Friday, September 30, 2011

Parker Edward Kenneth Beauchamp

Parker Edward Kenneth Beauchamp passed away on Friday, September 30, 2011, in Kimberly, Wisconsin, from complications due to kidney failure related to the effects of Joubert Syndrome. Parker was born on August 21, 2000, in Beloit, WI.

Parker attended schools in Milton and was currently a 5th grader at Woodland School in Kimberly. Parker was a special young man who touched many people’s hearts. Parker loved music and spending time with his family. Parker participated in Special Olympics as a bowler. Parker always had a smile and a wonderful laugh. Parker brought much love and joy to all who knew him. Parker will always be in our hearts and we treasure the time that we shared with him. Parker, “You Are My Sunshine!”

Parker leaves behind his father, Jeffrey Beauchamp, and his fiancé Michelle Kozinski of Racine; his mother, Brenda Stanek, of Kimberly, WI; his brothers, Alexander, Caden and Matthew; sisters, Kathryn and Megan; grandparents, Kenneth and Vicky Beauchamp, Mike and Susie Kozinski; his uncles, aunts and  cousins, Kevinjon Beauchamp, Kylie and Logan, Mike (Dawn) Kozinski, Jalen and Skyler, Melissa (Art Roberts) Kozinski and Ashton; his great-aunts and uncles, David and Lany Beauchamp, Dick and Bonnie Anderson, Rick and Nancy Franzen and Pat and Bill Serdynski; his great-grandmother, Beverly Reese; and Parker’s Special Prayer Angel, Mary Willmes; his special friend, Patch; and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents; Special Great Grandma, Florence Beauchamp; and Great Aunt Donna Beauchamp.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at St Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 6400 Spring St., Racine, WI, on Sunday, October 9, 2011, at 3 p.m. with Father Terry Huebner officiating. Visitation with the family will be held at the church from 2 p.m. until the time of Mass. Memorials to the family have been suggested.

A special Thank You to all of the people that have cared for Parker during his short life, especially Tammy from Hospice Alliance and the staff and faculty at Van Buren Elementary School in Janesville and KinderCare (especially KinderCare of Racine) for all the support, kindness and understanding you have given Jeffrey and Michelle during this difficult time and all of the prayers and thoughts shared by all of our family and friends during Parker's life.

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

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Helen Irene (Schuster) Peters

Helen Irene Peters, age 96, passed away on Thursday, September 29, 2011, at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints Medical Center. Helen was born in Racine August 1, 1915, daughter of the late John and Mary (nee: Ripson) Schuster and had been a lifelong resident.

On November 21, 1940, Helen was united in marriage to Joseph P. Peters at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. They shared sixty-three beautiful years together before Joe passed away on May 20, 2004. Helen devoted her time to raising and caring for her children. In her spare time, she enjoyed playing bridge, golfing and her travels throughout the states including Florida, Colorado and Hawaii and Europe with her husband. She will be remembered as the best mom ever, and a fantastic grandmother and great-grandmother. She will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her daughters, JoAnn (James) Gilmore of Milwaukee, Jacqueline “Jackie” (Ludwig) Hairapetian of Racine; seven grandchildren, Laurie (Ernie) Tanel, Cindy (Eric) Windschanz, Steve (Mary) Gilmore, Jimmy Gilmore, Anne (Tade) Gerischer, Jenny Martinez, Sarah (Luis) Delgado; ten great-grandchildren, Andy and Kevin Tanel, Jared and Evan Windschanz, Adriana and Emma Martinez, Tade “LT” and Wyatt Gerischer, Isabel and Antonio Delgado; brother, Robert Schuster of Racine; sisters-in-law, Carol Schuster of Racine, Virginia Schuster of Hayward; nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. In addition to her parents and husband, Helen was also preceded in death by her son, Rick Peters; and by her other twelve siblings.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 1533 Erie St., Tuesday, October 4, 2011, at 10:30 a.m., with Rev. Sean Granger officiating. Entombment will follow at Holy Cross Garden Mausoleum, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Monday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and Tuesday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of Mass. Memorials to St. Joseph's Catholic Church.

The family extends a special thank you to Helen's caregiver from Rescare, Jackie, and to Dr. Zablotney and the nurses and staff at Wheaton Franciscan-All saints for all of their loving and compassionate care.

Maresh-Meredith & Acklam Funeral Home
803 Main St., Racine 262-634-7888

Geraldine (Clendenen) Stover

Geraldine Stover, age 90, passed away Thursday, September 29, 2011, at Oak Ridge Care Center, Union Grove, WI. Geraldine was born in Dowagiac, Michigan, on August 18, 1921, daughter of the late Earl and Elsie (Nee: Lee) Clendenen.

On October 27, 1946, in Chicago, she was united in marriage to James O. Stover, who preceded her in death on Nov. 8, 2000. During the time she lived in Kenosha, she was an active member of Wesley United Methodist Church. Upon retirement, she and Jim moved to Hiles, WI, where Geraldine was a member of Three Lakes Evangelical Free Church. Upon moving to Home Harbor in Racine she made many new friends. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, reading and putting jigsaw puzzles together.

Survivors include her daughters, Susan Stover of Racine, Linda (Mike) Rose of Delaware; her grandson, Glenn Stover; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Robert (Mary) Clendenen, Norman (Mae Dean) Williamson; sisters, Edith Mae (Cletis) Bybee, Lugene (Tom) Humphrey, and Floy (Lynne) Hull.

Private services with interment will be held in Hiles Cemetery. Memorials for Geraldine Stover can be sent toThe Old Rugged Cross Foundation, P.O. Box 41, Niles, MI 49120

The family would like to express their thanks to the staff of Oak Ridge Care Center for their support.

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

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Kathryn J. 'Kay' Karas

Kathryn J. Karas, 88, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 28, 2011, at Wheaton-Franciscan Hospital.

Kay was born in Racine, WI, on February 19, 1923, to Gust and Demetra Filandrinos. She graduated from Washington Park High School “Class of 1941.” On February 20, 1944, Kathryn was united in marriage to George P. Karas. She was a life-time member of Kimissis Tis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church in Racine.

Kay devoted her life to her family, while her kindness was cherished by all who knew her. Her cooking and baking of Greek specialties were her trademarks. She also took joy in crafting holiday snowmen. Kay had a lovely voice and enjoyed singing, with “God Bless America” being her favorite. She had a wonderful sense of humor and was an avid Brewer baseball fan. She will be dearly missed by her family, relatives and friends, but her spirit will live on eternally.

Survivors include her children, Jane Karas of Racine, Kaye (William) Nelson of Vancouver, WA, Paul Karas of Wauwatosa, Dean (Peg) Karas of Chocowinity, NC, and Pete Karas of Racine. She was an adored “Yiayia” to Halley Karas, Brad Karas, Susan Guthrie, and Mike (Monica) Palecek. She is also survived by her brother, Rev. Theodore Filandrinos of Burnsville, MN; and many special nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband on March 27, 2010; her brother, Peter Filandrinos; and her sisters, Angeline Loumos, Jane Poulakos, Ann Filandrinos and Helen Drivas.

Private funeral services have been held at Kimissis Tis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church with Rev. John Ketchum and Rev. Theodore Filandrinos officiating, with interment at the Southern Wisconsin Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, Town of Dover. Memorials to the church or one’s favorite charity have been suggested.

The family would like to thank Dr. Ansani, Dr. Berce, and the staff at Wheaton Franciscan Hospital for their compassion and care during her stay.

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

Ethel C. Kasvin

Ethel Catherine Kasvin, 87, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 28, 2011, at United Hospital System in Kenosha, WI, as a result of complications due to a recent fall. A lifetime resident, Ethel was born in Racine on December 18, 1923, to the late Andrew and Elizabeth (nee: Martocko) Kasvin.

Ethel attended Stephen Bull Elementary School, Franklin Junior High School and Washington Park High School. During her high school years, she volunteered at St. Mary’s Hospital as a nurse’s aide. Ethel’s post-educational years were spent working at Western Publishing Company, where she worked until her retirement in 1990. She thoroughly enjoyed her position as Secretary in the purchasing department that led to a promotion as Assistant Buyer in her later years of employment.

She was a life-long member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church until consolidation with St. Richard's Parish. She was an active member of the Holy Trinity Choir, and was a Eucharist Minister and mass preparation volunteer for many years at St. Richard’s. She also volunteered at the Marian Center for many years. Ethel was an unassuming, charitable Christian who was an ongoing supporter of her parish, charitable and military veterans organizations.

Her hobbies and interests included family, golfing, bowling, baking and playing bridge every Saturday night with her dear friends. She was an active member of the Washington Park Golf League for many years, trying to get nine holes in during the summer every evening after work.

