Monday, November 30, 2009

Donald G. Coleman

Donald G. Coleman, 73, slipped quietly into forever on November 30, 2009, at the Veteran’s Boland Hall VA Center in Union Grove. The Coleman family extends their heartfelt gratitude to the entire VA staff, who made Don's last month bearable for him and them.

Donald, or Don to his friends, was born in Moline, IL, the 26th of October 1936 to the late Geneva and Glen Coleman. The oldest of their three children, Don resided in Racine, WI, for the majority of his life. He was united in marriage on March 7, 1959, to Barbara Ann Tesolowski, also of Racine. The couple has two grown daughters, Fawn and Kelly.

Donald, a Vietnam War era U.S. Army veteran, retired with 22 years of service. He enjoyed his days as a Drill Sergeant the most, on and off the parade field. (Just ask his wife and daughters.) He also served in Northern Japan where he operated special missions. After the service, Don joined SC Johnson Wax, where he retired with 31 years of service.

In his free time, Donald enjoyed traveling with his wife Barbara to Florida and Mexico. Although his favorite, three or four times a year, trip was definitely Las Vegas. (Viva Las Vegas, Baby!) The casino staffs began to think of him as family. His game was Blackjack and he was known by many as “King of the Blackjack.”

Don is dearly remembered by his wife of 50 years, Barbara, of Racine, WI; daughter Kelly Coleman-Kohorn and husband Phil Kohorn and grand daughter Jessica Coleman of Milwaukee, WI; and daughter Fawn Volz and husband Guy Volz and grand daughters Auburn and Emily Volz of Charlotte, NC. Emily follows her grandfather's duty to country by currently serving in the U.S. Air Force; Dennis Tesolowski, brother -in-law and his wife, Cheri, of Seneca, SC, and their children Anthony, U.S. Army, returned from his third tour in Iraq, and Alekzandr and his wife, Nicole, currently of Beaumont, TX; Don's late brother's wife, Barbara of Racine, WI, and their two children, Bob and Wendy. Don leaves a sole surviving sister, Patty Laveau, and her husband, Bob of Raliegh, NC.

Donald is preceded in death by his parents and his younger brother, Ronald. While Don is on record for being a 30-year survivor of ALS, (Lou Gehrig's Disease) his diagnosis of lung and brain cancer in the last two months sapped his fighting competitive spirit. Don was a man's man, who didn't believe in taking prisoners. Whether it was motorcycles, snowmobiles or cars, Don enjoyed making them beautiful and fast, just look at his two daughters, even when confined to a wheelchair his last several years, Don never slowed down, ever. God's speed, Don, We will always love you.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, December 8, 2009, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 6400 Spring St., with Reverend William Dietzler officiating. Interment with full military honors will follow at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet Monday at the funeral home from 5-7 p.m. and on Tuesday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of Mass.

Donations to the ALS Association have been suggested. Donations can be sent to: The ALS Association Wisconsin Chapter 2505 North 124th Street Suite #105 Brookfield, WI 53005

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

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Burnice 'Bill' H. Hiott

Burnice “Bill” H. Hiott, age 85, passed away Sunday, November 29, 2009, at his residence in Bradenton, FL. Bill, formerly of Racine, was born in Charleston, SC on April 7, 1924, to Cameron and Renee (Nee: Hiers) Hiott.

Bill married the former Catherine Kopriva in Milwaukee on February 16, 1945. She preceded him in death on May 16, 2004. Bill served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Submarine Service in the Pacific. He was employed by Don Hutson Chevrolet and Cadillac for 12 years and for Norick Brothers for 20 years, retiring in 1989. Bill was a life member of Submarine Veterans of World War II, a life member of the DAV Racine Chapter 9 and the Masonic Lodge.

Survivors include his sons and daughter-in-law, Daniel Hiott of Orland Park, IL, James (Jamie) Hiott of Lewis Center, OH; his daughter, Carolyn Revay of Lodi, CA; granddaughters, Catherine (Dave) Baumback, Danielle (Ben) Delph, Jennifer (Rick) Halligan, Shannon Hiott, and Lana Hiott; eight great-grandchildren; brother, Cameron Hiott Jr. of Jacksonville, FL. Bill is also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services followed by full military honors will be held Friday, December 4, 2009, at noon at the funeral home with Rev. Brad Van Fossen officiating. Entombment will be held at Wisconsin Memorial Park, Milwaukee, WI. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Friday from 10:30 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home.

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

Gerry B. (Buchman) Shimkus

Gerry Shimkus, age 85, died at Ridgewood Care Center on Sunday November 29, 2009, with family present. She was born October 18, 1924, in Racine, the daughter of Harold and Bertha (Nee: Neuman) Buchman.

Gerry was a graduate of William Horlick High School. On June 7, 1947, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church she married George J. Shimkus. A lifelong member St. Joseph’s Church she was a member of the Christian Mothers Society and a Girl Scout leader; she led her troop to earn the Marian Award, Catholic Girl Scouts' highest honor.

Gerry was employed by Western Printing before her marriage. After marriage, her work with children brought her much joy. She taught pre-school at Douglas Park, Family Service, and for over 30 years at Jack and Jill. She ran volleyball groups for women and for couples through the City of Racine. She enjoyed playing schafskopf with friends even while living at Ridgewood.

Gerry is survived by her daughters, Sandy Sus of Racine and Judy (Bryan) Krist of Wisconsin Dells; her grandchildren, Kris Sus of Racine, Kim (Brian) Wilson of Medford, Joe Kirkorian and Tina Gilbertson both of Racine. She was the beloved great-grandma “Gigi” of Beth and Alex Wilson of Medford, Andrew Gilbertson, Emily and Gracie Lunceford, all of Racine. She is further survived by her sister-in-law, Ann (Richard) Nevin; nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends who were all her “family.” Her love, her humor and care will be greatly missed. She was preceded in death by her parents;, her husband; sisters, Evelyn Schleper and Joyce Ingle; son-in-law, John Sus; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Joseph (Stella) Shimkus, John (Carmella) Shimkus and Marie (George) Butgereit.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, December 2, 2009, at 6 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1533 Erie St., with Rev. John D. Aiello officiating. Interment will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family on Wednesday at the church from 4 p.m. until time of Mass.

Our family wants to thank so many who helped care for Gerry including Ridgewood Care Center nurses and CNA’s on 1 West, Evercare’s N.P. Mary Pinzl, Odyssey Hospice, and longtime caregiver, Robert Gullberg, M.D.

