverend Monsignor Peter E. Bolerasky died on Friday, October 30, 2009, in Racine, Wisconsin. He was born on October 26, 1927, to Slovak immigrants, Peter and Jennie (Biel) Bolerasky in Moquah, Wisconsin.

He was ordained a Roman Catholic priest for the Catholic Diocese of Peoria on May 29, 1955. He served most of his priesthood at St. Stephen the King in Streator, as both assistant (1957-1974) and pastor (1974-2002). On July 16, 1993, he was named a Prelate of Honor to His Holiness Pope John Paul II with the title of Monsignor.

Throughout his priesthood, Monsignor baptized, instructed, absolved, gave Holy Communion, witnessed marriages, anointed and conducted the funeral rites for thousands of people. He was also a great supporter of his Slovak heritage and the Slovak societies that exist throughout the United States and Canada. After his retirement, he lived independently in Kankakee, Illinois, from 2002-2006 and in Racine with the care of his brother priest from 2006 unto his death.

He is survived by three sisters, Adeline Roalofs of Seven Hills, Ohio, Lillian Hulock of Mount Prospect, Illinois, and Jennie Albright of Temple City, California; many nieces and nephews; one cousin, Agnes (Paul) Farkas of Moquah. He was predeceased by his parents; six siblings and five brother-in-laws, Irene, Frances (Victor) Guaglianone, Anne (Charles) Miller, Joseph, John and Emily, Frank Roalofs, Frank Hulock and Dale Albright; a niece, Janice Roalofs; and a great-niece, Anne Marie Roalofs.

He and his family are thankful to all those who have aided in his care throughout the years.

Funeral services for Monsignor will be a visitation on Wednesday, November 11, at Sts. Peter and Paul Roman Catholic Church in Moquah from 3 - 7 p.m. (Rosary at 5 p.m.) with a Memorial Mass at 7 p.m.; a visitation on Friday, November 13, at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church from 3:30 - 7:30p.m. (Rosary at 7:30p.m.); a visitation on Sunday, November 15, at St. Stephen the King Roman Catholic Church in Streator from 3 - 8 p.m. (Rosary at 7 p.m.); and a Funeral Mass on Monday, November 16, at 10 a.m. at St. Stephen's in Streator with burial to follow in the parish cemetery.

In lieu of flowers the offering of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is recommended. Memorials may be directed to: EWTN, Illinois Right to Life Wisconsin Right to Life or the Veritas Society, Kenosha, Wisconsin.

May he rest in peace.

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

Caroline Knox (Johnson) Madsen

Caroline Knox Madsen, age 54, passed away at Cameo Care Center, Milwaukee, WI, on Friday, October 30, 2009, after a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis. She was born on July 30, 1955, to William and Margaret (Nee: Smith) Johnson in St. Claire Shores, Michigan. She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Christopher.

Caroline had her mind set on becoming a police officer, and succeeded in accomplishing this goal. She graduated from the academy and became one of the first females to work for the Racine Sheriff’s Department. On March 10, 1980, she was appointed as a Racine County Deputy. She worked for the department for 16 years before early retirement due to M.S. complications. She was proud of a commendation she received for her efforts involving a shootout in July 1980. She will be deeply missed.

Surviving are her children, Kirstin and James Madsen; grandchildren, Bradley and Alexandra; sister, Marjorie (John) Webb; and nephew, Nick (Leah); sister, Nancy (Dan) Milkie; and nephews, Derrick and Ryan; and niece, Caitlin; sister, Elizabeth (Hans) Fester; and nephew, Ian; and nieces, Sabina and Eleri; and several great-nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 7, 2009, at 11 a.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 614 Main St., with Rev. Liz Simmons officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Saturday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of service. Private interment will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Multiple Sclerosis Society or to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Racine, WI, are suggested by the family.

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

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Thelma Kathryn Timler

Thelma Kathryn (nee: Rosenquist) Timler, 99, passed away on Thursday, October 29, 2009, at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – All Saints. She was born in Elgin, Illinois, on January 17, 1910, the daughter of Carl and Ada Catherine (nee: Straub) Rosenquist. On November 28, 1929, Thelma was united in marriage to Walter R. Timler at Trinity Lutheran Church.

She was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church, active for many years in Ladies Aid, a charter member of Racine Lutheran High School Ladies Guild, an original member of the school’s Hashlinger Band.

Thelma is survived by two daughters, Marlene Wohlust and Joyce (William) Maher, all of Racine; and daughter in law, Barbara Timler of Cecil, Wisconsin. Thelma will be dearly missed by her grandchildren, Theodore and Jacqueline, Mary Catherine and Richard, Tara and Steve, Tim Jay, Michele, Desiree, Tadd and Stacy, Carla and Richard, Leslie and Kenneth.

She is also survived by 23 great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren; and sister, Dorothy Hoffman of Racine. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

Thelma was preceded in death by her husband, Walter, on March 22, 1982; son, Donald Timler in 2003; grandson, Dirk; son-in-law, Glenn Wohlust, in 2003; two sisters, Esther Brogan and Ruth Miller; and two brothers, Edward Rosenquist and Paul Rosenquist.

Services will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2065 Geneva St., on Wednesday, November 4, 2009, at 11 a.m. with Rev. David Gehne officiating. Burial will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. There will be a visitation at the church on Wednesday before services from 9:30 a.m. until service time.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Trinity Lutheran Church or Racine Lutheran High School have been suggested.

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

Vera B. (Ramthun) Steffens

Vera B. Steffens, age 92, of Hales Corners, formerly of Racine, Wisconsin, passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 29, 2009 at Hales Corners Care Center. Vera was born April 3, 1917, in Milwaukee, the daughter of the late Herbert H. and Goldie (Nee: Hinchliffe) Ramthun.

Vera spent her early life in Waterford and was a graduate of Waterford Union High School. On November 1, 1944, in Waterford, Wisconsin, she married Donald C. Steffens, who preceded her in death, April 17, 1994. Donald and Vera moved to Racine in 1959. Vera worked for Allis Chalmers during World War II, Sentry Foods and was a loving, caring mother and wife. She lived in her home in Racine for 40 years. She then was a resident of Hales Corners Care Center.

She is survived by one daughter, Sandra L. Quinn and husband James of Nekoosa, Wisconsin; four grandchildren, Donna Smith of Racine, WI, Gina Chavez of Ottawa, IL, Kelly Drewa of Xonia, WI, Scott Reeves of Mukwonago, WI; six great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents and husband she was also preceded in death by her daughter, Nikki Reeves; and son-in-law, Charles Reeves of Cagle, WI; and her beloved twin sister, Leverne Kebbekus of Denoon, Wisconsin. She is the last in our family of the “Great Generation” and will be greatly missed.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, November 3, 2009, at 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Rochester Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet with the family on Tuesday at the funeral home from noon until time of service. Memorials to the Racine County Humane Society have been suggested.

