Friday, December 31, 2010

Grace (Toms) Hendrickson

Grace Hendrickson, age 98, passed away Friday, December 31, 2010, at The Arboretum, Menomonee Falls, WI. Grace was born in Linn County, Iowa, May 10, 1912, daughter of the late Liston and Gladys (Nee: Dennis) Toms. She had been a resident of Racine from 1952 until June of 1994 when she moved to Menomonee Falls.

On August 2, 1932, she was united in marriage to Oliver Hendrickson, who preceded her in death in 1984. Prior to her marriage, Grace was a school teacher for a number of years. While living in Racine she was employed by St. Mary’s Hospital as a Ward Clerk for many years until her retirement in 1977. She was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church. 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, G. Earl (Jane) Henrickson; son-in-law, Jerry Baumgardt; 7 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild; sister, Thelma Seekamp; half-sister, Gale Landis; other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by her eldest son, Oliver Ellis Hendrickson; her daughter, Karen Marie Baumgardt; one brother, Harold; and sisters, Leatha, Fern, Hilda and Hazel.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, January 5, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 728 Villa St., with Rev. Paul Huebner officiating. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Wednesday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m.

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

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Cora M. (Walton) Wonders

Cora M. Wonders, age 94, passed away Tuesday, December 28, 2010, at the Claridge House, Kenosha. Cora was born in Vinegar Hill, IL, January 27, 1916, daughter of the late John and Hazel (Nee: Hocking) Walton and had been a Racine resident since 1942.

On January 14, 1935, she was united in marriage to Sherman G. Wonders who preceded her in death on December 29, 1982. Cora worked for many years with her family at Hillside Bowling Lanes. She was a member of the Methodist Church. An avid Brewer fan, excellent baker, devoted wife, mother, and grandmother, Cora cherished time spent with her family. She will be deeply missed.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, John (Glendene) Wonders of St. Louis, MO, Richard Lee (Kristine) Wonders of Racine; her grandchildren, John Wonders, Jr., Jeffrey (Katie) Wonders, James (Margie) Wonders, Jason (Carrie) Wonders, Joshua (Dawn) Wonders, Cheryl (Jeremy) Johnson, Jenny Wonders; 15 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-granddaughter; brothers and sisters, Thomas Walton, Delmar Walton, Marietta (Joseph) Gleason, Mildred Hall; sister-in-law, Jewel Walton; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Christina Marie; brothers and sisters, James Walton, Leslie Walton, Lloyd Walton, Arnold Walton, Hazel Spore, and Dorothy Lancaster.

Funeral services will be held Monday, January 3, 2011, at 10:30 a.m., at the funeral home with Chaplain Gary Ruckman officiating. Interment will follow at Graceland Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Sunday at the funeral home from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and Monday at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until time of service at 10:30 a.m.

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

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Allan H. Peters

Allan H. Peters, age 64, passed away Sunday, December 26, 2010, at his residence. Allan was born in Racine, December 12, 1946, son of the late Henry L. and Margaret C. (Nee: Kluge) Peters and was a lifelong resident of Racine.

Allan was employed by Johnson Outboard for a number of years, last working at Racine Unified. An avid outdoorsman and sportsman, Allan enjoyed fishing, golfing and bowling. He will always be remembered for his patriotism and his ability to fix anything. Above all, he cherished time with his children and grandchildren. He will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his children, Corrine (Robbie) Baer, Matthew (Tonya) Peters; his four grandchildren, Brooke and Brandon Baer, Brody and Brett Peters; sister, Cynthia (Kevin) Smith; brother, Donald (Susan) Peters; former wife and best friend, Cecilia Peters; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

A Memorial Service will be held Wednesday, December 29, 2010, at 6 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. David Andrews. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Wednesday at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until time of service.

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

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

William Edward 'Bill' Hile Jr.

William E. Hile Jr., 70, passed away on Wednesday, December 22, 2010, at Lincoln Village Convalescent Center.

He was born in Evanston, IL, on Oct. 11, 1940, to the late William E. and June (nee: Robinson) Hile, Sr. He lived his early years in Barrington, IL. He was very involved in scouting. He graduated from Barrington High School where he played in the high school band. He was an undergraduate at Purdue University and received his MBA from Michigan. On Dec. 10, 1988, he was united in marriage to the former Nell J. Rasmussen. He was employed at the Marshfield Clinic as an SAS computer programmer retiring in 2003.

Mr. Hile was an avid reader and lifelong Republican. He was an accomplished trombonist, and marched and played in the Purdue marching band. He was a very kind and helpful person. He was a family man but, most importantly, he was a devoted husband and caregiver to his wife. He also loved his dog, Candy.

Bill is survived by his wife, Nell Hile; one daughter, Andrea (Justin) Rucks; two step-daughters, Linda (Rick) Maroda, Pam (Steve) Miller; eight grandchildren, Rob (Jenny) Long, Tanya (Dwayne) Kittell, Jenny (Bryan) Darr, Heather (Marko) Stanosevic, Josh Maroda, Ashley Miller, Gregory Rucks, Genevieve Rucks; thirteen great-grandchildren; one brother, Henry (Bernita) Hile, one sister-in-law, Melody Hile; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by a brother, Peter Hile.

A memorial service will be held at Lincoln Village Convalescent Center in the Fireside Room, 1700 C. A. Becker Drive, on December 29, 2010, at 6 p.m. Relatives and friends may meet with the family from 5 until the ceremony.

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

Myrtle Mary (Kraimer) Sus

Myrtle Mary (nee Kraimer) Sus (age 91) of Racine, Wisconsin, (formerly of Peachtree City, Georgia, and Couderay, Wisconsin) died on December 22, 2010. She was born on August 5, 1919, at Catawba, Wisconsin, daughter of George and Jennie (Rademaker) Kraimer.

She was raised in Price and Rush Counties, attended schools at Catawba and Ingram. She and Emery J. Cipov were married in 1936 in Chetek, Wisconsin, and parted in 1952. To this union four children were born: Arlene June, Emery George (Sonny), Joan Ann and Jeanette Myrtle. She and Anton Sus were married in Racine in June, 1960. They owned and operated “Sus Two-Way Radio” in Racine, Wisconsin, from December 1960 to December 1980. Myrtle also worked at Rainfair, Wisconsin Screw, and Motor Specialty in Racine and later was in sales.

In 1976-77, she and her son, Emery George (Sonny) Cipov, owned and operated the Silver Fox in Couderay, Wisconsin. In 1979, she purchased the Village Tap in Couderay, Wisconsin, remodeled and enlarged the building and renamed it “Village Pub and Grub.” Myrtle owned and operated this bar and restaurant from 1979 to 1988. She loved her customers and dearly appreciated them. She was a member of the SNPJ Lodge, Moose Lodge, Senior Friends and Pioneer Club. She played button accordion with the Samsula Button Box Club while in Florida from 1980 to 1996. She loved her family and grandchildren and loved to cook and have her children and families over for holiday dinners. She also loved crafts, crocheting, flowers and the outdoors.

Surviving are her two daughters, Joan (Russ) Heaton, Peachtree City, GA, and Jeanette (John) Buege, Racine, WI; son-in-law, Clay Morgan, Overland Park, KS; grandchildren, Hope Marie (Rick) Jordan, Elizabeth City, N.C., Mark Morgan, Strum, WI, Stuart (Pam) Morgan, Olathe, KS, Sheryl (Kevin) Sheptick, Radisson, WI, Shelly (Ted) Mico, Joseph Cipov, Kurtis Cipov, and Brian Cipov, all of Racine, WI, Christine Gibbon, Peachtree City, GA, Jennifer (Jayson) Bowden, Forest Park, GA, Walter “Punky” (Sue) Davis, Jr., Sturtevant, WI, Cheryl (Bill) Sigrist, Franksville, WI; 18 great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; brother, Sylvester “Sam” Kraimer of California; sister-in-law, Joanne Kraimer of Coon Rapids, MN; many nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

Preceding her in death were her Beloved Husband, Anton (Tony) Sus; Mother; Father; Stepmother; Beloved Son, Emery George (Sonny) Cipov; Beloved Daughter, Arlene June Morgan; Stepdaughter, Marjorie Ann Sus Davis; Stepson, Wayne Sus; Brothers, Herbert, Hubert, Lawrence, and Lester Kraimer, and Ambrose Kraimer Dunn.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, December 29, 2010, at noon at the funeral home with Deacon Dale Nees 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. and Wednesday at the funeral home from 11:30 a.m. until time of service at noon.

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

Lillian Hansen

Lillian Hansen, 92, died on the morning of December 22, 2010, at Becker-Shoop Center. A lifelong resident of Racine, Lillian had lived since 2007 at Walnut Grove Assisted Living, having moved there from the Danish-American Home.

