Thursday, December 31, 2009

Vera Mae Oribiletti

Mrs. Vera Mae Oribiletti, 83, passed away at Hospice Alliance in Kenosha on Thursday, December 31, 2009.

Vera Mae was born in Beloit, Wisconsin, to the late John and Marie (nee: LeMoine) Johansen on September 29, 1926. In Kenosha, she was united in marriage to Arthur Oribiletti on September 5, 1964. Together they lived in Racine since 1987.

Mrs. Orbiletti graduated in 1944 from Beloit High School. She was a member of Atonement Lutheran Church and sang in the choir. She was a former member of St. Mary’s Lutheran Church in Kenosha. There she was involved in the choir, taught Sunday school and was active in the soup kitchen. She was also a member of the Kenosha Sweet Adelines. She was an avid reader and was known for her Christmas and Easter cookies. She was a loving grandmother, adored her pets, and served as a foster parent for many years.

Vera is survived by her husband of 45 years, Arthur; three daughters, Patsy (Jack) Andraschko, Susan (Gary) Obry, and Elizabeth (Daniel) Lewis; four grandchildren, Jeffrey (Danielle), Scott, Stephanie (Chris), and Eric; seven great-grandchildren, Hunter, Leigha, Sean, Ryan, Colin, Jessica and Lauren; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by one grandson, Christopher Michael; one brother, Willard Kamard; and two sisters, Grace Cerqua and Jean Spielvogel.

According to Vera’s wishes, a private memorial service will be held at Sunset Ridge Memorial Park. Memorials in her name may be directed to Hospice Alliance, 10220 Prairie Ridge Blvd., Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158.

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

Doris Katherine Seeger

Mrs. Doris K. Seeger, 89, passed away on New Year’s Eve, 2009. She was born in Racine on July 29, 1920, to Martha and Andrew Moore and lived there most of her life. Doris married her curly-haired love, Gilbert Seeger, on August 29, 1937. Family was dearest to Doris’s heart, and she wrapped everyone with love and one of the more than 150 afghans she crocheted.

Her family will remember that Doris was generous, thoughtful, positive, always happy and always wanted dessert first. She appreciated beautiful things such as ornaments (especially angels), pretty napkins and scented soaps. Doris believed in treating herself right and taught her family that they should do the same. She was a long-time volunteer at the Lincoln Lutheran Home.

Doris will be dearly missed by her children, Ronald (Marie) Seeger of Franksville, LeRoy (Carolyn) Seeger of Racine and Judith Ann (Jay) Ward of Gurnee, Illinois. She was loved by her eight grandchildren, all of whom she spoiled, Ronald (Jackie) Seeger, Cheri (Jeff) Porter, Beth and Sara Haebich, Jill (Mike) Heise, Ryan Seeger, Jennifer (Brett Sterly) Ward and Jamie (Edmund) White. Doris is also survived by her sisters-in-law and brothers-in-laws, Caroline Seeger, Marion Seeger, Norman (Doris) Seeger, John Seeger, Allen Seeger and Vernon (Marie) Olson; along with many dear nieces, nephews and friends. As she passes from this life into the next, Doris has rejoined her husband, Gilbert, of 65 years. She is also with her daughter, Joanne Haebich; her brothers, Melvin and James Moore; and her mother and father.

Funeral services will be held at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 2219 Washington Ave., on Saturday, January 9, with Rev. Tracy Polzin officiating. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. and the service will be at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church or Health Care Network Inc. will be appreciated.

The family wants to thank the staff at Willow Green, Bay Pointe and Wheaton Franciscan Health Care 2 B for their care given to Doris.


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

Joseph V. Gianforte

Joseph V. Gianforte, age 87, passed away Thursday, December 31, 2009, at Wisconsin Veterans Home, Town of Dover. He was born in Racine, May 5, 1922, son of the late John and Sarah (Nee: Martino) Gianforte.

Joe served in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific, stationed on the USS Pennsylvania during WWII. On February 2, 1947, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Chicago he was united in marriage to Elaine S. Grazian. Joe owned and operated his own trucking business, working for various companies for over 50 years before retiring from J.I. Case in 1987. He was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. He enjoyed staying busy working, but most of all it was time spent with his family that was most important. He will be dearly missed.

Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Elaine; sons, John (Carol) Gianforte of Scottsdale, AZ, Thomas (Kathleen) Gianforte of Durand, WI; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Steven (Dolores) Gianforte; and a sister, Rosemary Leonard.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, January 2, 2010, at 1:30 p.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 6400 Spring St., with Reverend John Pulice officiating. Friends and relatives are welcome to meet with family for visitation on Saturday at 12:30 until time of Mass at the church. Private entombment with full military honors will be held at Holy Cross Mausoleum, Hwy 32. Memorials to St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church have been suggested by the family.

A special thank you the entire staff at Boland Hall, Wisconsin Veterans Home for their loving and compassionate care given to Joe.

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

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Frank Skvarca Sr.

Frank Skvarca Sr., age 91, passed away on Wednesday, December 30, 2009, at his home. Frank was born in Sent Jost, Slovenia, on October 4, 1918, son of the late Ivana and Matevz Buh. He was united in marriage to Kristina Dolinar on January 7, 1943; she preceded him in death, October 31, 2003. They came to the United States in 1949. Frank retired from Twin Disc after 26 years of employment with them. He was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church.

Surviving are his four daughters, Stana Erman of Eagle, Irene (Tony) Drab of Warrenville, IL, Nancy (Gerald) DeBoer of Racine, Kristine (Bob) Jarosz of Racine; two sons, Frank (Beatrice) Skvarca Jr. of Racine, John Skvarca of Lakewood; 11 grandchildren, Katherine, Michael, David, Robert, Daniel, Peter, Kevin, Jakob, Kristina, Benjamin and Samuel; and 10 great-grandchildren, Emily, Nicholas, Abigail, Joshua, Mavi, Sophia, Sam, Michaela, Isabella and Pablo; two sisters, Slavka and Ivanka; many nieces and nephews in Canada and Slovenia. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his daughter-in-law, Marie Skvarca; sister, Tilka; and brother, Viktor.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, January 2, 2010, at 10 a.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 6400 Spring St., with Rev. William J. Dietzler officiating. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Saturday at the church from 9 a.m. until time of Mass.

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

Margaret Florence Akin

Margaret F. Akin (nee: Smith), 87, passed away at Willow Crest Care Center on Wednesday, December 30, 2009.

Margaret was born in Racine to the late Raymond and Martha (nee: Gotsche) Smith on September 23, 1922, and had lived in Racine most of her life. In Racine on June 21, 1947, she was united in marriage to Donald Akin, who preceded her in death on April 12, 1993.

Mrs. Akin was employed at First National Bank for 36 years and retired in 1987. She was a former member of the Community Church in Manitowish Waters. She was also a member of the Greater Racine Kennel Club because she loved dogs and she treated them as if they were her children. She was an avid card player and belonged to many Bridge clubs. She enjoyed camping and fishing in Manitowish Waters.

Margaret is survived by her two sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law, Joyce Akin of Racine and Richard (Dolores) Akin of Kenosha; four nephews; two nieces; and other relatives and friends. She was also preceded death by a brother-in-law, Gordon, on March 18, 2006.

