Monday, December 30, 2013

Carl E. Hunter

Surrounded by his loving family, Carl E. Hunter, age 85, passed away on Monday, December 30, 2013, at the Racine Hospice House.  Carl was born in Murphysboro, IL, on April 22, 1928, son of the late Ellis and Emma (Nee:  This) Hunter.

Carl was a professional race car driver in the late '40s into the '50s, racing midgets and stock cars.  He traveled the upper Midwest and was proud to hold several track records and is still recognized on the wall of fame in Sun Prairie.

He was a longtime and faithful member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where on November 4, 1950, he was united in marriage to Irene R. Mansell.  Carl retired from Svendsen Brothers Construction after thirty years of employment  and then worked for Crispell Snyder Inc as an inspector for ten years.    Above all, Carl was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather who treasured time with his family.  He will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his loving wife of sixty-three years, Irene; his children, Ron Hunter, Peggy (Rob) Zurawski, Jeffrey Hunter; his grandchildren, Alex and Stacey; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Bill; and sister, AnnaRose.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, January 3, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2201 Northwestern Ave., with Rev. Ricardo Martin officiating.  Interment will follow at Holy Family Cemetery, Caledonia.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family Friday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of Mass at 11 a.m.

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

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

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Francine E. (Blaha) Olstinske

Francine E. Olstinske, age 72, passed away on Sunday, December 29, 2013, at the Racine Hospice House.  Francine was born in Racine on July 3, 1941, daughter of the late Frank and Lucille (Nee:  Borland) Blaha.

Francine was a graduate of St. Catherine’s High School “Class of 1959.”  She was employed as a Bank Officer for many years, retiring from Bank One in 2005. Francine was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church.  She was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother.  Her love of the Brewers and Packers was surpassed only by cherished time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She will be deeply missed.

Survivors include her four sons, James Olstinske, Daniel (Ann) Olstinske, Donald Olstinske, Ryan Olstinske (Denise); her grandchildren, Erik, Kayla, William, Abigail, Zach, Georgia and Tyler; sisters and brothers, Mary Ann O’Laughlin, Beverly (Joseph) Pauls, Marjorie (Daniel) Brown, Richard  Blaha, Ronald (Janet) Blaha; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ronald; and her son, Stephen.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated  on Thursday, January 2, 2014, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 6400 Spring St., with Rev. Terrance J. Huebner 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.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice Alliance, 10220 Prairie Ridge Boulevard, Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158 (In memo field: Racine House).

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803 Main St., Racine   (262) 634-7888

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Evelyn (Dickson) Covell

Evelyn Covell, age 100, passed away on Saturday, December 28, 2013, at her residence.  She was born in Savannah, TN, on August 2, 1913, daughter of the late James Oscar and Annie Cherry (Nee:  Morris) Dickson.  Her siblings, Leonard, Annie Laurie, Elise, Harold and James all preceded her in death.

Survived by children, John, Richard and Mary Covell; grandsons, Jesse and Evan Covell; and great-granddaughters, Riley Marie and Evelyn Jane Covell.  Numerous and treasured nieces and nephews, special friend Shelley Zepnick, cousins, assorted kin and many, many friends.

After high school, she earned her R.N. from Nashville Hospital School of Nursing.  Evelyn worked there after graduating, then moved to Cleveland to work at Cleveland City General Hospital.  It was there she met her future husband, Dr. K.W. (Wendell) Covell.   Evelyn helped open a tuberculosis center in North Carolina, but Wendell followed her there and married her in Ashville, NC, on November 2, 1939.   Together, they moved to Racine in 1940 and set up his practice.

During WWII, Evelyn moved around the U.S. with Wendell as he moved from base to base, then returned to Racine when he went to Europe for the remainder of the war.

Evelyn was a member of the First Presbyterian Church from the time she came to Racine until her death.  She counted many members as dear friends throughout her life, and found love, faith and support from the church every day.

She was active in many organizations throughout her life including St. Mary’s Hospital Auxiliary, The Racine Symphony Orchestra Guild, the Hoy Club, YWCA, Wustum Museum and the Racine Art Museum.  She loved visiting The Clearing in Door County and attended many classes there.  She helped found the Big Sisters organization in Racine.  Evelyn supported her children’s activities as a Cub Scouts Den Mother, a Brownie Leader, a volunteer for the YMCA Boys Choir and a chaperone for many events.

Evelyn loved to travel and gave that love of adventure to her children.  She had been all over the world – every continent but Antarctica – and brought back amazing stories of those trips. She was equally willing for everyday adventures and attended concerts, art openings, museums and parties of every ilk.

A long-time, ardent Republican, Evelyn worked for various campaigns, but was most enthusiastic for the young Paul Ryan when he first ran for Congress from her district.  It was an emotional event when she was in the 2013 4th of July parade and Rep. Ryan came to greet her personally before the festivities began.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, January 5, 2014, at 1 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 716 College Ave., with Rev. Ben Johnston-Krase officiating.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family on Sunday at the church from 11:30 a.m. until time of service at 1 p.m. Private entombment will be held at Mound Cemetery.  Memorials to the First Presbyterian Church or to the Racine Symphony Orchestra have been suggested.

A very special thank you to Evelyn’s wonderful caregivers, the staff at Wheaton Franciscan, and  Wheaton Franciscan Home Health and Hospice for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Richard G. Rawley

Richard G. Rawley, age 78, passed away on Saturday, December 28, 2013, at Wheaton Franciscan – All Saints Medical Center.  Richard was born in Racine on January 9, 1935, son of the late Jessie J. and Louise (Nee:  Braidwood) Rawley.

On September 13, 1958, at St. James Episcopal Church in Milwaukee he was united in marriage to Sharon K. Biljan.  Early in his career, Richard was employed by Oster Manufacturing Company for nine years, and then by Webster Electric for thirty-four years until his retirement in 1997.   He was a member of the Racine Moose Lodge #437.  An avid Packer fan, he also enjoyed bowling and fishing.  Above all, he cherished time with his family and will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his loving wife of fifty-five years, Sharon; his son Richard (Teri) Rawley; daughter, Lisa F. Rawley; his ex-son-in-law, Kevin Klee; his grandchildren, Aimee Lee (Chris Johnson), Ashley (Erick) Callis, William Klee (Amanda Mertins), Richard Rawley, Rebecca Rawley; his great-grandchildren, Jayden Callis, Rachel Johnson, Nathanyel Callis, KylieghAnne Callis, Alexis Johnson, Malakai Klee, Zayne Benning; step great-grandchildren, Anika and Alaina Moreno; brother, William Rawley; sister, Betty (Al) Jones; cousin, Barbara Lanahan; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many many dear friends.   In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Pauline Rawley and Fay Hush; brothers, George, Donald and Robert.

Family and friends may meet for a celebration of Richard’s life on Saturday, January 4, 2014, at 12:30 p.m. at the Reefpoint Brew House, 2 Christopher Columbus Causeway.

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

Friday, December 27, 2013

Ruben Santos

Ruben Santos, age 57, passed away on Friday, December 27, 2013.

Survivors include his wife, Maria; his three daughters, Marta Santos, Rosa Santos, Rubmary Santos; other relatives and many dear friends.

A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, January 2, 2014, at 6 p.m. at Iglesia Hefzi-bá Amor de Dios, 1769 State Street.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family Thursday at the church from 5 p.m. until time of service at 6 p.m.

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

Monday, December 23, 2013

Delray A. Brechtbill

Delray A. Brechtbill passed away peacefully on December 23, 2013, after a long, courageous battle with cancer at the age of 59.

Delray is preceded in death by his parents, Rosemary Brechtbill-Marusich and Harold Brechtbill; sister, Penny; and brothers, John and Nathan.

