Soulmates from the start and happily married for 68 years, Elmer and Lucille died 18 days apart on May 11 and May 29, 2010, respectively, both at the age of 89. They are dearly loved and will be greatly missed by family and friends.
A First Lieutenant in the US Army Air Corps, Elmer was a WWII War hero, decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross medal for his bravery as a combat pilot in the 454th Bombardment Group. After the Air Corps, Elmer was a true company man -- employed by JI Case and McQuay-Perfex Corporations until his retirement. He was a graduate of Horlick High School. Elmer was bigger than life, always quick with a joke, a prank or a friendly golf wager.
Lucille was a beloved teacher at Knapp Elementary School. Always lighthearted, she had the best smile, the biggest laugh and the ability to warm any room. A graduate of Park High School and Dominican College, Lucille was an avid reader, a fan of the theater, a savvy stock investor, and talented with ceramics and bridge.
They are loved and survived by their daughters, Jill Parker of Racine, Judi (David) Cook of Hayward, WI; and son, James Felbab of Racine; grandchildren, Michelle Parker of Milwaukee, Kimberley Parker of Milwaukee, Jeffrey (Becki) Cook of Bozeman, MT, Matthew (Jeannene) Cook of Salt Lake City, UT; great-grandchildren, Chloe Cook of MT, and Alexandra and Madeline Cook of UT; Nephew Stephen Christensen of Miami, FL, and Niece Lisa (James) Tornoe of Racine.
They were preceded in death by Elmer’s parents, Joseph and Elsie (Jahnke) Felbab; and Lucille’s parents Raymond and Florence Mayhew; stepfather, David Mayer; sister Jane (Mayhew) Christensen; brother-in-law Howard Christensen; and nephew, Robert Christensen.
A private graveside funeral will be held Friday, July 23, 2010, at 11:30 a.m.
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