Memorial services will be held at the Wilson Funeral Home on Sunday, January 3, 2010, at 6 p.m. with Rev. David Echelbarger officiating. Inurnment will be held at West Lawn Memorial Park Relatives and friends may meet with the family from 4 p.m. until the time of service. Memorials may be directed to Countryside Humane Society.

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

Mae E. Meldgaard

Mae Elizabeth Meldgaard, 93, passed away at Lakeshore Manor and went to be with her Lord Jesus Christ, on December 30, 2009. Mae was born in Antigo, Wisconsin, on March 6, 1916, the daughter of The Rev. Walter and Hattie (nee: Sorenson) Lembke. She was united in marriage to Jerome A. Meldgaard on August 15, 1936, at the family cottage on the beautiful Lake Noquebay near Crivitz, WI.

Mae was a graduate of Washington Park High School “Class of 1933.” She later attended nursing training at Milwaukee Hospital for two years and Milwaukee State Teacher’s College from 1933-1934.

Mae loved her family and Racine. Her favorite verse was: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. She spent her years as a homemaker and community volunteer. In 1959 she was awarded Racine’s first “Woman of the Year.” Mae served Girl Scout Troop 1934, MADD, P.E.O. Chapter CF, Racine County Republican Party, Racine Theatre Guild, Sustainable Racine, Women’s Civic Council and Wustum Museum.

She also served as president of Big Sisters, Racine County Girl Scouts, Racine County Republican Women, St. Luke’s Hospital Auxiliary, the Visiting Nurses Association, the Women’s Club of Racine, the Y.W.C.A., and the 21 Now Coalition.

Mae was legislative chairman of Wisconsin Federation of Women’s Club, served as board member of the American Red Cross (Southeastern Wisconsin), Community Chest (United Way), Family Service of Racine, League of Women’s Voters, Mental Health Organization and Clinic, Racine Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Racine Symphony Guild, Racine Zoological Society, the Wisconsin Association of Woman Highway Safety Leaders and served as chairwoman of the Southeastern Council of the Wisconsin Hospital Association. Mae was also a member of the Physician Recruitment Committee of the Racine Medical Society.

Mae is survived by her daughter, Gail (Lee) Pullen; and son, John A. (Shirley) Meldgaard, all of Racine; grandchildren, John (Megumi) Pullen of Okinawa, Japan, Karen (Robert) Wagner of Glendale, Michael (Laura) Fahrenkrog-Pullen of Iowa, Anne (Lori) Hein-Pullen, Cathryn (Steven) Stetka, Sara (Scott) McDonald, Mark (Rebecca) Meldgaard and Eric Meldgaard all of Racine. She is also survived by 12 great-grandchildren, other relatives and many dear friends. Mae was preceded in death by her husband, Jerome on June 28, 1995; one brother, Willard Lembke; and sister, Ruth Doenier; and her parents.

Funeral services for Mae will be held at Faith United Methodist Church, 1013 Harmony Drive, on Tuesday, January 5, 2010, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Listowel Mensah officiating. Burial will follow at Mound Cemetery. There will be a visitation at Sturino Funeral Home on Monday, January 4, 2010, from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. and at church on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Riverbend Nature Center, (3600 N. Green Bay Road, Racine, WI 53404), P.E.O. Chapter CF (5324 Cynthia Lane, Racine, WI 53406), or Lakeshore Manor, (1320 Wisconsin Ave. Racine, WI 53403) in Mae’s memory have been suggested.

The Meldgaard family would like to extend a very special thank you to the staff at Lakeshore Manor, St. Monica’s Senior Home and Dr. Thomas Goodrich for their fine care and compassion.

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

Dr. Robert E. Esser

Robert E. Esser, age 93, passed away Wednesday December 30, 2009, at Clement Manor. Robert was born in Milwaukee, July 14, 1916, son of the late Joseph and Anna (Nee:Duero) Esser.

On September 16, 1941, at Holy Angels Catholic Church in Milwaukee, he was united in marriage to Marjorie E. Boutin who preceded him in death May 28, 2001. Robert received his BS, MS, and PhD from Marquette University. During WWII he taught at Marquette and in 1946 he joined the UW Extension in Racine retiring in 1981 as a Professor in Biology from UW-Parkside.

He was very active in Cub Scouting at the Bartlett Youth Foundation in Racine. Following the death of his daughter Joanne, he and his wife founded the Parents of Murdered Children - Wisconsin Chapter. Also after Joanne’s death, Robert and Marjorie worked hard and were able to help change the laws regarding bail for violent criminals.

Robert was a longtime member of St. Sebastian’s Catholic Church. He enjoyed gardening, fishing and spending time at the family cottage on Pelican Lake. Most of all he enjoyed watching his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren grow up. He will be dearly missed.

Surviving are his four children, Dr. William (Veronica) Esser of Watertown, WI, Joseph (Mary Ann) Esser of Oconomowoc, WI, James (Mary Ann) Esser of Rochester, NY, Kathleen (John) Hesse of East Troy, WI; seven grandchildren, Dr. Jerome (Kathleen) Esser, Christopher (Lynn) Esser, Michael (Jen) Hesse, Laura (Wes) Hesse-Moran, Paul (Heather) Hesse, Rebecca (Rich) Hesse-Ings, and Elaine (Colin) Williams; 11 great-grandchildren; sisters and brothers, Lois Bach of Milwaukee, WI, Marie Hansen of Tucson, AZ, Marjorie Frederick of Milwaukee, WI, Eunice Esser of Milwaukee, WI, Fr. Paul M. Esser of Nashotah, WI, J. Thomas (Mary) Esser of Wauwatosa, WI; nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by a daughter, Joanne Esser, on May 26, 1979; a brother, Joseph; and a sister, Grace.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, January 6, 2010, at 11 a.m. at Clement Manor Chapel, 3939 S. 92nd St., Milwaukee, with Rev Paul M. Esser officiating. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32, Racine. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Wednesday at Clement Manor Chapel from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass. Memorials to Clement Manor or St. Ben's Community Meals, Milwaukee, have been suggested.

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

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Audrey Jane Patrick

Audrey Jane (nee: Mischke) Patrick, 88, passed away on Tuesday, December 29, 2009, at Wheaton Franciscan Health Care-All Saints. Audrey was born in Racine on August 9, 1921, the daughter of George and Pearl (nee: Boeshaan ) Mischke. She was united in marriage to Raymond J. Patrick and was a graduate of Washington Park High School.

Audrey was a former member of Holy Communion Lutheran Church and retired from Jacobson Manufacturing after 20 years of service. Audrey found great enjoyment in bowling and crocheting and was an avid lover of books and reading.

Audrey is survived by two daughters, Eileen LaDuke of Racine and Sue (Michael) La Paglia of Denver, Colorado; four grandchildren, Nicole LaDuke, Scott La Paglia, Matthew (Jessika) La Paglia and Kelly La Paglia.

She is further survived by one brother-in-law, Arthur Uhlir, along with other relatives and dear friends.

Audrey was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Raymond in 1971; and one sister, Carol Uhlir.

In keeping with Audrey’s wishes, private funeral services will be held at Sturino Funeral Home with burial at West Lawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Meals on Wheels, 5820 Lincoln Village Dr., would be appreciated.

The family would like to extend a very heartfelt thank you to Ridgewood Care Center and W.F.H.C.-All Saints E.R. for their fine care and support given to Audrey.

