Thursday, March 31, 2011

David Joseph Grosz

Surrounded by his loving family, David J. Grosz, age 71, passed away peacefully, Thursday, March 31, 2011, at his residence. David was born in Milwaukee, WI, on October 21, 1939, son of the late Ralph J. and Angeline (Nee: Rutzinsky) Grosz.

On April 8, 1961, he was united in marriage to Ruth Ann Barczynski, with whom he shared fifty beautiful years. David served as a proud Marine, fighting for our country, then fighting the battle of Mesothelioma, sadly losing the war in March. His passions were family, his parish, his country, building for Habitat for Humanity, the Packers and NASCAR. He will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his four daughters, Adrienne (Roger) Rusch, Barbara Hernandez, Christine Grosz, Denise (Vern) Rosman; his grandchildren, Joseph (Megan) Grosz, Nicole (Michael) Fedele, Joshua Rusch, Jacob Rusch, Samantha Verheyen, Katelyn Kruse, Sheila Kruse, Jens Kruse; step grandchildren, Kayla and Amanda Rosman; his great-grandchildren, Annabella Fedele, Amarianna McCutchen, Angelo Fedele, Margaret Grosz; sisters, Sandra (Edward) Firoella, Karen (Edward) Weink; brother, Gary Grosz; special friends, Kenny and Betty Kulas: special nephew: Michael (Catherine) Grosz; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Skeeter (Ralph Jr.) and his sister, Marilyn Meleski.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Rita Catholic Church, 4339 Douglas Ave., on Monday, April 4, 2011, at 7 p.m., with Rev. Joseph G. Stobba officiating. Private interment with full military honors will be held at the Southern Wisconsin Veterans' Memorial Cemetery, Town of Dover. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church Monday from 4 p.m. until time of Mass at 7 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations to either St. Rita Parish or Habitat for Humanity have been suggested.

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

Del J. Ayers

Del J. Ayers, age 89, passed away Thursday, March 31, 2011, at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints Medical Center. Del was born in Mineral Point, WI, on September 5, 1921, son of the late George and Evelyn (nee: Golliner) Ayers and been a resident of Racine since the age of 2.

Del graduated from Washington Park High School “Class of 1939.” Following graduation he proudly served his country as a Flight Officer in the U.S. Army Air Force. He later attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the Layton School of Art. On August 6, 1966, he was united in marriage to the love of his life, Hilda Simpson, and shared forty-five beautiful years together. Del was employed with the Maier Construction Company for over thirty years, last working as the Chief Estimator. Del was a dedicated member of the First United Methodist Church. In his spare time, he enjoyed boating, fishing, construction projects and tending to his yard. He will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his loving wife, Hilda; daughter, Kathryn (Dave) Treiber of Racine; brother, George (Pricilla) Ayers of VA; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, Del was also preceded in death by his brother, Edgar, and his sister, Fern Hlavaka.

A Memorial service followed by full military honors will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 745 Main St., Monday April 11, 2011, at 11 a.m., with Rev. Brad Van Fossen officiating. Private interment will be held at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet at the church Monday from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. Memorials to the First United Methodist Church have been suggested.

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

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Mary Ann (Mason) Zamecnik

Mary Ann Zamecnik, age 62, passed away Wednesday, March 30, 2011, at St. Catherine’s Medical Center, Pleasant Prairie, WI. Mary Ann was born in Racine on November 18, 1948, daughter of the late Lewis and Virginia “Jean” (Nee: Mohrbacher) Mason.

Mary Ann was a graduate of St. Catherine’s High School “Class of 1966.” On March 7, 1970, she was united in marriage to Kenneth W. Zamecnik who preceded her in death, September 4, 1977. She was employed as an LPN and Medical Transcriptionist for many years. Mary Ann belonged to the Women’s Bowling Association for many years. Her pastimes included playing bingo, cards, cribbage and board games. She especially cherished time spent with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her children, Brian (Pauline) Zamecnik, Scott Zamecnik, Christopher “Chrissy Mike” Zamecnik, Jodi (Rick) Chingway; her four grandchildren, Molli, Jessie, Hunter, Cheyenne; sister, Karen (Jerry) Calliari; sister-in-law, Pam (Robert) Beckett; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 7, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Holy Communion Lutheran Church, 2000 West Sixth St., with Rev. Stephen Samuelson officiating. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Wednesday at the funeral home from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and Thursday at church from 10:30 a.m. until time of service.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staffs at Washington Manor and St. Catherine’s ICU for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Catherine (Mostek) Knapp

Catherine M. Knapp, age 88, passed away Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at her residence. Catherine was born in Racine, October 28, 1922, daughter of the late Sylvester and Katherine (nee: Willing) Mostek.

On June 22, 1946, at St. John Nepomuk in Racine, she was united in marriage to Robert J. Knapp, who preceded her in death on March 19, 1993. Catherine worked with her husband at Fred Knapp Engraving Company as Secretary/Treasurer. She retired from the company in 2006. She was a loving and devoted, wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who will be deeply missed.

Surviving are her two daughters, Susan (Michael) McMahon of Des Plaines, IL, and Janet (Michael) Mengelkoch of Golden Valley, MN; six grandchildren, Robert McMahon of Chicago, IL, Michele (Peter) Roy of St. Louis, MO, Kathleen (Ruben) Medina of Des Plaines, IL, Katie Mengelkoch of Crystal, MN, Ryan Mengelkoch of Tampa, FL, and Michelle (Brian) Billingsley of Indian Trail, NC; five great-grandchildren, Jacob and Elizabeth Medina, Aidan and William Roy, and Matthew Billingsley; brother, Joe Mostek of Racine; close nephew, Jay Haertel of Racine; nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sister, Dorothy Haertel.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, April 2, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church, 1903 Green St., with Rev. Don Zerkel officiating. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet Saturday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass. Memorials to St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church or the American Macular Degeneration Foundation, P.O. Box 515, Northampton, MA 01061-0515 have been suggested.

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

Alice Teresa (Kyte) Jorgensen

Alice Teresa (Kyte) Jorgensen, of Racine, WI, passed away on Tuesday, March 29, at the Wheaton Franciscan Medical Center in Racine. Alice had just celebrated her 92nd birthday on March 25. She was born in Lebanon, Kansas, the daughter of Ben and Grace (Viers) Kyte, and sister to Stephen Kyte, of Mankato, MN, and Paul Kyte, of Yankton, SD, all who preceded her in death.

She married Alvie Jorgensen of Yankton, SD, in 1940; they enjoyed a love affair of nearly sixty years. They lived in Massachusetts most of their married lives, first in Newton, then in Lexington, and finally in South Yarmouth. Alice moved to Racine shortly after Alvie’s death. She leaves a son and daughter-in-law, Neil Jorgensen and Maureen Dastous, of Concord, NH; a daughter, Paula Jorgensen, of Racine; seven grandchildren; and eleven great grandchildren.

Alice had rejoined the workforce after raising her children into their teens, beginning with Lexington Trust Company, which eventually became part of Bank of America. She was an avid reader, skilled at cross-stitch embroidery and made a great apple pie.

Alice’s interment will be at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery in Centerville, MA. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in her name to the charity of your choice.

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

Monday, March 28, 2011

Paul S. Gales

Paul S. Gales, age 95, passed away peacefully, Monday, March 28, 2011. Paul was born in Racine on December 31, 1915, son of the late Theophil and Agatha (Nee: Lukstowina) Galzanski.

On July 6, 1954, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church he was united in marriage to Mildred “Millie” Pedersen, who preceded him in death on February 12, 2008. Paul was last employed by Motor Specialty. He was a longtime member of St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church. Paul was an avid golfer who enjoyed participating in the Commercial Golf League for many years. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting and tending to his vegetable and flower gardens. Most of all, he treasured time spent with his family. He will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his children, Thomas (Linda) Gales of Racine, Patricia (Thomas) Barina of New Berlin, Judith Fornes of Racine; his grandchildren, Michelle Schimanski, David (Jessica) Gales, Stephanie (Andrew) Weaver, Michael (Kristin) Barina, Andrew (Jaya) Barina, Rachelle Barina, Todd Fornes, Michael Fornes; seven great-grandchildren, Emily and Sidney Schimanski, Betsy and Millie Gales, Isabel Weaver, Zachary and Nicholas Fornes; brothers-in-law, Edward Bauer, Gordon Hansen, both of Racine; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Frances (Nee: LaMartina); his daughter, Suzanne in 1991; sisters and brothers, Joan Kropp, Marion Pierson, Bertha Hess, Ollie Haluska, Richard and William Gales, Evelyn Bauer and Dorothy Straight.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, April 1, 2011, at 11 a.m. at St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church, 1903 Green St., with Reverend Roger Savage officiating, assisted by Deacon Russell Missureli. 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. Memorials to St. Catherine’s High School or St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church have been suggested.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Deacon Russell Missureli for his faithful visits, spiritual guidance and friendship to Paul for so many years, and to the staff on 3 Med at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints for their compassionate care.