Funeral services will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery Chapel, Hwy 32, 5600 Holy Cross Rd., on Friday January 3, 2013, at 2 p.m.

A special thank you to Dr. Choi, the staff at Wheaton Franciscan Cancer Center and 3rd floor Oncology.

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

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Janice E. Hamm

Janice E. Hamm, age 83, passed away on Sunday, December 22, 2013, at Meadowmere, in Kenosha, WI.  Janice was born in Flushing, New York, on February 4, 1930, daughter of the late Jesse and Sara (Nee:  McCollam) VanZile.

On June 18, 1949, in Oak Park, IL she was united in marriage to Kenneth L. Hamm, who preceded her in death on November 13, 2008.    Janice was a graduate of Carthage College and taught fourth grade at Dr. Jones Elementary School for twenty-five years.  She was a member of Bethania Lutheran Church, former member of the Woman’s Club, and had a great passion for traveling the world.  Janice cherished time with her family and will be fondly remembered for her quick smile and gentle ways.

Survivors include her two daughters, Diane (William) Katt of Kenosha, Janet (Joe) Teeters of Laurel, MD; her grandchildren, Ryan Katt of Waukesha, Kendra Katt of Kenosha; sisters, Linda (Charlie) Walker of FL, Lois Jean Shalda of MI; sisters-in-law, Joan Mercer of IL, Barbara (Jim) Rife of IN, Ernestine Hamm of  GA; other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Mary Lou (Raymond) Elliiott.

Relatives and friends may meet with the family on Saturday, December 28, 2013, at the funeral home from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., at which time a service will be held.  Private interment will be held at a later date at the Southern Wisconsin Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery.  Memorials to the Alzheimer’s Foundation, Hospice Alliance, or to one’s favorite charity have been suggested.

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

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

Michael P. Mulhern

Michael P. Mulhern, age 76, passed away on Sunday, Dec 22, 2013 .

Dearest brother of Vianne Sanders. Cherished uncle of Joan McCaffrey, Edward Sanders, John Sanders, Patricia Goldfein, and Jean Sanders.

He was a graduate of Marquette University ('58) and Law School (JD '65). Served in US Navy from 1958-'62. Dedicated council member of Cristo Rey parish. A man with a fine mind, a good heart and a great faith.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, at Cristo Rey Church, 801 College Ave.  Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until time of Funeral Mass at 10:30 a.m.  Burial with full military honors will follow at Calvary Cemetery.

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

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Karl W. Karlson Jr.

Wilmette, IL -- Karl W. Karlson Jr., age 89, passed away on Saturday, December 21, 2013, at Sunrise Senior Living, Wilmette, Illinois. Karl was born in Racine on June 30, 1924, son of the late Karl W. and Florence (Nee: Peterson) Karlson.

Karl was a graduate of Washington Park High School “Class of 1942” and received a Bachelor's Degree in business from UW-Madison. During World War II he proudly served in the United States Army in the European Theatre.

On October 15, 1960, at The Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago he was united in marriage to Donna A. Miller. He was a member of Christ Church United Methodist. Karl was employed as an accountant in Racine by the State of Wisconsin, retiring in 1985. He then relocated to Asheville, North Carolina, until 1998 when he and his wife moved back to Lake Forest to be closer to their family and grandchildren. He will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his two sons, Thomas (Elizabeth) Karlson of Riverwood, IL, Bruce (Vanja) Karlson of Park Ridge, IL; his grandchildren, Emma, Hannah and Caroline Karlson, Paige Karlson; brother-in-law, Donald Miller of Nanticoke, PA; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers, Ralph, Robert; sisters, Ruth Green, Dorothy Appleton; and nephew, John Green.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 27, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Christ Church United Methodist, 5109 Washington Ave., with Rev. Patrick Schultz officiating. Interment with Full Military Honors will follow at Graceland Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Friday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. Memorials to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 North Michigan Ave., 17th Floor, Chicago, IL 60601 have been suggested.

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803 Main St., Racine   (262) 634-7888

Sharon L. (Carlson) Rauch

Sharon Lee Rauch, age 79, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, December 21, 2013, at her residence.  She was born in Racine on August 25, 1934, daughter of the late Harold and Ingeborg (Nee: Tigges) Carlson.

Sharon graduated from Washington Park High School.  On June 29, 1968, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church she was united in marriage to Joseph P. Rauch.  Sharon was employed by Lincoln Lutheran as a CNA for 20 years.  She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.  Above all, she was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.  She will be dearly missed.

Surviving are her husband of 45 years, Joe; her son, Michael; grandson, Joshua; sister, Betty (Ray) Kirsch; nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Carol Dresen.

 A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, December 26, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2201 Northwestern Ave., with Rev. Ricardo Martin officiating.  Private interment will be held at Holy Rosary Cemetery, New Holstein, WI.  Relatives and friends may meet Thursday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass.

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

Ellen M. (Drasen) Kruse

Surrounded by her loving family, Ellen M. Kruse, age 66, passed away on Saturday, December 21, 2013, at her daughter’s residence. Ellen was born in Racine on October 18, 1947, daughter of the late George and Joan (Nee: Miller) Drasen.

On October 10, 1966, at Holy Name Catholic Church, she was united in marriage to Patrick E. Kruse.

Ellen was very dedicated and passionate about her work. She was employed as the Senior Director of Human Resources for Staples Corporation. More than anything, she treasured time with her family and will be deeply missed.

Survivors include her loving husband of forty-seven years, Patrick; her daughters, Mindy Kruse (Oriol Ferrer) of Racine, Michelle Kruse of Carlisle, PA; her four grandchildren, Josep Ferrer, Sofia Ferrer, Patrick (Tasha) Kruse, and Bryce Kruse; her three great-grandchildren, Serenidy, Journey and Mya; brothers and sisters, George (Gail) Drasen, Georgia (Dave) Wagner, Michael (Sharon) Drasen, Marianne (Jerry) Matson, Daniel (Kim) Drasen, Denise (Walter) Maluchnick; brothers-in-law, James Kruse, Jerry Kruse; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by an infant sister, Elizabeth; and brother, Ernest.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 26, 2013, at noon at the funeral home. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Thursday at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until time of service at noon. Memorials to one’s favorite charity have been suggested.

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

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Maria Grace Blue Seese

Maria Grace Blue Seese, age 12 days, received her wings on Thursday, December 19, 2013, from Wheaton Franciscan All Saints Medical Center.  She was born December 7, daughter of Jennifer Thomson and Robert Seese.

She is further survived by her brother, Angel Seese; grandparents, Maria and Scott Suarez, Mavis Lewis, Raymond (Shelia) Thomsen; great-grandparents, Mary Garner, Larry and Collette Suarez, Abraham Perez, Earl and Nora Hensley, Beverly McBride, and Earl Lunde; aunts, Christina Seese and  Hilary Suarez; uncle, Scotty Suarez; cousin, Clementine Suarez; other relatives.

Funeral services will be held on Sunday, December 22, 2013, at 6 p.m. at the funeral home, with Chaplain Loretta Mendoza officiating.  Relatives and friends may meet Sunday from 5 p.m. until time of service.

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

Martin E. DeKeuster

Surrounded by his loving family, Martin E. DeKeuster, age 83, passed away on Thursday, December 19, 2013, at his residence. Martin was born in Racine on August 12, 1930, son of the late Martin E. and Mary (Nee: West) DeKeuster.

Martin graduated from Washington Park High School “Class of 1948.” During the Korean War he proudly served with the United States Marine Corps. On February 14, 1953, he was united in marriage to Rose M. Petersen.