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

Monday, December 28, 2009

Nancy Petrick

Nancy (nee: Dunleavy) Petrick, 79, passed away on Monday, December 28, 2009, at Ridgewood Care Center. She was born in Racine, on March 16, 1930, the daughter of Arthur and Bernice (nee: Schorn) Dunleavy. Nancy was a William Horlick High School graduate “Class of 1948.”

On January 15, 1949, Nancy was united in marriage to Edward T. Petrick in Dubuque, Iowa; he preceded her in death on August 22, 2009.

Nancy was a member of St. Andrew Lutheran Church and her working career began at Oster Manufacturing as a bookkeeper, she was later employed at Sentry Foods for 16 years, East Park Towers and Holy Communion Lutheran Church as an administrative assistant, retiring in 1992.

Nancy is survived by her sons, Michael Petrick and Larry (Novelette) Petrick all of Racine; step-son, Richard (Nori) Petrick of Stillwater, MN; grandchildren, Andy (Jenny) Petrick, Brian Petrick, Aaron Petrick and Nick Petrick; great-grandsons, Cody, Kyle and Jordan Petrick.

She is also survived by her brother, Paul Dunleavy of Racine; and sister-in-law, Frances Petrick; daughter-in-law, Fran Petrick; also dear friends, Joan Smaglich and LaVern Kreuser. Nancy is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Funeral services will be held at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 1015 4 Mile Rd., on Saturday January 2, 2009, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Carol Baumgartner officiating. There will be a visitation at church on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until time of service. Private burial will be held at Mound Cemetery.

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

Helen M. (Jahn) Betko

Helen M. Betko, age 91, passed away Monday, December 28, 2009, at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints Medical Center with her daughter, Donna, and relatives by her side. Helen was born in Racine, March 20, 1918, daughter of the late William and Caroline (Nee: Jankowske) Jahn. Helen was a lifelong member and taught Sunday school at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Survivors include her loving daughter, Donna; sister, Alice Hansen, both of Racine; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Walter; three brothers; and one sister.

Respecting her mother's wishes, private services were held at the Maresh-Meredith and Acklam Funeral Home with Rev. John Roekle officiating. Entombment followed at Graceland Cemetery. Memorials to the First Evangelical Lutheran Church have been suggested.

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

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Elizabeth 'Betty' G. Elbeck

Elizabeth G. Elbeck, 82, passed away at the Becker Shoop Center on Sunday, December 27, 2009.

Elizabeth Elbeck was born in Racine to the late Reginald and Elizabeth A. (nee: Reid) Elbeck and lived in Racine all her life. She graduated from Horlick High School in 1945. She graduated from Racine-Kenosha County Teachers College in 1947 and started her teaching career at a rural school in Kenosha County and later was employed at the Sturtevant State Graded School.

Betty achieved a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She was employed by the Racine Unified School District at Fratt Elementary School from 1954 until her retirement in 1988.

Betty was very talented in art and enjoyed painting, ceramics and other crafts. She also was very accomplished in sewing, embroidery, crocheting, knitting and quilting. She created many beautiful things that are treasured by her family and friends.

Betty is survived by her niece, Nanci Bolton of San Diego, California; her great-niece, Caryn (Lynn) Rodeffer of Delaware, Ohio; and her great-great-niece, Zoey Rodeffer. She is also survived by an extended family of friends including June Wellner, Kathryn (Jon) Wellner Radabaugh, Henry Wellner, James Cook and Helen Daft all of Racine, Rachel and Michelle Radabaugh of Des Moines, Washington, and Alice Hembel of Jackson, Wisconsin. She was preceded in death by her sister and brother-in-law, Jane (Clifford) Bolton of Racine.

Betty will be cremated and inurnment will take place at Graceland Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Hospice Alliance.

We want to express our great appreciation to Nan Lentz, Julie Minikowski, and the staff at New Beginnings Group Home- Hawthorne House for their loving care during Betty’s last years. We are also grateful for the excellent care provided by the staff at Wheaton Franciscan Hospital - All Saints, Becker Shoop Center, and Hospice Alliance

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

Mary Margaret (Brinck) Mohrbacher

Mary Margaret Mohrbacher found peace December 27, 2009, two days after celebrating her 97th birthday surrounded by her family who loved her dearly.

Known affectionately as “Honey” to her family and as“Monnie” to her friends, her smile, grand sense of humor, and love for storytelling captivated those around her. A very special lady. Ever the life of the party, she sipped her champagne and danced the Charleston with grace and elegance, always with a wink. A wordsmith and lover of language, she took great pleasure in completing New York Times crossword puzzles. She had a zest for life, a charming presence, and a dazzling sparkle in her eyes. In her passing, Monnie’s charismatic and witty spirit will be missed by all.

Born on Christmas Day in 1912 to Mary Colgan Breusing and Edward Charles Brinck in Springfield, IL, Monnie soon moved to Racine with her mother, special father Joseph Redler, and sister, Frances, where she attended Franklin Junior High, Washington Park High and Moore’s Business College.

Monnie’s marriage to Adolph “Pete” Peterson was blessed with a daughter, Judy Ann in 1936, following her parents’ representation of S.C. Johnson’s at the Century of Progress in Chicago (1934).

On August 28, 1943, she and Leon C. “Bud” Reiher were married by the late Reverend Kenneth Hurst who also baptized their son, James Colgan Reiher, born on August 3, 1944. They spent almost 25 wonderful years together before his passing on May 23, 1968. Bud’s daughter, Doreen Millman lives in Westminster, CO.

Renewal of a long-time friendship led to marriage to Charles “Chuck” Mohrbacher on October 7, 1972, in Key Biscayne, FL, which ended all too soon with his death in 1979. His daughter Trina lives in Ottawa, IL with her husband, Tim Creedon, and her two daughters, Morgan (Chicago) and Latham (USN).

Monnie volunteered at both St. Luke’s and St. Mary’s Hospitals, and with Betty Miller, co-chaired the first talent committee for Cardiac Capers, which she named. She was active in the Children’s Theatre with the late Fae Krause, “The Puppet Lady,” performing in schools, churches, and other organizations. In Fort Lauderdale, she made tapes for Insight for the Blind to help the visually handicapped, who received them at no cost. Monnie was also a member of the National Honor Society, The Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., Preservation Racine, and The Racine Literacy Council.

In 1996, Monnie competed in the Miss Senior Wisconsin pageant at Horlick High School where she performed her favorite dance, the Charleston. Quoting the Racine Journal Times, she “wowed the crowd as she swung her pearls and did the Charleston in her jazzy red flapper dress.” At 83, she won the Lillian Gutknecht Award for being the oldest contestant. She told the crowd, “I believe in the three ‘R’s. Respect, Responsibility and Resourcefulness.” And with a wink, “Oh, one more. Romance.”

Survived by daughter Judy (Peterson) Vance Siebert (Tom) of Racine; son James C. Reiher and friend Paula Larsen of Delafield, WI; grandsons, Jefferson Vance, Racine, Joshua Christian Reiher, Madison, WI; granddaughters, Cindi Smith (Mike), Racine, Shiloh Roehl (Dan), Alexandria, VA, Alissa King (Matt), Portland, OR; great-grandson, Paul Vance (Rhonda), Racine, Lucas Roehl, Alexandria, VA; great-great-granddaughters, Jodi Vance and Haley Ann Vance.

Preceded in death besides her parents, husbands, and sister, are son-in-law Paul Vance; and daughter-in-law, Sally Spurgeon Reiher; numerous brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and other family members, not forgetting dear friends, as well.

