Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Ronald G. Favro

Ronald G. Favro, age 67, joined his heavenly Father peacefully, with family and friends at his side at Zilber Family Hospice in Wauwatosa, on May 31, 2011. He was born in Plattsburgh, New York, on September 22, 1943, son of the late Gerald “Cy” and Thelma (Nee: Darrah) Favro.

Ron was raised in Phoenix, AZ, and was a 1961 graduate of Washington High School where he enjoyed running track, playing trombone in the band, and was a member of the Civil Air Patrol. Ron earned his Master's of Education from Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio, in the late 1980s and taught in their MBA program for a number of years. Ron was in the telecommunications industry for thirty-five years and retired from AT&T. He ended his working life as a mortgage loan officer in 2010. Ron was an Air Force Reservist for fourteen years and had his private pilot license. He was a proud member of Roma Lodge, was an avid reader, loved his faith, history, and a good scotch. Most of all he loved spending time with family and friends.

Survivors include his loving wife of thirty-nine years, Cathy (Nee: Colleran); his son, Kevin (Kerry) Favro of Cincinnati, OH; his daughter, Erin (Ty) White of Columbus, OH; his six precious grandchildren, Marian, Madalyne, Marina and Mason Favro, Owen and Brian White; brother, Dave (Bonnie) Favro of Show Low, AZ; brother-in-law, Michael Colleran of Pocatello, ID; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Gary Favro.

Ron was a loving husband, devoted father, proud “Grampy,” cherished friend, and will be sadly missed and forever loved.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, June 3, 2011, at 4 p.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 6400 Spring St., with Rev. William J. Dietzler officiating. Interment will be held at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Montgomery, Ohio. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Friday at the church from 2 p.m. until time of Mass at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Xavier University or to the Zilber Family Hospice have been suggested.

Ron’s family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to Dr. Michael Mullane, Dr. Ahman Saad, Dr. Linda Blust and staffs, staff at 4NW Froedtert Memorial Hospital and the Zilber Hospice staff for their loving and compassionate care.

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

John P Kah Jr.

John P. Kah Jr., 87, passed away at his home on May 31, 2011.

John Jr. was born in Racine to the late John and Christina (nee: Deckert) Kah on August 17, 1923. He was united in marriage to June Willms in Fontana on April 5, 1947. Together they lived in Racine for 77 years.

Mr. Kah was employed at Jacobsen Manufacturing and retired in 1989. He was proud to serve in the United States Navy during World War II. He dearly loved his wife and his family. John is now celebrating his eternal life in heaven through his faith in Jesus Christ.

John is survived by his wife, June; two children, Sharon (Jack) Shisler and John (Donna) Kah III; five grandchildren, Cristina (Brian) Campbell, John F. (Sarah) Kah, Jamie (Derrick) Perrier, Jenna (Matt) Bardwell and Justin Kah; his great-granddaughter, Sophia Campbell; one brother,  Jacob (Vie) Kah; one brother-in-law, Edward Klinkhammer; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Elizabeth (George) Funk and Eva Klinkhammer.

Funeral services will be held at The Lutheran Chapel of the Cross on Friday, June 3, 2011, at 1 p.m. with Rev. Dan Feldscher officiating. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family from 11 a.m. until the time of service. Memorials may be directed to The Lutheran Chapel of the Cross Building Fund.

The Kah family would like to express a heartfelt thank you to all the nurses at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-Home Hospice and Dr. Desiree Dizadji and staff for their kindness and compassion.

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

Edith 'Edie' B. (Cymer) Bartlett

Edith “Edie” B. Bartelt, age 64, passed away after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer on Tuesday, May 31, 2011, at the Aurora VNA Zilber Family Hospice, Wauwatosa, WI. Edith was born in Racine, February 8, 1947, daughter of the late Henry and Lily (Nee: Lewis) Cymer and niece of the late Edwin Cymer.

Edie was a graduate of Washington Park High School “Class of 1965.” In her younger years she was a homemaker and worked in various retail establishments, most recently as a caregiver at Home Instead. She was a coin collector and her other pastimes included knitting, crocheting and sewing. She will be deeply missed.

Survivors include her longtime companion, Bill Mross; her daughters, Wendy Bartelt of Racine, Cindy (Jeremy) Ahles of New Berlin, WI; her grandchildren, Todd Bartelt, Brandon, Cameron and Payton Ahles; her sister, Geri (Gary) Petersen of Racine; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 4, 2011, at 9:30 a.m. at Bethania Lutheran Church, 4120 Wright Ave., with Rev. Pam Lange officiating. Interment will follow at Graceland Cemetery. 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 9 a.m. until time of service at 9:30 a.m. Memorials to the Wisconsin Ovarian Cancer Alliance, 13825 West National Ave., Suite 103, New Berlin, WI 53151 have been suggested.

Edie’s family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to Dr. Michael Mullane, Dr. Peter Johnson and staffs and the hospice staff at the Aurora VNA Zilber Family Hospice for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Grace Elizabeth Mackey

Grace Elizabeth Mackey passed away on Monday, May 30, 2011, surrounded by her family. She was born on July 10, 1912, at her Raymond Homestead on 7 Mile Road, daughter of the late David and Lucy (nee: Drought) Kotvis. On October 11, 1933, she was united in marriage to Arthur Mackey in Milwaukee. The couple relocated to the Racine area in 1942. Arthur preceded her in death on December 2, 1977.

Grace was employed by the Telephone Company until the installation of the dial tone system. She was then employed by Mr. and Mrs. William Allan, the original owners of Thrifty Sandy’s Inc., for 33 years until her retirement in 1982.

Grace’s many talents include entertaining, crocheting, home decorating, writing poetry and cake decorating. She was an expert seamstress including designing and creating the wedding dress that each of her daughters wore. For each wedding, the dress was altered into a different style. The feasts she prepared are legendary and her home would be overflowing with family, relatives and friends. Grace was a member of the United Church of Christ in Raymond. She enjoyed camping, traveling, and gardening, but most of all she loved spending time with her family.

Grace was an amazing person. She was an extraordinary mom, grandma, great-grandma and friend. She will be deeply missed by her three daughters, Beverly (Walter) Zurawski, Jacque (David) Olson and Karyne (Jay) Frank; nine grandchildren, Gregg Zurawski (fiancĂ© Kenya Beneitz), Lane Zurawski, Jody (Cary) O’Brien, Rondi (Gregg) Olson, Shelli (Ron) Farnsworth, Tamryn (Keith) Anderson, Todd (Heidi) Olson, Tia (Steve) Kon, and Kelley (Penny) Frank; 17 great-grandchildren, Emily and Nicholas Smith- Zurawski, Kaitlin Csonka, Megan and Allison Zurawski, April Venne, Lane Olson, Miles, Tyler, and Joshua Farnsworth, Brett Anderson, Jennifer Swinehart, Ryan and Cali Olson, Sophie and David Kon, and Stephanie Grissom; great-great grandchildren, Kai Olson-Mowad and Lilanna Von Asten; special extended family, Ron and Dee Nelson, Kami, Ron and Tony Ingle, and Marla Smith.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Arthur Mackey; daughter, Barbara Mackey; grandson, Kevin Frank; brother, Ralph Kotvis; and sister, Lucille Boettcher.

Funeral services in honor of Grace will be held at Wilson Funeral Home on Monday, June 6, 2011, at 10 a.m. with Rev. Manda Stack officiating. Interment will be at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family at the funeral home on Sunday, June 5, 2011, from 5-8 p.m. and on Monday from 9 a.m. until the time of service.

The family wishes to express their sincere thanks for the wonderful, loving care our mom received at Lincoln Village.

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

Monday, May 30, 2011

Jesus L. Aguero

Jesus L. Aguero, age 57, passed away Sunday, May 30, 2011, at his residence. He was born in Apaseo, Zacatecas, Mexico, on February 13, 1954, son of Margarito Aguero and Paula Luna.

Jesus came to Racine in 1971 and had been working at Maynard Steel Castings since 1990.

Surviving are his wife, Estela Vital; five children, Maria de Jesus Aguero, Manuel (Socorro) Aguero, Hector (Maria) Aguero, Rosa (Roberto) Aguero, Mariela Aguero; 12 grandchildren; his parents; sisters and brothers, Antonia Aguero, Juana (Mario) Cruz, Jose Aguero, Olga (Manuel) Guerra, Silvia (Daniel) Hernandez; special friends, Diane Quinos and Rosa Valadez; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Relatives and friends may meet at the funeral home Saturday, June 4, 2011, from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. Interment will be held at his hometown in Mexico.

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

Hazel E. (Hurd) Resong

Hazel E. Resong, age 93, passed away Monday, May 30, 2011, at Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital, Milwaukee, WI. Hazel was born in Morristown, MN, January 26, 1918, daughter of the late John O. and Alma M. (Nee: Blake) Hurd.