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

Carolyn R. (Cook) Farr

Carolyn R. Farr, age 55, passed away Sunday, November 29, 2009, at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints Medical Center. Carolyn was born in Pontotoc, Mississippi, August 17, 1954, daughter of the late George N. and Bertha K. (Nee: Herd) Cook. Carolyn was employed by Good Will Industries for many years. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her four children, Donta Cook, Anthony (Katina Davis) Cook, Felicia Cook (Tavares Woods), Sabrina Farr; 15 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sisters and brothers, Frances (John) Dvoracek, Kattie (William) Pruitt, Ozell (Annie) Cook, George Cook, Charles (Tracy) Cook, Johnny Ray (Janice) Cook; special friend, Hubert Bell; brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her two sisters, Fannie Mae Archie and Roberta Moore; and brother, Robert Lee Cook.

Funeral services will be held Monday, December 7, 2009, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Ken Robinson officiating. Interment will follow at Graceland Cemetery. Visitation will be on Monday from 10 a.m. until time of service.

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

Phyllis M. (Gotz) Kroes

Phyllis M. Kroes, age 86, passed away Sunday, November 29, 2009, at Ridgewood Care Center. Phyllis was born in Milladore, WI, January 20, 1923, daughter of the late Matthew and Albina (Nee: Konope) Gotz.

On June 28, 1944, at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church she was united in marriage to Henry Kroes. She was a member of St. Edward Catholic Church. Phyllis enjoyed gardening and canning but above all she devoted her life to her family. She will be deeply missed.

Survivors include her loving husband of 65 years, Henry “Hank”; her son, Roger D. (Margaret) Kroes of TX; her four grandchildren, Calvin (Tammy) Kroes, Daniel (Katie) Kroes, Gregory (Beth) Kroes, Crystal Kroes; one great-grandson, Henry; sister and brother, Delores (Roy) Schultz of Milwaukee, Leonard (Clara) Gotz of Milladore, WI; brother-in-law, Newel Gonyo; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Lillian Younger, Ann Gonyo, Alice Montie, Violet Bazen, Loretta Boettcher, Clara Bassuerner; and brothers, Sylvon and Al Younger.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, December 5, 2009, at 10 a.m. at St. Edward Catholic Church, 1401 Grove Ave., with Rev. Allen Bratkowski officiating. Relatives and friends are welcome to meet with the family for visitation on Friday, December 4, at the funeral home from 4 until 6 p.m. and on Saturday at 9:30 until time of Mass at the church. Memorials to the American Cancer Society has been suggested by the family.

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

Friday, November 27, 2009

Rev. John T. 'Jack' Shirley, O.S.A.

Rev. John T. “Jack” Shirley, O.S.A. entered eternal life November 27, 2009, after a four-month struggle with cancer.

John Thomas Shirley was born April 16, 1933, in Chicago, Illinois, to Thomas J. and Grace C. Shirley. He was baptized May 7, 1933, at Our Lady of Solace Church, Chicago. He received the Sacrament of Confirmation September 30, 1945, at the same church.

Jack received his elementary education at Our Lady of Solace School, Chicago. He did his secondary studies at St. Rita High School, Chicago, where he earned his high school diploma in 1951. He served in the United States Air Force from 1953 to 1956. After being honorably discharged form military service, he entered the Augustinian program of formation at St. Augustine Seminary, Holland, Michigan, where he did a semester of post-graduate studies in 1956 and 1957.

He was received into the Augustinian Novitiate February 2, 1957. He professed simple (temporary) vows in the Order of St. Augustine on February 3, 1958, and solemn (permanent) vows February 3, 1961.

Following profession of vows in 1958, he began collegiate studies at Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania. When Tolentine College, Olympia Fields, Illinois, opened in the Fall of 1958 as a extension of Villanova, he continued his studies there, earning a B.A. in Philosophy in 1961. He then pursued theological studies at Augustinian Academy, St. Louis, Missouri for two years. He completed the final two years of theological studies at Tolentine College, Olympia Fields. He was ordained a Priest February 6, 1965.

Father Shirley was assigned in 1965 to Austin Catholic High School, Detroit, as a teacher. While remaining a member of the Augustinian community at Austin, he worked as an Intake Counselor at Sacred Heart Rehabilitation Center in 1971 and 1972. From 1973 to 1976 he was Director of Alcoholism Therapy at Metro West Hospital. He was Director of Therapy at Sobriety House in 1976 and 1977.

In 1977 Father Shirley was assigned to the Augustinian Mission Band, which was headquartered at St. Rita Monastery, Chicago. He relocated in 1993 to St. Clare of Montefalco Parish, Chicago, and continued his ministry with the Mission Band. The Mission Band directed spiritual retreats and preached parish missions throughout the United States.

He was appointed Associate Pastor of St. Rita Parish, Racine, Wisconsin, in 1995. He served in that position until March, 2008, when he was assigned to St. Nicholas of Tolentine Monastery, Olympia Fields, Illinois.

Doctors discovered a massive tumor in Father Shirley’s right thigh in August, 2009. He was given radiation treatments in preparation for surgery, but the cancer was found to have spread to one of his lungs. He received chemotherapy to combat the lung cancer, but did not respond to these treatments. Throughout his illness, his attitude was positive, peaceful and accepting.

A recovering alcoholic, Father Shirley was active in Alcoholics Anonymous and a regular participant in the Guest House Alumni. He is the author of Spiritual Reflections for the Recovering Alcoholic (Alba House, 1985) and Spiritual Recipes for Achieving Peace and Joy (self-published, 1997). He was energetic in sharing with others his knowledge, experience and beliefs, especially concerning alcoholism and the importance of forgiving others as a key to one’s own peace.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, December 1, 2009, at 7 p.m. at St. Rita Catholic Church, 4339 Douglas Ave., Racine. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Tuesday at the church from 3 p.m. until time of Mass at 7 p.m. Interment will be held Wednesday, December 2, 2009, at noon at Holy Sepulcher Cemetery, 6001 W. 111th Street, Alsip, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts to Augustinian Guild, 20300 Governors Hwy., Olympia Fields, IL 60461-1011, or via Augustinian Guild Secure On-line Giving will be appreciated.

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

Wayne D. Fergus Sr.

Wayne D. Fergus Sr., age 75, passed away Friday, November 27, 2009, at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints Medical Center. Wayne was born in Racine, July 16, 1934, son of David and Lucille (Nee: Braund) Fergus.

Wayne graduated from Washington Park High School “Class of 1952.” By trade he was a bricklayer indentured in 1956 and was employed by Fergus Construction for many years. He then owned and operated Wayne Fergus Masonry for a number of years and retired. Wayne was an avid sports fan. In his earlier days he loved to fish and bowl. Most recently he will be remembered for always listening to baseball and football games on his portable radio. He will be dearly missed.

