Monday, December 31, 2012

Earl P. Sorensen

Earl Preston Sorensen, age 86, passed away on Monday, December 31, 2012, at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints Medical Center. He was born in Racine on February 9, 1926.

He was raised in the "flats" during the Depression. He was employed by J.I. Case, Massey-Harris, Kappus, and retired from Racine Unified School District. Earl and his wife, Frances, just celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary.

His greatest passions were his contributions to the Catholic Church and volunteerism. He was an active member of the former St Rose Church for 40 years and was a current member of St Edward's Church. He was dedicated to many things including being a trustee, Parish Council President, Board for First-time Juvenile Offenders, Downtown Cooperative Parish Board, Meals on Wheels, President of the Catholic Cemetery Association, and taught confirmation classes for 40 years for which he was recently awarded the Catechist of the Year by St Edward's Parish.

Earl loved people and made easy friendships. He was a story-teller with a quick wit. His family cherished his yodeling and sing-a-longs on roadtrips. He enjoyed going to DeRango's for coffee and cherished those friendships he developed over the years. Fridays he had card club, and during his final days requested that the final game be held in his hospital room.

He is survived by his wife, Frances Sorensen; children, Thomas (Denise) Sorensen, Judith Warner, Mary Nelson, Michael Sorensen; grandchildren, Candi (Jeff) Chilcote, Ryan (Julie) Sorensen, Sarah Sorensen, Luke (Stacy) Warner, Thomas Warner, Katie (Keith) Fox, James Sorensen, Kaitlyn Nelson, Ashley Sorensen; great-grandchilden, Karissa Chilcote, Kendall Chilcote, Kayla Warner, Baby Sorensen, Baby Fox; other relatives and dear friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Helen Sorensen; a brother, James Sorensen; a son, James Sorensen; daughter in-law, Sarah Jean Sorensen; and a grandson, Zachary Sorensen.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, January 5, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Edward’s Catholic Church, 1401 Grove Ave., with Reverend Allen Bratkowski and Reverend Richard Molter officiating. Private interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet Saturday at the church from 8:30 a.m. until 10:15 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Edward’s Christian Formation Program have been suggested.

The family wishes to extend special thanks to Herb and Eva Spalla, for their kindness and friendship, and to Dr. Ryan Engel and Wheaton Hospice, Mary Jensen (RN) and the entire 3B staff at St. Mary's for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Ronald J. Savasta

Ronald J. Savasta, age 77, passed away on Monday, December 31, 2012, at St. Luke’s Medical Center in Milwaukee. Ronald was born in Racine on August 12, 1935, son of the late James and Josephine (nee: Matagrano) Savasta.

Ron proudly served in the U.S. Air Force.  He graduated from the Dominican College with a Bachelors Degree in Education in 1972. Ron was last employed with Promotions Unlimited for twenty years until his retirement in 2010. Ron was a quiet and unassuming man who will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his children, Cheri Gueldenzopf (fiancé, Jeff Egresi), Nicholas Savasta, Timothy Savasta; grandson, Landon; sisters, Marleen Miller and Janet Yust, all of Racine; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Al Yust.

Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Monday, January 7, 2013, at 11 a.m., with Deacon Russell Missureli officiating. Interment with Full Military Honors will follow at the Southern Wisconsin Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home Monday from 10 a.m. until time of services.

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

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Clarice May (Verbeten) Gall

Surrounded by her loving family, Clarice May Gall, age 88, passed away Sunday, December 30, 2012, at her residence. Clarice was born in Racine on August 22, 1924, daughter of the late John E. and Edna R. (Nee: Lynch) Verbeten.

On November 17, 1945, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, she was united in marriage to Ronald D. Gall. She was employed by Racine Unified in food service for many years. Clarice was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and enjoyed dancing with the Circle 8 Square Dancers. A devoted and loving wife, mother, and grandmother, Clarice found great joy in cooking and entertaining family and friends. She will be deeply missed.

Survivors include her loving husband, Ronald; her children, Ron Gall of Summit Lake, WI, Angie (Errol) Martin, Ken Gall, Joan (Douglas) Selky, Don Gall, all of Racine; six grandchildren, Ted, Joel and Adam (Kate) Martin, Emelia and Lilian Selky; Riley Gall; great-grandson William Martin; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Karen Verbeten, Willis Vanderhoef, Donna Mae (Gene) Murarski and Arlene Londre, all of Racine; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers and sisters, Joseph Verbeten, Edward Verbeten, Evelyn (Bill) Bislew, Margaret (Henry) Highman, Joyce (Alex) Hollow, Ruth Vanderhoef, and Rosemary Verbeten.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, January 4, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1533 Erie St., with Rev. Steve Varghese officiating. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Thursday at the funeral home from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Memorials to St. Joseph Catholic Church have been suggested.

The family extends a special thank you to the staff at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints Heart Failure Clinic, Cardiac Connections Hospice and to all of Clarice’s caregivers for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Joseph Pleckaitis

Joseph Pleckaitis, age 92, passed away Saturday, December 29, 2012, at Walnut Grove Assisted Living.   Joseph was born in Lithuania on March 19, 1920, son of the late Pranas and Antanina (Nee:  Onusaitis) Pleckaitis.  He was employed by Ladish Company from February 21, 1957, until his retirement on March 29, 1985.  He was a member of St. Richard Catholic Church.

Survivors include his sisters, Bernice Nekrosius, Juzefa Pivoriunas, both of Racine, Eugenija Satkunas, of Richmond, VA; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many dear friends.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Vitas and Jonas Pleckaitis; and brother-in-law, Peter Nekrosius.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, January 4, 2013, at 11 a.m. at St. Richard Catholic Church, 1503 Grand Ave., with Rev. Ronald Gramza officiating.  Entombment will follow at Holy Cross Garden Mausoleum, Hwy 32.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family Friday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of Mass at 11 a.m.

The family extends a special thank to the entire staffs at Walnut Grove and Allay Hospice for all of their loving and compassionate care.

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

Carol M. Kroes

Carol Marie Kroes, age 62, passed away Saturday, December 29, 2012, at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints Medical Center.  Carol was born in Racine on August 12, 1950, the first of four children of Theodore and Mary (Nee:Vaculik) Kroes.

Carol graduated from J.I. Case High School, “Class of 1968.”  She was an avid card player and reader.  She also enjoyed gardening and birds.  Above all, she was a devoted mother and grandmother who will be dearly missed.

Surviving are her children, Richard (Amy) Klinkhammer, Tracy (Eric) Kipper; grandchildren, Trenton, Tyler and Troy Kipper;  her father, Theodore Kroes; siblings, Margie (Dave) Voss, Joyce Kroes (Katherine Pentilla) Dennis (Donna) Kroes; her longtime companion, Juan Ayala; nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary, this past August 1st.

Services will be held Thursday, January 3, 2013, at the funeral home.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m.  A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m.  Private entombment will be held at Holy Cross Mausoleum, Hwy 32.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff at Midwest Dialysis for their loving and compassionate care these past years.

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803 Main St., Racine   (262) 634-7888

Friday, December 28, 2012

Margaret Mary (Nelson) Spring

Margaret Mary Spring went to her eternal rest on December 28, peacefully at home at Lake Oaks. Formerly of Holmes Avenue, Margaret was a Registered Nurse and worked at St. Mary's and Highridge. In her retirement, Margaret was a volunteer with Meals on Wheels, Harmony Club at St Edward's, and Respite Care for caregivers in Racine.

Widow of Frank Spring, Margaret is survived by three daughters and three sons. Catherine Phipps, Patricia (Robert) LaDew, John (Linda) Spring, Gregory (Therese) Spring, Mary (Thomas) Harris, Steven (Susan) Spring; 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Her sister, Mary Alice Bals of Crete, Nebraska; sister-in-law, Marlene Nelson of St. Petersburg, FL; and numerous nieces and nephews will also cherish memories of Margaret. In addition to her parents and husband, Margaret was predeceased by her brother, John Nelson of St. Petersburg, Florida.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, January 2, 2013, at 6 p.m. at St. Richard's Catholic Church, 1503 Grand Ave.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family Wednesday at the church from 4 p.m. until time of Mass at 6 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Richard's or a charity of one's choice.

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

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Randall R. Tepley

Randall Ronald 'Randy' Tepley, age 48, passed away Thursday, December 27, 2012, at Manor Care. He was born in Racine on September 10, 1964, son of Ronald and Joan (Nee: Dicks) Tepley.

