Sunday, April 29, 2012

Donald G. Kirt Sr.

Donald G. Kirt Sr., age 81, passed away Sunday, April 29, 2012, at Oak Ridge Care Center, Union Grove, WI. Donald was born in Racine, September 17, 1930, son of Edward and Mabel (Nee: Bark) Kirt.

Don graduated from St. John Nepomuk Grade School, then attended St. Francis de Sales Seminary before graduating from St. Catherine’s High School. He went on to study speech and drama at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During the Korean War, Don served in the United States Army as 2nd Lieutenant while stationed in Germany.

Various career paths were taken through the years. Don worked for Rogan Shoes before opening his own shoe business, Key Shoe Outlets, with stores located in downtown Racine and South Bend, IN. He also was the manager of Hotel Racine on Monument Square, then served again as manager years later when it was converted to the Racine Motor Inn. Don served as administrator of St. Monica’s Senior Citizen Home. He also enjoyed his time as a radio broadcaster at WISC (Madison), WRAC and WRJN in Racine. Sales became his focus when he worked in advertising for National Merchandising, in auto sales (co-owner) at Belle Auto Mart, and then as a realtor and mortgage loan officer in Illinois.

Don served as President of the Racine Businessmen’s Association, Vice-President of the Racine Art Association, and Racine Crusade Chairman for the American Cancer Society, as well as many other art and business associations. Don’s love for the stage was highlighted as he performed in nearly forty productions with the Racine Theatre Guild. He also was an award-winning artist (watercolor and oil paintings) showing work at Wustum Art Museum and throughout Wisconsin, Illinois and Arizona at various art shows and museums.

Don enjoyed spending time with his friends during their weekly handball games at the YMCA, riverboating down the Mississippi River, and playing with the bridge club. An avid fisherman, Don spent many weekends aboard his boat on Lake Michigan and throughout Wisconsin. He retired to Sun Lakes, AZ, where he volunteered as a local cable news anchor for SLN-TV. He also enjoyed traveling with friends and spent many nights dancing with the ladies!

 Of course, his favorite volunteer position was serving as Assistant Coach to the Green Bay Packers every week from the comfort of his living room. They rarely listened…especially during the 1970s.

Survivors include his children, Donald (Maureen) Kirt Jr., Kara (Jeff) Wunderle; his grandchildren, Nicole Kirt, Alex Kirt, Sam Wunderle, Madeline Wunderle; his mother, Mabel Kirt; sisters and brother, Nancy (Glenn) Pfeffer, Dennis (Diane) Kirt, Laurine (Paul) Gedemer; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Edward Kirt; former wives, Marilyn (Nee: Duffy), and Sue (Nee: Giovannoni).

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, May 5, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Sean Granger officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Saturday at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m.

A very special thank you to the caregivers at Oak Ridge for their loving and compassionate care given to Donald for the last five years.

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

Friday, April 27, 2012

Ellen E. Anderson

Ellen E. Anderson, age 94, passed away Friday, April 27, 2012, at Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation, Burlington, WI. Ellen was born in Racine, November 7, 1917, daughter of the late James and Eda (Nee: Ferber) Anderson.

Ellen was a longtime member of first Evangelical Lutheran Church. She was employed by the YMCA in food service for many years, retiring in 1982. Ellen enjoyed traveling and ballroom dancing and the dance lessons she took from Arthur Murray School of Dance. She will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her sister-in-law, Joyce Anderson; nieces and nephews, Robert (Judy) Anderson, Richard (Chris) Anderson, James (Cathy) Anderson, Patricia (Bruce) Nowak; grandnieces, grandnephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers, Raymond and Willard; a sister, Mildred Schoeppe; and a sister-in-law, Leona Anderson.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 2, 2012, at 11 a.m. at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 728 Villa St., with Reverend Aaron Dolan officiating. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet Wednesday at the church from 10:30 a.m. until time of service.

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

Mildred "Millie" L. Cordova

Mildred L. Cordova, age 46, passed away Friday, April 27, 2012, at Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital, Wauwatosa, WI. Millie was born in Chicago, IL, on November 20, 1965, daughter of Ruben Cordova and Olga M. Rios. She was a loving and devoted mother who will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her loving son, Jonathan Torres; her parents, Ruben Cordova, Olga Rios; sister and brothers, Damaris (David) Vargas, Ruben (Zory) Cordova, Idaliz (Elias) Cordova; the father of her son, Abel Torres; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

Funeral services will be held at Iglesia Canaan, Templo de Restauracion, 1119 Kewaunee St., Racine. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church Thursday, May 3, from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. and Friday, May 4, from 9 a.m. until time of service at noon. Interment will follow at Graceland Cemetery.

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

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Lois Lorraine Reinke

Lois L. Reinke, 82, joined the Lord in heaven on Thursday, April 26, 2012, at Becker-Shoop Center in Mt. Pleasant.

She was born on November 19, 1929, to the late Otto and Evelyn (nee: Avery) Reinke in Minot, North Dakota.

She had been employed by Motor Specialty for 36 years before her retirement in 1995. Lois enjoyed drawing, sculpting, painting pictures and photographs.

Lois will be dearly missed by her sister and brother-in-law, Coleen (Clifford) Miller; nephews, Randolph, Scott and Steve Miller; niece, Lori (Jesus) Huarota; grandnieces and nephews, Kendra, Michelle, Connor, Carson and R.J.; as well as her special cat, Molly.

Private services in honor of Lois were held. Interment took place in Trinity Cemetery in Fall Creek, WI.

The family would like to thank Julie Miller and the staff at Becker-Shoop and Allay Hospice for their kind and compassionate care during this difficult time.

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

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Pastor Raymond Allan Christenson

Surrounded by his loving family, Pastor Raymond Allan Christenson, age 49, passed away Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at Aurora VNA Zilber Family Hospice, Wauwatosa, WI. He was born in Sioux City, IA, on June 24, 1962, son of Rene and Gloria (Nee: Wyatt) Antreassian.

Raymond was a graduate of William Horlick High School “Class of 1980.” On October 9, 1982, in Racine he was united in marriage to Kim M. Highman. Raymond’s passion was preaching the gospel. He founded the Gospel Lighthouse Church and served as pastor for eighteen years. He also served as chaplain of the Mt. Pleasant Police Department and as bishop of the North Central District Pentecostal Church of God. Ray had been in the auto body business since age 16 and worked at Racine Auto Body for the past twenty-five years. His pastimes included baseball, basketball, golfing and camping at River Bend Resort. More than anything, he treasured time with his family. He will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his loving wife, Kim; his children, Ray (Cynthia) Christenson Jr., Ashley Christenson, Caleb Christenson; his three grandchildren, Jaidyn-Ray, Mason, Eliana; his father, Rene Antreassian; sisters and brother, Lisa (Mike) Mehevic, Renee (Matt) Chamberlain, Andre (Lori) Antreassian; mother-in-law, Marilyn Highman; brothers-in-law, Thomas Highman, Craig (Marci) Highman, Jeff (Jenny) Highman, Kevin Highman; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. He was preceded in death by his son, Bradley Thomas; his mother, Gloria Antreassian; father, Allan Christenson; and his sister, Tammy Christenson.

A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, April 29, 2012, at 6 p.m. at the Gospel Lighthouse Church, 1230 6th St., with Raymond Christenson Jr. officiating. (Please enter church from Water Street.) Relatives and friends may meet with the family Sunday at the church from 3 p.m. until time of service at 6 p.m.

A very special thank you to Dr. Turaga and Dr. Ingels and Zilber Hospice for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Shirley A. (Lamers) Runkel

Shirley A. Runkel, age 81, passed away Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at her residence in Hutto, Texas. Shirley was born in Racine on February 4, 1931, daughter of the late John and Annette (Nee: Haas) Lamers.

On April 22, 1950, at Waukegan, IL, she was united in marriage to James Runkel, who preceded her in death, May 24, 2001. She was employed for many years as an inspector at E.C. Styberg Engineering Company. Shirley was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She enjoyed reading in her spare time. She will be remembered as a loving and devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her children, Jim (Paulette) Runkel of Racine, Kim Runkel of Tarpin Springs, FL, Tim Runkel of Hutto, TX, Tom Runkel of Sturtevant, Nancy (Bill) Collentine of Hutto, TX; her eight grandchildren, Cory, Kip, Timmy, Lori, Jason, Megan, Carly and Kady; ten great-grandchildren and one due in June; brothers and sister, Jim (Judy) Lamers of Racine, Joe (Barb) Lamers of Fort Myers, FL, Katherine (Don) Skorkie of Pickens, SC, Mike (Cathy) Lamers of Racine; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by her son, Danny; brothers, Lawrence Lamers, John (Lorna) Lamers; and a nephew, Rodney Lamers.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, May 4, 2012, at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2201 Northwestern Ave., with Rev. Ronald O. Crewe officiating. Interment will follow at Holy Family Cemetery, Caledonia. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Thursday at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. and Friday at the church from 9:15 a.m. until 9:45 a.m.