Surviving are his children, Wayne (Cindi) Fergus Jr., Mark Fergus and Kelly (Donnie) Weeks all of Racine; five grandchildren, Brittney Cole, Taylor Thompson, Erin Weeks, Jon (Bobbi) Fergus and Jenny Fergus; two great-grandchildren, Randy Kroeger and Julianna Fergus; a brother, Robert J. (Bunny) Fergus; three sisters, Carol Quella, Susan Conway and Bonnie Marsch; nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. He was preceded in death by his father, David H. Fergus; and his mother, Lucille Fergus (Ed) Lancour.

A Memorial Service will be held at the funeral home Thursday, December 3, 2009, at 11 a.m. with Reverend Jeff Barrow officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family prior to the service from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to The Marian Center, 4105 Spring St Racine, WI 53405 have been suggested.

The family wished to extend a special thank you to the staff on the 3rd floor Cardiac Unit for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Loretta Kratzsch

Union Grove – Loretta Kratzsch, 89, passed away at Oak Ridge Care Center on Friday, November 27, 2009.

Lori was born in Racine on May 15, 1920. She grew up in the Racine area before moving to Chicago where she spent most of her life. Lori loved to collect, especially jewelry and purses. She also was an avid reader and loved poetry.

Lori is survived by many friends. She was preceded in death by special friends, Cesar Yocco, Emma VanSwol and Mary Yocco.

Funeral services for Lori will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, December 5, 2009, at 11 a.m. with Rev. John Fleming officiating. Interment will take place at Graceland Cemetery. Visitation for Lori will be held at the funeral home on Saturday morning from 10 a.m. until the time of services. Memorials may be directed to the American Heart Association.

Lori’s friends would like to extend their appreciation to the staff at Oak Ridge Care Center for all of their care and friendship they showed to Lori.

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

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Everett Gordon Laehr

Everett Gordon Laehr, 87, passed away at Becker Shoop Center on Thursday, November 26, 2009.

Everett G. Laehr was born in Racine to the late Alexander and Elles (nee: Madsen) Laehr on March 22, 1922. He had lived in Racine his whole life and was united in marriage to Irene M. Hudak on June 29, 1946. She preceded him in death on January 5, 2003.

Mr. Laehr was a lifelong member of Gethsemane Evangelical Lutheran Church and served as Head Usher for over 20 years. He was proud to serve in the United States Army during World War II in the South Pacific. He was awarded two Bronze Star medals. He was an avid sports fan, especially football and baseball, and enjoyed sharing those times with his family. He was noted as a talented pitcher and played softball for many years. Most importantly, he was a family man and focused much of his life on his family.

Everett will be dearly missed by his children, Randy Laehr of Racine, Sandy (Don) Miller of Franksville, and Barbara Laehr of Racine; six grandchildren, Jody, Jeff, Sarah, Carrie, Julie, and Fred; eleven great-grandchildren; one sister, Phyllis Tomm; and other relatives and friends. He was also preceded in death by one brother and sister-in-law, Carl (Beverly) Laehr; and one brother-in-law, Harold Tomm.

Funeral services will be held at Gethsemane Evangelical Lutheran Church, 3319 Washington Ave., on Friday, December 4, 2009, at noon with Rev. Crystal Steinberg officiating. Interment with full military honors will be held at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church from 11 a.m. until service time. Memorials may be directed to Gethsemane Evangelical Lutheran Church.

“GO PACK, GO”

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

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Albert R. Follette

Albert Follette, age 76, passed away Wednesday, November 25, 2009, at St. Luke’s Medical Center, Milwaukee, WI. He was born in Walloon Lake, MI, October 28, 1933, son of the late Murray and Verona (Nee: Labo) Follette.

Albert served in the United States Army from 1951-1954 stationed in Korea. He was united in marriage to Charlotte J. Howes on May 7, 1977; she preceded him in death on September 25, 2004. Albert was a self-employed truck driver for over thirty years and most recently worked at Manheim Auto Auction for the past six years. He enjoyed woodworking, making bird houses, bird watching and had a passion for watching Westerns. He was a fountain of knowledge for his family, “the go-to guy,” and he will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his children, Michelle (Mike) Hinterberg, Ron Follette, Suzette Delong, Marci (Gregg) Hanrahan, Charlie (Julie) Reif, Richard (Larraine) Follette; 13 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, November 28, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. John D. Aiello officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family on Saturday at the funeral home from 9 a.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Diabetes Association or to the American Heart Association.

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

Agnes F. (Murphy) Hetland

Agnes F. Hetland, age 83, passed away Wednesday, November 25, 2009, at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints Medical Center. Agnes was born in Racine, June 2, 1926, daughter of the late Albert G. and Ida M. (Nee: Duda) Murphy.

Agnes was a graduate of St. Catherine’s High School. She was united in marriage to Vilas W. Hetland, who preceded her in death on October 29, 1990. Agnes was a member of St. Richard Catholic Church. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her nine children, Ron (Rachelle) Hetland, Suzanne (Gary) Weinkauf, Daniel (Patricia) Hetland, Michael (Debra) Hetland, Timothy (JoAnna) Hetland, Joe (Jeri) Hetland, Mary Johann, Jacqueline (Gary) Pfeilstifter, Paul Hetland; 23 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her two brothers, George and Raymond; and sister, Sister Eloise Murphy.

A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, November 30, 2009, at 12:30 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Ronald J. Gramza officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Monday at the funeral home from 10:30 a.m. until time of service. Private interment will be held at Calvary Cemetery.

The family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to the nursing staff at Wheaton Franciscan - All Saints Medical Center 3B for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Johann 'Hans' Paul

Johann “Hans” Paul, 89, passed away on Saturday November 21, 2009, at Ridgewood Care Center.

Johann was born on February 7, 1920, to the late Michael and Maria (nee: Frintz) Paul in Johannisdorf, Romania. He came to Racine in 1952 and married Amy (nee: Rae) Paul in 1954. Johann was a veteran of WWII, and a bricklayer for over 30 years until his retirement in 1982. Johann was also a member of the Racine Bible Church since 1979, where he sang in the choir and worked with a men’s group fixing things needing attention around the church.

Mr. Paul is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Amy Paul; one sister, Regina Paul; and a brother, Andreas Paul. He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Maria Frintz and Katarina Paul; two nephews, Johann Frintz and Michael Frintz; and a niece, Hermine Schuller.

Funeral services for Johann Paul will be at the Racine Bible Church, 12505 Spring St., on Monday, November 30, 2009, at 11 a.m. with Rev. John Miesel officiating. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends can meet with the family at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Monday. Memorials may be directed to Racine Bible Church Building fund or Ridgewood Care Center.