Surviving are her nephews and nieces , Robert T. (Karen) Kohlman, Patricia M. (John) Mand, William D. Kohlman, all of Racine, Thomas G. Kasvin of Cincinnati, Ohio; Richard H. (Alexis) Kasvin of Chicago, IL; Christopher Kasvin of Lakewood, CO; Mary Kasvin of Arvada, CO; and a great-nephew and nieces. Ethel was preceded in death by her parents; her brother and sister-in-law, Harry R. (Lorraine) Kasvin; and her sister and brother-in-law, Helen J. (Theodore) Kohlman.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, October 3, 2011, at 10 a.m. at St. Richard's Catholic Church, 1509 Grand Ave., with Rev. Ron Gramza officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church on Monday from 9 a.m. until the time of Mass at 10 a.m. Private interment will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Memorials to St. Richards Parish have been suggested.

The family would like to especially thank Nancy Dudley for all that she has done for Ethel and her family over the years; along with Fr. Ron Gramza, Deacon Howard Wirtz, Joann Zlevor, and Linda and Jim Haack from St. Richard’s Parish. Also to be thanked is the emergency room staff at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare Center; the staff at ManorCare Health Services in Kenosha, WI; and the emergency room staff, Pastor David Baugher, and nurses Sylvia and Amber at United Hospital System in Kenosha for their loving and compassionate care of Ethel in her time of need.

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

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Theresa Beyer

Theresa Beyer, age 56, passed away Tuesday, September 27, 2011, at her residence. Theresa was born in Burlington, WI, on February 27, 1955, daughter of Edward D. and Della M. (Nee: Patrum) Beyer.

She was employed as a waitress for many years working at Around the Clock and most recently at DeRango’s on Washington Avenue. Theresa enjoyed crocheting, had a great love for animals and her constant companion, Brutus. More than anything she cherished time spent with her family and loved caring for her special niece, Kimmy Beyer. She will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her mother, Della; her brothers and sisters, Michael (Cathy) Beyer, David Beyer, Matthew Beyer, Bridget (David) Ruffalo, Tracy (Tim) Fairbanks; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Edward Beyer.

Private family memorial service will be held in LaCrosse, WI, with Rev. Steven Larrabee officiating. Memorials to Heartland Hospice Last Wish Program have been suggested.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Heartland Hospice, especially, Amanda, Jen and Marissa, for their excellent care, and also to Wheaton Franciscan Cancer Center for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Monday, September 26, 2011

James E. Friday

James E. Friday passed away on Monday morning, September 26, 2011, at Wheaton Franciscan Health Center in the presence of his loving family. Jim was born in Stillwater, MN, on  Nov. 12, 1926, the youngest of four children of Carl and Hanna (nee: Thiel) Friday. He graduated from Stillwater High School in 1944 and immediately enlisted in the United States Navy. Jim was assigned as a boiler maker on the USS Wadsworth, a destroyer of the Pacific Fleet.

Following his military service and thanks to the GI Bill, Jim graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in mechanical engineering. For a time, Jim worked in Montreal, Quebec, but frequently came to the states to see family. He would meet his future wife on such a visit to see his brother in New York City. Jim met Patricia (Pat) Miller, a ticket agent for Northwest Airlines. On July 7, 1956, in Milwaukee, WI, Jim and Pat were united in marriage.

The Fridays settled in Racine where Jim was employed for many years as Director of Materials Control for Walker Manufacturing. Jim was an active member of Meadowbrook Country Club for over 50 years. In addition to time spent at Meadowbrook, Jim loved to fish. He took several trips to Canada and Alaska, but spent many summer vacations with his family in Hayward, WI. He was proud of his well-earned nickname "Musky Jim." Upon his retirement, Jim and Pat spent time traveling and wintering in St. Petersburg, Florida. Additionally, Jim enjoyed golf and planning biannual Navy reunions with his Navy shipmates, a tradition he continued until his health prevented travel.

Perhaps Jim's most enjoyable times were spent with his two grandsons, Bobby and Michael Schuessler. Jim was an ardent supporter of The Prairie School who never missed an opportunity to attend his grandsons' academic, athletic and fine arts performances. He was proud beyond words at the fine young men they've become.

Jim's sense of humor, stories, kindness, generosity, and words of wisdom, will be missed by all who knew him.

Jim is survived by his daughter, Nancy (the late Tom) Schuessler, and her sons Bobby and Michael; daughter, Susan (Don) Miller; and special family friends, Cheryl Christensen and Bob Houdek. Jim is further survived by nieces, nephews and friends too numerous to mention individually. He was preceded in death by his wife, Pat; and son-in-law, Tom Schuessler.

A memorial service celebrating Jim's life is scheduled for Saturday, October 8, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 40 Ohio St., Racine, 53405 with Pastor Melanie Hammond Clark officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial remembrances may be directed to Covenant Presbyterian Church.

Jim's family would like to express sincere gratitude to physicians Richard Clark, MD and Michael Ansani, MD for their very compassionate care.

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

Saturday, September 24, 2011

William L. Babcock

William L. Babcock, age 85, passed away Saturday, September 24, 2011, at Ridgewood Care Center. He was born in Racine on June 24, 1926, son of the late Charles A. and Zola (Nee: Heim) Babcock.

William proudly served in the United States Navy during World War II and the Korean War. On June 17, 1948, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Racine he was united in marriage to Adriana (Nee: Menheer). He was employed for many years at J.I. Case Company. A charter member of St. Lucy Catholic Church, William was actively involved with the Home and School Association and Boy Scouts in his earlier years. He enjoyed woodworking, but more than anything cherished time spent with family, and his beloved dachshund, Susie. He will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his daughters, JoAnne (Alfred) Hudec, Jean (Ron) Hansen, all of Racine; his grandchildren, Cory Hudec, Sara Hudec, Brian Hudec, Becky (Dustin) Siegrist of Dallas, TX, Christopher (Kerry) Szymanski of Oklahoma City, OK; two great-grandchildren, Simon Freeman and Caden Hudec; sisters, Shirley Ball of Indiana, Barbara Hanson of Racine; special niece, Anette Richey; other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his son, Robert W. Babcock; brother, Wayne C. Babcock; and sister, Margaret Patton.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, September 29, 2011, at 11 a.m. at St. Lucy Catholic Church, 3101 Drexel Ave., with Rev. Mark R. Jones officiating. Private interment will be held. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Thursday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of Mass at 11 a.m. Memorials to the Countryside Humane Society, 2706 Chickory Road, Racine, Wl 53403 have been suggested.

A very special thank you to the Ridgewood Care Center 1 East caregivers for their tremendous loving and compassionate care.

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

Zeta Allene (Brown) Caredis

Zeta Allene Caredis, age 85, passed away on Saturday, September 24, 2011, at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints Medical Center. Zeta was born in Norton, Kansas, on October 24, 1925, to Alfred Allen and Olive Gertrude (Jones) Brown and had lived in Racine since 1959.

On March 5, 1948, in Lincoln, Nebraska, she was united in marriage to Gerald N. Caredis. She was preceded in death by her husband in 1982, her parents and a "chosen daughter," Antonia (Toni) Giallourakis. Survivors include a "chosen son-in-law," three "chosen grandchildren," and three "chosen great-grandchildren," one niece, one great-nephew, one great-niece, cousins and many friends.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, October 1, 2011, at 10 a.m. at Kimissis Tis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church, 1335 South Green Bay Road, with Fr. John Ketchum officiating. Entombment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet Friday at the funeral home from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. (Trisagion Prayer at 7 p.m.). In lieu of flowers, memorials to Children's Art for Children's Cancer Foundation, Inc. (founded by "Toni" Giallourakis) c/o Stamie Despo PO Box 78882 Charlotte NC 28271 or Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Cancer Center 3809 Spring Street Racine, WI 53405 have been suggested.

Special thanks to Dr. Gerald Wisniewski and his staff and Dr. Richard Odders and the entire staff at the Cancer Center for their care. Many thanks to all the good friends for all the "extras" they provided.

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

Friday, September 23, 2011

LeRoy C. Jenkins

LeRoy C. Jenkins, age 81, passed away September 23, 2011, at Wheaton Franciscan Medical Center in Racine. LeRoy was born in Warren, IL, on February 27, 1930, son of the late LeRoy C. and Valeria (nee: Slauson) Jenkins.