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

Marjorie Louise Hildensperger

Mrs. Marjorie L. (nee: Botsford) Hildensperger, 84, passed away at Ridgewood Care Center on Monday, March 28, 2011.

Marjorie was born in Racine to the late Norman A. and Hazel L. (nee: Schmoyer) Botsford on January 3, 1927. She was united in marriage to Arnold ‘Arnie’ Hildensperger on November 22, 1947.

Mrs. Hildensperger was a 1945 graduate of Washington Park High School and also attended Ripon College from 1945 to 1946. She was employed as an office manager at Rite Engineering from 1960 to 1978 and Racine Plating Company from 1979 until her retirement in 1994.

Marjorie was a member of Christ Church United Methodist of Racine and was a Past Worthy Matron in 1957 of the Racine Chapter #45 of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was also a member of Guardian of Bethel #22 Jobs Daughters, the Racine Chapter of the DAR, and the Elks Ladies Club.

Marjorie will be dearly missed by her daughter, Lynn (Paul) Walby of Morrisonville; granddaughter, Michelle (nee: Widmer) and Robert Fetterer of Cary, IL; brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Helen Botsford of Muskego; niece, Janet (nee: Botsford) and Don Kriz of Sugarland, TX, and their family,  The Reverend Douglas (Meredith) Kriz and Paul Kriz; nephew, Norman (Mary) Botsford of Tucson, AZ, and their family, Christian Botsford, Theresa (Jared) Godinez and Paul Botsford; and sister-in-laws, Mary Jo Hildensperger of Wausau and Delores Hildensperger of Michigan. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arnie Hildensperger, in 2010; and her father and mother.

Funeral services will be held at the Wilson Funeral Home on Sunday, April 3, 2011, at 4 p.m. with The Reverend Douglas Kriz of Prosper, TX, officiating. A private interment will be held at Mound Cemetery at a later date. Relatives and friends may meet with the family on Sunday from 2 p.m. until the time of service. Memorials in memory of Marjorie may be directed to Racine Humane Society, Hospice Alliance of Racine, and Christ Church United Methodist of Racine.

Mom, you are loved by all of us. Rest in peace.

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

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Marylou (Powers) Miller

Marylou Miller, age 87, passed away Sunday, March 27, 2011, at her residence. Marylou was born in Kenosha, December 30, 1923, daughter of the late John and Florence (Nee: Hylen) Powers.

On July 27, 1946, at Gospel Tabernacle in Racine she was united in marriage to Thomas Miller Jr., who preceded her in death on January 5, 2006. Marylou was an active member of Calvary Memorial Church, well known for catering numerous church events. Above all she devoted her life and cherished time spent with her family and friends. She will be deeply missed.

Survivors include her five children, Margaret “Peggy” (Bob) Korlewitz of West Chester, OH, Thomas (Sue) Miller III of Menomonie, WI, Peter Miller of Racine, Nancy Anne Miller of Eagle River, WI, Jim Miller of Menomonie, WI; her two grandchildren, Megan (Mark) Wesco of West Chester, OH, Rob Korlewitz of West Chester, OH; her one great-granddaughter, Kylie Wesco; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, Donald; three sisters, Virginia Steiner, Betty Ruffalo, and Patricia Martin.

Funeral services will be held Friday, April 1, 2011, at 11:30 a.m. at Calvary Memorial Church, 4001 Washington Ave., with Rev. Nathan James officiating. Private interment will be held at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church on Friday from 10:30 a.m. to the time of service at 11:30 a.m. Memorials to Calvary Memorial Church have been suggested.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Marylou’s caregivers at Wheaton Franciscan Hospice for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Ann M. (Stommel) Moore

Ann M. Moore, age 47, passed away Saturday, March 26, 2011. Ann was born in Racine, June 22, 1963, daughter of William and Nancy J. (Nee: Mueller) Stommel.

Ann was a graduate of Washington Park High School “Class of 1981.” She was employed in the construction field as a welder for many years. An avid outdoorsman, Ann enjoyed camping and motorcycling. She had a great love for animals, music and her guitar, and the Packers. She will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her companion, Janet K. Presson; her sons, Michael W. Moore, Anthony J. Moore; her mother, Nancy (Jean) Stommel-King; sisters, Susan Stommel of KY, William (Renee) Stommel, Kathryn (Daniel) Hossalla; stepsisters, Debra (Mark) Kunz, Sandra (Charles) Schovain, Michael (Terri) King, Barbara (John) Brahm; father of her sons, Michael “Mickey” Moore; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. She was preceded in death by her father, William F. Stommel Sr.; her grandparents; and her uncle, Rev. Russel Stommel.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, April 1, 2011, at 11 a.m. at St. Lucy Catholic Church, 3101 Drexel Ave., with Rev. Mark R. Jones officiating. Private interment will be held. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Friday at church from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass at 11 a.m.

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

Friday, March 25, 2011

Joyce M. (Felbab) Gemmel

Joyce Mary Gemmel, age 75, passed away Friday, March 25, 2011, at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints Medical Center. She was born in Racine, November 21, 1935, daughter of the late Fredrick and Agnes (Nee: Wynhoff) Felbab and was a lifelong resident until moving to Las Vegas ten years ago.

She attended St. Rose Grade School and graduated from St. Catherine’s High School “Class of 1953.” In November of 1955 she married William D. Gemmel Sr. Joyce was employed by Piggly Wiggly Food Stores for 36 years. She was a longtime member of St. Rose Catholic Church. She enjoyed bowling, gambling, penny slots and bingo. Above all she was devoted to her family and will be dearly missed.

Surviving are her five children, William (Pam) Gemmel Jr., Michael (Teri) Gemmel of Franksville, Kelli (Jeff) Kauzlarich, Gary (Laura) Gemmel and Tracy Gemmel (Thomas Michel) of Union Grove; grandchildren, Craig (Erin) Kauzlarich, Laura (Jacob) Burmeister, Elizabeth, Stacey, Stephanie, Kristin, Katherine, Heleana, Kimberly and Monica Gemmel and Brianna Mallo; great- grandchildren, Hannah, Parker, Austin, Dominic, Nathan, and Ella; her special companion of 30 years, Robert Salvatore; brother-in-law, Robert Gagnon; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Marilee Gagnon; her brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth (Ione) Felbab; nephew, Chris Felbab; and step-father, Jesse Goodwin.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, April 2, 2011, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Lucy’s Catholic Church, 3101 Drexel Ave., with Reverend Mark Jones officiating. Private interment will be held at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet Saturday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass. Memorials to St. Catherine’s High School have been suggested.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff at St. Monica’s Senior Citizens Home and the nurses on 2c and 2d at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints for their compassionate and loving care.

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

Dorothy M. (Riffer) Sohr

Dorothy M. Sohr, age 87, passed away Friday morning March 25, 2011, at her residence. Dorothy was born in Racine September 1, 1923, daughter of the late Henry and Harriet (nee: Maddron) Riffer.

On April 26, 1940, Dorothy married the love of her life, Harland Sohr, in Dubuque, Iowa, and has since shared seventy beautiful years together. During her twenty-eight years of retirement in Fort Meyers, FL, she enjoyed her time teaching crafts and her travels with Harland around the world. She will be best remembered as a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her husband, Harland; children, Deborah (Alan) Wentzell of Waterford, Richard Sohr of Racine; grandchildren, Ronald (Lisa) Wentzell, David (Maggie) Wentzell , Christopher Wentzell; great-grandchildren, Jackson and Nathan Wentzell, Carter Wentzell; sister, Betty Mayland of Greensboro, NC; sister-in-law, Margaret Sohr of Nashville, TN; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents, Dorothy was also preceded in death by her brothers, Clarence, Wilbur, Bernie and Paul.