The family wishes to express their deepest gratitude for the loving care shown from those caring for Hans throughout the time he was at Ridgewood Care Center.

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

Adam Rossi

Adam Rossi, age 82, passed away Tuesday, November 24, 2009, at his residence. Adam was born in Montegallo, Italy, March 22, 1927, son of the late Antonio and Pasqualina (Nee: Virgili) Rossi and has been a resident of Racine since 1945 at the age of 18.

On June 30, 1951, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church he was united in marriage to Eva M. Ialongo. Adam was employed by J.I. Case Company for thirty-eight years, retiring in 1985. He was a longtime member of St. Lucy Catholic Church and Roma Lodge. In his younger years he enjoyed flying pigeons with his son and belonged to the Pigeon Club. More recently he took great pride in his vegetable and flower gardens. Adam also loved sharing his homemade wines and vegetables with his family and friends. He will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his loving wife of 58 years, Eva; his son, Jeffrey (Charlene) Rossi of South Milwaukee, WI; his granddaughters, Elisa (Greg) Place of Sheboygan, WI, Angela Garcia of Oak Creek, WI; his three great-grandchildren, Vincent, Richard and Kenyon; two brothers, Nello (Adriana) Rossi, Ermete (Delia) Rossi, all of Italy; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Ernie (Mary) Rossi; and sister, Rosina (Francesco) Paternesi.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, November 30, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Lucy Catholic Church, 3101 Drexel Ave., with Rev. Mark R. Jones officiating. Entombment will follow at Holy Cross Garden Mausoleum, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Sunday at the funeral home from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. and Monday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of Mass. Memorials to the family have been suggested.

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

Richard A. Lorenzini

Richard A. “Dick” Lorenzini transferred Tuesday, November 24, 2009, from earth to Guard Company, Marine Barracks, Pearle Gates.

Born May 4, 1931, in Racine, he was the son of Ricardo & Ida (Bonucci) Lorenzini and had been a lifelong resident of Racine. He attended Sacred Heart and graduated from St. Catherine’s High School in 1949. From 1950 until 1954 he served with the U.S. Marine Corps, attaining the rank of Tech Sergeant within three years. During that time he served at Parris Island, the Depot of Supplies in Philadelphia and the Third Marine Division in Japan.

He was employed at Western Publishing Company for 44 years, retiring in May of 1993. He was a supervisor in the MIS Department for over 25 years. For many years he was a Coordinator for United Way while working at Western. He was a life member of VFW Post 10301 and the Marine Corps League, holding various positions within each organization. He brought back to life the Marine Corps Honor Guard. He was also a member of the Racine Veterans Firing Squad, Chaplain of the Racine Veterans Council, Coordinator of the Veterans Flag Holder Project, Coordinator for Adult Volunteers in Project Acceptance, and served on the Sheriff’s Advisory Committee. He was the owner of Glass With Class, Inc. and enjoyed making stained glass panels.

Survivors include his two sons: Craig (Karen) Lorenzini of Palm Bay, FL; Kurt (Sue) Lorenzini of Palm Bay, FL; five daughters: Terri Lorenzini of Stoughton, WI; Kathryn Lorenzini of Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Becky (Dennis) St. Martin of Racine, WI; Laura (David) Ley of Thomasville, GA; Michele Lorenzini of St. Louis, MO; 14 grandchildren, Shane (Susan) Lorenzini, Jessica (Allan) Hart, Desiree’ St. Martin, Amanda (Kenny) Lightner, Daniel Lorenzini, Michael Lorenzini, Robbi Charles, Mark (Stephanie) Lorenzini, David Ley, Jr., Lance Ley, Bradley (Kelly) Ley, Nicholas (Natalia) Lorenzini, Jennifer Lorenzini, and Angelina Lorenzini; and great-grandchildren, Gina, Bella, Destiny and Emily Lorenzini, Lilly Lightner, Elyse Mianecki, Sean and Sylvester Gray, III; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents: Ricardo and Ida (Bonucci) Lorenzini; a sister and her husband: Olga and Anton Specht; two brothers and a sister-in-law: Hugo and Florence Lorenzini; and Don and Nora Lorenzini; and great-granddaughter, Kaylee Lynn Lightner.

Memorial visitation will be held on Tuesday, December 1, 2009 at 9:30 a.m. with memorial services following at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Private family inurnment will take place at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Union Grove. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Veterans Flag Holder Project or Legacy Veterans Center.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to Dick’s niece, Diane, and her husband, Ron Turner, for all of their support and compassionate care they provided to our father, Dick. Their love, loyalty and always being there for him and for us are deeply appreciated and will never be forgotten. And good bye from Mickey and Maggie.

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

Monday, November 23, 2009

Thomas E. Hennig

Thomas E. Hennig, passed away peacefully on his 64rd birthday, Monday, November 23, 2009, at the Hospice House, Pleasant Prairie, WI. Thomas was born in Racine, November 23, 1945, the middle child of five siblings, to the late Ewald and Clara C. (Nee: Thielen) Hennig.

On April 27, 1968, he was united in marriage to Lorna J. Hansen who preceded him in death, March 6, 2009. He was employed by Fisher Precise Corporation. He enjoyed art and making pottery. Above all he dedicated his life to his family and will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his son, Peter T. Hennig of Racine; his daughter, Wendy M. (Rodney) Van Swol of Racine; two granddaughters, Amanda Van Swol and Natasha Van Swol; Lola and other relatives and many dear friends.

A Celebration of Thomas’s life will be held Saturday, November 28, 2009, at 1 p.m. at the funeral home.

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

Lucyanna Kramer

Lucyanna (nee: Bergsma) Kramer, 84, went to her Heavenly Father on Monday, November 23, 2009. She was a lifelong resident of Racine, born on April 10, 1925, the daughter of John and Johanna (nee: Vlaardingerbroek) Bergsma.

Lucyanna was united in marriage to Cornelius Kramer on June 20, 1947. She was a graduate of William Horlick High School. Lucyanna was a lifetime member of Racine Christian Reformed Church. She was also an active member of Coffee Break Bible Study Ministry and a faithful supporter of Racine Christian School. Prior to her marriage she was an administrative assistant for St. Luke’s School of Nursing. She enjoyed knitting, reading and singing in the church choir. Lucyanna will be remembered as a devoted wife and loving mother.

