Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Elaine F. (Mills) Hinke

Elaine F. Hinke, age 87, passed away on Wednesday, August 31, 2011. Elaine was born in Chippewa Falls, WI, July 7, 1924, daughter of the late Ralph and Dorothy (nee: Crandall) Mills.

Elaine attended Finley Lake School, Jim Falls Elementary School and Chippewa Falls High School. Furthering her education, she entered Methodist Kahler School of Nursing Cadet Program, Rochester, Minnesota, and graduated February of 1946. On August 16, 1947, Elaine was united in marriage to Jerald Hinke. They shared sixty-three years together before Jerald preceded her in death December 11, 2010. She belonged to the Sturtevant Homemaker’s Group. An avid reader, Elaine also enjoyed polka dancing, and aquasizing at DeKoven. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her children, Theresa (Robert) Klaus, Katie (Tom) Herzog, Mike (Aurelia) Hinke, John (special friend Carol) Hinke, Julie (Tom) Hopkins, Pat (Marjorie) Hinke, Dotty (Bill) Schulz, Ann (Larry) Charles, Jerry (April) Hinke; 14 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Ethel Hinke; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters Eunice Erickson and Ruth Mills; special aunt, Helen Boehlke; and nephew, Robert Mills.

Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, September 7, 2011, at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at the Southern Wisconsin Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, Town of Dover. Relatives and friends may meet with the family on Tuesday at the funeral home from 5 p.m.. until 7 p.m. and Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. Memorials to the Methodist Kahler School of Nursing Scholarship Fund have been suggested.

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

Elizabeth Mae (Matusinec) Hoey

Franksville -- Elizabeth Mae Hoey, 83, passed away at her residence, on Wednesday, August 31, 2011.

She was born in Milwaukee, WI, on October 28, 1927, to the late Joseph and Mildred (Nee: Kropf) Matusinec. She spent her early years in Milwaukee. On May 24, 1947, she was united in marriage to Robert H. Hoey. Together they co-founded Shurpac, Inc. Elizabeth was a charter member of St. Paul the Apostle Church. She loved entertaining and taking trips to the lake house in Crandon, which she affectionately named “Hoeyaluiah.” She was an avid Green Bay Packers and a Milwaukee Brewers fan. Above all, Elizabeth was the rock of our family. She took great pride in each and every one of us. We will truly miss her loving, caring and generous ways.

Elizabeth is survived by her husband of 64 years, Robert H. Hoey; her children, Donna Hoey of Wauwatosa, WI, Jeffrey (Eileen) Hoey and Susan (Willard) Wenck, both of Racine; her grandchildren, Rebecca Hoey of Racine, Robert (Heidi) Hoey of Racine, Elizabeth (Richard) Kresen of Elkhorn, and Joseph (Dakota) Mandli of Lake Geneva; six great-grandchidren, Emma, Reagan, Richard, Kendall, Madigan and Josie; brother, Frank (Rose Mary) Matusinec of Milwaukee; as well as other family and many friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, and her in-laws George and Ivah Hoey.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, September 6, 2011, at 6 p.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 6400 Spring St., with Rev. Terrance J. Huebner officiating. Private interment will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family on Tuesday at the church from 4 p.m. until time of Mass at 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been suggested to St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, St. Catherine’s High School or Our Lady of Grace Academy “St. Edward’s Catholic School” by the family.

The family would like to extend our sincere appreciation to Elizabeth’s caregiver, Jane Beck; as well as her nurses from Hospice Advantage, Marion, Kate and Heather for the loving care you have bestowed upon her as well as our family.

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

Elena Michalowski Retzer

Elena Retzer, age 88, passed away Wednesday, August 31, 2011, at Wheaton-Franciscan–All Saints Medical Center. Elena was born in Kretinga, Lithuania, on August 17, 1923, daughter of the late Pranas and Magdalena (Nee: Petrylaite) Lekstutyte and immigrated to the U.S. in April of 1953.

Elena retired from Moxness Products after many years of employment. She was a former member of St. Casimir Catholic Church. Elena was an animal lover. Her first passion was fishing, followed by her love for her pet dogs and cats, and then the birds and other wildlife in her backyard that she enjoyed feeding and observing. She was also known to enjoy an occasional trip to the casino. Elena’s pride and joy were her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her sons, John (Lee) Michalowski of Tigerton, WI, Frank (Mary Anna) Michalowski of Racine; her grandsons, Brian (Kristin) Michalowski of Madison, Nathan (Sara) Michalowski of Burlington; step-grandson, Stephan Anthofer; her great-grandsons, Matthew and Andrew; sisters, Zita Urbonas, Sophie Styra of Toronto, CA; nieces, nephews, other relatives in Lithuania and many dear friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Jan Michalowski and Samuel Retzer.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, September 6, 2011, at 10 a.m. at St. Richard’s Catholic Church, 1503 Grand Ave., with Rev. Ronald J. Gramza officiating. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Monday at the funeral home from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. and Tuesday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass at 10 a.m. Memorials to the Countryside Humane Society have been suggested.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff at Lakeshore Manor for their loving and compassionate care and to the Wheaton Franciscan Nursing Staff for their help and caring through the years.

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

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

William 'Bill' J. Phalen

William “Bill” J. Phalen, age 64, passed away Tuesday, August 30, 2011, at Wheaton Franciscan – All Saints Medical Center. He was born in Kenosha on October 31, 1946, son of the late William T. and Estelle (Nee: Schultz) Phalen.

Bill was a graduate of St. Joseph High School and Dominican College. Furthering his education, he graduated from Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL, receiving a Master's Degree in Public Administration. He proudly served in the United States Naval Reserves. On April 21, 1995, he was united in marriage to Lynda A. Dworak. Bill’s fascination with flying model airplanes and racing bicycles at a young age expanded as he became the owner and operator of Gary’s Hobby Center. His other pastimes included sailing, skiing, dancing and all types of music. More than anything, he cherished time spent with his family. He will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his loving wife of sixteen years, Lynda; his children, Kristin (Eric) Hartung, Cynthia Phalen, all of Racine, Julie (Dean) Nolden of Manitowoc; his six grandchildren, Ethan, Ryan and Mason Hartung, Lindsay, Jack and Kate Nolden; other relatives and many dear friends.

Funeral services with full military honors will be held Wednesday, September 7, 2011, at 6 p.m. at the funeral home with Fr. William E. Kohler officiating. Private interment will be held. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Wednesday at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. Memorials to the Hope Safehouse in memory of Bill’s love for animals have been suggested.

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803 Main St., Racine   (262) 634-7888

Mary Virginia Wackerhagen

Mary V. Wackerhagen died on Tuesday, August 30, 2011, at Wheaton-Franciscan-All Saints Hospital. While born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on March 30, 1930, to the late Edward and Mary (nee Lewis) Wackerhagen, she grew up in Racine.

She graduated from Beloit College and did graduate work at the University of Iowa to become a Certified Orthoptist. She worked, mostly with children, as an Orthoptist (assessing eye muscle problems), in Moultrie, GA, Little Rock, AR, and Buffalo, NY. While working in Little Rock she was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Society to Prevent Blindness and, she took time off to be the executive assistant to Dale Alfred, who spent one term as an Arkansas congressman in the US House of Representatives.

In pursuit of her profession, she rose to international prominence. Her life's goal was to educate the public on the importance of screening children at an early age (prior to year five, if possible) for vision problems. Toward this end, she performed vision screening of young children and she taught volunteers to do such screening to increase the number of children who can be examined. When she returned to her home town, she continued these efforts.

Her interest in lighthouse preservation led her to be one of the founders of The Friends of the Wind Point Lighthouse, where she served as president. She was an initial member of the Mitchell Car Club. She enjoyed traveling, the arts, was an avid reader, was a sharp crossword-puzzle solver, gardener and nature lover.

Private interment was held at Mound Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, if desired, donations may be made to Prevent Blindness Wisconsin, or to a charity of your choice.

The family wishes to extend our grateful thanks to the wonderful staff of Home Instead who assisted Mary in her home for many months.

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

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Raymond Christian Olesen

Raymond Christian Olesen, 78, passed to the Lord on Sunday, August 28, 2011, after a long illness with Parkinson’s Disease.

Ray was born on September 16, 1932, in Racine to Christian and Eunice (Nee: Jensen) Olesen. Ray was married to Myrna Marie Nelson on June 14, 1952, at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Racine and together they shared 59 years of love and devotion.

Ray attended Knapp Grade School and Park High School, graduating in 1950 before beginning a baking career at his father’s business, O & H Danish Bakery. Ray devoted his life to growing a caring family and building a successful business with Myrna. After working long hours he still found time to do things with his wife and three sons. He was his children’s teacher, mentor and role model all the days of his life. Especially memorable for Ray and his family were the father-son swims at the YMCA, canoe trips with son Dale, fishing trips with the boys, and family vacations to visit friends while exploring our great country that he was proud of.