Survivors include her children, Evelyn (Bill) Cummings of Nevada, Joan (John) Hetland, Albert (Maureen) Jacox, all of Racine, Narcine (Fred) Lambrecht of Palm Harbor, FL; 14 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 2, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Holly Anderle officiating. Interment will follow at Mound Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Thursday at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. Memorials to the American Cancer Society have been suggested.

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

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Elizabeth M. 'Betty' (Gamble) Hanson

Elizabeth M. “Betty” Hanson, age 89, passed away Sunday, May 29, 2011, at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints Medical Center. Elizabeth was born in Yankton, SD, on January 28, 1922, daughter of the late Lee and Maude Gamble.

On June 5, 1943, Betty was united in marriage Rodney Hanson, who preceded her in death August 10, 1988. She was a graduate of LaCrosse State Teachers College and was a Physical Education and English teacher at Darien High School in her younger years. Betty served on the Citizen’s Advisory Board on desegregation of the Racine Unified School District in 1973 and 1974. She was an avid bridge player and enjoyed her times with her family and friends. She will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her children, Leslie Hanson D.O. of St. Louis, MO, Patricia (Steven) Wirth of Wauwatosa, Jack (Hilarie) Hanson of Grass Lake, MI; grandchildren, James (Katie) Wirth, Kelsey Hanson, Matthew Wirth, John Alex Hanson, Kelly Moffit; brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1533 Erie St., Friday June 3, 2011, at 11 a.m. Entombment will follow at Calvary Cemetery, Kinzie Avenue. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church on Friday from 10 a.m. until time of Mass. Memorials to the Racine Zoological Society have been suggested.

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

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Diane (Friedgen) Komenkul

Diane M. Komenkul, age 58, passed away peacefully on Saturday, May 28, 2011, at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints Medical Center following a brief battle with cancer. Diane was born in the Queen of Angels Hospital in Los Angeles, CA, on May 15, 1953, daughter of the late Robert and Gwendolyn (nee: Crowell) Friedgen.

A very active child, Diane enjoyed sports of all kinds as well as a variety of arts and crafts offered by the local park system. On October 4, 1972, she received a blue belt in Kenpo (Kung-Fu) Karate. She met the love of her life, Kasem “Sam” Komenkul, in April 1971 while on a blind date with her friends at Disneyland in Anaheim, CA. On May 13, 1971, she graduated from Saint Joseph High School in Lakewood, CA. She attended Cerritos College for two years and received a degree of  “Associate in Arts” for Business-Secretary.

On January 26, 1973, Diane was united in marriage to Kasem “Sam” Komenkul. She gave birth to three boys, and lived happily in Southern California for 21 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Sam. Following Sam’s death, Diane moved to Racine to be closer to her sister. She was employed with Wheaton-Franciscan-All Saints for the past fifteen years where she was a very dedicated employee and dearly loved by all her co-workers. She left an impression of a woman who was completely selfless, always putting the needs of others above her own. She was also a keen observer of all details, making sure everything she did was perfect. To her co-workers, friends and family, she possessed a wit and loving soul that was all her own. When she was not working, Diane found some time for reading, sewing, swimming, crossword puzzles and travel. She was a loving and generous woman. Diane was a wonderful mother, wife, sister, grandmother and friend. She will be greatly missed. But we find comfort in that she will be reunited with the love of her life, Sam.

Survivors include her three loving sons, Jason (Melanie) Komenkul and their children Harlon and Lorelei, all of Provo, Utah, Brian Komenkul and Christopher “Kit” Komenkul, both of Racine; her sister, Sheila (Steve) Flox of Racine; her dearly loved goddaughters, Karen Komenkul of Los Angeles, CA, and Katherine Santavanond of Rancho Cucamonga, CA; and brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held Friday, June 3, 2011, at 11 a.m., at the funeral home with Rev. Jeffrey M. Thielen officiating. Private interment will be held. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m.

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

Friday, May 27, 2011

Alan B. Grossberg

Alan B. Grossberg, Professor Emeritus, Physics and Engineering, passed away in his sleep at age 78 on Friday, May 27, 2011. He was born to Mary Levi Grossberg and Arthur Sariah Grossberg on May 5, 1933, in Chicago, Illinois.

He is survived by his brother, Milton A. Grossberg, and sister-in-law Phyllis J Grossberg of Los Altos, CA; Milton’s children, Daniel Grossberg of Mechanicsburg, PA, Debra Lee of Garden Valley, CA, Steven Grossberg of Eugene, OR, Diane Love of Mesa, AZ , Rebecca Harvey of Boca Raton, FL; and many additional relatives, friends and admirers.

Alan grew up in the South Shore neighborhood of Chicago, received a B.S. degree from Illinois Institute of Technology in Chemical Engineering, M.S. degrees from Harvard University in Chemical Engineering and Physics, a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in Physics.

Alan taught physics at various colleges and universities, including Antioch College, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. He was granted a Fulbright Scholarship and taught physics, in Spanish, at the University of Lima in Peru. Alan was the author of two textbooks, Fortran for Engineering Students, Volumes 1 and 2, plus authorship of various published articles in the American Journal of Physics.

He was the founding chair of the Engineering Science Division at UW-Parkside. He was largely responsible for hiring the faculty and staff of the division in the early '70s. While he served as chair, he coordinated the development of the engineering-related programs. Alan retired in 1993 at which time he was granted emeritus status.

Alan loved all the arts, specifically symphonic music, ballet, theatre, foreign films and regularly traveled to Interlochen to enjoy the summer music programs. He appreciated travel, fine wine and good food.

A private service will be held.

As a proponent of the sciences, Alan has suggested that memorials made to the Racine Community Foundation for the Alan B. Grossberg Scholarship program (for science majors) or to the Hospice Alliance in Pleasant Prairie.

Great appreciation is extended to all the warm and caring staff at Hospice Alliance who made Alan’s final days so comfortable.


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

Cheyenne J. (Thompson) Buss

On Friday, May 27, 2011, just three months, nineteen days and five hours after the passing of “the love of her life,” Cheyenne June Buss took her last breath, surrounded by her family in the red house on Spring Street that her husband built.

Born in Shawano, Wisconsin, on June 16, 1929, at the height of the depression, to Robert and Hildegard Thompson, their first-born daughter understood the true meaning of hard work and dedication. Over the years, many people would ask Cheyenne how she got her unique name. She cherished telling the story how her father, Robert, was a rodeo rider out West and his favorite city was Cheyenne. When he met and married Hildegard he had insisted that she name their first-born child (no matter the gender), after the city of Cheyenne. So began the story of “OUR” Cheyenne.

Times were difficult. The Thompson family had now grown by the birth of son Bobby. They did their best by traveling west through the dust bowls to California, only to find that Wisconsin was where their heart and future lie and settled in Appleton. The Thompson clan grew by two more. Cheyenne now had a loving sister, Shirlee, and a younger kid brother, Jimmy. Working hard all winter, springtime brought the family back to the Bodart Shows for the carnival season. Cheyenne, a third generation “carnie,” was lulled to sleep on the Ferris wheel. As she grew into a strong-willed, hardworking young woman, her father gave her her own “joint,” a pitch 'til you win game, with all profits going into the family fund. Little did she know that in 1947, while she was hard at work hauling her own tent at each stop, there was a handsome red-haired man watching her every move.

It was in Shawano that Robert “Red” Buss joined the Bodart Shows and after a short, but sweet courtship they were married on April 17, 1948, in Appleton. It was with the birth of their daughter, Kay Mary, that Dad Thompson decided it was time to stop traveling with the carnival and the trailer court and grocery store was bought. Two years later, in 1950, Bob, Cheyenne and Kay Mary came to Racine to seek their own future.

Working side-by-side with their daughter on an army cot, Cheyenne knew how to swing a hammer and plumb a wall. The first house they built on Ohio, which is still standing, was the start of R. J. Buss Builders. With Bob as president and Cheyenne as Vice-President/Secretary this team would build both residential and commercial properties throughout southeastern Wisconsin. Cheyenne would never admit to it, but both her daughters, Kay and Eva, believe that their mother was ahead of her time as the “working Mom” at home where both Cheyenne and Bob had their offices.

With each achievement that Bob made -- both in the building industry and in philanthropic organizations like the Kiwanis -- if Bob was making the speech, Cheyenne had written it, and if Bob was flipping pancakes at Pancake Day, Cheyenne was pouring coffee. She was his ‘Cherokee,’ the one who supported her husband’s business endeavors, hunted with him out west and went on goose hunts in the Horicon all together with their daughter Eva Linn in the motor home.

Cheyenne also had her own personal achievements. In the mid '50s and '60s her name would appear in the Journal Times as a top kegler at J & W Lanes on Main Street, Douglas Bowl and with the Shoop Park Ladies. She tried golf, and told the family of her hole-in-one at Johnson’s, the only reason there wasn’t two is because she hung up her clubs because there were homes to be built while the weather was good. Her daughters will always remember their trips to Broadway musicals and the latest musical movie releases.