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

Gloria Mae Bolm

Gloria Mae Bolm, 72, of Franksville, Wisconsin, passed away on Thursday, October 29, 2009. She was born on October 28, 1937, in Lodi, Wisconsin, the daughter of Bernice and Gerald Walstad. Gloria lived and attended schools in Menomonie, WI, and graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, where she met her husband Jim Bolm.

Jim and Gloria were married in 1959 at Peace Lutheran Church in Menomonie, WI. She taught at Libertyville H.S. in Libertyville, IL. They moved to Racine in 1966 where they established a life filled with family, friendship and community involvement.

Gloria committed herself to many civic, social, cultural and spiritual organizations in the Racine area. She was very active in the Racine Junior League, and served as its President. As part of her commitment to the Junior League, Gloria served on the Monument Square Art Fair Board and as Chairman and Restoration Director of the Racine Blake House. She was deeply involved in Big Sisters of Greater Racine, volunteering as a “Big Sister” for six years and serving as Director. Gloria received the honor of becoming the first woman ever elected to the Racine Zoological Society Board of Directors.

Additionally, Gloria served on the Board of Directors for the Taylor Home, United Way, Wustum Museum and the Racine Community Foundation. In recognition for her dedicated service to these organizations, Gloria was named “Woman of the Year” by the Women’s Civic Council in 1981.

Gloria was a beautiful, talented and intelligent woman who had a special eye for antiques and decorating. She used those attributes to good effect, jointly operating the Schoolhouse Shoppes, a home accessories and gift store established in partnership with four other women. Gloria loved to entertain, travel and spend time with her children and grandchildren. She especially loved being at her second home in Beaver Creek, Colorado, skiing and hiking with her family and friends. Her life was filled with special people and she was loved by many.

Gloria is survived by her husband Jim; daughters, Nancy (Jerome Joseph) Veranth of Franksville, WI, and Sarah Bolm, of Chicago, IL. She was known as ‘Amie’ to her grandchildren, Christopher, Andrew, Owen and Natalie, and her granddog Piper. In addition, she leaves behind many loving relatives and countless friends.

Visitations will be held on Monday, November 2, 2009, from 4 to p.m., and Tuesday, November 3, from 10:30 a.m.– 11:30 a.m., at Holy Communion Lutheran Church, 2000 W. 6th St., Racine. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2009, at 11:30 a.m. at Holy Communion Lutheran Church.

In lieu of flowers, Gloria wished donations to be made to Holy Communion Lutheran Church, Gloria Bolm Memorial, 2000 W. 6th Street, Racine, Wisconsin 53405 and Racine Community Foundation, Bolm Fund, 245 Main Street, Racine, WI 53403.

The family also wishes to express heartfelt appreciation to the staff of Oncology Alliance and Wheaton Franciscan Hospital for their compassionate care.

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

Richard G. Shookman

Richard G. Shookman, 98, has gone home to be with the Lord on Thursday, October 29, 2009, at his residence. He was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, on August 30, 1911, the son of Harley and Minerva N. (nee: Fraze) Shookman.

On May 30 1936, Richard was united in marriage to Helen E. Somero. He was a member of Grace Church for many years. Richard retired from Chrysler Corporation in Detroit, MI. He was an avid fisherman and great outdoorsman. Richard was very talented, an incredible carver, including miniature musical instruments to scale and was excellent at chair caning. Music was his passion; gifted with a beautiful voice, he loved to sing.

Richard is the beloved father of son, Ronald Shookman, of Glendale, Arizona; daughter and son-in-law, Nancy ‘Liz’ (Dr. Robert) Palm of Racine; loving grandfather to Heidi Shookman, Elizabeth Silva, Jennifer (Joe) Altenbach, Julie Palm, Daniel (Kelly) Palm and Matthew (Anne) Palm. Loving great-grandfather to Katy Lewinski, Luke Altenbach, Logan Altenbach, Nathan Palm, Danielle Palm and Marcus Palm; brother, Pete (Arlene) Ortman of Grand Rapids, MI. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends.

Richard was preceded in death by his wife, Helen, on October 13, 2001; son, Dennis; and infant daughter, Alice.

Private family services will be held with burial at Valhalla Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare Hospice have been suggested by the family.

A special thank you to Dr. James Tierney for the years of his compassionate care. Also, Dr. Paul Durbin, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare Hospice Nurses, Lori, Sherri, Ann, and especially Barb. To Richard’s caregivers, Tuul ‘Lily’ Magvandash and Linda for their loving care, the family will be forever grateful.

Papa Richard, you were the world’s best father, grandfather and great grandfather to all of us.
WHO and POODLES, to you, gramps!

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

David Keith Peasley

David Keith Peasley, 57, passed away unexpectedly at Wheaton Franciscan – All Saints Medical Center on Thursday, October 29, 2009, of a massive heart attack.

A lifetime resident, Dave was born in Racine on June 27, 1952, to Louis and Mary (nee: Ruetz) Peasley. He graduated from Washington Park High School in 1970. On July 22, 1978, in St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, he was united in marriage with the love of his life, Debra Ann Karls.
Dave was a member of St. Lucy Catholic Church. He was employed for the past 35 years by SC Johnson Wax as an expediter.

As an outstanding role model for our youth, Dave was a first-rate basketball and softball coach. For years, he has inspired girls of the Optimist League and young ladies of the Washington Park High School freshman teams, not only how to play the game.… but the importance of true sportsmanship. Dave also was involved as a coach and referee for Old Timers football in our community. When he wasn’t working or coaching, Dave enjoyed golfing and visiting Las Vegas. Most importantly, he was a loving husband, awesome father and extremely proud grandfather, who loved nothing more than being together with his entire family.

Surviving are his loving wife of over 31 years, Debbie; daughters, Christine Giron of Racine, Melissa (Christopher) Svendsen of Sparta, and Jennifer (Casey) Higgins of Racine; grandchildren, Trista Svendsen and Casey Higgins Jr.; mother, Mary Peasley; brothers and sisters, Jim (Connie) Peasley, Kathy (Hal) Rasmussen, Rich Peasley, Joe Peasley, Lou (Cindy) Peasley, Karen Neal, Linda (Jeff) Vavrin, Sue (Ray) Pruitt, Steve (Sue) Peasley and Julie (Mike Bloomer) Smith; father-in-law, William (Martha) Karls; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Linda Karls, Larry Karls, Mary (Rob) Becker, Pat Karls and Jay (Patti Brawner) Karls; many special nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends too numerous to mention by name.