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

Frank P. Zurawski

Surrounded by his loving family, Frank P. Zurawski, age 89, passed away Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at his residence. Frank was born in Racine, January 25, 1923, son of the late Alex and Anna (Nee: Brodzinski) Zurawski.

Frank was a graduate of William Horlick High School “Class of 1941.” During World War II from 1946-1947 Frank proudly served in the United States Army in the occupational forces stationed in Austria. On May 10, 1947, at St. Matthew Catholic Church in Oak Creek he was united in marriage to Anna I. Noll. He was employed by SC Johnson for thirty-one years as a maintenance machinist until his retirement in 1984. He was a member of St. Rita Catholic Church and SC Johnson’s “20-Year Club.” He enjoyed fishing, bowling, golfing and especially loved gathering with his family at their home. He will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his loving wife of sixty-five years, Anna; his sons, Francis (Leanne) Zurawski, Gerald (Christine) Zurawski, Dan (Frankie) Zurawski, Patrick (Jackie) Zurawski; his grandchildren, Jennifer (David) Willing, Peter (Angela) Zurawski, Steven (Katie) Zurawski, Mark Zurawski, Adam (Nyla) Zurawski, Terasa (Jeremy) Haase, Andrew Zurawski, Alaina Zurawski (fiancé, Matthew Eckert), Sarah Zurawski, Amy Zurawski, Anna Zurawski, Katie Zurawski, Sam Zurawski; seven great-grandchildren; brothers and sister, Casimir Zurawski, Walter (Beverly) Zurawski, Don (Lee) Zurawski, Jan Caretta; sister-in-law and brothers-in-law, Frances (Stephen) Horvath, Laverne Noll, Lawrence Noll; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Paul Zurawski; brother, John Zurawski; and sisters, Helen Gemmell and Angeline Selear.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, April 30, 2012, at 11 a.m. at St. Rita Catholic Church, 4339 Douglas Ave., with Rev. Kevin Mullins O.S.A. officiating. Interment with full military honors will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church on Monday from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass at 11 a.m. Memorials to St. Catherine’s High School have been suggested.

A very special thank you to Wheaton Franciscan Hospice staff for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Alvina 'Peggy' M. (Love) Liljegren

Alvina “Peggy” M. Liljegren, age 75, passed away Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at Select Specialty Hospital, West Allis, WI. Alvina was born in Lily, Wisconsin, on November 30, 1936, daughter of the late Elroy and Esther (Nee: Boltz) Love.

She was raised in the Lansing, IA, Waukon, IA, and New Albin, IA, area. Alvina -- “Peggy” as we all called her -- went to Klamath Falls, Oregon to live with her Aunt Sylvia Tucker for two years and graduated from Klamath Falls High School. She then went to the Iowa State Teachers College for two years and met David E. Liljegren. They were united in marriage January 31, 1958. In October of 1959 they had a son, David Allan, the love of their life! 

Alvina completed her college degree at the Dominican College in Racine in 1968 and 1969. She taught second, third and fourth grades in Kenosha, WI, for over thirty years prior to retiring. Alvina was an active member of the Evangelical United Methodist Church, participating in their Adult Sunday School class. Alvina and Dave loved to travel and spend time with family. They always had a good time, whatever they did.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of fifty-four years, David E. Liljegren, on March 19, 2012; their son, David, on February 19, 2000; two brothers, Earl and Merlin; grandparents, Peter and Alvina Boltz; and two nephews, David Steele and Larry Gordon; brother-in-law, Donald Andrews; and sister-in-law, Phyllis Liljegren.

Survivors include her son and daughter, Chanhday and Liane Phanhdara of San Pablo, CA; three grandchildren, Dolly (Kosal) Sous, Buddy (Susan) Phanhdara, Valerie (Diovanne) Jugarap; five great-grandchildren; special Aunt Syliva Tucker of Bonsall, CA; special godson Tony Love of Las Vegas, NV; sisters, Jane Andrews of Chicago, IL, Edwina (Dave) Steele of New Albin, IA, Evelyn Gordon of Waterloo, IA, Grace Wellendorf of Onalaska, Lynn (Richard) Meiners of Eitzen, MN, Ruby(Johnny) Williams of LaCrosse; brothers, Donald (Teri) Love of Las Vegas, NV, Bill (Linda) Gordon of Duluth, MN, Laughn Gordon of Onalaska, Gary Gordon of Davenport, IA; brother-in-law, Richard Liljegren of Dayton, IA; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many dear friends.

Funeral services for Alvina and David Liljegren will be held Thursday, May 3, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the Evangelical United Methodist Church, 212 11th St., with Rev. Dr. Creighton Kaye and Rev. John Fleming officiating. Interment will follow at Mound 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 Evangelical United Methodist Church have been suggested.

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

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Milton Christian Petersen

Milton C. Petersen passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare- All Saints, just four months shy of his 97th birthday.

He was born in Racine on September 5, 1915, to the late Nels and Lily (nee: Anderson) Petersen. On September 16, 1939, he was united in marriage to Anna Marie “Becky” (nee: Beck) at Messiah Lutheran Church. They spent nearly 65 years together until she preceded him in death on January 18, 2004.

Milton was employed by Modine Manufacturing Company beginning in 1935. He served as a draftsman for 25 years before being promoted to Supervisor of the Drafting Department for over 20 years until his retirement in 1980. During WWII, Modine wrote the draft board to explain that Milton would best serve his country by remaining a draftsman at home. However, he did regret not being able to join his brothers in arms on the battlefield. After his retirement, he attended the Modine 20-year club and continued to do so until his passing.

Milton was a lifetime member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church where he served as a member of the church council, deacon, Sunday school teacher, led numerous Bible classes, and continued a tradition of leadership well into his 90's when he served as a youth mentor to confirmation students. He also taped every Sunday sermon and personally delivered the tapes to shut-ins from 1962 to 1998. Milton began singing at age 5 as a member of the Petersen Brothers Trio, where he sang and performed with his brothers for various groups at school and church. He belonged to the Our Savior's Lutheran Choir for 60 years, from age 20 to 80, the Modine Men’s Choir and the Midwestern Male Chorus. He also belonged to the Racine Churchmen’s Club. He was a master gardener of flowers, vegetables, fruit trees and berry bushes, a talent he learned as a child, where he grew up and lived on nine different farms and three houses all over Racine County.

Active to his last day, Milton loved to golf and fish, enjoyed bowling as a member of the church bowling league, and loved to travel extensively throughout the United States and abroad. He was also an active member of the Racine Athletic Club until the day he passed away. But most all, people will remember Milton as a distinguished gentleman, who was always friendly and positive to everyone he met.

He is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Becky and Rev. Dr. Robert Mortvedt; granddaughter, Clare (Jeff) Swenson; two great-grandsons, Nate and Nick Swenson; great-great-granddaughter, Jayme Swenson; grandson, Jake (Karen) Mortvedt; three granddaughters, Steffane, Katelynn and Delaynna; one grandson, Skyllar; two sisters, Doris Hanson and Eloise (Lowell) Yena; one brother, Elmer Petersen; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and numerous friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Marie “Becky”; sister, Vernetta Ness; and two brothers, Donald and Marvin Petersen.

A Celebration of Milton’s life will be held at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 2219 Washington Ave., on Saturday, April 28, 2012, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Ronald Ballew officiating. Relatives and friends are invited to meet the family on Saturday at church from 9 a.m. until the time of service. Private interment will be held at West Lawn Memorial Park. Memorials may be directed to Neighborhood Ministries of Our Savior's Lutheran Church and/or to Habitat for Humanity.

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

Monday, April 23, 2012

Lloyd G. Gorsiski

Lloyd G. Gorsiski, age 77, passed away Monday, April 23, 2012, at Season’s Hospice, Waukesha, WI. Lloyd was born in Racine, March 25, 1935, son of the late Stanley and Mabel (Nee: Potterville) Gorsiski.

