Monday, May 31, 2010

John 'Jack' C. Wemmert

John “Jack” C. Wemmert, age 87, passed away Monday, May 31, 2010, at Ridgewood Care Center. Jack was born in Racine, August 5, 1922, son of the late Edward and Amanda (Nee:  Hochgurtel) Wemmert and was a lifelong resident of Racine.

He graduated from St. Catherine’s High School. During World War II Jack proudly served in the United States Air Force 448th Bomber Group as Staff Sergeant Nose Gunner. On November 27, 1945, he was united in marriage to Ione E. Kosterman. In his younger years he was employed with Smitty’s Radio Service, then with Rae Motors, McHenry, IL, designing small electric motors for eleven years, and retired from Mamco Corporation as an electrical engineer.

Jack was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. As a social person Jack enjoyed his fishing trips with the guys and volunteering at the Sheriff’s Department. A very capable and handy person, Jack became known as “Mr. Fixit.” Jack was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather who cherished time spent with his family and friends. He will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his loving wife of sixty-four years, Ione; his children, John (Julie) Wemmert Jr. of Mesa, AZ, Gary (Sue) Wemmert of Pewaukee, Susan (Rich) Svatora of Midland, MI; his grandchildren, Denise Wemmert, Christian Wemmert, Jill (Phillip) Numrich, Summer (Jimmy) Militello, Abilene (Walter) Smith; his step-grandchildren, Tony, Joe and Henry Silva; his great-grandchildren, Emilie Numrich, Chayton McCoy Smith, Hanna Militello, Abriel Smith, Eden Smith; brothers, Robert (Carolyn) Wemmert, James (Joan) Wemmert; sister, Dorothy Schieble; sister-in-law, Margaret Wemmert; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his two sisters, Mildred Floyd, Verna Petersen; and brother, Edward Wemmert.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, June 5, 2010, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1533 Erie St., with Rev. Richard J. Molter officiating. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Saturday at the church from 9:15 a.m. until time of Mass at 10:30 a.m.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Ellen, Judy and the wonderful loving caring support of our family and friends.

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

Ivy I. (Learned) Kirchenwitz

Ivy I. Kirchenwitz, age 77, passed away Monday, May 31, 2010, at her residence in Tucson, AZ. Ivy was born in Pearson, WI, on June 28, 1932, daughter of the late Earl and Cora (Nee: McIntosh) Learned. Ivy was a resident of Wisconsin until 2000 when she moved to Arizona.

On August 29, 1949, she was united in marriage to Sidney G. Kirchenwitz. She was employed by Western Publishing for many years until retirement in 1993. Ivy was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her loving husband of sixty-one years, Sidney; her children, Cynthia (Roger) David, Mark Kirchenwitz (Sue Herling), Kirk Kirchenwitz, Kim Kirchenwitz, Craig (Jodi) Kirchenwitz; five  grandchildren, Heather (Frederick) Rausch, Sean David, Adam Kirchenwitz, Zachary Kirchenwitz, Alicyn Kirchenwitz; seven great-grandchildren, Chloe, Samantha and Isabella Rausch, Antoinette, Makenzie, Kadence, and Dakota Kirchenwitz; brother-in-law, Sheldon (Lois) Kirchenwitz; sister-in-law, Verna Kirchenwitz; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her three sisters, Joyce (Harvey) Blythe, Pauline (Robert) Resch and Carole (Raymond) Resch; brothers, Arland and Paul Learned; sisters-in-law, Georgette (Robert) Babcock, Virginia (Julius) Houf; and brother-in-law, Eugene Kirchenwitz.

Funeral services will be held Monday, June 7, 2010, at noon at the funeral home with Rev. Daniel Heinert officiating. Entombment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Monday at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until time of service at noon.

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

Dorothea 'Dee' E. (Larsen) Tenuta

Dorothea “Dee” E. Tenuta, age 80, passed away Monday, May 31, 2010, at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints Medical Center. Dee was born in Racine, June 28, 1929, daughter of the late Edwin J. and Helen B. (Nee: Kast) Larsen.

On June 26, 1948, she was united in marriage to Anthony F. Tenuta. Dee was employed by Images Bridal Shop as Manager for ten years. She was a member of St. Lucy Catholic Church. Dee served as President of St. Mary’s Auxiliary and was a volunteer at the hospital for over twenty years. She loved reading but most of all treasured time spent with her family. She will be deeply missed.

Survivors include her loving husband of 61 years, Anthony; her children, David Tenuta of Miami, FL, James Tenuta of Madison, WI; Susan (Allen) Johnson of Racine; her grandchildren, Christina Tenuta (Daniel Cashin), Melissa Johnson, Vieri (Brianna) Tenuta, Dominic Tenuta, Benjamin Johnson; her two great-grandchildren, Grayson Green and Aria Tenuta; sister, Beatrice Sondergaard of Racine; sister-in-law, Patricia Tenuta of Racine; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her stepmother, Grace A. (Nee: Porter) Larsen; and by her brothers, Edwin and John Larsen.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, June 4, 2010, at 11 a.m. at St. Lucy Catholic Church, 3101 Drexel Ave., with Rev. Mark R. Jones officiating. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Thursday at the funeral home from 5 p.m.. until 7 p.m. and Friday at the church from 10:30 a.m. until time of Mass at 11 a.m. Memorials to St. Mary’s Auxiliary have been suggested.

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

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Helen Lui (Barker) Kober

Helen Lui Kober, age 87 passed away Sunday May 30, 2010. She was born November 25, 1922, in Anamosa, Iowa, to Charles and Myrtle (Smithson) Barker.

She graduated from Anamosa High School in 1940 and went to work as a telephone operator until 1944 when she married William Lui and they moved to Racine. He preceded her in death in 1981. Her six children were all born in Racine and later she went to work as head checker at Krogers. When Krogers left town she began working in the retail car business. She retired as office manager at Gentile Olds in 1989. She was a member and officer of Concerned Hearts for a number of years.

In 1983 she married Henry Kober who preceded her in death in 2000. Helen was a member of St. Joseph Church since 1947. She struggled many years with emphysema. When younger, she enjoyed playing cribbage, sheepshead and poker.

She leaves behind her six children Judith (Thomas) Maresh, Joan (Robert) Hueffner, Margaret (Marvin) Kaddatz, William Lui, Carol Lui and Robert Lui. She also leaves 10 grandchildren, Carla (Tom) Jameson, Gary Maresh, Craig (Ellen) Hueffner, Julie (Justin) Gall, Keith Hueffner, Jodi Bingman, Brenda Kaddatz, Brian (Sheila) Kaddatz, Eric Oertel and Mike Lui. Her great-grandchildren include Rebecca Bingman, Cody Bingman, Joshua Kaddatz, Kevin Kaddatz, Gavin Kaddatz, Connor Hueffner, Aiden Hueffner and Sara Jameson. She is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Betty Lui and Rosemary McKinney; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was also preceded in death by all of her brothers: John, Willie, George, Tom and Clarence; sisters: Annetta, Ethel, Wilma, and Mary; and great-granddaughter, Lauren Hueffner.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, June 4, 2010, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 1533 Erie St., with Rev. John D. Aiello officiating. Entombment will follow at Holy Cross Garden Mausoleum, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Friday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family have been suggested.

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

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Edward W. Howard

Franksville -- Edward W. Howard, 73 passed away at his home on Saturday, May 29, 2010, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He entered into eternal life surrounded by his loving family.

Eddie was born in Racine on January 9, 1937, the son of the late Walter and Margaret (Babe) Howard. He was united in marriage to Jerrie (Jeraldine Matsen) Howard on May 24, 1956. They recently celebrated their 54th anniversary.

Eddie enjoyed his 47 years of employment at Advance Mechanical. After his retirement he was actively involved with the St. Catherine’s Alumni helping to renovate the Alumni building. At the St. Catherine’s 2009 graduation ceremony, he was bestowed with an Honorary Diploma.

Eddie enjoyed traveling. His trips include visits to 20 countries and 48 states. Many of these trips resulted in new life-long friendships. He also enjoyed playing cards, hunting, fishing, camping with all of his family over the Fourth of July for 42 years at Lake Tomahawk and attending his children’s and grandchildren’s sporting events. Most importantly, he treasured time spent with his family and many friends.

Eddie is survived by his wife, Jerrie; his children, Jeff Howard, Greg (Carol) Howard, Cindy (Kurt) Fredenberg, Tammy (Scott) Exner, Russ (LeAnn) Howard, Linda (Dave) Hawes; his grandchildren, Christian and Daniel Howard, Kyla, Zach and Hannah Fredenberg, Andrew (Heather) Adams, Erik (Mandi) Adams, Brent Exner, Gwen, Megan, and Lauren Howard, Jennifer, Carly, Michael and Tara Hawes; and his sister Carol (Howard) and the late Bob Helland; many dear brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, numerous nieces and nephews, and many other relatives; Preceded in death by his parents; and his grandchildren, Justin Exner and Erin Fredenberg.