Dave was preceded in death by his father, Louis Peasley; sister-in law, Karen Karls; and mother-in-law, Rosemarie Karls.

Funeral services will be held in the Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home on Tuesday, November 3, 2009, at 7 p.m. with Rev. Mark R. Jones officiating. Visitation will be in the funeral home on Tuesday from 3-7 p.m. In accordance with Dave’s wishes, cremation will follow the services. In honor of Dave, memorials to the American Heart Association, Racine Optimist or Old Timers Athletics have been suggested and making a difference in a young person’s life is strongly encouraged.

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

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Emma F. (Lucareli) Bonini

Emma F. Bonini, age 96, passed away on Wednesday, October 28, 2009, at the Becker-Shoop Center. Emma was born in Racine on January 21, 1913, the daughter of the late Cosimo and Rose (Nee: Puzzo) Lucareli. She was a lifelong resident of Racine.

On November 6, 1937, at Holy Name Catholic Church she was united in marriage to Ernest F. Bonini, who preceded her in death, June 23, 1994. Emma was employed for many years at Racine Dry Goods. A woman of strong faith, she was a devoted member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. Emma’s greatest joy came from cooking, knitting, crocheting and caring for her family. She will be deeply missed.

Survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Carol (John) Neufeld of Racine, WI, her son and daughter-in-law, Gerald (Carol) Bonini of Kenosha, WI, her daughter and son-in-law, Terry (Donald) Carey of Tulsa, OK; her grandchildren, Lisa M. Bixler, Lori (Matt) Fritz, John B. Neufeld, Ann (Phil) Lambert, Karen (Mark) Fetherston, Anthony Bonini, David Schuebel, Jason (Michelle) Schuebel; her great-grandchildren, Amy Bixler, Jessica Fritz, Emma (James) Cornelius, K’Lynn and Cassidy Lambert, Stuart and Nathan Fetherston, Brandon and Alexandra Schuebel, Aaron and Noah Schuebel; sister, Edith Fiori; numerous nieces and nephews; other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by her great-grandson, PFC Evan A. Bixler, killed in action in Hit, Iraq, on Dec. 24, 2006; sister, Adeline Aceto; brothers, Marion Lucareli, Vincent Lucareli, Alfred Lucareli, Arthur Lucareli and Albert Lucareli.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, October 31, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 6400 Spring St., with Rev. William J. Dietzler officiating. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Saturday at the church from 8:30 a.m. until time of Mass.

We are extremely grateful to all the staff and caregivers of Becker-Shoop and Hospice Alliance for the loving, compassionate care given not only to our mother but to all our family as well.

In appreciation, we request that, in lieu of flowers, memorials for Mom be directed to Becker-Shoop Center or Hospice Alliance.

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

Alvin A. Hess

Alvin A. Hess, 85,passed away on Wednesday, October 28, 2009, at his residence. He was born in Racine on February 11, 1924, the son of Albert and Elizabeth (nee: McDonald) Hess.

Alvin was united in marriage to Helen L. Hess on September 2, 1944, in Dubuque, Iowa. He was a member of Grace Church for more than 60 years. Alvin was the last of the Hess brothers who owned and operated meat and butcher businesses in Racine, including Hess Brothers’ Piggly Wiggly Meats. In retirement he was proud to be a chauffeur for S.C. Johnson. Alvin’s favorite pastime was driving and socializing. He also was passionate about the Cubs.

Surviving are three daughters, Janice (Hilary) Vogt of Racine, Jacqueline (Joseph) Vogt of Louisville, KY, and Jayne (Dennis) Lancour of Racine; grandchildren, Kristina (Harvey Kost) Vogt and Jennifer (Tyler) Johnson, T.J. and Melissa Vogt, Katie (Mike) O’Reilly, Andrea, Derrick and Shannon Lancour; great-grandchildren, Adrienne, Allison, soon to be grandson, Derek, Maykala, Alyssa, Peyton, Dalton, Kaelyn and Austin. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen, on February 12, 2003; and a son, James; brothers, sisters and in-laws.

Funeral Services will be held at Sturino Funeral Home on Friday, October 30, 2009, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Dan Petersen officiating. Private burial will take place at West Lawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be at the funeral home before services on Friday from 9 a.m. until time of service.
Memorials to Grace Church, 3626 Hwy 31, Racine, WI 53405 and to Muscular Dystrophy Assoc., 2949 North Mayfair Road, #106, Wauwatosa, WI 53222 have been suggested.

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

Judge Jon B. Skow

Caledonia- Judge Jon B. Skow, 66, passed away unexpectedly at his residence on October 28, 2009.

Judge Skow was born to the late George D. and Henriette (nee: Buresh) on January 14, 1943, and lived his entire life in Racine. He was united in marriage for over 20 years to Karen (nee: Jensen) Skow.

Jon graduated from Culver Military academy in 1961 and proudly served in the Army 82nd Airborne and Army Intelligence Service from 1962-1965. He then went on to earn a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison as well as J.D. from Kent College of Law in 1973. He was employed as Racine County Circuit Court Judge from 1977 until his retirement from the bench in 1993.

Jon was involved in numerous organizations including the 82nd airborne division organization, Kiwanis club of Greater Racine, Racine County Opportunity Center, Mayor’s Commission on Human Rights, Racine Community Concerts, State Bar Association, and the Southeast Wisconsin Council Boy Scouts on which, he served on the Board of Directors.

Jon is survived by his son, Carl Skow; sister, Wendy Brown; sister-in-law, Keiko Skow; three nieces, Wendy, Tomoe, and Yumi; and good friend, George Iverson. He was preceded in death by his brother, George D. Skow; and son, Jon B. Skow, Jr.

A public visitation for Judge Skow will be held on Monday November 2, 2009, from 5-7 p.m. at the Wilson Funeral Home. Interment will be held at Mound Cemetery on Tuesday November 3, 2009. Those wishing to process to the cemetery will meet at the funeral home at 9 a.m. on Tuesday.

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

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Sharon Marie Reeser

Mrs. Sharon M. Reeser, 68, was born to eternal life at her home on Tuesday, October 27, 2009.