Lloyd was a graduate of William Horlick High School “Class of 1954.” On June 4, 1955, at the EUB Lutheran Church in Racine he was united in marriage to Barbara M. Halbur. Lloyd retired from Sears in 1985 after thirty-two years of employment. He was actively involved with the Explorer Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps and volunteered for many years with Racine County Emergency Management. An avid sailor and life member of the Racine Yacht Club, Lloyd also was an avid amateur radio buff who belonged to the Amateur Radio Organization WB9RGO, Quarter-Century Wireless Association Inc. Chapter 162 and Chapter 55, ARRL, Milwaukee Repeater Club Inc., and the Wisconsin ARES/RACES. In his spare time he enjoyed building car and ship models, trips to the casino; but, more than anything, he cherished time spent with his family, especially his grandchildren. He will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his wife of fifty-six years, Barbara; his children, Gregory (Diana) Gorsiski of Petaluma, CA, Gail (John) Johnson of Racine; his five grandchildren, Ryan, Kyle, Trisha, Tracie and Noah; brother, Glenn (Karen) Gorsiski of Racine; sister, Sally Mathieus of Racine; sister-in-law, Susan Gorsiski of Racine; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandson, Benjamin; and brother, Robert.

Funeral services will be held Friday, April 27, 2012, at 9:30 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Carol Baumgartner officiating. Entombment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Thursday at the funeral home from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and Friday at the funeral home from 9 a.m. until time of service at 9:30 a.m.

Lloyd’s family wishes to extend a special thank you to the entire staff of Season’s Hospice for their loving and compassionate care.

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

James Charles Hamilton

James Charles Hamilton, 69, passed away on Monday, April 23, 2012, at his residence.

James was born in Racine to the late George and Viola (nee: Kuklinski) Hamilton on February 16, 1943, and lived most of his life in Racine County. On March 28, 1964, he was united in marriage to Nancy (nee: Youngs) and together they shared 48 years.

James had been employed by Case for over 30 years until his retirement in 1992. He was an avid gardener who enjoyed working in his flower beds and, he also enjoyed going to classic car shows.

He will be dearly missed by his wife, Nancy; children, Terri (Andy) Hapanowicz, Kimberly (Roman) Anchondo, and Douglas Hamilton; daughter-in-law, Maritza Hamilton; sisters, Marlene Ferg and Marjorie (Donald) Anderson; sister-in-law, Peggy Behling; brother-in-law, Tony Behling; grandchildren, Kayla Hamilton, Devon Maritch-Moyer, Brooke and Jessica Anchondo, Lukas and Gabriel Hapanowicz, Serena Hamilton, and Bailey Metz; his cat, Chloe; close friends, Ken Otwaska and Richard Krause; as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, Randal Hamilton; parents, Viola and George Hamilton; and brother, George Hamilton, Jr.

Memorial services in honor of James were private. Inurnment took place at West Lawn Memorial Park.

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

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Donald Charles Smith


Burlington –  Donald C. Smith passed away at the Aurora VNA Zilber Family Hospice in Wauwatosa on April 22, 2012.

Donald was born in Fort Ord, CA, to Charles and Sharon (nee: Furman) Smith on March 19, 1960. Donald was born with a congenital kidney disorder that he fought valiantly all his life. He was raised in Franksville and on April 3, 1990, Donald received his first kidney transplant from his sister, Kimi. Donald was reborn to a new, healthy life that he never experienced before.

Donald met his future wife, Sandra L. Marks, on a coincidence as she was passing through Milwaukee and they found out they both had the same birth date. On April 9, 2001, they were united in marriage in Racine. Together they enjoyed motorcycling and boating. He also enjoyed fishing, even though he had no luck with it.

Don will be dearly missed by his wife, Sandra, and her children, Paul, Rhonda, Carl and Thad Babiarz; his father, Charles Smith; his brother, Terry Smith; two sisters, Larinda Mercier and Kimi (Mick) Conners; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Don was preceded in death by his mother, Sharon Smith, on September 27, 1999.

Per Don’s wishes, he will be cremated and a memorial celebration will be held at Greg’s Catering & Don’s Market Inc., 3120 Roberts St., in Franksville on April 26, 2012, at 5:30 p.m. Private inurnment will be held at Caledonia Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to National Kidney Foundation of Wisconsin, 16655 W Bluemound Road, Ste. 240, Brookfield, WI 53005-5923.

“Don’s family would like to thank all at Froedert Hospital for all the time, care and compassion to him and his family during his life.”

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

Anna Ruth (Edwards) Musselman

Anna Ruth Musselman, age 84, passed away Sunday, April 22, 2012, at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints Medical Center. Anna Ruth was born in Kansas City, MO, on October 15, 1927, daughter of the late Alvin and Lula (nee: Merrill) Edwards.

She graduated from Northeast High School in Kansas City. On April 7, 1945, Anna Ruth was united in marriage to the love of her life, Verl Musselman, in San Diego, CA. Anna was an avid reader. Above all, it was her time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, that gave her the most joy. She will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her loving husband of sixty-seven years, Verl; three daughters, Judy Marcum of Frontenac, KS, Pat (Jerral) Brasher of Loveland, CO, Jana (Steve) McLaughlin of Racine; grandchildren, Christi (Joe) Crapo, Tom Predmore, Lori Nusbaum (Cody Anderson), Wes (Jennifer) Brasher, Beth (Chris) Burman; great-grandchildren, Daniel, Jared, Megan, Aaron, Kyle, Payden, Maizy, Jace and an additional great-granddaughter due to arrive in August; brother-in-law, Bill (MeSook) Musselman of Oxnard, CA; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents, Anna Ruth was also preceded in death by her siblings, Bill, Merrill, Lois, Harold and Bob.

A Memorial service will be held at the funeral home Saturday, April 28, 2012, at 11 a.m., with Rev. Mark Swanson officiating. Memorials to Lincoln Villas North-Residents Council Fund, 3919 Ruby Ave, Racine, WI 53402 have been suggested.

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

Friday, April 20, 2012

Marion (Williams) Eickner

Marion Eickner, age 93, passed away Friday, April 20, 2012, at Manor Care, Kenosha, WI.   Marion was born October 1, 1918, daughter of the late Elery and Ida (Nee: Kraynik) Williams. On April 25, 1942, at Holy Name Catholic Church, she was united in marriage to Theodore Eickner, who preceded her in death on October 4, 2006  Her pastimes included sewing and collecting antiques.

Survivors include her grandsons, Thomas (Anne) Eickner, Mark (Jaime) Eickner; her great-grandchildren, Caillie, Laura, T.J., Ethan and Isabella. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Theodore Eickner; and her son and daughter-in-law, Timothy (Jane) Eickner.

Funeral services will be held Friday, April 27, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Mark R. Jones officiating. Interment will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Friday at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m.

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

Richard P. Granger

Richard P. Granger, age 81, passed away Friday, April 20, 2012, at Kindred Hospital, Greenfield, WI. Richard was born in Racine on June 21, 1930, son of the late Robert C. and Margaret A. (Nee: Phillip) Granger.

He was a graduate of Washington Park High School “Class of 1948.” Richard proudly served in the United States Navy as Air Traffic Controller 2nd Class. On August 25, 1951, at St. Edward Catholic Church, he was united in marriage to Sally A. Steiner.

Richard was employed by S.C. Johnson Wax for thirty-four years, retiring in 1988. He was past president of the Retarded Children’s Association and served as Caledonia Town Supervisor for four years.

Richard served on numerous committees through Sacred Heart and St. Mary’s by the Lake Catholic Churches. For many years during the holiday season he was a bell ringer for the Salvation Army. Richard enjoyed golfing and bowling and was a huge Brewer and Packer fan. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his loving wife of sixty years, Sally; his children, RaeAnn (Daniel) Eeg, Robert P. Granger, Margaret (Gary) Bednar, all of Racine, Anne (James) Hayden of Menomonee Falls; seven grandchildren, Hillarie (Tom) White, Tobias (Kelley) Eeg, Caleb (Sara) Eeg, Richelle (Phil) Anderson, Molly Bednar, Keeley and James Hayden; three great-grandchildren, Carsen, Cameron and Carter Eeg; sister and brother, Patricia (Dick) Conner, John (Sandy) Granger; his loving Pfeiffer family, sister-in-law, J. Carol Douglass, Kathy (Neil) Anderson, Joyce Granger; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son in 1988, Jeffery C. Granger; brothers, Bob and Tom; and sisters, Mary, Dorothy, Helen and Jean.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, April 26, 2012, at 6 p.m. at St. Mary’s by the Lake Catholic Church, 7605 Lakeshore Drive, with Rev. Stephen J. Stradinger officiating. Private interment with full military honors will be held at the Southern Wisconsin Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, Town of Dover. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Thursday at the church from 4 p.m. until time of Mass at 6 p.m. Memorials to one’s favorite charity have been suggested.