Ray especially loved fishing and golfing with family and friends. Fishing with the neighbors produced countless tales of adventure and triumph. And golfing with Myrna and their friends was one of his favorite things to do. Ray recorded three holes-in-one; it was his time shared with others that gave him the most joy.

Ray was well-liked and touched the lives of many people throughout his life. As owner of the bakery, Ray taught many people, young and old, the importance of working hard and respecting others. Ray’s patience and love for people was evident to all who knew him.

For many years Ray was an active member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church and more recently Emmaus Lutheran Church. He served on many non-profit civic and community boards throughout his lifetime in Racine. As an active Rotarian for over forty years he was a member of the Downtown Rotary Club and received the special Paul Harris Fellowship honor. Ray was also a Past President and Hall-of-Fame member of the Wisconsin Bakers Association.

As a devoted husband, father and grandfather, Ray loved his family very much. Ray is preceded in death by his oldest son Dale Raymond. He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Myrna; his sons and their families, all of Racine, including Dale’s wife, Robin Olesen and their children, Ashley (Nick) DeBaker, great-granddaughter, Isabella, and Nathan Olesen; son, Michael (Mary) Olesen and their children, Carly (Patrick) Brady, Kevin (Angi) Olesen and Mallory (David) Willing; son, Eric (Lisa) Olesen and their children, Alyson (Matthew) Horton and Peter Olesen. He is further survived by two sisters, Janet (Alfred) Thomsen, Patricia Masik; many nieces, nephews, and good friends.

A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, September 1, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Holy Communion Lutheran Church, 2000 W. Sixth St., with Reverend Bill Grimbol and Reverend Mary Janz officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Wednesday from 4-7 p.m. and at the church Thursday from 10 a.m. until time of service. Memorials to the Downtown Racine Rotary Foundation, Emmaus Lutheran Church or Holy Communion Lutheran Church have been suggested.

A special thank you to Vojtek for the wonderful care and friendship he provided Ray and his family during his final years with us and to Vanja and Peppa for the comfortable and kind care and emotional guidance they provided in their home. Also a special thank you to Wheaton Franciscan Hospice and nurse Lori for their loving and compassionate care.

MARESH-MEREDITH & ACKLAM FUNERAL HOME
803 MAIN ST. RACINE, WI 53403

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Marilyn “Mitzie” K. Sorensen


Sturtevant -- With her loving family at her side, Marilyn K “Mitzie” Sorensen passed away on Saturday, August 27, 2011, at her residence after a short battle with cancer.

Private services were held.

The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to Vitas Hospice of Milwaukee for all of their care and compassion.

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

Gerarda 'Gerri' M. (Vassallo) Metzger

Surrounded by her loving family, Gerarda “Gerri” M. Metzger, age 76, passed away Saturday, August 27, 2011, at Wheaton Franciscan – All Saints Medical Center. She was born in Avellino, Italy, January 26, 1935, daughter of the late Claudio and Caterina (Nee: Cafaro) Vassallo and had been a resident of Racine since 1963.

On May 18, 1963, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church she was united in marriage to William F. Metzger. An excellent cook and baker, Gerri shared her talent serving thousands of delicious meals at Roma Lodge for the past forty-two years. She was a member of St. Rita Catholic Church. She cherished caring for her family and will be deeply missed.

Survivors include her loving husband of 48 years, Bill; her sons and daughters-in-law, Fred (Cecilia) Metzger, all of Racine, Charles (Laura) Metzger of Palatine, IL; her grandchildren, Ryan Gavin, Megan Gavin, Michael (Amy) Gavin, Josh Wegner; brother, John Vassallo of Greenfield, WI; sisters, Anna (Aurelio) Fardella of Racine, Lillian (Ted) Wichrowski of Greendale, WI, Rosa (Antonio) Perrelli, Claudia (Gerardo) Crosta, all of Avellino, Italy; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Richard (Mary) Metzger of Racine, Maureen Vassallo of Waukesha; longtime family friends, Vincenzia Milutenovic, Joanne Cruz, and Sandy Bradshaw; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, September 1, 2011, at 11 a.m. at St. Rita Catholic Church, 4339 Douglas Ave., with Rev. Kevin Mullins O.S.A. officiating. Entombment will follow at Holy Cross Garden Mausoleum, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Thursday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass at 11a.m. Memorials to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Wisconsin, 200 S. Executive Drive #203, Brookfield, WI 53005 have been suggested.

Gerri’s family extends a special thank you to Dr. Michael Mullane and his staff at Oncology Alliance and to the staff at Wheaton Franciscan Hospice for all their loving and compassionate care.

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

George R. Hass

George R. Hass, age 90, passed away Saturday August 27, 2011, at his residence. George was born in Montrose, MN, on January 17, 1921, son of the late Otto and Mary (nee: Malok) Hass.

During World War II, George proudly served in the U.S. Army while stationed in the European Theatre. On June 22, 1943, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Waverly, Minnesota, he was united in marriage to Margaret M. Dressen. They moved to Racine in October of 1949. He was employed with American Automobile Association for twenty-three years before his retirement in 1983. He had previously been employed with Chicago and Northwestern Railroad from 1947 -1959.

George was a member of St. Edward’s Catholic Church and was active in its Athletic Association. He was also a charter member of the Rotary West Club and served as secretary and treasurer. George was a driver for Meals on Wheels for twenty years. He was a charter member and past president of the Washington Park Senior Golf Club and was a member of the St. Patrick Parish and Racine Recreation Department Dart Ball Leagues. In his younger years, George enjoyed playing baseball and later in life played softball. He was an avid bowler and enjoyed playing cards; cribbage and bridge were among his favorite card games. Above all, it was his sixty-eight years of marriage and his family that gave him the most joy. He will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his loving wife, Margaret; children, Judith (Honorable Wayne) Marik, James (Nancy) Hass, all of Racine; grandchildren, Jennifer Marik (Kurt Gardner) of Brooklyn, NY, Peter (Maira) Marik of Wauwatosa, Dr. Patricia Marik of Milwaukee, Gina Hass of San Diego, CA, and Benjamin Hass of Oakland, CA; great-grandchildren, Stefan George Marik, Lukas Marik and Margaret Gardner; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, George was also preceded in death by his brothers, Joseph (Vera) Hass and Lenard (Harriet) Hass.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Thursday, September 8, 2011, at 11 a.m. at St. Edward Catholic Church, 1401 Grove Ave., with Rev. Allen J. Bratkowski and Rev. Richard J. Molter concelebrating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Thursday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of Mass at 11 a.m. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.

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

Joyce M. (Lettsome) Havican

Joyce M. Havican, age 77, passed away on Saturday August 27, 2011, at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints Medical Center. Joyce was born November 22, 1933, in Racine, daughter of the late William and Arline Lettsome.

On June 28, 1969, she was united in marriage at St. Rita Catholic Church to Donald Martin Havican. Her beloved Don preceded her in death on June 19, 2001.

Joyce attended Lamberton School and graduated from William Horlick High School in June 1951, and spent her entire life living in Racine. She worked at Society’s Assets as a telephone operator for the hearing impaired and later provided in-home health care for the elderly. Joyce enjoyed canning, and was known for her canned hot peppers, tomatoes and beets, which we all looked forward to each year. She also enjoyed reading and attending church at St Rita, where she had been a member and strong supporter since 1969. Most of all, she truly enjoyed family and spending time with her grandkids.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Brian (Rebecca) Havican of Racine; grandchildren, Madeline and Abigail; brother and sister-in-law, Dan (Dianne) Lettsome of Escondido, CA; and many other dear relatives as well as many dear friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St Rita Catholic Church, 4339 Douglas Ave., on Saturday, September 3, 2011, at 10:30 a.m., with Rev. Kevin Mullins OSA officiating. Entombment will follow at Holy Cross Garden Mausoleum, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home Friday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and at the church Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to St Rita School, “In memory of Joyce Havican.”

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

Friday, August 26, 2011

Amber Rose Johnson

Amber Rose Johnson, age 20, sadly left this world on Friday, August 26, 2011. Amber was born in Kenosha September 22, 1990, daughter of Michael and Kathleen (nee: Brill) Johnson.

Amber attended Washington Park High School. She was an avid writer and a talented designer of graphics and collages. A great lover of the arts, music and downtown Racine, Amber was active volunteering her time with the Racine Arts Council, the Racine Historical Society and with the entire downtown and Sixth Street art community. She especially loved her time spent with her brother, Connor.