Along with hunting, Bob and Cheyenne enjoyed building and spending time at their cottage on Anderson Lake. Their motor home trips together with family members including the Kruegers and the Ferrons. Cheyenne always spoke about their motor home trip to Manitoba traveling to the family home of Dr. and Mrs. Lou Floch. Business friends soon became personal friends; Jack and Eileen Rogan are just one example, creating uncountable memories in Mexico and Vegas.

But with all their business successes and list of friends, it was family that always came first. It was always breakfast with their daughters, and dinner was always held until Daddy walked in the door. Their one and only granddaughter, “our little love” Tiffany, who remembers faking sick from school to stay at Grandma and Grandpa’s was then the one in the end who stayed by their sides as their own personal nurse. Cheyenne’s true joy for the past 16 years was having her own “commune” on Spring Street with Tiffany, Josh, Logan and Peyton as their steadfast neighbors and daily dose of love.

She also cherished living vicariously by watching her lovely, red-haired and talented great-granddaughter Peyton dance for the past nine years. You could find her most weekends as the loudest cheerleader at numerous soccer games of curly-haired Logan and Peyton’s over the years. The many visits to their home away from home at Eva’s in Green Bay will always be cherished. Kay has always credited her mom for her love of husband and family, and the business savvy to succeed. Cheyenne taught the four girls in her life the importance of the unconditional love of family and friends. She is the woman who longed to be with her husband, but didn’t stop until her work here was done.

Cheyenne has now joined her husband of 62 earthly years, R.J. She leaves behind her two daughters to carry on all the learned traditions, Kay (Paul) Dawson and Eva Buss. Her next-door neighbors and loving granddaughter, Tiffany (Tiffer), her “grandson” Joshua, (Josher) Baumstark and much-loved great-grandchildren, Logan and Peyton. Known as Toots to her sister Shirlee (Michael) Driskel, and baby brother Jimmy Thompson. Cheyenne was preceded in death by her husband Robert J. Buss, brother Robert Thompson and sister Mae Krueger. She will be sadly missed by her Buss sisters and brother and of course, the “outlaw” brothers and sister in-laws. Aunt Cheyenne leaves behind many nieces and nephews. Special heartfelt thanks to Pat and Debbie Dashnier of Green Bay for putting your life on hold to join your second family as we eased our loved one to eternal life. And last, but not least; their friends that she and Bob treasured throughout the years.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 4, 2011, at 10 a.m., at Christ The King Lutheran Church, 3350 LaSalle St. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family on Friday, June 3, 2011, at the funeral home from 5 until 8 p.m and Saturday at the church from 9 a.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Hospice Alliance.

The family wishes to express deepest, heartfelt thanks to the entire team of Hospice Alliance, and the spiritual guidance of Pastor H. Kamps and Pastor Gary Ruckman. For truly caring, the family thanks Dr. Michael Mullane. Cheyenne’s final journey would never have been same without each of you.

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

Brian Lloyd Langrehr

Caledonia – Brian L. Langrehr, 48, passed away at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – All Saints on Friday, May 27, 2011.

Brian was born in Racine to Carol Jean Langrehr and the late Lloyd Richard Langrehr on May 30, 1962. He lived in St. Joseph, MI, for 16 years and moved back to Racine for the past two years.

Brian attended Washington Park High School and was employed at Careers Industries. He was a loving and giving person and had concern for others rather than himself. He took people's interests and painted special pictures for them. Brian participated in the Special Olympics in Michigan and was a huge Chicago Cubs fan. He enjoyed bowling, ceramics, art, listening to music and watching sports. He loved his dog, Onyx, who would wait for Brian every day to come home from work.

Brian is survived by his mother and step-father, Carol (Theodore) Keener; three sisters, Diane Shufelt, Barbara (Michael) Orre and Brenda (Willem) van Woudenberg; four nieces, Raina (Gaetano) Salvo, Alannah Orre, Natalie Orre and Marissa van Woudenberg; four nephews, Leland Shufelt, Jerrid Orre, Kyle Curtiss and Craig van Woudenberg; six great-nieces and nephews; a good friend, Dr. Wilson Mburu; many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents and his aunt, Joyce Kashuba.

Relatives and friends are invited to a visitation at the Wilson Funeral Home on Tuesday evening, May 31, 2011, from 4 - 7 p.m. with a short vigil ceremony to follow. Interment will be held at West Lawn Memorial Park on Wednesday morning, June 1, 2011, at 10 a.m. Memorials in Brian’s honor may be directed to the Special Olympics.

The Keener family would like to extend a special thank you to all the doctors and nurses involved in Brian’s care, especially those on the 2nd floor, for their kindness and compassion of Brian’s needs.

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

Mary Anne (Mullenberg) Tomkiewicz

Wakefield, RI -- Mary Anne (Mullenberg) Tomkiewicz, 70, of Wakefield passed away peacefully on May 27, 2011, with her husband of 47 years, Frederick G. Tomkiewicz Sr., by her side. She spent her final days surrounded by the love of her family.

Born on July 18, 1940, in Milwaukee, WI, she was the daughter of the late Dolores (Mullenberg) Klinkhammer and the late Louis Klinkhammer of Racine, WI. She moved to Rhode Island in 1982 but always called Wisconsin home. She visited her large, loving family in Wisconsin often.

She is survived by her children, Frederick G. Tomkiewicz Jr., Cherie (Tomkiewicz) Conover and her husband Peter Conover, all of Wakefield, RI, and Debbie (Tomkiewicz) Cline and her husband John Cline of Mascoutah, IL. She was an amazing and very loving grandmother to Andrew Cline, Justin, Evan and  Benjamin Conover. She was very proud of her grandsons and they brought her great joy.

Her life passion was her family. Her heart was filled with the giving spirit. She was a stay-at-home mom while she raised her children. She always opened her home and heart to anyone she met, including all of her kids’ friends. She was an avid volunteer working with the Women’s Club and other local charities.

She has many loving family members in Wisconsin. The large, loving and extended Thomas family, The Klinkhammers, The Mullenbergs and The Fryes have always been dear to her heart. We all have many cherished memories with her. She has many nieces and nephews in WI, CT, NH, OR, MN, FL and IL. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, June 4, 2011, at 10 a.m. at St. Lucy Catholic Church, 3101 Drexel Ave., with Rev. Sean Granger officiating. Interment will follow at Holy Cross  Cemetery, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Saturday at the church from 9 a.m. until time of Mass at 10 a.m.

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

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Emil J. "Baba' Cikel

Emil J. Cikel, age 88, passed away Thursday May 26, 2011, at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints Medical Center. Emil was born in Racine May 15, 1923, son of the late Stephen and Julia (nee: Jurik) Cikel and had been a lifelong resident.

During World War II, Emil proudly served his country in the United States Marines while stationed in the Pacific Theater. On April 23, 1949, at Atonement Lutheran Church, Emil was united in marriage to Edna Nelson. He was employed with Mamco Corporation for over forty years until his retirement, and also served as a firefighter prior to starting at Mamco. He was a longtime member of Grace Lutheran Church.

Emil was a proud veteran and member of the VFW Post 1391, the Marine Corps League and was delighted last year when he was flown to Washington, D.C., as part of the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight Program. He enjoyed vegetable and flower gardening, photography, and fishing. Emil loved and supported the city of Racine and you could find him at any big city event. Above all, it was his family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren, that he adored. He will be greatly missed by all.

Survivors include his loving wife of sixty two years, Edna; his children, Randy (Bonnie) Hansen, Patricia Lock and her children, Justin Gorelik and Amie (Jeffrey) Miller; Pamela (Douglas) Talbott and their children, Christopher (Kate) Talbott, Joseph (Mary) Talbott, Andrew (Kate) Talbott, Patrick Talbott; Jeffrey Cikel and his children, Jennifer Cikel and Sean McFarland; Karen (William) Spranger and their children, Daniel (Laura) Spranger, Sarah Spranger; Barbara Adrian and her sons, Max and Ben Adrian; 23 great grandchildren; brothers, Edwin (Mary Ann) Cikel, Jerome Cikel; nieces, nephews, other relatives close neighbors and dear friends.

Funeral services with Full Military Honors will be held at the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 21731 Spring St., Union Grove, 53182, on Thursday, June 2, 2011, at 11 a.m., with Rev. Randal Poppe and Rev. Thomas Chryst officiating. Memorials to the Racine Zoological Society have been suggested.

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

John G. Murphy

John G. Murphy, age 89, passed away Thursday, May 26, 2011, at his residence. John was born in Racine on March 6, 1922, son of the late George and Emma (Nee: Schaefer) Murphy.

John was a graduate of Washington Park High School. On October 2, 1943, John was united in marriage to Iola Kaiser. He was in the Grocery business for about fifteen years and then employed at Thomas Supply for 35 years until his retirement in 1987.

John was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. In his youth, John enjoyed playing 16” softball. John cherished time spent with his family and friends and will be dearly missed.