Relatives and friends may meet with the family on Wednesday, December 30, 2009, at Maresh-Meredith Funeral Home, 803 Main St., from 11 a.m. until the time of Memorial Service at noon. In lieu of flowers, memorials would be appreciated to The Racine Literacy Council or a favorite charity.

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

David C. Solberg

David C. Solberg, 65, passed away at his residence on Sunday, December 27, 2009.

David was born in Whitehall, WI, on October 21, 1944, to the late Carl and Mildred (nee: Engen) Solberg. After receiving his education from Washington Park High School, Dave faithfully served our Country with the United States Army in Vietnam.

Dave enjoyed driving his semi tractor trailer with Tandem Trucking for many years. He also found great pleasure in serving his friends and customers as a bartender at The Corner House. Dave was a member of the Teamsters and was an avid sports fan – especially of football and NASCAR. Above all, he was tremendously proud of his entire family and loved being in their surroundings.

Surviving are his sons, Matt (Larisa) Solberg, who Dave affectionately called “Champ,” of Cheyenne, WY, and Morgan Solberg, who Dave affectionately called “Dusty,” of Racine; adored granddaughter, Madyson “Mojo” Solberg; brother, Ron (Linda) Solberg of Sturtevant; sister, Sheri (Bill) Switzer of Kenosha; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A Memorial Service celebrating Dave’s life will be held in the Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home on Saturday, January 2, 2010, at 2 p.m. with Rev. Jeff Barrows officiating. Visitation will be in the funeral home on Saturday from 1-2 p.m. Private interment, with military honors, will take place in the S. Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery. In memory of Dave, memorials to the Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 767, have been suggested.

A special note of thanks to the entire staff of the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee for the compassionate care and support in Dad’s time of need.

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

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Russell E. Pottinger

Russell E. Pottinger, 71, passed away on Saturday, December 26, 2009. He was a lifelong resident of Racine born on February 19, 1938, the son of Russell E. and Alice A. (nee: Adams) Pottinger.

Russell served four years in the United States Navy. He had been employed at Western Publishing, retiring after 30 years of service. Russell enjoyed bowling and coin collecting. He will always have a special place in many hearts, and will never be forgotten.

Russell will be sadly missed by his children, grandchildren, brother and sister, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Stella; and brother, Bobby.

Private services will be held at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Union Grove.
Memorials to American Legion Post 546 or to one’s favorite charity have been suggested.

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

Mrs. Jean L. (Phillips) Dorman

Jean Shaine Lillian Phillips Dorman, age 85, passed away Saturday, December 26, 2009, at the Milwaukee Jewish Home. She was born in Rochester, NY, on May 28, 1924, and was the daughter of the late Morris and Esther (nee: Sklaroff) Phillips and the wife of the late State Senator Henry Dorman.

Mrs. Dorman graduated from the University of Rochester and received her MSW from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her life’s work centered on community service, whether it was through her professional employment as a social worker (Milwaukee Jewish Family Services, Racine Family Services, Racine Mental Health Clinic, Racine Unified School District) or through her numerous volunteer activities, all of which focused on the betterment of humankind. She loved music, theatre, ballet, reading and traveling the world. Above all, she was a devoted wife, mother and baubie who will be dearly missed.

Surviving her are four loving daughters, Robin Dorman (and husband, Robert LeBell) of Milwaukee, Wendy Dorman of Washington, D.C., Lynne Dorman (and husband, Robert Reisley) of Philadelphia, PA, Heidi Dorman (and husband, Brett Sweezy) of Sagle, ID; five grandchildren, Jolie and Hallie LeBell, Alexander and Danielle Reisley, and Jacob Sweezy; a brother, Dr. Harvey and Alyne Phillips of Rochester, NY; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Phillip and Lesley Dorman of Washington, DC, Elaine Schwimmer of San Carlos, CA; nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her older brother, Manuel Phillips.

A Memorial Service will be held at Beth Israel Sinai Congregation, 944 Main St., on Wednesday, December 30, 2009, at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please feel free to make a contribution to a charity of your choice in her memory.

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

Bernice H. Zens

Mrs. Bernice Helen (nee: Kosterman) Zens, 91, passed away at St. Joseph’s Home for the Aged in Kenosha on Saturday, December 26, 2009.

Bernice was born in Racine on June 6, 1918, to the late Charles and Catherine (nee: Komas) Kosterman and lived most of her life in Racine. She was united in marriage to Edward N. Zens in Racine on October 22, 1949. He preceded her in death on November 21, 1999.

Bernice earned her degree in nursing and was employed as a pediatric nurse at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Orphanage in Chicago. She was also employed by S.C. Johnson and Sons until her marriage and was a devout member of St. Edward’s Catholic Church for many years.

She is survived by her son, Paul (Mary) Zens; daughters, Barbara (James) Hantschel and Gail (Steven) Pollock; grandchildren, Brian Zens, David Zens, Rebecca (John) Bohn, Allison (Anthony) Sansone, Paul Hantschel, Kristin Hantschel, Laura Pollock, and Elizabeth Pollock; brother Norbert (Margaret Mary) Kosterman; sister LaVerne Golden; sister-in-laws, Helen Spiering and Mary Liedick; and numerous other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and eight siblings; Raymond, Verna, Marie, Ruth, Caroline, Dorothy, Charles and Rita.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Bernice will be held at St Edward’s Catholic Church, 1430 Grove Ave., on Thursday, December 31, 2009, at 11 a.m. with Father Allen Bratkowski officiating. Entombment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of service. Memorials in memory of Bernice to St. Edwards will be appreciated.

It's hard to explain the power of her presence to someone who's never been fixed by that kind of determination, the kind that carries you through two wars and a Great Depression, ten brothers and sisters and three children and eight grandchildren and a world that changed so much from the beginning of her life to the end that she barely recognized it.

Until her fingers could hardly hold the clothespins, she hung the washing on a line in the back yard to dry. She'd stand at the top of the stairs and yell down the names of all the kids and grandkids and everyone else she knew until she got to the one who answered. She said the rosary and went to church until she couldn't. She fought until she couldn't, too, to live the life she wanted to, one in which her table always had a place for family and her porch swing a seat for anyone who needed her comfort or advice.

When she was in the hospital four years ago, she got the nurses to sneak her candy and when one couldn't find a vein to draw blood she offered to stick herself. She let her daughter wear her wedding dress as a Halloween costume and taught her grandchildren to make perfect pie crusts. Two weeks before she died she was instructing the aides in her nursing home about what kind of cupcakes to make for their children.

Everyone's world spun on her axis, the strong center around which our joy revolved. Life without her seems impossible. But she's gone, and life is possible. She made it possible.

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

Friday, December 25, 2009

Doris M. (Krupp) Sanders

Doris M. Sanders, age 84, passed away Christmas Day, December 25, 2009, at Aurora Medical Center, Two Rivers, WI. Doris was born in Racine, September 29, 1925, daughter of the late Charles E. and Minnie (Nee: Maass) Krupp.