A Memorial service will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, March 30, 2011, at 6 p.m. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home Wednesday from 5 p.m. until time of service at 6 p.m. Memorials to the family have been suggested.

The family extends a special thank you to Dorothy’s caregiver, Sue Gorsinski, and to Wheaton-Franciscan-All Saints Hospice for all of their loving and compassionate care.

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

Margaret Marie Therkelsen

Margaret M. Therkelsen, age 81, passed away Friday, March 25, 2011, with her family by her side, after a courageous battle with cancer. Margaret was born in Racine on September 9, 1929, daughter of the late Arthur and Marie (Nee: Soens) Helding.

On August 11, 1951, Margaret was united in marriage to Richard P. Therkelsen who preceded her in death on March 23, 1998. Moving to Door County in 1977 she and her husband owned and operated Dick’s Ephraim Service Station. She later used her talent for decorating at the Turtle Gift Shop in Ephraim and worked along side her daughter at Rankin & Associates in Sturgeon Bay. In 2008, Margaret moved back to Racine to be closer to her family. She had a great love for music and a strong devotion to her family. Margaret will be dearly missed.

Surviving are her children, Richard (Carol) Therkelsen, Susan (Jerry) Koudelka, Barbara (Dale) Hatch, Nancy (Anthony) Druktenis, Jeff (Krisse) Therkelsen; seven grandchildren, Tracie (Pete) Feest, Kirk (Carrie) Koudelka, Kevin (Sarah) Koudelka, Kristopher (Melissa) Koudelka, Robert (Nicole) Druktenis, Danielle Druktenis and Jenny Druktenis; six great-grandchildren, Madalyn, Ella, and Ava Druktenis, Julia, Victoria and Kylie Koudelka; brothers, Arthur and Tom (Barb) Helding; aunt, Lucille Soens; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Jinx, Ruth, Raymond, Peggy and Bruce. In addition to her parents, she also was preceded in death by her brothers, Sylvester, Jerry, Raymond, Rich; her “very best friend” Lois Helding; and a dear aunt, Katie Shuford.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 30, 2011, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1533 Erie St. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy. 32. Relatives and friends are welcome to meet with the family for Visitation on Tuesday, March, 29, from 5 until 7 p.m. with a prayer vigil at 6:30 at the funeral home. Also on Wednesday at 9:30 until time of Mass at the church.

A very special thank you to the staff at Elizabeth Residence and Seasons Hospice for their loving and compassionate care given to Margaret.

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

Emiddio G.'Gabe' Rinaldi

Emiddio Gabriel Rinaldi, ”Gabe”, age 78, passed away Friday, March 25, 2011, at Ridgewood Care Center. He was born in Racine, April 10, 1932, son of the late Vincenzo and Carmella (Nee: Anzalone) Rinaldi.

Gabe proudly served in the U.S. Army. He retired from J.I. Case Co where he was employed for 32 years and was a member of the Twenty Year Club. Gabe was a member of St. Richard’s Catholic Church. He enjoyed life, window shopping at the hardware and Army Surplus Stores, bird watching, table games, reading mystery novels, collecting paintings of the lighthouse and watching old westerns on TV. He will be dearly missed.

Surviving are his sisters, Mary (David) Rinaldi-Kerner of Racine, Louise Liese of Glendale, CA; his brother, Michael A. Rinaldi of Fond du Lac, WI; nieces and nephews, Theresa (Jason) Leal of Racine, Brian (Renee) Candido of Racine, Vincent Candido of Union Grove, Annette (Felix) Rodriguez of Burbank, CA, Daniel (Frances) Liese of West Covina, CA, Craig Rinaldi of Racine, Elizabeth Shedenhelm of IN; great nieces and great nephews, Jacqueline, Brianna, Trina, Marissa, Robert and Vincent Jr.; other relatives and dear friends.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 30, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Reverend Allan Bartkowski officiating. Interment with full military honors will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet Tuesday from 10 a.m. until time of service. Memorials to St. Richard’s Catholic Church, Ridgewood Activities Dept of Hospice Alliance have been suggested.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Brady Welsh, the staffs of Ridgewood Care Center and Hospice Alliance for their loving and compassionate care. 
 
MARESH-MEREDITH & ACKLAM FUNERAL HOME
803 Main St., Racine    (262) 634-7888

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Della R.(McCauley) Howe

Surrounded by her family, Della Rose Howe, age 88, passed away Thursday, March 24, 2011, at Select Specialty Hospital, West Allis, following a three-month struggle. Della was born in Warba, MN, June 25, 1922, the tenth of eleven children of the late Jack and Anna (Nee: Vadnais) McCauley.

On December 28, 1940, in Duluth, MN, she was united in marriage to Clifford W. Howe and they moved to Racine where they raised their family. He preceded her in death April 4, 1997. Della was a longtime member of St. Rose Catholic Church and a current member of St. Richard Catholic Church. She enjoyed bowling, crocheting, knitting and reading. Her faith was important to her, as was praying the rosary. Above all, it was caring for and being surrounded by her family that she treasured the most. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother and domestic goddess who will be dearly missed.

Surviving are her four children, Richard (Laura) Howe of Tacoma, WA, Jeanette (Joe) Marcsis of Racine, Bradley (Donna) Howe of Racine, Carol Fehlberg of Racine; grandchildren, Kip Howe, Rick (Dina) Eisel, Mike (Laura) Eisel, Kim (Terry) Boyster, Jessica Fehlberg (Anthony), Shannon Fehlberg (Matt), Mark (Kara) Howe, Kim (Joel) Stocksdale, Dr. Eric (Joanne) (Howe) Helms; great-grandchidren, Stacy Howe, Nick and Taylor Eisel, Alexis and Mikayla Eisel, Arlen and Brian Boyster, Hayden Howe, Abigail, Emily, Benjamin, Hannah, and Katherine Stocksdale, Danica, Arianna, and Anthony Jones, Eric Eisel, Brandon Fehlberg, Abigail and Madeline Helms and one on the way; great-great-grandchildren, Easton and Emery; step-grandchildren, Ginger (Larry) Urick, Jacqueline (Doug) Brown, Jack Eisel (Phyllis), 17 step-great-grandchildren; 9 step-great-great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Evelyn McCauley, Kitty Roberts, Goldie Mulliver and Malia McCauley; special friend, Debi Vidanovic, special niece, Theresa (John) McCauley, many other nieces, nephews, relatives and dear friends. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her son-in-law, Barry Fehlberg; granddaughter, Susan (Howe) Helms; grandson, Chip Eisel; great grandson, Steven Eisel; great-great grandson, Randy Smith; step-granddaughter, Susan Swanberg (Howe); sisters, Veronica, Mary and Marge; brothers, John, Jim, Earl, Tom, Jake, Ted and Bill.

Complete funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at the funeral home. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m., with the rosary being recited at 9:15 a.m., led by Sister Jean Ferstl. At 11 a.m., a prayer service will be held with Reverend Richard Molter officiating. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to all the angels at Select Specialty Hospital , Dr. Laura Ulmer and Dr. Mark Choi for your loving and compassionate care you gave to mother and our family these past few months.

Rest well, we love you.


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

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Anna Fern (Williams) Baer

With her loving family by her side, Anna F. Baer, age 94, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 22, 2011, at her residence. Anna was born in Breckinridge, KY, September 18, 1916, daughter of the late Alvie and Pearl (nee: Probus) Williams.

Survivors include her children, Ronald (Carol) Baer, David (Kathy) Baer, Sandra Baer, all of Racine; six grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sister, Corrine (Robert) Bradford of Normal, IL; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents, Anna was also preceded in death by her husband, Lyle Baer, in 1983; brothers, Dale, Willie and Paul; and her sisters, Louise and Mildred.

Private family services and entombment will be held at West Lawn Memorial Park.

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

Monday, March 21, 2011

Marvin L Weisensel

Marvin L. Weisensel, age 80, passed away Monday March 21, 2011, at the Hospitality Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Kenosha WI, after a long and courageous battle with COPD. He was born in Stacyville, Iowa, July 27, 1930, the 11th of 12 children of Erhardt J. and Amanda (nee: Diedrich) Weisensel.

Marvin served as a Corporal in the United States Army. He was united in marriage to Joan M. Westrich May 2, 1959 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

Over the years he was employed by In-Sink-Erator (18 years), J.I. Case (6 years), and retired in 1997 after 12 years at Gettys Manufacturing.