Randy attended Jerstad - Agerholm Junior High School and Wm Horlick High School. Through the years he was employed by St. Luke’s Hospital and UW-Parkside. Randy was a car enthusiast, was a member of the Classy Cruisers Car Club and loved his '69 Chevelle. He also enjoyed model cars, boats and airplanes. He will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his daughter, Randi; father, Ron (Margo) Tepley; sister, Sharon (Jim) Bradshaw; niece, Jamie Bradshaw; other relatives and dear friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Joan.

A memorial service will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, January 5, 2013, at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends may meet Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. Memorials to the American Diabetes Assn or the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation have been suggested.

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803 Main St., Racine   (262) 634-7888

Wallace J. 'Wally' King

Wallace Joseph King, “Wally,” age 90, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, December 27, 2012, at home.  He was born in Antigo, WI, February 17, 1922, son of the late Joseph and Isabelle (Nee: Wilde) King.

Wally met the love of his life, Elizabeth “Betty” Wilson,  at the Polar Country Club in Antigo, WI, on New Year's Eve, 1940.  They were united in marriage in Manitowoc, WI, on October 10, 1942.  1942 was also the year Wally joined the U.S. Navy and served during WWII as a Radioman.  His tours of duty took him to England, North Africa, the Mediterranean, Italy and Sicily.  Sixty-eight years later, one of his most memorable and proudest days was November 6, 2010, when he and a plane full of other WWII veterans flew to Washington, D.C., aboard an Honor Flight.

Wally was employed as a Stereotyper at the Milwaukee Sentinel, Milwaukee Journal and the Racine Journal Times.  He was very community minded and joined the Tuesday Optimist Club in 1972 and served as Secretary/Treasurer for the Friday Optimists for over 40 years.  He also served on the board of the Racine Raiders, was a volunteer for Toys for Tots and was a member of the Moose Club.  He worked at the Cesar Chavez Center, formerly Douglas Park, for almost 30 years, coaching basketball, helping senior citizens groups, supervising in the Pool Room and elsewhere amongst many other duties.  Wally worked with generations of children, all of whom loved and respected him.

An avid music fan, Wally played trumpet in a band in his early years and also marched with the Boys of 76 Drum and Bugle Corps.  He never missed an opportunity to hear live music and the Big Bands were his favorites.  Whenever he walked into a room with a familiar band or group playing they would automatically play “All of Me,” his all-time favorite song. Wally was a volunteer with the Animal Crackers Concert Series from its inception, bringing the food for the performers before the shows.  He never missed a concert until this past summer.  He was inducted into the Animal Crackers Hall of Fame.  Above all, Wally was a devoted father and grandfather who will be dearly missed.

Surviving are his children, Judith (Duane) Sweeney of Milwaukee, Barbara King Page of Portland, OR, Kathleen King of Racine, Patrick King of Philadelphia, PA, Christopher King of Wausau, WI; seven  grandchildren, Craig Sweeney, Jill Jurena, Elizabeth Calderon, Jennifer Breaux, Amanda Conley, Taylor Schult, and Shane King; eight great-grandchildren, McCormick Sweeney, Kennedy Sweeney, Haley Jurena, Annabelle Jurena, Calin Breaux, Smith Breaux, Madelyn Breaux and Asher Kzaz; sister-in-law, Norma Wilson; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  In addition to his parents, Wally was preceded in death by his wife Betty Jane on March 7, 2006; brothers, Harold, Donald, Hollace and Bruce King, and sisters, Luella Williams, Dorothy Martin, and Geneva McGeorge.

Relatives and friends are invited to gather with the family at Olympia Brown Unitarian Universalist Church, 625 College Ave., on Wednesday, January 2, 2013, from 5 p.m. until 6 p.m.  A memorial service will follow from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. with the Rev. Dr. Tony Larsen officiating.  Private interment with full military honors will be held at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery at a later date.

The Fourth of July was Wally’s favorite holiday.  He never missed a parade and always held a picnic afterward on his backyard deck. A celebration of his life will take place on July 6, 2013, at 2 p.m. at The Yardarm where he spent many an evening among friends listening to music. There will be a reminder announcement in the paper in June.  Memorials to the family would be appreciated.

A special thank you to Rachel Cortez, good friend and loving nurse, who took exceptional care of Wally through the years, and also to Karen Burmeister, family neighbor of 47 years, for her friendship and loyalty.

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

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Arthur W. Ramig

Arthur W. Ramig, age 99, passed away on Wednesday, December 26, 2012, at Lincoln Village Convalescent Center.  Arthur was born in Omro, WI, November 15, 1913, son of the late Peter and Amelia Ramig.

On September 13, 1936, he was united in marriage to Elaine M. Deering, who preceded him in death in 2002.  Arthur was employed by Hansche Produce for forty years and last worked at Twin Disc for fifteen years, retiring in 1976.  An avid outdoorsman and fisherman, Arthur also enjoyed reading and spending time with his family.  He will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his children, Robert (Rose) Ramig of AZ, Gail (Lester) Christopher of Racine, Peter (Lorrie) Ramig of CO, Pam Harris (Tim Soetenga) of Racine; eight grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Marge Ramig of Racine; nieces, nephews and other relatives.  In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Robert and Rhiny.

Private funeral services will be held with interment at West Lawn Memorial Park.

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

Janet E. (Cerny) Bartell

With her family by her side, Janet E. Bartell, age 73, passed away at her residence Wednesday, December 26, 2012, following a courageous battle with cancer.  Janet was born in Racine on March 17, 1939, daughter of the late Charles and Esther (nee: Schimming) Cerny.

Janet was united in marriage to John F. Bartell, who preceded her in death in 1967 following a car accident. She was employed with Ametek for twenty-eight years until her retirement in 2004.  Janet was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. She enjoyed her time at craft fairs and with her friends and family.  Janet was a loving and dedicated mother who loved her family and will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her children, John M. Bartell, Lynn (Jim) Palmen, Elaine (Ernie) Chavez; grandchildren, Mat and Melissa Palmen, Faith, Isaiah, Joy, Isaac, and Grace Chavez; great-granddaughter, Simarianna; other relatives and friends.

Private funeral services were held with interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Memorials to the Froedtert Cancer Foundation have been suggested.

The family extends a special thank you to all of Janet’s friends for all of your prayers, support and many acts of kindness.

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803 Main St., Racine   (262) 634-7888

Robert J. Webers

Robert J. Webers, age 88, passed away on Wednesday, December 26, 2012, at the Becker-Shoop Center.  Robert was born in Racine, February 8, 1924, son of the late Leo and Theresa (Nee:  Brehm) Webers.

On July 13, 1946, at St. Rose Catholic Church he was united in marriage to Mildred Ann Leonard, who preceded him in death on September 8, 2007.  Robert was employed by Racine Hydraulics for thirty years.  An avid golfer, Robert also enjoyed building and flying model airplanes.  More than anything, he devoted and cherished time spent with his family.  He will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his children,  Gary R. (Pat) Webers of Racine, James M. (Marija) Webers of Pleasant Prairie, Thomas J. (Blanca) Webers of Racine; seven grandchildren, Jack (Stefanie) Webers, Kari (Cory) Harbaugh, Olivia and Michael Webers, Ron Mau, Steve (Christine) Mau, Tanya (Robert) Pakulski; seven great-grandchildren, Marcus, McKenna, Kayla and Ariel Mau, Robert and August Pakulski, Zoey Harbaugh; brothers and sister, Vincent Webers of Wilmington, DE, James Webers of Gross Point Park, MI, Rosemary DeMark of Racine; brother-in-law and sisters-in-law, Earl (LaVerne) Leonard of Racine, Danute Leonard of Franklin, Kay Webers of St. Paul, MN; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.  In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his brother, Gerald; sisters-in-law, Rachel Webers, Anita Webers; and brothers-in-law, Joe DeMark and Wayne Leonard.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, December 29, 2012, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 6400 Spring St., with Rev. Terrance J. Huebner officiating.  Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Saturday at the church from 10:30 a.m. until time of Mass at 11:30 a.m. Memorials to one’s favorite charity have been suggested.

The family extends a special thank you to the entire staff at the Becker-Shoop Center for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Charles Matranga

Charles 'Chuck' Matranga went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, December 23, 2012, from his residence. He was born in Racine on December 19, 1949, son of the late Joseph and Marie (Nee: Becker) Matranga.