On May 24, 1948, in Crown Point, IN, she was united in marriage to Leo J. Sanders who preceded her in death, April 8, 2005. Doris was last employed with Lakeside Packaging. She enjoyed gardening, and her daily luncheon excursions at the car ferry. She will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her children, Arnold Krupp (Linda Laudonio) of Racine, Patricia Herman of Two Rivers, WI; her three grandchildren, Jack Herman, Brett (Connie) Krupp, Heather Krupp (Bart Carter); two great-grandchildren, Alex and Chris Krupp; brother, Earl (Charlene) Krupp of Racine; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Mary Krupp, Gerta Krupp, Richard Sanders; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by her son, Robert Sanders; daughter-in-law, Kathy Krupp; brothers, Leslie, Herbert (Eleanor), Richard; and her sister, Margie (Ernie) Morgenson.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, January 2, 2010, 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Saturday at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until time of service.

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

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Ione Charlotte (Isaacson) Oertel

Ione Charlotte (Isaacson) Oertel went to be with her Lord on December 23, 2009. She was born October 9, 1915, to Marcus and Anna (nee: Peterson) Isaacson.

On September 2, 1939, she married Warren “Butch” Oertel at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Racine where she was baptized and confirmed. She was an active member there, belonging to the Luther League, Circles, and Prayer Chain. Ione also taught Sunday school and VBS and served on many committees through the years. She and Warren were also a part of the group who organized the Ridge Runners Square Dance Club. Before her marriage she was employed at Hartman Trunk and Luggage Company in Racine. Later she went to work at Sentry Foods. She loved to knit and made many sweaters for her family. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother, and will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her children, Rev. Richard (Jean) Oertel of Sturgeon Bay, daughter Susan Lynn Oertel of Sturtevant; grandchildren, Paul (Ayako) Oertel of Kodaira, Japan, and Susan Ruth Oertel of West Allis; great-grandchildren, Amber, Pearl and Andrew Oertel (Japan); an adopted daughter in her heart, Ginny White of Sturtevant; brothers, Richard Isaacson of Racine, Robert Isaacson of Tacoma, Washington, and Paul (Deloris) Isaacson of Sturtevant; sisters-in-law Hilary Isaacson of Union Grove, Juanita Oertel of Racine. She was preceded in death by her husband Warren, “Butch;” brothers, Adrian, Merlin, and Milton Isaacson; brothers-in-law Henry, Edward, and Clifford Oertel; sisters-in-law Angie, Evelyn, Jeanette and Mary Isaacson.

Visitation will be at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 2219 Washington Ave., on Saturday, Dec. 26, from 9-11 a.m. Service will follow at 11 a.m. with Rev. Tracy Polzin officiating. Private interment will be held at West Lawn Memorial Park. Memorials to Our Savior’s Lutheran Church are suggested.

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

Millie (Kaplan) LaMartina

Millie LaMartina, age 85, passed away Wednesday December 23, 2009, at Ridgewood Care Center after a brief illness. Millie was born in Racine on November 8, 1924, daughter of the late Frank and Albina (nee: Just) Kaplan.

On May 28, 1948, she was united in marriage to Max LaMartina, who preceded her in death on May 16, 1992. Millie was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She enjoyed her time and made many lifelong friends through the years while working at Roma Lodge. Millie took great pride in her home and always had a meticulous yard. Above all, she cherished her time with her grandchildren, great-grandson and family. Millie will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her children, Gene (Mary) LaMartina, Jan (John) Overman; four grandchildren, Anthony and Adam LaMartina, Brett and Natalie Overman; great-grandson, Caleb; brothers, Emil Kaplan, Dick (Rosie) Kaplan; sister, Elsie Despins; nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. In addition to her parents and husband, Millie was also preceded in death by her infant sister, Emily; brothers, Jerry and Louis; and her sister, Lydia.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2201 Northwestern Ave., on Monday December 28, 2009, at 6 p.m., with Rev. Ronald O. Crewe officiating, assisted by Deacon Russell Missureli. Entombment will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church Monday from 4 p.m. until 5:45 p.m. Memorials to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Lutheran Church of the Resurrection or to one’s favorite charity have been suggested.

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

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Beverly Ruth Hecht

Beverly Ruth Hecht, age 53 of Racine, passed away peacefully at Hospice Alliance in Pleasant Prairie after a battle with pancreatic cancer, December 22, 2009. She was surrounded by her mother, Eunice (Hartig) Hecht; sister, Kathryn Smith of West Allis; and her brother Kenneth Hecht of Racine.

Survivors include nephews Adam (Selena) Smith of Florida, Matthew Smith of Waukesha, Andrew (Dee) Smith of Pewaukee, and Daniel Hecht of Arizona. She has eight great-nieces and nephews. Many dear friends include Pastor and Ruth Feldcher, the DuBiel Family, and the countless kids of the community whose lives she touched.

Beverly was preceded in death by her father, Raymond Hecht; sister-in-law, Debra (Vogt) Hecht; grandparents, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Beverly dedicated her life to working with youth. She attended Racine Lutheran High School and went on to obtain her Bachelor's degree at Concordia College in Seward, Nebraska. She interned at Lutheran Chapel of the Cross under Pastor Feldcher’s direction, then moved to churches in Fresno, CA, and Houston, TX as Director of Christian Education and Youth Ministry. She taught high school English for a few years, then returned to Racine where she touched the lives of hundreds of youths at Taylor Home, and recently as Case Manager at the Young Leaders Academy at the YMCA.

A celebration of Beverly’s life will be on Sunday, December 27, 2009, with visitation from 3-5 p.m., and a tribute to her life at 5 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral services for Beverly will be held on Monday, December 28, 2009, at 11 a.m. at Lutheran Chapel of the Cross, 1426 N. Fancher Rd. (Hwy H) with Rev. Daniel Feldcher officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family on Monday at 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Private internment will be at West Lawn Memorial Park.

The family would like to thank Dr. Mullane, Kelly, and the others at Oncology Alliance; Sally and Leslie for their tender loving care; and members of Chapel of the Cross for their unending devotion.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests continuing Beverly’s dedication to youth with memorials to Racine Lutheran High School, Racine Foundation (Taylor Home Foundation) or Chapel of the Cross

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

Monday, December 21, 2009

Grace Menge

Grace Menge, died early Monday morning, December 21, 2009, at the age of 102. She is preceded in death by her loving husband of 60 years, Eugene Menge; her brother and sister-in-law, Ralph and Celia Laning; her niece, Irene Laning Mason; her brother, Stephen Lewandowski; her sister, J. Florence Laning; and her mother, Milicent Laning. She is survived by her niece, Nancy Laning Sobczak, and her husband, Robert F. Sobczak.

Grace was an educator, a property manager, a farmer and a continual student. Grace began her career as a teacher in the Milwaukee Public School system after completing the curriculum at Downer Teacher’s College. During her tenure she taught math and art in K-8, where many of the students she taught received recognition in the K-8 art competition sponsored by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Grace continued her own education receiving a Bachelor of Philosophy from Marquette University and a Master's from the University of Wisconsin – Madison while employed in MPS. She also taught millinery at MATC.

During her teaching career she participated in running the apartments owned by 2509, Incorporated, which had residences throughout the city, but began with the Riverwest property at 2509 North Humboldt that was operational for over 100 years by all three generations of the family. She also continued to pursue her interests in upholstery, cake decorating and jewelry design through continuing education.

In her eighties, she was an Adjunct Professor at Mount Mary’s Historic Costume department where she taught a class in millinery – a rare art. Her artistic abilities were evident not only in her hat making but in her jewelry expertise as well. Her jewelry accomplishments started early in life with hammered silver work and continued with the creation of numerous precious metal pieces from rings to necklaces with hand-made chains. During WW II Grace married Eugene Menge of Fond du Lac. They began their life together in Milwaukee and later moved to Dousman where the family owned and operated a dairy farm. Her dedication to hard work, along with those of her family members, created a thriving business. Late in life, the couple moved to Racine where they resided.