A member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church since 1960, he served as an usher, prayer leader, and belonged to the parish visitation ministry. He was actively involved with the Catholic Men’s Club, St. Vincent DePaul, and the Northside Catholic Food Pantry.

Survivors include his loving wife of fifty-one years, Joan; his children, Edward Weisensel of Milwaukee, Allan (Louise) Weisensel of Janesville, Ann Weisensel of Kenosha, Donna (David) Kolarik of Island Lake, IL; three grandchildren, Jessica, Anthony and Rachel; sisters, Sr. Catherine Weisensel of Mt. St. Frances in Dubuque, IA, Adella Attig of Austin, MN, Norraine Hemann of Osage, IA; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings Angela, Clemence, Ernestine, Esther, Lawrence, Marian, Roger and Willard.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, March 24, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2201 Northwestern Ave., with Rev. Ronald Crewe officiating. Entombment with military honors will follow at Holy Cross Mausoleum, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church Thursday from 9:15 a.m. until 10:15 a.m.

Memorial contributions to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, St. Vincent DePaul, All Saints Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation or one's favorite charity have been suggested.

The family wishes to extend special thanks to Dr. Richard Clark, Dr. Iftekhar Bader, RN’s Jennifer, Collette, Diana, Mary and the rehabilitation staff at Hospitality Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Also thanks to the staff of All Saints Cardiac and Pulmonary Exercise for all their years of support.

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

Eland L Muoio

Erland L. Muoio, age 85, passed away Monday, March 21, 2011, at the Heartwood Home, Appleton, WI. Erland was born in Racine, October 6, 1925, son of the late Joseph and Josephine (Nee: Phillips) Muoio.

Erland attended Washington Park High School. He was drafted into the United States Army at the age of 17, serving in the European Theatre from 1942-1945. Erland returned to Racine and attended the University of Wisconsin Racine Extension majoring in chemistry. On December 26, 1946, he was united in marriage to Doris Jensen who preceded him in death, October 31, 2005. Erland was employed by SC Johnson and Son as Research Chemist for many years until his retirement in 1987. While at SC Johnson, having invented many products, most notably Pledge, he was the proud recipient of the distinguished “Carnuba Palm Award.” Years later he was nominated into the Washington Park High School Hall of Fame. Erland was a member of Bethania Lutheran Church and the Masonic Lodge. He enjoyed working in his yard, traveling -- including many trips throughout Europe, and visiting and enjoying his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will be deeply missed.

Erland is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Susie Muoio of Appleton and their children, Michael and Jamie Muoio; his son-in-law, Joe Lawrence of Milwaukee; his grandchildren, Carlin and Nick Arnold and their children, Hannah, Ava and Noah; Erin and Brian Beres and their children, Taylor, Madison and Tye; Lisa and Steve Thomas and their children, Shawn, Joey and Tyler; Kim and Mark Holman and their children, Alexandra, Jake and Carson; sister, Sally (Dick) Hamilton of Monterey Park, CA; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ken and Shirley Jensen of Racine; other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Barbara Lawrence, in 2009; and brothers, Louis and Michael.

Funeral service will be held Thursday, March 24, 2011, at 10 a.m. at Bethania Lutheran Church, 4120 Wright Ave., with Rev. Pam Lange officiating. Interment with full military honors will follow at Graceland Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Wednesday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and Thursday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until time of service at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society have been suggested.

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

Mary 'Marika' Mastous

Mary “Marika” Mastous, age 86, fell asleep in the Lord, Monday, March 21, 2011, at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints Medical Center with her niece and nephew, Georgia and Mike Barr, at her side.

Mary was born in Racine, August 1, 1924, daughter of the late Stanley and Irene (Nee: Massas) Mastous. Mary was a lifelong member of the Kimissis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church. She loved reading, especially Emily Loring novels. Her favorite color was red.

Survivors include her sister-in-law, Stamatia “Toula” Mastous; her nieces and nephews, Irene (Oreste) Lucchetta, Xanthe (James) Parker, Georgia (Michael) Barr, Chris (Julie) Kokinakis; other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brothers, Peter, Gust, John; sister, Angie Kokinakis; and two nephews, Steve and Peter Kokinakis.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 26, 2011, at 9:30 a.m. at the Kimissis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church, 1335 S. Green Bay Road, Hwy 31, with Rev. John Ketchum officiating. Interment will follow at Graceland Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Saturday at the church from 9 a.m. until time of service at 9:30 a.m. Memorials to the Greek Orthodox Philoptochos Society have been suggested.

Mary’s family wishes to extend a special thank you to the nurses, CNA’s and aides at the Harmony Living Center, and Wheaton Franciscan 3rd Floor Med and Hospice for their loving and compassionate care. Your gifts are a true blessing from God.

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

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Richard G. Jarstad

Richard G. Jarstad, age 66, passed away Sunday, March 20, 2011, at his residence. Richard was born in Racine, December 16, 1944, son of the late Marvin G. and Anna (Nee: Mayer) Jarstad and had been a lifelong Racine resident.

On March 12, 1983, Richard was united in marriage to Jane M. Hill. He was employed as a mechanic for various foundries. In his spare time, Richard enjoyed repairing bikes, lawnmowers and fans. He will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his loving wife of twenty-eight years, Jane; his children, Rachel Jarstad (fiancé, Randy), Ricky Jarstad, all of Racine, Charlene Crandall of Mondovi, Michelle Ruleford of Kenosha; 11 grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Bobby (Barbara) Jarstad, Randy (Diane) Jarstad, Seno Jarstad, Tommy (Fran) Jarstad, Julie Viertel, and Rosemary (John) Meyer; mother-in-law, Enid Hill of Largo, FL; sisters-in-law, Sharon (Steve) Vogelman of Racine, Lisa (Tom) Greve of Baraboo; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Alice Kummer.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 26, 2011, at 3 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Mike Cundari officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Saturday at the funeral home from 1 p.m. until time of service at 3 p.m. Memorials to the American Heart Association have been suggested.

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

Infant Aaliyah Marie Kuhart


Surrounded by her loving family, infant Aaliyah Marie Kuhart, received her wings Sunday, March 20, 2011, at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Wauwatosa, WI. Aaliyah was born in Burlington, Wisconsin, on February 11, 2011, daughter of Renee M. Galligan and Kyle Kuhart.

Aaliyah is survived by her loving parents, Renee and Kyle; her grandparents, Mike and Julie Fry, Linda Kuhart and Nicholas Reich; her great-grandparents, Mark and Linda Baker, Carol and Ed Fry, Rod and Debbie Babington, Dorothy Kuhart, Susan Nitcher; Aunt and Godmother, Samantha Galligan (Godfather, Orlando); Aunts, Katie Mongan, Kelsey Reich; and Uncles, Lance Fry and Eric Kuhart; great aunts, uncles, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her great-grandfathers, George Kuhart and Jack Reich.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at 11 a.m. at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 4701 Erie St., with Rev. Terry McGugan officiating. 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 10:30 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. Private interment will be held.

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

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Steve M. Bergemann

Steve M. Bergemann, age 60, passed away Saturday, March 19, 2011, at Aurora Medical Center, Grafton, Port Washington. He was born in Racine on August 16, 1950, son of the late Bernard Bergemann and Zita M. Olson.

Steve was a graduate of William Horlick High School “Class of 1968.” He then enlisted in the United States Army, serving in the Vietnam War. Steve was a graduate of Silver Lake College and spent his career as a Quality Engineer. On August 19, 1972, he was united in marriage to Julie M. Petersen. An avid sailor, Steve belonged to the Sheboygan Yacht Club and enjoyed boat building. Steve was an active member of the YMCA. More than anything, Steve cherished time spent with his family. He will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his loving wife, Julie; his daughter and son-in-law, Jenny (Seth) Horzen; his grandchildren, Katrina, Cait and Bella; brother, Carl Bergemann; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Tom (Rosemary) Petersen, Marcia (Dick) Thomas, Mark (Diane) Petersen, Steve (Cindy) Petersen, Mike (Renee) Petersen, Mike Legue; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister-in-law, Francine Legue.

A Memorial Service will be held Wednesday, March 23, 2011, at 6 p.m. at the funeral home. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Wednesday at the funeral home from 3 p.m. until time of service at 6 p.m. Memorials to the American Cancer Society, Ronald McDonald House Charity, or Sheboygan Yacht Club Sea Scouts have been suggested.