Lillian was born on July 10, 1918, to Jens and Marie (nee Jensen) Hansen, both of whom were Danish immigrants and members of State Street Danish Baptist Church. Lillian graduated from Washington Park High School in 1937 and later became a Licensed Practical Nurse through St. Luke's School of Nursing. During WWII, she volunteered to help care for wounded soldiers at St. Mary's Hospital. For 43 years Lillian worked in book handling and as a nurse in the infirmary at Western Publishing Company, retiring in 1980.

A lifelong member of Fellowship (formerly Grove Avenue) Baptist Church, Lillian sang in the choir and was a faithful visitor of the hospitalized and home-bound. She was a lover of cats and an amateur artist who for decades met regularly with fellow artists to paint pictures of cats and flowers on dishes and vases. Lillian enjoyed traveling around the U.S. (having visited all states except Alaska) and twice visited Denmark.

Lillian is survived by her niece, Julie Sego of Sturtevant along with Julie's son, Eric and daughter, Kristi; and by her nephew, Ron Damholt of Grapevine, Texas, along with Ron's son, Kristian and daughter, Alisa; as well as other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her brother, Irving; sisters, Edith Damholt and Evelyn Hansen; aunts, Anna and Olga Jensen; and cousins, Earl and Daniel Jensen. Lillian was deeply loved by many, and will be sorely missed.

Funeral services will be at Wilson Funeral Home, 1212 Lathrop Ave., on Wednesday, January 5, at 10:30 a.m. Interment will follow at Graceland Cemetery. Friends are invited to greet the family beginning at 9:30.

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

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Bobby Chonte Ward, Jr.

Bobby Chonte Ward Jr, passed away Tuesday, December 21, 2010, at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints Medical Center. He was born on September 3, 1980, in Racine, Wisconsin, to Bobby and Glenda Ward, Sr,. He attended Wadewitz Elementary School, Mitchell Middle School, and graduated from Washington Park High School “Class of 2000.”

Chonte enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, especially loved birthday and holidays celebrations. It was never a quiet moment in the room with him. He would keep you smiling with his wonderful sense of humor. He also enjoyed playing his video games, playing basketball with his niece and two nephews, listening to music, helping his dad wash the car, and riding to the stores with his mother and shopping at the mall.

Among the many who continue to celebrate his life are his parents, Glenda and Bobby Ward Sr.; Grandmother, Annie Daniel; Grandfather, Lee Williams of Arkansas; his niece, Lexus Wallace; nephews, Justice and Tyler Wallace; Aunties, Allison Coleman, Carol Coleman, Sandra (Johnny) Ewing, Betty Jean Hook of Tupelo, MS, Virginia Whitfield of Miami, FL, Veronica Belchel, Tina Evans, Marqurite Williams; Uncles, Michael (Lela) Coleman, Chad (Jessica) Daniel, Johnny Ward, Willie Brown, Leroy (Carmen) Ward, Jimmy (Eliza) Ward, Alan Ward, Michael, Gary, Larry and Sam Williams; his special cousins, Raven Coleman, Sandy Coleman, Sharrika Brown, Tammy Carr, Talila Clark, Elizabeth Hicks, and Charles and Cindy Ward; his best friend, John Echoes; and a host of family, friends and loved ones. Meeting him at the Gates of Heaven is his sister Brandy Wallace; grandfather, Hue Daniel; Great-Grandparents Harrison and Ruth Coleman, Clifford and Mattie Ward; Grandmother, Betty “Big Ma” McCrae; Aunt, Sherrie Ward; uncles, Elvis and Wayne Williams.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 28, 2010, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Bobby Vinson and Rev. Jesse Summerall officiating. Interment will follow at Graceland Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m.

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

Luella M. (Christy) Nissila

Surrounded by the love of her family, Luella M. Nissila, age 86, passed away Tuesday, December 21, 2010, at Oak Ridge Care Center, Union Grove, WI. Luella was born in Marinette, WI, on August 21, 1924, daughter of the late Earl and Victoria (Nee: St. Onge) Christy and had been a resident of Sturtevant since 1964.

On August 12, 1944, at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in Ironwood, MI, she was united in marriage to Matt A. Nissila, who preceded her in death on January 27, 1995. She retired from Farm and Fleet in 1985 after over thirty years of employment. Luella was an active member of St. Sebastian Catholic Church, the Altar Society and Senior Group. She also volunteered with the Red Cross and Toys for Tots. Luella was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her six children, Victoria Maki of Racine, Stephen (Phyllis) Nissila of Eugene, OR, Katherine Wright of Racine, Judith Chapin, Mary (Stephen) Sorenson, Timothy (Tina) Nissila, all of Sturtevant; 18 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; sister, Lillian (Charles) Mueller of WI; brother, Peter (Kitty) Christy of MN; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Andrew Nissila, Lillian Rayala, both of Manitowish Waters, WI, Delores Christy of WI; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Susan; son, Matthew; sisters and brothers, Joyce, Muriel, Frances, James and Joseph.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, December 23, 2010, at 11 a.m. at St. Sebastian Catholic Church, 3100 95th St., Sturtevant, with Rev. Paul L. Raczynski officiating. Private interment will be held at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Thursday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of Mass at 11 a.m. Memorials to St. Sebastian Catholic Church have been suggested.

The family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to the caregivers at Vitas Hospice and Oak Ridge Care Center for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Iris J. (Holt) Johnson

Iris J. Johnson, age 59, passed away Tuesday, December 21, 2010, at Mt. Carmel Medical and Rehabilitation Center, Burlington, WI. Iris was born in Racine, June 3, 1951, daughter of the late Donzell and Mary (Nee: Odom) Holt.

Iris was employed by California Hardware Manufacturing Company for many years. She had a passion for music and reading, and enjoyed running and biking. She was a devoted Christian and loving mother and grandmother who will be deeply missed.

Survivors include her husband, Duane Johnson; her children, Brian (Lucy) Johnson of Chicago, IL, Karida Johnson of Pasadena, CA; her grandchildren, Roosevelt Lett and Arielle Searcy; sisters, Davetta (James) McBride, Donna (Connie) Neil, Grace Witherspoon; brother, Donzell Holt; sister-in-law, Diane Johnson; and a host of other relatives and dear friends.

Private funeral services will be held. Memorials to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society have been suggested.

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

Randall B. Cooper

Randall B. Cooper, age 55, passed away Tuesday, December 21, 2010, at his residence. A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, December 30, 2010, at 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Thursday at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11:30 a.m. Please see our website for a complete obituary.

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

Monday, December 20, 2010

William F. 'Bill' Gastrow

Surrounded by his loving family, William F. “Bill” Gastrow, age 68, unexpectedly passed to his eternal reward Monday, December 20, 2010, at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints Medical Center. William was born in Racine, July 2, 1942, son of the late William P. and Edna B. (Nee: Schrader) Gastrow.

On December 26, 1965, Bill was united in marriage to Ruth E. West. He proudly served in Vietnam from 1965-67 on the U.S.S. Finch DER328. Bill was an expert in machine tooling, operations and high-tech manufacturing, successfully blending international cultures. Bill was employed for 34 years by Twin Disc, retiring in 1995. Bill then launched the North American operation of Poclain Hydraulics, splitting time between the U.S. and France. Bill was currently employed by Busch Precision. He was politically active in both local and state politics. Bill was a 39-year member and ordained Deacon of First Presbyterian Church. A history buff, he enjoyed woodworking, gardening  and nature. Above all, he was a loving and devoted husband, father and friend who will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his sweetheart, Ruth; his daughter, Jordanna Gastrow of Caledonia; sister, Betty Johnson of Sturtevant; sisters-in-law, Betty Jean (Richard) Petersen and Marilynne (Paul) Wolf of Diamond Head, MS; and brother-in-law Rodger West of St. Petersburg, FL; nieces, nephews, three furry kids (Abbey, Maggie, Peanut); other relatives and many special friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Janet Matranga and Shirley Mau.

A strong advocate of the Organ Donor Network, William’s passing provided over 100 people with the gift of life, including a successful liver transplant this Christmas.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 28, 2010, at 7 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Douglas Aldrink officiating. Interment with full military honors will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Caledonia Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Tuesday at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until time of service at 7 p.m.

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

Dr. Elizabeth Petrakis

Dr. Elizabeth Petrakis, age 73, passed away Monday, December 20, 2010, at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints Medical Center from Pulmonary Fibrosis. She was born in Racine, September 12, 1937, daughter of the late James T. and Angelina (Nee: Kerhulas) Petrakis.

She graduated from Washington Park High School, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (BS), Smith College (MS) and the University of North Carolina-Greensboro (EDD). She was professor emeritus at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). In 1967, her college teaching career began in Teacher Education with emphasis in Physical Education. During her tenure, she taught, advised and coached many students in the Department of Physical Education. In the new era of women’s athletics, she was the first UNL women’s field hockey and tennis coach. With the advent of the personal computer, she was instrumental in developing the Teachers College computer requirements. She developed software for teaching tennis and for teaching teachers how to observe movement and to give feedback to improve students’ sport performance.