Visitation will take place on Tuesday, June 1, from 4-8 p.m. at Maresh-Meredith and Acklam Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, June 2, 2010, at noon at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 6400 Spring St. Family and friends may meet with the family at the church from 11 a.m. until time of Mass. Interment will be held at St. Louis Cemetery, Hwy G. Memorials may be made to St. Catherine’s High School or Caledonia Historical Society.

A special thank you to Dr. Mullane and his staff-Racine; Dr. Schelman and Cathy Kraemer-UW Madison Clinical Hospital; Darlene and Mandy, Hospice Alliance.

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

Georgia J. (Voulgaris) Maheras

Georgia J. (nee: Voulgaris) Maheras, 80, died peacefully in her sleep Saturday, May 29, 2010.

Georgia was born in Athens, Greece, on December 24, 1929, daughter of Andonis and Eleni (nee: Mologanais) Voulgaris. She migrated from Greece to Fond du Lac, WI, in 1957 to help her ailing Aunt and Uncle. On July 19, 1959, Georgia was united in marriage to James Maheras. He spotted her at a Sheboygan Greek Orthodox picnic, and their union of love began and remained everlasting.

Georgia was a proud loving mother, grandmother and a wonderful friend. She was a very selfless person, always putting friends and family first. She was the matriarch of the Maheras family. Georgia was strong and a role model for many. She will be remembered for her strength, beauty, grace and loving heart. She was devoted to her church, singing in the choir, sewing vestments for many of the priests, cooking and baking for the Greek festivals. She enjoyed traveling and was blessed to have traveled to many places within the U.S. and abroad with many of her special friends. She was happily employed at Surgitek for 20 years and retired in 1991. Among her many passions in life, Georgia’s heart first and foremost belonged to her family.

Surviving are her beloved husband, James; children, Nicolet (Doug Wray) Maheras, Mary (Bruce) Luccas, Patty (Dan) Moreno; grandchildren Michael, James, Matthew, Marina Luccas, Alexandra Moreno and Demetri and Thomas Maheras. Also survived by brother, Demetri (Sophia) Voulgaris; sister, Evangelia (Konstandinos) Nanos; Godson, Peter Kyriazes; and many beloved and very special nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. She will be dearly missed.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Andonis and Eleni Voulgaris; sisters, Alexandra Voulgaris, Maria Voulgaris; brother, Phethon Voulgaris; special Godson Konstandinos Kokkinakis.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 1, 2010, at 11 a.m. at Kimissis Tis Theotokou, Greek Orthodox Church, 1335 S. Green Bay Road, Racine, with Fr. John Ketchum officiating. Interment will follow at the Monastery of St. John Chrysostomos’ Cemetery, 4600 93rd St., Pleasant Prairie. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Monday at the funeral home from 4-7 p.m. Trisagion at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to be made to Kimissis Tis Theotokou, Greek Orthodox Church.

The family would like to express a special thank you to Dr. Robert Gullberg of Racine and the staff of Ridgewood Nursing and Rehab Center.

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

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Helen M. (McKenna) Madden

Helen Mary Madden died on May 27, 2010, in a hospice setting at Becker-Shoop Nursing Home. She had been ill with Alzheimer’s disease for the past few years.

Helen was born on Dec 30, 1916. Her birth parents, Henry and Josephine McKenna both died in the Flu epidemic in 1919, and Helen was adopted by John and Barbara Cowick of Racine. She went to St Rose School, and graduated from Washington Park High School in 1934. She spent one year learning secretarial skills at the Racine Continuation School and went to work for the DuMore Mfg. Co. where she became secretary to Mr. Robert Hamilton, the president of the company. She left DuMore’s to get married in 1944 to William Madden, then a medical student, and they returned to Racine in 1950 when Dr. Madden started practicing with Drs. Russell and Louis Kurten.

Helen is survived by her husband, William; sons Dennis (Suzanne) and John (Rose) Madden; grandaughters, Amy (Bryant) Davis, Paula (Matthew) Andersen, Anne (Josh) Pudelko, and Megan Reeves; as well as six great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews from both the Madden and McKenna families. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Maureen.

Helen was a devoted wife and mother. She loved the trips that were taken with the children when they were young, and then with various groups of friends and golf groups. She loved to dance, play golf, do needlework, grow her flowers in the garden. Much enjoyment also came from playing cards with her friends, “the Shanghai Girls” at the Racine County Club.

As a volunteer, Helen worked for many organizations. She was president of the Auxiliary at St Mary’s Hospital, chairlady of the gift shop, and a board member of the American Cancer Society.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1533 Erie St., on Wednesday, June 2, 2010, at 11 a.m. with Father John Aiello officiating. There will be a visitation at the church on Wednesday from 10 to 11 a.m. preceding the Mass.

Special thanks to Sara Ramig, Helen’s health care worker, and to the wonderful group of caring workers at the Becker-Shoop Center. If desired, donations can be made to the Community Health Care Network, 904 State St., Racine 53402.

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

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Sister Vera Bares. O.P.

Sister Vera Bares, O.P., 87, passed away at Lakeshore Manor, Racine, on Tuesday May 25, 2010.

Genevieve Elizabeth Bares was born December 15, 1922, to John and Catherine (nee: Schecher) Bares in Dacada, Wisconsin. On September 9, 1942, she joined the Racine Dominicans and at her reception in 1943 she was given the religious name Sister Vera. She professed her first vows in 1946 and her final vows in 1952.

Sister Vera spent many years in service to others in teaching. She began her ministry in 1944 at Sacred Heart, Racine. Other places in Wisconsin where she served were St. Mary, Janesville; St. John, South Milwaukee; St. Luke, Plain; St. Mary and St. Thomas, Kenosha; St. Louis, Caledonia; St. Joseph, Racine; St. Charles, Burlington; and St. Mary, Pewaukee. While working at St. Elizabeth/St. Gall, Milwaukee as a pastoral minister she founded the Adult Learning Center. She also served in Michigan. After moving to Siena Center, Racine, in 1981 she continued to serve others through Jail Ministry and in the Adult Learning Program. In August 2009 she became a resident at Lakeshore Manor, Racine.

Sister Vera is survived by the Racine Dominican Sisters and Associates; a niece and cousins.

She was predeceased by her parents; her brother, Leonard; and sister, Marie C. Bares; and infant siblings Albert, Hugo, Stanislaus and Dolores.

Visitation will be in the Siena Center Chapel on Saturday May 29, beginning at 9:30 a.m. with a Remembering Service at 10 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Interment will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery Hwy 32. Memorials to the Racine Dominican Mission Fund have been suggested.

The Racine Dominicans would like to extend their thanks to the staff that cared for Sister Vera at Lakeshore Manor.

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

Farrell 'Bud' J. Matterer

With his loving family by his side, Farrell “Bud” J. Matterer, age 80, passed away Tuesday, May 25, 2010, at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints Medical Center. Bud was born in Racine, December 12, 1929, son of the late Harvey and Julia (Nee: Jansta) Matterer Sr. and was a lifelong resident of Racine.

Bud was a graduate of St. Catherine’s High School “Class of 1949.. On October 21, 1978, he was united in marriage to Evie Kosch at St. Joseph Catholic Church where he was a longtime member. Bud was employed by Jacobsen Manufacturing Company for many years as a Computer Operator until his retirement in 1992 and was a member of the Jacobsen “20-Year Club.” In his spare time he loved golfing and was a member of the Washington Park Senior Golf League, and Johnson Park Commercial League Golf Club. Bud also enjoyed his card clubs, playing pool, bowling, reading, the History Channel, and was a great fan of the Packers and the Brewers. More than anything he loved spending time with his family and friends. He will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his dedicated and loving wife of thirty-one years, Evie; his son, Sid Matterer of Seattle, WA; his stepchildren, Daniel (Therese) Kosch of Eden Prairie, MN, Debra Myklebust of Wisconsin Dells, Donna (Scott) Meske of Waunakee, Deann (Jim) Falbo of DeForest; his grandchildren, Christine (Bill) Schultz, Janet (Dan) Radke, Kristina, Laura, and Jason Kosch, Kelsey, Tess, Jessica, Grace, and Lauren Myklebust, Landon, Lukas and Caleb Meske, Reid and McKenna Falbo; four great-grandchildren, William and Nathan Schultz, Andrew and Alaina Radke; sister, Gloria (Gene) Morin of Milwaukee; brother-in-law Chuck Bernhardt of FL,; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Valeria Matterer (Nee: Mathias); his daughter, Sandy Miller; his son, Gary Matterer; brother, Harvey Matterer Jr., and sister, Yvonne Bernhardt.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, June 1, 2010, at 1 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1533 Erie St., with Rev. John D. Aiello officiating.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family Tuesday at the church from 11 a.m. until time of Mass for visitation. Private interment will be held at Calvary Garden Crypts.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Wheaton Franciscan All Saints Medical Center, ICU, nurses, Hospice Heartcare Unit, Dr. Vikram Nangia, Dr. Indrajit Choudhuri, Dr. Abha Malhotra, and Dr. William Kraklow for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Monday, May 24, 2010

John D. Harris

John D. Harris, age 72, passed away Monday, May 24, 2010 at his residence. John was born in Racine on May 19, 1938, son of the Late Frank and Agnes (Nee: Roschyk) Harris.