Richard’s family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to the caregivers at Wheaton Franciscan and Kindred Hospitals and for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Elizabeth M. (Gulyas) Hagen

Elizabeth Mary (nee: Gulyas) Hagen, age 93, passed away Friday, April 20, 2012, at Lincoln Village Convalescent Center. She was born in Racine, July 23, 1918, daughter of the late Joseph and Julia (Nee: Laczko) Gulyas.

Elizabeth was united in marriage to Roy A. Hagen, who preceded her in death in June 1996. Betty was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She was also a member of the Christian Mothers. Betty enjoyed knitting and her rose gardens. Above all she was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She will be dearly missed.

Surviving are her son, Roy R. (Julie) Hagen of Racine; seven grandchildren, Patti (Michael) Drews, Michael Hagen, William Hagen, Dora Hagen, Robert (Kimeko) Hagen, Brian (Rachel) Hagen, Kevin (Katie) Hagen; eight great-grandchildren; her sister, Ethel Serles; other relatives and dear friends.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her son, Stephen Hagen; and her brothers, Joseph Jr. and Steve Gulyas.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, April 27, 2012, at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2201 Northwestern Ave., with Reverend Ronald O. Crewe officiating. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church before the service, from 9 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Sacred Heart, St Catherine High School, or Racine Lutheran High School have been suggested.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Hospice Alliance and Lincoln Village for the many years of care that Betty was given by the staff at these facilities.

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

Lyda M. Zinnen

Lyda M. Zinnen, age 60, passed away Friday, April 20, 2012, at the Hospice House, Pleasant Prairie, WI. Lyda was born in Racine on February 8, 1952, daughter of the late Norbert M. and Marie (Nee: Westrich) Zinnen.

In her younger years she was a drummer with the Racine Ambassa “Dears” Drum and Bugle Corps. She was a graduate of Washington Park High School and UW-Parkside with a degree in Business Management. She was employed as an accountant with Western Publishing for over twenty-four years and for the last ten years as a computer IT technician. She was a member of Fellowship of Christian Believers Church. A lover of the outdoors, Lyda enjoyed her time golfing, camping, fishing and walking her dog. She will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her sister-in-law, Elsebet Zinnen; niece, Kristina Zinnen; great-niece, Dolores Davidson; best friend, Cheryl Johnson; her beloved dog, Cali; other relatives and dear friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Paul Zinnen; and nephew, Michael Zinnen.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 28, 2012, at 3:30 p.m. at Fellowship of Christian Believers Church, 703 Washington Ave., with Rev. Paul Yaekel and Rev. Arthur Rader officiating. Interment will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery, Kinzie Avenue. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Saturday at the church from 1:30 p.m. until time of service at 3:30 p.m.

A very special thank you to the staff of Hospice Alliance for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Eva (Flohr) Kaprelian

With her family at her side, Eva Kaprelian, age 58, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 20, 2012, at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints Medical Center after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was born in Vocklabruck, Austria, on January 7, 1954, daughter of Jacob and Eva (Nee: Knoch) Flohr. They immigrated to the United States in April of 1956 aboard the General Langfitt.

Eva graduated from J.I. Case High School, “Class of 1972.” On May 20, 1978, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, she was united in marriage to Michael S. Kaprelian, the love of her life. Eva was first employed at Racine Unified Central Office, then at Lincoln Village Convalescent Center and later at Jerstad-Agerholm Elementary School where she was a Writing to Read teacher for 10 years.

Eva was a member of St. Mesrob’s Armenian Apostolic Church, where she was active as a Sunday School teacher, as a member of the Women’s Guild, with church festivals and arranging the altar flowers. She enjoyed designing and creating crafts, watching her birds, being a Girl Scout leader, family camping trips, flower and vegetable gardening, reading, going out to breakfast, playing slots at the casino and her Yorkie, Ollie. She was an excellent German cuisine cook and had also mastered many Armenian dishes.

Throughout all of her health issues she remained remarkably strong and always had a smile on her face. Above all, she was a devoted wife, mother and daughter and will be dearly missed.

Surviving are her loving husband, Michael; children, Lisa M Kaprelian and Mikey A Kaprelian; her mother, Eva Flohr; siblings, Lisa Meyer and Jack Meyer, Jake and his wife Robin Flohr; sisters- and brothers-in-law, Barbara Kaprelian, Michele and her husband Dennis Kreimer, and Bonnie and her husband Todd Bishop; nieces and nephews, Goddaughter, Tanya (Brandon Hoffman) Meyer, John Meyer, Brian Schoenbeck, Godson Jakob Flohr, Nikie (Rodney) Offield, Goddaughter Tiffany (AJ) Cacciotti, Ryan Kreimer, Maxwell and Maddy Bishop.

She was further survived by many aunts, uncles, other relatives, many in Germany and Austria and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Jacob Flohr; and grandparents, Georg and Eva Knoch. Eva loved all of her great nieces and nephews, Kaity, Izzy, Cole, Johnny, Tyler and Zachary very much and had a special bond with Collin, Cole & Cooper.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2012, at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mesrob’s Armenian Apostolic Church, 4605 Erie St., with Reverend Yeprem Kelegian officiating. Interment will follow at Graceland Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Friday at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until time of prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Memorials to St. Mesrob’s Sunday School, the American Cancer Society or to the family for a tree to be planted in honor of Eva have been suggested.

God saw you getting tired
And a cure was not to be
So he put his arms around you
And whispered,
“Come to Me”

With tearful eyes we watched you
And saw you pass away
And although we love you dearly
We could not make you stay.

A Golden heart stopped beating
Hard working hands at rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us
He only takes the best

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Richard Clark, nurse Carrie, nurse Devin and staff, Dr. Sathyavani Prabhakar and nurse, Wendy, Dr. Laura Ulmer, Dr. James Taylor, Dr. Michael Mullane and nurse practitioner Kelly and the entire staff, the Radiation Technicians, and Wheaton Franciscan Hospice; and an extra special thank you to the nurses and the CNAs on hospital Floor 2D for all of your loving and compassionate care.

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

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Mary (Belotti) Pavia

Mary Pavia, age 100, passed away Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at Tudor Oaks Health Center, Muskego, WI. Mary was born in Kenosha, WI, on August 29, 1911, daughter of the late Nicola and Victoria (Nee: Grosso) Belotti.

On October 21, 1933, in Racine, she was united in marriage to Nicola “Nick” Pavia, who preceded her in death on April 7, 1994. Mary was an active and lifelong member of the First Baptist Church. She was devoted to her family and will be deeply missed.

Survivors include her children, Allan (Kathryn) Pavia of Minneapolis, MN, Judith (James) McCabe of Louisville, KY; 7 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Emma Belotti, Angela (Frank) Chiapetta, Francys (James) Smith and Helen Belotti.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, May 12, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Tudor Oaks Health Center, S77 W12929 McShane Drive, Muskego, WI 53150 with Rev. Holly Anderle and Rev. Steven Jones officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family on Saturday, May 12, 2012, at Tudor Oaks from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. Memorials to the First Baptist Church, or to the Department of Spiritual Care at Tudor Oaks have been suggested.

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

Paul E. Strege

Paul E. Strege, age 61, passed away Wednesday, April 18, 2012, at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center, Milwaukee, WI. Paul was born in Watertown, WI, on August 11, 1950, son of the late Elmer E. and Leona (Nee: Mentink) Strege.

Paul was a graduate of UW-River Falls and obtained a PhD in organic chemistry from UW-Madison. He began his career at Dow Chemical in Midland, Michigan, and on September 24, 1977, in Midland he was united in marriage to Maxine M. Thompson. Moving to Racine in 1984, Paul became employed by Johnson Polymer, Johnson Diversey, and S.C. Johnson Wax. He retired from Johnson Diversey, November 28, 2006, as Director of Global Regulatory Affairs.

 He was a member of Grace Church. An avid reader, Paul also enjoyed gardening, especially tulips and roses. More than anything, he cherished his family and will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his loving wife of thirty-four years, Maxine; his children, Erika Strege of Burnsville, MN, Timothy Strege of Racine; also his four-legged children, Squirt and Dr. Pepper; sisters and brothers, Helen (Mike) Grimmenga of Watertown, Mary (Barry) Beske of Madison, Roger (Bonnie) Strege of Fort Atkinson, Gary (Pat) Strege of Watertown; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, John (Mai) Thompson of Vacaville, CA, Mark Thompson of Grand Rapids, MI, Herbert Thompson and Margaret (Larry) Baker of Midland, MI; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

Funeral services will be held Monday, April 23, 2012, at 7 p.m. at Grace Church, 3626 Highway 31, with Rev. Joel Lindsey officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Monday at the church from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Interment will be held at Glenview Memorial Gardens, Ixonia, WI, on Tuesday, April 24, 2012, at 11 a.m. Memorials to Grace Church have been suggested.