Surviving is her beloved husband, Cornelius; their children, Kenneth (Nancy) Kramer of Crown Point, IN, Karen (Ron) Vrieze of Inver Grove Hts., MN, Kathleen (Jerre) Jordahl of Ironton, MN, Kristine Noe, Karlton (Cindi) Kramer both of Racine and Klayton (Lara) Kramer of Cumming, GA. She will be sadly missed by her 21 precious grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a sister, Tennie (Tom) DeGroot; two brothers, Dr. Derke (Doris) Bergsma and Rev. Herb (Sally) Bergsma; sister-in-law, Marge Bergsma, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Lucyanna was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Rev. John Bergsma; sisters, Johanna Nicholson and Petronella Geshay; and a granddaughter, Kelli Ann Kramer.

Funeral services will be held at Racine Christian Reformed Church, 900 Illinois St., on Wednesday, November 25, 2009, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Doug Aldrink officiating. Burial will take place at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery. There will be a visitation at Sturino Funeral Home on Tuesday evening from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and at church on Wednesday before services from 10 a.m. until service time. Memorials to Racine Christian School Endowment Fund have been suggested.

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

Catherine 'Kay' J. (Batenburg) Peterson

Catherine “Kay” J. Peterson, age 91, passed away Monday, November 23, 2009, at Wheaton Franciscan – All Saints Medical Center with her loving family by her side. Kay was born in Clintonville, WI, on March 17, 1918, daughter of the late Peter J. and Johanna (Nee: Doubblerire) Batenburg and was a lifelong Racine resident.

Kay was united in marriage on September 20, 1941, to her beloved Byron L. Peterson who preceded her in death, May 30, 2004. Kay was a devoted wife and, if you asked her children, the most wonderful mother in the whole world. Survived by her oldest, Tom (Susie) Peterson of Euless, TX, Jim (Jane) Peterson of Tucson, AZ, Jane (Ron) Hitzelberger, Mary (Jim) Nielsen, all of Racine. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her son Jonathon on September 23, 1987; her brothers, Mike and John Batenburg; and sister, Mary Jane Brown.

Kay was happy to be able to witness and enjoy the wedding of her only granddaughter, Katelyn, to Glenn Smith on September 5 this year. Kay also dearly loved her grandsons and was so happy to see them at the wedding: Brian Peterson, Scott (Corrie) Peterson, Kevin (Shanna) Peterson, all live in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area of Texas; there are also five great-grandchildren in Texas.

All her life, Kay loved God above all else, and lived a life of kindness and service to everyone she met. Everyone who knew her would say she had a positive outlook on everything. She was a joy to be around and was thankful for all the blessings in her life.

Kay and Byron belonged to St. Edward’s Parish for many years, where she taught Theology classes; belonged to the Altar Sodality, and Byron sang in the choir. Raising her five children was a full-time job, but a joy, and after they were grown she ventured into the work force as an office manager for the Racine Motor Inn, for a short time.

For about the next fifteen years, Kay’s life was dedicated to her son, Jon, who lost his sight, and eventually suffered kidney failure. Kay had been a member and Eucharistic Minister of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church for over 25 years, and was attending services as often as she could, with rides provided by her fellow parishioners.

Kay was blessed with good health, good friends, a family that adored her, and she was a wonderful example of how to live a life, that makes a difference.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, November 28, 2009, at 11 a.m. at St. Edward Catholic Church, 1401 Grove Ave., with Rev. Richard Molter officiating. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet Saturday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass. Memorials to the Diabetes Association, St. Edward’s Catholic Church or to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church have been suggested.

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

Christina Marie 'Tina' Clark

Christina “Tina” Marie (nee: Lamp) Clark, 39, passed away unexpectedly in her sleep at home early Monday, November 23, 2009, from probable complications with asthma.

Christina was born in Waterford on October 4, 1970, the daughter of Gilbert and Barbara (nee: Hart) Lamp. She graduated from Waterford Union High School in1988. On April 16, 2006, she was united in marriage with Daniel J. Clark. Dan and Tina attended St. Lucy Catholic Church.

Among her interests, she was an outstanding cook. Tina had an infectious smile and loved nothing more than being in the surroundings of her entire family and circle of friends.

Surviving are her husband, Dan; Dad and Mom, Gilbert and Barbara Lamp; step-children, Jennifer Clark and Daniel Clark, Jr.; sisters, Virginia (Richard) Halbur, Mary (Buddy) Webber, Carolyn (Fred) Roohr, Jennifer (Robert) Christensen and Sharon (Mark) Bogden; brothers, Ted Lamp, George (Kathy) Lamp, Patrick (Marlene) Lamp and Michael (Janet) Lamp; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Harold and Marilyn Clark; sisters-in-law, Kathryn (Stephen) Hrpcek and Barbara (Dwight) Pedersen; brother-in-law, David Clark; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends too numerous to mention by name.

A Memorial Mass will be held in St. Lucy Catholic Church, 3101 Drexel Ave., on Wednesday, November 25, 2009, at 6 p.m. with Rev. Mark R. Jones officiating. Visitation will be in the church on Wednesday from 4-6 p.m.

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

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Gordon A. Anton

Gordon A. Anton, 94, passed away at Burlington Memorial Hospital on Sunday, November 22, 2009. Gordon was born in Racine on October 25, 1915, the son of Alfred and Elsie (nee: Kriz) Anton.

Gordon was a “1933” graduate of Wm. Horlick High School. He was united in marriage to Susan Kimmer in Racine on October 22, 1938.

Gordon was employed as a dispatcher for Commercial Truckers for 42 years, retiring in 1975. He was a proud member of the Racine Yacht Club, Shriners, Masons, Danish Brotherhood, Civil Air Patrol and the Coast Guard Reserve. Gordon was very involved in the Racine Raider’s Chain Gang, semi-pro baseball, 50 years Big Liefs Bowling and the Horlick High School Class of “1933” K.I.T. Club.

Gordon is survived by one son, Ronald (Sue) Anton of Rochester; two daughters, Linda (Terry) Hort of Union Grove and Janet (Bill) Simon of Fort Atkinson; grandchildren, Chris (Amy Barthel) Anton of Colorado, Corey (Val) Anton of Grandview, Michigan, Sam Simon and James Simon, both of Fort Atkinson, Kari (John Willard) Berens and Beth (Eric) Tepley all of Racine. He is further survived by two great grandsons, Jackson of Racine and Caiden of Colorado; one great-granddaughter, Kayla of Racine and one sister, Delores Scheller. Gordon is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Susan on February 27, 2000; one brother and two sisters.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. John Nepomuk, 700 English St., on Tuesday, December 1, 2009, at 11 a.m. Private entombment will be held at West Lawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be at church on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until mass time.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Shriners Hospitals for Crippled Children, 2211 North Oak Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60635 have been suggested.

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

Marie A. Erato

Marie A. Erato, age 60, passed away unexpectedly, Sunday, November 22, 2009. Marie was born in Racine, November 28, 1948, daughter of the late Joseph F. and Grace M. (Nee: Seitz) Erato.