The family would like to thank her loyal caregivers, “Tammy” Martinez and Gail Ford who helped her live her life independently.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, December 26, 2009, at 11 a.m. at Church of the Gesu, 1145 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee. Private interment will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery, Milwaukee. Relatives and friends may meet at the church Saturday at 10 a.m. until time of Mass. Memorials to the Rev. Thaddeus J. Burch S.J. Scholarship Fund at Marquette University, P.O. Box 1881, Milwaukee, WI 53201 have been suggested.

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

Emma Meyer

Emma (nee: Bonini) Meyer, 101, passed away at Wheaton Franciscan – All Saints Medical Center on Monday, December 21, 2009.

Emma was born in Mindenmines, MO, on December 7, 1908, to the late John and Maria (nee: Albertini) Bonini. On September 1, 1934, in Holy Name Catholic Church, she was united in marriage with Joseph Meyer, who preceded her in death on October 23, 1977.

With a profound Catholic faith, Emma was a member of St. Lucy Catholic Church and Holy Name Christian Mothers, who faithfully offered the Rosary and recited her prayers every single day. She enjoyed crocheting, sharing time together with friends at “Club,” and was a fantastic cook. Above all, she loved nothing more than being in the midst of her entire family.

Surviving are her daughters, Dolores Woods, Joan (Vince) Doyle and Liz (Bob) DeWitt; grandchildren, Thomas (Sue) Woods, Patti (Jimmy) Cruz, Lynn (Chuck) Schweikl, Anne (Matt) Sadowski, Joseph (Lori) Doyle, Brian (Dawn) Emmrich and Jaime (Brad) Treichel; 13 great-grandchildren; and many other dear relatives and friends too numerous to mention by name.

In addition to her parents and husband, Emma was preceded in death by her sister, Mary Martinelli; and brothers, James, Enrico, Adolph, Henry, Albert and John Bonini.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, December 28, 2009, at noon in St. Lucy Catholic Church, 3101 Drexel Ave., with Rev. Mark R. Jones officiating. Interment will follow in Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Visitation will be in the church on Monday from 10 a.m. until noon. In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested Mass intentions for Emma or memorials to St. Lucy Church and St. Catherine’s High School.

A special note of thanks to the entire staff at All Saints 2D for the compassionate care during the past few weeks; and our sincere gratitude to Wheaton Franciscan Home Health & Hospice and to our dedicated family members and friends for all the care and support given over the years – which allowed our Mother to remain in her own home. May God bless all of you!

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

Norbert H. Klinkhammer

Norbert H. Klinkhammer, 84, passed away at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee on Monday, December 21, 2009.

A lifetime resident, Norbert was born in Racine on January 11, 1925, to the late Joseph and Christine (nee: Fredelake) Klinkhammer. Following graduation from Washington Park High School in 1943, he faithfully served our Country with the United States Army in WWII. He was taken Prisoner of War in Italy until his brave escape in 1945.

On February 1, 1947, in Holy Name Catholic Church, he was united in marriage with the love of his life, Flora L. LaRose. Norbert served our community as a letter carrier for the United States Postal Service for over 30 years, retiring in 1979. He was a longtime member of St. Richard’s Catholic Church, formerly Holy Name. Norbert was also a proud member of the American Legion. Among his interests, he enjoyed fishing – especially in Holcombe, WI; metal detecting; and was a Notre Dame football fan. Above all, Norbert loved nothing more than being in the surroundings of his entire family.

Surviving are his loving wife of nearly 63 years, Flora; daughters, Barbara (David) Rudin of Racine and Beverly (Joe) Paricka of Waterloo, Iowa; daughter-in-law, Charla Klinkhammer of Racine; 11 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren (was anxiously awaiting the birth of two more); sisters, Betty (Stan) Wielgat and Joyce (Paul) Emmons; brother, Tom (Arline) Klinkhammer; sisters-in-law, Gertrude Klinkhammer, Iva Ager and Florence Steffen; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends too numerous to mention by name.

In addition to his parents, Norbert was preceded in death by his beloved sons, Ronald (and his wife, Catherine) Klinkhammer, and Norbert B. “Norby” Klinkhammer; and brother, Al Klinkhammer.

Funeral services will be held in the Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home on Saturday, December 26, 2009, at 1 pm with Rev. Ronald J. Gramza officiating. Visitation will be in the funeral home on Saturday from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Private interment, with military honors, will take place in the S. Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Union Grove.

A special note of thanks to the fine men and women of Racine Police & Fire Departments for the compassionate care and gentle assistance in our time of need. May God bless all of you!

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

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Maxine Fay (Wood) Andersen

Maxine F. Andersen (nee: Wood), 85, went to be with her blessed Lord and Savior on Sunday, December 20, 2009, at Harbor House North in Kenosha. She was born in Pe El, Washington, on Dec. 23, 1923, to the late Hemp and Essie (Nee: Raper) Wood. She was united in marriage to Robert K. Andersen in San Francisco, on March 23, 1946, and they moved to Racine in 1947.

Maxine was an active member of Kenosha First Assembly of God, and was one of the original organizers of the Lutheran High School Thrift Shop. She was a talented seamstress and a devout Christian, always putting God and family first in her life.

Maxine will be dearly missed by her husband; three children, Michael (Sharon) Andersen of Mundelein, IL, Susan Ashton of Oshkosh, Judith Barski of Racine; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Sybil (John) Osler and Wanda Taylor; and special friends, Walter and Lucille Sorensen of Racine.

Funeral services will be held at Kenosha First Assembly of God Church on Sunday, December 27, 2009, at 5 p.m. with Rev. Dan Remus officiating. Private interment will be held at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Friends may meet with the family at the church from 3 p.m. until time of service.

In lieu of flowers memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association have been suggested.

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

Ellen Pauline (Erickson) Miller

Mrs. Ellen Pauline Miller, passed away at BSL/Clare Bridge in Kenosha on Dec. 20, 2009. She was born in Owens, WI, on July 9, 1922, to the late Carl and Hilda (nee: Koski) Wickstrom. She lived most of her life in Racine. She was united in marriage to Stan Miller in Racine on July 27, 1968; they were married for 40 years.

She was employed at Walker Manufacturing, airline reservationists and was a cake decorator for Linstroms Bakery. She retired in 1981 and moved to Florida for 27 years. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed knitting and reading.

She is survived by one daughter, Nancy (Edward) Bellmore of Kenosha; three grandchildren, Lynn (Mike) Meyer of Gilbert, IL, Jerry (Carolyn) Bellmore of Bristol and Robbyn Erickson of Racine; three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Helen Millimaki of Weaverville, CA, and Dorothy (Harold) Popadic of Racine; along with her lifelong friend Margie Oleszak, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Stan, on Sept. 27, 2008; a son John A. Erickson and a brother-in-law, Ted Millimaki.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Wilson Funeral Home, 1212 Lathrop Ave., on Monday, Dec. 28, 2009, at 2 p.m. with Chaplain Terry Peterson officiating. Interment will be at West Lawn Memorial Park. Friends may meet with the family at the funeral home from 1 p.m. until the time of service.