He was a graduate of William Horlick High School “Class of 1956” and Marquette University. John proudly served his country in the U.S. Army. He was employed for a number of years at Summit Packaging. His beloved Rottweiler, Mocha, was his pride and joy.

Survivors include his brother and sister-in-law, Richard (Arlene) Harris; loving nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, other relatives and dear friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Frank and Robert.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 28, 2010, at 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. John D. Aiello officiating. Interment will follow with full military honors at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends are welcome to meet with the family on Friday from 10:30 until time of service at the funeral home. Memorials to Rottweiler Rescue, 3617 South Dutch Mill Road, Madison, WI  53718-4103 have been suggested.

A special thank you to his great-niece, Gina for her help and kindness through the years. 

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

Don P. Baumblatt, M.D.

Don Phillip Baumblatt, MD, 77, passed away on May 24, 2010, surrounded by his family at All Saints Hospital in Racine. He was born in Racine on Feb. 11, 1933, son of the late Leonard P. and Ruth P. (nee: Levy) Baumblatt.

As he told his kids a hundred times, he knew he wanted to be a physician ever since he was a boy. So after graduating from Horlick in '51, he earned his BA and MD at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, did his internship at Philadelphia General, and his residency at Baylor. He also served as a Captain and physician in the Air Force in the Azores for two yrs. He had a private practice in Racine, where he was known as an expert diagnostician and for making his patients laugh with good humor and bad puns.

In 1965 he met his other great love: Geraldine W. Mattie, a nurse who served in the Peace Corps in Bolivia. After just two weeks, he was smitten and proposed. They were married on Jan. 2, 1966. From then on they were seldom apart. He loved spending time with his family, being out in his yard. He swam a mile most every day. He also loved the arts: opera, ballet, films and musicals. He was creative and funny and lived to make people laugh. If you happened to be waiting next to him in line, by the end of it, you’d have told him your life story. He retired in '92, but continued to pore over medical journals, and friends never stopped calling for, or relying on, his help and advice.

He’s survived by his wife; his children, Don (Jane) Baumblatt, Geri Lynn Baumblatt (Jeff Biggus) and Juli Baumblatt; his two brothers, Glenn (Glady) Baumblatt, Michael (Sue) Baumblatt; and brother-in-law, Carl Mattie. He was preceded in death by his parents;and sister, Beth.

Special thanks to Dr. Paul Durbin, the nurses on 2C at All Saints, and his wonderful caregiver Undrakh Zundui.

Visitation will be at Grace Church, 3626 Hwy 31, Friday, May 28, 2010,from  4-6 p.m., with the funeral at 6 p.m. Afterward, friends and relatives are invited to meet with the family. Suggested memorials: Health Care Network, Grace Church, and Crossroad Bible Institute.

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

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Emma Jeanette Patrick

Mrs. Emma J. Patrick, 89, passed away at Our House Memory Care in Chippewa Falls on Sunday, May 23, 2010.

Emma was born in Franksville to the late Harold and Emma (nee: Johnson) Nyholm on September 18, 1920, and lived in the Racine area for 86 years. She was engaged to Wallace Patrick when he went to serve during World War II. Upon his return from the war they were united in marriage two weeks later on November 16, 1945. They resided in Racine until 1978. Then they became year-'round residents at Pan Yack Park on Eagle Lake. Emma retuned to Racine when Wallace preceded her in death on November 19, 1986.

Emma was a very independent person starting at a young age. When she was 4 years old she was bound and determined to attend school with her older brothers and sisters even though she was too young to attend the first grade. Because of her early attendance in school, she started high school at the age of 12 and graduated from Washington Park High School at age 16. Emma started her career as a bookkeeper at 18 years of age and worked for Knight-Barry Abstract for 36 years. She retired in 1975.

Mrs. Patrick was a longtime member of Atonement Lutheran Church. She was active in the Woman’s Club, the Cardiac Capers and the St. Mary’s Hospital Auxiliary. She was also the bookkeeper of the gift shop at the hospital and an avid reader. Mrs. Patrick was a gracious lady and made many friends because she was a good listener and took interest in their lives. She also loved to try new recipes and took dinners to people that were ill.

Emma is survived by two children, Joseph (Pamela) Patrick of Silver City, New Mexico, and Kathleen (John) Wilk of Holcomb; six grandchildren, Kirstie (Tony) Misquez of Arvada, Colorado, Annelies (Marc) Brabant of Tucson, Arizona, Josh (Jacqui) Hampleman of Las Vegas, Nevada, Molly Patrick of Richmond, California, Sarah (Brad) Herrick of Madison and Mathew Wilk of Sheldon; five great-grandchildren, Levi, Lily, Finn, Eleanor and Iris; and two sisters-in-law, Gladys (Ed) Foldy of Racine and Naomi Kish of Denver, Colorado. She was preceded in death by four brothers, Harold, Charles, Richard and Clarence; and three sisters, Mabel Phelps, Elizabeth Nelson and Miriam Nyholm as a child.

Funeral services will be held at Atonement Lutheran Church on May 28, 2010, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Denise Mbise and Rev. Linda Pliska officiating. Private interment will be held at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. Memorials may be directed to Atonement Lutheran Church or the American Heart Association.

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

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Robert E. Frank

Robert E. Frank, age 67, passed away Saturday, May 22, 2010, at Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital, Wauwatosa, WI.  Robert was born in Minnesota, October 24, 1942, son of the late Edward J. and Mathilda M. (Nee:  Ohm) Frank.

On October 22, 1982, in Kankakee, IL, Bob was united in marriage to Lisa R. Smith. Bob was CEO at Motor Specialty Inc. for many years.  Always with a big heart, Bob was very philanthropic to many different charities.  He enjoyed gardening, but more than anything loved his time spent with his family.  Bob will be dearly missed. 

Survivors include his wife Lisa; children, Michelle (Linden) Wessels, Brian (Debbie) Frank, Gregory (Heather) Frank, Lindsey (fiancé, Brad Meyers) Frank, Ellie Frank;  10 grandchildren, Shawn Poppie, Page (Curt) Marcott, Weston and Gabby Wessels, Carly, Colton, Cassie, Alexander, Nolan, and Lucas Frank;  one great-granddaughter, Madyson Marcott; sister, Adeline (Helmut) Kopp; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Harry (Fayerene) Newby; brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Francis Whipple.

A Memorial Service will be held Wednesday, May 26, 2010, at 6 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. John Fleming officiating.  Private interment will be held.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family Wednesday at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until time of service at 6 p.m. Memorials to the Mercy Home for boys and girls in Chicago have been suggested.

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

Friday, May 21, 2010

Donald G. Troen

Donald G. Troen, age 83, passed away Friday, May 21, 2010, at Wheaton Franciscan- All Saints Hospital. Donald was born in Black River Falls, WI, on February 24, 1927, son of the late Adolph and Clara (nee: Nelson) Troen.

During World War II, Don proudly served in the U.S. Navy, stationed in the Pacific Theater. On October 30, 1954, in Racine, Don was united in marriage to Gertrude Orr, who preceded him in death October 11, 1999. He was employed with Twin Disc for twenty-six years. Don enjoyed hunting and fishing, gardening, football and the thrill of testing his luck at the casino. He will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his children, Donald (Kathy) Troen of Racine, John Troen (Cathy Larson) of Waterford, Kathy (Dan) Kinsley of Racine; grandchildren, Jamie Vanwey, Brian Troen, Robert and Zack Kinsley: special friend, Ethel Malvasio; brother, Harold (Ronna) Troen of Wild Rose; sister, Shirley Lanier of Sturtevant; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, Don was also preceded in death by his brother, Alan; and his sisters, Betty Aldert and Carol Beighton.

Funeral services will be held Monday May 24, 2010, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home followed by interment with full Military Honors at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet Monday at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until time of service.   Memorials to the American Heart Association have been suggested.

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

Tadeusz M. Kusznierewicz

Tadeusz M. Kusznierewicz, age 60, passed away Friday, May 21, 2010 ,at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare. Tadeusz was born in Poland, September 27, 1949, son of Wladyslaw and Joanna (Nee: Kania) Kusznierewicz.

On April 25, 1970, in Poland he was united in marriage to Danuta L. Mandok. Tadeusz was employed as a Certified Nursing Assistant for many years in private residences. He had a passion for music and was an excellent drummer. Above all he cherished time spent with his family and will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his loving wife of 40 years, Danuta; his three daughters and sons-in-law, Kasia Kania, Ewa (Andrzej) Wandzel, Aleksandra (David) Laures; his five grandchildren, Maksymilian, Jakub, Bret, Karolina, and Mateusz; his mother, Joanna Kania of Poland; four brothers; one sister; and other relatives and many dear friends in Poland.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, May 29, 2010, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 6400 Spring St., with Rev. William J. Dietzler officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Saturday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of Mass at 11 a.m.