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

Roy William Braid Jr.

Roy W. Braid, 80, passed away on Saturday, March 19, 2011, at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare- All Saints after a brief illness.

Roy was born in Racine to the late Roy William Sr. and Mildred (nee: Olson) Braid on July 26, 1930 and lived his entire life in Racine. He was united in marriage to Joyce (nee: Spencer) on July 28, 1951.

Mr. Braid proudly served his country in the Army during the Korean War. Throughout his life, he was employed at Borden’s Milk Company, served as president of National Aluminum, Racine Aluminum and, after his retirement, continued to work assisting his family at Apple Holler. Roy also was a little league coach for many years, served as past president of Gethsemane Lutheran Church Council, sponsored numerous fast-pitch ball teams, previously owned the Racine Raiders and belonged to the Racine Purchasing Agents and Lutheran Men’s Bowling League.

He will be dearly missed by Joyce, his wife of 59 years; daughters, Cheryl (Thomas) Hollibush and Vicki (David) Flannery; grandchildren, Jill Brink, Kristi Duban, Laura (Daniel) Sadowski, and Elyse, Riley, Connor, Bailey, and Paige Flannery; and great-grandchildren, Christian Matalik and Madelyn Sadowski; as well as many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and son, Gary Braid.

Funeral Services in memory of Roy will be held at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 3319 Washington Ave., on Thursday, March 24, 2011, at noon with Rev. Alice Horton and Rev. Mike Steinke officiating. Interment will be at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends are invited to meet the family at church from 10 a.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Gethsemane Lutheran Church and to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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

Friday, March 18, 2011

Alfreda Gertrude Ellingham

Alfreda Gertrude (nee: Hodges) Ellingham, 94, died on Friday, March 18, 2011, at Wheaton Franciscan Health Care-All Saints.

She was born in Racine on October 1, 1916, to the late Alfred and Nellie Hodges. Alfreda was united in marriage to Earl Ellingham on November 20, 1941.

Alfreda was a lifelong member of (Holy Innocents) St. Nicholas Episcopal Church and was employed for 40 years with Racine Unified Schools.

She is survived by one son, Alan (Grace) Ellingham of Racine; two grandchildren, Eric (Kim) Ellingham of Burlington and Sue Ellingham of London, England; two great-grandchildren, Andy and Emma Ellingham of Burlington; and one brother, Alfred (Colleen) Hodges of Rochester, MN. She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl; daughter, Diane; brothers, William and Walter; and sisters Doris Cordts and Alice Bergman.

Funeral services will be held at St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, 2509 16th St., on Wednesday, March 23, 2011, at 10 a.m. with Father David Miracle officiating. Visitation will be held at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Nicholas Episcopal Church.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Welsh, WFHC-All Saints, Hospice, and Becker Shoop Center for their care and compassion during her final weeks.


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

Gertrude 'Gertie' F. Berthelsen

Mrs. Gertrude F. Berthelsen (nee: Fitzgibbons), 93, passed away at her home on March 18, 2011.

Gertie was born in Sheboygan Falls to the late Mr. and Mrs. John Fitzgibbons on January 3, 1918. She lived in Racine most of her life. On March 1, 1941, she was united in marriage to Gilbert Berthelsen who preceded her in death on November 20, 1999.

During her life, Mrs. Berthelsen was employed by J.C. Penney Co. as the manager of its fabrics department. She was also very active in her husband’s life. Her husband was Racine County’s first County Administrator and Racine County’s first County Executive. She was a wonderful mother deeply loved by her children. She was accepting and supportive of her children and very proud of them. She was a particularly kind person who put the interest of others before her own. She enjoyed art, mystery novels, and crafts.

She will be dearly missed by her children, Gilbert J. (Santa) Berthelsen of Racine, Cheryl A. (Helmut) Schmidtke of Kenosha and Richard A. (Sandy) Berthelsen of Clifton, VA; ten grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends. She was also preceded in death by one son, Keith R. Berthelsen.

A visitation will be held at the Wilson Funeral Home on Monday evening, March 21, 2011, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. The funeral ceremony will be private for the family. Interment will be held at West Lawn Memorial Park. Memorials may be directed to Lincoln Lutheran – Bay Pointe at the Atrium.

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

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Albert 'Bert' J. Bunker

Albert J. Bunker, age 93, passed away on March 17. He was surrounded by the love of his family and the Lord. Bert was born November 29, 1917, in Turtle Lake, WI, the son of George and Mildred “Blix” Bunker.

Bert was raised in Turtle Lake, WI. After graduating from High School he went on to Business School. He was an officer in the army during World War II, and he was stationed on the Aleutian Islands in Alaska. Bert was married in Seattle, Washington, on December 18, 1943, to Gwendolyn Fox. After the war they returned to Wisconsin. Gwen preceded him in death in 1976. They had two children, Thomas (Carol) Bunker of Racine, WI, and Marjean (John) Davis of Prior Lake, MN. The family grew to include four grandchildren: Michelle Bunker, Rebecca (Patrick) Terry, Mark (Alisia) Davis and Sarah Davis; and two great grandchildren, Owen and Audrey Davis.

Bert’s career was in the insurance field until his retirement. He married Gladys Rowe in 1977 and welcomed his extended family, Lynnea (John) Semasko of Arlington Heights, IL, John Rowe of Madison and three additional grandchildren, Michael Semasko, Adam Rowe, and Matthew Rowe.

Bert’s good sense of humor and upbeat personality touched those who knew him. He was active in his churches in Madison and Fitchburg. He loved to sing and dance with family and friends. Bert was also an avid golfer, hunter, and fisherman.

He was preceded in death by two wives, Gwendolyn and Gladys; two sisters, Katherine Brewster and Louise Laurance; and a brother, Dick Bunker(survived by Mabel).

A visitation will be Saturday, April 16, at 10 a.m. followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m. at Bethany Methodist Church, 3910 Mineral Point Road, Madison, WI. The family hopes in lieu of flowers that donations will be made to the American Cancer Society.

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

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

George Thomas Herchian

George Thomas Herchian, age 83, passed away Wednesday evening, March 16, 2011, at Wheaton Franciscan - All Saints Medical Center. George was born in Racine on February 25, 1928, son of the late Neshan “Nick” and Agnes (nee: Dadian) Herchian.

Following graduation from Wm. Horlick High School “Class of 1946,” George proudly served his country in the U.S. Army while stationed in Japan. He then returned and graduated from Spencerian College of Business and earned a degree in Accounting. He was first employed as an accountant with Union Savings and Loan and was employed for over forty years until retiring in 1987 as vice-president of what became M & I Bank. On August 27, 1949, George was united in marriage to the love of his life, Dorothy Jardee, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, where he had been a longtime member and past treasurer. In his spare time, George loved fishing, the outdoors and spending time at his cabin up north at Big Arbor Vitae Lake. He will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his loving wife of 61 years, Dorothy; son, Gary (Stacey) Herchian of Kenosha; daughter, Gail (Ray) McCubbins of High Point, NC; grandchildren, Heather (Jason) LeMieux of San Antonio, TX, Tyler Herchian and Whitney Herchian, both of Kenosha; great-granddaughter, Jasmyne LeMieux; sisters, Dorothy Frederickson, Lucy Widmar; brother, Augie Herchian; sisters-in-law, Bette Jardee, Alice Jardee, all of Racine; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, George was also preceded in death by his sister, Kathleen “Babe” Jackowski.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 1100 Erie St., on Monday March 21, 2011, at 11 a.m., with Rev. Anthony Primal Thomas officiating, assisted by Deacon Russell Missureli. Entombment with Full Military Honors will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church on Monday from 10 a.m. until time of Mass at 11 am. Memorials to the American Heart association, the Racine Food Bank or to one’s favorite charity have been suggested.

The family extends a special thank you to all of their friends and family for their support and prayers and to the entire staff at Wheaton Franciscan - All Saints Hospital and Hospice for all of their loving and compassionate care.

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

Elliott B. Wollman

Elliott B. Wollman, age 86, passed away Wednesday, March 16, 2011, at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints Medical Center. Elliott was born in Brooklyn, New York, on April 2, 1924,, son of the late Charles and Eva (Nee: Weiss) Wollman and had been a Racine resident for over sixty years.