Chuck resided in Racine his entire life. As a young man he helped out in the family business, Matranga's Super Market. He was deeply religious with a strong devotion to prayer. Chuck received great joy in life by praying for and helping those in need. He possessed a very generous soul.

He also possessed a very outgoing personality, and an infectious smile, and liked to engage in conversation with everyone he met. He was a dedicated sports enthusiast and was very passionate about his teams. He was a big fan of the Packers, the Brewers and the Cubs. Chuck was also an animal enthusiast and enjoyed feeding the visiting birds that came to his yard. His other hobbies included his art, and telling jokes.  He will be dearly missed by all his family and friends.

Surviving are his siblings, Duane (Marla) Matranga of Fontana, WI, James (Linda) Newman of CO, and  Suzanne Wehrly of CA; nieces and nephews, Joel Matranga of Fontana WI, Melissa Matranga, Colette Manning, both of CA, Matt Manning of Hawaii, James Newman Jr., Ann Newman of CO; great-nieces and great-nephew, Mariposa Estrada, Taj and Lily Manning and other family members. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his niece, Nina Matranga.

Funeral services with entombment will be held Thursday, January 3, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at West Lawn Memorial Park Chapel, 9000 Washington Ave., with Rev. Alan Schneider officiating.   Relatives and friends may meet with the family Thursday at the cemetery chapel from 10 a.m. until time of service at 10:30 a.m.

A special thank you to all his family and to his special friends, Dan and Sue Cabush, Lee Mulder and Tanya Trevino, for all their support.

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

Eileen Lucille 'Grannie Ei' (Glapinski) Miller

With her daughter by her side, Eileen Lucille Miller, “Grannie Ei,” age 83, was called home by her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Sunday, December 23, 2012, and joined her husband, Robert, in Eternal Life.

Eileen was born in Milwaukee on February 25, 1929, daughter of the late Theodore and Charlotte (Dzuiba) Glapinski.

To those who knew and loved her, she will be very deeply missed. Eileen is survived by her daughter, Robin (Dave) Hagemann; son, Steve (Debb Womack) Miller; grandsons, Matthew (Laura) Hagemann and Kyle (Ariana) Hagemann; great grandsons, Caleb, Joshua and Isaiah Hagemann; many friends and extended family.

A memorial service will be held at Southern Wisconsin Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, 21731 Spring St. (Hwy C), Union Grove, WI 53182, on Wednesday, January 2, 2013, at noon, with Rev. Jerry Worsham officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations to Parkinson’s Foundation or the Humane Society would be appreciated.

The family extends a special thank you to those at Ridgewood Care Center who lovingly cared for her, especially Toya and our friend, MaryAnn.

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803 Main St., Racine   (262) 634-7888

Lawrence J. Hansen

Lawrence J. Hansen, age 84, passed away on Sunday, December 23, 2012, at Wheaton Franciscan – All Saints Medical Center.  Lawrence was born in Racine, December 29, 1927, son of the late Walter M. and Catherine G. (Nee:  Gizinski) Hansen.

Lawrence proudly served in the United States Army and was a member of  VFW Post 1391.  On February 19, 1955, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, he was united in marriage to Alice M. Hansen, who preceded him in death on July 17, 2005.  Lawrence was employed for twenty-six years at Landaals Paint and Decorating and also by Douglas Hardware.  He was a longtime member of St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church.  He was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandpa who will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his children, Tamara A. Hansen of Myrtle Beach, SC, Trina E. (Steve) Schonert of Racine, Greg L. (Gretchen) Hansen of Racine; his four grandchildren, Bianca Campos, Jenna (Mitch) Buenger, Alicia Schonert, Kaci Schonert; four great-grandchildren, Amaya, Jayeson, Nathan and Brooke; sisters, Ruth (Ray) Organ, Dorothy (Jim) Kober, Kathy (Bob) Teska; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Adeline Wenzel, Enzo (Del) Lucareli, Margaret Yocco, Debbie Yocco, Margie Hansen; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.  In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his brother, Eugene Hansen; sisters, Margaret (Clark) Marsh, Lorraine (Bill) Kaisler; and brothers-in-law, Fred Yocco, and Larry Wenzel.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, December 28, 2012, at 11 a.m.  at St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church, 1903 Green St., with Rev. Steve Hansen officiating. Interment with Full Military Honors will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Friday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass at 11 a.m.  Memorials to St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, or to RADD of Racine County (Recreational Activities For The Developmentally Disabled) have been suggested.

A special thank you to Dr. Durbin and his staff for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Friday, December 21, 2012

Karis Mae Nelson

Our precious angel, Karis Mae Nelson, was taken from us and received her wings on Friday, December 21, 2012.  She was born November 27, 2012, to her loving parents, Harrison and Kattie (nee: Browne) Nelson.

In addition to Harrison and Kattie, she is survived by her grandparents, Richard and Zenaida Browne of Racine, Harold Nelson of CleElum, WA, Denise and Lee Strom of Maple Valley, WA; great-grandparents, William C. Browne, Maxine Madsen, Duane Madsen, Tom (Donna) Strom; aunts and uncle, Auntie Jenny, Uncle Alex, and Auntie Jacey; great-aunts and great-uncles, Dave Browne, Auntie Terri (Joe) Renguette of Racine; many other great aunts, great uncles, and cousins.  Karis was preceded in death by her infant brother, Bun; and her great-grandmother, Joan Browne.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, December 26, 2012, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 4340 Six Mile Rd. At 7 p.m. services will be held with Rev Larry Sheppard officiating.  Private interment will be held at West Lawn Memorial Park.  In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family have been suggested.

“Although her stay was brief, she will be forever in our hearts”

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803 Main St., Racine   (262) 634-7888

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Tamara 'Tammy' (Nasimova) Mazelis

Tamara “Tammy” Mazelis, age 91, passed away at her residence on Thursday, December 20,2012.  Tamara was born in Siberia but lived in Riga, Latvia, where she married the late Janis Mazelis on December 31, 1944.  They immigrated first to Germany and then to the United States.

Tamara is survived by her children, Gina Montgomery and Janis G. Mazelis; grandchildren, Heather (Randy) Elliott and Debra Montgomery; great-grandchildren, Cole, Riley and Nolan Elliott, and Gwyneth, Connor and Lucas Monroe. She was preceded in death by her husband, Janis; and her son-in-law, Donald Montgomery.

There will be a prayer service at Holy Cross Cemetery Chapel, Hwy 32, on Monday December 24, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. Following the service, Tammy will be laid to rest next to her husband.

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803 Main St., Racine   (262) 634-7888

Jeffrey Marcinkus

Surrounded by his loving family, Jeffrey Marcinkus, age 54, passed away on Thursday, December 20, 2012, at Wheaton Franciscan – All Saints Medical Center. Jeffrey was born in Kenosha on November 19, 1958, son of Albert and Loretta (Nee: Kvietkus) Marcinkus.

Jeffrey was united in marriage to Ann Marie Willems on October 10, 1992, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Kenosha. He was currently a member of St. Rita Catholic Church. He was employed at McDonalds Corporation for thirty-five years and most recently as a manager at Speedway. Jeffrey’s passion was music and he was a huge Elvis fan. More than anything he was a loving and devoted husband and father who cherished his “girls.” He will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his loving wife of twenty years, Ann; his daughters, Jessica and Jenna; father, Albert; mother-in-law, Kathleen Willems; brothers, Bob (Sue) Marcinkus, Steve (Mary) Marcinkus, Mike Marcinkus (Tracie Parker); sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Kristine (Richard) Stibb, Janet (John) Bonaretti, Patrick Willems (fiancée, Judy Johnson), Paul (Laurie) Willems; nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Loretta; father-in-law, Robert Willems; and nephew, Christian Willems.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, December 27, 2012, at 11 a.m. at St. Rita Catholic Church, 4339 Douglas Ave., with Rev. Kevin Mullins O.S.A. officiating. Private interment will be held. 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 10 a.m. until time of Mass at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family for an education fund to be established for his daughters have been suggested.

A special thank you to the entire staff at Wheaton Franciscan for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Eva (Ialongo) Rossi

Eva Rossi, age 81, passed away Tuesday, December 18, 2012, at her residence.  Eva was born in Italy on  February 1, 1931, daughter of the late Frank and Rosalina Ialongo.