On December 15, 1951, he was united in marriage to Jeannine Vandervort, who preceded him in death, July 12, 1987. He married Suzanne Stirle in September 1993. LeRoy owned and operated the Godske Company and Laundry Center for many years. Lee was past President of the local NRA chapter and an avid hunter, fisherman and bowler. He will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his wife, Suzanne; his children, David (Rondi) Jenkins, Steve (Terri) Jenkins and Rory Jenkins; his grandchildren, Daniel (Veronica) Jenkins, Becky (Chris) Guendel, Erin Jenkins, Elizabeth Jenkins, Christopher Jenkins and Patrick Jenkins; step-children Michael Stirle, Michelle (Randy) Eschman and Erik Stirle; his step-grandchildren, Emily Eschman, Allison Eschman, Miranda Stirle and Mallory Stirle; his sister, Nancy (Dan) Hershberger of IL; brother, Robert (Mieko) Jenkins of KY; sisters-in-law, Martha Jenkins and Jan Jenkins, both of Racine; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to his parents and first wife, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Harvey Jenkins and Richard Jenkins; and his sister, Caroline Palm.

Funeral services will be at the funeral home on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 11:30 a.m. with visitation from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, please make Memorials to the American Lung Association or a charity of your choice.

The family is grateful for the extraordinary caring and professional medical attention provided by everyone at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare.

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

Beverly E. (Heath) Bennett

Beverly E. Bennett, age 79, passed away Friday, September 23, 2011, at Wheaton Franciscan – All Saints Medical Center. Beverly was born in Perry, Michigan, on March 30, 1932, daughter of the late Martin C. and Mothenia (Nee: Hill) Heath. She was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who will be dearly missed. On December 3, 1949, she was united in marriage to Royal J. Bennett.

Survivors include her husband of sixty-one years, Royal J. Bennett; her son, David (Jacquelyn) Bennett of Racine; her daughters-in-law, Cindy Bennett of Unity, WI, Delores Bennett of Racine; 9 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; brother, Robert (Mary) Heath of Fenwick, Michigan; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her two sons, Danial and Dana; and two brothers, Melvin and Jack Heath.

Private services were held with interment at the Bohemian National Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.

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

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Sylvia D. (Dworin) Schwartz

Sylvia D. Schwartz, age 87, passed away Thursday, September 22, 2011, at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints Medical Center. She was born in Chicago, IL, on January 4, 1924, daughter of the late Morris and Ida (Nee: Minker) Dworin.

In January of 1955 she was united in marriage to Arthur Schwartz, who passed away June 12, 1970. Sylvia was a member of Beth Israel Sinai Congregation, Sisterhood and Hadassah.

Surviving are her son, James (Lucia Ramirez) Schwartz of Mountain View, CA; her daughter, Amy Schwartz (Diane Murphy) of Milwaukee; grandchildren, Orianna and Ari; sisters-in-law, Irene Dworin Rosenfield, of Dallas, TX, Jeanne Savin of Racine; nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a sister, Gladys; and brothers, Jack and Bernard.

Graveside services will be held Sunday, September 25, 2011, at noon at Racine Jewish Memorial Cemetery with Rabbi Martyn Adelberg officiating. Memorials to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or to the Simon Wiesenthal Center have been suggested.

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

Melissa Rose Corona

Melissa Rose Corona, age 24, left this world on Thursday, September, 22, 2011, due to a motorcycle accident. Melissa was born in Racine September 2, 1987, daughter of Gilbert and Elizabeth (nee: Modrow) Corona.

Melissa attended Park High School and was in her third year of college at UW-Parkside with a double major in Criminal Justice and Psychology. She also had been working at the Chancery Restaurant for the past four years. Melissa’s life was devoted to her three-year-old son Hunter, who was her world. She was a loving and devoted mother, daughter, sister and dear friend to many and will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Survivors include her son, Hunter Clarke Harris-Corona; her mother, Elizabeth Corona; father, Gilbert Corona; siblings, Jessica (Greg) Brooks, David Corona, Jessica D. Corona, Gilbert Corona Jr.; niece and nephew, Jaidyn and Maddux Brooks; her boyfriend and Hunter’s father, Jared Harris; grandmother, Gloria Corona; aunts, uncles, other relatives and many friends. Melissa was preceded in death by her brother, Nicholas, on September 21, 2003.

Funeral services will be held at the funeral home Wednesday September 28, 2011, at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home Tuesday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. and Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m.. Memorials to the family or to the Hunter Harris-Corona Trust Fund c/o Educator’s Credit Union have been suggested.

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

Mamie Crockett

Mamie Crockett, age 77, passed away Thursday, September 22, 2011, at Wheaton Franciscan – All Saints Medical Center.

Mamie was born on August 12, 1934, in Houston, Mississippi, to Lucy (Nee: Baskins) and Dean Crockett.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 29, 2011, at 12:30 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. John Williams officiating. Interment will follow at Graceland Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Wednesday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.

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

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Mary (Christopoulos) Kyriazis

Surrounded by her loving family, Mary (nee: Christopoulos) Kyriazis, 93, passed away peacefully Wednesday, September 21, 2011, at her residence. Mary was born on October 4, 1917, in the village of Karyae, Greece. She was the daughter of the late Ioannis and Constantina (nee: Papastavrou) Christopoulos.

On September 20, 1953, she was united in marriage to William T. Kyriazis, who preceded her in death on February 5, 2004. She was an active and charter member for over 50 years in the Kimissis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church and the Ladies Philoptohos Society. She had been employed with Mamco Manufacturing and Rainfair Incorporated for over 10 years.

Mary was known for her cooking and baking, especially her melomakarona, a Greek sweet. In later years, she took to knitting and crocheting, blessing those around her with blankets, slippers and scarves. She was a tiny woman with a huge heart and a giving spirit. Her family and friends cherished the time they have spent with her and she will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her children, Patricia (Dr. Jeffrey) Entress of Brookfield, Ted (Rae Ellyn) Kyriazis of Lake Forest, Ill.; her six grandchildren, Emily, Carolyn, and Alec Entress, William, Christopher, and Amalia Kyriazis. She is further survived by her loving nieces, nephews, and other relatives, as well as her many dear friends.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sister, Evelyn Kapolas of Chicago, IL; and her brothers, George Christos of Chicago, IL, and Nick Christopoulos of Karyae, Greece.

Funeral services will be held at the Kimissis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church, 1335 South Green Bay Road, on Monday, September 26, 2011, at 10 a.m. with Rev. John Ketchum officiating. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Sunday at the funeral home 1 until 4 p.m. (Trisagion service at 1:30 p.m.). Memorials to the Kimissis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church have been suggested.

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

Clara (Gironi) Kortendick

Clara Kortendick, age 81, passed away Wednesday, September 21, 2011, at the Kenosha Memorial Hospital. Clara was born in Bologna, Italy, on January 6, 1930, daughter of the late Gioviani and Ada (Nee: Fanti) Gironi and lived there until adulthood.

Clara and her first husband moved to Argentina where they raised two sons. In 1961 they left Argentina for the USA, settling first in Kenosha, then Racine, WI. Clara was a beautician, studying cosmetology in Italy, Argentina and the United States, working for multiple salons before owning her own salon, “Hair W’ Flair.” A devoted and caring wife, mother and grandmother, Clara was a wonderful Italian cook and an avid reader of her Bible and other books. In addition to becoming fluent in every language of every country she lived in, Clara also learned Polish. She will be deeply missed.

Survivors include her sons, Edward R (Susan) Bartoszuk of Racine, Thadeus F (Lori) Bartoszuk of Waterford; six grandchildren, Josh (Amy) Bartoszuk, Benjamin (Jessica) Bartoszuk, Luke Bartoszuk, Rueben Bartoszuk, Gina Fitzgerald and Thadeus (Lynn) Bartoszuk Jr.; sisters, Romana Zanine, Luchana Gironi, both of Italy; six great-grandchildren, other relatives and many dear friends. She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, September 24, 2011, at 3 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Jason Holm officiating. Private interment will be held. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Saturday at the funeral home from 1:30 p.m. until time of service at 3 p.m.

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

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Timothy Dale Smith

Timothy D. Smith went home to be with the Lord on September 20, 2011.

Tim was born in Racine to Glen and Edna (nee: Nordentoft) Smith on March 31, 1943. He lived in Racine all of his life.

Tim started his working career as a child at age 10 shining shoes at the North Shore Train Station and delivering newspapers for the Racine Journal Times. He then worked for Geoghan Tire and Huber Drug Store in West Racine before graduating from Washington Park High School in 1962. After graduating, he was employed by J.I. Case Company until his best friend (of 51 years) Ron Frye graduated so they could attend Olivet Nazarene College (ONC) together. Tim was there for one semester when he received his calling to become a police officer. This is also the time when he proposed marriage to his high school sweetheart, Barbara J. Roberts. They were united in marriage at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Racine on August 21, 1965.

Tim worked for the City of Racine Police Department as a Juvenile Investigator for 25 years. He also worked security for William Horlick High School as the police liaison. Tim retired from police work in 1995 after 30 years of service to the community of Racine. Between 1997 and 2006 he worked for the Racine Unified School District as the Expulsion Hearing Officer. During that same time he also worked at Child Harbor Daycare at Fellowship of Christian Believers, Countryside Humane Society and again at the Racine Journal Times. Tim did much volunteer work as well. He volunteered his time with the Racine County Sheriff’s Department Substation, Meals on Wheels and the American Red Cross.