Sharon was born in Merrill, Wisconsin, to the late Kenneth and Gladys (nee: Brighum) Thomack on September 27, 1941. She lived in Wausau for 14 years until moving to Racine in 1956. She was united in marriage to Charles A. Reeser in Racine on June 6, 1959. They just celebrated their 50th anniversary on June 6 of this year.

Mrs. Reeser was a member of the St. Nicholas Episcopal Church. She was a Certified Child Care Provider for many years. She was also a member of the Women of the Moose – Moose Lodge Chapter 631. She enjoyed baking and crochet. Most of all she loved taking care of children and her family.

Sharon is survived by her husband Charles; four children, Doreen (Tim) Uick, Dave (Alane) Reeser, William (Melissa) Reeser, and Larry Reeser, all of Racine; seven grandchildren, Jeff and Steve Uick, and Travis, Ryan, Chelsea, Katie, and Lea Reeser; eight great-grandchildren, Savanah, Brianna, Sophia, Bailey, William, Donnie, Harmony and Kenny; three brothers, Larry (Bev) Thomack, Duane (Donna) Thomack, and Scott (Sherie) Thomack all of Racine; one sister, Donna (Darvin) Fink of Arizona; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services will be held at the Wilson Funeral Home on Friday, October 30, 2009, at 9 a.m. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Thursday, October 29, 2009, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

A special thank you to Kelly RN at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – All Saints 2nd floor cardiovascular and Hospice Alliance for the kind and compassionate care of Sharon and her family when they needed it the most.

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

Ronald G. Frahmann

Ronald G. Frahmann, 70 passed away at his home on Tuesday, October 27, 2009.

Ron was born in Holway, WI, on November 13, 1938, to Albert and Eleanor (nee, Nelson) Frahmann. He married the former Kathleen Wudi at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Cudahy on May 21, 1966. Ron served in the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany. Ron retired from Appleton Electric in South Milwaukee after more than thirty-seven years. Ron loved the outdoors, enjoying hunting, fishing and cutting wood. He was a proud member of Salmon Unlimited. He also enjoyed football, especially the Packers, and loved to fix stuff in the garage, including painting and auto body repair.

Ron is survived by his wife, Kathleen Frahmann; daughters, Diane (Jeff) Peterson, Doreen (Mike) Lueck and Debra (Leif) Lovdahl; grandchildren, Samantha, Madilynn, Savannah and Jonathan; sisters, Shirley (Henry) Anderson and Sharon (Mike) Doyle; and will be sadly missed by Muffin. Ron is also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many fishing and hunting buddies. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother-in-law, Omer Weiland; and granddaughter, Katelynn.

Funeral services for Ron will be held at St. Mary’s by the Lake Catholic church on Sunday, November 1, 2009, at 3 p.m. Interment will take place at St. Ann’s Cemetery in the Town of Greenwood. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church on Sunday from 1 p.m. until the time of services.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Eddie Co, Ron’s Cardiologist, for all of his compassionate care.

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

Ilona Marie Harden

Ilona Marie Harden, 63, passed away unexpectedly in the emergency room of Wheaton Franciscan – All Saints Medical Center on Tuesday, October 27, 2009.

Ilona was born on January 7, 1946, in Racine, WI, to the late Oscar and Frances Hardin, the second of five children born to that union.

Ilona graduated from Washington Park High School in 1965. Shortly after graduation, she accepted the position of Operator at Wisconsin Bell, from where she retired after 16 years of faithful service. Ilona accepted Christ at the early age of five and united with St. Paul Missionary Baptist under the leadership of Reverend J. B. Bailey. Ilona served as an usher and was a faithful member.

Ilona enjoyed playing cards, traveling and shopping. She was always on top of the latest fashion trends, especially the jewelry, handbags and shoes. She was an avid watcher of the Food Network from which she discovered an array of great recipes. Ilona loved spending time with family and friends. She made sure to keep in contact with everyone throughout the year. In the event anyone needed to contact or reach a family member, Ilona was the liaison for that reunion.

Ilona was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Frances Hardin; brother, Oscar Hardin; brother in-law, Ernest Stewart; sister in-law, Rita Hardin; and sister, Christine Folsom.

Ilona leaves to cherish her memories three sons, Terrance Griffin (Sandra) of Xenia, OH, Terrill Griffin (Jackie) of Burnsville, MN, and Eugene Jackson of Chandler, AZ; sister, Ilinda Stewart of Laveen, AZ; brother, Royce Hardin (Rosalyn) of Mesa, AZ; and aunt, Ella Robinson of Racine, WI. She also leaves six grandchildren, Jamael, Tiara, TeVonté, Terrill, Taryn, Tariana, God-daughter, Zackarah Ilyyana Wright, and a host of foster children, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends who will miss her dearly.

A Homegoing Celebration will be held on Monday, November 2, 2009, at 11 a.m. in St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, 1123 Center St., with Bishop Lawrence L. Kirby officiating. Interment will follow in West Lawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be in the church on Monday from 9-11 a.m.

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

Monday, October 26, 2009

Robert J. Foley

Robert J. Foley, age 83, passed away Monday, October 26, 2009, at Stafford Manor. Robert was born in Kansasville, WI, on July 7, 1926, son of the late Michael J. and Irene (Nee: Hankinson) Foley and was a resident of Racine since 1960. Robert served in the United States Army.

Survivors include his sisters, Sister Mary Briant (Margaret) Foley, SSND, of Elm Grove, WI, Mary Lenore “Nora” (Kenneth) Grow of Madison, WI; sisters-in-law, Mary E. Foley of Burlington, WI, and Mary Foley of Chicago, IL; numerous nieces, nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers, Frank, Michael and Charles Foley; sister, Jean Husen Wooderick; and dear friend, Arthur Krueger, whom Robert thought of as a brother.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, November 14, 2009, at 11 a.m.at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 23211 Church Rd, Kansasville, with Rev. Howard Haase officiating. Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet Saturday, November 14, 2009, at the church from 10 a.m. until time of Mass.

The family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to the staff at Stafford Manor, and Aseracare Hospice for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Marie A. Kornwolf

Marie A. (nee: Uminski) Kornwolf 93, passed away on Monday October 26, 2009, at Ridgewood Care Center.

Marie was born in Racine, Wisconsin, on April 17, 1916, daughter of Joseph and Clara (nee: Klein) Uminski. On Sept. 5, 1936, at St. Edward's Catholic church, she was united in marriage to William Kornwolf. He preceded her in death on February 17, 1987.

Marie spent her years as a homemaker and volunteered her time for many organizations at Trautwein School where her sons attended elementary school. She was a member of the Racine Travel Club and traveled extensively throughout the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe. She was also a member of St. Richard's Catholic Church.