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

Jack Bryan Albright

Bowling Green, KY -- Jack Bryan Albright, age 70, went to be with our Lord on Friday May 21, 2010. Jack was born in Racine July 29, 1939, son of the late Jack L. and Jesslyn Albright.

Jack was a proud graduate of William Horlick High School “Class of 1958.” Following high school, he served in the U.S. Air Force, and was stationed at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX. He then attained a degree in Psychology from UW-Parkside. While attending college, he enjoyed his time coaching basketball at The Prairie School. On April 4, 1970, Jack was united in marriage to Constance Reagan at First Baptist Church in Zion, IL.

Jack was employed as a drug and alcohol assessment counselor and also managed a group home in Racine. He left Racine in 1989 to move to Florida and then to Kentucky in 2001. Jack deeply missed his hometown and family and friends here. He often spoke of moving back here. He especially missed Lake Michigan and Salmon-A-Rama, which he was a part of every year. Jack was an avid Packers fan and loved his Chicago Cubs. He will be dearly missed.

Jack is survived by his wife, Constance Albright; his children, Laurie (Allen) Morel, Dealynn Albright and Brenda Hurley; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Joshua (Teresa) with Kayla and Zachary Morel, Mandy Morel, Christopher (Amanda) Morel, Glenda Jo Albright, Joey and JJ Hurley, all of Bowling Green, Sonya (Shaun) with Shaun, Sierra and Travis, and Cody Bykowski, all of FL; his sister, Janet (Jim) Ellenberger and her family, Mario Ruiz, Lisa (Roy) Ours, Jason (Brellyn) Ellenberger, Brandon (Rachel) Ellenberger; his aunt, Pat Miller, all of Racine; his lifelong friend and best buddy, Herman Torosian of Madison; other family members and friends;. He was preceded in death by his brothers, James and Joseph Albright.

Please join the family in celebration of Jack’s life on Saturday May 29, 2010, at the funeral home for visitation from 10 a.m. until time of service with full Military Honors at noon. Memorials to the Disabled Veterans’ Foundation or to Special Olympics have been suggested.

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

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Barbara Ann (Bernett) Lukas

Franksville -- Surrounded by the love of her family, Barbara A. Lukas, age 61, passed away Thursday, May 20, 2010, at her home following a short and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Barbara was born in Racine, October 28, 1948,daughter of Spencer and Elizabeth “Betty” (Nee: Zilla) Bernett.

Barbara graduated from Wm. Horlick High School “Class of 1966,” and attended Gateway Technical College and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. On August 5, 1972, she was united in marriage to Thomas J. Lukas. Barbara was employed by the City of Racine Water Department as an accountant / bookkeeper, and later by Tenneco Aviation as Office Manager.

Her joys in life were her family, her winter escapes to Mexico and other exotic locales, time spent at the family cottage in Wautoma, watching nature’s animals, planting flowers and vegetables and reveling in their growth, watching her “Stories,” and anything to do with “Kitty Cats.” She was affectionately known at the “Cat Lady” in Franksville, due to her love and compassion for stray animals. Barbara also was a wonderful cook who created dishes that were works of art, all without the use of recipes.

She was a very selfless person, always putting friends and family first; she was the cornerstone of the Lukas and Bernett families. Barbara had an endless capacity for empathy, and an unyielding strength; she was the archetypical strong woman, and a role model for young and old alike. If three words could describe her they would be Strength, Beauty and Grace. Barbara was a devoted wife, mother, friend and confidant. She will be dearly missed.

Surviving are her husband, Tom; sons, Shaun and Danny; mother, Betty Bernett; sisters and brothers, Laura Bernett, Linda (David) Peterson, Stuart Bernett, Karen (Marvin) Yakos, Steven Bernett, Spencer Bernett Jr.; her uncle, William Zilla; the daughter she never had, niece Nicole Bernett; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Don (Joanne) Lukas, David (Sharon) Lukas; very special and close friend, Florence Johnson; friend, Ann Santi; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Spencer Bernett; and son, Shane Lukas.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 26, 2010, at 11 a.m. at Franksville United Methodist Church, 10402 Northwestern Ave., with Reverend Kay Glennon officiating. Interment will follow at Caledonia Memorial Park Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet Wednesday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family have been suggested so they may donate to the animal shelters that Barbara had supported thru the years.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Mary Jensen of Wheaton Franciscan Hospice for her loving and compassionate care.

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

Robert J. 'Bob' Muir

Robert J. “Bob” Muir, age 54, passed away unexpectedly Thursday morning, May 20, 2010, at his residence. Robert was born in the Orkney Islands, Scotland, on February 13, 1956, son of James and Elisabeth (Nee: Bendrin) Muir and has been a Racine resident since he was four years old.

Bob was a graduate of William Horlick High School “Class of 1974.” On May 27, 1978, Bob was married to the love of his life, Renate Schliedermann, at the First Presbyterian Church, where he had been a longtime member. He was employed with SC Johnson Company for thirty-two years and was a member of their 20-Year Club. In his younger years, Bob was active with the Boy Scouts and was proud to have attained the rank of Eagle Scout. Always an avid sports fan, Bob enjoyed playing first base on his baseball teams and collecting sports cards. He was a history buff who enjoyed reading, especially National Geographic magazine. More than anything, he loved his travels and his time spent with his family. Bob will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his loving wife of 32 years, Renate; caring son, John Muir; his parents, James and Elisabeth Muir; brother, James Muir Jr., all of Racine; nieces and nephews, Jessica Aschenbrenner and her daughter, Sydney, Jan (Stephanie) Schliedermann and their daughter, Emma, Sebastian (Jennifer) Schliedermann, Sarah Schliedermann; mother-in-law, Margarethe Schliedermann of Germany; brother-in-law, Peter (Birgit) Schliedermann; aunts and uncles, Ernst and Ingrid Argstatter of Racine, John Muir, Mary Muir, both of Scotland;; several cousins, other relatives and dear friends. Bob was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Erwin Schliedermann.

Funeral services will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 716 College Ave., on Monday, May 24, 2010, at 11 a.m., with Rev. Ben Johnson-Krase and Rev. Steven Fringer officiating. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Sunday at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. and at the church on Monday from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m.

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

Monday, May 17, 2010

Lorraine E. (Budzinski) Grice

With her loving family by her side, Lorraine E. Grice, age 84, passed away peacefully Monday morning May 17, 2010, at her residence. Lorraine was born in Racine, January 10, 1926, daughter of the late Stephen and Frances Budzinski.

During World War II she helped the troops lift their spirits by serving as a Gray Lady at the hospital. On April 26, 1952, at St. Stanislaus Catholic Church she was united in marriage to Grady E. Grice. Lorraine was employed as a beautician at Image Makers and previously at La Mode in West Racine years ago. Always a dedicated mother, Lorraine’s favorite work was serving on the PTA at St. Stanislaus and was proud to be a Cub Scout Leader with her sons. Later in years she and her neighbor used their artistic flair and operated the Pinecone Boutique. Currently she was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church and was a former member of St. Lucy Catholic Church and St. Stanislaus Catholic Church. She will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her loving husband, Grady; children, Steven (Karen) Grice and their daughter, Katherine of Camas, WA, Kevin Grice of Houston, TX, Daniel (Cindy) Grice of Kenosha; sisters-in-law, Elsie Budzinski of Racine, Jeannette McIntyre of Rockmart, GA; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents, Lorraine was also preceded in death by her brother, Leo Budzinski; and daughter-in-law, Diane Grice.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 6400 Spring St., on Thursday May 20, 2010, at 10:30 a.m., with Rev. William J. Dietzler officiating. Entombment will follow at Holy Cross Garden Mausoleum, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Wednesday at the funeral home from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and Thursday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of Mass at 10:30 a.m. Memorials to the American Cancer Society or to Wheaton Franciscan Hospice have been suggested.

Lorraine’s family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to Wheaton Franciscan Hospice for their loving and compassionate care.

To our three sons –
Steve, Kevin, and Dan, and me Grady – 
she was and remains the light of our lives.

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

Homer Lovely

Homer Lovely, age 76, passed away Monday May 17, 2010 at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare. Homer was born in Caryville, TN December 19, 1933, son of the late Lee and Lela (nee: Queener) Lovely.