A graduate of Lafayette High School in 1942, Elliott attended Columbia University, graduated from the University of Miami with a B.A., B.Ed, and M.A. During World War II he served as a pilot with the United States Army Air Corps. On August 17, 1947, at Beth Israel Sinai Temple he was united in marriage to Shyla Slobodkin. Elliott’s employment history included Ben Franklin Variety Stores, Wheary-Hartmann Luggage Company, Twin Disc Inc., Wisconsin Department of Industry, Labor, and Human Relations of Wisconsin Racine and Kenosha Extension Center. He was a member of Beth Israel Sinai Temple, and served on the Education Committee.

Elliott was a member and actively involved serving numerous community organizations including: Boy Scouts of America as Veteran Scouter of seventy plus years, Vice President Area I (WI, IL, MI) Boy Scouts of America, Regional and National B S A Relationships/Board Communications, Executive Board National Jewish Committee B S A, Executive Board Southeast Wisconsin Council, B S A, Council Commissioner, Southeast Wisconsin Council B S A; Girl Scouts of Racine County Fund Development Committee, “Do-Dad”; President and board member of the Racine Symphony Orchestra; Mayor’s Commissions on Human Rights; National Committee of Christians & Jews Chairman Racine County; Racine Arts Board; Public Relations Chairman Racine Area United Way; and President of Racine County Blood Donor Group. He was also member of the Twin Disc “20 Year Club,” and Ellison Bay Men’s Club. A huge stamp collector, Elliott belonged to the Belle City Stamp Club. He also enjoyed fishing and fencing where he was member and served on the Midwest Olympic Selection Committee/Fencing and was charter member of the National Fencing Coaches Association. He was actively involved with the Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts, and the Sigma Alpha Mu Fraternity.

Elliott was the honorary recipient of the Silver Beaver Award B S A, Silver Antelope Award B S A, SHOFAR Award National Jewish Committee on Scouting USA, and the Silver Medal Award Sons of the American Revolution.

Survivors include his wife, Shyla S. Wollman; his son, Marc J. Wollman; his daughter, Bronna E. Wollman, all of Racine; grandson, Benjamin Wollman of Shorewood; special friend, Sandy Berezowitz; other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at the funeral home Friday March 18, 2011, at noon,  with Rabbi Dena Feingold officiating. Interment will follow at the Racine Jewish Memorial Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home Friday from 11 a.m. until time of service at noon. Memorials to the Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of U.S.A., or to the Birch Creek Music Performance Center, 3821 County E, Egg Harbor, WI 54235 have been suggested.

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

Theodore L. Turner Sr.

Sturtevant -- Theodore L. Turner, 59, passed away at his home on Wednesday, March 16, 2011.

Theo was born in Racine on April 12, 1951, to the late Alfred Pete and Ruth Jeanette (nee: Wahlen) Turner. On June 30, 1984, he was united in marriage to Catherine Ann Heck.

Theo was a graduate of Case High School. After graduation, he was employed at Erickson’s Auto Trim, Chrysler in Kenosha, and was the owner of Carridge House Antiques. He was an avid Packer and Badger fan and a former member of the Racine Hog Chapter and was best known for his warm, friendly personality.


Theo will be dearly missed by his loving wife, Cathy Turner; three sons, Kyle (Stephanie Hazen) Turner, Theodore Jr. (Jeanette) Turner, and Nash (Kim) Turner; grandchildren, little Nash Turner and Cassandra Peshek; brother Pete (Sue) Turner; father-in-law, Larry Heck; brother-in-law, Steve (Theresa) Heck; sisters-in-law, Joan Thompson, Sue Jensen, Linda (Rudy) Rick, Laura (Eric) Armantrout; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, and mother-in-law Nancy Heck.

A memorial service in honor of Theo will be held at Wilson Funeral Home on Tuesday, March 22, 2011, at 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are invited to meet the family from 5 p.m. until the time of service.

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

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Winifred 'Winnie' I. (Roest) Dahnert

Winifred “Winnie” I. (Nee: Roest) Dahnert, passed away at Wheaton Franciscan Hospital, Tuesday, March 15, 2011, at the age of 90. Winnie was born in Racine, September 19, 1920, daughter of the late Henry and Goldie (Nee: Tuttle) Roest.

Winnie was a graduate of Washington Park High School. She was a member of the Evangelical United Methodist Church (formerly Evangelical United Brethren) and on June 22, 1940, at the church she was united in marriage to Howard Lawrence Dahnert. Howard preceded her in death this past January 23rd. She was employed at Park-In drive-in as a teenager, J.I. Case as Rosie the Riveter making airplane wings, Western Publishing, and Lincoln Lutheran, retiring in 1974. She also assisted with teaching children to read at Janes Elementary School.

Winnie's main focus was on the family. She always looked for ways to bring family together. Helping others had also been a top priority for Winnie, as a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, Cub Scout Den mother, Sunday school teacher and food bank volunteer for many years at EUM.

Winnie loved anything related to art, such as crafts, painting, drawing and clay figures to name a few. She especially enjoyed art projects that included her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Every piece of art they created was a treasure.

Beyond her devotion to her family, Winnie also enjoyed traveling with Howard on vacations, through Racine Scout Drum Corps trips, rock-hounding with the Racine Geological Society and outings with the Holiday Rambler Club. She was a member of the Racine Elks Club.

Her happiest moments were getting together with family, and being with the love of her life, Howard.

Survivors include her children, Janice Nelmark, Robert Dahnert, James (Cynthia) Dahnert; her grandchildren, Robin Nelmark, Tammy (Ruben) Mendoza, Daniel (Terri) Nelmark, Debra (Steve) Radwill, Wendy (Rob) Siegel, Matthew Dahnert (fiancé, Cammi), Jonathon Dahnert, Kimberly (Chris) James, Nicholas Dahnert, Lisa (Chris) Przekurat; her great-grandchildren, Christopher (Megan) Mendoza, Michael Nelmark, Brendon Mendoza, Abigail Radwill, Emmit Radwill, Ashley James, Isabella Radwill, Ethan Fabian, Owen Radwill, Emily Nelmark, Christopher Przekurat, Chasity James, Utah Radwill, Carson Siegel, Jasmine Przekurat, Missy Doepke, Nick Doepke, Ryan Dahnert, Caleb Dahnert; brother, Calvin Roest of Richmond, VA; sister, Sue (Art) Webb of Rockford, IL; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her great-grandson, Arthur Siegel.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 19, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the Evangelical United Methodist Church, 212 11th St., with Rev. John Fleming officiating. Entombment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Friday at the funeral home from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and Saturday at the church from 10:30 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Evangelical United Methodist Church have been suggested.

The family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to all of Winnie’s caregivers and the staff of the Med 3 unit at Wheaton Franciscan Hospital for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Gordon 'Corky' J. Christensen

Gordon “Corky” J. Christensen, age 87, passed away Sunday, March 13, 2011, at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints Medical Center. He was born in Racine, September 28, 1923, son of the late Carl and Margaret (Nee: Hanson) Christensen.

During World War II Corky proudly served his country as Corporal in the United States Army in the Philippines. He was united in marriage to Janice P. Rognsvoog on August 12, 1950, at the Trinity Methodist Church in Racine. Corky was employed by J.I. Case Company for thirty-three years until his retirement in 1983. Representing J.I. Case Company, Corky was a member of the State Street Businessmen Association, belonged to the Case “20 Year Club,” and was the head of the local order of the Magoose Club. Actively involved with Fourth Fest, he was the rides chairman for a number of years. An avid tennis player and golfer, Corky enjoyed membership at the North Shore Club. Corky valued coffee camaraderie with his buddies. He cherished fishing excursions up north with his family, teaching the love of fishing to his grandchildren. He will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his loving wife of sixty years, Janice; his daughters and sons-in-law, Nancy (Joe) Borzynski, JoAnne (Marc) Elsmo, Laurie (Rick) Hennig; his five grandchildren, Stefanie (Yoav) Meiri, Michael (Shay) Borzynski, Betsy Elsmo (fiancée, Benjamin Thomas), David Elsmo, Richie Hennig; his four great-grandchildren, Julia, Claire, Jack and Joe; brother, Myron “Mike” Christensen; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Albert (Alice) Rognsvoog, Tom (Karen) Rognsvoog, Mary Ann (James) Furrie; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sisters-in-law, Jane Beck and Henrietta Christensen.