On June 30, 1951, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church she was united in marriage to Adam Rossi, who preceded her in death on November 24, 2009.  Eva was a member of St. Lucy Catholic Church and member of Vittoria Colonna.   She devoted her life to her family and found great joy in gardening and cooking for her family and guests.  She will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Jeffrey (Charlene) Rossi of South Milwaukee; her granddaughters, Lisa (Greg) Place of Sheboygan, Angela Garcia of Oak Creek; her great-grandchildren, Vincent, Richard Jr. and Kenyon; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Nello (Adriana) Rossi, Ermetz (Dahlia) Rossi of Italy; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 22, 2012, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Henry Maibusch O.S.A. officiating.  Entombment will follow at Holy Cross Garden Mausoleum, Hwy 32.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family Saturday at the funeral home from 9 a.m. until time of service at 10 a.m. (A Vittoria Colonna Service will be held at 9:45 a.m.)

A very special thank you to Wheaton Franciscan Hospice especially Jill Z. and Debbie for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Dorothy C. (Shipway) Stacey

Dorothy C. (Nee:  Shipway) Stacey, age 98, passed away Saturday, December 15, 2012, at Ridgewood Care Center.    Dorothy was born in Iron Mountain, MI, on March 22, 1914, to the late Frank and Rosella (Nee:  Roberts) LaSalle.  She was a Racine and Caledonia resident for over seventy years.

On December 2, 1939, she was united in marriage to Howard C. Stacey Jr., who preceded her in death on  September 5, 1984.  She was a member of the Woman’s Club of Racine, Wustum Flower Guild, Racine Country Club and enjoyed crafts and playing bridge with her friends.  She also enjoyed watching the birds and other wild life on the family farm.  A loving wife and mother, she will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Howard C. Stacey III of Racine, Thomas L. (Margaret) Stacey of Lattingtown, NY, Michael P. (Margaret) Stacey of Plymouth, MI; her grandchildren, Ann M. Stacey, Michael P. Stacey II.; brother-in-law, Charles Stacey of Racine; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her stepfather, Lee Shipway; her sister and brother-in-law, Frances E. (Carol) Lynn; nephew, David Lynn; niece, Carol Gjerswals; other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Friday, December 21, 2012, at 2:30 p.m. with Rev. David Wierschke officiating.  Private entombment will be held at the Wisconsin Memorial Park.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family Friday at the funeral home from 1:30 p.m. until time of service at 2:30 p.m.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Ridgewood Care Center for their care and kindness shown to our mother and family during her stay and also in her final hours.

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

Friday, December 14, 2012

Sherryl E. Dehne

Sherryl E. Dehne, age 61, passed away Friday, December 14, 2012, at her residence. She was born in Racine on February 6, 1951, daughter of the late Alf and Ellen (Nee: Siegel) Zimmerman and graduated from J.I. Case High School.

Surviving are her children, Roxanne Georgeson, Renee Dehne, Amanda (Julio) Ocanas, Andy Thomas and Randy Thomas; eight  grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brothers, Alf (Doris) Zimmerman, Ronald Zimmerman, Lewis Zimmerman; special friend, William Gerou; other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, December 22, 2012, at 9:30 a.m. until time of memorial service at 10:30 a.m.  Private interment will follow at North Cape Lutheran Church Cemetery.

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

Irene L. Woydt

Irene L. Woydt, age 85, passed away Friday, December 14, 2012, at St. Nicholas Hospital in Sheboygan. Irene was born in Milwaukee on April 11, 1927.

Survivors include her daughter, Bonnie L. Knedle of Racine; son, James E. Peterson of Richland Center, WI; grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 20, 2012, at 2 p.m. at All Saints Lutheran Church, 9131 S. Howell Ave., Oak Creek, with Rev. Jason A. Mortenson officiating. Interment will follow at Arlington Park Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet with the family on  Thursday at the church from 1 p.m. until time of service at 2 p.m.  Memorials to All Saints Lutheran Church have been suggested.


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803 Main St., Racine  (262) 634-7888

Thursday, December 13, 2012

MaryAnn (Meyers) Olson

MaryAnn Olson, age 62, passed away on Thursday, December 13, 2012, at Wheaton-Franciscan All Saints Medical Center.  MaryAnn was born in Racine on May 15, 1950, daughter of the late Earl and Jeanette (nee: Burrows) Meyers.

MaryAnn graduated from St. Catherine’s High School “Class of 1968.”  She was employed with Western Publishing for over thirty years, and later with Lehman Inc. and lastly with Twin Disc before retiring.  In her younger years, MaryAnn enjoyed archery, skiing and ice skating.  She also enjoyed cribbage, her bowling league at Castle Lanes, jazz festivals and gardening.  Above all, she loved her daughters and her pride and joy, her grandson, Alekos.  She will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her daughters, Jennifer (Daso) Gianou, Elizabeth Olson; grandson, Alekos Gianou, all of Racine; brother, Tom Meyers of Racine; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Richard Catholic Church, 1503 Grand Ave., on Tuesday, December 18, 2012, at 10:30 a.m., with Rev. Ronald J. Gramza officiating.  Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home Monday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and at the church Tuesday from 10 a.m. until time of Mass at 10:30 a.m.

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

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Ethel Mae Greene

Ethel Mae Greene, age 88, passed away on December 12, 2012, at her residence. A lifelong Racine resident, she was born October 17, 1924, daughter of the late George H. and Bertha M. (Nee: Gerlat) Greene.

Ethel began working at Western Printing (later to become Western Publishing) in 1943. As a telephone operator and receptionist, her warm greetings welcomed customers and visitors to the company for forty-four years until her retirement in 1990. She knew most employees and many of the customers by voice. When Ethel retired from Western, her party brought a huge gathering of friends, eager to share their memories with her. It was decided then that there should be an annual celebration to bring Westerners together. Ethel served on the committee, to make it happen, and the Western luncheon/dinner has become a June tradition.

She was a longtime dedicated member of the First United Methodist Church, where she was the organist for many years. She was also a life member of the Eastern Star, member of Friends of Seniors and Elbow Bender Club. Ethel was a talented pianist and organist. When Western organized a men’s chorus, she was asked to be their accompanist. They sang for many local events, including a special performance at the Milwaukee County Stadium. It was the only time, Ethel recalled, that she played the piano in the middle of a grassy field!

In addition to her choral work, she accompanied many soloists, played for hundreds of weddings and memorial services. She enjoyed traveling with her sister and many friends. Ethel will be deeply missed.

Survivors include her cousin, Elizabeth Gerlat of California; other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Mildred Greene; cousins, Ellen Mae Iverson and David Gerlat.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 18, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 745 Main St., with Rev. Brad Van Fossen officiating. Interment will follow at Graceland Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet Tuesday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. Memorials to the First United Methodist Church have been suggested.

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

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

Monday, December 10, 2012

Bruce C. Mills

Surrounded by his loving family, Bruce C. Mills, age 65, passed away on Monday, December 10, 2012, at his residence.  Bruce was born in Racine, August 30, 1947, son of the late Edgar and Pearl (Nee: Reilly) Mills.

Bruce proudly served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.  On June 14, 1969, at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Union Grove he was united in marriage to Carol A. Bretl.  He was employed at Jacobson Manufacturing for thirty-two years.  Bruce was a lifetime and dedicated member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church.  His pastimes included fishing, golfing and playing pool.  More than anything, he cherished time with his family.  He will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his loving wife of forty-three years, Carol; his children, Deborah Mills, Sandra Thomas; brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 13, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 728 Villa St., with Rev. John Roeckle officiating.  Private interment with full military honors will be held at Graceland Cemetery.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family Thursday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m.  Memorials to the First Evangelical Lutheran Church have been suggested.

The family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to Dr. Engel, the staff at Wheaton Franciscan 3B and Wheaton Franciscan Hospice for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Mildred I. (Tyree) Schrader

Fayetteville, AR -- Mildred I. Schrader, age 86, passed away Sunday, December 9, 2012 at Fayetteville Health and Rehabilitation, Fayetteville, AR.  Mildred was born in Racine, Wisconsin, daughter of the late George and Myra (Nee:  Williams) Tyree.  Mildred was last residing in Holiday Island, Arkansas for the past five months and in Grand Lake, Colorado, for the past three years.