Homer proudly served his country in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War. On Christmas Eve, 1956, in Tennessee, Homer was united in marriage to the love of his life, Elizabeth Lindsay. He was employed with American Motors as a supervisor in the press room for many years. Homer was an avid fisherman and cherished time spent with his fishing buddies. He was always there to give a helping hand to others. Above all, it was his time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren that gave him his greatest joy. He will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his loving wife, Elizabeth, of 53 years; his children, Gary Lovely, Brenda (Stan) Matson, all of Racine; five grandchildren, Jonathon Matson, Dawn (Tim) Prust, Danielle Lovely, Andrew Lovely, Jaclyn Lovely; his great-grandson, Jaxson; brothers and sisters, Lee Ed (Mary) Lovely, Willard (Kathy) Lovely, Wilma Sue Prim, Betty Jo Kidwell, Pauline Pemberton; brother-in-law, Charles Lindsay; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by brothers, Elbert and Arvil Lovely; and sisters, Barbara Hyder and Helen Lovely.

A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, May 23, 2010, at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Private interment with military honors will be held at the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Town of Dover. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Sunday at the funeral home from 11:30 a.m. until time of service. Memorials to the American Cancer Society or to Wheaton Franciscan Hospice have been suggested.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Michael  Mullane and staff, Wheaton Franciscan Oncology 2D nurses and staff  for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Friday, May 14, 2010

Alice Moungey

Alice Moungey, age 87, passed away Friday morning May 14, 2010, at Ridgewood Care Center.  Alice was born in Milwaukee on June 15, 1922, daughter of the late Raymond and Fannie (nee: Bundy) Moungey. She was a graduate of Washington Park High School “Class of 1940.”

Survivors include her brother, Raymond (Judy) Moungey of Racine; sister-in-law, Rose Moungey of California; special friend, Marilyn White; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  In addition to her parents, Alice was also preceded in death by her brother, Robert and her sister, Audrey Ostergaard.

Funeral services will be held at the funeral home Tuesday, May 18, 2010, at 1 p.m.  Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home Tuesday from noon until time of service at 1 p.m.

The family extends a special thank you the staff at Ridgewood 2 East for all of their loving and compassionate care through the years to Alice.

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

James R. Maddocks

James R. Maddocks, beloved son, grandson, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend was born to life on February 5, 1920. He was born to eternal life on May 14, 2010, having recently celebrated his 90th birthday with a huge party in which he sang “I’m 90 years old…” admirably.

Jim lived a full life. He had quite the Huck Finn upbringing as he grew up as an adventurous young lad in Superior, WI. Oh, the stories he would tell.

He enlisted in the Army on December 18, 1941, with the hope that he would be deployed with his best friend, Charlie McKeague, who eventually would become his brother-in-law.

He served in the Army Air Corps as a crew chief in North Africa, Italy, India and Burma. His one regret was that as he traveled his way around the world he lost a day that he would never get back, since he didn’t go back around again. Oh, the stories he would tell.

Upon his return in 1945, he returned to a teaching college in Superior, graduating in 1948. In August of 1948 he married the girl next door, Nancy (nee: McKeague). He was offered a teaching job at Washington Junior High which brought him to Racine. Nancy would join him in November. He taught there until he was offered a position teaching math at Horlick High School. He retired in 1983.

He had many interests in his life, although his family was at the top of the list. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; son, Jim (Jean nee: Gergen); daughter, Nancy (Karl Frederick); son, Tom (Kitty nee: Neeb); daughter, Mary (Ken Waldo); and daughter, Peggy Buck; 14 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by grandson James Buck.

Jim was an active member in the Knights of Columbus as financial secretary for many years. He enjoyed traveling, playing cards, reading, telling stories and sitting fireside up north at “The cabin.”

We would like to thank the fine people at Harmony Assisted Living of of Kenosha as well as Hospice Alliance, who took such loving and companionate care of him in his final days. We’d also like to thank the many friends who have been praying for him. God bless you all.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, May 21, 2010, at 1 p.m. at St. John Nepomuk Church,1903 Green St., with Rev. Curt Frederick officiating. Visitation will be held Friday at the church from 11 a.m. followed by the mass at 1 p.m. Private entombment with full military honors will be held at Holy Cross Garden Mausoleum, Hwy 32. In lieu of flowers, the family will donate all memorials to the Knights of Columbus.

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

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Robert W. Helbling

Robert W. “Bob” Helbling, age 86, passed away Wednesday, May 12, 2010, at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints Medical Center. Robert was born in Mandan, ND, on the 4th of July 1923, son of the late Adam and Sofina (nee: Hoffman) Helbling and has lived in Racine since he was 7 years old.

On November 23, 1944, Robert was united in marriage to Henrietta M. Kralicek at St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church where he has been a longtime member. Bob was employed as a meat cutter, first working at Radewan Grocery Store and then with Sentry Foods for thirty years until his retirement in 1985. He served as secretary for the Meat Cutter’s Union. In his spare time Bob enjoyed fishing, hunting, gaming and spending time with his family at their cabin in Manitowish Waters, where he also loved to swim and go sailing. His greatest joy came from his family. Bob will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Survivors include his loving wife of 65 years, Henrietta; his seven children, Richard (June) Helbling of Crossville, TN, Judith (Gary) David of Sheboygan, Robert (Barbara) Helbling of Racine, David (Beverly) Helbling of East Troy, Patrick (Kim) Helbling of Oshkosh, Mary (Ron) Feest of Big Flats, WI, Jeffrey Helbling (Nancy Massenza) of Racine; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandchild; sister, Beverly (Orville) Solfest of Rockford; sisters-in-law, Elsie Budzinski, Kathleen Marsh; brother-in-law, Tony Kralicek, all of Racine; nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. In addition to his parents, Bob was also preceded in death by his four brothers, Frank, Clement, William and Nicholas and his sister Margaret Crain.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church, 1903 Green St., on  Saturday May 15, 2010, at 10:30 a.m. Interment with full military honors will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass. Memorials to St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church have been suggested.

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

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Joanne E. (Schoeffler) Olson

Joanne E. Olson, age 57, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, May 11, 2010, at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare. Joanne was born in Racine on February 1, 1953, daughter of the late Frederick and Eleanor (nee: Golz) Schoeffler and had been a lifelong Racine resident.

On April 29, 2002, in Las Vegas, NV, Joanne was united in marriage to Randolph Olson. Through the years, Joanne was employed as a computer analyst for Webster Electric, Danfoss and was last working at Pentaire. She was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church. Joanne enjoyed playing in the DDR Cribbage League for twenty years. Her pastimes included reading, needlework, and cross-stitch. Joanne loved her two cats, Licorice and Pudding. She will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her loving husband, Randy; her mother-in-law, Rosemary Olson; her three stepchildren, Paul Olson, Deborah Olson, Michelle (David) Bauer; sisters and brother, Judith (Randall) Nelsen, Linda Schoeffler, David Schoeffler, Susan (James) Sanford; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Michael (Andrea) Olson, Christopher (Laurie) Olson, Monica (Scott) Graham, Joanne (Carl) Klawinski; her nephews, Jamie (Jody) Auman, Brian (Chris) Auman, Michael Edler; great-niece, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother-in-law, Jeffery; and father-in-law, William J. Olson.

Private funeral services were held.

Joanne’s family wishes to extend a special thank you to her caregivers at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Reverend Russel J. Stommel

Rev. Russel J. Stommel passed away at his residence on Tuesday, May 11, 2010, at the age of 69. Father Stommel was born on March 17, 1941, in Racine, Wisconsin. He was ordained on May 20, 1967, by the Most Reverend William E. Cousins at the Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Milwaukee. Father Stommel entered Saint Francis de Sales Minor Seminary in 1955, and completed preparation for the priesthood at St. Francis de Sales Major Seminary in May 1967.

Father’s priestly ministry began June 21, 1967, as a curate at St. Clement Parish, Sheboygan.  From June 1969 to July 1982, he was appointed associate pastor at several parishes:  Christ King Parish, Wauwatosa, on June 17, 1969; St. Mary Parish, Menomonee Falls, on June 22, 1971; St. John de Nepomuc Parish, Milwaukee, on June 6, 1972; St. Mary Parish, Elm Grove, on December 14, 1973; and St. Leonard Parish, Muskego, on June 17, 1980. 

Father embarked on a study leave on September 1, 1982, attained a Master's of Theology from Marquette University in December 1983 and became a part-time faculty member at the University.  Father returned to pastoral ministry on July 15, 1988 when he was appointed part-time pastor at St. Catherine Parish, Mapleton, followed by an appointment as pastor at St. Gregory the Great Parish, Milwaukee, on June 21, 1994.  Father next served the three parish communities of St. Matthew, Neosho, St. Mary, Woodland, and St. John, Rubicon, appointed temporary administrator on July 29, 1997, and appointed pastor on September 10, 1997.  He was appointed associate pastor at St. Robert, Shorewood, on July 2, 2002, and pastor at St. John Nepomuk, Racine, ,on June 28, 2005.  Father had recently retired from active ministry on June 30, 2009.