Memorials in memory of Mrs. Miller to Hospice Alliance, 10220 Prairie Ridge Blvd., Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158, have been suggested.

A special thank you to Hospice Alliance team: Colleen, Sally, Chaplain Terry, Elaine and Doreen for their kind and compassionate care.

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

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Judith Ann Herre

Private services were held for Judith Ann Herre on December 22, 1009. She died on Saturday, December 19, 2009, at age 71.

She was employed by the Blood Center of Southeastern Wisconsin for over 25 years from where she retired. She was the loving mother of 6 children, 19 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Judy was preceded in death by her husband and several other relatives.

Survivors include four daughters, Pam (Stan) Cole, Lynn (Tracy) Dunham, Cheryl (Will) Altizer and Tina (Kris) Kraussel; two sons, Jeff (Renae) Herre and David (Janice) Herre; a sister-in-law, Marlene Volz; brother, Robert Leonhardt; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends.

The family has suggested memorials to Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Chicago.

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

Joseph Pavelcik

Joseph Pavelcik, 77, passed away at home while asleep on December 19, 2009. He was born on August 17, 1932, in Racine to Joseph Pavelcik, Sr. and Mary (Konicek) Pavelcik.

Joe graduated from St. John Nepomuk Elementary School and St. Catherine's High School. In 1957 he received a Bachelor of Science degree from Marquette University. On May 25, 1957, he married Lorraine Denig. Joe did not immediately look for employment after graduation since he and Lorraine had long planned a honeymoon in Europe. Flying out of Chicago to Shannon Airport, Ireland, they spent ten weeks touring seven countries, usually sleeping at youth hostels, but also visiting relatives in Germany.

Joe worked for over thirty years at J.I. Case Co. as a technical writer. He wrote the text for service manuals and operator manuals for agricultural and construction machinery and also coordinated the photographic and mechanical aspects involved in completing the manuals. He retired in May, 1993.

Previous to the onset of arthritis, Joe loved to fish at the family's cottage at Lake Winnebago. He enjoyed traveling, playing golf and just being outdoors. Except for the last few years, he always had a novel at hand (often Stephen King.)

Joe was diligent in finishing anything he started. He was careful to attend to details so as to make whatever he was doing turn out just right. He was faithful to friends and family and generous in outlook.

Joe is survived by his wife of 52 years, Lorraine; nephews, James (Sherry) McClure, Joseph (Linda) McClure, David Neu, Gary Neu, Charles (Gretchen) Neu, and James (Kay) Denig; nieces, Debra Neu, Dawn (Jeff) Martinez, Paula Barrett, and Susan Krupp; sister-in-law, Roseanne (John)Worrell. Joe is further survived by great-nieces and great-nephews, other relatives and special friends Otto Pavelcik, Steve Vallone, Walter Zurowski and Emil Sesso.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents; sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary (Ray) McClure and Lydia (Mark) Neu; and nephew, Patrick McClure who was killed in Vietnam.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Rita Catholic Church, 4339 Douglas Ave., Racine, at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, December 23, with Fr. Joseph Stobba officiating. Entombment will follow at Holy Cross Garden Mausoleum, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass.

Any memorials in Joe's name may be given to the Augustinian Guild, Tolentine Center, 20300 Governors Hwy, Olympia Fields, IL 60461-9927 or the St. Rita Church Music ministry.

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

Evelyn H. (Gall) Schirott

Evelyn H. Schirott passed away peacefully Saturday, December 19, 2009. Evelyn was born in Racine, daughter of the late George and Marie Gall. She was united in marriage to Eugene Schirott, who preceded her in death.

Surviving are her children, James (Susan) Schirott, Kathleen Schirott and Michael (Nancy) Schirott; grandchildren, Jimmy Schirott, Beth Schirott (Bill Heussner), Teresa (Robert) Heath, Suzanne Schirott, Mickey (Kinga) Schirott and Kristin (Chris) Faddis; great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Samantha, Abigail and Timothy Heath; sister-in-law Gert Miller; nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Gordon and George; and sister-in-law Katherine Miller.

Evelyn was a loving and caring person to everyone and will be missed by all.

A Memorial Mass will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2201 Northwestern Ave., on Tuesday, December 29, 2009, at 10 a.m. with Rev. Ronald O. Crewe officiating. Private interment will be held at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church Tuesday from 9 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. Memorials may be made in Evelyn’s name to the Susan G. Komen Fund, P.O. Box 88242, Milwaukee, WI 53288-0242.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Esper Lobrin and Minda Roberson for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Helen Janet Clickner

Helen Janet Clickner, 83, entered in eternal life at Aurora St. Luke’s South Shore in Cudahy on Saturday December 19, 2009, with her loving daughters at her side. She is now reunited with her husband Jim in heaven ─ where life has no end.

Helen was born in Plymouth Township on November 15, 1926, the daughter of C.W. Charles “Carl” and Ethel (nee: Arnold) Burrow. She was a graduate of Beloit High School “Class of 1944.” Helen was united in marriage to James Clickner on June 30, 1945, in Hanover, Wisconsin. She was past president of the American Legion Auxiliary in South Beloit, Illinois.

Helen was last employed as a secretary, retiring from Jensen Metal Products. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and a former member of Lutheran Women’s Missionary League.

Helen is survived by her two daughters, Lori (James) Henkes, Stacy Clickner and Bill Freberg; two granddaughters, Cara and Erica Henkes, all of Racine. She is further survived by one brother, Ronald (Ethel) Burrow, and one sister, Irene Burrow, both of Beloit, WI.; one sister-in-law, Florence Burrow of Darien, WI. Helen is also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. .

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim, on December 13, 1990; brothers, Everett and Lorien Burrow.

Funeral services will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 2065 Geneva St., on Wednesday December 23, 2009, at 6 p.m. with Rev. Stephen Jennings officiating. Private interment will be held at West Lawn Memorial Park, next to her husband.

There will be a visitation at church on Wednesday from 4 p.m. until service time at 6 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Helen’s name may be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church, Trinity Hand Bell Choir or the South Eastern WI Alzheimer’s Association.

The Clickner family would like to express a special thank you to all the staff and caregivers at the Francis House for their kind and compassionate care they provided to Helen

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

Friday, December 18, 2009

Howard J. Smith

Howard J. Smith, age 73, passed away Friday December 18, 2009, at his residence. Howard was born in Park Falls, WI, on December 14, 1936, son of the late George and Blanche (nee: Rozell) Smith.

Howard served in the United States Air Force from 1954 until his honorable discharge in 1957. On November 27, 1957, in Alma Center, WI, he was united in marriage to Jean Gilbertson. They then moved to Racine where he was employed with Belle City / Racine Steel for forty years until his retirement. Howard then worked for Mac’s Towing, Jensen Towing and Floyd’s Towing until finally landing his dream job, driving a charter bus. He always enjoyed driving whether it was a tow truck, motor home or a bus. Howard will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his loving wife of fifty-two years, Jean; his children, Vickie Smith, David (Wendy) Smith, Shari Smith; grandchildren, Matt (Ann) Bohlman, Kevin (Erin) Suominen, Chris (Lindsey) Suominen, Andrew Suominen, Alexis (Richie) Smith, Adam (Rachel) Smith, Melissa (Mike) Briggs, Monica (Jamie) Godlewski, Marcus Godlewski; five great-grandchildren, Mya and Kaelyn Suominen, and Samantha, Savanna and Landen Briggs; sisters, Helen Stalheim of Whitehall, Mary (Howard) Duerkop of Hixton; brothers, Charles (Doris) Smith of Florida and John (Jeane) Smith of Black River Falls; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Jane Schmidt, Sandra Blackdeer, Richard (Sandi) Gilbertson, all of Merrillan; nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends.