Surviving are his wife, Iola of nearly 68 years; 11 children: Susan (William) Miller, Patricia (James) Holub, Ann Pavilonis (Norm McPhee) of Racine; Mary (Thomas) Gustin of Stevens Point, WI, Michael (Rebecca) Murphy of Coon Valley, WI, Mark Murphy of Racine, Ruth (Felix) Morgan of Albuquerque, NM, Rita (Luis) Gomez of Hercules, CA, John (Felicia) Murphy of Racine, Paul (Michelle) Murphy of Pflugerville, TX, Jane (Reza) Taheri of San Jose, CA; 26 grandchildren, Patricia Miller, John (Michele) Miller, James (Joanna) Holub, Pamela (Terry) Cisewski, Gregory Pavilonis, Martin (Tracy) Pavilonis, T.R. (Jennifer) Gustin, Heather Gustin, Emily Murphy, Sarah Murphy, Joseph Murphy, Bevin Murphy, Tony (Denise) Johnson, Tammy Johnson, Jeremy Johnson, Jessica (Jon) Ellison, Alex Gomez. Amy Gomez, Russell (Lisa) Murphy, Leah Murphy, Kathryne , Kristina, Johnathan and Joshua Murphy, Kiana Taheri and Nicole Taheri; 22 great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Hub Braun, James (Rita) Kaiser and Dorothy Murphy; nieces nephews, other relatives and dear friends. In addition to his parents he also was preceded in death by his in-laws, Vincen and Susan Kaiser; sisters, Jean Braun, Alice (Orville) Finsen; brother James Murphy; sisters-in-law, Rae Ann Kaiser, Harriet (Sam) Ferraro; and son-in-law, James DeGroot.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, June 1, 2011, at 1 p.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 6400 Spring St., with Rev. William Dietzler officiating. Entombment will follow at Holy Cross Garden Mausoleum, Hwy. 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family for visitation on Tuesday, May 31, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the funeral home, and also on Wednesday from 12:30 until time of Mass at the church.

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803 Main St., Racine  (262) 634-7888

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

June M. (Slater) Bliesner

June M. Bliesner, age 74, passed away Wednesday, May 25, 2011, at her residence. June was born in Iron Mountain, MI, on June 20, 1936, daughter of the late Alexander and Marion (Nee: Owen) Slater.

On May 13, 1967, in Racine she was united in marriage to Robert G. Bliesner. June was employed by Highridge Health Care Center for over twenty-five years. She was an avid traveling bingo player and also enjoyed playing cards. More than anything she cherished time spent with her family and will be deeply missed.

Survivors include her loving husband of forty-four years, Robert; her son and daughter-in-law, Rick (Lorie) Slater of Sturtevant; her grandchildren, Michelle Slater of Columbus, OH, Shawn Slater of Racine; brother, Roger (Gerri) Slater of Racine; sister-in-law, Darlene Slater of Sturtevant; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Norine Klinkhammer; and brothers, David and Owen Slater.

Relatives and friends may meet with the family Wednesday, June 1, 2011, at the funeral home from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Interment will be held at West Lawn Memorial Park.

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

Joan Marion (Henning) Pfeifer

Joan Pfeifer, 63, passed away in the company of her family on Wednesday, May 25, 2011. She was born in Woodstock, IL, on July 1, 1947, to Arthur H. and Marion E. (nee: Janke) Henning.

She lived most of her life in Racine. She graduated from Washington Park High School in 1967. She was a nurse’s aide at St. Luke’s Hospital and Westview Nursing Home. She retired to care for her family. She was a member of the PTA and was active in the Cub Scouts. She was a private person, yet enjoyed life, a caring and unmaterialistic person, putting others before her. Most importantly she enjoyed her family and friends. The pride of her life is her grandson, Zachary.

Joan is survived by two sons, James (Stacy) Pfeifer and Arthur (Tracy) Pfeifer; ten grandchildren, Justin, Dustin, Cameron, Austin, Brandon, Zachary, Melissa, Jerry, Amanda Shane; one great-granddaughter, Paige; two brothers, Chuck (Sharon) Henning, Rick (Jeanne) Henning; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her mother, Marion E. Henning.

Per Joan’s wishes she has been cremated and a private service will be held.

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

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Peter Nekrosius

With his loving family by his side, Peter Nekrosius, age 85, passed away peacefully Tuesday, May 24, 2011, at his residence. Peter was born in Lithuania on July 27, 1925.

On August 27, 1973, Peter was united in marriage to Bernice Kuliavas at St. Casimir Catholic Church in Racine, where he was a longtime member and member of their choir. He was employed as a carpenter with Associated Industrial Contractors until his retirement in 1990. An avid writer, Peter was published twice in Lithuania for his autobiography and his book of poetry. A lover of music, he also enjoyed playing the mandolin in his younger years. Above all, Peter will be best remembered as a loving father, grandfather, brother and dear friend.

Survivors include his loving wife of nearly thirty-eight years, Bernice; three sons; and two daughters-in-law; three grandchildren; and two sisters, Maryte and Olese both of Lithuania.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Richard Catholic Church, 1503 Grand Ave., on Friday, May 27, 2011, at 11 a.m., with Rev. Ronald J. Gramza officiating. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church Friday from 10 a.m. until time of Mass at 11 a.m. Memorials to Lithuanian Children’s Orphanage have been suggested.

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803 Main St., Racine  (262) 634-7888

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Freda H. (Ritz) Donovan

Freda H. Donovan, age 101, passed away Sunday, May 22, 2011, at Mt. Carmel Medical and Rehabilitation Center, Burlington, WI. Freda was born in Milwaukee, WI, on August 12, 1909, daughter of the late Frederick and Magdalena (Nee: Ubert) Ritz.

On July 14, 1934, she was united in marriage to William J. Donovan, who preceded her in death in 1987. In her younger years she belonged to several bowling leagues. Freda was a member of the Harmony Club of Burlington and St. Catherine’s Guild. Freda enjoyed crocheting and will be remembered for her beautiful afghans she gave to the family. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her daughter, Patricia Jensen of Racine; her six grandsons, Michael (Kathy) Jensen of Union Grove, Brian (Maryann) Jensen of Racine, Kevin (Jewel) Jensen of Lake Bluff, IL, Daniel (Laura) Jensen of Waterford, Richard Jensen of Racine, Christopher Jensen of Racine; nine great-grandchildren, Megan, Kyle, Elizabeth, Samantha, Sean, Drew, Reid, Jeremiah, and Tyler; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her son-in-law, Richard Jensen; and brother, Edward (Maggie) Ritz.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, May 27, 2011, at 11 a.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 305 First St., Waterford, with Rev. Eugene I. Doda officiating. Entombment will follow at Holy Cross Garden Mausoleum, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Friday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Mt. Carmel Resident Council have been suggested.

Freda’s family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to the staff at Mt. Carmel for their loving and compassionate care.

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803 Main St., Racine   (262) 634-7888

Rita M. (Schuit) Bradley

Rita M. Bradley, age 84, passed away Sunday, May 22, 2011, at Ridgewood Care Center. Rita was born in Racine, April 21, 1927, daughter of the late Nicholas and Frances M. (Nee: Matterer) Schuit.

On December 28, 1946, she was united in marriage to Warren H. Bradley, who preceded her in death, February 14, 1985. Rita retired in 1990 from Western Publishing Company after twenty five years of service. She was a longtime member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. Not only was Rita a huge Packer fan, she also loved reading, solving crossword puzzles, playing cards with the poker club, cribbage and traveling. More than anything she cherished time with her family. She will be deeply missed.

Survivors include her children, Michael J. (Patricia) Bradley of Reedsburg, WI, Roxann M. Pitts of Racine, Mark Bradley of Wild Rose, WI, Joseph P. Bradley of Racine; her grandchildren, Chris Smolko, Erick (Heather) Bradley, Scott (Stacey) Bradley, Ryan Bradley, Nick Bradley, Jonathan Bradley; seven  great-grandchildren; sisters, Joan (Charles) Jackson of Wilmont, WI, Carol Hall of Racine; sister-in-law, Shirley (Eugene) Mattie; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, Monsignor William Schuit; son-in-law, Edward Pitts; daughter-in-law, Elaine Bradley; and brother-in-law, Robert Bradley. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, May 26, 2011, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 6400 Spring St., with Rev. William Dietzler officiating. Entombment will be held at Calvary Garden Crypts. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Thursday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of Mass. Memorials to St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church or the VFW Post 1391 have been suggested.

Rita’s family wishes to extend a very special thank you to  all of the caregivers at Ridgewood Care Center for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Esther Johanna Betts

Esther Johanna (nee: Couture) Betts, received into Glory while at home, with daughters and Elizabeth Harris present, on Sunday, May 22, 2011, at 10 30 p.m. She was born August 16, 1927, to Robert J. and Alma Couture.

Following graduation at Washington Park High School, Esther graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 1949 and continued at Racine's St. Luke's Hospital School of Nursing, graduating in August 1952. On January 17, 1953, Esther married Donald Richard Betts Sr., of Corning NY, whom she'd met at Moody Bible
Institute, at Racine's Gospel Tabernacle, now Calvary Memorial Church of Racine, WI.