Survivors include his mother, Marylu Stommel of Racine; sisters and brother, Rosemary (Roger) Springsteen of Racine, Joseph (Kathy) Stommel of Pueblo, CO, Jean Stommel (Roy Starbeck) of Corvallis, OR; sister-in-law, Nancy King of Racine; close friend, Rev. Paul Lippert of Plainfield, WI; nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.  Father Stommel was preceded in death by his father, Dr. Russel J. Stommel in 1989, and his brother, William F. Stommel in 1982.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Father Stommel will be concelebrated by Bishop Sklba,  Fr. Lippert, and Fr. Ronald Crewe on Sunday, May 16, 2010, at 5 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2201 Northwestern Ave.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family Sunday at the church from 3 p.m. until 4:45 p.m.  Private entombment will be held at Calvary Garden Crypts.  Memorials to the Archdiocese of Milwaukee or a charity of your choice have been suggested.

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

Monday, May 10, 2010

Kristen E. (Mathews) Oates

Kristen E. Oates, age 42, of Shorewood, WI. (formerly of Racine and a 1986 graduate of Horlick High School ), passed away peacefully on May 10, 2010, after a courageous 3 ½-year battle with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. 

Kris was born February 5, 1968, in Detroit, MI, to Dianne Luedtke (Ken) and Roger Mathews (Jean).  Cherished wife and best friend to Michael Oates and proud mother of Lucas and Tyler.  Sister to Steve Mathews (Motoe).  Daughter-in-law of Robert and Aileen Oates.  Sister-in-law to Jim (Mary) Oates, Lori (Hank) Van Stedum, Lisa (Gene) Dorner, and Jeff (Dawn) Oates.  Also survived by a loving community of relatives, friends, neighbors, and parents at Lake Bluff school. 
Kris selflessly faced her long and challenging journey with strength, optimism, courage and an amazing sense of wit and humor.  Her attitude, charisma and grace have forever touched everyone who knew her. 

Her memorial service will be held Saturday, May 15, 2010, at 4 p.m. at Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral Home, 106 W. Silver Spring Dr., Whitefish Bay, WI.  Friends and relatives may visit with the family Saturday at the funeral home from 2 p.m. until the time of the service.  At the request of the family, dress will be casual.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to Lucas and Tyler’s American Funds – College America 529 Savings Plan (checks made payable to Mike Oates), or in Kris’ name to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Shirley M. (Olson) Morelli Madden

OCALA, FL – With her loving children by her side, Shirley M. Morelli Madden, passed away on Mother’s Day, May 9, 2010, at Munroe Regional Medical Center, Ocala, FL. Shirley was born in Racine, August 16, 1929, daughter of the late Earl L. and Edna L. (Nee: Edmark) Olson and had been a resident of Ocala, FL since 1989

Shirley’s hilarious sense of humor and charming personality lit up a room as she entered.   She was a graduate of Park High School in 1947, was the 1st runner-up to the first-ever Miss Racine Contest, long-time employee of Beltone, Eitel’s, and became an accomplished business owner of “Shirley’s Corner.”  Shirley was a talented artist freelancing in watercolor, oil painting and pastels.  She was a member of the Racine Country Club, Woman’s Club of Racine, and the Golden Hills Country Club of Ocala, FL.  Above all, Shirley devoted her life to her family, friends, pets, and will be forever remembered as a loving wife, mother, and grandmother with an unforgettable zest for life.  She will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her children, Christine A. (John) Core of Portland, Oregon, Lisa A. (Keith) Stannis, Edward E. (Lynn) Morelli, Jon A. (Patricia) Morelli, Jim A. Morelli , all of Racine; 11 grandchildren, Catherine Rose, Nicole Angst, Frank (Alyssa), Vince, Mario, Dominic, Danielle, Mitchell, Tony, Eddie, and Cassidy Morelli; four stepchildren: Rick, Steve and Kelly Madden and Debbie Moran; brothers-in-law, Robert (Marilyn) Morelli and William (Helen Mary) Madden; many dear and caring family and friends, and her beloved dog Zoey . 

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Edward F. Morelli in August of 1974, Richard R. Madden in August of 1999; her brother, Kenneth W. Olson; and sister, Carole J. Gutmann; granddaughters, Erin Rose and Maria Morelli; and adored dog BooBoo.

A Day of Remembering celebrating Shirley’s life will be held on Thursday, May 27, 2010, at 6 p.m. at the funeral home.    Relatives and friends may meet with the family Thursday at the funeral home from 4 p.m.  until time of service at 6 p.m. Private interment will be held.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the ALS Association or the Humane Society.

MARESH-MEREDITH & ACKLAM FUNERAL HOME

803 Main St., Racine (262) 634-7888

Nancy E. (Vasiloff) Demetriou

Nancy E. Demetriou, age 68, passed away Sunday, Mother’s Day, May 9, 2010, at Wheaton-Franciscan Healthcare. Nancy was born in Waukegan, IL, March 2, 1942, daughter of the late Louis and Marie (Nee: Melonas) Vasiloff.

Nancy was a graduate of Waukegan Township High School “Class of 1960.”  On July 15, 1962, at St. Demetrios Church in Waukegan, IL, she was united in marriage to James T. Demetriou.   In her younger years she was employed with Golden Books.  Nancy was a dedicated member of the Kimissis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church where she served as secretary for eleven years.  Nancy was an active member of the Ladies Philoptochos Society and started the Senior Citizen’s Kafeneion.   She loved her travels with her family throughout the United States and to Canada, Jerusalem, Cyprus and Greece.  Her pastimes included crafts and floral arranging.  More than anything she cherished time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren.  She will be deeply missed.

Survivors include her loving husband of 48 years, James; her children, Tasia (Paul) Rebecchi, Ted (Robin) Demetriou, all of Racine; her grandchildren, Terri and Rina Rebecchi, Rheanna Demetriou; sister, Evelyn (Fred) Markus of Gurnee, IL; brother, Dennis (Nancy) Vaseloff of Gurnee, IL; sisters-in-law, Mary (Anastasio) Kokkinakis of Racine, Despina (Peter) Vlastaras of Beach Park, IL; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.  In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her sister and brother-in-law, Constance (Martin) Christensen.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 12, 2010, at 10:30 a.m. at the Kimissis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church, 1335 S. Green Bay Road, Hwy 31, with Rev. John Ketchum, Rev. Douglas Papulis and Rev. Peter Papademetriou officiating.  Interment will follow at Graceland Cemetery.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family Tuesday at the funeral home from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.  (Trisagion Service at 7 p.m.)  Memorials to the Kimissis Senior Citizen’s  Kafeneion or to the Regional Parkinson Center, Aurora Sinai Medical Center, 3000 W. Montana Street, Milwaukee, WI  53215 have been suggested.

The family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to the entire staff at Wheaton-Franciscan Healthcare 2nd Floor 2C and to Julie Maher for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Ana Santiago

Ana Maria Santiago, age 88, passed away Saturday, May 8, 2010, at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints Medical Center. Ana was born in Ciales, Puerto Rico, July 7, 1921, daughter of the late Juan and Maria (Nee: Rios) Nunez.

Surviving are her children, Atilano (Elba) Santiago, Matilde Santiago, Nelly Santiago, Delly Santiago and Rev. Roberto Morales, Naomi Santiago, Ramone Serrano, Ana Rosa Serrano, Virginia (Luis) Otero, Carlos Santiago and Felipe Santiago; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Carlos Santiago; and a daughter, Magdalena Serrano.

Funeral services will be held at Spanish Pentecostal Church, 601 High St., Friday, May 14, 2010, at noon. Interment will follow at Graceland Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church, Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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

Leslie C. Smith

Leslie C. Smith, 94, passed away on Saturday, May 8, 2010, at Wheaton Franciscan Health Care Center-All Saints. Leslie was born on October 12, 1915, in Green Bay, the oldest son of Raymond J. and Milda (Bocher) Smith.

Leslie attended West High School and Green Bay Vocational School.  He worked in Green Bay at Fairmont Dairy and Green Bay Printing and Engraving.  On June 12, 1941, Leslie was united in marriage with Bernice L. Biebel at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in Green Bay. During World War II.  Leslie worked at the Department of Commerce Building on the Mall in Washington, D.C., printing maps for the war effort. After the war he moved his young family to Racine and worked for Western Printing and Lithographing Company, retiring in 1977.

As a youngster growing up in the 1920s, Leslie would sometimes ride along with his Dad, a conductor with the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad.  Family trips to visit relatives in Gillette, Laona, Berry Lake, Two Rivers and Little Suamico were often by rail. This instilled a fondness for the unique sights and sounds of steam-powered trains that lasted throughout his life.

Leslie also had many memories of family trips by car to the small Wisconsin communities during an era when traveling along the scenic but often dusty and muddy roads was an adventuresome undertaking.  Leslie had an interest in his family history, as some of his ancestors were early settlers during the pioneering age of early Wisconsin.

In retirement Leslie greatly enjoyed gardening and tending his large yard filled with various berry bushes and fruit trees. Leslie enjoyed cooking, and often made delightful dishes from the large variety of fruits and vegetables he grew and preserved.  He enjoyed carpentry, skillfully remodeling several homes, and designed and built a garden house and mini-barn.