Marie was a probation parole officer for many years for the State of Wisconsin Department of Corrections. She was an avid bingo player and loved her cats, Tommy and Maggie. Above all Marie devoted her life to her family and will be deeply missed.

Survivors include her children, Tracey (Jeff) Lees, Joset (Steve) Lees, Raul Medina Jr.; her four grandsons, Stephen Rodriguez, Adrian Rodriguez, Joseph Rodriguez and Wesley Lees; other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her grandson, Anthony Lees; and brother, Stephen Erato.

A Memorial Service will be held Friday, November 27, 2009, at 6 p.m. at the funeral home. Relatives and friends may meet Friday at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until time of service. Private interment will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32.

The family wishes to extend a very special thank you to Caledonia Rescue, Fire, and Police Departments for their courageous efforts and compassion shown to the family.

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

Corrine 'Sis' Strohwig

Corrine “Sis” Strohwig, 85, passed away at her residence with her family by her side on Sunday, November 22, 2009.

Corrine was born in Sheboygan on September 6, 1924, to Patrick J. and Cornielia (nee: Wondergem) King “Papa and Mama.” She was an active member of St. Andrew church for many years. Corrine started and volunteered in the food pantry. She dedicated her time, energy and most importantly her devotion to her family. Corrine was always trying to help make someone else’s life a little easier be it food, a place to stay or monetary donation. She was extremely proud to be a part of five living generations for 7 ½ years.

She is survived by her loving daughter and son in law, Claire (Gary) Saulitis; grandchildren, Elizabeth (Michael) Czerwinski, Thomas Lein and Michele (Robert) Hess; great-grandchildren, Melissa Adams, Justin Czerwinski, Jessica, Jennifer and Jacklin Lein and their mother Cheryl and Robert and Thomas Hess; great-great-grandchildren, Jozalyn and Holdyn Adams and one on the way; special niece and goddaughter, Lilley (Russ) Loker and her children, Danielle, Sarah, Jacob and Dustin Loker ; sisters, Arline (Les) Sundell, Joan King, Ann (Thomas) Lorino; and brother, Thomas (Fran) King. Corrine is also survived by sisters and brothers in law, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded by her cherished daughter, Renee Trudell Perez; husbands, Wayne Trudell in 1962 and Siegfried Strohwig in 1999; parents; brothers, John Harris and Patrick King; sisters, Mary (Arthur) Dorgay and Sue King; and a host of other family.

Funeral services for Corrine will be held at the funeral home on Friday, November, 27, 2009, at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy. 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Friday from 9 a.m. until the time of services.

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

Gordon A. Anton

Gordon A. Anton, 94, passed away at Burlington Memorial Hospital on Sunday, November 22, 2009. Complete obituary information and service times will be announced on Sunday November 29, 2009.

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

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Joseph Steren

Joseph Steren, 59, of East Troy, passed quietly from the loving embrace of his family at Wheaton Franciscan Hospital in Racine on November 21, 2009, after defying the odds to survive pancreatic cancer with a magnificently optimistic spirit for nearly four years.

Joe was born in Milwaukee on August 8, 1950, to Sam and Doris (Knipsheer) Steren, who preceded him in death. He married the love of his life, Lynne, whom he continued to affectionately address as “Miss McMahon,” on June 1, 2002. Joe was tremendously proud of his daughter, Monica Steren, 19.

Joe retired from the Wisconsin State Department of Public Health on September 1, 2009, after 32 years as a Registered Sanitarian.

A true renaissance man, Joe's intellectual curiosity and relish for living led him down many avenues. He was an accomplished sportsman, a champion competitive shooter, adventurous gourmand and photographer. Joe loved rich conversation, spicy foods and flying down the road on his motorcycle with his wife or his daughter on the back.

Joe's love of history and deft research skills made him a respected amateur historian, particularly of WWII-era and military history. He collected WWII memorabilia, learning everything he could about the pieces he collected.

Joe's loving commitment to his friends and family was a delight and a constant in all aspects of his life. His gentle, genial nature was apparent to all who knew him, and he was a loyal and compassionate husband, father and friend. Joe mustered the resources to engage the disease with the same steadfastness of spirit, humor and strength of character that he brought to every pursuit. Surviving this cancer as long as he did, never giving up on living as fully as he knew how, is a testament to the good soldier he truly was.

Joe will be tremendously missed by his wife, Lynne; daughter, Monica Steren; and extended family Amanda (Steve) Peterson, Emily (Ryan) McBride, and grandchildren Mackenzie Peterson, Bryce Parrish, Lily Parrish, Taylor Peterson and Mason Peterson.

He is also survived by relatives Jeff (Mitzi) McMahon, Kass McMahon, Dolores McMahon, and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Devoted felines Pywacket and Itty Bitty Kitty will never have a warmer lap to nestle in.

A celebration of Joe's life will be held on Saturday, November 28, at Spinnakers restaurant, 2 Christopher Columbus Causeway in Racine. Relatives and friends will gather at 11 a.m. with a memorial celebration beginning at noon.

Memorials to the family have been suggested

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

Frederick J. Prudhom

Frederick J. Prudhom, age 77, died Saturday, November 21st, 2009.

Raised and born in Racine, WI, and resident of Coleman, WI, Fred was a graduate of Racine Saint Catherine’s High School; a veteran, serving in the USMC from 1952 to 1954; and a fire fighter, retiring as a Captain with the Racine Fire Department in 1987 after 31 years of service. An avid traveler, student of history and talented limerick writer, he explored most of South and Central America and the Indian sub-continent.

He is survived by his wife, Odeen; four daughters, Laurie (David) Cooper and Debbie (Jon) Krause of Kenosha, Julie Harvey of Racine and Cindy (Ron) Montgomery of Crivitz, WI; and three sons, Jeff of Racine, Rob of Pound, WI and Jon of Golden, CO; and two brothers, Ray and Gene (Mary Ann), both of Racine. He is further survived by 13 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ann (Nee: Defatte); his father, Bob; his brother, Larry; and his granddaughter, Sara.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, November 25, 2009, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Richard Catholic Church, 1503 Grand Ave., with Rev. Ronald J. Gramza officiating. Private interment will be held at the Southern Wisconsin Veteran’s Cemetery, Town of Dover. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Wednesday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Carre/Holgle Scholarship Fund, c/o Racine Fire Department have been suggested.

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

Judith P. (Sakach) Saavedra

Judith P. Saavedra, age 67, passed away Saturday, November 21, 2009, at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints Medical Center. Judith was born in Racine on July 29, 1942, daughter of the late Paul and Lillian (Nee: Beckett) Sakach.