Amber will be dearly missed by her parents, Michael and Kathy Johnson and her brother, Connor; her grandparents, Allen and Hazel Johnson of Racine, and Kandice Brill of Kenosha; aunts and uncles, Christian (Brenda) Johnson, Carla (Eric) Bergemann, Erik (Vanessa) Johnson, Barry (Monica) Brill, Theresa Brill; great aunts and great uncles, Mary Peterson, Bob (Kathy) Buege, Richard Buege, Shirley Maki, Rosemary DuBois; her boyfriend, Jacob Tompsett; cousins, other relatives and dear friends.

Funeral services will be held at the funeral home Thursday September 1, 2011, at 6 p.m. with Rev. Thomas E. Chryst officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home Thursday from 4 p.m. until time of service at 6 p.m.

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803 Main St., Racine  (262) 634-7888

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Catherine M. 'Mickey' (Michael) Conlon

Catherine M. Conlon, age 79, passed away Thursday, August 25, 2011, at the Hospice House, Pleasant Prairie, WI. Catherine was born in Chicago, IL, on November 20, 1931, daughter of Arthur and Mary (Nee: Weglarz) Michael.

On May 28, 1955, Catherine was united in marriage to Mark D. Conlon, who preceded her in death on July 19, 2000. She was employed by the Illinois Youth Center for many years. For over thirty years she was a member at St. Ansagar Catholic Church in Hanover Park and was currently a member of St. Rita Catholic Church. Catherine enjoyed puzzles, games and watching old movies, but more than anything she cherished time spent with her grandchildren. She will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her children, Mark (Penny) Conlon of Roselle, IL, Mary Wilson of Bartlett, IL, Michele (Michael) Cretton of Racine, WI, Shawn Conlon of Woodstock, IL; her grandchildren, Amber Conlon, Jim Wilson, Michael Wilson, Anthony Conlon, Matthew Conlon, Andrew Medrano, Taylor Cretton, Caitlin Cretton; other relatives and many dear friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, August 30, 2011, at 4 p.m. at St. Ansgar Catholic Church, 2040 Laurel Ave., Hanover Park, IL, with Rev. Eduardo Garcia-Ferrer officiating. Private interment will be held. Relatives and friends may meet with the family on Tuesday at the church from 3 p.m. until time of Mass at 4 p.m. Memorials to Hospice Alliance of Pleasant Prairie or to the American Cancer Society has been suggested.

A very special thank you to Dr. Michael Mullane and his staff, and the Nurses, Staff and Volunteers of Hospice House for the amazing and compassionate care given to Mickey.

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

Leonard F. Fritz

Leonard F. Fritz, age 84, passed away on Thursday, August 25, 2011, at the Becker-Shoop Center. He was born in Lismore, Minnesota, July 11, 1927, the seventh of ten children of the late Gregory and Margaret (Nee: Sassen) Fritz.

Leonard graduated from St. Adrian High School, Adrian, Minnesota. He served in the United States Navy from 1945 to 1946 in the South Pacific. On January 31, 1952, in Fulda, Minnesota, he was united in marriage to Ethel Nemmers, who preceded him in death on December 17, 1974. He came to Racine in 1956 to work for the Racine Journal Times where he was employed as a typesetter and met his second wife. On September 16, 1976, at St. Joseph Catholic Church he was united in marriage to Verna (Nee: Blum) Kratochvil. He retired from S.C. Johnson Wax in 1991 after thirteen years of employment.

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. An avid sportsman and Packer fan Leonard enjoyed pheasant hunting, playing baseball, bowling and attending ball games around the city. Leonard always looked forward to coffee with the guys and his daughter. He will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his wife, Verna; son, Robert (Denise) Fritz of Union Grove; daughter, Linda (Christian) Lie of Racine; stepson, John (Susan) T. Kratochvil of Mount Pleasant; stepdaughter, Joy (Gilbert) Newman of CA; his grandchildren, Heather Borger, Sean (Alexis) Borger, Bobby Fritz, Elizabeth Lie, Catherine Lie, Brittany Kratochvil-Raphael; seven great-grandchildren; sisters, Mary Ann (Curly) Thompson, Virginia Dickmann; brother-in-law, Duane (Jane) Nemmers; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his seven brothers and sisters, Raphael, Esther, Colletta, Alice, Charlie, Ed and Sr. Elaine.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, August 29, 2011, at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1533 Erie St., with Rev. Sean Granger officiating. Interment with full military honors will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Sunday at the funeral home from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. and Monday at church from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass. Memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association, American Heart Association, or for Masses have been suggested.

A special thank you to all the caregivers at the Becker-Shoop Center for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Mae Dorothy Snoke

Mae Dorothy Snoke, age 93, passed away Thursday, August 25, 2011, at Lakeshore Manor. Mae was born in Racine on March 23, 1918, daughter of the late Frank and Henrietta (nee: Brinkman) Johnson.

On May 23, 1947, in Crown Point, IA, Mae was married to Harlan J. Snoke, who preceded her in death on June 1, 1989. She was a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church. Mae loved dancing and animals. She will be dearly missed by her great-nieces, great-nephews, dear friends, other relatives and her friends at Lakeshore Manor.

Funeral services will be held at the funeral home Sunday, August 28, 2011, at 5 p.m. with Rev. Hilbert C. Kamps officiating. Interment will be held at Graceland Cemetery on Monday at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends may meet for visitation at the funeral home Sunday from 4 p.m. until time of service at 5 p.m.

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803 Main St., Racine   (262) 634-7888

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Grace 'Dolly' L. (Dacquisto) Petersen

Grace “Dolly” L. Petersen, age 83, passed away Tuesday, August 23, 2011, at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints Medical Center. Dolly was born in Racine, February 15, 1928, daughter of the late Samuel and Josephine (Nee: Roccopalumba) Dacquisto.

Dolly was a lifelong member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and it was there on April 21, 1951, that she was united in marriage to Robert E. Petersen. Dolly was employed by Montgomery Ward for twenty-eight years, retiring in 1981. She was a member of the Belle City Seniors and St. Paul Seniors. Her pastimes included gardening, traveling and photography. More than anything, she cherished caring for her family. She will be deeply missed.

Survivors include her loving husband of sixty years, Robert; her children, Gloria (John) Zwifelhofer of Mosinee, Gary (Geri) Petersen of Racine; her grandson, Wesley Zwifelhofer of Mosinee; sisters, Anna Schifano, Frances Cacchione, Sarah Arndt; nieces, nephews, dear friends, Theresa Lui and Celeste Trentadue; other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Helen Dacquisto; brothers and sisters-in-law, Frank (Doris) Dacquisto, Dom (Hilda) Dacquisto; brothers-in-law, Louis Schifano, August Cacchione and Ron Arndt.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, August 27, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2201 Northwestern Ave., with Rev. Ronald O. Crewe officiating. Entombment will follow at Holy Cross Garden Mausoleum, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Saturday at the church from 9 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. Memorials to Sacred Heart Catholic Church have been suggested.

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

Edith R. (Lucarelli) Fiori

Edith Fiori (Nee: Lucarelli), 90, passed away surrounded with the love of her family at her side August 23, 2011. Edith was born in Racine, WI, to C.D. and Rose (Nee: Puzzo) Lucarelli on March 16, 1921. She was united in marriage to John C. Fiori on July 27, 1941, in Dubuque, Iowa.

During her working career she had been employed at First National Bank and Trust for 12 years, retiring in 1978. She was a member of St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church and Christian Altar Society and also St. Mary’s Auxiliary volunteer. After the death of her husband, she joined St. Joseph’s Catholic Church to attend Mass with her family. She was proud of the house her husband built and they enjoyed together for 38 years. She lived to see both her daughter and son-in-law live in that house, followed years later by her granddaughter and husband. She was extremely proud of her granddaughter and her great-grandson.

Edith was a great cook, avid reader and enjoyed long walks. She will be sadly missed.

Surviving are her daughter, Doris (Noel) Johnson; granddaughter, Chris (Kai) Kamakian; great-grandsons, Tyler and Nicolas (Niko) Kamakian. Edith will join those who preceded her in death, her parents, C.D. and Rose Lucarelli; sister, Emma Bonini; brothers, Albert, Alfred, Arthur, V.J. (Jim) and Marion.

A Mass of Christian Burial officiated by Father Sean Granger, was held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Private interment was held at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32.

A very special thanks to the entire staff (God’s Living Angels) of the Becker Shoop Center for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Monday, August 22, 2011

Dennis B. Haas

Dennis B. Haas, 68, passed away on Monday, August 22, 2011, at Kenosha Medical Center.

Dennis was born in Racine to the late Wilfred and Norma (nee: Schill) Haas, on June 4, 1943, and lived his whole life in Racine. He has been previously employed by J.I. Case Company.

He is survived by one daughter, Heidi (Dale) Valerio; three sons, Dennis Jr. (Lauren) Haas, Shawn (Tracy) Haas and Greg (Carrie) Haas; several grandchildren; one brother, Gary (Sharon) Haas; his former wife, Sandra Richter; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his brother, Randall Haas.