She was an avid sports fan who actively participated in tennis and golf. As a child she wanted to be a Racine Belle. She watched major sporting events either in person (Nebraska Sports, Olympics) or on TV. She loved to travel and spend her summers on a Greek Island or exploring Europe, China and South America.

Survivors include her brother, Ted J. Petrakis of Racine; aunt, Irene Moskonas; cousins, Bill and Carolyn Moskonas; and nieces, Christine (Dan) Lenczner, Julie (Todd) Hendricks; and cousins, Catherine D. Ledford of NC and Adrian Petrakis of MI; and many friends of Racine and of Nebraska.

Funeral services will be held Monday, December 27, 2010, at 11 a.m. at the Kimissis Tis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church, 1335 South Green Bay Rd. Interment will follow at Graceland Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Monday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to The Greek Ladies Philoptochos Society or The Kiliveros Sunday School Fund.

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

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Karl C. Shaw II

Karl C. Shaw II, age 22, passed away unexpectedly, Sunday, December 19, 2010, at Kindred Hospital. Greenfield, WI. Karl was born in Racine, March 17, 1988.

Karl enjoyed drawing, writing music and liked to flow. Above all, Karl treasured and devoted his life to his family. He will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his mother, Nilsa Rosario; his father and stepmother, Karl C. Shaw Sr. and Dawn Ruggaber; his fiancée, Britnee K. Fisher; his two daughters, Orlyla Shaw and Nuellah Shaw; sister, Yamira Shaw; brothers, Timothy Shaw, Jordan Shaw; grandparents, Frank (Freddie) Shaw, Ernestina Rosario; nephew, Emanuel Shaw; other relatives and many dear friends. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Julio Rosario; and his aunt, Maira.

Funeral services will be held Monday, December 27, 2010, at 6 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Charles Thornhill and Rev. German Novelli officiating. Private interment will be held at Graceland Cemetery.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family Monday at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until time of service at 6 p.m.

The family wishes to extend a very special thank you to Michael Fisher and Yamira Shaw for their loving and compassionate care.


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

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Elva Due

Elva Due is celebrating as she went to her eternal home with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on December 18, 2011. “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)

Elva was surrounded by her loving family at her passing after spending 85 years at her temporary home here on earth. She joins her husband, Richard Due, in heaven. She is survived by her children Shari, Brian (Holly) and Randy (Cindi). Also surviving Elva are her sister, Gloria Jonas; sister-in-law,  Beverly Losch; nieces, Gayle (Dave) Ness and Carole (Mike) Mack; nephews, Rick (Sandy) Jonas and Scott Booker; as well as other family members and friends. She was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church.

Elva and the family would like to thank the many wonderful caregivers, doctors, nurses and others who gave her excellent and compassionate care. Thank you!

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress...” (James 1:27) Thanks for taking care of Elva in her distress!

A private graveside service was held.

If you too would like to invite Jesus Christ into your life as your personal Savior and have eternal life please contact the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association toll-free at 1-877-247-2426.

Donations can be made to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association for Bibles ( 1 Billy Graham Parkway; Charlotte, NC 28201) or to the Greater Wisconsin Alzheimer's Association (2900 Curry Lane, Suite A, Green Bay, WI 54311).

Merry Christmas as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who died on the cross for our sins so that whoever believes in Him will have eternal life!

Wilson Funeral Home
1212 Lathrop Ave. (262) 634-3361

Travis W. Malone

Travis W. Malone, age 70, passed away Saturday, December 18, 2010, at Aurora West Allis Health Center, West Allis, WI. Travis was born in Portales, New Mexico, on August 27, 1940, son of the late James and Jimmie (Nee: Henry) Malone.

Travis served in the U.S Army from 1957 to his discharge from the U.S Army Reserves in 1963. On September 2, 1961, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church he was united in marriage to Consuelo Garcia. Travis was employed by Young Radiator for thirty years, retiring in 1994. He was a member of True Life Ministries Church. Travis enjoyed collecting antiques, coins and Chinese soap stones. Above all he devoted his life to his family and will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his loving wife of 49 years, Connie; his daughters and sons-in-law, Sue Ann (Scott) Gallo of Muskego, Cindy L. (Steve) Rogers of Greenfield; grandchildren, Jazz Rogers, Steven Rogers II and Jared Gallo; brother, James (Crista) Malone of Fort Worth, TX; sister, Norma Dean Garrett  of TX; brother-in-law Tom Spencer of CA; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Mary (William) Hempel, Ethel (Rick) Harding, Leola (Clarence) Jeter, Betty Spencer and Wanda Nell.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, December 22, 2010, at 6 p.m. at the funeral home with Reverend Jeffrey Butler and Reverend Steven Rogers officiating. Private interment will be held at Graceland Cemetery. 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. In lieu of flowers, memorials to True Life Ministries Building Fund have been suggested.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to The True Life Ministries family and the Elim Tabernacle family for all their love and support.

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

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Agnes R. (Polansky) Kaisler

Agnes R. Kaisler, age 98, passed away Thursday, December 16, 2010, at Ridgewood Care Center. Agnes was born in Banov, Czech Republic, on January 17, 1912, daughter of the late Simon and Clementina (Nee: Hnilicka) Polansky.

Agnes was a lifelong member of St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church and on September 24, 1930, at the church she was united in marriage to John F. Kaisler. John preceded her in death, April 29, 1984. An excellent Bohemian cook, Agnes also loved antiquing, crocheting fancy doilies and pillowcases, and watching her favorite shows, Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. Agnes was a sports enthusiast especially for Bucks and Brewer games. More than anything Agnes cherished time spent with her family and will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her children, Edward Kaisler of Savage, MN, Delmar (Ruby) Kaisler of Cass City, MI, Nancy (William) Mutchler of Racine; 11 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, William (Jean) Kaisler, George (Mavis) Kaisler, Babe Kaisler; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Rudolph and Mary Kaisler; her daughter-in-law, Doris Kaisler; her granddaughter, Mary Jo Scherbring; grandson-in-law, Cameron M. Harris; sisters and brothers, Frances (Stanley) Kusnierz, Mary (George) Steimle, Anne (Fred) Kelsall, Anthony (Carol) Polansky, Frank (Margaret) Polansky; and 11 brothers-in-law and 12 sisters-in-law.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, December 21, 2010, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church, 1903 Green St., with Rev. Ronald J. Gramza officiating. Entombment will follow at Holy Cross Garden Mausoleum, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Monday at the funeral home from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and Tuesday at the church from 10 a.m.  until time of Mass at 10:30 a.m. Memorials to St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church have been suggested.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to nurse, Rachel at Wheaton Franciscan 2A for her outstanding care given and also to her caregivers at Ridgewood Care Center.


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

Sister Jane (Mary David) Kutchey, O.P.

Sister Jane Kutchey, O.P., 90, passed away at Siena Center, Racine, on Thursday, December 16, 2010.

Jane Lucille was born October 11, 1920, to Michael and Catherine (nee: Halmich) Kutchey in Royal Oak, MI. On August 29, 1938, she joined the Racine Dominicans and at her reception in 1939 she was given the religious name Sister Mary David. She professed her first vows in 1941 and her final vows in 1947. In 1968 she returned to using her baptismal name, Jane.

Sister Jane spent many years in service to others in teaching and administrative work. She began her ministry in 1940 at St. Joseph, Racine. Other places in Wisconsin where she served were Holy Cross, Kaukauna; Sacred Heart, St. Catherine’s High School, Dominican College and Siena Center, Racine; Villa St. Anne, Oconomowoc; and Our Lady of the Oaks, Pewaukee. She also served in Michigan at Nativity, Detroit; St. Clement, Center Line; and Boysville, Clinton; and in Nebraska at St. Joseph Hospital, Osmond. When she moved to Racine in 1989 she worked in the Finance Office at Siena Center.

Sister Jane is survived by the Racine Dominican Sisters and Associates; nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents; and her brothers, Raymond, Herman, Elmer, William, Richard and David; and her sister, Florence Grobbel.

Visitation will be in the Siena Center Chapel on Tuesday December 21, beginning at 9:30 a.m. with a Remembering Service at 2:30 p.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 4 p.m. Interment will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Memorials to the Racine Dominican Mission Fund have been suggested.

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

John Robert 'Jack' Donovan

On Thursday December 16, 2010, John R. “Jack” Donovan, age 77, was reunited in heaven with his wife, Susan, who preceded him in death on October 27, 2010. John was born in Milwaukee December 26, 1932, son of the late George and Mary (nee: Jerovitz) Donovan.

Jack graduated from St. Francis Seminary High School “Class of 1951” and from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Pharmacy. On July 30, 1960, he was united in marriage to Susan A. Groenewold and they had celebrated fifty years together. Jack was employed for thirty years as the Pharmacist at the Kurten Clinic Pharmacy, working side by side with his wife for seventeen years. He then was employed with WF-All Saints from 2003 until the present.