Tim loved to sing. He was a great 1st Tenor for the Park High School Acapella Choir, was a member of the Vikings Male Chorus at ONC and was involved in many church choirs and quartets. He enjoyed fishing and motorcycling. He was an eloquent writer and wrote poems for many events. Tim was a caring, compassionate, generous man with a wonderful sense of humor everyone enjoyed. He was an animal lover as well. But most importantly, Tim loved and cherished time spent with his family and friends. His grandchildren were the light in his life.

Tim will be dearly missed by his wife of 46 years, Barbara; one son, Steven (Danielle) Smith; one daughter, Lisa (Corey) Bell of Bourbonnais, IL; his grandchildren, Whitney, Danielle, Brianna, Trevor, Monica, Jared and Evan; special nieces and nephew, Laura (Michael) Eisel and their children, Alexis and Mikayla, Cathy (Ron) Thick of Michigan and their child, Joshua, Jeff (Aimee) Smith and their children, Sara and Kala, Caren (Joe) Larabee and their children, Christopher and Alex, Camille (Carl) Fletcher and their children, Caitlin, Camryn, Carly and Cara; great-great-niece and nephew, Abigail and Leo Jr.; his aunt, Esther Royse; cousins, Donna (Ron) Frye, Dan Geeding, Harry, David and Dennis Nordentoft and Jim, Edward and Dawn Smith and all of their families, and Janice (Floyd) Schmidt; one sister-in-law, Linda (Randy) Eisel;  his loyal companion, Maggie, AKA Pudgy Pug; and other relatives and numerous friends including the current and retired police officers. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Paul W. Smith; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Thomas Glyn and Mable Roberts.

A celebration of Tim’s life will be held at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 322 Ohio St., on Saturday, September 24, 2011, at 10 a.m., with Rev. Ron Frye and Rev. Ralph Scherer officiating. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the Wilson Funeral Home on Friday evening, September 23, 2011, from 4 until 7 p.m. and on Saturday morning at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of service.

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

Dorian Ellen Wuerker

Mrs. Dorian E. (nee: Harlow) Wuerker, 85, passed away on Tuesday, September 20, 2011, at Lincoln Village.

Mrs. Dorian Wuerker was born in Racine to the late Addison and Ellen (nee: Wickstrom) Harlow on November 12, 1925. She graduated from Washington Park High School in 1944. On June 24, 1950, she was united in marriage to Raymond C. Wuerker at St. John’s Lutheran Church and together they shared 55 years until his passing in 2006.

Dorian was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. She was employed by Walkers and Gettys (Gould) where she retired in 1985. She was a member of NARFE, 55+, thrift store volunteer, St. Johns Mission Guild, DAR, Mayflower Descendents, and Friends of Seniors.

She is survived by her children, Kurt (Lori) Wuerker of Kenosha and Barbara (John) Collen of Racine; grandchildren, Ryan and Grant; her sister-in-law, Elaine McLaren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Raymond; a sister-in-law, Norma Wuerker; and brothers-in-law, Herbert Wuerker and James McLaren.

Funeral services in honor of Dorian will be held at Wilson Funeral Home on Saturday, September 24, 2011, at 9 a.m. with Rev. Quinn officiating. Relatives and friends are invited to meet the family on Saturday from 8 a.m. until the time of service. Private interment will be held at West Lawn Memorial Park. Memorials may be directed to St. Johns Mission Guild and Lincoln Village Activities Department.

The family wishes to express their thanks to the staff at Lincoln Village, especially the Activities Department, for all they did for Dorian to make her time there enjoyable.

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

Monday, September 19, 2011

Floyd Glenn Tuinstra

Floyd G. Tuinstra, 87, passed away at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-All Saints on Monday, September 19, 2011.

Floyd was born in Racine to the late Ralph Sr. and Jessie (nee: Bergsma) Tuinstra on March 18, 1924. He lived most of his life in Racine. He was united in marriage to Dorothy Esther Kwakkel on June 7, 1946.

Mr. Tuinstra achieved his G.E.D at the age of 40 and operated a dairy farm. After retirement he drove bus for Lamers Bus Company. Mr. Tuinstra was an active member of Calvary Memorial Church. At Calvary he was a member of the Elder Board and on the Board of Directors for Youth for Christ and Willerup Bible Camp in Cambridge. He was a mentor to many young men who would work on his dairy farm and the Racine Youth Group. In Mr. Tuinstra’s earlier years he was an Elder and taught Sunday school at First Reformed Church. He enjoyed reading, bowling and traveling. He moved to Eustis, Florida, for 19 years before returning to Racine.

Floyd will be dearly missed by his wife, Dorothy; his children, Patricia Irwin (Ernie Wilhelm), Warren (Karen) Tuinstra and Vernon (Shirley) Tuinstra; grandchildren, Molly (Francis) Fortuna-Castro, Brian (Holly), Jamie (Lori) and Andrew (Julie) Tuinstra, Cindy (Michael) Presley, Vernon Jr. (Sabrina) Tuinstra; 10 great-grandchildren; sisters, Lorraine (Morris) Loomans, Marcella (Clarence) Kuiper, Shirley (Don) Verdorn; brothers-in-law, Kenneth Nedervelt and Leonard Peacock; sisters-in-law, Bethel Tuinstra and Helen Tuinstra; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Evelyn Nedervelt and Ruth Peacock; and brothers, Ralph Tuinstra Jr. and Donald Tuinstra.

Funeral services will be held at Calvary Memorial Church on Thursday, September 22, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. Nathan James officiating. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the Wilson Funeral Home on Wednesday evening, September 21, 2011, from 4 – 7 p.m. and on Thursday morning at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.

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

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Helen May (Whipple) Christensen

Madison -- Surrounded by the love of family and friends, Helen May (Whipple) Christensen died overlooking the lake in Madison, WI, on September 18, 2011, at the age of 101. She had suffered a stroke two months earlier at her assisted living apartment in Racine, WI, where she was living independently since moving in 2009 from her home of more than 50 years in the Racine Spring Valley neighborhood.

She was the last surviving member of her generation of two Iowa farm families joined by her 57-year marriage to Harald Nathaniel Christensen, who died in 1997.

She was born at home to Mary May (Buchannan) and Milo Doak Whipple on December 18, 1909, outside of Agency, IA. She grew up in and around Agency where she graduated from high school at the age of 16. She was the oldest known alumnus of Agency High.

She subsequently earned a degree in education from Iowa Wesleyan College where she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, from which she received her 75-year white violet charm in 2003 accompanied by her granddaughter, a Michigan State ZTA.

She was teaching high school English in Waukee, IA, when she met Harald, a chemical engineer from Dana College who joined the faculty as a science teacher. Because women teachers were not allowed to be married, they were married secretly in Cheyenne, WY, during the 1939 Christmas break and lived apart for the rest of the school year so she wouldn’t be fired. During WWII they moved to Michigan where, after her children reached school age, she resumed her teaching career as a substitute.

The family moved to Racine in 1957 and she taught 7th and 8th grade English and Social Studies at McKinley Junior High School until her retirement in 1975. She was a loyal member of the retired teachers’ association and attended her last meeting the day before her stroke.

She was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school and actively participated in the adult fellowship and the United Methodist Women’s groups. She had been a member of Christ United Methodist Church since the Grange Avenue Methodist congregation moved in 1961 and was present at their 50th anniversary celebration in July.

She enjoyed reading, traveling, gardening, playing bridge, attending family celebrations and going out to eat, all of which she continued to pursue as much as advancing age and arthritis would permit. Her 100th birthday party at a Milwaukee Pub was a hoot and a half for all her friends and family attending.

She was a diminutive, determined inspiration to all who met and knew her. Non-confrontational to the max, she accepted and coped with the vicissitudes of life with equanimity and quiet resolve and enjoyed a long, full and exemplary life. Rest in peace, dear lady, we will miss you terribly.

Helen is survived by her two sons, Dennis Dean (Lynn)of  Madison, WI, and Philip Alan (Katherine) of Greendale, WI; four grandchildren, Kimberly Ann of Middleton, WI, Steven Douglas (Julie) of St. Paul, MN, Sara Ann Holz (Michael) of Madison, WI, and Laura Marie Peterson (Michael) of Hartford, WI; and five great grandchildren, Alex and Emma Christensen, Jonathan and Allison Peterson, and Noah Holz; as well as more than 100 nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, September 26, 2011, at 11 a.m., following visitation beginning at 10 a.m., at Christ United Methodist Church, 5114 Wright Ave., Racine, WI. 53406. A luncheon will be served at the church immediately after the funeral service followed by interment at West Lawn Memorial Park. Memorials to Christ Church United Methodist have been suggested.