A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, March 17, 2011, at noon 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 noon. Memorials to the Trinity United Methodist Church have been suggested by the family.

Corky’s family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to all the caregivers 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

Ruth E. (Strommen) Fox

Ruth E. Fox, “Foxy,” age 87, passed away Sunday, March 13, 2011, at her residence. Ruth was born in Mondovi, WI, on April 27, 1923, daughter of the late Robert C. and Ester (Nee: Lerdahl) Strommen.

On October 13, 1939, she was united in marriage to William A. Fox who preceded her in death, January 7, 1986. Ruth was employed by Motor Specialty for many years, last working at Ametek for seventeen years where she had many close friends. She was a member of Grace Church.

Ruth was full of life and had a big personality. She was known best for her quick wit, mischievous wink and infectious smile. A social butterfly, Ruth loved spending time with family and friends. She also enjoyed reading her novels, bowling, crocheting, fishing, traveling and playing cards. A loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother and friend, Ruth will be deeply missed and remembered every day.

Survivors include her children, Genevieve (Richard) Garski of Kenosha, Michael (Gail) Fox of Prairie du chien, WI, Evelyn Shore of Racine; her daughters-in-law, Jerilyn Fox of Racine, Bonnie Fox of Kenosha; 15 grandchildren, Debbie (Patrick) McMichael, Diane Macareno, Jeff Garski, Lisa Koehn, Ricky Garski, Dana (Rick) Frederick, Billie (Ernie) Spevak, Mark (Tina) Fox, Tina Fox, Chad Fox, Kimberly Shore, Tammy Matson, Jim (Eva) Fox, Michael Eickhorst, Nicole (Artie) Scola; 22 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert (Berdella) Strommen of Rockford, IL; sisters, Shirley Recupero of Racine, Evelyn Josline of Birchwood, WI, Dorothy (Frank) Fumo of Racine; brother-in-law, Joseph St. Thomas of Racine; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by her children, James Fox, David Fox, Norma Jean Fox, Barbara Graceffa, William Fox Jr; grandson, Michael Fox; son-in-law, Edward Shore; her brother, Alger (Ella) Strommen; and her sister, Betty St.Thomas.

Complete services will be held Thursday, March 17, 2011 at Grace Church, 3626 Hwy 31. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. followed by funeral services at 11:30 a.m. with Pastor Jim Olson officiating. Interment will follow at Graceland Cemetery.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff at Home Harbor and Odyssey Hospice for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Joyce E. (Aagesen) Guilette

Joyce E. Guilette, age 84, passed away Saturday, March 12, 2011, at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints Medical Center. Joyce was born in Flint, Michigan, on February 28, 1927, daughter of the late Adolph A. and Tilda M. (Nee: Running) Aagesen and had been a long-time Racine resident.

Joyce was employed by Western Publishing for twenty-seven years, retiring February of 1982. She was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. She also belonged and volunteered with the Friends of Seniors. Joyce enjoyed dominoes and playing cards with her friends. More than anything she cherished time spent with her family. She will be deeply missed.

Survivors include her children, Brent A. (Lisa) Burdick of Waldorf, MD, Ronald L. (Sally) Burdick of Racine, Sharon K. Burdick of Racine; stepchildren, Mark F. (Linda) Jena of Racine, Michelle Guilette (Doug Edwards) of Madison, WI; her grandchildren, Anna Staton (Nick Rusko-Berger), Alex Burdick, Jerad Burdick, Niccole Granger, Christopher Burdick; two great-grandchildren, Landon and Audrey Granger; sisters-in-law, Virginia Baranick, Loretta (Myron) Pehlke, Emily Vandertie; other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husbands, Alvin J. Burdick, Frederick “Bud” T. Jena, and Julius J. Guilette.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, March 18, 2011, at 10 a.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 6400 Spring St., with Rev. William J. Dietzler officiating. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Friday at church from 9 a.m. until time of Mass at 10 a.m. Memorials to St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church or to one's favorite charity have been suggested.

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

Friday, March 11, 2011

Dale Wayne Summerford

Dale W. Summerford, 50, passed away at his residence on March 11, 2011.

Dale was born to Floyd Summerford and Florine (nee: Siverly) Summerford-Bearden on October 13, 1960, and lived his entire life in Racine.

He recently graduated college as a CNC Machinist and was known as an avid bowler and sports fan who loved the Packers, Brewers and NASCAR. Other hobbies included travel, especially to Las Vegas, and cookouts. But most of all, he loved his family and was known as a man with a “heart of gold.”

Dale will be dearly missed by his mother, Florine; brothers, David and Daniel (Heather); sister, Mary; nieces and nephews, Jill, Dawn, Savanna, Ashley, Makayla, Cashmere, Alana, Dashaun, Jaliyah, Aaron, Jeremy, Jonathan, Austin, Amber and Andrew; best friends, Tommy D., Todd, Tony, Tarz and Ken as well as numerous cousins and other good friends.

He was preceded in death by his fathers, Floyd Summerford and John Bearden; and his sister, Debra Summerford.

Funeral Services in memory of Dale will be held at Wilson Funeral Home on Thursday, March 17, 2011, at 11 a.m. with Pastor Frank Williams officiating. Interment will be at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet the family on Wednesday, March 16, 2011, from 6-8 p.m. and again on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

Memorials in honor of Dale may be directed to the family.

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

Sharon A. (DuPont) Lousier

Surrounded by her family, Sharon Ann Lousier, age 62, passed away Friday, March 11, 2011, at her residence. She was born in Manitowoc, WI, on March 1, 1949, daughter of George and Lois (Nee: Hebert) DuPont.

Sharon was educated in Manitowoc and on August 29, 1970, she was united in marriage to James F. Lousier. They moved to Racine in 1972. Sharon was an administrative assistant for the community outreach program, Focus. She enjoyed bowling, traveling and gardening and was an avid tennis and bridge player. She dedicated her life to her family and will be dearly missed.

Surviving are husband, Jim; children, Leann (John) Pomeroy, Scott (Alison) Lousier; grandchildren, Johnnie and Zoe; her parents, George and Lois DuPont; three brothers and a sister, James (Susan) DuPont, Karen (Mark) Flasher, John (Lynn) DuPont, Dale (Jody) DuPont; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Rosemary Konitzer, Marcia (Dick) Lemberger, Audrey (Don) Faust, Dan (Gail) Lousier; nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her infant son, Eric James; and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Kenneth and Gladys Lousier.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 16, 2011, at 6 p.m. at the funeral home with Father Mike Bertam presiding. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Wednesday at 4 p.m. until time of service. Memorials to the family to be used for the grandchildren's education have been suggested.

A special thank you to Wheaton-Franciscan Hospice and Dr. Wiebe and her staff at Froedtert Cancer Center for all their loving and compassionate care.

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

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Carol J. (Heiser) Lloyd

Carol J. Lloyd, age 74, passed away Thursday, March 10, 2011, at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints Medical Center. Carol was born in Racine, January 3, 1937, daughter of the late Richard and Hazel (Nee: Tooley) Heiser and was a lifelong Racine resident.

Carol will forever be remembered for her devotion and love, caring for her family throughout the years. She especially loved spoiling her grandchildren. A bingo fanatic, Carol enjoyed her excursions to Potawatomi and her Wednesday bus trips with her best friend Phyllis Morgenson. She cherished time spent with her many friends at Mount Pleasant Manor, many of whom she considered as family. She will be deeply missed.

Survivors include her loving companion, Harold Bjugstad; her children, Donelle Lloyd (Jim Andersen), Diane Lloyd, Douglas (Chris) Lloyd, Donald (Kimberly) Lloyd, Daniel (Debbie) Lloyd; her grandchildren, Angela (Randy) Vlach, Amy (Justin) Corona, Anthony Corona, Orvie Lloyd, Amanda Bose (Eddie Clash), Philip and Madeline Lloyd, Megan, Daniel, and Emily Lloyd, Steven and Brittany Hayek, Michael Petersen; her five great-grandchildren, Vincent, Elizabeth, Ethan, Madison and Bradyn; sisters and brothers, Judy Bernal, Sandra (Frank) Heirnen, Richard “Jack” Heiser, David Heiser, Randall Heiser; special aunt, Lee Stuckey; cousin, Sue Kadamian; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Lloyd; and sister, Patricia Paakkonen.