A very special thank you to Aurora St. Luke’s SICU Medical staff for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Willard A. White

Willard A. White, 88, passed away on Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints in the Cardiovascular Center.

Willard was born on July 28, 1923, to Grace (nee: Peck) and “James” Ernest White of Arena, Wisconsin. He was one of nine in the 1940 graduating class of Palmyra, Wisconsin. After finishing an apprenticeship course with Fairbanks, Morse and Company, he enlisted in the US Air Force and served as a Tail-Turret Gunner on a B-24 Bomber.

He was married to Elizabeth “Betty” J. Knight on April 27, 1946. They later moved into the house he had built at 607 Newman Road and they lived there for 50 years.

Willard worked at Acme Die Casting and Racine Die Casting. He was then employed with Sharp Die Mold Works for 28 years. He and Betty square danced for 30 years and belonged to the Ridge Runner Square Dance Club, where they served as Treasurer and President.

Willard was a camera buff and was always photographing family and friends. He also belonged to the Wally Byam Airstream Club and enjoyed travel.

He liked to review B-24 memorabilia on TV and in books. He was able to take a trip of a lifetime on the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C., to see the memorial honoring himself and his fellow veterans who had served their country during WWII.

Willard will be dearly missed by his sons, Dan (Janice), Jim (Sherry), Larry (Maggie) and Bill; daughter, Sue; grandchildren, Kendra (Rob) Di Piazza, Brock, Bryan, Joel (Haley), Neil, Jessica, Rick, Ben and Sam; great-grandchildren, Alec, Gavin and Cameron White, Isabella and Joey Di Piazza. He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Betty, on August 8, 2010.

Visitation will be held at Wilson Funeral Home on Thursday, April 19, 2012, from 4:30 until the time of funeral service at 7 p.m. Private inurnment will be held at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery at a later date.

The family would like to thank the Doctors and Nursing Staff at the Wheaton Franciscan Cardio Unit and Dr. Durbin for their kind and compassionate care.

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

Julie 'Tilly' J. (Rumage) Goldys

Julie “Tilly” J. Goldys, age 58, passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at Wheaton Franciscan – All Saints Medical Center. Julie was born in Racine, August 5, 1953, daughter of Donald V. and JoAnn J. (Nee: Peterka) Rumage.

On November 8, 2004, in Hawaii she was united in marriage to her best friend and soulmate, Michael A. Goldys. Julie was passionate about her job as shipping coordinator with Twin Disc and took much satisfaction in working for the United Way campaigns at Twin Disc. She loved animals, especially cats, and she enjoyed softball, bowling, playing pool and riding horses. She devoted her life to her family and will be deeply missed.

Survivors include her loving husband of seven years, Michael; her children, Mary Jo Nelson, Chris (Marna) Thillemann, Tony Goldys; her five grandchildren, Anthony, Brett, RyAnn, Jack Ryan and Nicholas; her mother, JoAnn Cormack; sisters, Fran Hahn, Sue Rumage; nephew and niece, Alex and Kelsey Guralski; stepsisters Peggy (Charlie) Palleson and Pamela VandeLoop; sister-in-law Barb (Dale) Vargo; brother-in-law John Goldys; other relatives and many dear friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Donald V. Rumage; her twin brother, Donald Joseph Rumage; and stepfather, Jack Cormack.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, April 21, 2012, at 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. John Fleming officiating. Private interment will be held. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Saturday at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Leukemia Society would be appreciated.

A very special thank you to Dr. Michael Mullane, the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit at Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital, and to the staff on 2D at Wheaton Franciscan – All Saints for their compassionate care.

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

Monday, April 16, 2012

Elaine A. (Bowen) Clemons

Elaine A. Clemons, age 77, passed away Monday, April 16, 2012, at Wheaton Franciscan – All Saints Medical Center. Elaine was born in LaCrosse, WI, on April 15, 1935, daughter of the late Harold and Adelia (Nee: Danielson) Bowen.

On February 14, 1955, she was united in marriage to Merlyn D. Clemons, who preceded her in death, August 8, 1996. She was employed by Western Publishing Company for forty-two years until her retirement in 1996. Elaine enjoyed crocheting, playing bingo and cards. More than anything, she cherished time spent with her grandchildren. She will be deeply missed.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Tom (Sarah) Clemons of Racine; her grandchildren, Jacob and Andrew; brothers, Lyle (Sandy) Bowen, Irv Bowen, Vern (Lucy) Bowen; sister-in-law, Connie Bowen; dear friend, Maryann Westman; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers and sister, Richard, Daniel and Ronnie Bowen, and Esther Hanson.

A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, April 19, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Mark R. Jones officiating. Private interment will be held at the Southern Wisconsin Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Thursday at the funeral home from 9:30 a.m. until time of service.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Wheaton Franciscan CVI staff and Wheaton Franciscan Hospice for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Renee G. Goar

Renee G. Goar, 64, made the transition from life to life ever-lasting at her residence, with her family by her side after a brief illness on Monday, April 16, 2012

Renee was born April 21, 1947, in Minneapolis, MN. Surviving are her husband, Kent, of 41 years; son, Brad, of Racine; daughter, Nichole (Marty) Tauger of Eau Claire; four grandchildren, Brandy, Brady, Charlie and Morgan; her father, Dr. Charles Anderson of Dallas, TX; three brothers, Jeremy (Kathy) Anderson of Overland Park, KS, Curtis (Katherine) Anderson of Dallas, TX, Gunnar(Glenda) Sjolander of Minneapolis, MN; and a sister, Delores (Ed) Balda of Topeka, KS. Many dear friends and relatives also survive.

Renee was preceded in death by her mother, Dorothy, of Ottawa, KS; and always loyal companion Harley.

Relatives and friends may meet with family at Wilson Funeral Home on Friday, April 20, 2012, from 5 to 7 p.m. A private funeral service will be held at a later date at Minneapolis, MN. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Cancer Society Hospice.

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

Saturday, April 14, 2012

JoNelle J. (Navin) Gerardo

JoNelle J. Gerardo, age 76, passed away Saturday, April 14, 2012, at Lincoln Village Convalescent Center. JoNelle was born in Green Bay, WI, on January 2, 1936, daughter of the late Eugene and Lucille (Nee: Buss) Navin.

On December 22, 1956, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Union Grove she was united in marriage to Albert “Buff” J. Gerardo, who preceded her in death on June 26, 2011. JoNelle attended St. Mary’s School of Nursing. Her career in nursing began at St. Luke’s Hospital in the Emergency Room and she was later employed by Kurten Clinic in Pediatrics, until her retirement in 2000. JoNelle was a longtime member of St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church, Kurten Clinic Retirees and was a huge supporter of the Special Olympics. She enjoyed gardening, volunteering and time spent with her card club friends. JoNelle’s children and family were the fortunate recipients of many beautiful knitted creations she made throughout the years. Above all, she was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother who will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her children, Jean (Edward) Coenraad of Appleton, Vicki (Gene) Signorin of Raymond, Richie Gerardo of Racine, Jeri (Mark) Cooper of Tomahawk, Jeff (Laurie) Gerardo of Kalamazoo, MI; her grandchildren, Jacob and Lucas Coenraad, Luci (Dan) Schuler, Craig and Angela Signorin, G. Connor Cooper; brothers and sisters, Thomas (Diana) Navin, James (Sylvia) Navin, Janice (Darrell) Graf, Bernard “Bud” (Carolyn) Navin, John “Jack” (Carol) Navin, Sue (Dennis) Remus, Carol (Gerry) Waldvogel; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Beverly “Mabel” Spero, Catherine Jaster, Richard (Rose) Gerardo, Margaret (David) Ramos, John Gerardo (Tom Macjer), Emma (Tony) Klein; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many dear friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, April 20, 2012, at noon at St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church, 1903 Green St. Private interment will be held at St. John the Baptist Cemetery, Paris township. Relatives and friends may meet with the family on Friday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of service at noon.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Steven Johnson, the staff at Lincoln Village Convalescent Center, and Hospice Alliance for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Marie Gertrude Ferg

Marie G. (nee: LaFave) Ferg, 81, went to be home with her Lord on Saturday, April 14, 2012, at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-All Saints.