Leslie’s Catholic faith was very important throughout his life.  Leslie and Bernice were members of St. Joseph’s Parish in Racine for over 50 years. Most of all, Leslie will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Leslie is survived by Bernice, his loving wife of almost 69 years; sons, Ronald (Diane) of Racine and Randall of Green Bay; daughter, Lois Caryn of Kenosha; granddaughters, Wendy (Ron) Goldschmidt of Waterford and Tracey (Tim) Lui of Racine; great-grandchildren, Samantha and Matthew Lahti and Melissa Lui; sister-in-law, Myra Holznecht.

He was preceded in death by brothers, John (Jack) Smith and Raymond E. (Tubby) Smith; brothers-in-law, Frank Holznecht and Loyal Biebel; and sisters-in-law, Helen and Alice Smith and Elaine Biebel.

Funeral services for Leslie will be held at Sturino Funeral Home on Thursday, May 13, 2010, at 6: 30 p.m. with Rev. Stephen J. Stradinger of St. Mary’s by the Lake Catholic Church officiating. There will be a visitation at Sturino Funeral Home on Thursday from 5 p.m. until service time at 6:30 p.m. Leslie will be laid to rest at Allouez Catholic Cemetery in Green Bay.

The Smith family wishes to express sincere appreciation to Bonnie, Mary and Jill of Wheaton Franciscan Home Health and Hospice for their gentle, loving care to Leslie during the last few months.

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

James F. Grauwels

James “Smiley” Grauwels, age 68, passed away Saturday, May 8, 2010, at his residence surrounded by his family and friends.  Jim was born in Racine, May 4, 1942, son of the late Joseph and Anna B. (Nee: Gedraitis) Grauwels.  

Jim graduated with a bachelor's of arts degree from Loras University, Dubuque, Iowa.  He was united in marriage to Judie Petersen on June 12, 1965, in Racine at St. John’s Nepomuk Church. He was a lifelong resident of Racine where he worked at In-Sink-Erator from 1965-1975 and CNH from 1975 until 2001, last serving as Director of Human Resources. He was a proud member of St. Lucy Catholic Church and the Lakeview Hawks.  Jim also served for a decade on the board of directors of his alma mater, St. Catherine’s High School, and Racine Family Services. He valued coaching his kids' basketball and volleyball teams.  Jim also enjoyed fishing, golfing and cooking.  More than anything he devoted and treasured time spent with his friends and family.  He will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his wife, Judie; his four children, Michael (Jen) Grauwels of Victoria, MN, Suzie (Dale) Christensen of Canton, MI, David (Bridget) Grauwels of Middleton, WI, Julie (Eric) Sullivan of Milwaukee, WI; his seven grandchildren, Lauren and Connor Grauwels, Jake and Nikki Christensen, Wyatt and Finn Grauwels, and Ella Sullivan; sister, Joanne (John) Ramaker of Racine; brother, Joseph (Linda) Grauwels of Racine; sister-in-law, Sherry Grauwels of Racine; sister in-law, Janet (Jim) Hines of St. Charles, MO; sister-in-law Joani (Mick) Henderson of Peoria, IL; nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends.  In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, John Grauwels, father-in-law Elmer Petersen, mother-in-law, Alice Petersen; and brother-in-law, George Itzenhuiser .

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, May 14, 2010, at 11 a.m. at St. Lucy Catholic Church, 3101 Drexel Ave., with Rev. Mark R. Jones officiating.  Entombment will follow at Calvary Garden Crypts, Kinzie Avenue.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family Thursday at the funeral home from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Friday at St. Lucy Catholic Church from 10 a.m. until time of Mass at 11 a.m.  Memorials have been suggested to St. Catherine’s High School, St. Lucy’s Church or Healthcare Network. 

The family would like to thank Mike Legue, Merle Donahue, Tom and Sue Ropiak, Sally Nelson, Hospice Alliance and Dr. Richard Clark for their care, support and assistance.

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

Friday, May 7, 2010

Donald A. French

Donald A.’Frenchy’ French was born into eternal life on Friday, May 7, 2010, at Becker Shoop Center.  He was a lifelong resident of Racine, born on May 15, 1929, the son of Arthur and Karen (nee: Hanson) French. 

On September 16, 1978, Donald was united in marriage to Yvonne Scheel.  He served in the United States Army Air Corp from 1946 to 1949 and was honorably discharged as a corporal.  He was a member of Emmaus Lutheran Church for many years.  He was also a charter member of the Racine Raiders.  Donald was an over-the-road semi-driver, retiring as a cement truck driver for D.P. Wigley and TEWS.  He enjoyed reading, and the outdoors, fishing, making lures, camping and playing cards.  He also loved woodworking, especially making special woodworking gifts for his grandchildren.  When he was younger he enjoyed bowling.

Surviving is his wife of 31 years, Yvonne “Bonnie” and their children, Sharon (Richard) Wroten, Mark French, Debra (Richard) Sack, Daniel (Terry) French, Gregory French, Keith French and Bonnie’s children, Denise (Jerry) Pipol, Lynda LeClair, Chere LeClair and Andrea (Ken) Saylor; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Doanld was preceded in death by his daughter, Gayle Deshotel; step-son, John LeClair; five brothers and six sisters.

Memorial services will be held at Emmaus Lutheran Church, 1925 Summit Ave., on Tuesday, May 11, 2010, at 10 a.m. with Rev. Mary Janz officiating.  Burial will follow at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery.  There will be a visitation at the funeral home on Monday evening from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and at church on Tuesday before services from 9:30 a.m. until time of service.

Memorials in Donald’s memory to Emmaus Lutheran Church have been suggested.

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

José C. Garza

José C. “Joe” Garza, 87, passed on to the spirit world on Friday, May 7, 2010, at Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital.  José was from San Antonio, Texas, and was born on March 31, 1923, the eldest son of Felipe and Juana Garza.

During the Great Depression, while still in grade school, he went to work on the farm and in the cotton fields to help contribute to the family income after his father’s death. On August 4, 1942, he was united in marriage to Angelita, his life-long love.  He worked as a dairy farmer while in San Antonio as part of the homefront effort during World War II.

In 1960, he left San Antonio and moved to Racine where he and his young family could be close to his sisters and brothers as he recuperated from a black widow spider bite. José began his new career with AW Oakes & Son and became a 43-year member of the Operating Engineer’s Local 139. Working alongside fellow operating engineers in road construction, he paved the way for Southeastern Wisconsinites and operated the heavy equipment in the land reclamation project that made it possible to build the Racine Marina and the Festival Hall site. José also worked on many other road and building projects throughout Wisconsin and Illinois. When José retired, he became a volunteer at Cristo Rey Church where he made many friends.  He loved to plow snow, garden, attend pow-wows, and above all enjoyed the company of family and friends.    

José is survived by his children, Florencia Garza-Blas (Francisco), Catherine (José) Ramos, Jose F. (Patricia) Garza, Teresita Garza (Barry Peterson), Antonio (Rachel) Garza, Arturo (Saula) Garza; grandchildren, Rosanne R. Machado, Raquel M. (Victor) Villasenor, Saul Ramos, Larry (Christie) Ramos, Andrea (Dave) Brown, Angela Garza, Jose F. (Kim) Garza Jr, Nicholaus Garza, Skylar Garza, Rypley  Garza, Brie Garza, Kirsten Garza, Kaitlyn Garza, Ireland Garza, Christina Garcia, Petrolino (April) Garcia, Adrian Barelas, Lucia Chaffee; great-grandchildren, Robert A. Babilon, Zoie and Kaylie Ramos, Jenna Phillipson, Colin Joas, Mason Joas. Further surviving are his sisters, Josefina Ramos and Leonore Muniz; along with many loved nieces and nephews, beloved relatives in San Antonio and many dear friends.  Jose was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Angelita; his brothers, Roberto, Gilberto  and Estanislado Garza; and his great-grandson, Quentin Joas. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, May 15, 2010, at 10 a.m. at Cristo Rey Parish, 801 College Ave., with Rev. Roberto McGlinn officiating.  Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church on Friday from 5-8 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. until time of Mass. 

Special thanks to the staff at Froedtert NICU, to the staff at Froedtert Palliative, to Ruth from Harp Therapy and to Rev. Roberto McGlinn.


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

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Joyce E. (Johnson) Toslek

Joyce E. Toslek, age 86, passed away Wednesday, May 5, 2010, at Wheaton-Franciscan Healthcare.  Joyce was born in Racine, July 27, 1923, daughter of the late William and Lottie (Nee:  Harbour) Johnson.