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

John F. Moravec

John F. Moravec, age 90, passed away Sunday, September 18, 2011, at his residence. John was born in Bagley, MN, on July 9, 1921, son of the late John and Esther (Nee: Dolan) Moravec.

During World War II John proudly served in the United States Army in the Battle of the Bulge and was a Purple Heart recipient. On November 10, 1951, at St. Casimir Catholic Church, Kenosha, he was united in marriage to Anne Wanenko, who preceded him in death, January 29, 2008. John was employed by Racine Aluminum Brass and was last working at Vulcan Materials. He was a longtime member and  usher at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, member of the Holy Name Society, and member of Knights of Columbus-4th Degree. He enjoyed volunteering at St. Vincent De Paul Food Pantry and the Share Food Program. John’s passion was flower and vegetable gardening, reading and Christmas with family. He will be remembered as an honest, hardworking man, dedicated to his family, especially his grandsons. He will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his sons, Jeff Moravec of Kenosha and Greg Moravec (fiancée, Joanie Schultz) of Racine; good friend, Mary Lashley; his grandsons, Greg Jr., Jacob (fiancée, Lindsay Eaum), and Benjamin; brothers, Raymond (Luella) Moravec of Wabeno, Donald (Betty) Moravec of Shiocton; sisters, Alice Rossey, Rose Obright, both of Appleton; sister-in-law, Marge Ledanski of Kenosha; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his sister, Agnes Poad.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, September 23, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2201 Northwestern Ave., with Rev. Ronald O. Crewe officiating. Entombment with full military honors will follow at Holy Cross Garden Mausoleum, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Friday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. Memorials to the Alzheimer’s Foundation have been suggested.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the caregivers at the Veteran’s Home Fairchild Hall for their loving and compassionate care.


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

RoseMarie Pulice

RoseMarie (nee: Litrenta) Pulice, 81, passed away on Sunday, September 18, 2011, at her residence with her family by her side.

RoseMarie was born in Kenosha on September 23, 1929, the daughter of Rocco and Angeline (Bonadio) Litrenta.

She was a graduate of Wm. Horlick High School, “Class of 1947.” RoseMarie was united in marriage to Samuel F. Pulice at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Racine on November 12, 1949.

She was employed at Kohl’s grocery store for 26 years, retiring as bakery manager in 1992.

RoseMarie was a proud member of Vittoria Colonna since 1950, serving as past president from 1970-1971 and from 1994-1995, was member of Washington Park Golferettes, Ives Groves Tuesday and Johnson Park Thursday Leagues, volunteer at WFH All Saints Gift Shop since 1993, and a longtime member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

RoseMarie and Sam spent many winters in their Punta Gorda, Florida, home entertaining family and friends from Florida and Wisconsin.

RoseMarie is survived by her beloved children, Barbara (Andy) Solomon of Racine, Frank (Sandra) Pulice of Fort Meyers, FL., Patricia (Tom) Stindle, Thomas (Debbie) Pulice, and Gina (Tad) Christensen, all of Racine.

She is also survived by grandchildren, Scott (Jenny) Solomon of Evanston, IL, Frankie (Kristin)Pulice of Decatur, AL, and Micaela and Kendal Christensen of Racine.

RoseMarie is further survived by one sister, Loretta Parise; one brother, Rocco Litrenta; one sister-in-law, Rose (Alex) Bagdasarian, all of Racine; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends in Racine, Kenosha and Florida.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Samuel “Sam” on March 14, 2010; and one brother-in-law, Dominick Parise on June 17, 2009.

Mass of Christian Burial honoring and celebrating RoseMarie’s life will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2201 Northwestern Ave., Racine, on Tuesday, September 27, 2011, at 10 a.m. with Rev. Ronald Crewe officiating and Rev. John Pulice concelebrating. She will be laid to rest next to her husband, Sam, at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy. 32.

Visitation will be held at Sturino Funeral Home on Monday, September 26, 2011, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., with Vittoria Colonna service at 6:30 p.m. There will also be a visitation at church on Tuesday, from 9 a.m. until 9:45 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Sacred Heart Catholic Church or American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, Midwest Affiliate, Attn: Memorial Tribute Processing Center, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674, have been suggested by the Pulice family.

The children of RoseMarie would like to thank her caregivers at Ridgewood Care Center and the Rehab Department for their care and compassion. Also a very heartfelt thank you to family and friends who helped put some joy in her days at Ridgewood.

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

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Joseph G. Maio

Joseph G. Maio, 86, passed away at his home on Saturday, September 17, 2011.

Joseph was born in Milwaukee to the late Joseph and Mary (nee: Vento) Maio on May 25, 1925. He lived in the Milwaukee area for most of his life and in Racine for the past seven years.

Mr. Maio served in the United States Army during World War II. He then started his employment at a makeup company where he met Emily Stazak. He married Emily on June 25, 1949, at St. John Kanty Catholic Church in Milwaukee. Mr. Maio also worked at Milprint Company, General Split Manufacturing, Sight & Sound Company, and JC Penney Company, all as a supervisor. He retired from the Holiday Inn as a driver.

Mr. Maio was a former member of St. Adalbert Catholic Church in South Milwaukee, where he served as an usher. In Racine, he was a member of St. Rita’s Catholic Church. Joseph was a natural leader and a people person. He was an excellent manager and a notorious jokester. He served as past president or officer for many organizations including Knights of Columbus, Pompeii Men’s Club, AMVETS and the Traffic Manager’s Club. He was also a volunteer Santa Claus at the South Milwaukee Senior Center for many years. Joseph was an avid bowler and Green Bay Packer fan.

Joseph is very loved by his son, Randy (Nancy) Maio; grandsons, Dominic and Justin; and one brother, Matt Maio. He was preceded in death by his wife, Emily; and three brothers, Tony, John and Frank.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Rita’s Catholic Church, 4339 Douglas Ave., on Monday, September 26, 2011, at 11a.m. with Fr. Kevin Mullins celebrating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass. Private inurnment will be held at a later date at St. Adalbert Catholic Cemetery in Milwaukee with full military honors.

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

Friday, September 16, 2011

Brian T. Pitchford

Brian T. Pitchford, age 48, passed away Friday, September 16, 2011, at his residence. Brian was born in Racine, June 10, 1963, son of the late Charles and Beverly (Nee: Miller) Pitchford. On September 12, 2002, he was united in marriage to Angie Molinaro.

Survivors include his wife, Angie; his daughter, Nichole Pitchford and her son, Luciano; his son, Sean Pitchford and his children, Leeanne, Kylee and Mason; his stepdaughters, Kayla Farnsworth, Stephanie Compton; sister and brothers, Sue McNier, Randy Pitchford, Scott Pitchford; good friend and business partner, Scott Anderson; mother of his children and friend, Anita Kandl; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 22, 2011, at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Private interment will be held. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Thursday at the funeral home from 5 p.m. until time of service. Memorials to the family have been suggested.

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

Eual Willard Bodenbach

Eual W. Bodenbach, 88, passed away September 16, 2011, peacefully in hospice care.

Eual was born in Shawneetown, Illinois, on November 8, 1922, to Raleigh and Edna (nee: Porter) Bodenbach. He grew up in Ferndale, Michigan, and graduated from Lincoln High School. Eual served in the United States Army Air Force as Crew Chief for B-17 bombers during WWII, stationed at Sioux City Army Air Base in Sioux City, Iowa. On February 18, 1946, he was united in marriage to Arline M. Tool, whom he met at a USO dance while stationed in Sioux City, Iowa.

He was employed by Massey Ferguson in Detroit, Michigan, and was transferred to Racine in 1954. When Ferguson left Racine, Eual worked for J.I. Case Company. Through down-sizing, Eual went to work for the Town of Mt. Pleasant as Coordinator and retired from that position in 1987. Eual attended the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee for Business and Finance.

He was an active member of Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, serving on several committees and ushering . He also served on the board of the Women’s Resource Center and the United Cerebral Palsy Board.

Eual was a natural athlete who participated in fast-pitch softball, horseshoes, bowling and golf. He also enjoyed watching football and golf. Eual enjoyed his family and friends and always had a joke to share. He will be remembered and missed by many.

Survivors include his loving wife of 65 years, Arline; his children, Linda (Don) Clarke of Racine, Thom Bodenbach of Racine, Paul (Jayne) Bodenbach of Union, KY, Debora (Rick) Bublitz of Vancouver, WA;  grandchildren, Tim Nelson of Sheboygan, Dan (Sarah) Nelson of Racine, Matt Bodenbach of Racine, Phil Bodenbach of Racine, Kate Bublitz of Las Vegas, NV; great-grandchildren Makayla and Hannah Nelson of Racine, Tony Sabala of Ojai, CA, and Aaron Nelson of Racine. He was preceded in death by his father, Raleigh; mother, Edna; brothers, George, Jewel and Junior; and sisters, Thelma Colclasure and Wilma Pegg.