In addition to her husband, Marie was preceded in death by two sons, infant Dan William, and
Dennis Kornwolf; also three brothers, Bernard, Vernal and George Uminski.

Marie is survived by two sons, Bill of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Naples, Florida, and Timothy (Anita) of North Branch, Minnesota; daughters-in-law, Marion Kornwolf of Racine, Annette Galvin of Scottsdale, Arizona; seven grandchildren, Michael, Denise, Mary Lynn, Colleen, Andrea, Craig and
Ryan; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be at the West Lawn Memorial Park Chapel. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the cemetery chapel on Tuesday, November 3, 2009, from 2:30 until 3:30 p.m.. Entombment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park.

The family extends a special thank you to the staff at Ridgewood Care Center and Odyssey Hospice for all their compassionate care.

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

Dale R. Olesen

Dale R. Olesen, age 56, passed away unexpectedly, Monday, October 26, 2009, at his residence from an apparent heart attack. Dale was born in Racine, June 19, 1953, son of Raymond C. and Myrna M. (Nee: Nelson) Olesen and was a lifelong resident of Racine.

Dale was a graduate of William Horlick High School “Class of 1972” and from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a Bachelor's Degree in art. On May 24, 1985, he was united in marriage to Robin K. Hansen. Dale co-owned O & H Danish Bakery, a family business, with his two brothers, Michael and Eric. He oversaw the facilities, operations and equipment of the three bakery locations.

Dale was a member of Holy Communion Lutheran Church. Dale had a love for art that he shared with his daughter Ashley. He was an avid outdoorsman whose passions included fishing, hunting and especially spending time teaching and guiding his son, Nathan. Dale also enjoyed his friendship with his hunting buddies, Chris Lie, Mark Pawlowski, Gary Martin and good friends and neighbors, Tom Harty and Andy Kothe. He belonged to the Winchester Gun Club, West Allis Bowmen, Little John’s Archery, and All Rock Prairie Goose Club. Most of all Dale will be forever remembered for his warm smile, generous heart, and his many memorable hunting and fishing stories. He will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his wife, Robin; his two children, Ashley (Nicholas) DeBaker and Nathan Olesen; his parents, Raymond (Myrna) Olesen; brothers, Michael (Mary) Olesen and Eric (Lisa) Olesen; nieces and nephews, Carly (Patrick) Brady, Kevin (Angi) Olesen, Mallory (David) Willing, Alyson (Matthew) Horton, and Peter Olesen; mother-in-law, Bettie Hansen; sister-in-law, Shannon (David) Schoenberger; Godparents, Don and Enola Loomis; other relatives, Florence Olesen and many dear friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents; and by his father-in-law, Robert Hansen.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 31, 2009, at 10 a.m. at Holy Communion Lutheran Church, 2000 W. 6th St., with Rev. Jeff Barrow officiating. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Friday at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Saturday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until time of service. Memorials to Holy Communion Lutheran Church, R.A.M., or to Ducks Unlimited have been suggested.

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

Charlotte Jeanette Robey

,South Milwaukee – Mrs. Charlotte J. Robey, 90, passed away at Crest House in South Milwaukee on October 26, 2009.

Charlotte was born in Racine to the late Elmer and Grace (nee: Strobe) Van Bussum on June 29, 1919, and had lived in Racine for most of her life. In Racine, she was united in marriage to Eugene H. Robey on April 27, 1946. He preceded her in death on July 18, 1998.

Mrs. Robey was an active member of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer. She was a member of the church’s Women’s Altar Guild and the Senior Citizens Group. She took great joy in spending time with her family and friends.

Charlotte is survived by her daughter, Sandra (John) Wawrzyniak; one grandson, Michael; two sisters, Elizabeth Kuhnwald and Marjorie Vasy; and other relatives and friends. She was also preceded in death by two brothers-in-law, Arnold Kuhnwald and Stephen Vasy.

Funeral services will be held at the Wilson Funeral Home on Friday, October 30, 2009, at 1 p.m. with Rev. Molly Doreza officiating. Cremation will take place and Charlotte’s cremains will be inurned at West Lawn Memorial Park at a later date. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home from noon until service time. Memorials may be directed to the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer.

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

John Elzinga

John Elzinga, 82, of Racine, died early Monday morning, October 26, 2009, at the Golden Living Center in Kenosha, where he had been a resident since September 2009.

John was born on December 18, 1926, in Racine to the late Andrew and Rose Bylsma Elzinga.

He married Dorothy Mae Matson on February 24, 1951, in Racine.

John interrupted his high school education during World War II to join the U.S. Marine Corps, rising to rank of corporal. He served as a forward artillery spotter during the invasion of Okinawa, and later guarded supply trains in China. Following his honorable discharge from the Marines, John returned to Racine and graduated from William Horlick High School.

A gifted athlete, John focused his talents on baseball as a young man. He signed a contract to play Triple A baseball as a pitcher in the Chicago White Sox organization, and played two years at the professional level until experiencing a serious back injury. However, he continued to play baseball for many more years with the semi-pro baseball team, the Racine Redbirds. Later in life, John was an avid golfer and bowler, and he remained a devoted Wisconsin Badgers and Green Bay Packers fan.

During his working years, John was Traffic Manager at George Gorton Machine Corporation; and Terminal Manager in Kenosha and later Director of Sales in Milwaukee for Yellow Freight System. In 1991, John retired from Siam Transportation as Vice President of Sales and Operations.

John is survived by his wife, Dorothy; and his three children: Jeff (Valerie) of Howards Grove, WI; Denise Lee of Racine; and Beth Elzinga of Racine. He is also survived by his sister, Tina Michael, of Redding, CA; and his six grandchildren: Julia Lee, Logan Lee, Eliot Elzinga, Celine Elzinga, Gabrielle Elzinga-Marshall, and Paul Elzinga; and several nieces and nephews.

John was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, August; and his sister Dorothy Rauwerda.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, October 30, 2009, at First Presbyterian Church, 716 College Ave., Racine, with Rev. Steve Fringer officiating. Burial will be at West Lawn Memorial Cemetary, 9000 Washington Ave., Racine, immediately following the service. Family and friends may call at the church from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Friday. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that memorial donations be given to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America at www.alzfdn.org.

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

Dolores C. Wozniecki

Mount Pleasant -- Mrs. Dolores C. Wozniecki, 88, passed away Monday evening, October 26, 2009, at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-All Saints.

Dolores was born in Racine on February 22, 1921, to the late Frank and Amanda (nee: Briske) Dederich. She was lifelong resident of Racine. On October 20, 1942, she was united in marriage to Jerome M. Wozniecki in Racine at Holy Name Catholic Church.