Martin was employed by the Wisconsin Electric Company for 37 years, retiring in 1992; after retiring, he worked as a greeter at Walmart. Martin was an active volunteer in the community: He was the scorekeeper for the Racine Lutheran/Prairie high school baseball team for 14 years, drove the courtesy van for All Saints Hospital, and was a member of the Marine Corps League. He also loved a good buffet, crossword puzzles, planning trips, the Cubs and Packers, and winning at any game. He was a man who was satisfied with what he had and set standards for all of us to live by. More than anything, he cherished time spent with his family and will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his loving wife of 60 years, Rose; his children, Randy (Debra) DeKeuster, Robin (DeKeuster) Kruse, Richard (Sue) DeKeuster; his three grandchildren, Matthew (Callie) DeKeuster, Andy DeKeuster and Katherine DeKeuster; numerous brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Joyce (Charles) Poulson.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 27, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Steve Jennings officiating. Interment with Full Military Honors will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Thursday at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. and Friday at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until time of service at 10:30 a.m. Memorials to Hospice Alliance have been suggested. 

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803 Main St., Racine   (262) 634-7888

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Robert C. Menden

Robert Charles Menden, age 82, passed away on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, at Golden Living Heritage Square in Hales Corners.  He was born in Racine on October 9, 1931, son of the late Arthur and Catherine (Nee: Schlick) Menden.

During the Korean War, Robert proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps as a staff sergeant from 1951- 1954. On April 7, 1956, at St. Rita’s Catholic Church, he was united in marriage to Elaine H. Olson.  Robert was employed with Hamilton Beach and then with Master Lock for twenty-five years, before retiring in 1993.   He was a member of St. Lucy’s Catholic Church.  An avid golfer, Bob loved golfing in his Senior Golf Leagues at Ives Grove and Maplecrest, and recorded a hole-in-one twice in his life.  Robert also enjoyed bowling and his casino trips with Elaine. Above all, he was a devoted husband and father who will be dearly missed.

Surviving are his loving wife of 57 years, Elaine; two daughters, Sandy (Kelly) Menden and Kristi Menden, all of Milwaukee; three brothers, Eugene (Mary Beth) Menden, Bill (Donna) Menden, Richard Menden; brothers-in-law, Dean Hansen, Kenneth Olson and Emmet Olson; nieces, nephews, other relatives and  friends.  In addition to his parents, Bob was also preceded in death by his sister, Carol Hansen.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Lucy’s Catholic Church, 3035 Drexel Ave., Racine, on Monday, December 23, 2013, at 11 a.m., with Rev. Mark Jones officiating.  Entombment with Full Military Honors will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Visitation will be held at the church, Monday from 10 a.m. until time of Mass. Memorials to St. Lucy’s Catholic Church or to one’s favorite charity have been suggested.

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

James Kyle Harrison

James Kyle Harrison, age 59, passed away on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, at Wheaton Franciscan – All Saints Medical Center. Jim was born on February 4, 1954, to Thomas R. Harrison and Jacqueline F. Harrison Jones.

He is survived by his wife, MaryAnn Harrison (Nee: Markworth); his children, Hilary, Jacqueline, Alexander (Brittany Litwicki) and Madeline; four grandsons, Ricky Ramirez, Erik & Dominick Ynnocencio, and Paxton Harrison; his beloved Moma, Jacqueline Jones; his brothers, Steve (Gail), John (Justine); and sister, Ginger (Paul) Minneti.

He is further survived by Mary Harrison (Rick) Shaw; his nieces and nephews, Ken Harrison, Bridget (Bob Hatcher), Jaimie Harrison Utley, Adrienne Schaeberg, Amber Harrison-Apude, Joel and Paul Minneti. He is also survived by the Alfred Markworth and Adam Markworth families; nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law. Jim is preceded in death by his father, Thomas R. Harrison (1965); brother, Mark P. Harrison (1990); sister-in-law, Valerie Harrison (1995) and step-father, Ronald B. Jones (2011).

Jim owned and operated The Great Outdoors for over twenty-five years in landscape design and construction and was then employed at Shepherds Ministries greenhouse for over three years. Jim’s passion for horticulture spilled into his personal life where he found happiness and peace in a variety of gardens. He enjoyed spending time with his family, grilling, playing, laughing, and being silly with his grandsons. Jim’s personal relationship with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ carried him home to peace, wholeness, and everlasting life.

Services to remember Jim and glorify God with praise and worship will be held on Monday, December 23, 2013, at 7 p.m. at Faith Community Church, 215 Newman Road, officiated by his longtime mentor and friend, Pastor Dino Galati. Private interment will be held. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Monday at the church from 4 p.m. until time of service at 7 p.m. Memorials to the family are appreciated.

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803 Main St., Racine   (262) 634-7888

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Lawrence William Smith, M.D.

Lawrence William Smith, M.D., age 90, of Racine, Wisconsin, died Tuesday, December 17, 2013, in his home.  Lawrence was born in Racine on November 24, 1923, to Lawrence and Jeanette Smith, (nee Higgins). Dr. Smith was preceded in death by his wife, Mary, on May 5, 2013; his parents; and his siblings, Rosemarie Kranick, Kathleen Flatley, Virginia Holbus, Patricia Konsin, Robert Smith, Richard Smith and Phillip Smith.

He is survived by his eight children: Jeffrey Michael Smith of Glendale, Wisconsin;  Brian David Smith and his wife, Julia, of Miami Beach, Florida; Mark Phillip Smith and his wife, Daphen, of Cape Coral, Florida; Pamela Jeanne de Butler and her husband, Ralph, of  Mesa, Arizona; Lawrence William Smith of Racine, Wisconsin; John Charles Smith and his wife, Brenda, of Rio Rancho, New Mexico; Jaqueline Marie Hummel of Shaker Heights, Ohio, and Robert Anthony Smith and his wife, Lori, of Brookfield, Wisconsin.  He is also survived by grandchildren and relatives: Ryan and Rebecca Smith, Conall and Morgan de Butler, Joshua and Emily Smith, Charles and Claire Hummel, Chloe, Parker, Madison and Jacob Smith, Cole Smith, Andres and Gabrielle Hernandez, and James McDonnell.

Lawrence was a native of Racine, leaving only to serve his medical residency at Boston City Hospital after completing Medical School at Marquette in 1946.  There he met Mary T. Smith, a nurse, whom he married on November 22, 1952, in Boston, Massachusetts.

He served his country in World War II as a Navy Seaman from 1941 to 1946.  He returned to the service during the Korean conflict as a Lieutenant Commander from 1954 to 1956, stationed in North Korea and later at Camp Pendleton, California.  He stayed in the Reserves until he was honorably discharged in 1984.

He came home to Racine where he opened a private practice as a general surgeon.  Following the closing of his practice, he was Corporate Medical Director at S.C. Johnson and Son, retiring in 1986.  Following his retirement, he spent many warm winters in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Lawrence was kind, smart, stoic, generous, independent and always a gentleman.  He was loved by his patients, co-workers and his family.  Although he will be missed by his family, he is joining his bride of 60 years.  

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, December 21, 2013, at 10 a.m. at St. Lucy Catholic Church, 3101 Drexel Ave., with Rev. Mark R. Jones officiating.  Entombment with Full Military Honors will follow at Calvary Garden Crypts, Kinzie Avenue.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family on Friday at the funeral home from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and Saturday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass at 10 a.m. Memorials to the Alzheimer’s Foundation have been suggested.

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

Monday, December 16, 2013

Diane Ruston Snyder

Diane R. Snyder, age 73, passed away on Monday, December 16, 2013, at Wheaton Franciscan – All Saints Medical Center.  Diane was born in Evanston, IL, on November 12, 1940, daughter of the late Gilbert and Genevieve (Nee:  Neidig) Ruston and had been a resident of Racine since 1957.