In addition to his parents, Howard was also preceded in death by his two sisters, Edith and Shirley; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Sherdan and Cathryn Gilbertson; and his brothers-in-law, Bill Gilbertson, Allen Cormican and Chet Schmidt.

Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, December 23, 2009, at 9:30 a.m., with Rev. Brad Van Fossen officiating. Interment with Full Military Honors will follow at the Southern Wisconsin Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, Town of Dover. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home Tuesday from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. and Wednesday from 9 a.m. until time of services.

There are no words to express the special friendship that Todd and Wendy Bush have given to our parents. Special thanks to Dr. Michael Mullane, Hospice Alliance, especially Mary, Terry and the nurses and CNAs on 2D at All Saints.

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

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Arlene J. (Piwkiewicz) Christensen

Arlene J. Christensen, age 66, passed away unexpectedly Thursday December 17, 2009, at her residence. Arlene was born in East Chicago, Indiana, on October 7, 1943, daughter of the late Edward and Alice (nee: Piasecka) Piwkiewicz, which was later changed to Pinkie.

Arlene was employed with the State of Wisconsin Workforce Development in the Equal Rights Division from 1967 until her retirement in 2006. In her leisure, she loved shopping and reading and spending time with her friends at the VFW. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends and her beloved cats, Cuatro and Ramona.

Survivors include her brothers, Eugene Pinkie of Shelbyville, KY, Ernest Pinkie of Tucson, AZ; nephews, Elliot (Jill) Pinkie, Eric (Gina) Pinkie; dear family friend, Jeanne (Cruz) Munoz; godchildren, Yesenia Munoz, Cruz Munoz Jr. and Manuel Martinez; other relatives and friends.

A Memorial service will be held at the funeral home Wednesday, December 23, 2009, at 5 p.m. Private interment will be held. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home Wednesday from 4 p.m. until time of services. Memorials to VFW. Post 1391 have been suggested.

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

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Marie Booth

FRIENDSHIP – Marie (nee: Burdick) Booth, 77, formerly of Racine passed away on Wednesday, December 16, 2009, at Moundview Memorial Hospital in Friendship. She was born on July 26, 1932, in Lindsey, Wisconsin, the daughter of George and Gladys (nee: Griffin) Burdick and lived most of her life in Racine. On February 17, 1951, Marie was united in marriage to William Hugh Booth in Racine.

Marie enjoyed making bisque dolls, listening to classical music and fishing with her sister-in-law, Edith Burdick, and was an avid NASCAR and Dale Earnhardt Jr. fan.

Marie is survived by her two sons and daughter-in-law, William (Carol) Booth of Franksville and Albert Booth of Friendship; daughter, Debra (David Cosier) Booth of Providence, Rhode Island; grandchildren, Tanya (Bryon) Kirchenberg, Loretta and Bill Booth all of Racine; two great-granddaughters, Brianna and Allison Kirchenberg; brother and sister-in-law, Donald (Mary) Burdick of Racine.

She is further survived by numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and other relatives in Racine and various communities throughout Wisconsin.

Marie was preceded her in death by her parents; husband, William on December 14, 1996; seven brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services will be held at Sturino Funeral Home on Wednesday, December 23, 2009, at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Graceland Cemetery. There will be a visitation at the funeral home on Tuesday, December 22, 2009, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until service time.

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

Theodore 'Ted' Rawlinko

Theodore “Ted” Rawlinko, 87, left his earthly life on Wednesday, December 16, 2009, with his family by his side, to be reunited with his brothers and sister in Heaven – where life has no end.

Ted was born in Synewidsko Niece, Ukraine, on September 23, 1922, to the late Michael and Maria (nee: Zenko) Rawlinko. At the young age of 17, he escaped from the communist Soviet Union occupation of the Ukraine, the only one from his family who was ever able to taste the freedom of the United States. It broke his heart to leave his family – knowing he would never see them again. Although his heart was here in America, his soul remained in the Ukraine.

It was in Germany that Ted met and married Elisabeth Hena. They were married on August 19, 1950. Ted and Elisabeth came to the United States in 1951 and were proud members of St. Michael’s Ukrainian Catholic Church in Milwaukee. Nobody worked harder than Ted. During his career, he was employed in the Belgium Coal Mines, worked for the railroad in Germany, Patrick Cudahy, Racine Steel Castings and Rainfair, from where he retired in 1985 after 33 years of service. Ted enjoyed dancing, playing the accordion, bike riding, playing cards and watching sports – especially the Brewers and Packers. Above all, Ted knew and treasured the true value of family and cherished every moment together with them.

Surviving are his loving wife of nearly 60 years, Elisabeth; their children, Steven (Carol) Rawlinko, Gregory Rawlinko and Rosemarie (Joel) Borgardt, all of Racine; adored grandchildren, Kyle Borgardt of Milwaukee and Allyson Borgardt of Racine; sister-in-law, Martha (Hans) Matzka of Germany; and many other dear relatives and friends, both in the United States and the Ukraine.

Funeral services will be held in the Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home on Saturday, December 19, 2009, at 4 p.m. with Rev. Jeffrey M. Thielen officiating. Visitation will be in the funeral home on Saturday from 2-4 p.m. Private interment will take place in Graceland Cemetery. In memory of Ted, memorials to Racine Lutheran High School or to St. Michael’s Ukrainian Catholic Church of Milwaukee have been suggested.

A special thanks to Dr. Brennan, Dr. Dhingra, and the nursing staff at All Saints Dialysis – West for the compassionate care of Ted through seven years of dialysis. A heartfelt note of thanks to the cardiac ICU for the care and support of Ted during his final hours. May God bless all of you!

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

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Helen F. Olson

Helen F. Olson, 93, passed away at her home on Tuesday, December 15, 2009.

Helen Filipi was born in Angus, Minnesota, to the late John and Anna (nee: Bren) on February 8, 1916. She was raised on her parents’ farm until she was 20 years of age. She was excited to come to Racine where she spent the rest of her life.

Helen’s first employment in Racine was with the Roy Case and Fred Young families as a nanny and housekeeper. During World War II, she worked for Hamilton Beach as a “riveter.” After the war, she was united in marriage to William Olson on August 6, 1947. She also was employed as a teller at First National Bank.

Mrs. Olson was a long time, senior member of First Presbyterian Church. She served as a deaconess and in the church choir. She was an avid bicyclist in her youth and enjoyed touring with friends in the countryside. Most of all she enjoyed bowling, golfing and gardening with her husband and family.

Helen will be dearly missed by her daughters, Wendy Killberg of Racine and Cheryl (John) Bailey of Madison; four grandchildren, Benjamin (Jendi) Killberg of Astoria, New York, Katherine (Stephen) Rahaim of Takoma Park, Maryland, Anna and Nel Bailey both of Madison; one great-grandson, Evan Rahaim; two sisters-in-law, Harriet Olson of Kenosha and Irene Olson of Racine; one brother-in-law, Francis Toutant; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, William; four brothers and one sister.

Memorial services for Helen will be announced after the holidays. In lieu of flowers, memorials in her name may be directed to one’s favorite charity.

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