They continued their ministry as missionaries to Tanganyika (Tanzania) East Africa in 1956 with two small children, Donald Jr. and ElLois Esther. Esther worked as a Nurse Midwife, while Donald worked as an itinerant evangelist and hospital administrator with Africa Inland Mission. While in Tanganyika, Esther gave birth to Rebecca Sue (Betts) Harms and Grace Evelyn (Betts) Crispell. Upon returning to the States, Esther and Don Sr. made their residence in Racine, continuing ministry in the Lord's service. Under the auspices of Calvary Memorial Church and with another couple, they laid the foundation for the Northside Calvary Church, 5734 Douglas Ave. A second son was born to Esther and Don, Steven Glen Betts.

Esther worked at St. Luke's Hospital in the maternity, labor and delivery units until retirement. Esther continued church ministry as director of Pioneer Girls, Sunday School teacher, soloist, choir member and Deaconess.

Esther follows her husband Don (Feb 2000) into Glory and is survived by her son Donald (Cindy) Betts Jr. of Kenosha, WI; ElLois Betts of Racine; Rebecca Harms of Racine; Mark Harm of Racine; Grace (Ed) Crispell of CA; and Steven (Heidi) Betts of Whitmore Lake, MI. Esther is survived by six grandchildren, Stephanie (Matt) Lawson, Jamie (Katie) Smith, Zachary (Arezou) Harms, Benjamin, Amelia and Abigail Betts; and five great-grandchildren, Aidan Hubbard, Kristian Smith, Claire and Sophia Lawson and Katelyn Smith. Esther was preceded in death by two older brothers Robert (IL) and Eugene (OH) Couture. There are numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Friday, May 27, at Calvary Memorial Church, 4001 Washington Ave., Racine, from 9:30 a.m. until service time at 11 a.m. with Rev. Nathan James officiating.

Private interment will take place in West Lawn Memorial Park. Esther requested and the family requests in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The International Students Fund, Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, IL.

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

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Linda (Bethards) Soltes

Linda M Soltes (nee: Bethards), born November 29, 1947, to Harold and Leone (Nee: Meyer) Bethards, passed away on Saturday, May 21, 2011, from complications related to a spinal cord injury she sustained in 2010.

She is survived by a son, Mark (Michele) Clausen; and grandchildren, Jacob and Carly Clausen of Winter Haven, FL; best friends, Ernie and Kathy Davis, Kathy DeMark; and a sister, Karen Kittler, all of Racine. She is further survived by aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

A lifelong resident of Racine, Linda had many friends, too numerous to mention.

She was preceded in death by her parents and stepfather, Ralph Kittler; and brothers, David Bethards and Donald Bethards.

There will be a private memorial for Linda to follow, at a time and place yet to be determined.

Special thank you from the family to Kathy Davis for her devotion and dedication, her thoughtful care, and strength.

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803 Main St., Racine  (262) 634-7888

Lois Stewart

Green Bay – Lois Stewart died on May 21, 2011, in Green Bay, WI, after suffering a heart attack earlier in the month.

She was born on June 16, 1918, to Peter and Helen Wiersum in Kenosha. After she graduated from high school, Lois attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. Later, she worked as a secretary for various firms in Chicago and Kenosha. Lois moved to Racine when she married Ben Stewart on September 7, 1946. She became a member of the Racine Bible Church, developing a Sunday School program for young children, and devoting herself to service in the church. She continued to work as a secretary for Equitable Life.

She was mother to Mary Jo Liesch (Don) of Green Bay and Peter (Maria Davila) of New York City; she is also survived by four grandchildren, Elizabeth (Mark), Ben (Katie), Abby (Philip) and Beatriz; and five great-grandchildren, Sylvia, James, Gethin, Liesl and Ivan. Lois took great pleasure in swimming in Lake Michigan every summer, even in her 92nd year.

Services will be held at Racine Bible Church, 12505 Spring St., on Thursday, May 26, at 11 a.m., with visitation from 10 a.m. to 11 a..m.

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

Sylvia (Jacobson) Rosenzweig

Sylvia Jacobson Rosenzweig died on May 21 in Long Island, New York, where she had lived for the last ten years. Born in Racine, on May 2, 1914, Sylvia was the youngest and the last surviving child of Blume and Jacob Jacobson. Her family owned and operated Jacobson's Department Store in Racine for over 60 years.

She was predeceased by her husband, Edward Rosenzweig, as well as her siblings, Ada Wolfe, Rae Jacobson, Leah Feldman, Joseph Jacobson, Ann Schwartz and William Jacobson.

Sylvia was a member of Beth Israel Sinai Congregation and Hadassah and was a devotee of bridge, which she continued to enjoy through the New York Times bridge column when she could no longer play. Sylvia graduated from St. Catherine's High School and the University of Arizona after first attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Sylvia is survived by her daughter, Linda Lohrius (Steven); her son, Gary Rosenzweig (Ilene); grandchildren, Joshua Lohrius, Sarah Lillis, Mark and Rachel Rosenzweig; and her great-grandchildren, Gracie Lohrius and Max Lillis; as well as many nieces and nephews.

She will be remembered at a graveside service at the Racine Jewish Memorial Cemetery on Tuesday, May 24, at 11 am. Donations to Beth Israel Sinai Congregation or a charity of your choice will be appreciated.

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803 Main St., Racine  (262) 634-7888

Friday, May 20, 2011

Rev. Theodore E. Gundlach

Born on January 22, 1934, Rev. Theodore E. Gundlach entered into eternal life on May 20, 2011, aged 77. Cherished husband of Jane (Herbst) Gundlach; beloved father of Timothy (Sharon), Daniel, Diane, Jonathan (Mary Kay) and Sarah (Steven) Billings; grandfather of Christopher, Allison, Laura, Karl, Julia, and Samuel Gundlach; and Andrew and Katy Billings. Further survived by brother Ken (Jeri); sister Judith (Vernon) Stern; brother- and sister-in-law, Carol (Herbst) and Tom Kroehn; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Theodore served for nearly 55 years in both parish ministry throughout the state of Wisconsin, at Messiah Lutheran Church, Kenosha; Trinity Lutheran Church and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh; Our Savior Lutheran Church, Janesville, of which he was the founding pastor; and St. John’s Lutheran Church, Watertown; and teaching ministry at Milwaukee Lutheran High School and Walther Lutheran High School, Melrose Park, IL.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, May 24, at 11:30 a.m. at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church (4340 Six Mile Road, Racine, Wisconsin, 53420), Revs. Daniel Hinrichs and Steven Voigt officiating. Visitation will be at Wilson Funeral Home on Monday, May 23, from 5 – 7 p.m., and at the church from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Aurora Sinai Medical Center, Aurora Foundation Operations, Parkinsons Research Institute, (950 N. 12th Street, Suite A511, Milwaukee, WI 53233-1306); the LCMS Joint Seminary Fund (c/o The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, 1333 South Kirkwood Road, St. Louis, MO 63122); or Prince of Peace Lutheran Church (address above).

Theodore was called to serve the Lord as his life work. He brought the promise and hope of the Gospel to many, and died in that same certainty.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Gary Leo and the caring staff at both Aurora Sinai Hospital and Zilber Family Hospice.

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

Harold Fredrick Pratt

Rhinelander – Harold F. Pratt, 98, passed away at the Seasons of Life Hospice House in Rhinelander on Friday, May 20, 2011.

Harold was born in Racine to the late John and Francis (nee: Buerst) Pratt on March 4, 1913, and lived in Racine for about 40 years. He was united in marriage to Lillian Ferrar on April 22, 1977. They moved to the Flambow Flowage and enjoyed the wildlife, fishing, hunting and snowmobiling. Later in their 25 years  together, they moved back to Sturtevant. He devoted his life to caring for his wife, Lil, who was ill with cancer. In 2004 he moved to Rhinelander near his brother, Albert, there he meet his loving neighbors.

Mr. Pratt was employed by the Racine Quarry and by George Stern Trucking and retired in 1966. He enjoyed building birdhouses, playing cards, running the electric trains he collected and selling his old cars. He loved to play cards and took pride in his gardening. But mostly, he enjoyed telling his many stories of his 98 years of life.

Harold is survived by one sister, Margaret (Leo) Demarest; one brother, Albert Prott, and dear friend Liz; sisters-in-laws, Lois Prott and Marcy Pratt; many nieces and nephews; dear neighbors, Mike, Megan, and his precious baby, Betsy Wesle, who became a part of Harry’s family; and best friend, Floyd. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lillian; five brothers and four sisters-in-laws, Bob (Jane) Pratt, Walter (Kay) Prott, Louie Pratt, Clarence Prott, Ed (Lenie) Prott and Annetta Prott and Mabel Turnock.

Funeral Services will be held at the Wilson Funeral Home on Wednesday, May 25, 2011, at 5 p.m. Private interment will be held at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family from 3 p.m. until the time of service. Memorials may be directed to one’s favorite charity.

The family would like to extend their sincere thanks and heartfelt gratitude to Ministry Hospice Care and the Seasons of Life - Hospice House for all the wonderful care that was given to Harold for a peaceful journey into his eternal life.