On July 27, 1963, she was united in marriage to David A. Snyder.  She was a graduate of Washington Park High School “Class of 1958.” Furthering her education, Diane earned a degree in Elementary Education at University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1962. Diane retired after many years teaching for the Racine Unified School District at Goodland School and Racine Cooperative Preschool.

She was an active and faithful member of Christ Church United Methodist where she served in the following capacities:  President and Treasurer of the Christ Church Methodist Women, Administrative Board, Education Committee, Student Loan Committee, Board of Trustees member for two terms, and taught Sunday School and played in the  Bell Choir.  She also was a member of the P.E.O. Chapter CF and served as President and Treasurer of the Junior League of Racine.  In her spare time, Diane enjoyed scrapbooking and knitted 250 pair of mittens each year for Racine area school children.  She also was an avid Badger and Packer fan. More than anything, she cherished time with her family and will be deeply missed.

Survivors include her loving husband of fifty years, David; her children, Elizabeth Snyder of Racine; her brother, Richard Ruston of Silver City, New Mexico; sister-in-law, Mary Jo (Jerry) Fields; niece, Sara (Steve) Kubiak; nephews, Steven (Colleen) Snyder, Craig (Nicole) Snyder, John Pinnecker; great-nieces, great-nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

Funeral services will be held at Christ Church United Methodist, 5109 Washington Ave.,  on Friday, December 20, 2013, at 11 a.m., with Rev. George J. Kafer officiating.  Interment will be held at West Lawn Memorial Park.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family on Friday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m.  Memorials to Christ Church United Methodist Women have been suggested.

We would like to thank the doctors and nursing staff at Wheaton Franciscan –All Saints Hospital for their caring and attentive service with Diane the past three months of her life.

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

John F. Stephens

Lemont, IL -- John F. Stephens, age 59, passed away on Monday, December 16, 2013. John was born in Racine on August 6, 1954, son of Donald and Marilyn (Nee: Witkofski) Stephens.

He was a graduate of William Horlick High School “Class of 1972.” On June 5, 1982, he was united in marriage to Cheryl Jurkovic.

He was employed by Dell Computer for many years. He was an avid Packer fan and loved golfing. He will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his wife, Cheryl; his son, Brian; his parents, Donald and Marilyn Stephens; brother, Randy Stephens; other relatives and many dear friends.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 23, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Steve Varghese officiating. Private entombment will follow at Holy Cross Garden Mausoleum, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family on Monday at the funeral home from noon  until time of service at 1:30 p.m. Memorials to St. Joseph Catholic Church have been suggested.

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David A. Peterson

David Allen Peterson, age 59, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, December 16, 2013, at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints Medical Center. He was born in Racine on January 27, 1955, son of William and Barbara (Nee: D’Aoust) Peterson.

David graduated from Washington Park High School and served in the U.S. Army. Prior to his disability he was employed by Service Master. He will be dearly missed.

Surviving are his children, Valerie, William and Mariah; his parents, Bill and Barbara Peterson; sister, Cynthia Koss; brothers, Donald and John Peterson; other relatives and dear friends.

Relatives and friends may meet with the family on Sunday at the funeral home from 2-4 p.m. Private interment will be held at the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

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Anthony 'Tony' D. Burke

Anthony “Tony” D. Burke, age 59, passed away on Monday, December 16, 2013, at Wheaton Franciscan – All Saints Medical Center.  Tony was born on Governors Island, New York, on November 17, 1954, son of the late William and Nancy  (Nee:  Fahey) Burke.

Coming to Racine in 1966 Tony graduated from St. Catherine’s High School “Class of 1973”  and from UW-Parkside with a Bachelor's Degree in Music.  On February 14, 1981, in Racine he was united in marriage to Mary F. Roberts.  Tony worked for Lincoln Lutheran and Prudential Insurance prior to his disability.  He marched with the  Racine Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps and the Racine Kilties All Age Drum and Bugle Corps.  He was a member of  NWTA (Northwest Territory Alliance – Revolutionary War Reenactments.)  An accomplished musician, Tony loved music and classical guitar.  He was an avid Packer fan.  Above all he was a loving husband, son, brother and uncle who will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his loving wife, Mary; his stepmother, Susan Seitz of Racine; sister, Katherine Burke of Milwaukee; mother-in-law, Mary T. Roberts of Winter Springs, FL; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Margaret, Susan and Robert; nieces, Taylor and Sarah; other relatives and many dear friends.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 21, 2013, at 3 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Dr. Tony Larsen officiating.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Saturday from 1 p.m. until time of service at 3 p.m.  Memorials to the Racine Kilties Drum and Bugle Corps have been suggested.

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Friday, December 13, 2013

Josephine (Malanche) Mulder

Josephine Mulder, age 81, peacefully crossed over into eternal life on Friday, December 13, 2013, at Wheaton Franciscan Hospice. Josephine was born in Manhattan, Kansas, on January 15, 1932, daughter of the late Margarito “ Pancho” Sr. and  Luz ”Lois” (Nee: Silva) Malanche.

Josephine’s family moved to Racine when she was three years old. She attended Franklin Elementary School and Washington Park High School.  Josephine was employed by Hamilton Beach, the Racine County Court House and retired from Gateway Technical College in 1996 after 18 years where she was proud to have been the first lady custodian hired. She had a lifelong love for reading books and watching her favorite shows. She lived her life for her family and especially enjoyed the time spent with all of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is already dearly missed and constantly thought about by all whose hearts she touched.

Surviving are her children, Linda Braun, Mark Braun, David (Renee) Braun, Michael Braun and Billie Jo (Ross) Dahse; grandchildren, Jason (Clarissa) Braun, Kyle (Becca) Thellefsen, Robert Lizzotte, Michelle Lizzotte, Alexandria Theres (Vinny Moran), Zoe Dahse and Peyton Dahse; great-grandchildren, Holden, Oakley, Savannah, Liliana and Ava Jo; nieces and nephews, Mary, Barbara, Tina, Bernadette (Robert Jr.), Peter (Kathy), Annie, Cindy and Debbie; many great-nieces and nephews, as well as many dear friends.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert Sr. and Milena Malanche, Margarito Jr. and Olga Malanche; granddaughter, Tonya Marie Guerra; nephew, Robert Malanche Jr.; and niece, Ramona Malanche.

Josie’s family wishes to extend a sincere thank you to the many Doctors, Nurses, and Aides at Wheaton Franciscan St. Mary’s, Lakeshore Manor and Davita Dialysis Center for their compassion, care, and kindness towards not only Josie but to our family.

Relatives and friends may meet with the family to celebrate Josephine’s life on Thursday from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Adaline C. (Willis) Pangrazi

Adaline Cora Pangrazi, age 92, passed away on Thursday, December 12, 2013, at Wheaton Franciscan Hospice.  She was born August 5, 1921, in Eau Claire, WI, daughter of the late Jack and Grace (Nee: Smock) Willis.

On October 5, 1940, in Gary, IN, she was united in marriage to Eugene “Gino” Pangrazi, who preceded her in death on February 8, 2007.  Adaline worked as a enumerator for the Federal Census in 1950, as Supervisor of Enumerators in three counties for the 1964 Agricultural Census and was a copywriter for radio station WFNY.  She volunteered as Secretary of the Racine Democratic Party from 1961-1970 and served as Executive Secretary of Racine County’s John F. Kennedy for President Campaign.  She also attended President Kennedy’s Inauguration in January 1961.  She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Adaline and Eugene moved to Arizona in January 1978 where they lived for 12 ½ years.  While in Arizona, Adaline was involved in various volunteer activities including serving as Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Sun Valley Gleanars Association; Secretary Treasurer of the Arizona State Council for Seniors and Vice-President elect of the Senior Citizens Council of Maricopa County.  She was appointed by Governor Bruce Babbitt to serve a four-year term as a consumer member of the Arizona State Board of Pharmacy.  In 1989, Adaline and Eugene were named Arizona’s Outstanding Senior Citizens of the Year by Governor Rose Mofford.