Memorial service will be held at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, on Tuesday, September 20, 2011, at 11 a.m. with Dr. M. A. Miritz officiating. Relatives and friends are invited to meet the family at the church on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of service. A private military burial will be held at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery . The family has suggested memorials to Salvation Army, Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, Hospice Alliance of Kenosha or a charity of your choice.

The family would like to give special thanks to Hospice Alliance for their kind and compassionate care of Eual.

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

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Clara Schaefer

Mt. Pleasant -- Clara (Friesema) Schaefer died September 15, 2011, at Walnut Grove Assisted Living.

Clara was born June 10, 1922, to Jacob and Mamie (nee: Dykstra) Friesema at the family home in rural Mt. Pleasant Township. Her early school years were spent in the local one-room school house. She spent a number of years at home caring for the family because her mother was ill. She was then employed at Western Printing, Dumore, Hamilton Beach and Dremel Mfg.

Clara was a faithful, life-long member of Calvary Memorial Church, singing in the choir, teaching Sunday School and working with the flower decoration committees. While attending outings with the Senior Singles of the church, she met Fred Schaefer. She and Fred were married on March 19, 1988, and have had 23 wonderful years together, often spending time with the family in Colorado and spending many winters in Florida.

Clara is survived by her husband, Fred; her brother, Jacob (Muriel) Friesema Jr. of Aurora, IL; and her sister-in-law Hazel Friesema. Clara has seven nieces and nephews who played a large part in her life: Tim (Marie), Lori, John (Jean), Bill (Trudy), and Mary Claire Friesema, Kay (Chuck) Smith and Jayne (Bob) Bradford. Also surviving are three step-sons: Bob (Becky), Fred, and Mark (Joan) Schaefer; two step-grandsons: Owen and Ian Schaefer, all of Racine; brothers-in-law, Ben Schaefer of Washington and, Gottlieb Schafer of Racine; and sisters-in-law, Clara Repp of Oklahoma and Ida Kaplan of Racine.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jacob and Mamie Friesema; two brothers, John, killed in WWII, and Raymond, who died on May 6, 2011.

Services will be held on Monday, September 19, 2011, at 1 p.m. in the Prayer Chapel of Calvary Memorial Church, 4001 Washington Ave., with Rev. Michael A. Bullmore officiating. Friends are invited to visit from noon until the time of service. Private entombment will take place at West Lawn Memorial Park. Memorials may be directed to Calvary Memorial Church.

The family would like to thank the staff at Walnut Grove and Hospice Alliance for their kind and compassionate care of Clara.

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

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Larry K. Larson

Larry K. Larson, age 74, died at home on Wednesday, September 14, 2011, after a long and courageous battle with Parkinson's Disease. He was born December 11, 1936, in Neenah, Wisconsin, son of the late Emil and Viola (née: Krasin) Larson.

Larry attended a one-room schoolhouse in Potter, WI, and graduated from Lincoln High School in Manitowoc. He attended Ripon College where he earned nine varsity letters in track, cross country and wrestling. He went on to receive his master's degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, where he met the love of his life, Judith A. Larsen. Larry went on to teach in Valders and Beloit before coming to Racine where he taught social studies and coached cross country and wrestling at Washington Park High School from 1962 through 1992.

On December 22, 1962, he married Judith Larsen. They became the proud parents of Matthew and Ann. Larry became interested in race walking and served as coach of the U.S. Race Walking Team, which competed in Eschborn, Germany. Athletics were always an important part of Larry’s life; among many sports-related achievements he created the first-ever high school sport history class and was honored to serve as a track official at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

Larry was a devoted husband and father. He was a member of the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, where he served as deacon, worship assistant and lay minister. He also served as president of the Hoy Nature Club and Churchmen’s Club.

Larry is survived by his wife, Judy; son, Matthew and wife Jennifer; his cherished three grandchildren, Natasha and Michael Robles and Lucy Larson; his sister, Sharon (Bob) Hicks of Naples, FL; brother, Ron Larson of Las Vegas; sister-in-law, Mary Larson of Brillion; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Ann; and his brother, Richard.

A memorial service will be held Monday September 19, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 322 Ohio St., with Reverend James Barsch officiating. Visitation will take place at the church on Monday from 9:30 a.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Wisconsin Parkinson Association, Ripon College or Lutheran Church of the Resurrection have been suggested.

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

Nancy Clare (McKeague) Maddocks

Nancy Clare Maddocks, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend was born to life on January 2, 1924, the daughter of John and Mary McKeague. She was born into eternal life on Wednesday, September 14, 2011, and will be remembered for her beautiful smile and her smiling Irish eyes.

She grew up in Superior, Wisconsin, and in 1948 she married the boy next door, James Robert Maddocks. They moved to Racine, Wisconsin, and had five children: son, Jim (Jean nee: Gergen); daughter, Nancy (Karl Frederick); son, Tom (Kitty nee: Neeb); daughter, Mary (Ken Waldo); and daughter, Peggy Buck; 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jim, and grandson, James Buck.

She loved to garden, second only to being surrounded by her family. She was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Knights of Columbus. She volunteered for the American Cancer Society and also in the Gift Shop at St. Mary’s Hospital for many years.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, September 24, 2011, at 10 a.m. at St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church, 1903 Green St., with Rev. Don Zerkel officiating. Entombment will follow at Holy Cross Garden Mausoleum, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at a reception following the committal service. Donations may be made to Hospice Alliance, Inc. or the National Parkinson Foundation.

We would like to thank the wonderful people at Harmony Assisted Living of Kenosha, who took such loving and compassionate care of her for almost two years. We would also like to thank Hospice Alliance for the loving care they gave her in her final weeks. We would also like to thank the many friends who have been praying for her.

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

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Daniel Edward Martell

Daniel E. Martell, 92, passed away on Tuesday, September 13, 2011, at Lincoln Village Convalescent Center.

Daniel was born in Gentilly, MN, to the late Henry and Celina (nee: Amiot) Martell on May 30, 1919. He then moved to Racine in 1965 and was united in marriage to Barbara Ann (nee: Prott) on May 28, 1969.

He was employed at Racine Steel until his retirement in 1985. He enjoyed fishing, woodworking and spending time with his family. Most of all, he loved all his children and grandchildren.

Daniel will be dearly missed by his wife, Barbara; nine children, Charlotte (Jim) McDonald, Steve (Brenda) Martell, Marie (Jim) Clement, Linda (Bob) Schmidt, Jim (Cheryl) Martell, Merle (Jacquie) Martell, Karen Martell, Angie (Dan) Watkins, and Bonnie Lazarevich; 17 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren, a sister, Ellen Scully; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Francis Martell, Benedict Martell; a brother-in-law, Robert Scully; and a son-in-law, Marvin Jipson.

A mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Richard’s Catholic Church, 1509 Grand Ave., on Monday, September 19, 2011, at 10 a.m. with Fr. Ron Gramza officiating. Entombment will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery on Hwy. 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at Wilson Funeral Home on Sunday, September 18, 2011, from 5 - 7 p.m. and Monday at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of service.

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

Monday, September 12, 2011

Todd Arthur Rattle

Kenosha -- Todd Arthur Rattle, age 59, passed away Monday, September 12, 2011, at Kenosha Memorial Hospital. Todd was born in Racine on February 28, 1952, son of the late Arthur and Jane Rattle.

Todd was a graduate of Washington Park High School “Class of 1970.” He loved all kinds of sports but especially was a devoted Brewers and Packers fan.

Survivors include his brother, Jay; his nephews, Jacob, Ben, Robert; niece, Melinda; great-nephews, Ayden, Logan, Owen; Aunt and Uncle, Faye and Chuck; cousins, Kevin, David, Linda, John; other relatives and friends at AA. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his Uncle Jerry.

A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, September 15, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Walter Hermanns officiating. Private interment will be held. 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.

A special thank you to Wayne Holmquist for his compassionate care.

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

Mildred Annie Christensen

Burlington – Mildred A. Christensen, 92, passed away at Burlington Memorial Hospital on September 12, 2011, with her loving family at her side.

Mildred was born in the Township of Raymond to the late Otto and Minnie (nee: Loppnow) Paap on November 5, 1918. She had lived in Racine for most of her life. In Raymond on the family farm, she was united in marriage to Nels H. Christensen on July 30, 1938. He preceded her in death on October 6, 1985.