On January 1, 1960, at the Redeemer Lutheran Church she was united in marriage to Donald Schrader, who preceded her in death on April 9, 1983.  She was a member of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church and St. John’s Episcopal Church in Fort Smith, AR.  She devoted her life to her family and especially treasured time with her grandchildren.  She will be dearly missed.

She was employed by J.I.Case Co. before raising her two children. Later she served as a secretary at Montalbano Realty for many years until she moved to Arkansas to be with her son.

Survivors include her children, Sally Schrader, Dan Schrader of Holiday Island, AR; her six grandchildren, Jessica of Somis, CA , Kayla, Heather of Winter Park, CO, Luke, and Kyle of Holiday Island, AR, Jake Allen; one great-granddaughter, Allyson Stoddard of Somis, CA ; other relatives and dear friends.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 15, 2012, at 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home.  Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Friday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and Saturday at the funeral home from 9 a.m. until time of service at 9:30 a.m.

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

Catherine (Hajinia) Mikaelian

Surrounded by her loving family, Catherine Mikaelian, age 89, passed away Sunday, December 9, 2012, at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints Medical Center. Catherine was born in South Milwaukee on June 4, 1923, daughter of the late Sarkis and Tamam Hajinian.

On January 15, 1955, at St. Mesrob Armenian Apostolic Church she was united in marriage to Kay Mikaelian. Catherine was a longtime active and dedicated member of St. Mesrob Armenian Apostolic Church and belonged to the Women’s Guild and, for many years, sang in the Choir and taught Sunday School. Catherine retired from Walker Manufacturing Company. She will be fondly remembered as an excellent cook who devoted and cherished times with her family and friends. She will be deeply missed.

Survivors include her loving husband, Kay; her children, Leslie (Don) Nelson, Brian (Marisa) Mikaelian; her grandchildren, Trenton and Melina Nelson, Thaddeus and Simone Mikaelian; sister, Mary Chobanian; brother, Garbo (Darla) Hajinian; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Lucy Hajinian, Andrew (Marcella) Mikaelian, Alice Mikaelian, Sam Mikaelian; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Nazar Hajinian; and brothers-in-law, Hachig Chobanian and Tod Mikaelian.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 13, 2012, at 10 a.m. at St. Mesrob Armenian Apostolic Church, 4605 Erie St., with Rev. Yeprem Kelegian officiating. Interment will follow at the Southern Wisconsin Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, Town of Dover. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Thursday at the church from 9 a.m. until time of service at 10 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Mesrob Armenian Apostolic Church have been suggested.

A special thank you to St. Monica’s staff for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Thomas S. Schmitt

Thomas S. Schmitt, age 90, passed away Sunday, December 9, 2012, at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints Medical Center.  Thomas was born in Minneapolis, MN, on August 5, 1922, son of the late Sylvester and Mary (Nee:  McCabe) Schmitt.

Thomas married the former Josephine F. Pekar on May 22, 1948, in Cudahy.  They moved to the Racine area in 1950.  He served in the United States Army Air Corps from 1942-1945 and 1947-1950, stationed in Italy and Africa, finishing at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C.  Thomas and his wife owned and operated Schmitt Music for twenty-two years before retiring in September of 1988.  His prior employment was at Johnson’s Music from 1950-1966.  His hobby was music – he repaired instruments, played instruments and enjoyed listening to music.  Above all, he was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his loving wife of sixty-four years, Josephine; his children, Mary (Charles) Lueke, Barbara (Peter) Hickey, JoAnne (Daniel) Wright, Jane (David) Nielsen, Robert (Calli) Schmitt, Thomas (Lena) Schmitt, all of Racine; his daughter-in-law, Dr. Denise Janosik of St. Louis; his grandchildren, Paul Lueke, Tiana and Marina Schmitt, Lisa Wright (Jeff Baker), Jennifer (Tom) Cramsie, Michelle Wright, Brian, Lauren and Greg Nielsen, Sam Schmitt, Lauren, Sarah and Lindsey Graf; his great-grandchildren, Athene Meekma, Maddie Duchac; brother, Patrick (Shirley) Schmitt of Cudahy; sister, Mary (John) Gargulak of Cudahy; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, John Schmitt; grandson, Scott Schmitt; and brothers, James, John, Jerry and Bill.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 14, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.  Entombment with Full Military Honors will follow at Graceland Cemetery.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family Friday at the funeral home from 9:30 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m.  Memorials to one’s favorite charity have been suggested.

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803 Main St., Racine  (262) 634-7888

Lyle J. Gottfredsen

Lyle J. Gottfredsen, age 54, passed away Sunday, December 9, 2012, at Wheaton Franciscan –All Saints Medical Center.  Lyle was born in Racine on December 23, 1957, son of the late John A. and Joan R. (Nee:  Wilhelmi) Gottfredsen.  He was last employed by Wisconsin Metals Company.

Survivors include his son, Kenneth Gottfredsen (Rhonda Dixon); his grandchildren, Ashley and Tyler; brothers and sister, Lee (Gayle) Gottfredsen, Thomas (Judith) Gottfredsen, Paula (Joe) DeCheck; nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Katie; other relatives and dear friends.

Relatives and friends are welcome to meet with the family for a committal service on Monday, December 17, 2012, at 10 a.m. at Holy Cross Garden Mausoleum, Hwy 32.  Memorials for an education fund to be established for his grandchildren have been suggested.

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

Carlos Juan Santiago Sr.

Carlos J. Santiago Sr., age 48, passed away Sunday, December 9, 2012, at Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital, Wauwatosa.  Carlos was born in Puerto Rico on October 3, 1964, son of Atilano and Elba (Nee:  Rivera) Santiago who survive him.

Also surviving are his children, Roscely Santiago and Carlos Santiago Jr.; sisters and brothers, Wanda Santiago, Iris Santiago, Janet (Jason) Bonet, Jeremias (Lus) Santiago, Atilano (Waleska) Santiago III; other relatives and friends.  He was preceded in death by his brother, Pablo.

Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Thursday December 13, 2012, at 7 p.m.  Relatives and friends may meet at the funeral home Thursday from 5 p.m. until time of service at 7 p.m.  Interment will be held at Graceland Cemetery.

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

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Marshall Egan

Marshall Egan, 76, of Racine, passed on peacefully and in the presence of many loved ones on Saturday, December 8, 2012, at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints Hospital. Marshall was born in Racine, Wisconsin, on March 13, 1936, to Frank and Mary (nee Gray) Egan. He first met his wife, Heather (nee Black) Egan, when they were both 4 years old. They graduated from Washington Park High School (Class of 1954) and were married for 56 years.

Marshall coached many years for the YWCA Girls’ Swim Team, Mt. Pleasant Boys’ Softball and Racine Youth Boys’ Basketball teams. Marshall was a past YMCA Camp Anokijig Board Member and a past member of the Racine Chapter of Rotary International. Additionally, he served Holy Communion Lutheran Church as a Church Council Member and as Sunday School Superintendent. He also enjoyed the Church Couples’ Bowling League.  Marshall was employed by Western Publishing Company, Foundry Allied, Pottinger Steel and Lake Shore Steel (Chicago) primarily as a sales manager.

Marshall loved and was proud of his family members. He is survived by his wife, Heather, and their five children, April Egan and husband, Kevin Lawless, of Edina, Minnesota; Holly Egan and husband, Jamie Hazelton, of Corte Madera, California; Anne Black of Alexandria, Virginia; Toby Egan and his wife, Angela Bies, of Indianapolis, Indiana; and Tad Egan, and his wife, Laura Egan, of Racine. Marshall also had a special place in his heart for their five grandchildren: Emma and Cassia Egan-Lawless, Christopher Black, Aniela “Ella” Egan, and Nicole Pope. His parents preceded Marshall in death.

A steadfast Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears, and UW-Badger sports fan, Marshall also enjoyed time with family at Gilbert Lake in Wild Rose, Wisconsin. Marshall loved caring for his many pets over the years and leaves behind his cat, Henry.

During his lifetime in Racine, Marshall was a caring community member, neighbor and friend, who lent his open mind, helping hands and loving heart.

A special thanks to the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics -- including Dr. Charles Acher, Mary Randel, Dr. Gregory Gauthier, Connie Hacker, Dr. Amish Raval, and their staffs for all they did for Marshall over the past 13 years. Marshall’s life was extended due to their loving, thoughtful, and professional care.

 A private celebration of Marshall’s life will be held in 2013.