She is survived by her granddaughter, Nicole (Jeffrey) Luedtke of Thiensville; grandson, Matthew Pangrazi; great-grandchildren, Grace and Samuel; nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends.  In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by her son, Terry, in June 1989; and her grandson, Christopher.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, December 19, 2013, at 11 a.m. at St. Monica’s Senior Citizens Home Chapel, 3920 N. Green Bay Rd., with Reverend Ronald Crewe officiating.  Entombment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32.  Relatives and friends may meet Thursday at St. Monica’s Chapel at 10:30 a.m. until time of Mass.  In lieu of flowers, memorials to the American Diabetes Assn. or the American Heart Assn. have been suggested.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff at St. Monica’s for their loving and compassionate care.

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Richard 'Ricky' Don Whitnell

Richard 'Ricky' Don Whitnell departed this life on Thursday, December 12, 2013.

Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Wednesday, December 18, 2013. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m.

Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Estelle A. (Csavoy) Muleski

Surrounded by her family, Estelle A. Muleski, age 88, passed away on Wednesday, December 11, 2013, at Ridgewood Care Center. Estelle was born in Kenosha on July 26, 1925, daughter of the late Dominic and Anna (nee: Halmo) Csavoy.

On December 6, 1947, she was united in marriage to the love of her life, Walter C. Muleski, who preceded her in death on December 28, 1985.  She spent her working life at Hamilton Beach, Racine Die Casting and retired from the U.S. Postal Service. During this time – and for many years after – she took great joy in feeding family and friends extraordinary, home-cooked meals that everyone hoped would be followed by her legendary carrot cake or chocolate chip cookies.

Estelle spent many years delivering Meals on Wheels, and was the proud recipient of the “Volunteer of the Year” award for countless hours of service to St. Luke’s Hospital Auxiliary, knitting thousands of intricate caps for newborns. She was also a lifetime Honorary Member of Fifth Street Yacht Club Women’s Auxiliary. She will be deeply missed for the many lives she touched in so many places.

Survivors include her children, Ann Riley of Sturtevant, Sue (Robert) Pocius of Egg Harbor, Jim (Debbie) Muleski of Racine;  grandchildren, Gary (Jason), Heather (Scott), Chris (Carrie), Carrie, Kelli (Mike), Joel, Raquel (Shanta), and Carmen;  15 great-grandchildren; 7 great-great-grandchildren; special niece, Bonnie (Jim) Olley of Wentzville, MO, and family; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many dear friends. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her son, Walter Muleski; son-in-law, Gary L. Riley; and grandsons, Jimmy Muleski and Michael Villarreal.    

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, December 16, 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 Sunday at the funeral home from noon until 2 p.m.  (Prayer Vigil at 2 p.m.) and Monday at the funeral home from 9:30 a.m. until time of procession to the church at 10:00 a.m.

The family wishes to extend a thank you to the staff of Ridgewood Care Center, especially Kim, Rachel, Tonya and Donna; and the staff of Allay Hospice, especially Chaplain Gene, Shalene, Bethany and Caitlyn.

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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Mildred I. (Hansen) Nelson

10/09/1917 – 12/07/2013

Mildred I. Nelson (nee Hansen) transitioned to eternal life at age 96. She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Minnie Hansen, and brothers, Marvin and Gilbert. She will be reunited with her husband, Viggo, and sons, Marvin and Paul, who will be welcoming her home to be with the Lord.

Mildred was a life-long parishioner at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Racine where she spent countless hours in support of the church. She was a member of St. Monica’s Guild and the Alter Guild. Her baking prowess won accolades for years from the Wednesday group at St. Luke’s. The clergy often found themselves at our dinner table… no one left hungry and relationships deepened.

All of Mildred’s children graduated from her alma mater, William Horlick High School: Evelyn ('59), Marvin ('61), Robert ('64), Paul ('67) and Frank ('70). Additionally, she is survived by seven  grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends.

A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Luke’s in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit, 614 Main St., Racine on Saturday, December 14, at 10 a.m. Visitation will begin at 9a.m. Our family is honored to have this service officiated by Rev. James A. Kaestner, former rector at St. Luke’s and a family friend of over 50 years. Memorials to honor Mildred may be made to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church Altar Guild c/o Susan Helwig, or to the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org.

Our family extends its sincere gratitude to all the staff at Becker-Shoop where her many years of care were attentive and supportive. Ed Freuden, Mildred’s primary nurse, demonstrated skill and compassion above and beyond the call of duty. Thank you, Ed. 

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Friday, December 6, 2013

Janet R. (Hood) Goodsell

Janet R. Goodsell, age 91, passed away on Friday, December 6, 2013, at Lakeshore Manor. Janet was born in Racine on September 25, 1922, daughter of the late Stanley and Elizabeth (Nee: Scheviak ) Hood.

Janet was a graduate of Park High School, “Class of 1940.” On October 2, 1942, Janet was united in marriage to Raymond Goodsell, who preceded her in death on October 31, 2011. She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She was a member of the Racine Junior League and also volunteered for the St. Mary’s Hospital Auxiliary. Janet enjoyed reading, playing bridge and was an avid golfer at Racine Country Club. She was loved dearly and will be sadly missed.

Surviving are her children, R. Scott (Pamela) Goodsell, Gary (Susan) Goodsell, Mary (Michael) Patterson, Nancy (John) Mullen; seven grandchildren; Beth Honeycutt, Dana Goodsell, Regan Goodsell, Brooke Patterson, Brian Patterson, Katherine Patterson (Fiancé Jason Gruettner) and Brendon Mullen; great-grandson, Austin Honeycutt; sister, Cora Zwettler, other relatives and many dear friends.

In addition to her parents and husband, she also was preceded in death by her daughter, Judy; brother-in-law, Jack Zwettler; and nephew, Gregory Zwettler.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2201 Northwestern Ave., with Rev. Ricardo Martin officiating. Private entombment will be held at Holy Cross Garden Mausoleum, Hwy. 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family on Tuesday at the church from 9 a.m. until time of Mass. Memorials to the Health Care Network or Hospice Alliance Inc, have been suggested by the family.

A very special thank you to the entire staff at Lakeshore Manor for their loving and compassionate care.

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

John 'Jack' T. Chapman

Surrounded by his loving family, John “Jack” T. Chapman, age 88, passed away on Thursday, December 5, 2013, at Wheaton Franciscan–All Saints Medical Center. Jack was born in Racine on February 24, 1925, son of the late John and Louise (Nee: Vanbree) Chapman.

Jack proudly served in the United States Army. On August 17, 1957, he was united in marriage to Donna M. Stanton, who preceded him in death in 2007. He was employed by the U.S. Postal Service as a carrier for thirty years, retiring in 1985.

He was a member and usher at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. He also belonged to the Catholic Men’s Association, American Legion, VFW Post 1391, National Association of Letter Carriers, and National Association of Retired Federal Employees. He enjoyed volunteering with Meals on Wheels. More than anything he cherished time with his family. He will be deeply missed.

 Jack is survived by his four sons, Michael (Mary), Thomas (Virginia), John (Kimberly), Steve (Sherry), and his daughter, Mary Chapman. He was loved by his many grandchildren: Nicholas, Ashley, Julie, Haley, Lindsey, Thomas Jr., Annamarie, Melody, Julie (Corey), Jennifer, and Timothy; other relatives and many dear friends.