Mrs. Christensen was a member and involved with Grace Lutheran Church. She worked as a homemaker and owned and operated a catering business called M & M Catering. For 14 years she worked as the head cook and baker at J.I. Case High School, retiring in 1980. She very much enjoyed cooking and baking. During the holidays, she would bake cookies with handmade cutters to make ginger cookies and gingerbread houses. She also enjoyed flowers, bird watching, crocheting and collecting music boxes. She once knitted an American Flag. Her favorite thing to do was to dine out at DeRango’s Restaurant. What she was best known for was that she would share her love with family and friends with huge hugs!

Mildred will be dearly missed by her daughter, Arline (Bill) Rozell; one daughter-in-law, Marsha Back; five grandchildren, Corrina (Matthew) Clark, Andrea (John) Horvack, Dawn (Bruce) Conrad, Ron (Hiromi) Rozell and Ryan Rozell; seven great-grandchildren, David, Kevin, Ty, Cody, Gabrielle, Liam and Sophia; one sister-in-law, Elaine Paap; and nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends. She was also preceded in death by her son, John; eight brothers and three sisters.

Funeral services will be held at Grace Lutheran Church, 3700 Washington Ave., on Thursday, September 15, 2011, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Randel Poppe and Rev. Thomas Chryst officiating. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of service. Memorials may be directed to Grace Lutheran Church.

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

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Robert 'Bob' A. Greco

Robert “Bob” A. Greco, age 81, passed away Sunday, September 11, 2011, at Wheaton Franciscan – All Saints Medical Center. Bob was born in Racine on September 26, 1929, son of the late Alexander and Antoinette (Nee: Fucilla) Greco.

Bob was a graduate of William Horlick High School “Class of 1948” where he excelled in sports. Following high school, Bob was drafted with the farm team for the St. Louis Cardinals. He served in the United States Air Force at Scott Air Force Base. On November 25, 1954, in Burlington he was united in marriage to Ruth M. Zwiebel.

Bob was employed by Wisconsin Electric Company for forty years, retiring in 1988. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and former member of St. Patrick Catholic Church. His love for baseball carried throughout his life as he managed DeMark’s 16” Ball Team for many years, played on St. Patrick’s Baseball Team, and was an umpire for many years with the city. He also enjoyed the Friday Bingo bus to Ho Chunk. An avid sports fan, Bob was always a #1 Packer fan. More than anything he cherished time spent with his family and will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his loving wife of fifty-seven years, Ruth; his three children, Wade (Holly) Greco of Austin, TX, Terry (Diane) Greco of Hatboro, PA, Gina Greco of Racine; his two grandchildren, Justin (Amanda) Greco, Ashley Greco; brother, John (Sarah) Greco of Racine; sister, Marie (Lawrence) Johnson of Racine; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, John Zwiebel, Betty Zwiebel, Catherine Zwiebel, Helen (Vern) Brook; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, September 15, 2011, at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2201 Northwestern Ave., with Rev. Ronald O. Crewe officiating. Entombment with full military honors will follow at Holy Cross Garden Mausoleum, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Thursday at the church from 9 a.m. until 9:45 a.m.

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

Albert Wayne 'Hotdog' Hartog

Albert Wayne Hartog (Hotdog),76, received his “one-way first class ticket to heaven” on Sunday, September 11, 2011. Al was born March 6, 1935, the son of Albert H. and Hazel (Nee: Nelson) Hartog in Rock Island, Ill. The family moved to Racine when Al was a child.

He attended local public schools, graduating from Wm. Horlick High School in 1953. He joined the Air Force in 1954, serving as a communications specialist. On February 4, 1956, he married the former Shirley Youmans. She preceded him in death on January 7, 1977.

Al received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Dominican College in 1970, and while pursuing his education he worked various jobs. Al taught art classes at Raymond School, before becoming employed at JI Case. He was an active union member, serving as union steward, safety committee person and held numerous other positions in UAW Local 180. In 1982, he served as Community Services Labor Liaison of Racine Area United Way. In 1990, he returned to Case and retired in 1992. Al remained active with the Local 180 retirees, holding various positions until his death.

He was also committed to social justice issues and was one of the founders of the Health Care Network. In 1999, he was voted Labor Person of the Year. Al was also very active at Emmanuel Lutheran Church serving in voice choir, greeting, ushering and food pantry volunteer. After being diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease, he also committed himself to Parkinson support and exercise groups and became facilitator of the Racine group.

On October 28, 2001, Al was united in marriage to the former June Molbeck. They would have celebrated their tenth anniversary next month. Al was an accomplished artist, whose work has been displayed at Wustum Art Museum, Racine Historical Museum and Racine Choral Arts Society programs. He enjoyed carving, painting and sketching. Al was an avid fisherman and held several world fishing records. After his retirement, he spent Friday mornings with dear friends, Karel and Danny, fishing around Racine and Kenosha area lakes and rivers.

Al is survived by his wife, June; brother, John; sister, Sally Harmsen; daughter, Sherry Hartog and her husband Ron Berger; son, Kenneth Hartog and wife Sharna; grandchildren Scott Dix, Jr.(Marie), Morgan Dix (Coral Lindloff), Christina Hartog (Mike DeMay) and Joshua Stoll; his first great-grandson, Xavier DeMay; as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends, too many to count.

In addition, survivors include his wife's sister, Shirley (Evert) Carlson; brother, Richard (Mary) Green; June's children, Todd (Monica) Molbeck, Mike Molbeck, Kevin (Marcie) Molbeck, Kipp (Stephanie) Molbeck, Janis (Joe) Dye, Jill (Dale) Tomalin; as well as grandchildren, Jenni and Jeff (Kacie) Dye, Bennett, Emma and Stella Tomalin, Adam (Ashley) Molbeck; and great-grandson, Dathon Dye; as well as nieces, nephews and other relatives. Aside from his parents and former wife, Al was preceded in death by two sisters, Patricia and Marilee; grandson, Joshua Dix; and nephew, David Harmsen

Visitation will be held at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 725 High St., Racine, on Tuesday, September 20, 2011, from 9 - 11 a.m. with a Memorial Service following immediately with Rev. Susan K. Smith officiating. Private interment will be held at the Southern Wisconsin Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, Town of Dover. The family would like to invite those who wish to wear a hat of any kind in Al's honor. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Health Care Network or Emmanuel Lutheran Church.

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

Saturday, September 10, 2011

William 'Bill' C. Vague Sr.

Keshena, WI -- William “Bill” C. Vague Sr., age 58, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Saturday, September 10, 2011, at Bellin Hospital, Green Bay. He fought a short but valiant battle against cancer, never losing his wonderful sense of humor. Bill was born in Milwaukee on June 13, 1953.

Bill attended St. John’s Military Academy. After graduating, Bill worked 31 years at J.I. Case (CNH) holding various positions, retiring in 2002. He resided mostly in Racine and Kenosha, retiring and moving up north to Keshena. Bill enjoyed relaxing, playing video and computer games, watching TV, spending time with his family and fishing.

He is survived by his children, Christina Vague, Joanna Vague, Kenneth Vague, William C. Vague Jr., Lynn (Clint) Callies; eight grandchildren; parents, Harold and Doris Vague; sisters, Cheryl Vague, Jackie (Karl) Nelson; niece, Emily; other relatives and many dear friends.

Funeral services will be held Friday, September 16, 2011, at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Private interment will be held at Forest Hill Memorial Park, Oak Creek. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Friday from 5 p.m. until time of service at 7 p.m. Memorials to the family have been suggested.

The family would like to thank all the staff at Bellin Health and Unity Hospice for their wonderful care.

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

Friday, September 9, 2011

Carolyn Hays Harvey

Carolyn Hays Harvey died on Friday, September 9, 2011, at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints Hospital after a brief illness.

Carolyn was born on February 25, 1929, in Paducah, KY, to the late Rutherford and Bernice (nee: Houser) Hays. She married Richard G. Harvey, Jr. on August 10, 1972.

She graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in psychology. She then pursued a successful career in the world of business, working in marketing for Proctor and Gamble in Cincinnati, Ohio, for 15 years before she assumed a managerial position for seven years with Quaker Oats in Chicago, Illinois.

After moving to Racine in 1972, she devoted her organizational and leadership skills to many community organizations. She served on the board of the Racine United Way, Friends of the Library, River Bend Nature Center, the YWCA, Friends of the Wind Point Lighthouse, was a docent at the Racine Art Museum and was a trustee of the Village of Wind Point.

Although she was an excellent cook and a gracious hostess, she enjoyed dining out with friends and family and sampling restaurants on her many travels across the country and throughout Europe.

Carolyn loved learning, solving crosswords, playing bridge and was an avid reader who willingly shared her books. She was a loyal friend, always ready to provide practical help and she had a knack for facilitating and then celebrating others' successes.