Marie was born on April 8, 1931, in Racine to the late Joseph and Ellen (nee: Jacobsen) LaFave. She enjoyed reading and watching TV but most of all, she had a love for her family and the Lord.

She will be dearly missed by her children, Rose Ferg and Robert (Ruby) Ferg; grandchildren, Jill Malloy, Brian, Robert Jr., Tracey and Adrienne Ferg; as well as numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren. She is further survived by her former husband Elmer Ferg; her twin sister, Lois Jonkowski; brother, Kenneth LaFave; and her beloved cat, Emma.

Funeral Services in honor of Marie will be held at Wilson Funeral Home on Thursday, April 19, 2012, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Laurie Ganiere. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends are invited to meet with the family on Thursday at the funeral home from 9 a.m. until the time of service.

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

Friday, April 13, 2012

Carol Krohn

Whitehall -- Ms. Carol Krohn, 74, passed away at the Trempealeau County Healthcare Center in Whitehall, Wisconsin, on Friday, April 13, 2012.

Carol was born in Racine on March 29, 1938, and had lived most of her life in Racine. She had been one of the original residents of Highridge and was known as a happy, easy-going person.

She will be missed by her brother, LaVerne Krohn, of La Crosse, as well as by her many friends at Ridgewood and the Trempealeau County Healthcare Center.

Funeral services in honor of Carol were held at Graceland Cemetery.

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

Nicholas O. Miller

Kenosha -- Nicholas Otto Miller, age 74, passed away Friday, April 13, 2012, at Manor Care in Kenosha. He was born in Racine on March 11, 1938, son of the late Otto and Susan (Nee: Barra) Miller.

 Nick graduated from St. Catherine’s High School “Class of 1956” and served in the U.S. Navy. He retired from Walker Mfg after 41 years of employment. Nick was an avid Brewers and Packers fan. He also was member of HOG and enjoyed riding his Harley. Everything he did, he did to provide for his children and grandchildren. It was time with his grandchildren that he treasured the most. He will be dearly missed.

Surviving are his children, Brenda (Patrick) Spensley of Newberg, Oregon, Robert V. Miller of Racine, Michelle (Paul) Belanger of Racine; known as “Papa” to his grandchildren, Jacob, Michael and Joshua Miller, Ryan and Jade Spensley, Devan Belanger; sisters, Suzanne (Dale) Jelinek and Mary M. Miller of Racine; former wife and friend, Christine Miller; other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Robert V. Miller who was  killed in action in WWII.

A Memorial Service will be held Thursday, April 19, 2012, at 11 a.m. at West Lawn Memorial Park Chapel. Memorials to the Disabled American Veterans or Humane Society of the United States have been suggested.

A special thank you to the nurses and caregivers at Manor Care, especially, Mary, and also to all the Heartland Hospice staff who took care of Nicholas for the last year as part of his 2-1/2-year stay. God bless all of you, especially Theresa, Ryan, Amy, Nicole, Laura and the therapy dog, Jasper .

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

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Richard 'Dick' A. Gray

Surrounded by his loving family, Richard A. Gray, age 78, passed away on Thursday, April 12, 2012, at his residence. Richard was born in Waukesha, WI, October 24, 1933, son of the late Lyle E. and Bernice (Nee: Hockett) Gray.

Dick proudly served as Corporal in the United States Army. On September 15, 1979, at Franksville United Methodist Church, he was united in marriage to Esther C. Stumbris-Lazzeroni. He owned and operated Cisco Chain Marina, a chain of fifteen lakes. Dick enjoyed painting portraits, playing cards, fishing with his buddies, cooking and traveling with his family. He will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his wife, Esther; children, William (Roberta) Gray of Sturtevant, Scott (Sarah) Gray of Salem, WI, Richard Gray of Kenosha, Vicki Martinson of Kenosha; his stepchildren, Edward (Karen) Lazzeroni, Steven (Diane) Lazzeroni, Patrice (Scott) Sebastian, all of Racine, Gina Downs of Philadelphia, Terri (Michael) Driscoll of Racine; 11 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; sister, Barbara Mae Gray of FL; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

Relatives and friends may meet with the family for visitation at the funeral home on Wednesday April 18, 2012, from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., with Rev. Brad Van Fossen officiating. Interment will follow at the Southern Wisconsin Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, Town of Dover. Memorials to Heartland Hospice have been suggested.

The family extends a special thank you to nurse Amy Maki and the entire staff at Heartland Hospice for all of their loving and compassionate care.

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

Dorothy C. (Piette) Lees

Dorothy C. Lees, age 94, passed away Thursday, April 12, 2012, at Lakeshore Manor. Dorothy was born in Appleton, WI, on September 27, 1917, daughter of the late Edward and Elizabeth (Nee: Boehme) Piette.

Dorothy was a graduate of William Horlick High School “Class of 1935.” On May 20, 1939, she was united in marriage to Andrew J. Lees who preceded her in death, May 16, 1999. She was employed for many years at Western Publishing Company. A devout Catholic, Dorothy was a faithful member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She loved her many travels with her husband and family around the world. She felt most honored and privileged after meeting and speaking with Mother Theresa in Rome. Dorothy enjoyed creating beautiful stained glass pieces, sewing, baking and, more than anything, she cherished time spent with her family. She will be deeply missed.

Survivors include her children, Michael (Mary) Lees, Judy Shilhavy, Nancy (Dave) Petersen, Debra J. Lees; her grandchildren, Mark Shilhavy, Dawn Shilhavy, Robin (Jimm) Giles, Tammy (Michael) Lundgren, Scott Petersen, Tanya (Todd) Schober, Jason Lees, Brian Bogard (LeeAnn), Shaun Bogard, Thomas Bogard; 13 great-grandchildren; 9 great-great-grandchildren; brother and sisters, Donald (Henriette) Piette, Margaret Goeden, Elizabeth Maurer; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her son-in-law, Ron Shilhavy; two grandchildren, Todd Shilhavy and Kim Wilson; four great-grandchildren; brother, Edward (Ruth) Piette; sister, Rosemary (Joseph) Schiestle; and brothers-in-law, Henry Goeden and Herbert Maurer.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, April 16, 2012, at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2201 Northwestern Ave., with Rev. Ronald O. Crewe officiating. Entombment will follow at Holy Cross Garden Mausoleum, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Sunday at the funeral home from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. and Monday at the church from 9:15 a.m. until 9:45 a.m.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff at Lakeshore Manor for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Charles P. Dagnon

Charles P. Dagnon, “Chuck,” age 74, passed away Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints Medical Center. He was born in Bell Center, WI, January 12, 1938, son of the late Laurel and Alice (Nee: Hiam) Dagnon. Chuck graduated from Gay Mills High School and moved to Racine in 1964.

On April 7, 1979, he was united in marriage to Gloria Iverson who passed away this past January 29. Chuck was retired from S.C. Johnson where he was employed for 30 years. He also owned and operated Chuck’s Insulating Co. Chuck was an avid golfer and bowler who also enjoyed hunting, gardening, woodworking and restoring antique furniture. He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who will be dearly missed.

Survivors are his daughters, Charlene (Bill) Thomas, Wendy Dagnon (Frances Phillips), Michele (Scott) Ferraro; step-daughters, Jannelle Otto (Vladi Tomasek), Sonja (Bill) Luczyk; grandchildren, Jason, Joshua, Adam, April, Marco, Nico, Anthony, Brandon, Amannda, Noelle and Gillian; numerous great-grandchildren; brother, Harold Dagnon; sisters-in-law, Sandra Rae and Joyce Iverson; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, April 22, 2012, at 6 p.m. at the funeral home with Reverend Warren Williams officiating.   Private interment will be held at Utica Cemetery, Utica, WI.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home Sunday from 4 p.m. until time of service. Memorials to American Heart Association have been suggested.

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

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

Monday, April 9, 2012

Beverly Alice Pollock

Neenah -- Beverly Alice Pollock, 83, passed away at Kindred Transitional Care & Rehabilitation Center – Vallhaven in Neenah, WI on Thursday, April 19, 2012.

Beverly was born in Iron Mountain, MI, to the late Joseph and Sarah (nee: Beer) Tippett on July 12, 1928. In Racine, she was united in marriage to Carl O. Pollock on May 3, 1948. They retired to Mesa, AZ. After Carl’s death, she moved to the Appleton area to be with her family.