Dolores is survived by her three children, Joan (Ronald) Olson of Racine, Mark (Helen) Roman of Arkdale, Denise ( James) Myrup of Racine; four grandchildren, Matthew Roman and Sarah ( Lee ) Peterson, Holly and Kelly Myrup; great-grandchildren, Savanna and Lee Peterson; sister Leona Culligan of Boise, ID.; sister-in-law, Hertha Dederich of Green Valley, AZ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerome, on October 31, 2000; infant son, Bruce; and granddaughter, Ann Marie Myrup; sisters, Lucille ( Howard ) Eckmann,Virginia (Walter) Anderson, Viola (Elmer) Morgenroth Marjorie (Joseph ) Shoop ; brother, Dr. Frank Dederich; brother-in-law, Thomas Culligan; sister-in-law, Eleanore (Anthony) Holochwost; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Private funeral services will be held at Wilson Funeral Home. Interment will be at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Memorials in Dolores’s name may be directed to St. Richard’s Catholic Church.

The family extends their sincere thanks and heartfelt gratitude to the entire Lakeshore Manor Administrative, Nursing, and Support Staff along with Mom’s day/night guardian angels on the 4th floor . Special thanks to Dr. Jess DeGroat for giving us those precious extra three years.

For all their love, compassion, and care, dearest friend and “sister” of 83 years Casimira Gryzyb, Godson Tom Gryzyb for the first and last roses, niece Jean and husband Tom Meyers for their thoughtful visits, niece Amy Morgan for the memory album, nephew Gary Eckmann for his “arm chair chats” with his Aunt Del, and Fr. Ron for his spiritual guidance.

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

Robert K. Olson

Kenosha -- Robert K. Olson, 89, passed away early Monday morning, October 26, 2009, at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-All Saints.

Robert was born in Akley, Minnesota, on June 27, 1920, to late Oscar and Bess (nee: Bouck) Olson. He lived in the Racine and Kenosha area since 1949. On February 22, 1947, he was united in marriage to Lola Martin in Sumner, Washington.

Mr. Olson was in the United States Navy. He was employed at Jacobson-Textron Mfg. and also had a side business of making ornamental railings for many years. He was a member of First Evangelical Free Church.

Robert is survived by his wife, Lola Olson; one daughter, Julia (Floyd) Leonard of Sturtevant; two sons, Brian Olson of Kenosha and David Olson of Stanley, WI.; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at the First Evangelical Free Church, 2401 Ohio St., on Friday, October 30, 2009 at 11 a.m. with Pastor John Bodnar officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with family at the church from 9 a.m. until service time. Memorials to First Evangelical Free Church have been suggested by the family.

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

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Terrence 'Terry' J. Ryan

Terrence “Terry” J. Ryan, age 58, passed away unexpectedly, Sunday, October 25, 2009, at his residence.

Terry was born in Portage, WI, on November 7, 1950, son of Floyd F. and Bessie (Nee: Flower) Ryan.

Terry graduated from St. Catherine’s High School “Class of 1968” and attended the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point. He had been employed at Harris Metals and Epplers Polishing. Terry was an avid fisherman, hunter, and sportsman. He loved the Packers and will be dearly missed.

Surviving are his parents, Floyd and Betty Ryan; aunts, uncles, cousins, and dear friends. Private services were held.

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

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Mary Jane (Petrose) Jacoby

Mary Jane Jacoby, age 85, passed away Saturday, October 24, 2009, at her residence. Mary Jane was born in St. Paul, MN, January 8, 1924, daughter of the late William and Elizabeth Petrose.

She was united in marriage to Theodore R. Jacoby who preceded her in death, November 9, 1997. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her three children, Diane (Larry) Brawner, Richard Jacoby, Cheryl (Duane) DeFord; her eight grandchildren, Scott (Carol) Brawner, Matthew Brawner, Chad Jacoby, Everett Jacoby, Garrett Jacoby, Bryan (Jenny) Groth, Bradley Groth (Lauri Johnson), Tricia Poikonen; great-grandchildren; and many dear friends. In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by her sister, Lillian Skibba.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, October 28, 2009, at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. John D. Aiello officiating. Entombment will follow at Holy Cross Garden Mausoleum, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Wednesday at the funeral home from 1 p.m. until time of service.

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

Robert 'Peachie' W. Tussler

Sturtevant -- Robert “Peachy” W. Tussler, age 77, passed away Saturday, October 24, 2009, at St. Luke’s Medical Center, Milwaukee. Robert was born in Racine, July 11, 1932, son of the late LeRoy C. and Norma H. (Nee: Dinkelman) Tussler.

Bob proudly served in the United States Army, 101st Airborne, in Korea. Bob volunteered with the Sturtevant Volunteer Fire Department for 21 years, serving as Fire Chief and Association President. Bob was a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service for 30 years and was active with his union as Vice President and President. Bob was an active lifetime member of VFW Post 9948.

On June 29, 1953, Bob married Myrtle L. Bohlman, who preceded him in death in 1976. On February 12, 1977, he married Linda M. Schneck.

Survivors include his wife, Linda; children, Michael Tussler, John Tussler, Sherrie Tussler, Scott (Izumi) Schneck; his grandchildren, Amber, Lauren, Zachary and Nicholas Tussler, Shanna Gilhardt, Samantha and Madeline Kay, Corey, Kadi, and Amanda Tussler and Airi and Justice Schneck; two brothers, Harold Tussler of FL, Charles Tussler of Sturtevant. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his son, Robert W. Tussler.

Bob will be missed by his family and close friends. He will be remembered for his humor and his hospitality. Join friends and family for one last toast to Bob on Friday after 1 p.m. at the Hiawatha in Sturtevant.

Relatives and friends may meet with the family Thursday, October 29, 2009, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment with full military honors will be held Friday at noon at the Southern Wisconsin Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, Town of Dover. Memorials to the Wisconsin Paralyzed Veterans, 2311 s. 108th St., Milwaukee, WI 53227 have been suggested.

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

Friday, October 23, 2009

Jamece Ethel Jean Mays

Jamece E. J. Mays, 25, passed away at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – All Saints on Friday, October 23, 2009.

Jamece Mays was born in Chicago, Illinois, on November, 3, 1983, and lived in Racine for most of her life.

She enjoyed drawing and being with her friends.

Jamece is survived by one son, Jamere Mays; her best friend and guardian, Markeena Taylor; one brother, Jerry Ingram Jr.; and her step-parents, Tawana Johnson and Jerry Ingram Sr.