On July 15, 1961, Judith was united in marriage to Alex Joseph Hollow Jr. who preceded her in death on January 8, 1988. On April 3, 1993, at Atonement Lutheran Church she was united in marriage to Mickey Saavedra. Judith was employed as a Food Service Manager for Racine Unified School District for 38 years, retiring in 2007. She had a great devotion and respect for treating all the school children as her own. Judith adored animals. Above all she cherished time spent with her family and will forever be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her husband, Mickey; her five children, Mark (Anna) Hollow, Michael (Teresa) Hollow, Michele (John) Morin, Timothy (Kelly) Saavedra Sr., Kimberly Hardt; 16 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two brothers, Harry (Kathy) Hansen and Paul (Joyce) Sakach; two sisters, Christine (Darrell) Pentico and Paulette Mojeck; father-in-law, Alex Hollow Sr.; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Frank Rodriguez, Mike (Nancy) Saavedra, Esther (Paul) Bishop, Annie Beckett, John (Sue) Hollow; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband of 26 years, Alex Joseph Hollow Jr.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 25, 2009, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Kathy Brown officiating. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Tuesday at the funeral home from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. and Wednesday at the funeral home from 10:30 a.m. until time of service. Memorials to the Countryside Humane Society or to one’s favorite charity have been suggested.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the entire ICU staff at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints Medical Center for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Mayme Karen Newell

Mayme Karen Newell, 102, passed away at Lincoln Village Convalescent Center on November 21, 2009. She was born in Racine on November 28, 1906, the daughter of John and Charlotta (nee: Carlson) Matson.

Mayme was united in marriage to Robert “Bob” Nielsen who preceded her in death in 1946. Prior to his passing they owned and operated Nielsen Bakery located on 6th Street. Mayme found great enjoyment in painting, especially watercolors and oil. She was very active with the Masonic Lodge, Order of Eastern Star and Working Matron of Troop Kindred.

After leaving Racine, she relocated to Chicago, and then moved to California where she made her home for many years. Mayme returned to Racine to live the rest of her years close to family and friends. Mayme was later married to Russell Newell who preceded her in death in 1965.
She is survived by many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends she had made during her 102 years. Mayme was preceded in death by her two husbands, three brothers, seven sisters and one sister in infancy.

In keeping with Mayme’s wishes cremation has taken place with burial at West Lawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Mayme’s name may be made to the food pantry at any church of your choice.

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

Friday, November 20, 2009

Maryalice Nelson

Sturgeon Bay- Maryalice (nee: Giese) Nelson, 55, passed away suddenly on Friday, November 20, 2009.

Maryalice was born on April 9, 1954, to Dick and Betty (nee: Wiseman) Giese in Waukegan, IL. She lived in Racine for over 24 years before moving to Sturgeon Bay where she was employed as a registered nurse.

Mrs. Nelson is survived by her parents; one brother, Brian (Penny) Giese; a niece, Rachel; several aunts and uncles and many other relatives.

Funeral services for Mrs. Nelson will be private. Inurnment will be at Mound Cemetery.

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

Mel Hawk

Mel Hawk, 84, passed away at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare/All Saints on Friday, November 20, 2009. He was born in St. Joseph, MO, on July 4, 1925, to the late Ernest and Myrtle (nee: Wiley) Hawk. He graduated from Central High School in St. Joseph where he was Student Body President. He was united in marriage to the former Shirley Strohl in Kansas City, KS on Sept 22, 1945.

Mel served in the U.S. Navy during WWII, as an Ensign in the supply corps from 1943-1945. He attended Tulane University in New Orleans, graduating in 1947 with a bachelor of business administration degree. Following graduation he was employed by the Times-Picayune newspaper of New Orleans as an advertising rep. After working in the newspaper field for several years, he moved to Racine in 1960 to work for S.C. Johnson in product management, eventually promoted to group product manager of furniture care products, including “Pledge” and “Favor.” In 1977, he was employed by the Bristol-Myers household products division in Cincinnati, OH, as group director of new product development.

He retired in January 1986 and moved to Florida for 16 years before returning to Racine to be near his family.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Shirley; two children, Steve of Racine and David (Laurie) of Columbus, OH; four grandchildren, Yuri and Christopher of Racine, Jeffrey (Stephanie), Kelly (Seth) Jackson of Columbus, OH; one great-granddaughter of Columbus, OH. He was preceded in death by a brother, Dr. Eugene Hawk of Wichita, KS.

Funeral services will be held at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection on Friday November 27, 2009, at 2 p.m. with Dr. Miritz officiating. Friends may meet at the church on Friday from 1 p.m. until the time of service.

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

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Guadalupe M. Martinez

Guadalupe M. Martinez, age 22, passed away on Thursday, November 19, 2009, at Froedtert Memorial Hospital, Milwaukee, WI, after a long term battle with Cystic Fibrosis.

She was born in Milwaukee, WI, on February 20, 1987, daughter of Salvador and Angelina Martinez Jr. She graduated from J.I. Case High School “Class of 2005” and went on to attend Gateway Technical College and obtain a Health Unit Coordinator degree. Guadalupe will be remembered for her infectious smile and ability to make people happy. She will be dearly missed.

She is forever survived by her parents, Salvador Martinez Jr. and Angelina J. Martinez; grandfather, Salvador Martinez Sr.; sisters, Margarita (Martin) Garcia, Luciana (Michael) Delgado and Gloria Martinez; brother, Eriberto (Angie) Quesada. She is further survived by nieces, Adalina Delgado and Alicia Garcia; nephews, Juan Garcia, Emilio Delgado and Joseph Delgado; and numerous family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her grandmothers, Guadalupe Martinez and Alicia Martinez; Uncle Ralph Martinez; and a special friend, Evelyn Coronado.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, November 24, 2009, at 10 a.m. at Cristo Rey Church, 801 College Ave., with Reverend Roberto McGlinn officiating. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet Monday at the funeral home from 5-7 p.m. and Tuesday at the church 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass. Memorials may be submitted to the family.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the medical staffs at Children’s Hospital and Froedtert Memorial Hospital, and Laurel, Emily, Pat and Gloria for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Phyllis A. Ostrowski

Phyllis A. Ostrowski, 80, passed away at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare on Thursday, November 19, 2009.

Phyllis was born in Fort Atkinson on August 26, 1929, to Edward and Clarice Stevens. She married Donald Ostrowski; he preceded her in death on November 25, 1984. Phyllis enjoyed playing Bingo at St. Rita’s and the Elks club.