Among his many services in the area, Jack was a member and Eucharistic Minister of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, a member of the Sertoma Club, serving as president for two terms, Human Service representative for Racine on the Racine-Kenosha Private Independent Council, member of the Racine County Sheriff’s Advisory Board for four years, and a fifteen-year citizen member of Racine County Human Service Board where, in 1992, he was selected Representative of the Year for the State of Wisconsin for his involvement with programs for Alcohol and Drug abuse and mental illness.

Jack was most proud of his thirty- two years of continuous sobriety from 1978 until the present, serving as past president, vice-president and treasurer of the Alano Club of Racine. He thanks God and AA for a wonderful life. In his younger years, he enjoyed bowling and softball and later started running. Jack was a member of the YMCA and completed the Lighthouse Run for its first 30 years. He also enjoyed the Rec/Plex, sports on TV, bus trips to Ho-Chunk and working casually on Saturdays at WF-All Saints Atrium. Above all, it was his time with family that gave him the most joy and he will be dearly missed by all.

Survivors include his children, Michael J. (Alison) Donovan, Steven “Rocky” J. (Tara) Donovan, all of Racine, Debra A. (Gregory) Janick of St. Thomas, North Dakota, Lisa M. (Gerald) Drea of Racine; his grandchildren, Matthew, Michael and Marissa Drea, Ian and Emma Donovan, Quinn and Sawyer Donovan, Michelle (Carlos) Donovan; his two great-grandchildren, Jonah and Lilliana; sister-in-law, Stephanie Kassulke of Milwaukee, WI; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. Jack was also very close to his work family at WF-All Saints, Ann, Kristen, Gary, Shelby, Amy, Bob, Mike and Matt; and all of the wonderful customers he served over forty years as a pharmacist.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, December 22, 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 Wednesday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass at 11 a.m.  In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society have been suggested.
 
The family extends a special thank you to Dr. Richard Odders, Medical Oncologist, for all of his efforts and compassionate care.


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

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Gertrude 'Pinky' (Braun) Greene

Gertrude “Pinky” R. Greene, age 89, passed away Wednesday, December 15, 2010, at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints Medical Center. Gertrude was born in Racine, September 24, 1921, daughter of the late Henry and Gertrude (Nee: Mueller) Braun.

On January 18, 1947, at St. Joseph Friary in Sturtevant she was united in marriage to Emmette M. Greene, who preceded her in death on August 25, 2001. She was a member of St. Sebastian Catholic Church. Pinky thoroughly enjoyed tending to her farm and gardens. She also worked for Borzinski’s for a number of years. More than anything she loved spending time with her family. She will be deeply missed.

Survivors include her children, Barbara A. (John) Pippenger of Racine, Thomas (Karen) Greene of Marion, NC; grandchildren, Lara Leaf (Stephen Stolarick), Rebecca Pippenger (Paul Van Opens), Daniel (Patricia) Pippenger, Heather Wylie, Kim (Raphel) Mitchell, Brian Greene; great-grandchildren, Krista Wylie, Katherine Pippenger, Elizabeth Pippenger, Stuart Stolarick; sister, Grace Perman; brother, John (Miriam) Braun; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sister, Angeline (Onnie) Gifford.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, December 21, 2010, at 11 a.m. at St. Sebastian Catholic Church, 3100-95th St., Sturtevant, with Rev. Paul L. Raczynski officiating. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Tuesday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of Mass. Memorials to St. Sebastian Catholic Church have been suggested.

The family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to the caregivers at Lakeshore Manor for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Charles 'Chuck' H. Fox

Surrounded by his loving family, Charles “Chuck” H. Fox, age 93, passed away Tuesday, December 14, 2010, at his home. Charles was born on September 18, 1917, son of the late John R. and Emma “Mame” (Nee: Zimmer) Fox and was a lifelong resident of Racine.

Chuck was a graduate of Washington Park High School “Class of 1935.” On August 5, 1944, he was united in marriage to Ella F. Poulsen. Chuck owned and operated, L & C Machine Company and later co-owned and operated Poulsen Machine Company. He was employed by Ives Grove Golf Course and last worked at Reliance Controls, up until a couple of weeks ago.

He was a member of St. Edward Catholic Church and enjoyed singing with the choir. Having a great love for music, Chuck played the piano daily and was a former member of the Racine Dairy Statesman. A skilled craftsman, Chuck could make anything out of wood or metal. He was an avid golfer and won numerous tournaments, including the Wisconsin Public Course State Championship and the Racine County Senior Masters. Chuck enjoyed traveling with his wife, sailing with his son, John; playing piano with his trumpeter son, Tim; spending quality time with daughters Kathy and Jane at Mike and Angelo’s; and cherished time spent golfing with his family and friends. Always mindful and appreciative of his family, many friends and acquaintances, Chuck remains well loved.

Survivors include his loving wife of sixty-six years, Ella; daughters, Kathleen (Todd) Pettit, Jane (Mark) Anderson; sons, John C. (Christine) Fox, Timothy D. (June) Fox; grandsons, David (Carrie) Pettit, Daniel (Renee) Pettit, Jason (Kelli) Pettit, Matt Anderson (Amy Furman); granddaughter, Jess Fox Anderson; 7 great-grandchildren, Frankie, Jack, Emmy, Elaina, Alexa, Charlie and Lucy Pettit; step-great-grandchildren, Evance, Sedric and Autumn Grandberry; brothers and sisters-in-law, J. Bernard (Mary) Fox, Richard (Lois) Fox; sister, Margaret Vrana; sister-in-law, Carol Fox; many nieces, nephews and dear friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Peter W. “Bill” Fox; sister-in-law, Lois Fox; brothers-in-law, Anker Poulsen, William Wood and Albert Vrana; step-granddaughter Stacy West; and, regretfully just days ago, by beloved sister-in-law, Helen Wood.

A Memorial Mass will be held Monday, December 20, 2010, at 11 a.m. at St. Edward Catholic Church, 1401 Grove Ave., with Rev. Allen Bratkowski officiating. Private interment will be held at a later date. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Monday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass at 11 a.m. Memorials to Hospice Alliance, Evans Scholarship Fund, or to Belle City Brass Works have been suggested.

The family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to Dr. Howard Short, Dr. Mark DeCheck, Karen Murillo, and special thanks to “granddaughter-in-law and cardiac nurse,” Renee Pettit for her loving and special care.

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

James 'Alan' Foxcroft

Surrounded by his loving family, James 'Alan' Foxcroft, age 58, passed away Tuesday, December 14, 2010, at his residence. Alan was born in Manchester, England, March 10, 1952, son of the late James and Florence (Nee: Kenny) Foxcroft and moved to the United States with his family at the age of 10.

On June 10, 1989, he was united in marriage to Mary Ann Stemmer. Alan was employed by J.I. Case Company for thirty-one years, retiring in 2003, and belonged to their “20 Year Club.” He was an avid fisherman who will be missed by his fishing buddy, Richard Schattner. Alan also enjoyed TV nights with his buddies, Mark Phillips and Larry Petrick. More than anything he cherished time spent with his family and the many cruises they shared. He especially loved his grandchildren. He will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann; his children, Shane Foxcroft, Daniel Foxcroft (fiancée, Tara Kelemen), Ana Marie (David) Petersen, Thomas A. (fiancée, Debbie Ortiz), Gary J. (fiancée, Christy Glenn), Kathryn Friso-Rodriguez; 11 grandchildren, Lillian and Faith, Kathrine, Drew, Darin, Thomas Jr., Cole, Alyson, Samantha, Cecelia and Carmen; two great-grandchildren, Paul and Jayen; sister, Paulline Mascaretti (fiancée, Jack Folsom); sister-in-law, Kathy (Richard) Bertelsen; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, James and Catherine Stemmer; brother-in-law, James Stemmer; and nephew, Darrin Mascaretti.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 18, 2010, at 6 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Mark R. Jones officiating. Private interment will be held. Relatives and friends may meet with the family on Saturday at the funeral home from 5 p.m. until time of service at 6 p.m. Memorials to the Ronald McDonald House or to one’s favorite charity have been suggested.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the entire staff at the Cancer Center and Wheaton Franciscan Hospice for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Frances 'Polly' (Bruton) Baker

Frances Baker, age 84, passed away Tuesday, December 14, 2010, at Lincoln Village Convalescent Center. Frances was born in Racine, June 3, 1926, daughter of the late Luke J. and Frances (Nee: Dederich) Bruton.

Frances was a graduate of St. Catherine’s High School “Class of 1943.” Furthering her education, she graduated from Marquette University with a degree in social work. On February 1, 1952, at St. Richard Catholic Church, she was united in marriage to Robert B. Baker, who preceded her in death on June 14, 1994. Frances was an active member of St. Edward Catholic Church, where she taught religious education, led Bible studies and sang in the church choir.

Frances was a true believer in education at all levels, mentoring her children and grandchildren on their studies. Through example and encouragement she urged everyone who knew her to pursue a life of learning. She loved history, reading, traveling and her lifelong home, Racine. More than anything, she cherished time spent with her family. She will be deeply missed.