Carolyn is survived by her step-daughter, Valerie Harvey of Pittsburgh, PA; her step-sons, Tim Harvey of Naples, Florida, and John Harvey of Bethany, PA; by her grand-nephew, Craig Jackson of Whittier, California; and her cousin, Rose Parrott of Greensburg, Kentucky. She also has eight step-grandchildren, David, Michael, Nada, Ross, Jeffrey (JR), Jacob, Adam and Sarah, along with nine step-great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 17. 2011, at 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home with Reverend Liz Simmons officiating. Relatives and friends may meet at the funeral home on Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of service. Private interment will be held at Mound Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Health Care Network, Racine Zoo, the University of Kentucky or the Racine Art Museum.

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

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

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Donald F. Hills

Donald F. Hills, age 85, passed away Wednesday, September 7, 2011, at Manor Care, Kenosha, WI. Donald was born in Racine on January 18, 1926, son of the late Francis and Matilda Hills.

Donald attended Holy Name Catholic School and St. Catherine’s High School but never graduated with his class, as he enlisted in the United States Navy at the age of 16. However, at age 76 Don received his diploma from St. Catherine’s at a special assembly for veterans. At Great Lakes he became a corpsman and ultimately went to San Diego attached to the Marine Corps. During his deployment to Bougainville in the South Pacific he saw a lot of action putting his expertise to work. After serving in the Pacific, he went to Germany during the Occupation.

After returning home he worked at American Motors in Kenosha in the aircraft division as an inspector. He also worked for his father, who owned Lee Dolf’s and later Kappus Bakery and Peter C. Beck Company. On October 2, 1954, in Elkhorn, WI, he was united in marriage to Vera Pahlke and adopted Vera’s son, Mark. Don was a member of Mt. Pleasant Lutheran Church, and the VFW Post 1391.

Don’s real passion was for the veterans and he worked diligently with the VFW, promoting its programs. He was Post Commander of VFW Post 1391 three times, served on the Post Honor Guard, and was District Commander. He also served on the Credentials Committee and as State Chairman of the Community Activity and Youth Programs. He was an avid sportsman who enjoyed playing golf. Before hurricane Katrina, Don and Vera would visit the Mississippi Gulf Coast to enjoy the camaraderie with friends, going to the many casinos, Mardi Gras parades, golfing, playing cards and potlucks. He will be dearly missed.

He is survived by his loving wife of fifty-seven years, Vera; his son, Michael (Pat) Hills of Racine; his daughter, Cheryl (Ray) Brasher of MS; daughter-in-law, Ruth Hills of Racine; grandson, Kris Brasher of MS; step-grandchildren, Byron Oakes, Cindy Wirtz, Brenda (Gene) Watson; sister, Vondell Kis of Racine; numerous nephews and nieces, other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Mark Hills in 1993.

Funeral services with full military honors will be held Saturday, September 10, 2011, at 11 a.m. at Mt. Pleasant Lutheran Church, 1700 S. Green Bay Road, with Rev. Kara Baylor officiating. Interment will be held at the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Elkhorn, WI. Relatives and friends may meet with the family on Saturday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m.

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

Willie Lee (Glover) Price

Willie Lee Price, age 83, passed away Wednesday, September 7, 2011, at Wheaton Franciscan–All Saints Medical Center. Willie was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on December 24, 1927, daughter of the late Pine and Mary (Nee: Frazier) Glover.

She was employed by Western Publishing and retired from Ruud Lighting. Willie was a faithful and longtime member of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church. She will be forever remembered for her impeccable flair for fashion, her stunning appearance “red lipstick,” “red on her cheeks,” and loved her boots. Willie was well loved by many and will be deeply missed.

Willie is survived by many loving nieces, nephews, and a host of dear friends.

Funeral services will be held at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church, 1123 Center St., Wednesday September 14, 2011, with Bishop L.L. Kirby officiating. Private interment will be held. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church Wednesday from 10  a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m.

“Have a Blessed Day”

Thanks and glory to all the staff at Wheaton Franciscan ICU   for their loving and compassionate care. 


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

Joseph 'Joe' B. Rizzo

Joseph B. Rizzo, age 60, passed away Wednesday, September 7, 2011, at his residence following a courageous battle with cancer. Joe was born in Racine on June 14, 1951, son of the late Joseph E. Rizzo and Lois M. (Nee: Fredericks) Rode.

Joe attended William Horlick High School. He owned and operated Elmwood Car Company for twenty years. He had a zest for life and cherished time spent with his family and friends. He will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his son, Tony Rizzo (Samantha Koffman) of Racine; sisters and brothers, Sherry Rizzo, Steve (Cammie) Rizzo, Dawn (Dan) Fox, Lori (Steve) Fink; nephews and nieces, Christopher Rizzo, Amy (Beau) Ashton, Lisa Rizzo (Brian), Peter and Sean Fox, Theresa (Devin) Watson, Nicholas Fink; his former wife, Cherie Chapman and her children, John and Rachel; aunts, uncles, other relatives and many dear friends.

Funeral services will be held Monday, September 12, 2011, at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Private entombment will be held at Holy Cross Garden Mausoleum, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Monday at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until time of service at 7 p.m.

A very special thank you to all Joe’s friends who he always considered as “family” for their love and support through this difficult time, and to the nurses and staff at Aurora St. Luke’s Hospital, Milwaukee, for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Richard Aul

Richard Aul left this world to rejoin his Creator on September 6, 2011. Richard was born in Racine to Jean and Oswald Aul on January 10, 1934.

He attended Racine area schools after which time he enlisted in the United States Army and served during the Korean conflict. Following his discharge with the rank of sergeant, Dick was employed at American Motors and at Hamilton Beach. He then joined the Racine Fire Department, from which he eventually retired.

On December 3, 1960, Richard was joined in marriage to Charlotte Green. Richard and Charlotte enjoyed many happy years together traveling throughout the United States accompanied by their dogs. They also enjoyed the time they spent with their relatives and close friends over the years. They spent their later years relaxing in northern Wisconsin.

Richard had many hobbies and interests. He was one of the first firefighters to participate in a scuba diving recovery team. Dick was also an avid hunter with bow and rifle and traveled to nearby states to hunt wild boar and antelope. He was also a talented artist and did commercial art as well as portrait art and landscapes. Richard developed a particular interest in wood carving and carved a number of decoys and other wildlife.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents, and loving wife, Charlotte. He is survived by his brother, Eugene Aul; sister-in-law, JoAnne Green; brother-in-law, John (Patricia) Green; as well as nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Funeral services will be held Monday, September 12, 2011, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment with full military honors will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Monday at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. Memorials to the Racine Zoological Society or to the Racine Public Library have been suggested.

Richard’s family would like to thank Dr. Michael Scheutz as well as the staff at All Saints Cancer Clinic for the compassionate care provided to him.

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

Monday, September 5, 2011

Sandra D. (Haigh) Spaulding

Sandra D. Spaulding, age 65, passed away Monday, September 5, 2011, at Froedtert Memorial Hospital. Sandra was born in Racine, September 25, 1945, daughter of the late John and Hazel Haigh. She was employed with Gordon Auto Parts for twenty-five years and was last working at Car Quest.

Survivors include her son, Scott Nixa of Racine; other relatives and friends.

Relatives and friends are welcome to meet at the funeral home for a visitation on Tuesday, September 13, 2011, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.

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

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Lillian E. (Straszkowski) Ratzburg

Lillian Elizabeth Ratzburg (nee: Straszkowski) found eternal rest on September 3, 2011, at the age of 88.

Born July 7, 1923, Lillian was the beloved mother of Janice (John) Topczewski, Joellen Krippendorf (fiancé Tim) and James. She was the proud grandmother of Joseph (Anna), Jeremy, Janell Topczewski, and Ryan and Kurt Krippendorf. Lillian is further survived by her sisters, Pearl Lake and Ruth Linneman; sister-in-law, Betty Straszkowski; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester; parents, Joseph and Frances; sister, Jeanette Rygiel; and brother, Felix.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, September 10, at St. Mary by the Lake Catholic Church, 7605 Lakeshore Dr., Racine, WI 53404, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial.

The family would like to thank the staff of Heartland Hospice for their care and compassion. Special thanks to Jen, Amanda, and Gail for always being there. In addition, thank you to the staff at Hospice House for making mom's final days those of comfort.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Lillian’s name to Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund.

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

George J. Calderon

George J. Calderon, 56, died on September 3, 2011 at Froedtert Memorial Hospital, Wauwatosa, WI. George was born on September 3, 1955 in Racine, WI .

He was preceded in death by his father, George Calderon; his mother, Maria Calderon; his brother, Santiago Calderon; and his sister, Mary Jane Calderon.

George will be sadly missed by his Aunt, Paula Castillo; and his cousins and other relatives.

Private services were held with interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32, with Deacon Roberto Fuentes officiating.

A very special thank you to Mary Vite for the care she gave George during his illness.

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