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

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Erna K. Brusko

Erna Eleanor Kirkegaard Brusko went to be with her Lord and Savior on May 19, 2011. She was born to her loving parents Eleanor and Peder Kirkegaard on May 12, 1919.

She lived in Racine all of her life and attended Jefferson, McKinley and Park High School. After graduation, she studied at Dana College in Blair, Nebraska. She returned home to marry her high school sweetheart, Paul D. Brusko, on June 27, 1942. For 56 years he called her “Sweet” and she called him “Darling.” Together God gave them many wonderful opportunities to serve Him. They were thankful for their daughter, Cynthia Kirkegaard Brusko Black.

Erna’s desire was that God and the teaching of His Word be made known. Because of this, for many years she was involved in many ministries: teaching Sunday School, AWANA, Vacation Bible School, Good News Clubs, Gideons Auxiliary, prison ministry, Institute in Basic Life Principles and Bible Study Fellowship.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul; her parents, Peder and Eleanor; her sisters and her brother, Cecilia (Al) Matsen, Maja Viola (Max) Zietlow, Paul (Kathryn) Kirkegaard and Ruby (Kermit) Hansen; her niece, Jeanine (Zietlow) Rich; and her great-nephew, Christian Philip Skoglund.

She is survived by her loving family, which includes her daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia and Ken Black; and her precious grandchildren, Nathan (Veronica) Black, Alissa (Isaac) Miller and Amy (Andrew) Papillon; and her sweet great-grandchildren, Hudson Paul Christian Miller, Josiah Paul Black, Lydia Eleanor Miller, and expected baby Papillon and baby Black. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins, a sister-in-law, Dorothy Brusko, and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, John and Olga Brusko.

A service celebrating God’s faithfulness will be held at Racine Bible Church, 12505 Spring St., on Tuesday, May 24, 2011, at 4 p.m. Fellowship with the family will follow after the service. Private interment for the family will be at West Lawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Child Evangelism Fellowship, Gideons International, or Racine Bible Church would be appreciated.

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

James 'Jim' F. DiMarco

James “Jim” Frederick DiMarco, age 75, passed away Thursday, May 19, 2011, at the Golden Living Center, Glendale, WI. Jim died peacefully after years of coping with Alzheimer’s disease.

Jim was born in Cloquet, MN, December 4, 1935, only child of the late Leo A. and Lillian (Nee: Wall) DiMarco. He and his parents lived briefly in St. Paul, MN. They then settled in Superior, Wisconsin, where Jim attended the University LAB School, then went to Superior Central High School, graduating in 1954. Furthering his education, Jim attended the Institute of Technology, School of Chemical Engineering, at the University of Minnesota from 1954 – 1959.

On June 20, 1959, he was united in marriage in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Janet F. (Nee: Jordan). They met during freshman orientation week at the University of Minnesota, remained friends over the years, and were wed one week after his graduation from the College of Chemical Engineering, B.S.

They moved to his hometown, Superior, WI, where Jim had accepted a position as Process Engineer for Murphy Oil Refinery, where he had interned two previous summers. He worked there until September 1962, while also completing his eight-year military commitment as a radar technician in the Air Force National Guard/Duluth AFBase in June 1962  with the rank of staff sergeant.

In October 1962 he returned to the University of Minnesota to earn his Master's degree in the Carlson School of Business. In one year he took the maximum number of courses while working half-time and supporting a family of five. He graduated with honors in May 1964.

Jim accepted a position at S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc. in Racine, WI. He was hired as a Manufacturing Process Engineer in September 1963. He held many positions within the company, retiring as Senior Vice President Worldwide Consumer Products – Research, Development and Engineering in 1998 after 34+ years of service.

Among Jim’s greatest joys was helping Waxdale create their first automatic batching system. Another was being part of the team that built SCJ’s first computer, which occupied a complete building. He found the complexities of working with Communist countries challenging and educational, and was part of setting up a Johnson Company in China. He made friends wherever he traveled, and was highly respected by those who knew him.

Jim was affiliated with professional groups. He was a past president of the Wisconsin branch of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, a member of the International Economic Council, the Industrial Research Institute, The Wisconsin Association of Research Management, and the Strategic Planning Institute.

In the community he was one of the founders and past president and chairman of the Racine Economic Development Corporation, a member of the Racine County Air Pollution Control Board, helped CATI in their early days by connecting people with new skills with companies who agreed to hire them. He was actively involved in testing our local beaches and rivers and uncovering sources of pollution.

Jim was a lifelong learner and teacher. He was an avid reader, historian, tennis player, walker, loyal family man and friend. Jim also enjoyed classical music, live theater, and traveling. As his dementia increased, many loyal friends stood by him and visited him at home and at his care facilities. His family will be forever grateful to them, as well as those who stood by his family as his disease progressed. The staff at the Golden Living Center was loving and professional. Thank you all.

Jim leaves to mourn his loss: his wife, Janet; their children, Angela (John) Bylancik of Verona, NJ, Vivian (Chris) Nelson of Brookfield, WI, Steve (Margaret) DiMarco of Chanhassen, MN; his grandchildren, Mark and Kristina Bylancik, Jenny and Steve Nelson, Dan and Laura DiMarco, the Seattle DiMarcos and the Ehlert family in Michigan.

There will be no public visitation or service. Jim’s family would be most grateful to those who are willing to share memories of him through contacting them at jfdim2@aol.com.

Jim’s favorite place to walk was the Racine Zoo. That was a reason he thought Racine would be a good place to live. Four generations of DiMarcos have now enjoyed it. He wanted our family to memorialize him through donations to the Racine Zoological Society, that everyone in the community could share his joy. We’re thinking possibly electric scooters or wheelchairs to enable the handicapped to see Racine’s little piece of paradise. We invite those so inclined to join us in this ambitious endeavor.

“Jim’s spirit will always be with us.”

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

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Linda Schoeffler

Kenosha -- Linda Schoeffler, 62, passed away on Wednesday, May 18, 2011, at Oak Ridge Care Center in Union Grove. She was born in Racine on January 15, 1949, to the late Frederick and Eleanor (Nee: Golz) Schoeffler.

She lived most of her life in Racine. She was employed at Acme Die Casting as a foreman for 35 years and at BRP for 6 years as a quality inspector. Linda enjoyed basket weaving, cooking, jewelry making and spending time with her nephews. She enjoyed bowling and traveling in the United States and abroad to France and Belgium. She was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church.

She is survived by three siblings, Judith (Randall) Nelsen and David Schoeffler, all of Racine, and Susan (James) Sanford of Madison; nephews, Jamie (Jody) Auman, Brian (Chris)Auman, Michael Edler; two great-nephews, Nickoliss and Jacob Auman; one great-niece, Alexis Auman; step-great-nephew, Taner Nelsen; special cousins, John, Jim, Debbie, Patti, April; and other relatives and special friends. She was preceded in death by a sister, Joanne Olson.

Funeral services will be held at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 3350 Lathrop Ave., on Monday, May 23, 2011, at 7 p.m. with Pastor Timothy Schellenbach officiating. Inurnment will be private for the family. Friends may meet with the family at the church on Monday evening from 6 p.m. until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Holy Cross Lutheran Church or the American Cancer Society.

A special thank you to Oak Ridge Care Center for the outstanding care given to Linda and the Wheaton Franciscan Cancer Care Center Oncology and Radiation Departments.

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

James F. Barth

James F. Barth passed away on Wednesday, May 18, 2011, at the age of 54 at Wheaton Franciscan Cardiovascular Department, after suffering a heart attack. He was born on April 24, 1957, son of the late George and Josephine (Nee: Kaplan) Barth. He lived in Racine his entire life and enjoyed going to casinos.

Survivors include his sister, Jean (Gregg) Nelson; niece, Erika (Luke) Haase; nephew, Tony (Sarah) Eschmann; great-nephews, Kaleb Thompson, Carter Eschmann; great-niece, Kayla Saavedra; and unborn great-niece or nephew due in November. He is further survived by special friends, Ron Kuehn Sr. and Emily Chavez; other relatives and friends.

A Memorial Service will be held Monday, May 23, 2011, at 6 p.m. at the funeral home. Private interment will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. 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.

Jim’s family would like to thank the doctors and nurses and staff in the ICU at Wheaton Franciscan for taking care of him during this difficult time. You are all angels and may God bless each one of you. A special thank you to Ron and Emily for being his lifelines. Jim cherished each of you. We are grateful to you both for being there for him.

“I love you, big bro.”

Please see Sunday's Journal Times for a complete notice.

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803 Main St., Racine  (262) 634-7888

Michael A. Rinaldi

Michael A. Rinaldi, age 74, passed away Wednesday, May 18, 2011, at St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac. He was born in Racine, February 26, 1937, son of the late Vincenzo and Carmella (Nee: Anzalone) Rinaldi.

Mike proudly served in the U.S. Air Force and retired to Fond du Lac after working for many years at J.I. Case Co. He will be missed.