Survivors include her children, Robert (Carol) Baker Jr. of Franklin, Alan (Mary) Baker of Danbury, CT, Kevin (Kathy) Baker of Fort Collins, CO, Brian (Marianne) Baker, Laura (Alan) Thiede, all of Brookfield; her twelve grandchildren, Michael and Stefanie Baker, David and James Baker, Kari (David) Staples, Luke and Wade Baker, Sarah, Joseph and Rachel Baker, August and Max Thiede; two great-grandchildren, Jacob and Baker; sister, Cathryn Miller of Racine.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, December 20, 2010, at 6 p.m. at St. Edward Catholic Church, 1401 Grove Ave., with Rev. Allen Bratkowski officiating. Interment will be held at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Monday at church from 5 p.m. until time of Mass at 6 p.m. Memorials to St. Edward Catholic Church, St. Catherine’s High School, National Parkinson’s Foundation, or to one’s favorite charity have been suggested.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to her caregivers at Lincoln Village Convalescent Center and to friends and family for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Johanna 'Jody' A. (Guist) Knudtson

Johanna “Jody” A. Knudtson, age 71, passed away after a two-month bout with cancer, Tuesday, December 14, 2010, at Manor Care, Kenosha. Jody was born in Watertown, WI, August 25, 1939, daughter of the late Everett and Alice (Nee: Neioff) Guist.

On September 3, 1959, in Dubuque, IA, she was united in marriage to Raymond W. Knudtson, who preceded her in death, April 10, 1992. Jody was employed by EDS for eighteen years, retiring in 1991. She was an active member of Atonement Lutheran Church and Friends of Seniors. A skilled quilter, Jody enjoyed quilting with the Lighthouse Quilters and with Atonement Lutheran Church ladies making quilts for Lutheran World Relief. She volunteered throughout the community with Meals on Wheels, Unified School District, and homeless shelters. Jody had a great love for the arts and the Racine Theater Guild. She loved traveling the world, her cats, bird watching and gardens. It was the time spent with her family that gave her the most joy. She will be deeply missed.

Survivors include her children, Dianne (Jeff) Hayes, Debra (Greg) Powell, all of Racine, Randy (Karri) Knudtson of Oshkosh, WI; her grandchildren, Sean, Katy and Rachel Hayes, Kelly (Jon) Blickle, Trevor Powell, Wesley, Simon and Chloe Knudtson; sister, Sandy Larsen of Racine; sisters-in-law, LaDonna Mahder, Margie (Tom) Knickerbocker, all of Eau Claire, WI; brother-in-law, Harvey Julson; her beloved cat, Nutmeg; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her sister, Betty; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Lawrence and Edna Knudtson; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Richard “Dick” Larsen, Bob Mahder, Harold “Tubby” Knudtson, Janice Knudtson, Shirley Julson.

Funeral services will be held Monday, December 20, 2010, at 10:30 a.m. at Atonement Lutheran Church, 2915 Wright Ave., with Rev. Dr. Warren Williams officiating. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Sunday at the funeral home from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. and Monday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of service at 10:30 a.m. Memorials to Atonement Lutheran Church or to the American Cancer Society have been suggested.

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

Monday, December 13, 2010

Marjorie E. (Stege) Gewalt

Marjorie Edith Stege Gewalt died at age 89 on Dec 13, 2010, in Durham, North Carolina, after a long illness. She was born in Racine on October 19, 1921. and lived in Racine until 2006 when she moved to Durham to be near her children. She was the youngest of four children (June, Charles, Wallace and Marjorie) of Charles and Edith Stege. Marjorie married Elmer Gewalt in 1941. They enjoyed travel and collecting and restoring antiques, leaving their family many special heirlooms. Her husband Elmer died in 1985. Marjorie was a longtime member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church and also appreciated the ministry of Trinity United Methodist church.

As a March of Dimes leader in Racine at the time of the polio outbreak in 1954, Marjorie convinced the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis that her group could quickly organize and document multiple inoculations of 2,200 Racine school children for the trial of the Salk vaccine for polio. Although Milwaukee County withdrew from vaccine testing only three weeks before the trial was to start, Racine County moved forward to become one of five Wisconsin counties that successfully completed the national trial of the Salk vaccine.

Marjorie and Elmer have two children: a daughter, Sally Lynn Gewalt of Chapel Hill, NC, wife of John Petranka, and a son, Ryerson John Gewalt of Holly Springs, NC, married to Kathleen Killelea. Ryerson has two married daughters, Felicity Ann Strunce and Joy Elizabeth Voith, who together have given Marjorie's family four great-grandchildren, Thaddeus, Theodore, Trinity and Ryerson. Marjorie also leaves Helen Gewalt Aschenbrener of Flat Rock, NC, Elmer's sister, who after losing her parents became part of Marge and Elmer's family for several years before college; as well as her dear childhood friend, Norma Deck of Racine; and many nephews and nieces.

Funeral services will be held Monday, December 20, 2010, at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Entombment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Monday at the funeral home from noon until time of service at 1 p.m. Her family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Racine Northside Food Pantry.

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

Doris H. (Ellis) Smith

Doris H. Smith, age 82, went home to be with her Lord, Monday, December 13, 2010, at Ridgewood Care Center, with her loving daughter by her side. Doris was born in Ridgely, TN, February 7, 1928, daughter of the late Jesse J. and Hattie L. (Nee: Lomax) Ellis Sr.

Doris was a member of St. Paul’s CME Church for forty-plus years in Newbern, TN, where she was the Christian Youth Fellowship Leader. Moving to Racine in 1992 to be closer to her children, she became a member of Greater St. Luke’s Baptist Church under the direction of the late E. E. Woods. She was a beautician for many years. Doris was a superb cook who enjoyed fishing, gardening and playing spades. She devoted her life to her family and will be deeply missed.

Survivors include her children, Rhonda (Chris) Bogan of Racine, Danny Tyce of Dyersburg, TN; her daughter-in-law, Velma Tyce of South Bend, IN; 24 grandchildren; 70 great-grandchildren; 16 great-great-grandchildren; special friend and roommate, Connie Moore; a host of other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her three husbands, J.C. Tyce, William Pierce and Roy B. Smith; her four daughters, Betty Watson, Christine Tyce, Linda Davidson, Wanda Pierce; two sons, William Pierce, M.J. Tyce; four grandchildren, Desrez Pierce, Shawn Watson, Jonathan Watson, Wanda Cooper; four brothers, Edward, Franklin, Jesse Jr. and J.D. Ellis; and one sister, Catharine Ellis.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 18, 2010, at 11 a.m. at Greater St. Luke’s Baptist Church, 1326 State St., with Rev. Jesse Summerall and Minister John C. Williams concelebrating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Saturday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. Interment will be held at Graceland Cemetery, Monday, December 20, 2010, at 11 a.m.

Doris’s family wishes to extend a special thank you to the caregivers at Ridgewood Care Center and Odyssey Hospice for their loving  and compassionate care.

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

Sunday, December 12, 2010

LaVerne A. (Boutell) Koleske

LaVerne A. Koleske, age 82, passed away Sunday, December 12, 2010, at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints Medical Center. LaVerne was born in Racine on November 7, 1928, daughter of the late Albert and Anna (Nee: Robey) Boutell.

LaVerne was a graduate of William Horlick High School and attended Center Street College. LaVerne was employed by SC  Johnson for sixteen years, retiring in 1984. LaVerne was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. She enjoyed cooking, collecting recipes, crafts, sewing, shopping and her travels to Europe and throughout the states. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother who will be deeply missed.

Survivors include her husband, Larry; her children, Karen Marheine of Manitowoc, Daniel (Linda Feranchek) Vassh of Wild Rose, Calvin (Lisa) Vassh of Racine; her eight grandchildren, Andrew, Nicole, Adam, Caleb, Danny Jr., Michelle, Arielle and Cole; her step-grandchildren, Sarah, Catherine and Richard; four  great-grandchildren; brothers, Bill Boutell and Don Boutell, both of Racine; brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Andrew E. Vassh; and brothers, Albert, Clarence, Harold, Walter, Russell and Calvin.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, December 15, 2010, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1533 Erie St., with Rev. John D. Aiello officiating. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Wednesday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of Mass at 11 a.m. Memorials to St. Joseph Catholic Church or one’s favorite charity have been suggested.

The family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to Dr. Ranga Sriram, Dr. David Ross, and to nurses and staff at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints Medical Center for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Jerald D. Hinke

Jerald D. Hinke, age 85, passed away Saturday, December 11, 2010. Jerry was born in Jim Falls on July 12, 1925, son of the late Dietrich and Ann (Nee: Bennett) Hinke.

Jerry attended Vance Elementary School in Jim Falls and Chippewa Falls High School. In World War II Jerry proudly served in the Americal Division of the United States Army. He saw action in the South Pacific and served in the occupation of Japan. On August 16, 1947, he was united in marriage to Elaine F. Mills. He graduated with a degree in engineering from Iowa State. Jerry was employed at J.I. Case for twenty-nine years, retiring in 1987.