She is survived by her children, Susan (Daniel) Molnar, Dale (Debra) Ostrowski, Steven (Joan) Ostrowski and Shannon (Shelley) Ostrowski; grandchildren, Christopher Gaunt, Michelle (Bob) Gylanders, Brian (Michelle) Molnar, Nicole (Ross) Coleman, Sarah (Brendon) Coari, Steven Ostrowski, Jr., Shawn Ostrowski and Shane Ostrowski; and great-grandchildren, Christopher, Jr., Derek, Victoria, Alexander, Sophia and Victoria. She is also survived by other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Cheryl.

A visitation for Phyllis will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, November 21, 2009, from 2 p.m. until a time of sharing at 4 p.m. Interment will take place in Wood National Cemetery in Milwaukee. Memorials to the American Lung Association have been suggested.

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

John T. Hovorka

John T. Hovorka, age 81, passed away Thursday, November 19, 2009. He was born in Cicero, IL, on April 2, 1928, son of the late John Hovorka and Mona (Nee: Fadern) Hovorka Steiner.

John worked for Lincoln Lutheran in day care for the elderly for many years. He loved to compete in chess tournaments and was an avid baseball fan. He spent many a day at the Racine Public Library and was grateful for the assistance he received from their staff.

John will be solely missed by his brother, Edward, of Boulder, CO; sisters, Dorothy “Dee” Dominowski of Racine, Dolores Cortis of Glen Ellyn, IL; two stepsisters, Dorothy (Stan) Rogers, Joan Steiner of IL; and many Steiner relatives.

Our sincere gratitude to the staff at Lincoln Lutheran Convalescent Home, St. Monica’s Senior Citizen Home, Ridgewood Health Care Center, and Odyssey Health Care for their excellent care. According to John’s wishes there will be no visitation as cremation will take place. Perhaps a card or note would be greatly appreciated by Dee Dominowski of Racine.

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

Bruce W. Smith

Bruce W. Smith, age 62, passed away unexpectedly, Thursday, November 19, 2009, at his residence.

Bruce was born in Racine, September 18, 1947, son of the late Randall H. and Doris G. (Nee: Gilmore) Smith.

Bruce was employed as a Tool and Die Maker at Ganton Technologies for a number of years until his retirement in 2007. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed camp outings with his son. He will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his son, Jason Smith of Franksville, WI; his special friend, Christine Rom; mother of Jason, Judi L. Smith; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister, Elaine DeFatte.

Private funeral services were held.

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

Mary Ann J. (Michel) Tuttle

Mary Ann J. Tuttle, age 79, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009, at the Harbor House in Kenosha. She was born in Caledonia, WI, June 20, 1930, daughter of the late Joseph and Catherine (Nee: Mutchie) Michel.

On November 4, 1950, at St. Louis Catholic Church, Mary Ann was united in marriage to Derle C. Tuttle, who preceded her in death in 1995. She was an active member of St. Edward’s Catholic Church where she volunteered with the Harmony Club and Altar Sodality. Mary Ann enjoyed cooking and baking. More than anything, she loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She will be dearly missed.

Surviving are four sons, David (Jacqueline) Tuttle, Daniel (Deborah) Tuttle, Richard (Diane) Tuttle, and Del (Cherie) Tuttle; ten grandchildren, Kellie (Paul) Jacobs, Thomas (Katie) Tuttle, Cassandra (Kyle) Kwiatkowski, Jessica Tuttle, Christopher (Christine) Tuttle, Timothy Tuttle, Ryan and Sarah Tuttle; Johnathon and Michael Tuttle; seven great grandchildren, Kyla Tuttle, Karma and Logan Jacobs, Cecily, Maxwell, Joseph and Zachary Tuttle; brothers and sisters, David (Rose) Michel, Lawrence (Joyce) Michel, Doris Behrens, LaVerne (LeRoy) Behrens; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, June Michel, Ramona Michel, Joan (Jonathon) Hancock, Sheila (Dan) Weir; nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. In addition to her husband and parents, Mary Ann was also preceded in death by her brothers, Leo, Michael, Joseph, William; and her sisters, Rose Buchman and Catherine Kastenson.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Edward’s Catholic Church, 1401 Grove Ave., Monday November 23, 2009, at 1:30 p.m. Interment will follow at Graceland Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Sunday at the funeral home from 1 p.m.-4 p.m. and at the church Monday from 1 p.m. until time of Mass. Memorials to St. Edward’s Catholic Church have been suggested.

The family extends a special thank you to Mary Ann’s sisters, LaVerne and Doris, and to her niece, Diane, for all of their loving and compassionate care and support.

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

Leonard W. Otwaska

Leonard W. Otwaska, age 81, passed away Thursday, November 19, 2009, at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints Medical Center. Leonard was born in Racine, December 8, 1927, son of the late Peter J. and Anna M. (Nee: Kaplan) Otwaska.

Leonard was a graduate of Hansche Grade School and Park High School. Following graduation he enlisted in the United States Army and proudly served his country from 1946-1948. On July 12, 1952, at St. Edward Catholic Church he was united in marriage to Dorethea B. Willison, who preceded him in death on October 28, 2004. He was employed by the U.S. Postal Service as a letter carrier for thirty-one years until his retirement in 1985. Prior to the U.S. Post Office he was employed by J.I. Case Company. Leonard was a lifelong member and usher at St. Lucy’s Catholic Church. He was a member of VFW Post 1391 and served on the Racine Veteran’s Firing Squad, and Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge #437. Leonard was an avid St. Louis Cardinals baseball and Packers fan. Above all he treasured and dedicated his life to his family. He will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his devoted sisters, Viola Braznell, Norma Ackley-Klopfer; sister-in-law, Adeline Otwaska; brother-in-law, August Kupper; nieces and nephews, Janice (John) Wiley, Lorie (Jeff) Trick, Lynn (Jeff) Brandes, Norma Macal, Michael (Kim) Ackley, Nancy Peasley, Carol (Dan) Pansch, Peter (Becki) Otwaska, Dolly (Gerry) Hazelton, Ann Otwaska, Josef and Ernest Schlossbauer; great-nieces, nephews, many cousins, and dear friends. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers, Peter and Anthony Otwaska; sister, Virginia Kupper; brothers-in-law, Stephen Braznell and C.S. Ackley; sister-in-law, Donna Schlossbauer; nephews, Stephen Braznell Jr., August Kupper Jr. and Randy Ackley; and niece, Sharon Ackley.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, November 25, 2009, at St. Lucy’s Catholic Church, 3101 Drexel Ave., at 10 a.m. with Rev. Mark R. Jones officiating. Interment with full military honors will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family on Tuesday at the funeral home from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and Wednesday at the church from 9 a.m. until time of Mass. Memorials to St. Lucy’s Catholic Church or to St. Catherine’s High School have been suggested.

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