Mrs. Pollock was a long-time member of Mt. Pleasant Lutheran Church. She was employed by Osco Drug at Turnstyle as a pharmacy technician. She will be remembered for her gardening, her ceramics and her love of family.

Beverly is survived by her children, Robert (Kathy) Pollock and Thomas (Patricia) Pollock; three grandchildren, Cheryl (Shane) Heule, Steven (Melissa) Pollock and Bobbie Jo Wilcox; eight great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl, on February 2, 1999; her sister, Dorothy (Joe) Masny; and her brother, Frances (Marge) Dyer.

Funeral services in honor of Beverly will be held at the Wilson Funeral Home on Sunday, April 29, 2012, at 2 p.m. with Rev. William R. Grimbol officiating. Private interment will be held at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family from 1 p.m. until service time at 2 p.m.

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

Benjamin M. Villalpando

Sturtevant -- Benjamin M. Villalpando, age 92, passed away Monday, April 9, 2012, at Wheaton Franciscan – All Saints Medical Center. Benjamin was born in Dodge City, Kansas, on February 29, 1920, son of the late Anastacio and Catalina (Nee: Villalobos) Villalpando.

On March 23, 1946, in Racine he was united in marriage to Helen I. Miller, who preceded him in death on September 24, 2005. Benjamin retired from J.I. Case Co. He was a member of St. Sebastian Catholic Church. Benjamin enjoyed building model airplanes, gardening, watching birds, playing bingo and coffee klatching. Above all, he was devoted to his family and will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his children, Mike (Rita) Villalpando of Japan, Pat Villalpando of Holcombe, WI, Kenny Villalpando of Tomah, WI, Benny Villalpando of Phoenix, AZ, Jean Micech of Racine, Rebecca (John) Borup of Waukesha, Antonette “Kookie” (Robert) Niemiec of Sturtevant, WI; 30 grandchildren; 53 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great-grandson; brother, Joseph Villalpando of Tampa, FL; sisters, Virginia Villalpando of Milwaukee, WI, Florence (Dan) Sanders of IA, Victoria Garza of Carol Stream, IL, Reyna (Tim) Taggart of Eagle, WI, Maria Villalpando of Sturtevant, WI; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his sons, Jerry Villalpando and Gary Price; daughters-in-law, Yoshi Villalpando and Joan Villalpando; brothers and sisters, Peter (Shirley) Villalpando, Annie Villalpando, Trina (Richard) Sueraz, and Benita (Eljiio) Overia.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 14, 2012, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. followed by interment at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Friday from 5-7 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. until time of service.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr, James Mataczynski and the staff at Willow Green for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Elaine Miller

Mequon -- Mrs. Elaine (nee: Gebhard) Miller, 79, passed away on April 9, 2012, at Horizon Hospice in Mequon.

Elaine was born in Racine on February 18, 1933, to the late George and Ruby Gebhard.  On July 6, 1953, in Dubuque, Iowa, she was united in marriage to George L. Miller. He preceded her in death on March 3, 1986, after 32 loving years together.

Elaine will be dearly missed by her son, daughter-in-law, two grandchildren, and two sisters.

Funeral services in honor of Elaine were held at West Lawn Memorial Park.

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

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Jason 'Chester' W. Manchester

Jason “Chester” W. Manchester, age 32, passed away on Sunday, April 8, 2012. Jason was born in LaMirada, California, October 9, 1979, son of Gary D. and Kathleen M. (Nee: Spiering) Manchester. He enjoyed paintball, playing in various pool leagues, traveling, working with his hands and, most of all, spending time with family and many friends.

He will be deeply missed by his parents, Gary and Kathi Manchester; his sister and brothers, Jessica Manchester of Minneapolis, MN, Jeremy Manchester, Jacob Manchester, both of Racine; his grandmother, Grace Manchester of Racine; his beloved dogs, Diamond and Ruby; aunts, uncles, cousins and many dear friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, William and Helen Spiering, and Howard Manchester.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, April 13, 2012, at 7 p.m. at St. Rita Catholic Church, 4339 Douglas Ave., with Rev. Kevin Mullins OSA officiating. Private interment will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Friday at the church from 4 p.m. until time of Mass at 7 p.m.  Memorials to one’s favorite charity have been suggested.

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

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Jane A. (Spencer) Mares

Jane Ann Mares, age 86, passed away Saturday, April 7, 2012, at East Castle Place in Milwaukee. She was born in Racine, March 24, 1926, daughter of the late Harold and Jessie (Nee: Hall) Spencer.

Jane graduated from St. Catherine’s High School “Class of 1944.” On December 27, 1950, she was united in marriage to Richard A. Mares. She will be dearly missed.

Surviving are her husband, Richard; three sons, Martin (Carrie) Mares of St. Peters, MO, Christopher (Rhonda) Mares of Chandler, AZ, Paul (Stephanie) Mares of Greendale, WI; 11 grandchildren, Spencer and Hope Mares, Samuel, Nicholas, Zachary and Emily Mares, Sarah, Margaret, Daniel, Hannah and Steven Mares; in-laws, Patricia Mares of Mannas, VA, Nancy Spiegelhoff of Green Bay, Harry (Geri) Mares of Wild Rose, WI, Suzanne (Ron) Herman of Carmel, IN, James (Cheryl) Mares of Chicago, IL, Marilyn Moore of Racine; nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. In addition to her parents,  she was preceded in death by her brothers, Jack and Dickson; and her sister, Sally Baker.

Visitation will be held Saturday at St. Mary’s By the Lake, 7605 Lakeshore Dr., on Saturday, April 14, 2012, from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. At 11 a.m. a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated with Reverend Stephen J. Stradinger officiating, assisted by Deacon Robert G. Starr. Private interment will be held at Calvary Cemetery. Memorials to St. Catherine’s High school or to St. Vincent DePaul Society have been suggested.

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

Janice E. (Nelson) Kranz

Janice Emily Kranz, age 88, passed away Saturday, April 7, 2012, at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints Medical Center. She was born in Racine, January 3, 1924, daughter of the late Denny and Ann (Nee: Zobac) Nelson.

On October 19, 1945, at Holy Communion Lutheran Church she was united in marriage to Jerry Kranz, who preceded her in death in 1997. She was currently a member of Faith Lutheran Church. Janice was employed by Mamco from 1952 until 1970. She also owned and operated Colonial Clay Cellar. Janice loved crafts, beautiful wreaths, Christmas ornaments, knitting and crocheting. She also had a green thumb: any plant she would touch would flourish. She will be dearly missed.

Surviving are her brother, Ron (Dee) Nelson; sister-in-law, Angie Nelson; nieces, and nephew, Kami (Ron) Ingle, Kurt (Therese) Nelson and Vickie Kruse; great-nieces, nephews other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her parents and husband, she also was preceded in death by her brothers, Melvin and Donald.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 8500 Durand Ave., with Reverend Jeffery E. Mortensen officiating. Interment will follow at Graceland Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet at the church Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until time of service.

A very special thank you to Reverend Jeffrey Mortensen and the ladies of Faith Lutheran Church for their ministry, and heartfelt gratitude for her caring neighbors who were faithful with their many kind acts and also to Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare and Hospice for their loving and compassionate care.

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

James Cullen Merriman

James C. Merriman, 77, passed away on Saturday, April 7, 2012, at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare-All Saints.

James was born in Mississippi to the late Toy and Audrey (nee: Mitchell) Merriman on July 15, 1934. He was united in marriage to Darlene (nee: Exner) on January 15, 1972. He had been previously employed by J.I. Case Company before his retirement.

A strong, devoted believer in his faith, James enjoyed being an usher for First Church of God in Racine. He also enjoyed the outdoors, whether he was fishing, hunting or tending to his garden. But most of all, he loved spending time with his grandchildren.

He will be dearly missed by his wife, Darlene; their children, James Matthew (Heather) Merriman, Robert Ryan (Donna) Merriman, and Michelle Marie (Isaac) Venn; their grandchildren, Gabriel Merriman, Alyssa Venn, Abigayle Venn and Annelyse Venn; his brother, Charlie; his sisters, Helen, Peggy, Brenda, Christine and Sandra; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his daughters, Emmie “Marilyn,” Sue Ellen and Theresa; and his son, Jerry. James was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Paul; sisters, Nancy and Norma; and a special uncle, Herschel.

Funeral services in honor of James will be held at Wilson Funeral Home on Friday, April 13, 2012, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Ryan Reed officiating. Entombment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends are invited to meet the family on Thursday, April 12, 2012, at the funeral home from 5 to 7 p.m. and again on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

The Family would like to thank Dr. Shimshak and Dr. Dingrah for their kind and compassionate care of James.