Survivors include his loving wife of sixty-three years, Elaine; his children, Theresa (Robert) Klaus, Katie (Tom) Herzog, Mike (Aurelia) Hinke, John (special friend Carol) Hinke, Julie (Tom) Hopkins, Pat (Marjorie) Hinke, Dotty (Bill) Schulz, Ann (Larry) Charles, Jerry (April) Hinke; 14 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Ethel Hinke; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers, Bernard, Gene, Edward; sisters, Lucille Sebeston, Julia Murphy; and sister-in-law, Eunice Erickson.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, December 16, 2010, at 11 a.m. at St. Sebastian Catholic Church, 3100-95th St., with Rev. Paul L. Raczynski 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 on 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 11 a.m. Memorials to St. Sebastian Catholic Church have been suggested.

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

Samuel L. Porcaro

Surrounded by his loving family, Samuel L. Porcaro, age 91, passed away Saturday, December 11, 2010, at his residence. Samuel was born in Racine, June 19, 1919, son of the late Frank and Josephine (Nee: DeRose) Porcaro.

On June 26, 1943, he was united in marriage to Clara Marunowski in St. Adalbert's Church in Milwaukee, WI. He attended Sacred Heart School and graduated from William Horlick High School “Class of 1937.” Sam served in the United States Army Air Force from 1942-1945. He worked in the family store known as Porcaro’s Grocery and Meat Market for 57 years, retiring in December 1992. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Roma Lodge. Sam was well known for his Italian sausage, which he enjoyed making. He was an avid sports fan who golfed and bowled. He also had a great love for music and was an excellent dancer. More than anything, Sam treasured time spent with his family. He will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his loving wife of 67 years, Clara; son, James (Mary) Porcaro of Racine; daughter, Julie (Jeff) Callahan of Appleton, WI; granddaughters, Andrea (Christopher) Schluter of Slinger, WI, Kathryn (Joseph) Wolters of Denver, CO; great-grandson, Colton Schluter of Slinger, WI; sister, Lucille Porcaro of Racine; sister-in-law, Sylvia Samsa of Willoghby, OH; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his great-granddaughter, Isabella Schluter; brothers, Herman, Joseph, John and Michael; sisters, Antoinette DeRose, Louise Coconate, Rose Rider and Mary Porcaro.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, December 17, 2010, at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2201 Northwestern Ave., with Rev. Ronald O. Crewe officiating. Entombment with military honors will follow at Holy Cross Garden Mausoleum, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Thursday at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. (Roma Lodge Service at 5:30 p.m.) and Friday at the church from 9 a.m. until 9:45 a.m.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Wheaton Franciscan Hospice especially, Jill and Lori, and all the friends at Parkview for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Marc Glenn Johnson

Marc G. Johnson, 50, passed away on December 11, 2010, at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare - All Saints.

Marc was born in Racine to Glenn and the late Dorothy (nee: Kapow) Johnson on August 16, 1960. He was employed by Careers Industries of Racine for 35 years.

He is survived by his father, Glenn, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy, and brother, Scott.

Graveside services for Marc will be held at Graceland Cemetery on Wednesday, December 15, 2010, at 2 p.m.

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

Floyd Lincoln Haas

We lost our husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Floyd Lincoln Haas, 83, on December 11, 2010, at Hospice House in Pleasant Prairie.

Floyd was born on December 9, 1927, in Racine; son of Ella Haas and Harry Miller. He spent his early years at Sparta, Wisconsin, Children’s Home. At age 4, he was sent to Chippewa Falls-Northern Colony and Training School. He left the Home in June 1946 and moved to Chicago, IL. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in December 1946. During this enlistment, he served in the Philippines. He was honorably discharged in July 1949.

In June 1951, he enlisted in the Army and was sent to Ft. Knox, KY, then Ft. Benning, GA, for paratrooper training. He served in Korea during the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged in 1954.

He met the love of his life, Beverly Larsen, while they were both working at Herbert’s Jewelers in downtown Racine. They were married July 31, 1954, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church. He was employed for 37 ½ years at Wisconsin Natural Gas Co., starting September 8, 1954, and retiring on December 31, 1991.

Floyd will be dearly missed by Beverly, his wife of 56 years; children, Diane (Steve) Mudrak, Denise Krueger and Lawrence Haas; grandchildren, Jay (Amanda) Mudrak, Janet (Matt) Carpino, Dana (Angie Dellise) Ballewske, Daniel (Jennifer) Krueger; great-grandchildren, Lucy Mudrak, Sam Mudrak, Griffin Dellise and Aubree Krueger. He was preceded in death by his parents; a special uncle and aunt, Clifford (Priscilla) Miller; and in-laws, Walter (Theresa) Larsen.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, December 15, 2010, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church, 1401 Grove Ave., with Fr. Allen Bratkowski officiating. Entombment with full military honors will be at Calvary Cemetery on Kinzie Avenue. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church on Wednesday from 9 a.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, donations to Hospice Alliance have been suggested.

Special Thanks to Hospice Alliance staff and volunteers.

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

Sister Joanette Nitz, O.P.

Sister Joanette Nitz, O.P., 89, passed away at Lakeshore Manor, Racine, WI on December 11, 2010.

Mary Norma was born October 6, 1921, to Alvin and Leona (nee: Stafflet) in Beaver Dam, WI. On September 1, 1939, she joined the Racine Dominicans and at her reception in 1940 she was given the religious name Sister Joanette. She professed her first vows in 1942 and her final vows in 1948.

Sister Joanette spent many years in service to others in teaching and in justice and human rights advocacy work. She began her ministry in 1942 at St. John, South Milwaukee, WI. In Racine she served at Holy Name, Sacred Heart, Holy Trinity and St. Catherine High School. She also served in Michigan. In Detroit she worked at Nativity Parish both in the school and also as a Community Agent. She was a member of the Team for Justice working for advocacy in the Wayne County Jail, and later was an adult education teacher and volunteer tutor. She became a resident at Siena Center in 2004 and continued to do justice information distribution. In October of 2010 she moved to Lakeshore Manor, Racine.

Sister Joanette is survived by the Racine Dominican Sisters, Associates and nieces. She was predeceased by her parents and her sister, Vivian Calkin.

Visitation will be in the Siena Center Chapel on Friday December 17, beginning at 9 a.m. with a Remembering Service at 9:30 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 Joanette at Lakeshore Manor.

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

Friday, December 10, 2010

Donald Whyte

Donald Whyte, long-time resident of Racine, former Vice-President at SC Johnson, founding member of the Racine Curling Club, and recent patent grantee from the U.S. Patent Office, passed away on December 10, 2010, at his home in Racine, of congestive heart failure. He was 92.

Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, on January 22, 1918, Mr. Whyte received his undergraduate education at the University of Saskatchewan, and then attended Columbia University in New York City where he obtained his Ph.D. in organic chemistry.

In 1946 he moved to Racine and joined SC Johnson as a research chemist where he remained until 1983, retiring as Vice-President for International Research and Development. In this last position he traveled extensively to the world-wide subsidiaries of SC Johnson. He was present at the opening in 1952 of the famous Johnson Research Tower designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and had a lab in the building for several years.

He enjoyed tennis, golf and, especially, curling. He was one of the founding members of the Racine Curling Club and participated in local and national curling bonspiels.

In retirement he continued to travel widely. He also undertook consulting work with a small Racine firm doing ferrous metal heat treatments. Together with a partner, Bob Balow, he developed and patented, at age 90, a process to treat ferrous metal cookware to render them rust resistant.

His marriage to Elva Ring in 1943 lasted until her death in 1984. In 1988 he married Beulah Sandway of Moline, IL, who died in 1998.

He is survived by four children, Gordon Whyte of Arlington, VA, Elizabeth Whyte Schulze of Worthington, MA, Leonard Whyte of Austin, TX, and Nancy Whyte of New York, NY; and a step-son, Rick Sandway, of Moline, IL; and five grandchildren.

A memorial service is planned for Saturday, December 18, 2010, at 2 p.m. at Maresh-Meredith Funeral Home, 803 Main St., Racine. Contributions in his memory can be sent to the Racine Zoo or to the Racine Art Museum.

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

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Wardlow W. Allen

Wardlow W. Allen, age 90, passed away Thursday, December 9, 2010, at his residence. He was born in Racine, March 14, 1920, son of the late William and Alice (Nee: Rasmussen) Allen.

During World War II, Ward was stationed in Eye, England, with the Army Air Corps as part of the Mighty 8th Air Force, 490th Bomb Group. On November 24, 1945, he was united in marriage to Gartha Everett, who preceded him in death October 22, 2009.

Ward was a musician and a well-known drummer who for 50 years played in various bands including the Nile Fuller Band and his own, the Ward Allen Trio. Above all, he enjoyed spending time with his family, especially telling “tall tales” to his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will be dearly missed by all.