A Memorial Mass will be held on Monday, December 9, 2013, at 5 p.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 6400 Spring St., with Rev. Terrance J. Huebner officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Monday at the church from 3 p.m. until time of Mass at 5 p.m. Private entombment will be held at Holy Cross Garden Mausoleum, Hwy 32. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Stars and Stripes Honor Flight, P.O. Box 636, Port Washington, WI 53074 or to the American Cancer Society have been suggested.

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

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Raymond M. Carman

Raymond M. Carman, age 69, passed away on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, at his residence. Survivors include his stepson, Russel Sliwinski.

Private services were held with interment at the Southern Wisconsin Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, Town of Dover.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Patricia A. (Lehman) Bochek

Surrounded by her loving family, Patricia "Pat" A. Bochek, age 79, passed away on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, at Wheaton Franciscan – All Saints Medical Center. Pat was born in Fond du Lac, WI, on February 1, 1934, daughter of the late Otto and Angeline (Nee: Rafenstein) Lehman.

On June 19, 1954, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, Milwaukee, she was united in marriage to Eugene “Gene” P. Bochek, who preceded her in death this past October 15, 2013. Pat was a longtime and active member of St. Rita Catholic Church. In her quest for spiritual growth she was involved with the St. Rita's prayer room, human concerns, Cursio, Augustinians, the homeless shelter and meal outreach. She was a beloved school bus driver for students with special needs.  In her younger years she was involved with Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, 4H and was a coordinator for T.O.P.S. She enjoyed sewing, crafts, oil painting, bird watching, camping and collecting angels. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother who will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her children, Peter Bochek of IL, Dawn (Stephen) Wolf of Racine, Michael (Karen) Bochek of Racine, Richard Bochek of Racine, Kathleen Bochek of Franksville, Susan (Dennis) Marion of Leland; her grandchildren, Austin Iverson, Kristel Marion, Quentin Bochek; brother, Jerry Lehman of FL; sister, Marion Konsella of Milwaukee; brother-in-law, Robert Bochek of Phoenix, AZ; sisters-in-law, Joyce Berns of Pewaukee, Donna Tourville of MI; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers-in-law, Bob Berns, Art Konsella, and Jim Tourville.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, December 9, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Rita’s Catholic Church, 4339 Douglas Ave., with Rev. Kevin Mullins O.S.A. officiating. Entombment will follow at Forest Hill Memorial Park, Oak Creek. 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 10 a.m. until time of Mass at 10:30 a.m. Memorials to St. Rita’s Catholic Church, Wisconsin Parkinson Assn. for Research, 945 N. 12th St., Milwaukee, WI 53233, or to the Wisconsin American Macular Degeneration Foundation, 912 N. Hawley Road, Milwaukee, WI 53213 or Wheaton Franciscan Hospice have been suggested.

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Sunday, December 1, 2013

Martin J. 'Marty' Zoromskis

Martin J. “Marty” Zoromskis, age 66, passed away on on Sunday, December 1, 2013.  Martin was born in Kenosha on July 10, 1947, son of the late Stanley and Myrtle (nee: Fox) Zoromskis.

He proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps in the Vietnam War from 1966-1969.

Marty is survived by his brothers, Joseph (Peggy) Zoromskis of Kenosha, Stanley Zoromskis of Racine, Daniel Zoromskis of Kenosha; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  In addition to his parents, Marty was also preceded in death by his brother, Tony.

Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, December 11, 2013, from 11:30 a.m. until time of service at 12:30 p.m.  Interment with Full Military Honors will follow at Southern Wisconsin Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, Town of Dover.

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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Josephine M. (Kroes) Polcin

Josephine M. Polcin, age 87, passed away on Saturday, November 30, 2013, at Ridgewood Care Center.  Josephine was born in Racine on November 13, 1926, daughter of the late George and Josephine T. (Nee: Bergavoert) Kroes.

On September 5, 1953, she was united in marriage to John G. Polcin, who preceded her in death on November 21, 2001. Josephine was a former member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, the Holy Trinity St. Cecelia Society and the Blue & Gold Society (at Holy Trinity Church). An excellent cook, with a green thumb for plants, Josephine also enjoyed knitting and crocheting.  She will be fondly remembered as a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who will be missed dearly.

Survivors include her children, John (Mary) Polcin, Patrick (Linda) Polcin, Kristine Grow, Josephine (Kevin) Grow; her grandchildren, Barbara Polcin, John Tony (Heather) Polcin, Judith (Brandon) Ketchum, Michael Polcin, Olivia Polcin, Wendy Polcin, Ronnie Grow, Abby Grow, Jennifer (Scott) Doemel, Jack Grow, Paul Grow, Kevin Grow II, Stacy Grow; 14 great-grandchildren; sister, Mary Zerzanek; brothers, Paul Kroes, Theodore (Lori) Kroes; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.  In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her infant son, Joseph; daughter, Valeria; brothers and sister, Hank, George (Rose), Lambert, John (Pat), and Dorie Madala; son-in-law, Ron Grow Sr.; sister-in-law, Louise Kroes; brother-in-law, Rudolph Zerzanek.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 6, 2013, at 1 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Jeffrey E. Mortenson officiating.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Friday from 11 a.m. until time of service at 1 p.m. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32.  Memorials to Ridgewood Activities Department, American Cancer Society or to St. Jude Children’s Hospital have been suggested.

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

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Friday, November 29, 2013

Robert F. Miller

Robert F. Miller passed away on Friday, November 29, 2013, at the William Middleton Veteran’s Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin, surrounded by his family.  Bob was born on June 23, 1932, to Arthur W. and Margaret (Smith) Miller and resided in West Haven, CT, during his youth.  He was a member of the first graduating class of Notre Dame High School in 1950, and upon graduation attended the University of Connecticut.  From 1951 to 1955, he served as an electrician’s mate in the U.S. Navy aboard the aircraft carrier USS Lake Champlain.

While attending school at the Great Lakes Navel Station, Bob met the love of his life, Clarice Roberts, in Milwaukee, WI.  Claire and Bob were married on July 21, 1956, at Sacred Heart Church in Calumet, MI, where they resided until 1959 when he graduated from Michigan Technological University with a BSEE degree.  Bob lived in Bowling Green, Ohio, and Milwaukee but finally settled in Racine with his family in 1974 where he resided until recently moving to Middleton, WI, in July 2013.

Bob worked as a design engineer with Cutler Hammer and T.L. Smith and later as an engineering manager with Modine, Trent Tube and Peter Albrecht.  He founded R.F. Miller and Associates in 1987 and worked on complex engineering projects including the implementation of the computer control system at the Milwaukee Wastewater Treatment Plant.  Bob was a registered Professional Engineer in several states, a life member of IEEE, and was issued several patents.

In retirement, Bob enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family.  He especially enjoyed a cruise he and Claire took through the Panama Canal.  He also volunteered his time as an owner’s representative on two construction projects in Racine: St. Paul the Apostle Church and the HALO homeless shelter.

He was an active member of the St. Paul the Apostle parish, a 4th Degree member in the Knights of Columbus, and also a member of the Serra Club.