In honor of Marshall, a scholarship fund has been established at Educators Credit Union.  Monetary donations may be sent to The Marshall Egan Scholarship Fund, 4418 Garden Drive, Racine, WI 53403.  The purpose of the fund is to support the needs of 1st generation college students – not to include Egan family members.

You will be missed, Marshall!

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

Alice M. (Nehrbass) Brill

Plymouth, MN – Alice M. Brill, age 98, passed away peacefully Saturday, December 8, 2012, in Plymouth, Minnesota. Alice was born in Athens, WI, on April 24, 1914, daughter of the late Fred and Helen (Nee:  Thurman) Nehrbass.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Henry C Brill; two sisters, one brother, and one grandson.    She is survived by her children, Joyce (Anthony) DeMatthew and Henry F. (Paula) Brill; seven grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, one sister, one brother, nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends.

Alice will be missed by all and will be remembered for her wonderful meals. She worked as a cook for Wells Brothers restaurant and cook and housekeeper for Father Richard Molter for many years.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, December 15, 2012,  at 10:30 a.m. at St. Edward Catholic Church, 1430 Grove Ave., with Rev. Richard J. Molter officiating.  Entombment will follow at Holy Cross Garden Mausoleum, Hwy 32.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family on Saturday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass at 10:30 a.m.   In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Edwards School, or St. Catherine's High School.

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803 Main St., Racine  (262) 634-7888

Friday, December 7, 2012

Barbara L. (Schwabe) Pruessing

Barbara L. Pruessing, age 55, passed away early Friday morning, December 7, 2012, at Froedtert Lutheran Memorial Hospital. Barbara was born in Fort Atkinson, WI, on December 10, 1956, daughter of Richard and Isla (nee: Austreng) Schwabe.

Barb graduated from UW-Whitewater with a degree in Education and earned her Master's in Education recently from National Louis University. She was employed with Racine Unified teaching math and science the last fourteen years at Starbuck Middle School, and previously at Fratt and Gilmore.

On May 15, 1993, she was united in marriage to Paul M. Pruessing and they shared nineteen wonderful years together. Barb was active and had many extensive travels through her association as a leader with the People to People Student Ambassador program. She was also past President and Queen of the Racine Soap Box Derby, and also helped at the national level.

Barb was a member of Mt. Pleasant Lutheran Church. In her spare time, she enjoyed shopping, gardening, and her Coca Cola collection. Above all she loved her time spent with her family, especially with her grandchildren, and her canine buddy Tehya. She will be greatly missed.

Survivors include her loving husband, Paul; her children, Lindsay (Jesse) Liss of Delavan, Frank "Tony" Boggs (Jessica Dickson) of Mobile, AL; grandchildren, Collin, Ian and Harley; parents, Richard Schwabe, Isla Schwabe; brothers, Michael Schwabe, Larry (Shirley) Schwabe, David (Vickie) Schwabe, Melvin Schwabe; sisters, Gerri (Larry) Sontag, Marie Wiegand (Gary) Martynink; sister-in-law, Rev. Pamela Kerschner; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services celebrating Barbara's fifty-six years will be held at Mt. Pleasant Lutheran Church, 1700 S. Green Bay Rd., on her birthday, Monday, December 10, 2012, at 6 p.m., with Rev. Kara Baylor officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church Monday from 3 p.m. until time of service at 6  p.m. Memorials to the family for a scholastic fund to be established in Barbara's name have been suggested.

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

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Connie K. (Cowan) Grebetz

Connie K. Grebetz, age 50, passed away Thursday, December 6, 2012, with her family by her side. Connie was born in Norfolk, Virginia, on November 22, 1962, daughter of Lawrence and Kathleen (Nee: Cuzner) Cowan.

Connie graduated from Walden III High School, class of 1980, where she was know as “Slim” to many. This is where she met the love of her life, and was united in marriage to David M. Grebetz on September 3, 1983. She was employed by Allesee Orthodontic Appliances as an Orthodontic Lab Technician. She was a member of Evangelical United Methodist Church. Always a bundle of energy, Connie loved a nice steak and a good glass of wine. She kept active camping, kayaking, hiking, skiing, snow shoeing, biking, running, gardening, decorating, antiquing and motor cycling, all with her lover and best friend by her side. She will forever be remembered for her radiant smile, stunning blue eyes, and zest for life.  She was a great mother, wife and loyal friend and will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her husband, David;, sons and daughter-in-law, Taylor and Mikki Grebetz, and Maxwell Grebetz; parents, Lawrence (Patricia) Cowan, Kathy Hyatt (Tom Bergmann), brother, Patrick (Kathy) Cowan; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Arthur (Judith) Grebetz; brother-in-law, Kevin Grebetz; nephews, Haydon, Evan and Mason Cowan, Trenton Grebetz; niece, Amanda Trimberger; special friends, Deke and Devon Schwaab, other relatives and many dear friends.  She was preceded in death by her grandparents.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 14, 2012, at Evangelical United Methodist Church, 212 11th St., at 7 p.m. with Rev. Creighton Kaye officiating.  Visitation and time to meet with the family will be held on Friday at the church from 4 p.m. until the time of the service.  An Irish Wake celebrating Connie’s life will immediately follow.  Memorials to Evangelical United Methodist Church or River Bend Nature Center, 3600 North Green Bay Road, Racine WI 53404 have been suggested by the family.

A very special thank you to Dr. Ben George and the entire staff at Froedert Memorial Hospital.

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803 Main St., Racine  (262) 634-7888

David Joseph Olley

David Joseph Olley, age 71, passed away on December 6, 2012, at Lakeland Regional Hospital, Lakeland, Florida. David was born in Racine WI, on June 11, 1941, son of the late George Walter and Alvina Catherine (nee: Meyer) Olley.

On October 21, 1941, he was united in marriage to Gail Hansen at St. Patrick’s Church.

David is survived by his loving wife, Gail; his two sisters, Sister Michelle and Sister Betty Olley, of Racine; brother, Francis (Doc) of Franksville; sister-in-law Gladys Olley of Franksville; brother-in-law, Jeffery Hansen of Racine. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his two brothers, Rev. Edmund and Donald Olley; and two sisters-in-law, JoAnn and Nancy. Recently his brother, Raymond Olley, passed away on May 12, 2013.

A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church 1100 Erie St., on Saturday, June 8, 2013, at 11 a.m. Private internment will be held at Calvary Cemetery at a later date. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorials to family, Health Care Network or St. Catherine’s High School have been suggested.

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

Craig Griffith

Craig L. Griffith, age 79, passed away Thursday, December 6, 2012, at Froedtert Memorial Hospital. He was born in Racine on March 1, 1933, son of the late Winfield and Alice (Née: Kappel) Griffith.

Craig graduated from Washington Park High School "Class of 1951." On November 7, 1959, he was united in marriage to Mary L. Presta, who preceded him in death on April 22, 2010.

Craig was employed by J.I. Case Co for 20 years, retiring in 1992. He previously was employed with Gorton Machine Co. In his spare time, Craig enjoyed golfing. He will be dearly missed.

Surviving are his children, Thomas Griffith of Madison, Gerald (Teresa) Griffith of Lancaster, OH, Louis (Brenda) Griffith of Racine; eight grandchildren; sisters, Nanjean (Harold) Beck of NC, Doris Mae Zimmerman of Racine, Suzette (Daniel) Cabush of Racine; brother-in-law, Eugene Presta of Racine; other relatives and dear friends.

Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, December 12, 2012, at noon with Rev. John Fleming officiating. Entombment will be held at Holy Cross Mausoleum, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Wednesday from 10 a.m until time of service.

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803 Main St., Racine   (262) 634-7888

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Gunter E. Kramer

Gunter Erick Kramer, age 83, passed away Wednesday, December 5, 2012, at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints Medical Center.  He was born in Schweidnitz, Germany, on August 3, 1929, son of the late Wilhelm and Martha (Nee: Hiecel) Kramer.

Gunter immigrated to the United States in 1955, to Florida and then to Racine.  On August 10, 1974, he was united in marriage to Maria H. Kröschel.  Gunter was employed by Hartman Hydraulics for many years, retiring in 1991 from Rexford Corp.  He also worked at Quad Machine Co. for a number of years and enjoyed fishing.  Gunter was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who will be dearly missed.