Surviving are his children, Vikki Berns, Michael (Chris) Allen, Connie Peterson (Larry Perfetto), Ronald (Theresa) Allen; six grandchildren, Erich, Tyler, Jacob, Jennifer, Randal and Tracy; 14 great-grandchildren; a sister, Betty Shepard; sisters-in-law, Nora Bell and Lela Klabunde; other relatives and dear friends. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his brother, Robert.

Private services with full military honors will be held at the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Ward’s good friend Brett Halladay for his caring companionship.

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

James John Jacobsen

James John "Jake" Jacobsen, 79, passed away at Aurora St. Luke's Hospital in Milwaukee on Thursday, December 9, 2010.

Jake was born in Racine to the late Hans and Dorothy (nee: Price) Jacobsen on February 10, 1931. He attended William Horlick High School and served with the United States Air Force in Alaska and also in Utah, where he met his wife, Lillian Sarah Orton. James and Lillian were united in marriage on February 10, 1954, and moved back to Racine, where he lived the rest of his life.

Jake was employed by the United States Postal Service for over 40 years until he retired in 1996. He loved sports in general, but especially enjoyed the Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Cubs. Jake enjoyed playing cards at the VFW Club and swimming at Quarry Lake Park.

Jake will be missed by his wife, Lillian; his children, Debbie Jacobsen, Patricia Jacobsen, James (Christine Zyszkiewicz) Jacobsen, John (Karyn Hoecherl) Jacobsen, and Sarah Crull; nine grandchildren, Casey, Carolina, Gabriella, Ema, Ethan, John Peter, Genevieve, Kaitlyn and Kian; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by one grandson, Cody Lee Crull; and two sisters, Shirley Cramer and Jean Polonski.

A funeral ceremony will be held at the Wilson Funeral Home on Monday evening, December 13, 2010, at 6 p.m. Per his wishes, Mr. Jacobsen will be cremated. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Monday from 4 p.m. until the time of the ceremony.

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

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Alice Lucille (Jackson) Ivens

Alice Lucille (nee Jackson) Ivens, 88, passed away Wednesday, December 8, 2010. Alice was born in Racine on November 18, 1922, to the late Herbert and Hazel (nee Stewart) Jackson and was a longtime resident of Racine.

Alice was employed by St. Mary’s Hospital for 25 years, retiring in 1987. Family was very important to Alice. She dearly loved her family and was deeply loved and cherished by them. A graduate of Cassopolis (MI) High School, Alice could cut-a-rug with the best of them and was recognized by her classmates for her skilled Lindy Hop. Before returning to Racine in 1962, Alice was employed by Grace Hospital, Detroit, MI. Alice enjoyed spending time entertaining family and friends, music, dance, crocheting and knitting -- especially when creating sweaters for her beloved pet, Ling Ling. She was always the life of the party and the hostess with the most-est. Alice was a member of St. Richard’s Catholic Church. She was a strong, proud and intelligent woman; a descendant of one of the oldest African-American families in Racine. Alice was full of fun and mischief and brought much joy to all who knew and loved her. She will be dearly missed.

Alice is survived by nephews Stanley (Cynthia) Jackson, Michael (Susan) Monroe, Gregory Jackson and Alan Jackson; nieces, Hazel Bivens, Gloria Jean Noble, Sharron Blocker, Alice Vest, Valarie Deborah (Maceo) Alford, Suzanne (Woody) Farris and Kelly Steppe; special great-nephew Christopher Monroe; sister-in-law Viola Jackson; cousin Irene Lee; dear friends, Debbie Cobb, Irene Allen and Cheryl Sumnicht; and a host of great-nephews, great-nieces, cousins and friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husband, Howard Ivens; beloved sister, Marjorie Monroe; brothers, Robert Jackson, Jerome Jackson, Gilbert Jackson and Harold Jackson; nephews, Jerome Jackson Jr. and John Monroe; niece Karen Jackson; sisters-in-law Erin Jackson and Phyllis Taylor.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, December 13, 2010, at St. Richard’s Catholic Church, 1503 Grand Ave., with Rev. Ronald J. Gramza officiating. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Monday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of service.

The family wishes to extend a thank you for their kindness and care for Alice to: Dr. Thomas Goodrich and staff, Dr. Michael Mullane and staff, Society’s Assets staff – especially Linda R, Lynette, Cindy, Renee, Deb, Christina and Maria; Hospice Alliance staff – especially Arevelon; and the entire Lincoln Village Convalescent Center staff.


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803 Main St., Racine  (262) 634-7888

Rita Marie (Fleuchaus) Braun

Rita Marie (nee: Fleuchaus) Braun, 82, was called home by her Heavenly Father on Wednesday, December 8, 2010. Rita loved her God, family, music, and people. She was a friend to everyone; a stranger to no one. Everyone loved her trademark smile and her curly white hair.

Rita was born in Racine on August 5, 1928, the daughter of German immigrants, Josef and Hildegard (nee: Hugel) Fleuchaus. She learned English in kindergarten at Franklin Elementary School. She also attended Holy Name School and graduated from St. Catherine’s High School.

Rita and Edmund F. Braun met at a dance at Holy Name Church; on October 14, 1950, they were married. They honeymooned in the Smoky Mountains. The love and joy of her life was the family that she and Ed raised. Using Ed’s expert carpentry skills, they built one of the early homes in the Village of Elmwood Park.

Rita loved classical music! She learned to play mandolin from her mother at the tender age of 4; soon thereafter she began violin and mandolin lessons. As teens, Rita and her sister Agnes played their instruments to entertain the patients at the old St. Mary’s Hospital at Christmas time. She played violin in the Racine and Kenosha Symphony Orchestras for over 50 years. She was one of the first women allowed to play in the orchestra because there was a shortage of men after WWII.

Rita will be sadly missed by her children: Anita Braun Welch (Ken) of Racine, David (Joan) of Yorkville, Rachelle Bennett of Tallahassee, FL, and Mike (Kari) of Chino Hills, CA. She and Ed also raised two grandsons, Joe and Jason Bennett. In addition, she leaves behind seven other grandchildren: Christa and Mike Welch; Cameron and Samantha Braun; Zoe, Chloe and Zeb Braun; and one great-grandchild, Elijah Edmund Bennett. She is also survived by her sister Agnes Petersen (Bob); sister-in-law, Pat Fleuchaus; brothers Albert (Jan) and Walter (Pauline) Fleuchaus; and brothers-in-law Frank, Don (Carol) and Gerry (Sue) Braun. There are also numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and their families.

Rita was preceded in death by her parents and parents-in-law, Frank and Clara (nee: Miller) Braun; husband Edmund; sons, Stephen and Joseph Francis Gerard Braun; brother, Joseph Fleuchaus; sisters-in-law, Dorothy Fleuchaus, Mary Lou Braun, Evelyn Jonas and Cecilia Dailey; brothers-in-law, Don Jonas, Don Penza and Dan Dailey. Also several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, Dec. 12, from 2-4 p.m. at St. Richard’s Catholic Church, 1509 Grand Ave. A Mass of Christian burial, officiated by Rev. Ron Gramza, will follow at 4 p.m. In keeping with Rita’s wishes, her cremated remains will be interred beside her husband at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Hospice Alliance of Pleasant Prairie or St. Richard’s Catholic Church would be appreciated

A very special thank you to Hospice Alliance, Nurse Darlene , and CNA Gina who made it possible for Grandma to spend her final months in the loving home of her daughter and son-in-law where she was surrounded by music, love, good food and laughter!

“Every time a bell rings a faithful angel gets its wings.” The bells are ringing for you Grandma! We love you and will miss you!

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

Werna Marie Johnson

Mrs. Werna M. Johnson, 91, passed away at Ridgewood Care Center on Wednesday, December 8, 2010.

Werna Marie was born in Fall Creek to the late August and Anna (nee: Schultz) Gust on October 29, 1919. She had lived in Sturtevant for over 50 years. Her former husband, Arnold H. Behlke, preceded her in death. On August 1, 1959, in Fall Creek, she was united in marriage to Casper A. Johnson. He preceded her in death on May 25, 1989.

Mrs. Johnson was an active member of Faith Lutheran Church.

Werna will be dearly missed by her children, Patricia (Dennis) Nondorf, Arvid (Sandra) Behlke, Darwin (Joyce) Behlke, and Daryl Johnson; eight grandchildren; three great-grandsons; two sisters, Olga Zich and Elmira Tubbs; and two sisters-in-law, Shirley Gust and Susie Gust. She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Mary Behlke in 1944; three brothers and three sisters, Adelia Rau, Grace Kinderman, Rudoph Gust, Myrtle Haase, Irvin Gust and Eldor Gust.

A funeral ceremony will be held at Faith Lutheran Church, 8500 Durand Ave. in Sturtevant on Saturday, December 11, 2010, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Jeffery Mortenson officiating. Private entombment will be held at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family from 9 a.m. until the time of the ceremony.