On May 22, 1948, she was united in marriage to Gilbert W. Toslek Sr., who preceded her in death on July 28, 1998.  Joyce retired from J.I. Case Company after eighteen years of employment.   She was a member of Emmaus Lutheran Church.  Above all she was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Gilbert “Skip” (Barbara) Toslek of Racine; her three grandchildren, Jamie Toslek of Racine, WI, Kelley (Tim) Christman of Racine, Eric (Brittany) Toslek of Racine; four great-grandchildren, Alexis, Patrick, Hunter and Glenndon; sister-in-law, Anna Johnson of Chicago, IL; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. 

Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 8, 2010, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Mary Janz officiating.  Entombment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family Saturday at the funeral home from 9 a.m. until time of service at 10 a.m. Memorials to Emmaus Lutheran Church have been suggested.

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

Judith Carol Roushia

Judith C. Roushia (nee, Noble), 73, passed away at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – All Saints on May 5, 2010.

Judith Carol was born in Racine on July 14, 1936, and lived most of her adult life in Illinois. She returned to Racine in 2007.

Judith Roushia was employed at Connomac Corporation for 30 years and retired in the early 1990s. She was a Chicago Cubs fan, Green Bay Packers fan and a Chicago Bears fan. She was an avid reader of romance novels. She enjoyed bingo, word searches and her popcorn and movies. Her favorite movies were “The Wizard of Oz” and “Titanic.” She had fun shopping at Wal-Mart. Her favorite color was green and her favorite animal was the koala bear. Judith was a lover of country music, but her favorite singer was Frank Sinatra with his song “New York, New York." But most of all these things, she loved her cat, Kitty.

Judith is survived by four children, Cynthia (Fred) Padgett, Lisa (Roderick) Ives, Kim (Robert) Emmerling and William Roushia; eight grandchildren, Jessica (Joshua) Mooi, Fred Padgett IV, Tina Marie Badaracco, Nichole (Jason) Rassehl, Megan (TJ) Jensen, Christine Gaulke, Courtney Roushia and Jamie Simonsen; five great-grandchildren, Robert Frank Fale III, Lilly Belle Fale, Ella June Fale, Levi Blake Jensen and Brianna Nadine Jensen; her beloved cat, Kitty; plus many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by two sons, Michael Roushia and Wayne Roushia Jr.; one granddaughter, Sandra Roushia; one great-grandson, Zachary Taylor Jensen; and Wayne Roushia Sr.

Funeral services will be held at the Wilson Funeral Home on Saturday, May 8, 2010, at 10:30 a.m. Relatives and friends may meet with the family from 9 a.m. until the time of service.

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

Mary Alyce Hansen

Mary Alyce (Phillips) Hansen passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 5, 2010, at the Golden Living Center, Lansing, KS.  Mary loved life and people.  Her kindness of heart, willingness to listen and encouragement made her a special person to many.  Her quick wit and warm smile will be missed by all that knew and loved her.  May she live on in each of our hearts.

Mary was born on June 17, 1931, in Racine, daughter of George and Edna (Vorpahl) Phillips.  She married Kenneth L. Hansen on February 3, 1951, in Racine.  She lived and worked in Racine the majority of her life.

Mary came to Leavenworth in 1989 to be with her daughter and family.  She is a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church and the Lutheran Women’s Ladies Aid.  Mary touched many lives throughout her life with her passion for food, knowledge and talent of crafts, love of collecting cookbooks and recipes, and her contributions to the community.

Mary is preceded in death by her husband, Ken, September 27, 1965; her parents; brothers, William and John Phillips; and sister, Lois Mae Phillips.  She is survived by her loving daughters, Elizabeth Burris (Timothy) of Spokane, WA, and Laura Elkins (Jerry) of Leavenworth, KS; sisters, Grace DuPree of Glendale Heights, IL, and Kathryn Lindh of Ft. Atkinson, WI; grandsons, Ronald Elkins, Kenneth Elkins, Carl Burris, Joshua Burris and Loren Elkins; great-granddaughters, Fiona, Addison and Delanie Burris; great-grandsons, Cameron, Chase and Corbin Elkins and Seth Burris; cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Services will be at the Sturino Funeral Home on Friday, May 14, 2010, at 1 p.m. with a visitation from noon until service time.  Internment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park.  Memorial donations to be given to the St. Paul Lutheran School, 311 N. Seventh St., Leavenworth, KS, 66048 or Crossroads Hospice, 9237 Ward Parkway, Ste. 300, Kansas City, MO, 64114.

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

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

James Robert Buck

James R. Buck, age 20, passed away Sunday, May 2, 2010, at Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital, Wauwatosa, WI.   James was born in Racine, September 25, 1989, son of David N. Buck and Margaret A. (Nee:  Maddocks) Buck.

James was a graduate of William Horlick High School “Class of 2008.”  He was employed by Allied Barton as a security guard.  He enjoyed skateboarding, had a passion for music, and a great love for playing his guitar. He will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his parents, Margaret “Peggy” Buck,  Dave Buck (Roxanne Pfeffer); brother, Scott Buck; sister, Theresa Buck; Roxanne’s children, Alissa Pfeffer and Luke Pfeffer; his grandparents, James and Nancy Maddocks; aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and many dear friends.  He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Phil and Sis Buck.

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 7, 2010, at 6 p.m. with Rev. Tony Larson officiating.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family on Friday at the funeral home from 3:30 p.m. until time of service at 6 p.m.   Memorials to the family have been suggested as a music scholarship will be established in James’ name at UW-Parkside.

A very special thank you to the staff at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints and Froedert Memorial Hospital for their loving and compassionate care.


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

Monday, May 3, 2010

Rosemary M. (Schliesmann) Septon

Rosemary Margaret Septon, age 80, was born into eternal life May 3, 2010, following a long and courageous battle with Leukemia and Spasmodic Torticolis-Dystonia, Rosemary was born in Racine, Wisconsin on Mother’s Day, May 12, 1929, daughter of the late John and Frances (Nee:Loub) Schliesmann.

Rosemary attended St. Rita’s Grade School and won top honors to attend St. Catherine’s High School where she was an active student. She graduated in 1947. In 1951 on her 22nd birthday she married the love of her life, Lyle E. Septon.

First and foremost, Rosemary was a loving and giving wife, mother and grandmother who will be dearly missed. She was employed by Sears Roebuck and Co. for 15 years and was an active member of the Sears Retiree Club. After retiring from Sears she spent five years working at Christy’s Department Store; her happiest working years. Lyle and Rosemary have been active members of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church for more than forty years.

Together with her husband, Rosemary had three children , Gregory (Adria Day) Septon, Peggy (Douglas) Anderson, and Jill (Steven) Hansen. Rosemary was a loving and devoted grandmother to her six grandchildren, Kristin (Ryan) Horn, Emily Anderson, Gregory Anderson USAF, Andrew Hansen, Maggie Jayne Hansen, and Parker Day Septon. Further surviving are her sisters, Elaine (William) Zlevor, Carol (Donald) Robotka; brother, John “Jack” (Nancy) Schliesmann; sister-in-law, Leigh Leudtke; along with many nieces, nephews, relatives and many dear friends too numerous to list. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Marilyn Hagner; and grandparents Frank and Anastasia Loub.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Friday, May 7, 2010, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 6400 Spring St., with Reverend William Dietzler officiating. Private inurnment with family members will take place at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Friday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Catherine’s High School are suggested.

The family would like to offer a special thank you to Dr. Michael Mullane, and the caring staff at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare.

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

Jennifer Overman Wang

KENOSHA -- Jennifer Overman Wang, 59, formerly of Racine, passed away at Aurora Medical Center, Kenosha, on Monday May 3, 2010. Jennifer Ruth was born in Racine on February 24, 1951, the daughter of John Henry and Arlene Betty (nee: Hansen) Overman.

She was a Washington Park High School graduate “Class of 1969” and went on to further her education, graduating from UW-Parkside “Class of 1978.” Jennifer was employed as a nursing instructor at Evanston Hospital for several years. She found great enjoyment in knitting, playing guitar and most anything “crafty.”

Jennifer is survived by her son, Peter John Wang of Kenosha; one sister, Leah (Raymond) Britson of Whitewater; four brothers, James Overman of Delafield, John (Jan) Overman, Joel (Jackie) Overman of Racine and Mike Overman of Greenfield. She is further survived by nieces and nephews, Kelly, Brian, Kyle, Aaron, Brett, Natalie, Daniel and Becky, along with several great-nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

Jennifer was preceded in death by her parents, John and Arlene.

Funeral services will be held at Sturino Funeral Home on Saturday, May 8, 2010, at 3 p.m. with Rev. James Barsch of Lutheran Church of the Resurrection officiating. There will be a visitation at Sturino Funeral Home on Saturday from 1 p.m. until service time at 3 p.m. Jennifer will be laid to rest at West Lawn Memorial Park next to her parents in a private ceremony. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Jennifer’s son, Peter would be greatly appreciated.

Jennifer’s family would like to extend a very special thank you to the entire staff at Heartland Health Care Center-Washington Manor, and Aurora Medical Center-Kenosha for the fine care given to Jennifer during her illness.

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