A memorial service will be held at the Wilson Funeral Home on Tuesday, November 3, 2009, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends may meet with the family from 9 a.m. until service time.

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

Michelle M. (Dieck) Lovdahl

Michelle M. (nee: Dieck) Lovdahl, 36, passed away at her residence on Friday, October 23, 2009.

Shellie was born in Racine on March 20, 1973, to James and Kathleen (nee: Regal) Dieck. She married Kevin Lovdahl at Oak Creek Assembly of God on September 12, 1992. Shellie was an excellent homemaker and was also employed at Ruud Lighting as an assembler. She enjoyed working out and running in marathons, bowling and camping.

Shellie is survived by her husband Kevin Lovdahl; children, Benjamin, Sarah and Abbigail Lovdahl; mother Kathleen Dieck; brothers James (Shawna Peters) Dieck, Jr. and Ronald (Joanne) Dieck; grandfather, Lloyd Dieck, Sr.; mother-in-law, Caroline Lovdahl; brothers-in-law, Jon (Donna) Lovdahl, William (Terri) Lovdahl, Ron (Charlotte) Lovdahl and Marc (Karen Peterson) Lovdahl; sister-in-law, Marchele (Dennis) Horton; nieces and nephews, Donald, Alyssa, Ronald, Jr., Jacob, Christopher, Samuel, Zachary, Tara, Seth and Emily. Shellie is also survived by other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her father, James Dieck, Sr.; maternal grandparents; paternal grandmother; and father-in-law, Marcus Lovdahl.

Funeral services for Shellie will be held at Racine Bible Church, 12505 Spring St., on Friday, October 30, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow in West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church on Thursday evening from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and at the church on Friday morning from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services. Memorials to the family or Racine Bible Church have been suggested.

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

Leo F. Beres

Leo F. Beres, 72, passed away on October 23, 2009, at Ridgewood Care Center. Leo was born in Racine on July 16, 1937, the son of Francis and Lucille (nee: Hanschel) Beres.

He was united in marriage to Alice Carter in Racine on March 20, 1965.

Leo was a graduate of St. Catherine’s High School “Class of 1954”. He was employed at Racine Steel Castings, retiring with over 37 years of service.

Leo was a longtime member of Racine Moose Lodge and found great enjoyment in golf and was always up for enjoying “a good cold one” with family and friends.

Leo is survived by his son; Steven (Michele) Beres of Galesburg, Mich.; one step-daughter, Patricia Hullum of Racine; grandchildren, Lisa (Wayne) Raffelson, Justin and Robert Hullum, Jordan, Griffin, Delaney and Emerson Beres; dear friend and longtime companion, Grace Brock and her family.

He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends and extended family, which he loved as his own.

Leo was preceded in death by his wife, Alice on October 20, 1999; one grandson, Samuel Beres on April 24, 2000; six brothers and sisters; his mother-in-law, Vivian Bosak on October 3, 2009; and one stepson John Phelps.

In keeping with Leo’s wishes, private services have been held with inurnment at Graceland Cemetery.

Leo’s family would like to extend a very special thank you to Water’s Edge Bar and Grill and Danny Palms Restaurant for their longtime friendship and loyal service over the years. Also Ridgewood Care Center and Odyssey Hospice for the compassionate care given to Leo.

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

Paul S. Zupek

Paul S. Zupek, age 81, passed away peacefully in his sleep, Friday, October 23, 2009, at Ridgewood Care Center. Paul was born in Racine, October 6, 1928, son of the late Samuel and Grace (Nee: Puzneckis) Zupek.

Paul was a graduate of Park High School “Class of 1946” then enlisted in the United States Army and served in the Korean War. On October 3, 1953, at St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church he was united in marriage to Agnes A. “Aggie” Sisak who preceded him in death on March 26, 2008. Paul was co-owner of the Bizzy Bee Meat Market, then employed by Piggly Wiggly as a Meat Department Manager, retiring July of 1987.

He was a longtime and dedicated member of St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church, Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Holy Name Society. Paul also attended the Racine Assembly of God. He was actively involved with the Boy Scouts. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, bowling, and was an avid cribbage player. Above all he was a devoted and loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who loved spending time with his family. He will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his four sons and daughters-in-law, Steven (Christine) Zupek of Sartell, MN, David (Barb) Zupek of Racine, Michael (Debra) Zupek, of Manitowoc, John Zupek of Minneapolis, MN; his grandchildren, Laura and Alexander, Sarah and Stephanie, Kristin, Jennifer, Greg, and Katie; great-granddaughter, Aubrey; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Wencel (Irene) Sisak, Helen Urbush, Matthew V. (Sue) Sisak; sister-in-law, Joan Zupek of Las Vegas, NV; 24 nieces and nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by his three brothers, Tony, Al (Janet), Stan; and sister, Anne.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, October 27, 2009, at 10 a.m. at St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church, 1903 Green St. Entombment with full military honors will follow at Holy Cross Garden Mausoleum, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Monday at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. and Tuesday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass. Memorials to the family for a fund to be established to promote the sport of fishing in Paul’s name have been suggested.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to his care providers at Walnut Grove Assisted Living, Dr. Robert Gullberg, and Ridgewood Care Center for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Gartha D. (Everett) Allen

Gartha D. Allen, age 86, passed away Thursday, October 22, 2009, at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints Medical Center. Gartha was born in Longford, KS, November 23, 1922, daughter of the late Charles and Ethel (Nee: Warner) Everett.

Gartha was a graduate of Park High School “Class of 1941” and attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. On November 24, 1945, she was united in marriage to Wardlow W. Allen. Gartha was employed as an Emergency Room clerk for over twenty years at St. Luke’s Hospital, Racine. She was a member of the National Honor Society.

In World War II, she joined the Harvest Brigade, cutting wheat for the war effort through her father’s work at Massey Harris. Gartha enjoyed knitting, crocheting, and plants. Above all she was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her husband, Wardlow; her four children, Vikki Berns, Michael (Christine) Allen, Connie Petersen (Larry Perfetto), Ronald (Theresa) Allen; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; sister, Lela Klabunde; sisters-in-law, Betty Shephard, Nora (George) Bell; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brother, Vern Everett; sister, Arlone Kelso; nephew, Cecil Everett; and brother-in-law, Robert Allen.

Private funeral services were held.

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

Harry Ralph Hansen

King – Harry R. Hansen, 86, passed away at the Wisconsin Veteran’s Home in King on October, 22, 2009.