Thank you to the staff and residents of Ridgewood Care Center for their warmth and caring of our mother during her time with them. They made her feel like family. Also a warm thank you to Gloria and Jewel on 1E and Stephaney on 2E for their care for her.

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

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Donald R. Carlson

Donald R. Carlson passed away on December 7, 2010.

He was born to Roy A. and Sylvia H. Carlson on April 15, 1931. He graduated from Washington Park High School in Racine in June 1949, and served three years in the U.S. Army including Japan and Korea. Upon discharge, he graduated from UW-Madison, majoring in Accounting. He worked in Public Accounting and had an office in Oconomowoc until retirement.

He helped raise six children -- Kathleen (James) Krueck, Elizabeth, Donald Patrick, Theresa, Bernadette (Carey) Chapman and Constance. He was very proud of them as they worked hard to get through college and get their degrees. His first wife was Patricia G. Needham; they were married in January 1956 and divorced in December 2005.

Our father's health declined his last year of life. He wrote this obituary four days before his death. He is survived by five daughters and seven grandchildren.

Memorial services for Donald will be held at Wilson Funeral Home on Saturday, December 11, 2010, at 7 p.m. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home from 5 p.m. until the time of service. Inurnment will take place at Graceland Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family are appreciated.

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

Jerome M. Tennessen

Jerome M. Tennessen, age 82, passed away Tuesday, December 7, 2010, at his residence. Jerome was born in Racine on November 10, 1928, son of the late Theodore and Elizabeth (Nee: Goebel) Tennessen.

Jerome attended Holy Name Grade School and St. Catherine’s High School. He served in the United States Army Air Corps. On January 19, 1955, he was united in marriage to Jalaine I. Jacky, who preceded him in death, December 4, 2006. Jerome was employed by Iron Workers Union Local 8, retiring after forty years, and then worked at the U.S. Post Office for five years. He was a member of the Disabled American Veterans, Masonic Lodge, and enjoyed socializing with the St. Paul Senior Group and Douglas Park Seniors. During his retirement he enjoyed gifting his creation of beautiful stained glass windows. More than anything, he cherished time spent visiting family. He will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his four children, Mary Gessele of Fargo, ND, Theodore (Mary) Tennessen of Las Vegas, NV, Jeryl (Dan) Mott of Racine, Caryn (Brian) Uebelacker of Germantown, WI; his five grandchildren, Dustin Uebelacker, Magen (Cory) Johnston, Kayla Tennessen, Andrew and Adam Mott; sisters, Marian Tykal, Theresa Ketchum, Rita Cziraki, Betty Wolff, Trude Haas; sister-in-law, Leona Tennessen; special friend, Peggy Sievers; nieces nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Vern Gessele; and two brothers, George “Louis” Tennessen and James Tennessen.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, December 11, 2010, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Diane Tetrault officiating. Private interment will be held. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Saturday at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until time of service. Memorials to St. Paul’s Neighborhood Center have been suggested.

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

Monday, December 6, 2010

Martha Jane Danielson (Woods)

Mrs. Martha J. (nee: Durden) Danielson, 98, passed away on Monday, December 6, 2010, at Ridgewood Health Care Center.

Martha was born on November 20, 1912, to the late Lester and Blanche (nee: Walling) Durden in Minneapolis, MN. She was united in marriage to Ever Danielson on July 22, 1939 in Iowa. He preceded her in death on April 5, 1969.

Martha was employed as a cook for Park High School and Starbuck Middle School and later at Jacobson Manufacturing until her retirement in 1979.

Martha was best known as a loving mother and grandmother who enjoyed spending time with her family. She loved to read, sew and cook; favorite family meals included her roasts, stews and pies. Above all, she was a strong, hardworking and dependable person who was able to overcome the many obstacles in her life and was loved by all who had the chance to know her.

She will be dearly missed by her children, Roland Woods, Karen Burmeister and Carolyn (Tom) Flemming; daughter-in law, Dolores Woods; 13 grandchildren, Lynn (Larry) Frontuto, Karen (Robert) Pullen, Nancy Tyron, Steve (Robin) Woods, Lori (Dr. Tom) Schuster, Jim (Kim) Woods, Tom (Sue) Woods, Patti (Jim) Cruz, Lynn (Chuck) Schweikl, Matt (Kerry) Burmeister, Pam (Fiancé Scott Bobinski) Olle, Elizabeth (Carlos Duarte) Hayward, and Tim (Dori) Hayward; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two children, Charlotte Tullgren and Roy Woods; son-in-law, Gene Burmeister; daughter-in-law, LaVerne Woods; three brothers and one sister.

Funeral services for Martha will be held at Wilson Funeral Home on Sunday, December 12, 2010, at 4 p.m. with Rev. Holly Anderle officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home from 2 p.m. until the time of service. Interment will be at West Lawn Memorial Park on Monday, December 13, 2010, at 10 a.m.

“Dear Mom, Grandma, and Great-grandma, thank you for all the memories, we will treasure them always. You hold a special place in all our hearts. We will miss you. Love, your family”

“The family would like to thank the staff at Ridgewood Care Center for their kind and compassionate care of Martha.” 

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

Larry D. Creuziger

Larry D. Creuziger, 62, passed away at Aurora St. Luke’s Hospital-South Shore on Monday, December 6, 2010.

Larry was born in Racine to Emery L. and Virginia (nee: Ziesemer) Creuziger on April 2, 1948, and lived his entire life in Racine. He was best known as an avid train collector and was a member of Western Union Junction Railroad Club.

Larry will be missed by his father, Emery Creuziger; brother, Dennis Creuziger; five nieces, Gina, Laura, and Amanda Creuziger, Sara (Ryan) Tennessen, and Jessica (Robert) Kinsley; three nephews, Craig, Jason and Jon Creuziger; family friend Monica Bykowski; and many other family and friends. Larry was preceded in death by his mother, Virginia on April 27, 2009; and a brother, Robbin, on June 23, 2002.

Funeral services for Larry will be held at Wilson Funeral Home on Saturday, December 11, 2010, at noon with Rev. John Flemming officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

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

June S. (Silver) Harris

June S. Harris, formerly of Racine, passed away at her home in Pompano Beach, FL, on December 6, 2010. June was born on June 26, 1920. She spent her youth and much of her adult life living in Racine.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Joseph (Pete), to whom she was married for 31 years; her mother and father, Emma and Abe Silver; and her brother, Edward (Bud) Silver. She was the loving mother to Andrew and Kent Harris; mother–in-law to Patricia Harris and Judith Woodburn; adoring grandmother to David, Daniel and Joseph Harris; and great-grandmother to Jordan and Scott Harris. Additionally, she is survived by her “baby” brother, Robert; and sister–in-law Rhoda Silver. She also will be missed by nephews, nieces, cousins, and numerous friends, with whom she shared an interest in bridge and in supporting the fine arts in Pompano Beach.

Services will be held on Thursday, December 9, 2010, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Rabbi Martyn Adelberg officiating. Internment will follow at the Racine Jewish Memorial Cemetery, 612 Lathrop Ave. Donations may be made to The Beth Israel Sinai Congregation in Racine.

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

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Marylu F. (Fanning) Stommel

Marylu F. Stommel, age 97, passed away Sunday, December 5, 2010, at the Becker-Shoop Center. Marylu was born in Kenosha on June 13, 1913, daughter of the late William and Emma L. (Nee: Cumiskey) Fanning.

Marylu was a graduate of St. Catherine’s High School “Class of 1931.” On November 26, 1938, at St. Rose Catholic Church she was united in marriage to her high school sweetheart, Russel J. Stommel, who preceded her in death on November 4, 1989. Marylu was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and former member of Holy Name Catholic Church. She was a charter member of the Catholic Junior League. Marylu was an avid bridge player who enjoyed playing bridge with her many friends. She devoted her life to her family and more than anything she treasured the time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her children, Rosemary (Roger) Springsteen of Racine, Joseph A. (Kathy) Stommel of Pueblo, CO, Jean T. Stommel (Roy Starbeck) of Corvaillis, Oregon; her daughter-in-law, Nancy King of Racine; her grandchildren, Anne Moore, Susan Stommel, William (Renee) Stommel Jr., Katie (Dan) Hossalla, John (Nicole) Springsteen, Mark Springsteen, Michael Springsteen, Jed (Kirrily) Balestrieri, Jesse Stommel (Josh); 11 great-grandchildren; and many dear friends. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sons, William F. Stommel and Rev. Russel J. Stommel.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, December 9, 2010, at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2201 Northwestern Ave., with Rev. Ronald O. Crewe officiating. Private entombment will be held at Calvary Garden Crypts. Relatives and friends may meet with the family on Thursday at the church from 9 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. Memorials to one’s favorite charity have been suggested.

The family wishes to extend its sincere gratitude to the caregivers at the Becker-Shoop Center for their loving and compassionate care.

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