Surviving are his children, Elizabeth Shedenhelm of Homewood, IL, Craig Rinaldi of Racine, Kerrie Durand of Racine; sisters, Mary (David) Rinaldi-Kerner of Racine, Louise Liese of Glendale, CA; 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; great-nieces and great-nephews, Jacqueline, Brianna, Trina, Marissa, Robert and Vincent Jr.; other relatives and dear friends. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Emiddio “Gabe” Rinaldi this past March 25.

Funeral services with full military honors will be held Saturday, May 28, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Reverend Ron Gramza officiating. Private interment will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet Saturday at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until time of service.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staffs of All About Life Rehab Center and St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Charles E. 'Chuck' Brown

Rockford, IL -- Charles E. “Chuck” Brown, passed away on May 18, 2011, at age 60, after a courageous fight due to complications from a brain aneurysm which occurred on December 5, 2010. Chuck was born in Racine, Wisconsin on, on April 8, 1951, the son of Manny S. Brown and Jeanne (Levin) Brown, both of whom predeceased him.

He was raised in Racine and attended Racine Horlick High School where he was elected president of the student council during his senior year. He attended Boston University and graduated with a B.A. in Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He later obtained his master's and doctoral degrees in Educational Administration from UW-Madison.

He was a speech and journalism teacher and public relations specialist at D.C. Everest High School in Schofield, Wisconsin, from 1971- '80 where the student newspaper was named the top school newspaper in the U.S. in 1978. He then became Assistant to the Executive Vice-President of the Wausau Chamber of Commerce from 1981-'85, Vice-President of a Wausau advertising agency from 1985-'87 and Director of Marketing/Public Relations at North Central Technical College in Wausau from 1987-2001. He moved to Rockford, IL, in 2002 as Director of Marketing for Rock Valley College and was the president of Rockford Business College from 2005-2007. He was Director of Communications and New Media at Rockford College from 2008 until the time of his illness.

He won many professional awards throughout his career, too many to mention here. Chuck had an abiding interest in public service in general and local politics in particular. While in Schofield, he was an alderman for the City of Schofield, council president and interim mayor. Almost immediately upon arriving in Rockford, Chuck became actively involved as a member of the Northwest Community Center Board and was on the board from 2002 until 2009. He was its president for five years. In 2009, Chuck was elected to the Rockford Park District Board and was its secretary at the time of his illness.

Chuck also had a continuing interest in teaching, serving as an adjunct instructor at the University of Wisconsin-Marathon and then at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He was an active member of the Rockford Rotary and the Rockford Country Club. When younger, he participated in water skiing competitions and his love for the water continued unabated in his later years. One of his joys was boating on the Rock River. He was a die-hard Wisconsin Badger fan, with season tickets to both UW football and Men’s basketball. He enjoyed traveling to Wisconsin’s away games and bowl games.

He was preceded in death by the love of his life, his wife Becky, who passed away in August of 2010. He is survived by his brother Richard (Susan Herro), four nephews and nieces and three step-daughters. Chuck was an engaging fellow who effortlessly collected friends wherever he went. He will be sorely missed by everyone whose life he touched.

A graveside funeral will be held at the Racine Jewish Memorial Cemetery, 700 Lathrop Ave., Racine, this Sunday, May 22, 2011, at 11 a.m. and a memorial service will take place at the Rockford Country Club, 2500 Oxford St., Rockford, on Tuesday, May 24, 2011, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. with a reflection program at 6 p.m. Memorials will be appreciated to the Chuck and Becky Brown Memorial Bridge Fund, c/o Rockford Park District Foundation, 401 S. Main St., Rockford, IL 61101.

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

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Walter B. Larrabee

Walter B. Larrabee, age 83, passed away Tuesday, May 17, 2011, at Wheaton Franciscan – All Saints Medical Center. Walter was born in Menomonie, WI, on December 19, 1927, son of the late Floyd and Esther (Nee: Small) Larrabee.

On October 9, 1948, in Dubuque, IA, he was united in marriage to Dorothy Legios. Walter was a lifelong member of the Racine Community Church of the Nazarene. He proudly served in the United States Army from 1953-1955. Walter began his career at Nash Motors, retiring from Chrysler after many years of service. His hobbies included bowling and hunting, and he was a member of the VFW Post 1391 bowling league for fifty-plus years. Anyone who knew Walter would know his biggest hobby was being a candy and nut connoisseur which he shared with everyone.

Survivors include his loving wife of sixty-two years, Dorothy; his children and grandchildren, Lynn (Tim) Quirk and their children, Paul Quirk, Ron Quirk, Jason Mikulecky, Shawn Quirk, Joel Mikulecky; Bruce (Deanna) Larrabee and their children, Sara Larrabee, Rachel Spotz, Geoff Warmington, Rebecca Larrabee, Heather Warmington, Michael Warmington, all of Racine; Rev. Jimmy (Michelene) Larrabee of New Cumberland, West Virginia, and their children, Andrew Larrabee, Ryan Larrabee, Trenton Larrabee; Joe (Caren) Larrabee and their children, Christopher Larrabee, Alexander Larrabee, all of Racine; 14 great-grandchildren; brothers, Orval Larrabee, Ernie Larrabee; many nieces and nephews including, Jalaine Glunt who has been like a second daughter and lifelong friend, and Jim Thiele; other relatives and dear friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Ethelmae Peckham.

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 20, 2011, at 10 a.m. at the Racine Community Church of the Nazarene, 8440 Spring St., with Rev. Rich Doering officiating, assisted by Rev. Jimmy Larrabee. Interment with full military honors will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Thursday at the church from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. and Friday at the church from 9 a.m.  until time of service at 10 a..m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Racine Community Church of the Nazarene-Youth Ministries are suggested by the family.

Walter’s family would like to extend a special thank you to all of their neighbors, rescue workers, and all the doctors and nurses at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints ER and Cardiac Care ICU for all the compassionate care provided.

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

Monday, May 16, 2011

Herman Leo Jansen

Herman Leo Jansen, 89, passed away at his home on Monday, May 16, 2011. He was born in Racine, on Oct. 13, 1921, to the late Herman and Katherine (nee: Rystedt (VandeKorput) Jansen, Sr.

He lived all of his life in Racine. He served in the United States Navy in World War II from 1942-1945, in the South Pacific on the USS Holland. He was united in marriage to the former Winona Stewart on June 8, 1946. He was employed at Jacobsen-Textron for 44 years, retiring April 1984. He was a lifetime member of the Racine Yacht Club. At 17 years old, he won the 1939 Great Lakes Junior Sailing Championship Races, the first and only time the Racine Yacht Club won this. Herman was known for his quirky sense of humor, creativity, elaborate handwriting, love of sailing and, above all, family.

He is survived by his wife, Winona Jansen; daughters, Gail (Charles) Smith of Elm Grove, WI, Terri Peterson (Charles Ptaschinski) of Shawano, WI; son, Steven Jansen of Surprise, AZ; grandchildren, Ronnie Smith, Adam Smith, Megan Peterson, Katie (Ken) Kadonsky; sister, Kay Fenwick of Los Angeles, CA; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Ann Steinbrink and Marie Schuman.

Funeral services will be held at the Wilson Funeral Home, 1212 Lathrop Ave., on Friday, May 20, 2011, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Holly Anderle officiating. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Friday from 9 a.m. until the time of service.

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

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Emil J. Pavlik

With his loving family by his side, Emil J. Pavlik, age 91, passed away peacefully Sunday morning May 15, 2011, at the Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints Medical Center, Emergency Room, after struggling with numerous illnesses in the last few years. He fought his way back to health each time --- he would do anything for a prime rib dinner at the Corner House! Emil was born on August 22, 1919, in Chicago, IL, the only son and the youngest child of Stefan F. Pavlik and Elizabeth “Betka” (nee: Sabol) Pavlik. He was a proud first generation son of an immigrant family from Prague, Czechoslovakia.

After leaving Chicago, the family moved to Ottawa, IL, where Emil had many happy schoolhood memories and stories of his beloved dog Dickie. They migrated to Racine in the late 1920s with his father opening a tavern, Steve's Place, at the corner of 21st and Mead Streets. It was in that neighborhood that he lost his desire to pitch for the Yankees (he once pitched a no-hitter with the Lakeside League), to pursue this love he found in music. He found he could get two cornet lessons on a horn he got from his Uncle John, in return for six of his mother's kolaches. And the teacher even threw in a spaghetti dinner. Anyone knowing Emil knew of his love for pasta, especially spaghetti with homemade Italian sausage.

He graduated from Park High School. He studied music at USAFI, the University of Hawaii, Chicago College of Music, the Midwestern Conservatory of Music, and the Metropolitan School of Music. During World War II, Emil proudly served as Corporal in the United States Army stationed in Pearl Harbor, and played in the 297th Coast Artillery Band. Throughout his life, he continued his pursuit and love for music. He learned from one teacher, who gave him lessons for free, that there was no need for payment. Just pass the knowledge along to the next person -- a philosophy he never forgot.