Harry Hansen was born in Racine to the late Harold and Viola (nee: Schoenleben) Hansen. He lived most of his life in Racine.

Mr. Hansen served in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II in the South Pacific from 1943 – 1946. He was employed at Service Oil Company for 37 years and retired in 1981. He was an avid bowler and outdoorsman. He especially liked fishing in northern Wisconsin and Canada. He was a woodworking artist specializing in furniture. He also enjoyed his raspberry gardening. His two most important loves were taking care of his mother until the day she died and his dogs who meant everything to him.

Funeral services will be held at the Wilson Funeral Home on Thursday, October 29, 2009, at noon. Interment with full military honors will follow at Graceland Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet with the family from 11 a.m. until the time of service. Memorials may be directed to the local VFW.

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

Carl O. Sederberg

Sturtevant -- Carl O. Sederberg, age 73, passed away Thursday, October 22, 2009, at Hospice House, Pleasant Prairie, WI. Carl was born in Gladstone, MI, January 22, 1936, son of the late Carl O. and Florence (Nee: DeGrave) Sederberg.

Carl served in the United States Army stationed in Germany and Korea. On December 10, 1953, in Wells, MI, he was united in marriage to Clara M. Aker and they moved to the Racine area in 1964. Clara preceded him in death, on October 12, 1992. Carl was employed by J.I. Case for twenty-eight years, retiring in 1992. He was a member of VFW Post 1391 and American Legion 310. Carl was an avid bowler and enjoyed playing cards and cribbage. He will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his five children, Lee (Mary) Sederberg of Racine, Cindy (Laney) Deaton of Camden, OH, Ricky (Cathy) Sederberg of Racine, Wendy Klamm (Glenn Wyatt), Debbie (Brian) O’Dell, all of Camden, OH; 15 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren and two soon to be born; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Mike Aker of Gladstone, MI, Richard (Carol) Aker of Las Vegas, NV, Donald (Chris) Aker of Escanaba, MI, Fred (Ruth) Aker of Escanaba, MI, Carole Aker of Camden, OH; longtime companion, Marsha Barrett and family, Cindy Eckert, Jim Barrett, Melissa Yester, Lindsay Ali and grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his great-grandson, Christian Deaton; brother-in-law, Leo “Butch” Aker; and sister-in-law, Mary Alice Ackerley.

Relatives and friends may meet with the family on Sunday, October 25, 2009, at the funeral home from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. followed by a Prayer Service at 7 p.m. Interment with full military honors will be held Monday, October 26, 2009, at 2 p.m. at the Garden of Rest Cemetery, Wells, MI. Memorials to the American Cancer Society have been suggested.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Michael Mullane and staff for the compassionate care they provided to Carl and his family.

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

Elnore Hansen-Bertelle

Elnore (nee: Hammond) Hansen-Bertelle, 92, passed away on Thursday, October 22, 2009, at Lincoln Village Convalescent Center. She was born in Edgeley, North Dakota, on December 2, 1916, the daughter of John James and Jenny (nee: Johnson) Hammond.

Elnore moved to Wisconsin at the age of 16. She was a past member of First Baptist Church. On January 20, 1939, she was united in marriage to Arnold Hansen. He preceded her in death on June 1, 1966. On July 13, 1971 she was united in marriage to John Bertelle, who also preceded her in death, in November of 1984. In addition, she was preceded in death by an infant grandson, James C. Hansen Jr.; great-granddaughter, Malory Manske; and great-grandson, Brady Hansen.

Surviving are her children, MaryAnn (Frank Waldron of Germantown, James (Cindy) Hansen of Racine, John (Lane) Hansen of Sturtevant, Linda (Bill Vance) Hansen of Van Nuys, CA, and Fredrick (Kathy) Hansen of Salem; step-children, Franklin Bertelle and Sandy Bertelle both of Kenosha; 18 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Ethel Malvasio and Viola Streuli. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at First Evangelical Free Church, 2401 Ohio St., on Monday, October 26, 2009, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Ken Howe officiating. Burial will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. There will be a visitation on Monday before services at the church from 9 a.m. until service time.

A special thank you to all of her friends at Lincoln Manor for their support and friendship.

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

Carl F. Chmielewski

Carl F. Chmielewski, age 76, died peacefully surrounded by his family, Thursday, October 22, 2009, after a courageous fight with cancer. Carl was born in Milwaukee, WI, on February 7, 1933, son of the late Frank and Catherine (Nee: Sikora) Chmielewski.

Carl served in the United States Air Force with the 99th Bombardment Squadron at Travis Air Force Base, CA, the 9th A & E Maintenance Squadron, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, and at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. He was employed at J.I. Case Company for over thirty years, retiring in 1991. Carl was a member of St. Edward Catholic Church. On June 22, 1957, at the Immaculate Conception Church, Botkins, Ohio, he was united in marriage to Shirley J. Krebs.

Carl had varied interests and was actively involved in many groups and organizations. He was an avid golfer with Racine and Fond du Lac golfing leagues and was a member of the hunting and fishing club, Fur Feather & Fin. Carl was a member and past president of Somers Snow Goers Snowmobile Club and was a past member of the Westridge Square Dance Club. Carl was a past president of the Big Liefs Bowling League, and was a retired member and past Union Steward of Local 180. He enjoyed the many trips with his friends on his motorcycle, playing cribbage, and watching “Dancing with the Stars” and “Mash.” Carl was very honest and outspoken in his beliefs and loved to tell jokes. He will be deeply missed by all who loved him.

Survivors include his ex-wife, Shirley and their children, Jeffrey (Kandie) Chmielewski of Racine, Cynthia Becker ( Bob Kniebuehler) of Madison, WI, Kristine (David) Ricchio of Racine, Peggy Naseman of Racine; his eight grandchildren, Angie (Rob) Stillman, Bridget Ricchio, Emily, Shelby, Kelly, and Lindsey Chmielewski, Cole and Carter Naseman; his great-grandson, Andrew Stillman. He was greatly anticipating the birth of his future great-grandchild. Carl is further survived by his brother, Gordy (Ellen) Chmielewski of Oshkosh, WI; brother-in-law, Tony Kusy III; cousins, nieces, nephews, and many good friends and golfing buddies. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister, Rita Kusy; son-in-law, Master Sergeant Brian Naseman; and beloved dog, Coco.

A Memorial Service will be held Monday, October 26, 2009, at 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Allen Bratkowski officiating. Interment with full military honors will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Monday at the funeral home from 9:30 a.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Disabled American Veterans have been suggested.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to CNA Martin Vuhilu for giving our Dad such special attention.

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