He is survived by his loving wife Claire; two sons, James (Mary Jo) of Green Bay, WI, and Richard of Kona, Hawaii; two daughters, Mary (Marc) Lipari of Chaska, MN, and Maureen (Mike) Domanico of Middleton, WI; and one daughter-in-law, Dana Miller of Racine, WI.  Bob is also survived by twelve grandchildren: Tara, Kaitlin, David, Megan, Tony, Drake, Nicole, Sarah, Destiny, Nicholas, Lauren and Robert; and one great-grandchild, Abigail.  He is also survived by two brothers, Arthur (Martha) of Stratford, CT, and Alan (Jeanne) of Palm Coast, FL; three sisters, Elizabeth (James) Danehy of West Haven, CT, Margaret Crisci of Hamden, CT, and Rosemary (Robert) Hanson of West Haven, CT; brother-in-law, Gordon Roberts of Calumet, MI; and sister-in-law, Roberta Jacques of Green Bay, WI; as well as many nieces and nephews.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents; son, Charles (Dana); brother-in-law, Robert Crisci; brother, Richard; sister-in-law, Eleanor Miller; brother-in-law, James Jacques; and brother-in-law, James Roberts.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Paul the Apostle Church, 6400 Spring St., on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, at 11 a.m. with Reverend Terrence Heubner and Rev. William Dietzler officiating.  Interment with full military honors will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32.  Relatives and friends may meet Wednesday at the church from 9 a.m. until 10:45 a.m.

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Thomas J. Tighe

Thomas Joseph Tighe, age 60, passed away peacefully, with his family by his side, on Friday, November 29, 2013, at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints Medical Center. He was born in Racine on June 18, 1953, son of the late Robert and Irene (Nee: Getz) Tighe.

Tom proudly served his country in the U.S. Army from 1970-1973. On July 21, 1973, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church, he was united in marriage to Kathleen M. McMahon. 

Tom was employed by In-Sink-Erator. He was a member of St. Edward’s Catholic Church and the Racine Harley Owners Group. He enjoyed time spent with his grandkids vacationing at Disney World, Eagle watching and riding his Harley with his wife. He will be dearly missed.

Surviving are his loving wife of 40 years, Kathy; daughter, Teresa (Christopher) McMahon; three grandchildren, Delaney, Keagan and Quinn; sister, Florence Weidner; brothers, John Tighe, Martin (Sandy) Tighe, Terrence Tighe; brother-in-law, Robert (Roxanna) McMahon; special friends, Paul (Grace) Supko, Ray (Maraloy) Plourde, Dan (Linda) Kretzer; nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Robert and Agnes McMahon; and a brother-in-law, Daniel (Sally) McMahon.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, December 6, 2013, at 11 a.m. at St. Edward’s Catholic Church, 1401 Grove Ave., with Reverend Allen Bratkowski officiating. Private interment will be held at Southern Wisconsin Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet Thursday at the funeral home from 4-7 p.m. (Prayer Service at 5:30 p.m.) and on Friday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the American Lung Assn., Vietnam Veterans or the Wounded Warrior Project have been suggested.

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Rosemary A. Jansen

Surrounded by her loving family, Rosemary A. Jansen, age 80, passed away on Friday, November 29, 2013, at her residence after a long courageous battle with a lung infection. Rosemary was born in Racine on October 9, 1933, daughter of the late Edward P. and Carolyn H. (Nee: Reichert) Haas.

Rosemary graduated from St. Mary’s Grade School and St. Catherine’s High School “Class of 1952” where she played on the girls’ club basketball team. She attended Stout University where she also played women’s club basketball.

On July 9, 1955, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church she was united in marriage to Lawrence H. Jansen. She was a loving wife, housewife and mother whose children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were most important. She was a fifty-year active member of St. Lucy Parish, coordinator of the St. Lucy Eucharistic Adoration Program, member of St. Lucy morning rosary prayer group, past president of St. Lucy’s Home and School and St. Lucy Altar Society, and former Girl Scout Leader. She was also involved with several organizations, including: member of the Order of Secular Franciscans, long-time volunteer of Racine Marian Center Catholic Bookstore, Life-Chain co-coordinator, and associate member of the Confraternity of the Holy Guardian Angels.

She worked for the Wisconsin Department of Revenue during the tax season. In addition, she enjoyed traveling on several spiritual pilgrimages.

Survivors include her loving husband, Lawrence; seven children, Cheryl (Dennis) Quam of Grand Rapids, MI, Michele (Dr. Mark) Meier of Greenfield, WI, Hugh (Doreene) Jansen of Keller, TX, David (Stephanie) Jansen of Muskego, WI, Theodore (Jill) Jansen of Schoorl, Netherlands, Mary Rose (Michael) Morse of Clintonville, WI, Patrice (David) Letsch of Mt. Pleasant, WI; 28 grandchildren, Elizabeth (Christopher) Hayes, Audra (W. John) Welch, Ian, Olivia, Nathaniel and Michaela Quam, Marissa (Dr. Brant) McCartan, Paul (Sara) Meier, Evan, Nicholas and Trisha Meier, Zachary, Xavier and Noah Jansen, Lachlan Gehret, Luca Jansen, Aaron, Catherine, Matthew and Nathan Morse, Andrew, Maiah, John, Ethan, Luke, Annemarie, Charles and Grace Letsch; five great-grandchildren, Quinn and Dutch McCartan, Carter and Nolan Welch, Emma Jansen; sisters and brothers, Germaine Brigman, Diane (Joseph) Cook, Bernadette (Alvin) Morrow, Marjorie Malko, Norman (Ruth Ann) Haas, Daniel (Marlene) Haas, John (Laurine) Haas; stepbrother and sister, Raymond (Bonnie) Andres, Gary (Mary) Richtmyre; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Elaine Haas, Yvonne Haas, Ralph (Virginia) Jansen, John (Karen) Jansen, Judith Jansen; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her stepmother, Elizabeth (Nee: Andres); her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Hugo and Dorothy (Nee: Blanchard) Jansen; sister and brothers, Audrey, Gregory, and Gerard Haas; brothers-in-law, Richard Malko, Daniel Jansen; nephews, Stephen Haas, Brian Haas, and William Malko.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, December 6, 2013, at noon at St. Lucy Catholic Church, 3101 Drexel Ave., with Rev. Mark R. Jones officiating; Rev. Stephen Hansen, homilist; music by Mark Forrest and Terry Seitz. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Friday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass at noon. Interment will follow at Holy Family Cemetery, Caledonia. In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Lucy Catholic Church, St. Catherine’s High School, or to Mark Forrest’s Faith and Family Foundation have been suggested.

A heartfelt thank you to her Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints 5th Floor doctors, nurses, nurses aides and staff at the Cardiovascular Institute for their loving and compassionate care. Also, a special thank you to Dr. Paul Durbin, Dr. Marc Kennedy, Dr. Robert Gullberg and further to Dr. James Cook at Loyola University Medical Center, for their years of care and concern.

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

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Frederick J. Bokun

Frederick John Bokun, age 73, passed away on Wednesday, November 27, 2013, at Wheaton Franciscan – All Saints Medical Center.  Fred was born in Chicago, IL, on September 30, 1940, son of the late Henry and Alice (Nee:  Weber) Bokuniewicz.

He graduated from Fenwick High School “Class of 1958” and enlisted in the United States Army.  Returning from the service, Fred obtained a degree in journalism from the University of  Illinois, Champaign/Urbana.  On August 29, 1964 in Bellwood, IL, he was united in marriage to Joyce M. Walker.  He began his career as a reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times and eventually relocated to Kansas City, MO, where he worked as Manager of Public Relations at Hallmark Cards.  Moving to Racine in the summer of 1989, he was employed by Communication Concepts Unlimited until his retirement in 2003.     Fred was a former parishioner and member of the hand bell choir at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.  He enjoyed playing the piano and tutoring at Roosevelt Elementary School.   Above all, he was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather who will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his loving wife of forty-nine years, Joyce; his children, Scott (Michele) Bokun of Lexington, MA, Susan (Robert) Neil of Libertyville, IL; his grandchildren, Abigail and Lillian Bokun, Brittany, Bobby and Rebecca Neil; brothers, Henry (Linda) Bokuniewicz of Greenlawn, NY, David (Audrey) Bokuniewicz of Naperville, IL; sister-in-law, Georgette Walker of Littleton, CO; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Bokuniewicz; and brother-in-law, Martin Walker.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 2, 2013, at 7 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Ricardo Martin officiating.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family Monday at the funeral home from 6 p.m. until time of service at 7 p.m.  Private interment will be held.  In lieu of flowers, memorials to the American Cancer Society have been suggested.