On September 3, 1948, he was united in marriage to Beverly Nelson, who preceded him in death on Easter Sunday 1998. To this union were born two children, Barbara and Stefan. Emil was employed by Morris Letter Service for over forty years and retired to spend more time with his ill wife. He always said he never retired, he was just “between gigs.”

An accomplished musician, Emil studied the Schillinger System of Music at several Chicago Conservatories, along with conducting. Emil’s love of music and enthusiastic talent was showcased by playing trumpet and arranging music for the 297th A.G.F. Band in the Hawaiian Islands and Tinian, Mariannas. He played with Skinnay Ennis from L.A. and Frankie Masters from Chicago and his best Army buddy was the noted tenor sax man Sam Donahue.

Emil was a fifty-plus member of the Musicians Union #42, and also the proud recipient of the 1987 Racine Musicians Association Award “Excellence in Music.” He was the arranger and a trumpet player with the Freddie Mann band, then with John Bunic Band for over thirty years, and a member of the Wes Adrian Avant Garde Group. There were countless other gigs along the way.

He served as musical director and arranger for the Racine Kilties Drum and Bugle Corps from 1949 - 1970. Under his musical direction and with his radical jazz arrangements, the Kilties garnered three VFW National Championships:  '64, ’65 and ’69. The Kilties’ reputation skyrocketed, and fans eagerly awaited what Emil had up his sleeve for the next season. He always humbly said that it was not him who led them to the championships, it was the corps themselves who marched on the field, as he only stood on the sidelines. Emil’s iconic arrangement of “Auld Lang Syne” has been nationally recognized in the drum corps community since 1960.

Emil directed J.I. Case and Western Publishing Company choruses, and various church choirs. He directed the pit band for the Kiltie Kapers, which originated in the early '50s, and directed several Miss Racine Shows. In 1970, Emil was the musical director oif the first Cardiac Capers. Many of the young performers he mentored back then are still performing locally with the Penguin Players.

On July 4, 2004, he was the first Inductee and Charter Member of the Kiltie Hall of Fame. Even a bigger honor: he was nominated by numerous colleagues and inducted into the Drum Corps International Hall of Fame in August 2009, the same month he turned 90 years old. He made the trip to Indianapolis and received this coveted award before tens of thousands of fans. He was known and loved by all who craved to get a picture taken with him or share how his style of arranging had changed their musical ways. At his induction, he gave a phenomenal "off the cuff" speech which had the crowd begging for more. Back in Racine, he celebrated his 90th birthday with over a hundred friends and fellow musicians. Mayor John Dickert was on hand to read a proclamation naming his birthday "Emil Pavlik Day in Racine."

Over the years, many people he worked with shared stories of his caring personality, his ability to reach youth that others could not, and how he never went back on his word. The same can be said of his life as a father and grandfather. He was always there, until the very end.

It is joyous to say that just one month prior to his departure from this world, he was able to attend the Penguin Players show. He was so happy to see so many of the singers and dancers that he worked with for over 60 years, and to see his grandson, Nick, in the cast carrying on the Pavlik tradition.

One of the greatest highlights in the past few years (as if there weren’t enough) was to see his beloved New Orleans Saints win the Super Bowl. That was the topping on the cake. He was never one to wear a baseball cap, but from that day forward, he could always be found with one of his Saints caps on, usually the Championship one. He had developed personal relationships with some of the players over the years, and had the pictures and autographs to prove it.

Emil was a loving and caring father, grandfather and great-grandfather who will be deeply missed by his daughter, Barbara (Mark) Riegelman, and their children, Anthony (Kelley) Cooper, and their children, Kaya and Cole Emil; Aeri (Scott) Hetland, and their children, Bailey and Peyton; Nicholas and Charlie Riegelman, all of Racine. He will also be missed by his son Stefan (Elizabeth) Pavlik, and their children, Melissa of Minneapolis, MN, and Aimee of Racine. We will never forget the hikes to Petrifying Springs, snagging golf balls in the woods, the numerous practical jokes we played on each other, or his official visits to Paul's office on Wednesday nights. We also will never forget the tremendous pride he found in all of us, and didn't mind sharing with others. He is further survived by his sister-in-law, Sharon Johnson; and a host of other relatives, and friends too numerous to name. Special friends, Ken Norman, Jr., Tom Meredith, Jr., both of Racine, and Stuart Faber of Los Angeles, also survive him.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Marge Krueger and Irene Timko; and sisters-in-law, Lorraine Hansen, and Richard Nelson.

A celebration of Emil’s life will be held Thursday, May 19, 2011, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Heather Bumstead and The Rev. Robert Bagley, Deacon, officiating. Interment with full military honors will follow at Graceland Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Wednesday at the funeral home from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Thursday at the funeral home from 9:30 a.m. until time of service at 10 a.m. Emil had one wish for all when his time came: to put on a genuine smile and do a good deed for one in need, selflessly. In his memory memorials to the Health Care Network, 904 State St., Racine, WI 53404 or to the Racine Kilties, P.O. Box 085235, Racine, WI 53408 have been suggested.

The family would also like to graciously thank all of Emil's friends for their support, comfort and prayers over the last few years. You will never know how deeply it was appreciated. We would also like to thank Dr. Sarah Silver, MD, and Rachel Cortez, RN, for their kind and caring compassion shown during dad's last hours.

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

William 'Bill' C. Buhler

William “Bill” C. Buhler, age 71, passed away Sunday, May 15, 2011, at Wheaton Franciscan - All Saints Medical Center. Bill was born in Racine, October 11, 1939, son of the late Charles and Jeanette (Nee: McCarthy) Buhler.

On October 6, 1962, at St. Edward Catholic Church he was united in marriage to Nell P. Harrington. Bill served as President and owner of Motor Credit Corporation since 1971. He was a longtime member of Meadowbrook Country Club. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, and spending time in northern Wisconsin. More than anything, Bill cherished his family. He will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his loving wife of forty-eight years, Nell; his children, Lynn (Tom) Brandon, Charles J. (Molly) Buhler; his grandchildren, William and Isabelle Buhler; other relatives and many dear friends.

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 20, 2011, at 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Private interment will be held at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Friday at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until time of service at 6:30 p.m. Memorials to the American Cancer Society have been suggested.

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

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Victor S. Frangopoulos

Victor S. Frangopoulos fell asleep on Saturday, May 14, 2011. On September 11, 1935, he was born to the late Spiros and Sophia Frangopoulos in Aliquippa, PA.

Victor graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering. For twenty-eight years, he was employed and retired from Modine Manufacturing Company. Victor was a member of the Kimissis Tis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church, served on the parish council and worked the Greek Festival. He was a member of Modine’s “20 Year Club.” He enjoyed golfing and received great satisfaction in completing different projects.

Survivors include his wife, Claudette, of forty-five years; three children, Maria (Joe) Rivest, Victor (Patti) Frangopoulos, and Renee (Kent) Haefs; six grandchildren, Gabriella, Matthew, and Nicholas Frangopoulos, Luke, Andrew, and Lauren Haefs; brother, Angelo (Pat) Frangopoulos; sister, Mary (Chris) Mantzavinos; nieces, nephews, Godchildren; cousins, other relatives, and friends.

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 20, 2011, at 10 a.m. at the Kimissis Tis 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 Thursday at the funeral home from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. (Trisagion Service at 7 p.m.). In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Kimissis Tis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church.

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

Ann (Houtz) Charnon

Sheboygan, WI -- Ann Charnon, age 98, passed away Saturday morning May 14, 2011, at the Morningside Health Center in Sheboygan, WI. Ann was born in Racine on March 15, 1913, daughter of the late George and Emma (nee: Lawpark) Houtz.

On April 9, 1932, at St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church in Racine, she was united in marriage to Francis J. “Frank” Charnon. Together they shared fifty-nine beautiful years before he passed away on their anniversary, April 9, 1991.

Ann was a longtime devoted member of St. Rita Catholic Church and a former president of their Christian Mothers group. She also was a former member and president of the Secular Order of St. Augustine and St. Monica’s Guild. Ann was an avid gardener and will be best remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Survivors include her sons, Donald (Sandra) Charnon of Cleveland, WI, Frank Charnon of Mequon, WI; six grandchildren, Donald Jr. (Patricia) Charnon of Oneida, Michael (Lori) Charnon of Manitowoc; Brian (Janna) Charnon of New London, Wendy Charnon of Manitowoc, Richard Charnon of Racine, Jeffrey (Nitta) Charnon of West Bend; two step-grandchildren, Samuel and Stephen Cichon; great-grandchildren, Lystra, Christa, Jacob, Jesse, Mia , Murphy, Trey and Noah Charnon; sister-in-law, Beatrice Houtz of Somers; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents and husband Frank, Ann was also preceded in death by her son, Fr. Allen Charnon O. S. A.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Rita Catholic Church, 4339 Douglas Ave., Tuesday, May 17, 2011, at 11 a.m., with Rev. Kevin Mullins OSA officiating. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church Tuesday from 10 a.m. until time of Mass at 11 a.m.

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