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

Friday, April 6, 2012

Elaine B. (Richter) Berg

Elaine Blanche Berg, age 91, passed away Friday, April 6, 2012, at her residence. She was born in Manitowoc, WI, on November 30, 1920, daughter of the late Herman and Marie (Nee: Wierek) Richter.

Elaine served in the Womens Army Corps during WWII and also served during the Korean War when called up from the reserves. On June 30, 1956, at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church she was united in marriage to Harley H. Berg, who preceded her in death January 30, 1983. Elaine was employed by M&I Bank for many years, retiring in 1978 as an executive secretary. She was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. She enjoyed reading and was an avid sports fan, following the Braves, Cubs  and Packers. She also enjoyed golf and bowling. She will be dearly missed.

Surviving are a brother and two sisters-in-law, David and Lois Richter, Catherine Richter, all of Racine; nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, Robert Richter; and her sister, Jacqueline (Jack) Hansen.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, April 12, 2012, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 6400 Spring St., with Reverend Terry Huebner officiating. Interment with full military honors will follow at Graceland Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet Thursday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of Mass. Memorials to St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church have been suggested.

The family wishes to give a special thank you to Carol Richter and Hospice Alliance for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Robert S. Kis

Robert Steven Kis, age 57, passed away Thursday, April 5, 2012, at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints Medical Center. He was born in Racine, May 31, 1954, son of John and Ione (Nee: Carpenter) Kis.

Bob graduated from Washington Park High School “Class of 1972” where he was All State in Football, and lettered in Wrestling and Baseball. Bob went on to attend college at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and graduated with a psychology degree from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. On October 21, 1978, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church he was united in marriage to Barbara A. French.

Bob was employed by Link Mfg for the past 22 years. He was a longtime member of St. Edward’s Catholic Church and currently a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church in Kenosha. Bob was a movies and trivia buff and had a great sense of humor. He enjoyed theater and appeared in the Cardiac Capers variety show. He loved traveling up north and listening to music. He was always willing to offer a helping hand to anyone in need, and at any time, be it family, friend or stranger. Above all, he was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who will be dearly missed.

Surviving are his wife of 33 years, Barb; his son, Stephen (Namyoung) Kis of Minneapolis, MN; his daughter, Megan E. Kis of Milwaukee; his grandson, Nolan; his mother, Ione Kis; siblings, John (Kathy) Kis, Nancy (Thomas) Stougaard, Gary (Laurie) Kis all of Racine; mother-in-law, LaVerne M. French of Racine; brothers-in-law, Thomas (Mary) French of Waunakee, Scott (Laura) French and David French (“DJ” Johnson) all of Racine; nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. He was preceded in death by his father, John S. Kis; and his father-in-law, William D. French.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at 7 p.m. at St. Edward’s Catholic Church, 1401 Grove Ave., with Reverend Allen Bratkowski officiating. Private interment will be held at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Wednesday at the church from 5 p.m. until 6:45 p.m. Memorials to St. Edward’s Catholic Church or St. Peter’s Catholic Church-Kenosha have been suggested, or to a charity of choice.

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

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Daisy E. Bonfiglio

Daisy Elizabeth Bonfiglio, age 91, passed away Wednesday, April 4, 2012, at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints Medical Center. She was born in Niagara Falls, NY, on September 13, 1920, daughter of the late Ernesto and Jenny (Nee: Bruno) Nilo.

Daisy was a graduate of Wm. Horlick High School, “Class of 1938.” She was employed by the Racine Public Library for 26 years and most people would know her from the Bookmobile. She was a member of St. Richard’s Catholic Church and Vittoria Colonna. Daisy was a voracious reader and also enjoyed opera and politics. She will be dearly missed.

Daisy is survived by her son, Tony, of Racine; cousins, relatives and friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Anthony, in 1967; her son, Joe, in 1960; and three brothers, Ernie, Rudy and Joe.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Thursday, April 12, 2012, at 10 a.m. St. Richard’s Catholic Church, 1503 Grand Ave., with Rev. Ronald Gramza officiating. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy. 32. Relatives and friends may meet with family at the funeral home on Wednesday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. (Vittoria Colonna Service at 6:30 p.m.) and on Thursday at the church from 9:30 until time of Mass. Memorials to the Racine Public Library have been suggested.

A very special thank you to Daisy’s Angels, Jo Porcaro and Marge Nilo, for their loving and compassionate care.

“Read a Book or Read a Book to a child. That would make Daisy SMILE!”

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

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Ronald R. Garski

Ronald Russell Garski, age 77, passed away Tuesday, April 3, 2012, at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints Medical Center. He was born in Racine, December 29, 1934, son of the late Cyril and Rose (Nee: Friedel) Garski.

Ron graduated from St. Catherine’s High School, “Class of 1952.” He proudly served in the US Navy. On September 13, 1958, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Burlington he was united in marriage to Carol A. Boschert, who preceded him in death on November 8, 1979.

Ron was employed by In-Sink-Erator for many years and retired from Getty’s Mfg. in 1982. In his retirement he moved to Woodruff, WI, where he owned and operated the “Little Muskie Bar” and also worked at Lakeland Rental. Ron loved sports and was a Chicago Bears Fan. He also loved the outdoors and was an avid fisherman. He will be dearly missed.

Surviving are his children, James Garski and fiancée Yozette Muller of Oak Creek, WI, Jerry (Lynn) Garski of Macedon, NY, Mary Jo (Vince) Caracciolo of Palm Beach Gardens, FL; two granddaughters, Stephanie and Carolyn; brothers and sister, Larry (Dottie) Garski of Racine, Dick (Marietta) Garski of Racine, Al Garski of Rome, WI, and Kathy Garski of Racine; nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. Ron was also preceded in death by his second wife, Barbara Romano.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday, April 9, 2012, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 1633 Erie St., with Reverend Sean Granger officiating. Interment with full military honors will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Monday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass.

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

Monday, April 2, 2012

Clyde E. Sustachek

Clyde E. Sustachek, age 84, passed away Monday, April 2, 2012, at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints Medical Center. Clyde was born in Racine June 17, 1927, son of the late August and Louise (nee: Peterka) Sustachek and had been a lifelong resident,

He was a proud graduate of Wm. Horlick High School “Class of 1945.” On June 14, 1952, at St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church, Clyde was united in marriage to Margaret J. Gross, and shared nearly sixty beautiful years together. Clyde served in the U.S. Army occupational forces stationed in Japan. He was employed as a repair technician with the Wisconsin Telephone Company for forty-two years until his retirement in 1989.

Clyde was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, and former member of the Sertoma Club, the Racine Instinctive Bowmen, Wisconsin Telephone Bowling League, Jay Campers, Circle 8 Square Dancers, and the Hi Lo Dance Club. He was very involved with the Knights of Columbus Council 697 and 1207, where he was a 4th Degree member, member of the honor guard, and played on their dartball team. Clyde was extremely proud of initiating the Crypt Flag Project at Holy Cross Cemetery honoring the veterans in the crypts. 

More than anything, he loved his time with his family. He loved vacationing in almost all 50 states, especially Hawaii and Alaska, and his trips to London and the Black Forest Area in Germany. He also enjoyed his annual trips to the Bix Jazz Festival in Iowa and his family camping trip to the Black Hills, the Badlands and Yellowstone National Park. His son, John, and his twin grandsons, Kurt and Tony, were his pride and joy and always gave Clyde much pleasure through their sporting events and everything they did. Clyde will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his loving wife, Margaret; son, John (fiancée, Jenifer Syrett) Sustachek of Waterford; grandchildren, twins, Kurtis and Anthony Sustachek; step-grandchildren, Katlyn, Jaclyn and Ashlyn Syrett; brother, Calvin (Marilyn) Sustachek of Racine; sister-in-law, Lucille Soens; brother-in-law, Edward Reagan; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Clyde was also preceded in death by his sister and brother-in-law, Ellen and Rudy Spodick and his nephew Wayne Spodick.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 6400 Spring St., on Monday, April 9, 2012, at 11 a.m., with Rev. Terry J. Huebner officiating. Entombment with Full Military Honors will follow at Holy Cross Garden Mausoleum, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Sunday from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. and at the church Monday from 10 a.m. until time of Mass. Memorials to St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, the American Lung Association and the American Heart Association have been suggested.

Clyde’s family would like to thank therapists Kim and Karen for their great efforts to help Clyde regain his strength, and to Dr. Berce and the wonderful nurses and CNAs in the cardiovascular unit for their loving and compassionate care.

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