Funeral services in honor of Dennis will be held at Wilson Funeral Home on Monday, August 29, 2011, at 1 p.m. with Colleen Vice as celebrant. Interment will be at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family from noon until the time of service.

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

Betty Jo Asberry

Betty Jo Asberry, age 56, passed away Monday, August 22, 2011, at Wheaton Franciscan–All Saints Medical Center. Betty was born August 12, 1955, daughter of the late Joe Polk and Emma Lee Asberry. Betty was employed as a CNA for a number of years.

Survivors include her three children, Angie (Fred) Seay, Kwan Asberry, Lisa (Vester) Bunch; her twelve grandchildren, Daisheri, Delvonte, Da’Nasia, Alicia, Adarrius, Tiesianna, David, Kain, Kwan Jr., Nucarlreo Jr., Davion, Xavier; one great-grandchild, Tae’ Jon; brothers, Robert, Jessie and Johnny; sister, Linda (Joe) Croom; brothers-in-law; sisters-in-law; close friend, Robert “Pops” Kyles; host of other relatives and dear friends.

Funeral services will be held Friday, August 26, 2011, at 3 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Bobby Vinson officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Friday at the funeral home from 2 p.m. until time of service at 3 p.m. Memorials to the family have been suggested.

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

Saturday, August 20, 2011

James H. 'Jimmy Mack' Lyman

James H. Lyman, age 69, passed away Saturday, August 20, 2011, at Woodstock Health and Rehab Center. He was born in Chicago, IL, son of the late James and Mary (Nee: Lashlee) Lyman.

On February 27, 2001, he was united in marriage to Darlene Waters. Jimmy was a well known DJ for many years in the Chicago, Waukegan and Kenosha areas. His trade line was “Jimmy Mack is Back!” He will be dearly missed.

Surviving are his wife, Darlene; children, Robert (Lawanda) Taylor, Shawneda (Paul) Marks, Switzerland Curry, Nikki Curry, Eugenia Woods and Mary Little; 13 grandchildren; brothers and sisters, Charles Lyman, Joe Lyman, Greg Lyman, Diane Lyman, Delores Lyman, Valerie Ingram, Baron Robertson; other relatives and dear friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Emma Lyman and Betty Grover; his brother, Allen Lyman; and his first cousin, Frankie Lyman.

Funeral services will be held at the funeral home Saturday, August 27, 2011, at 11 a.m. with Reverend LeRoy Shanks officiating. Relatives and friends may meet Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of service.

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

Wallace William Small

Wallace William Small, 87, passed away at his residence on Saturday, August 20, 2011.

A lifelong resident of Racine, Wallace was born during a winter snow storm on February 6, 1924, on his grandmother's dining room table, the son of the late Joseph J. and Esther (nee. Larson) Small, Sr. He graduated from Washington Park High School "Class of 1942." He served in the United States Army during World War II stationed in Saipan.

After the war, Wallace fell in love with the "little red head girl" whose grandparents lived across the street from his parents. He was a member of St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church Choir under the direction of William 'Bill' Krumberger where she was the organist. On June 16, 1951, at St. Mary's he married her, the former Jacqueline M. Dubuque. He fulfilled his promise to her of 10 years when they celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary this past June.

Wallace was an electrical contractor who worked with and for his father at Joseph J. Small Electric until his retirement in March 1986. He was a member of the Electrician's Union and served on the Electrician's Apprenticeship Board; of the Catholic Men's Association of Racine; a past member of the Racine Pigeon Club; and he served on various boards and committees at church. He was in the parish choir at St. Mary's and later at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church along with his wife who was the organist at both parishes. Upon retirement, he and Jacqueline traveled throughout the country with car, bicycles, canoe and tent. They traveled to every State in the Union, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, every Province of Canada, Ireland, and Slovakia. He loved crossword puzzles, gardening and tinkering with many things. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and family man. He helped his father build a cottage, "Ye Olde Chatter Box," on Big Arbor Vitae Lake in Woodruff, where he often went with family to hunt, fish and vacation.

Wallace was a devout and faithful Roman Catholic who raised 12 children who were not only "12 times the work, 12 times the arguments, 12 times the headaches,...but 12 times the fun." And he will be dearly missed more than 12 times over.

He is survived by his loving wife, Jacqueline; their 12 children: Kathleen Hagen, Theresa (John) Craddock, James (Michelle) Small, Susan (James Findlay) Small, Daniel (Victoryia) Small, Cynthia (Eddie) Martin, Timothy (Ann) Small, Jennifer Small, Mary Small, Lorraine (James) Matson, Rev. Fr. Jeffery Small and Andrew (Lori Jo) Small; 23 grandchildren and 1 step-granddaughter: Kathleen's children, Patricia (Michael) Drews, Michael Hagen and Jessica Weisensel; Theresa's daughter, Amber Craddock; James' sons, Cullen, Shea, Cody and Cameron Small; Daniels' children, Amanda and Trevor Small; Cynthia's children, Joshua (April), Nicole and Brittany Driver; Timothy's daughter, Rebecca and step-daughter, Jessica (Jacob) Rairie; Jennifer's son, Scott (Samantha) Hall; Mary's children, Joni (Matthew) Sturino and Brett Sorensen; Lorraine's children, Erik, Kyle and Anna; Andrew's daughters, Rachel, Charlotte and Abigail; 15 great-grandchildren and 3 step-great-grandchildren: Kathleen's grandchildren, Patricia's son, Brecker Drews and Michael's daughter, Hailie Pavlick; Theresa's granddaughters, Danisha, Annika and Amari Moten; Daniel's grandchildren, Amanda's children, Benjamin Garfield and Gabrielle Bell-Small; Cynthia's grandchildren, Joshua's daughters, Amaya and Ava Driver and step-daughter Alexis Collova, Nicole's son, Pierre Majors, and Brittany's daughter, Brianna Driver; Timothy's step-grandchildren, Jessica's children, McKaela and Aiden Rairie; Jennifer's grandchildren, Gabriel and Macy Hall; Mary's grandsons, Joni's sons, Matthew and Dominic Sturino; one sister and brother-in-law, Marilyn and Donald Trimberger; one sister-in-law, Delores Small; nieces and nephews; one aunt, Elaine Larson; one cousin, Deborah Szuhai; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Elizabeth Felton; one brother, Joseph J. Small, Jr.; his in-laws, Charles and Ethel Dubuque; and one niece, Eileen Andersen.

There will be a visitation at the funeral home on Monday, August 29, 2011, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a Rosary recited at 7 p.m. Funeral Mass will be offered on Tuesday, August 30, 2011, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with graveside services and full military honors immediately following at Holy Cross Cemetery on Hwy. 32 - Douglas Avenue.

His wife requests the offering of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for Wallace's intention. Memorials may be directed to American Life League or Concerned Women for America.

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

Friday, August 19, 2011

Kenneth J. Waydick

Kenneth J. Waydick, age 66, was called home to be with his Lord Friday, August 19, 2011. Kenneth was born in Baraboo, WI, on November 1, 1944, son of the late Willard and Leona (nee: Held) Waydick.

Before retirement, Ken was last working with Haman Brothers Produce. He was a regular attendee of Taylor Avenue Church of the Nazarene. He was a hard worker who loved the Lord. Ken was a hard core Minnesota Vikings fan and enjoyed a good game of cribbage and oldies music. Above all, his life revolved around his children. Ken’s radiant smile and great optimism will be dearly missed by all.

Survivors include his three children, Eric, Jessica and Jason Waydick; granddaughter, Hannah; siblings, Nancy (Keith) Fenske, Beverly Gentry, Judy (Allen) Mueller, Ron (Elaine) Waydick, Sandi (Dick) McQuade; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A Memorial Service followed by Full Military Honors will be held at the Taylor Avenue Church of the Nazarene, 2100 Taylor Ave., on Sunday, September 4, 2011, at 3 p.m., with Rev. Vito Monteblanco officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church Sunday from 2 p.m. until time of service at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family have been suggested.

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

Lawrence R. McMullen

Lawrence R. McMullen, “Larry,” age 63, passed away Friday, August 19, 2011, at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints Medical Center. He was born in Hempstead, NY, on February 15, 1948, son of the late Arthur and Dorothy (Nee: Scholzen) Shockley.

Larry graduated from Wm Horlick High School and attended Gateway Technical College. On August 2, 1980, in Racine he was united in marriage to Gail A. Erickson. Larry was employed by J.I. Case Co as a Quality Trainer, retiring after 34 years of service in 2000. He also had worked on staff for the United Way and most recently for Albany Chicago of Pleasant Prairie. Larry was a member of Grace Church. He was an avid golfer, enjoyed reading and working with cars and small engines. Larry was a devoted Christian, husband and father He will be dearly missed.