Funeral services will be held Monday, March 14, 2011, at 6 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be held Tuesday, March 15, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Sunset Ridge Cemetery, Kenosha, WI, with Rev. Jeffrey M. Thielen officiating. 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. Memorials to one’s favorite charity have been suggested.

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

Carol Ruth Johnson

Mrs. Carol R. (nee: Worden) Johnson, 62, passed away on Thursday, March 10, 2011.

Carol was born in Racine to the late Lester and Beatrice (nee: Milliano) Worden on September 2, 1948, and lived her entire life in Racine. She was united in marriage to Thomas Allen Johnson on March 21, 1990.

She will be dearly missed by her husband, Thomas; children Pauleea, Stephen A. Jr., Jonathan, Sara, Tammy, Jessica, and Jeremy; sisters, Mary and Jo; best friends Stephen A. Yuhas Sr. and Annette Chapman; as well as numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lester and Beatrice; and sisters, Sheryl Jewell and Arliss Mae Bass.

Services in memory of Carol will be private. Inurnment will take place at Southern WI Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Memorials in honor of Carol may be directed to the American Cancer Society (9809 S. Franklin Dr. Ste. 102, Franklin, WI 53132).

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

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Ruth May Wesner

Mrs. Ruth May Wesner, 83, went home to be with her Lord on Wednesday, March 9, 2011.

Ruth was born in Milwaukee to the late Byron and Verna (nee: Engel) Fuller on January 16, 1928. She lived in Racine all of her life. In Racine, she was united in marriage to Richard O. Wesner at Calvary Memorial Church on October 14, 1950. He preceded her in death on May 22, 1981.

Mrs. Wesner was employed at Educators Credit Union as the Vice-President of lending, credit counseling and student loans for 22 years. She retired in 1990. She was an active member of Calvary Memorial Church. There she served on the Mission Board and the Finance Board. Ruth was well known for her musical talents as an accomplished pianist, organist and the choir at church. One of the highlights of her life was a trip to Zaire, Africa, to work at a mission station. She was also well known for her concern for others.

Ruth is survived by her two sons, David Wesner and Randy Wesner (fiancé, Marna Glover-Krueger); and one granddaughter, Sarah Wesner. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Nile Fuller; sister, Lucille (Edward) Niesen; and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Emil (Rose) Wesner.

A funeral ceremony will be held at the Wilson Funeral Home on Sunday, March 13, 2011, at 3:30 p.m. with Rev. Richard C. Rogers officiating. Entombment will be held at Graceland Cemetery on Monday, March 14, 2011, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. until the time of ceremony. Memorials may be directed to the Gideon’s Bible for United States Military Servicemen.

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

Monday, March 7, 2011

Lois J. (Newman) Hammes

Lois J. Hammes, age 89, passed away on Monday, March 7, 2011, at Lakeshore Manor. Lois was born in St. Paul, Minnesota, on June 21, 1921, daughter of the late Herbert J. and Elta J. (Nee: James) Newman and was a Racine resident for over eighty years.

On May 21, 1942, she was united in marriage to Quinten A. Hammes who preceded her in death on October 27, 1963. She owned and operated The Children’s Corner for many years. Lois was a member of the Plymouth Congregational Church. Actively involved in politics, Lois was a member of the Racine Unified School Board and numerous other community and civic organizations. Her interest also included gardening and playing bridge. More than anything she cherished time spent with her family and will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her children, Quinten (Joan) Hammes of Racine, Cynthia (Richard) McKenna of West Hartford, CT, Heather Hammes of Houston, TX, Jennifer (Greg) Berg of Racine; her grandchildren, Lee Ann (Steve) Stremke, Rebecca (Todd) Reilly, Quin (Renee) Hammes, Chris McKenna, Nicholas McKenna; her great-grandchildren, Amy, Laura, and Eric Stremke, Sarah and Ryan Reilly; sister-in-law, Alida Newman of Racine; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers, John “Jack” (Polly) Newman, Robert (Edie) Newman, Richard Newman; and stepfather, John Kosterman.

Funeral services will be held Monday, March 14, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Glenn Lawson officiating. Entombment will follow at Mound Cemetery. 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 funeral home from 10:30 a.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Healthcare Network, the Racine County Pony Club or the Caledonia Conservancy have been suggested.

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

Thomas E. Baker Sr.

Thomas E. Baker Sr., age 83, passed away on Monday, March 7, 2011, at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints Medical Center. Thomas was born in Racine on February 21, 1928, son of the late Edward and Lydia (Nee: Hansen) Baker.

At age 16 Thomas joined the United States Merchant Marines and five years later he enlisted with the United States Army. On October 9, 1948, at Holy Communion Lutheran Church he was united in marriage to Anne V. Slaasted. He was employed by Pugh Oil, Hribar Trucking, and last worked at the Milwaukee Metro Auto Auction. His pastimes included bowling, hunting, fishing, NASCAR, and he was an avid Packer fan. Tom will be best remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his loving wife Anne of sixty-two years; his children, Robert Baker, Gail Baker (Richard Hovorka), Sandra (Brian) Callis, Glenn Purlee; daughter-in-law, Samantha Baker; grandchildren, Ashten, Melissa and Cody Baker, Gary Granger Jr., Germaine (Brian) Eisel, Gwen Granger, Geralyn Granger, Garrick Granger, Erick (Ashley) Callis, Matthew Callis (Ashley Layman), Jacob (Amanda) Callis; great-grandchildren, Jayden, Nathanyel, Kyliegh-Anne Callis, Landon and Audrey Granger, Ryland Granger, Devon and Lucas Eisel; sisters, June Scheible, Doris (Arnold) Volz, Betty Taylor; brother-in-law, Paul Smaglick; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Thomas E. Baker Jr. on October 4, 2004; stepfather, Albert Jameson; brothers, Robert and Howard; and sister, Ruby Sanders.

A Memorial Service followed by full military honors will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 745 Main St., on Saturday, March 12, 2011, at 2 p.m., with Rev. Brad Van Fossen officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church Saturday from 1 p.m. until time of service. Memorials to the family have been suggested.

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

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Kheagan Cordale Smith

Kheagan Cordale Smith, infant, passed away Saturday, March 5, 2011, at St. Luke’s Pavilion. He was born February 27, 2011, son of Tiyaka Marie Gardner and William Cordale Smith who survive him.

Further surviving are his sister, Nevaeh; grandparents, Sylvia and Donnie Gardner, Shanda Smith, William (Wanda) Smith; great grandparents, Bessie Thurman, Richard (Johnnie) Thurman, Barbara Diane Thomas; aunts, Keyanna Gardner, Sierra Smith; uncle, Donnie Gardner; and a host of other relatives.

A private memorial service will be held March 11, 2011, at the funeral home followed by interment at Graceland Cemetery.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you the Wheaton Franciscan All Saints NICU for their loving and compassionate care.

Also a Thank You to all who prayed and visited, especially my Pastor and The Greater Mount Eagle Church Family.


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

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Nancy L. (Samppala) Ekstrom

Nancy Lee Ekstrom, age 76, passed away Wednesday, March 2, 2011, at her residence. She was born in Mt. Iron, MN, on August 14, 1934, the 13th of 14 children of the late Samuel and Wilhelmiina (Nee: Mattila) Samppala.

Nancy was united in marriage to Clarence J. Ekstrom on July 24, 1965, and they moved to Racine in the middle 1960s. He preceded her in death on March 26, 1998. Nancy retired from One Hour Martinizing where she had been employed from 1983-1999. She was a member of First Church of God and attended Thursday Bible Study. Spending time with her family and friends is what she treasured the most. She will be dearly missed.

Surviving are her daughter, Wendy Ekstrom (Corey Chavours); brothers and sisters, Edwin Samppala of Ft. Worth, TX, Luella Van Meter of Grass Valley, CA, Katherine (Kenneth) Johnson of Gold River, CA, Carolyn Stephens of Casa Grande, AZ, Shirley (Norman) Kuntz of Mt. Iron, MN; sister-in-law, Mabel (Sherwood) Hamann of Ashland, WI; special friends, LaVerne Dykhuis and Rosa Andric; nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by eight brothers and sisters.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 12, 2011, at noon, at First Church of God, 1650 Lathrop Ave., with Pastor David Andrews officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Saturday at the church from 11 a.m. until time of service.

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