Surviving are his loving wife of 38 years, Maria; his sons, Peter (Jackie) Kramer of Indianapolis, IN, George Kramer of Stanley, WI; five grandchildren, Paul (Julie) Kramer, Eric and Kari Kramer, Tabitha Scruggs, Katelyn Christensen; great-grandchildren, Justin and Christian Kramer; brother, Rudolph Kramer of Germany; special friend, Sally Hudec and son, Dennis; other relatives and dear friends.

Private services with entombment will be held at Holy Cross Mausoleum, Hwy 32.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Sally Hudec for her loving and compassionate care.

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

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

R.J. Monroe

R. J. Monroe “Russell Joel Turner,” age 15, passed away Tuesday, December 4, 2012.  R.J. was born in Alpharetta, Georgia, on February 23, 1997, son of Jeana (Nee:  Turner) Monroe and Anthony Dupee.

R.J. attended Trevor Grade School, Badger High School, Lake Geneva, and was currently attending William Horlick High School.  In his spare time he loved playing video games, basketball and watching sports, especially the Milwaukee Brewers and Green Bay Packers.  He will be best remembered as a great kid with an abundance of love for everyone and who everyone loved abundantly.  He will be greatly missed.

Survivors include his parents, Jeana (Scott) Monroe of Racine, Anthony (Angie) Dupee of Lake Geneva; brother and sisters, Nathan, Cheyenne, Lex, Ashley and Max; his grandparents, Richard Turner, Joy Dupee, Mark and Lynn Monroe; great-grandparents, Norbert and Bev Landreman, Ruth and Richard Mondrzejewski; aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and dear friends.  He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Barbara Turner.

Funeral services will be held Friday, December 7, 2012, at noon at the funeral home.  Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32.  Relatives and friends may meet with family Friday at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until time of service at noon.  Memorials to the family have been suggested.

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

Monday, December 3, 2012

Florence 'Mickey' E. (Schorle) Grey

Florence E. Grey, “Mickey,” age 89, passed away Monday, Dec 3, 2012, at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints Medical Center.  She was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on September 28, 1923, the first of  three children of the late Albert and Gladys (Nee: Conrad) Schorle.

As a young girl, her father’s job brought the family to Toronto, Canada.  Mickey took an early interest in music and learned to play the trumpet.    In 1948 she toured with Virgil Whyte’s All Girl Band.  Later she settled down in Washington, D.C., and worked for the U.S. Department of the Treasury.  During this time she also taught herself the bass and played and sang in a girls trio.   After three years she returned home to Toronto. Saxophonist Norbert Gosieski knew Mickey back in 1947 while she was working at a Racine factory office.  When he was discharged as a U.S. Army Bandsman in 1953 he called Toronto and asked her to join his quartet to tour professionally.

On August 6, 1955, in Traverse City, MI, they were united in marriage.  Mickey and Norby played with their quartet for many years while at the same time running the family business, Gosieski Music, from 1956 until their retirement in 1999.  Mickey was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who will be dearly missed.

Surviving are her husband of 57 years, Norby; her daughter, Noreen (Nate) Lienhard of Wayne, NJ; granddaughter, Karlyn  Lienhard;  brothers, Albert (Jean) Schorle, Donald Schorle of Canada; other relatives and dear friends.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Mike; sister-in-law, Trudy Whyte; brothers-in-law, George Gosieski and Chester Goss.

Private services will be held.

Being an avid Mickey Rooney fan as a child, she adopted the nickname “Mickey,” which stuck for the rest of her life.

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

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Mary Ann (Nelson) Caffery

Mary Ann Caffery, age 79, passed away at Wheaton Franciscan Hospital on Sunday, December 2, 2012. She was born in Rock Island, IL, on January 5, 1933. She was the daughter of the late Konrad and Margaret (Schroeder) Nelson.

Mary Ann was a graduate of Rock Island High School “Class of 1951.”  She was united in marriage to Richard T. Caffery on April 18, 2009, in Racine, WI, and was previously married to Adrian Beaudry, who passed away in 2000. She was a former member, board member and volunteer for over thirty-five years at Trinity Medical Center, formerly Franciscan Hospital, and St. Anthony’s Hospital of Rock Island. In her spare time she was an avid walker. Above all she treasured her time with family and friends.

She is survived by her husband, Richard Caffery of Racine; her son, Eric Beaudry of Rock Island; her daughter, Dee Dee (Mike) Doeckel of Woodstock, GA; her grandchildren, Dan Beaudry, Kaitlin and Landon Doeckel and Jennifer (John) Haig; three great-grandchildren, Arista, Aislyn and Cullen Haig; sister, Donnie (Ed) Cwynar of Rockford, IL, and two stepsons, Brandon (and daughter, Lindsey) and Brian Beaudry; nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. In addition to her parents and first husband she was preceded in death by her daughter, Sheree Woodburn, who passed away in 1995; and sister, Sonya Caffery in 2007.

Funeral services will be held at the Wheelan-Pressley Funeral Home, 3030 7th Ave., in Rock Island, IL, on Thursday, December 6, 2012, at 1 p.m. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Thursday from 11 a.m. until time of service at 1 p.m. Interment will follow at Rock Island Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to Friends of Trinity, 2170 17th St., Rock Island, IL 61201.

A private celebration of life will be held in Racine at a later date.

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

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Rose Marie (Holbik) Kandl

Rose M. Kandl, age 94, passed away Wednesday, November 28, 2012, at Willowcrest Care Center, South Milwaukee.  Rose was born in Racine on January 10, 1918, daughter of the late John M. and Frances (Nee:  Kovarik) Holbik.

Rose was a graduate of William Horlick High School.  She was united in marriage to Robert E. Kandl, Sr. in June 1937, at St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church; he preceded her in death on January 5, 1995.  She retired from Massey Ferguson, where she was employed as a key punch operator for twenty-three years.  After she retired she moved to Santa Barbara, California, with her husband where she volunteered for many years at St. Francis Hospital in Montecito, CA.  In 1985, she returned to Racine, where she would now spend time with her family and friends, shopping, luncheons and aerobics.  She was a devoted Christian and a longtime member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Survivors include her daughter-in-law, JoAnn Kandl of Racine; three grandchildren, Michael S. (Anita) Kandl of Burlington, Jodie (Eric) Webber of Racine, Shelly (John) Mertins of Melbourne, FL; her ten great-grandchildren, Shannyn Kandl, Stephanie Kandl, Melissa Kandl, Shelby Kandl, Nichole Pitchford and Sean Pitchford, Jessica Gorman, Taylor Gorman, Andrew Mertins and Luke Mertins; and seven great-great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Irene Holbik; nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends.  In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her son, Robert E. Kandl, Jr.; her great-grandson, John Thomas Mertins; her brothers, Emil, Charles, John (Evelyne), Edward (Edith), Walter (Mary), and Frank; her sisters, Elsie (Thomas) Roberts and Helen Holbik.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, December 6, 2012, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1533 Erie St., with Rev. Steve Varghese officiating.  Entombment will follow at Holy Cross Garden Mausoleum, Hwy 32.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family Thursday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of Mass at 11 a.m.

The family would like to express a heartfelt thank you to St. Monica’s Senior Citizen Home and to Willowcrest Care Center for their kind and gentle care with our Grandmother.

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

Monday, November 26, 2012

Grant 'Butch' W. Evans Sr.

Grant “Butch” W. Evans Sr., age 71, passed away Monday, November 26, 2012, at Wheaton Franciscan – All Saints Medical Center.  Grant was born in Chicago, IL, on July 23, 1941, son of the late John and Helen (Nee:  White) Evans.

Grant was a graduate of William Horlick High School “Class of 1960.”  On August 5, 1989, he was united in marriage to Mary Lou MIkulesky.  Grant retired from J.I. Case Company after thirty-five years of service.    An avid outdoorsman, Grant enjoyed deer hunting and fishing, and was a huge NASCAR fan.  He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Survivors include his loving wife of twenty-three years, Mary Lou; his three children, Grant (Sandra) Evans Jr., Alfred (Cherie) Evans, Natalie Evans; eleven grandchildren, Sherry (Oscar) Arguello, Michelle, Grant III, Joseph, Matthew, and Genessa Evans, Crystal and Dustin Costanzo, Marie Hadlock, Patricia Garcia, JoAnna Smart; fifteen great-grandchildren; three stepchildren, Ed Despins, Gene Despins, Larry Pedersen; seven step-grandchildren, Mark, Danny, Lexi, Mark, Riley, Marial, and Bradee; sister, Helen “Sis” M. Brook; brother, Jack (Beverly) Evans; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jim (Marilyn) Ratliff; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Roberta Mcfalane and Jill Mordja.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 1, 2012, at 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home.  Interment will follow at Mound Cemetery.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family Friday at the funeral home from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and Saturday at the funeral home from 9 a.m. until time of service at 9:30 a.m.