Surviving are his wife, Gail; children, Randy (Terri) McMullen, Wendy Sorens, Jason McMullen, Sean McMullen; grandchildren, Tim and Katie McMullen, Bodhi Gust, Mitchell, Aliah and Karissa Sorens, Brittany, Brianna and Loren McMullen, Jacob Toftom; brother, Jim (Gloria) McMullen; sister, Cindy (Tim) Fitzgerald; mother-in-law, Toni Green; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Sandy (Gene) Schnaare, Joe (Linda) Erickson, Linda (Jeff) Kingsfield, Tom (Kaew) Erickson, Bob Erickson; nieces, nephews, and other relatives, his small group church family and dear friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Mike; and father-in-law, Jerry Erickson.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 25, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. at Grace Church, 3626 Hwy 31. with Reverend Dan Petersen officiating. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Wednesday at the funeral home from 5-7 p.m. and on Thursday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until time of service.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Joel Niebuhr and staff and the ICU staff at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints Medical Center, and Dr. Michael Schuetz and staff at the Cancer Center for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Jeanette M. (Williams) Kratochvil

Jeanette M. Kratochvil, age 90, passed away Friday August 19, 2011, at her residence. Jeanette was born in Kenosha, May 16, 1921, daughter of the late Kenneth and Johanna (nee: Jessen) Williams.

She graduated early from Harper High School at the age of sixteen. On December 2, 1939, Jeanette was united in marriage to the love of her life, Joseph E. Kratochvil. They spent forty-seven beautiful years together before he passed away in 1986. Jeanette was a former active member of St. Sebastian’s Catholic Church, where she served as president of the Altar Society, was the legislative committee chairman of the Old Timers’ Group and was past president of MACCW. She was last attending Elmbrook Church in Brookfield. Always with an active calendar, Jeanette enjoyed golfing, bowling, playing bridge and her Bible study groups. She will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her daughters, Jan Kondrad of Sussex, Mary Lou (Jim) Qualler of Delafield; grandchildren, Kristopher Kondrad, Kiersten (Chip) Carlson, Adam (Denise Teves) Qualler, Justin (Joanne Aponte) Qualler; great-grandchildren, Katie, Molly and Lucy Carlson with a baby girl of Adam and Denise on the way; sisters-in-law, Cathryn Wood, LaVerne Kratochvil and Verna Fritz; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents and husband, Jeanette was also preceded in death by her brother, Robert.

Funeral services will be held at the funeral home Tuesday August 23, 2011, at noon. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home Tuesday from 11 a.m. until time of service at noon. Memorials to WVCY TV Channel 30 have been suggested.

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

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Eleanor M. Chapman

Mrs. Eleanor Louise (nee: Moll) Chapman, 93, passed away on Thursday, August 18, 2011, at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-All Saints.

Eleanor was born to Robert and Elsie (nee: Snyder) Mollon on April 20, 1918, in Bethlehem, PA. In Bethlehem, she was united in marriage to Francis Chapman on May 23, 1942. After their marriage, the couple moved to Racine, where they spent the rest of their lives.

Eleanor was a member of Calvary Memorial Church where she spent many years of faithful service teaching sunday school to 3-4-year-olds.

She will be dearly missed by her two daughters and sons-in-law, Phyllis (Thomas) Fleischer of Indianapolis, IN, and Faith (Rev. Bruce) Rulapaugh of Oelwein, IA; two sons and two daughters-in-law, James (Laurie) Chapman of Phoenix, AZ, and Douglas (Elizabeth) Chapman of Eleva; 14 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis; and son, Paul Robert Chapman.

Funeral services in honor of Eleanor were private. Interment took place at West Lawn Memorial Park.

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

Hon. Dennis J. Barry

Honorable Dennis J. Barry, age 64, passed away Thursday, August 18, 2011. He was born in Racine, April 4, 1947, son of the late Alex and Faith (Nee: Cheska) Barry.

Dennis graduated from Washington Park High School “Class of 1965” and went on to graduate from Lawrence University. He served in the U.S. Army for two years and then entered Marquette Law School, graduating in 1973.

On January 5, 1980, he was united in marriage to Joan M. McCallum. Dennis worked as a lawyer in the capacity of Kenosha County Assistant District Attorney, in private practice with the firm Thompson and Coates Ltd, as Racine County District Attorney and since 1980 as a Racine County Circuit Court Judge. He was recognized as “Judge of the Year” in 1997 by the State Bar of Wisconsin. He belonged to the Arizona Bar Assn., the Racine County Bar Assn., the Wisconsin Trial Judges Assn., and the Justinian Society of Lawyers.

Dennis was very civic oriented and among other organizations he was involved with the Big Brothers. He also was a longtime Rotarian and had served as president of the Downtown Rotary Club. He served on the steering committee of the Business and Professional Coalition at Carthage College and served on the Advisory Board of Kids First Fund. He was proud of his Italian Heritage and was a member of the Italian-American Society of Kenosha and the Roma Lodge of Racine. He was a member of Lutheran Church of the Resurrection and had served as the church council president. He will be dearly missed.

Surviving are his wife, Joan; children, Rebecca Barry (Dr. Derek) Olson, Kevin Barry; sister, Barbara Barry (Jeff) Fries; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Judy McMahon, David (Diane) McCallum; nephews, Craig A. Fries, Barry N. Fries, Daniel McCallum and Rob McMahon; other relatives and dear friends.

Services will be private. Memorials/cards may be directed in care of Maresh-Meredith and Acklam Funeral Home.

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

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Barbara Jean (Miles) Perkins

Barbara J. Perkins, age 89, passed away Tuesday August 16, 2011, at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints Medical Center. Barbara was born in Ottumwa, Iowa, on December 16, 1921, daughter of the late Butler and Lorraine (nee: Koser) Miles.

Barbara attended the University of Illinois and was a Delta Gamma. On September 26, 1942, in Paxtang, PA, Barbara was united in marriage to Charles E. Perkins. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, and a charter member of the PEO, AZ Chapter. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her husband, Charles E. Perkins; her sons, Charles K. Perkins (Susan Thomas) of Chicago, IL, David M. (Catherine) Perkins of Racine; two grandchildren, Charles W. (Amy) Perkins of Pittsboro, NC, David M. (Melissa) Perkins Jr. of Madison, WI; two great-granddaughters, Caroline and Anna Perkins; sister-in-law, Joyce Krenkze of Racine; other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brother, David Bird Miles.

Private funeral services with interment will be held at Mound Cemetery. Memorials to the Racine Health Care Network or to one’s favorite charity have been suggested.

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

Monday, August 15, 2011

Bernadine F. 'Bernie' Eaton

Bernadine F. 'Bernie' Eaton, 89, passed away Monday, August 15, 2011, at the Elizabeth Residence. Bernadine was born in Lyndon Station December 13, 1921, daughter of the late John and Maria (nee: Cowan) Naughtin.

On September 8, 1943, at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Mauston, Bernie was united in marriage to Lester R. Eaton, who preceded her in death February 24, 2010. She and Lester owned and operated United Automatic Products. In her younger years, Bernie was a School Teacher. Bernie was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and Christian Mothers.

For many years, she volunteered with various shelters and the Racine County Food Bank. Bernie enjoyed dancing with the Circle 8 Square Dance Club. She was extremely proud of her Irish heritage, but most of all, Bernie was proud of her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grand- children. She will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her children, Patricia (James) Schoff, John W. (Lynne) Eaton, Peggy (Gordie) Singer; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Harold M. (Betty) Eaton, Lena Eaton, Robert Fosbinder; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many dear friends.

In addition to her parents and her husband, Lester, Bernie was also preceded in death by her brother, Edward; and three sisters, Mary Ellen (Norman) Bell, Margaret Fosbinder, and Jean (John) Artz.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, August 19, 2011, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1533 Erie St. Entombment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Friday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass at 11 a.m. Memorials to the Racine County Food Bank have been suggested.

A very special thank you to the entire staff at the Elizabeth Residence and Hospice Alliance, especially Stephanie, for their loving and compassionate care.

MARESH-MEREDITH AND ACKLAM FUNERAL HOME
803 Main Street, Racine 262-634-7888

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Nancy E. (Laning) Sobczak

Nancy E. Sobczak, (Nee: Laning), passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 14, 2011, age 60 years, after a courageous battle with cancer. Her devoted husband of 39 years, Robert, was at her side. She is also survived by numerous loving cousins and wonderful supportive friends. She was preceded in death by her loving parents, Ralph and Cele Laning; her loving sister, Irene Laning Mason; and by many loving uncles and aunts.

Nancy was an extremely accomplished professional woman. After growing up on a dairy farm in Dousman, Wisconsin, she worked in training, engineering, marketing and management positions at MSOE, IBM, ITT, Johnson Controls, Alan Bradley, GE, Square D, other companies and family businesses. She earned a BSEE in 1970, a MS in 1972, and a PhD in Electrical Engineering in 2007, all from Marquette University. She served two terms on the State of Wisconsin Examining Board of Professional Engineers. Nancy was awarded two United States patents. She became a licensed private pilot in 1975. Nancy had many diverse passionate interests including singing, sewing, gourmet cooking, herbal remedies, Marquette basketball, flying and air racing.

She was a selfless family care-giver and gifted personal coach who truly enjoyed helping others and watching them grow successfully. Nancy will truly be missed by everyone whose life she touched.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 20, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Church of the Gesu, 1145 W. Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee 53233. Private interment will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery, Milwaukee. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Friday at the funeral home from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and on  Saturday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. Memorials may be made in Nancy’s memory to the Rev. Thaddeus J. Burch, SJ Scholarship Fund at Marquette University P.O. Box 1881 Milwaukee, WI 53201.

Her husband would like to thank everyone at Froedtert’s Breast Care Center and the Zilber Family Hospice for their expert and tender care of Nancy.

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

Janice M. 'Sneakers' Kaser

Janice M. Kaser, her clown friends Aunt Lovey, Sneakers, and Gravel Gurdy were wrapped in a final hug Sunday August 14, 2011. Janice was born in Racine to the late Joseph and Gudrun (Nee: Nelson) Thome.


Janice jumped into the world of clowning, entertaining and teaching clown classes with both floppy shoes. “Sneakers” retired from active stunt work and professional clowning in 1995. She often said, “I ran away from the circus to join the real world.” She helped with the “Great Circus Parade” and related activities for many years. She was employed by the law firm Sharp and Sharp. S.C. for 25 years as a one-woman show and again was heard many times to say that “the legal world was the plainclothes division of the circus.”

Surviving are her children, Deana M. Overstreet Oswald, D. Lee Overstreet, Amanda Kaser; grandchildren, Katrina L. Overstreet (Justin) Siordia, Alyssa M. Oswald, Joseph R. Kaser, Victoria Oswald; great-grandson, Alexander “A.J.” Overstreet; brother, George N. (Pamela) Thome; sister, Paula E. (John) Thome-Stack; nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and numerous valued friends both clown and civilian. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, J. Michael “Scrap” Thome in 2002.

A celebration of Janice’s life will be held Saturday, August 20, 2011, at the funeral home. Clown noses are encouraged. Relatives and friends may meet from 1 p.m. until time of service at 2 p.m. Private interment at Calvary Cemetery will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorials to the family have been suggested.

The family wishes to extend special thanks to Susan Ward, NP, Dr. McCollough, Marsha Tyecke RN, Dr. Wong and his staff ,the RN’s at Hospice Alliance, and to the ladies in the Elbow Benders Bowling League who kept Janice well hydrated throughout the years.

Thanks to the symbol of laughter
Thanks to the bright light in our day
Thanks to the president of silliness
Thanks to the silly clowns for all that they do and say

                                                             -Noelee Korzeniewski

“See you on down the road.”

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

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Lois A. (Smith) Chase

Lois A. Chase, age 72, passed away Saturday, August 13, 2011, at the Hospice House, Pleasant Prairie, WI. Lois was born in Sardis, MS, January 16, 1939, daughter of the late Travis and Minnie (Nee: Lawley) Smith.

She was united in marriage to George H. Chase who preceded her in death, April 15, 1998. Lois was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. She enjoyed quilting, gardening, dancing and traveling. More than anything, Lois treasured time with her family. She will be deeply missed.

Survivors include her children, Charlie (Lani) Renneau, Charlo (Barry) Zauss; seven grandchildren, Megan (Greg) Stollenwerk, Nicole (Dusty) Parr, Kyle (Amanda) Zauss, Melissa (Brian) Crogg, Lindsay (Kevin) Barnes, Cody Zauss, Tyrel Zauss; nine great-grandchildren, Chase, Jillian, Wyatt, Weston, Wade, Emma, Drake, Mason and Caleb; her identical twin sister, Louise Gore; sister, Betty Dunnigan; brother, Tom Smith; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Pete Smith; and her beloved companion, Bob Olson.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, August 20, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. John Fleming officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Saturday at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m.

A special thank you to Lois’s caregivers at the Hospice House.

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

Betty Jane (Peil) Andresen

Betty Jane Andresen, age 90, passed away Saturday, August 13, 2011, at Lincoln Village Convalescent Center. Betty was born in Racine on November 8, 1920, daughter of the late Fred W. and Jeanette E. (Nee: Welch) Peil.

On December 14, 1975, she was united in marriage to John A. Andresen who preceded her in death in 2001. Betty was employed at Wheary Luggage for a number of years and retired from Woolworth in Kenosha after many years. She was a member of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church.

Survivors include her stepchildren, Debra (Donald) Geiman, Sandra Tockey, Barbra (Larry) Morton, Lynora (Gerald) Darden, John Andresen; ten grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, James (Rose Ann) Andresen, Wayne (Anh) Andresen, Elaine (John) Urhausen; special friends, Nancy and Bob Larsen; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 18, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Terry McGugan officiating. Interment will follow at Graceland Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Thursday at the funeral home from 1:30 p.m. until time of service at 2 p.m.

A very special thank you to the entire staff at Lincoln Village Convalescent Center for their loving and compassionate care

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

Friday, August 12, 2011

Arlene R. Summers


Arlene Ruth Summers, age 81, passed away unexpectedly Friday, August 12, 2011, at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints Medical Center. She was born in Racine on September 3, 1929, daughter of the late Clarence and Helen (Nee: Christensen) Summers and had been a lifelong resident.

Arlene graduated from Wm Horlick High School “Class of 1948” and had been employed by Kmart for 37 years, retiring in 1985. She was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church, the American Cryptogram Association and volunteered with animal rescue. She will be dearly missed.

Surviving are her husband, Donald E. Thompson; her aunt, Anna Christensen; cousins, Monica (Charles) Krepelan, Maryann Anderson, William (Ethel) Christensen, Marilyn Christensen, Dorothy Miller, Helyn Smith, Hugh Sweeny; other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at the funeral home Thursday, August 18, 2011, at 11 a.m. with Reverend Tracy Polzin officiating. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet Thursday at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until time of service.

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

Opal Augusta Noha

Mrs. Opal A. Noha, 94, passed away on Friday, August 12, 2011, at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-All Saints.

Opal was born in Magazine, Arkansas, to the late Rubin Lee and Furba (nee: Moore) Oden on August 28, 1916. She lived in Racine from 1937 until 1970. In Racine, she was united in marriage to Carl A. Noha on February 4, 1949. They moved to Wild Rose in 1970. Carl preceded her in death on September 19, 2000. She returned to Racine in 2001.

Mrs. Noha was employed by both the Wild Rose High School and William Horlick High School in the schools’ lunch service programs. She was also known as the Doll Lady because of her doll-making business. Mrs. Noha was the only remaining charter member of Immanuel Baptist Church and was a faithful and kind person. She had a great sense of humor and an infectious giggle. She was very crafty and enjoyed dolls, sewing and cooking. Most importantly, she loved her family, especially her grandchildren, great-grandchildren and her great-great grandchildren.

Opal will be dearly missed by her children, Audrey Juanita Johnson, James A. Smalley (Pam Newman) and Michael (Debi) Noha; eight grandchildren, Cindy, John “Kip”, James “Bud” Perkins, Cheryl (Danyl) Jensen, Joe Perkins, Kimberli (Roger) Due, Adam and Cody Noha; 22 great-grandchildren; 18 great-great-grandchildren with two expecting; one brother, Glen (Lucille) Oden; and other relatives and friends. She was also preceded in death by one great-grandson, Adam; three sisters, Hester, Lillian and Audrey; and two brothers. Floyd and Haskel “Bill.”

Per Mrs. Noha’s wishes, she will be cremated and services will be held at a later date.

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

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Dolores K. (Drummond) Botsch

Dolores Kathleen Botsch, age 92, passed away Thursday, August 11, 2011, at her residence. She was born in Racine, March 21, 1919, daughter of the late Frank and Gertrude (Nee: Gehring) Drummond.

Dolores graduated from St. Catherine’s High School. She was a member of St. Richard Catholic Church, the Catholic Junior League and the Racine Women's Club. She also was a volunteer with St. Mary’s Hospital Auxiliary for a number of years, working in the gift shop and making numerous baby caps. More than anything she was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who will be dearly missed.

Surviving are her children, Beverly (Tom) Bell, Barbara (Ken) Orth, Linda (Michael Graham, Kathleen (David) Morgan, David Botsch (Julie Herman); 7 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; sister, Virginia Carpenter; other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Charles, and her brother, Bill Drummond.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Monday, August 15, 2011, at 7 p.m. at St. Richard’s Catholic Church, 1503 Grand Ave. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church from 6 p.m. until time of Mass.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to her caregivers at Hospice Alliance and Parkview Gardens, Shannon, Kimberly, Regina, Erin and LaChere for their loving compassionate care.