A very special thank you to the doctors and nurses at Wheaton Franciscan for their kindness and compassionate care.

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

Warren L. Barrows

Warren L. Barrows, age 86, passed away Monday, November 26, 2012, at Wheaton-Franciscan All Saints Medical Center.  Warren was born in Racine on April 10, 1926, son of the late William and Viola (nee: Lentz) Barrows.

On January 5, 1957, he was united in marriage to Eula C. Miller at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, where he was a longtime member and member of their choir. Warren was employed by Eckmann Press Metal Company for thirty-six years, retiring in 1989. In his younger years he was an excellent softball player.  Later in life he enjoyed playing pool, horseshoes and bowling.  He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his loving wife of fifty-five years, Eula; his children, Randy (Sonja) Barrows of Cambridge, MN, Scott (Judy) Barrows of Clearwater Beach, FL, Cameron Barrows of Racine; six grandchildren, Jason (Kari) Barrows, Eric (Jenny) Barrows, Jenny (Bill) Barnwell, Nicholas (Megan) Barrows, Brandon (Erin) Barrows, Amber Celeste; his ten great-grandchildren, Makenzie, Allison, Hailey, Cadance, Kayla, Carly, Brett, Bria, Bryce, Juda; brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, LeRoy Bower of Sturtevant, Ralph and Delores Miller of Racine; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Phyllis (nee: Jensen); his brother, Donald, who was killed in World War II; and by his sister, Arlene Bower.

Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Friday November 30, 2012, at 1:30 p.m., with Rev. Jane Fryda officiating. Entombment with Full Military Honors will follow at Graceland Cemetery.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family Friday at the funeral home from noon until time of service at 1:30 p.m.

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

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Leland Duff

Leland Duff, age 67, passed away Saturday, November 24, 2012, at his residence. Leland was born in Antigo, WI, on June 6, 1945, son of the late Robert and Ethel (Nee: Kolot) Duff.

Leland was employed by J.I. Case Company for thirty years, retiring in 1993. He enjoyed time spent volunteering at the Labor Center and frequenting various casinos with friends throughout the years. Leland will be best remembered as a loving father and grandfather, and will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his children, Ken (Sherri) Duff of Racine, Deanna “DeeDee” (Franco) Aluigi of Harrison Township, MI; five grandchildren, Nicole Duff (Tom Tishken), Sara (Dan) Robakowski, Jordan (Gina) Catrine, Dana Lacy, Danielle Aluigi (fiancé, Justin Regan); great-grandchildren, Brayden and Gavin Lacy; his loving companion of eighteen years, fiancée, Karen Wenzel, and her daughters, Renee Wenzel, Kim (William) Schaeffer; grandchildren, Nathan Walling (fiancée, Krista), Megan Walling, Carley and Collin Schaeffer; great-grandchildren, Damien and Katrina; brothers, Paul Duff of Racine, Ivan (Laurie) Duff of Antigo; sister-in-law, Gretchen Duff of Green Bay; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to his parents, Leland was preceded in death by his brother, Bruce; and sister-in-law, Pat Duff.

Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Thursday November 29, 2012, at 6 p.m. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home Thursday from 3 p.m. until time of service at 6 p.m. Interment will be held at Bent Cemetery, Antigo, WI, on Friday at 2 P.M.

The family extends a special thank you to the entire staff at Allay Home and Hospice for all of their care.

MARESH-MEREDITH & ACKLAM FUNERAL HOME
803 Main St. Racine (262) 634-788

Sharon J. (Michalek) Rosman

Sharon Jean Rosman, age 73, passed away Saturday, November 24, 2012, at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints Medical Center, the day after her 55th wedding anniversary to her soul mate, Lyle. She was born in Racine on December 11, 1938, daughter of Charles and Bertha (nee: Yunker) Michalek.

Sharon attended William Horlick High School “Class of 1956.”  On November 23, 1957, she was united in marriage to Lyle J. Rosman. Sharon worked at Hamilton Beach and retired from In-Sink-Erator in 2000 after 33 years of service.

Sharon and Lyle loved to travel all over the world and had marvelous adventures together. Along with her dear cousin Diane and her husband, Dan, she and Lyle enjoyed many years of playing bridge and casino trips. Not only was Sharon a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she leaves with her family many cherished memories that will last a lifetime.

Surviving are her husband, Lyle; daughters, Dana Moes, Gail Rosman and husband Keven Krasny; grandchildren, Lauren Moes (Jeremy Harrop), Katie Moes (Dayne Szymandera), Nick Moes; great-grandchildren, Lilian and Tennison Harrop; Sharon’s sister, Betty Wellspring; and other relatives and dear friends.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister-in-law, June Danake.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, November 28, 2012, from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. at Maresh-Meredith and Acklam Funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Jude’s Children Hospital have been suggested.

The family wishes to extend their deep appreciation to Drs. Michael Mullane, Lisa Wolf, Steven Ryder and their staffs, and the nurses and aides on floor 3B at All Saints. A special thank you to Mary, RN at Wheaton Hospice, and to Sharon’s close friends, Tina Jensen and Laura Maki.

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

Friday, November 23, 2012

William O. Vandiford Jr.

Surrounded by his loving family, William O. Vandiford Jr., age 64, passed away Friday, November 23, 2012, at his residence. William was born in North Carolina on March 14, 1948, son of the late William O. and Hettie (Nee: Jones) Vandiford Sr.

A veteran of twenty years, William proudly served in the United States Navy in Vietnam. On December 12, 1970, at Emmanuel Lutheran Church he was united in marriage to Jackie L. Hudson. He was employed as an electrician at P.D.I. for many years. Known for using a dollar for a bookmark, William enjoyed reading his favorite books over and over. He was also passionate about playing World of Warcraft on the computer and engaging in lively debates over current events with his friends. Most of all, he was a loving and caring southern gentleman who will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his loving wife of forty-two years, Jackie; his three children, Mariah, Oscar and Rosa; brother, Cleo Vandiford; sister, Monica (Jimmy) Cayton; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Jeri Smith (Ray), Terri (Dave) Braun, Tammy Hudson; nieces, nephews, other relatives, many dear friends; and his late-night snacking buddy, Maggie. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Glenda Harper.

A private memorial service was held.

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

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Timothy G. Kortendick

Sister Bay, WI -- Timothy George Kortendick, 55, formerly of Racine, passed away at his home in Sister Bay Wednesday morning, November 21, 2012, with his family at his side after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born on February 5, 1957, in Racine, the son of Kenneth George and Dorothy Ann (Hagner) Kortendick. Tim was a 1975 graduate of Horlick High School in Racine. On October 18, 1981, he married Heidi Lynn Wolter at Grace Lutheran Church in Racine.

Tim was employed with the family business in Racine, Better Building by Weather-Seal. He relocated to Door County where he worked for D.C. Interiors and Design for the past year.

Throughout his life, Tim preferred to keep his mind and body busy. He loved listening to music, eating good food, and traveling with close friends and family. He was also an avid reader who especially enjoyed biographies and books about history. As a skilled woodworker with high standards, Tim enjoyed building furniture and remodeling his living space. He also had a passion for Formula 1 Racing and was a member of the SCCA – Sports Car Club of America. His daughters will remember him for the dedication he showed in helping them to pursue their interests, his patient encouragement both in times of sadness and success, and his sense of humor, which was especially present when relaxing with his family.

Left to mourn Tim’s passing are his wife, Heidi; three daughters, Brittany of Racine, Alissa and Colleen, both of Boston, MA; parents, Kenneth and Dorothy Kortendick of Racine; brother, Andrew (Julie) Kortendick of Sturtevant; two sisters, Cindy (Jeff) DeMarb of Fond du Lac, and Susan Kortendick of Evanston, IL.

A memorial service will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 25, 2012, at Maresh-Meredith Funeral Home in Racine with Rev. Randall Poppe officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday from 5:30 p.m. until the time of services at 7:30 p.m.

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