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

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Emily T. Maki

Emily Therese Maki, age 14, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, August 10, 2011, at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. She was born in Milwaukee on November 15, 1996, daughter of Gregg and Terrie (Nee: Moore) Maki.

Emily had just finished the 8th grade at the Prairie School where she was a Hilpert Scholar. She was sports-minded and enjoyed basketball, golf, soccer, Irish Dance, and participated in the Iron Girl Triathlon. She coordinated the local Austin Powers Fan Club and enjoyed making movies. She really loved singing, playing the guitar and acting in plays. Emily was a type 1 diabetic and was very active supporting various fundraisers for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. She was a beloved daughter, sister, granddaughter and friend who will be dearly missed.

Surviving are her parents, Gregg and Terrie; her sister, Kirsten; grandmother, Dolores Maki; grandfather, Kenneth Moore; great-grandmother, Lenore Moore; aunts and uncles, Kenneth (Liz) Moore, Darlene (Mike) Sanew, Cindy Johnson, Laura Maki, David (Susan) Maki; cousins, Meagan, Kenneth, and Kaitlyn Moore, Ashley Sanew, Patrick Johnson (Katie), Jason (Destiny) Johnson, Andrew Johnson, Stephanie Maki (fiancee Scott Hoffman), Jason (Haley) Meekma; best friends, Camille Gobeil, Annabel Ware and Annie Zlevor; many other relatives and too many other close friends to mention; her dog Coconut and Sally the Cat. She was preceded in death by her grandpa, Ronald Maki; and grandma, Susan Moore.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, August 15, 2011, at 11 a.m. at St. Rita Catholic Church, 4339 Douglas Ave., with Reverend Stephen J. Stradinger officiating. Private interment will be held. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Sunday at the funeral home from 2-6 p.m. and on Monday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of Mass. Memorials to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation have been suggested.
 
“See you in another world Emmers...
We love you and so does God!”

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

Dillon Jack Mahoney

Kenosha -- We mourn the loss of Dillon Jack Mahoney, age 37, who died peacefully after a ten-year illness on August 10, 2011.

Dillon was born in Milwaukee, November 13, 1973, and grew up in Madison and Racine. He graduated from William Horlick High School in 1991 and from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside in 1997. At the time he became ill, he worked for Nielsen, Madsen, Barber S.C. as a surveyor. We will remember him for his charm, wit and loyalty. We will especially remember how enthusiastically he supported the Brewers, Bucks, and Packers and how he loved music, shooting hoops with his friends, snowboarding and the night sky.

Dillon is survived by father Dennis Mahoney, and his mother Jacqueline Sharpe; his brother Sean Mahoney, Sean’s wife Tiffany (Hartman), and their two daughters Lauren and Morgan; his sister Caitlin Mahoney Ackley, her husband Brandon, and their son Liam. He is also survived by seven uncles, six aunts, and fifteen cousins and their spouses and children, as well as many dear friends, especially Mame Casper. No words are adequate to express our sadness at the loss of our treasured son, brother, nephew, cousin, and friend.

Relatives and friends may meet with the family on Saturday, August 13, 2011, at the funeral home from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. At 5 p.m. a time of remembering will be held. Donations may be made in Dillon’s name to Max and the Wild Things, www.maxandthewildthings.com.

Dillon’s family wishes to thank Dr. Joshua Bloom and the staff at Sheridan Medical Complex for their compassionate care of our son and brother.

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

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Betty Louise Schoening

Mrs. Betty L. Schoening, 86, passed away at her home on Tuesday, August 9, 2011.

Betty was born in Racine to Otto and Dagmar Jensen on May 21, 1925. She was united in marriage to Louis Robert Schoening in 1947.

Betty was a graduate of Washington Park High School. She was employed by Getty’s Manufacturing Company as an electrical technician for 15 years and as a supervisor for five years before she retired. Betty was a member of the Racine Belles and enjoyed softball, golf and bowling. She traveled up North with her husband to go fishing in Minocqua. She also enjoyed visiting National Parks, especially Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons.

Betty is survived by her son, Tom; one daughter-in-law, Denise; granddaughter, Kristin (Andrew) Risler; grandson, Jason Schoening; brother, James (Laurie) Jensen of Houston, Texas; two nieces, Joyce Braid and Diane Dembrowski (Ken Kehl); and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis Robert Schoening, at the age of 51 in 1975; one son, Robert Louis Schoening at the age of 31 in 1986; two sisters; and one brother.

Funeral services will be held at the Wilson Funeral Home Friday, August 12, 2011, at 9:30 a.m. with Rev. Alice Horton officiating. Relatives and friends may meet the family from 8:30 a.m. until the time of service. Private interment will be held at Graceland cemetery.

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

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Catherine M. (Grachan) Horton

Catherine “Kay” M. Horton, 90, passed away August 7, 2011, at Harmony of Racine. Catherine was born in Numa, IA, on December 4, 1920, daughter of the late Stephen and Dora (Nee: Obradovich) Grachan. As a young child Catherine moved with her family to Milwaukee. WI. On July 9, 1949, she was united in marriage to Jerome W. Horton at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Racine. Jerry preceded her in death in 2009.

Catherine was employed by Cutler-Hammer in Milwaukee and Hamilton Beach Co. in Racine. She was the most giving, loving and caring wife, mom, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend to all.

Survivors include her children, Jerry R Horton, Carol Horton (Mark Dorf) of Racine; grandchildren, Arlo and Jen Horton of Maryland, Sally (Horton) and Jamie Fischer; and great-grandchildren, Garrick and Lauren Horton, Nolan Fischer of La Crescent, MN; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Richard and Gerry Horton; special nieces, nephews, relatives and many dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jerome Horton; brother, Stephen Grachan; sisters, Goldie Kosak and Mary Grachan.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, August 15, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 1533 Erie St., with Reverend Ronald O. Crewe officiating. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet Monday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass. In lieu of flowers, donations to your favorite charity have been suggested.

The family wishes to send a very special and heartfelt thank you to the staff of Harmony Commons and Hospice Alliance for the loving and compassionate care given to Catherine and Jerome.


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

Robert W. McGrath

Robert W. McGrath, age 89, passed away peacefully at his residence Sunday morning, August 7, 2011. Robert was born in Racine May 11, 1922, son of the late John and Elsie (nee: Kanneberg) McGrath and was a lifelong resident. Bob attended St. John Nepomuk Grade School and Wm Horlick High School. He had been a member of Boy Scout Troop 5 and was proud to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout in 1937.

On June 9, 1943, at St. John Nepomuk Church, he was united in marriage to Lucille May Wortmann. They enjoyed 57 years of marriage before Lucille passed away September 6, 2000. During World War II, Robert proudly served in the U.S. Navy, stationed in the South Pacific Theatre. He served aboard the destroyer USS Stockham in the Philippines, during the battles at Iwo Jima and when they sailed into Tokyo Bay for the unconditional surrender. Bob was last employed for ten years as assistant director of the UW-Parkside Physical Plant before his retirement in 1983. Bob was a longtime member of St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church, and was also a member of the Navy Club and Friends of Seniors. In his spare time he enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles and, most of all, spending time with his family.

Survivors include his children, Kathleen Cook, Linda (Robert) Proeber, Robert (Darlene) McGrath, all of Racine, Mary Farwell of San Diego; grandchildren, Erik (Becky) Cook, Andrea (Dana) Peterson, Amy Braun (Jeff) Bohn, Jody Pitts; great-grandchildren, Aiden Wayne Beckett, Alysa Bohn, Tristan and Kayla Peterson, Tori and Ethan Cook; sisters, Ellen Benton of Milwaukee, Diane McGrath of South Carolina; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents and wife, Robert was also preceded in death by his sister, Sr. Francillia McGrath; and brothers, John and Clare.

A Mass of Christian Burial followed by full military honors will be celebrated at St. John Nepomuk Church, 700 English St., Monday, August 15, 2011, at 11 a.m., with Rev. Don Zerkel officiating. Private entombment will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church Monday from 10 a.m. until time of Mass at 11 a.m. Memorials to St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church or the Boy Scouts of America have been suggested.

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

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Lydia Louise Lehner

Mrs. Lydia L. Lehner, 105, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Saturday, August 6, 2011.

Lydia was born in Racine to the late August and Augusta (nee: Jaeck) Brauer on May 22, 1906. When she was 17 years of age she moved to Chicago to look for work and attended the Moody Bible Institute. Nine years later she returned to Racine due to the Great Depression. On September 4, 1933, she was united in marriage to Alvin Lehner at the Moody Church of Chicago. Alvin preceded her in death in April 1965.

Mrs. Lehner faithfully attended Calvary Memorial Church. She loved the Word of God and prayed faithfully every day. She had a heart for missions and gave generously to many missions. She shared the truths of the Bible with her grandchildren and her caregivers throughout her life. She worked hard on the family farm and enjoyed gardening.

Lydia will be dearly missed by her two sons, Kenneth (Mary Nell) Lehner of Rothschild and Roger (Julie) Lehner of Racine; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and expecting one more; and one great-great-grandchild. She was one of 8 siblings, 4 brothers and 3 sisters, all who have also preceded her in death.

Funeral services in honor of Lydia will be held at the Wilson Funeral Home on Friday, August 12, 2011, at 1 p.m. with Pastor Patrick Faulk officiating. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family from noon until the time of service. Memorials may be directed to the American Bible Society.

The Lehner family would like to thank Kelly and Sandy of Wheaton Franciscan Home Health for their helpful care of Lydia.

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

Friday, August 5, 2011

Donald James Theres, aka 'Bud' or 'Fuzzy'

With his loving family by his side, Donald J. Theres, aka “Bud” or “Fuzzy,” age 86, passed away peacefully Friday morning August 5, 2011. Donald was born in Racine May 14, 1925, son of the late Jacob and Monica (nee: Bernhardt) Theres.

Don was a proud graduate of St. Catherine’s High School “Class of 1943.” Because of Don enlisting and rushing to join the war effort, he never received his diploma until sixty years later with the “Class of 2003.” During World War II, he proudly served in the U.S. Navy, while stationed in the Pacific Theater. Bud remained in the service for twenty-nine years, retiring as Chief Boatswain Mate in 1972 and was a member of the VFW and Navy Ship #60 Club Ship. On July 2, 1949, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Don was united in marriage to the love of his life, Ione Tuttle.

Affectionately known as “Fuzzy,” he was employed for twenty-six years as a firefighter for the Racine Fire Department, retiring as a Lieutenant in 1986, and was a member of the Racine Retired Firefighter Club. Following retirement, Bud and his wife Ione moved to Kentucky for eight years before travelling the states in their RV and became members of MIL-WIT, (Military Winnebago Itasca Travelers).

In his younger years, Bud was involved with the Sea Scouts, the Racine Saints Band and the Racine Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps. He loved dancing with his wife and was a member of the McGovern Park dancers and the Frankfort Square Circlers. With a great love for cooking, Bud cooked for Kilbourn Gardens, Kewpees, Dominican College, RAMAC dinners and the chicken dinners at St. Rita Church Festival, where he was a member for many years. He also enjoyed his Wilson Park model train club, deer hunting, golfing and skiing. Above all, it was his time spent with his family camping that gave him the most joy. He will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his loving wife, Ione, of 62 years; his children, Deborah Theres of Warren, MI, Gregory (Pamela) Theres of Galesville, WI, Gwynne Theres of Greenfield, Donelle (Greg) Slade of Milwaukee; grandchildren, Noelle (Eric) Grunwald, Kyle (Sarah) Theres, AshLey (Nate) Grochowski, KatiLyn Theres, Gregory Jr., Antonio and Alycia Slade, Rayna, Rosa, Claira and Paloma; great-grandchildren, JT and Alaric Theres, Lilly Lauer and Donovan Grochowski; sisters-in-law, Donna Euting of Kenosha, Bernice Tuttle of Racine. In addition to his parents, he also was preceded in death by his sister, LaVerne, and his granddaughter, RalphAnn.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Rita Catholic Church, 4339 Douglas Ave., on Tuesday August 9, 2011, at 6 p.m., with Rev. Kevin Mullins OSA officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church Tuesday from 4 p.m. until time of Mass at 6 p.m. Entombment with Full Military Honors will be held Wednesday at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32, at 11 a.m. Memorials to the American Heart Association or one’s favorite charity have been suggested.

The Theres family extends a special thank you to Steve McCarley.

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

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Richard L. Dehne

Richard L. Dehne, age 60, passed away Thursday, August 4, 2011, at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints Medical Center. He was born in Racine, August 9, 1950, son of the late George and Esther (Nee: Wendorf) Dehne.

Rich was employed by Clean Co. He enjoyed fishing, gardening, solving puzzles and his dog Delia. He was a loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather and will be dearly missed.

Surviving are his children who knew him as “Dad,” Teena Dehne, Richard (Stacey) Dehne, Bryan (Lorena) Damrow, James (Amy) Dehne; those who knew him as “Pops,” Leslie (Ken) Coombs, Beth Cornwell, Sandra (John) Zillyette, John Marchant; grandchildren, Terah, Dylan, Nikelas, Shayley, Alarik, Evangelina, Autumn, Austin, Stephanie, Crystal, Emily, Shannon, Cassie, and Tyler; great-grandchildren; sisters and brothers, Sherri Street, Carol Lockhart, Margie Wagner, Joanie (Mike) Jorgensen, Elaine “Tutti” (John) Lopez, Donald Dehne, Raymond (Ruth) Dehne; brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by brothers and sisters, William, Sandra, Roger, Frederick, Robert, Donna and Jimmy.

Funeral services will be held at the funeral home Monday August 8, 2011, at 7 p.m. with Reverend John Flemming officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Monday from 4 p.m. until time of service at 7 p.m.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Wheaton Franciscan Hospice, hospice nurses Mary and Lori, Dr. Michael Mullane, Kelly and staff and the nurses on 2D for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Richard George Slater

Mt. Pleasant -- Richard G. Slater, 85, passed away on August 4, 2011, at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-All Saints.

Richard was born in Tomahawk to the late George and Edith (nee: Wells) Slater on January 17, 1926. He has been a resident of Racine since 1948. On June 26, 1954, he was united in marriage to Dolores Koss in Racine.

Mr. Slater was a graduate of Tomahawk High School. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy for 42 years, serving as a Gunner's mate in WWII beginning in 1944 until his retirement from the service in 1986. Mr. Slater was proud to work in delivery for Progressive Dairy, Harmony Dairy and Massey Ferguson. He also was employed at Landshine Fast Food Inc. for 11 years until his retirement in 1965.

Richard was a faithful member of Grace Lutheran Church. He enjoyed traveling to Door County. He was an avid Green Bay Packer and Milwaukee Brewer fan. But, most of all, he was proud of his family and his dream home.

Richard will be dearly missed by his wife, Dolores; children, Scott (Christine) Slater and Jodi (Larry) Borchert; two grandchildren, Kevin Borchert and Tyler Slater; sister, Dawn (Gene) Moss; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by two sons, Ricky and Terry Slater; and two sisters, Marge Kleinsmith and Patricia Dotter.

Funeral services in honor of Richard will be held at Wilson Funeral Home with full United States Navy military honors on Sunday, August 7, 2011, at 5 p.m. with Rev. Randall Poppe and Rev. Thomas Chryst officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family on Sunday from 3 p.m. until the time of service. Private inurnment will take place at West Lawn Memorial Park.

The family would like to thank Gary and Diana Boutell for being wonderful, caring neighbors and friends.

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

Tuesday, August 2, 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.

Graveside services will be held Friday, August 5, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Graceland Cemetery.

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

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

Monday, August 1, 2011

Salvador Martinez

Surrounded by his loving family, Salvador Martinez, age 79, passed away Monday, August 1, 2011, at his residence. Salvador was born in Forest River, North Dakota, on October 21, 1931, son of the late Juan and Gloria (Nee: Sanchez) Martinez.

In 1950 in Levelland, Texas, he was united in marriage to Guadalupe Garcia, who preceded him in death on December 21, 1972. Salvador retired from Tews Company and was previously employed with the Racine County Highway Department. In his spare time he enjoyed playing bingo and testing his luck at the casinos. His greatest joy came from spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his children, Salvador (Angelina) Martinez, Cathy Hahn, Jeffery (Dawn) Martinez, all of Racine; his grandchildren, Gloria Martinez, Margarita (Martin) Garcia, Eddie Quesada, Lucy Delgado, Ruth and Laura Hahn, Maggi and Joshua Martinez, Robert Martinez, Paul (Jaime) Martinez; his great-grandchildren, Trinity and Sierra Martinez; brothers, Louis (Teresa) Martinez of Racine, Jesse (Adela) Martinez of San Diego, CA; sisters, Sarah Lucas of Racine, Janie (George) Siblisky of Eagle River, Josephine Feil of Racine; dear friend, Rachel Felix; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his son, Ralph “Peachie” Martinez; his granddaughter, Guadalupe; and two sisters, Sally Hernandez and Lupe Gomez.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, August 4, 2011, at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2201 Northwestern Ave., with Rev. Ronald O. Crewe officiating. Interment will follow at Graceland Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Wednesday at the funeral home from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and Thursday at the church from 9:15 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. Memorials to the family have been suggested.

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