The family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to the medical and support staff at Wheaton Franciscan Hospital and Hospice for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Rosemarie K. Larsen

Rosemarie K. Larsen, age 87, passed away on Wednesday, November 27, 2013, at Wheaton Franciscan – All Saints Medical Center.

Rosemarie was employed by Wheary and Hartman Luggage, Mamco Corporation, and O & H Danish Bakery.  She was an avid bowler who worked the women’s city and state bowling tournaments in Racine.  Rosemarie belonged to the Racine Zoo Auxiliary and helped to operate the zoo gift shop with other zoo auxiliary members.

 Survivors include her son, Jack A. Larsen of Racine; brother, Richard (Barbara) Larsen of Racine; other relatives and dear friends.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, two brothers and one  sister.

Private services were held with interment at Graceland Cemetery.  Memorials to the Racine Zoo have been suggested.

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

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Robert D. Leutner

Robert D. Leutner, age 93, passed away on Tuesday, November 26, 2013, at his residence.  Mr. Leutner was born June 16, 1920, in Racine and was a lifelong resident, except for 3 ½ years when he served in the Army Air Corps as a Budget and Fiscal Captain.

He was united in marriage to Virginia “Gene” Anderson on September 23, 1942 in Racine.  Mr. Leutner graduated Wm Horlick High School in February of 1937, received a B.S. Degree in Business Administration in 1942 from Marquette University, where he was inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu, the Jesuit National Scholastic Honors Society, and Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities.  He subsequently earned an MBA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Mr. Leutner was employed at Belle City Malleable Iron Co. (later known as Racine Steel Castings Co.) for 40 years, retiring in 1982 as Senior Vice-President for Finance and Administration.  He was a charter member and past president of the Racine Chapter National Association of Accountants (now known as the Institute of Management Accountants).

Mr. Leutner had been a member of the Board of Directors of St. Luke’s Hospital in Racine and served as Chairman of the Board from 1975 through 1979.  He was a past president of the Racine Manufacturers Association Accounting Group, served on the Budget Committee for the Racine United Way, and was a member of the Milwaukee Chapter National Office Management Association. Mr. Leutner was a member and officer on the Racine Chamber of Commerce, and was on the committee that was involved in the merger of the Racine Chamber of Commerce with the Racine Manufacturers Association into what is now known as RAMAC.   Mr. Leutner‘s main hobby was playing piano and organ.  He was a charter member, past president and treasurer of the Dairyland Chapter of the American Theater Organ Society.  That chapter made him an honorary member in 2001.

During his retirement, Mr. Leutner was a member of the Volunteer Corps of Lincoln Lutheran where he served as organist for chapel services for twelve years, and during this period, he served as treasurer of Good Shepherd Health Systems headed by the late Rev. Dr. Belter.  Mr. Leutner was a member of Atonement Lutheran Church, where he served as Vice-President of the Church Council, Sunday School Superintendent, Sunday School teacher, and member of several committees.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia; parents, William and Olga Leutner; brother, William Jr.; sister in-law, Ellen Leutner; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Vernon Fox; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Leslie and Joan Anderson.  He is survived by his daughter, Carole Novick and son-in-law Lloyd Novick of Stamford, CT; grandchildren, Sara Simpson (Neal) of Westport, CT, Ethan Novick of Great Barrington, MA; great-grandsons, Alex and Liam Simpson; nieces, nephews, cousins, and many dear friends.

Funeral services will be held at Atonement Lutheran Church, 2915 Wright Ave., on Friday, November 29, 2013, at 11 a.m. with Reverend Dr. Warren Williams officiating.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family Friday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of service.  Private interment with full military honors will be held at Graceland Cemetery.  Memorials to Atonement Lutheran Church have been suggested.

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

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Steven J. Morgan

Steven John Morgan, age 72, passed away on Sunday, November 24, 2013, at Wheaton Franciscan – All Saints Medical Center.  Steven was born in Detroit, Michigan, on August 8, 1941, son of the late Richard and Floras (Nee:  Thieme) Morgan.

Steve graduated from Washington Park High School “Class of 1959,” where he was honored as an All-State Guard on their State Football Championship team.   Furthering his education, he attended UW-Whitewater and UW-Madison.  He joined H & R Block, where he managed offices and became an EA Tax Specialist. After leaving H & R Block, Steve established his personal business where he was able to assist many friends and associates with their tax and accounting needs.

Steve was a proud member and founder of the 14th Street “Yacht” Club, and he was an avid Detroit Lions fan.  He enjoyed spending time with his circle of lifelong friends.  He will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his brother, Richard (June) Morgan of Memphis, TN; sister, Jerrilyn (Richard) Evanson of Carrollton, OH; nieces and nephews, Melissa Morgan, Nina (Brad) Milbauer, Richard “Rick” H. Morgan III, Mark Evanson, Paige (John) Boyle; grandnephews and niece; other relatives and many dear friends.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday December 7, 2013, at 11 a.m., at the funeral home with Rev. Joyce Rhinehart officiating.  Visitation will be held at the funeral home Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11.  Memorials to Racine Heritage Museum, 701 Main St., Racine, WI  53403, have been suggested.

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803 Main St., Racine  (262) 634-7888

Calvin C. Kousek

Calvin C. Kousek, age 92, passed away on Sunday, November 24, 2013, at Wheaton Franciscan – All Saints Medical Center. Calvin was born in Racine on March 20, 1921, son of the late Albert and Josephine (Nee: Jadrny) Kousek.

During World War II, Calvin proudly served in the United States Army Air Corps, and was a longtime member of the American Legion and EAA. He was united in marriage to Methodia “Mitzi” C. Zalesak, who preceded him in death on August 26, 1991. Calvin was employed for many years at Massey–Harris-Ferguson, retiring from the Ladish Company in 1984.

He was a member and usher at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Calvin enjoyed bowling and golfing with the Johnson Park Leagues, and recently playing Schafskopf. More than anything, he cherished time spent with his family and will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his children, Karen (Mark) Thomsen of Racine, Susan Kousek of Reston, VA, Ken (Shelley) Kousek of Kirra, Queensland, Australia; his grandchildren, Lisa (Kenny) Spirewka, David Thomsen, Kendall Kousek, Rachel Kousek; his great-grandchildren, Avery and Ellery Spirewka; sister-in-law, Carol Kousek of Racine; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Albert “Buddy” Kousek.

A memorial service will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, November 27, 2013, at 11 a.m., with Rev. Kenneth Mich officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home Wednesday from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Monica’s Senior Citizen Home or Wheaton Franciscan Hospice have been suggested.

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803 Main St., Racine  (262) 634-7888

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Dorothy E. (Savina) Ellertson

Lakeland, FL -- Dorothy E. Ellertson, age 85, passed away on Saturday, November 23, 2013, at Wheaton Franciscan Hospital, Franklin, WI.  Dorothy was born in Cumberland, WI, on April 4, 1928, daughter of the late Clement and Mary (Nee:  Scalise) Savina.

She was employed as a chef at Kilbourn Gardens for several years. Dorothy was an active member of St. Louis Parish involved in the food pantry, church festival and several years as Minister of Care.  She was the proud recipient of the South Shore YWCA Volunteer of the Year Award.  Her hobbies included reading and stitching beautiful embroidery items.   She loved to cook and prepared many delicious meals for family and friends.  She will be fondly remembered as a  devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.  She will also be deeply missed by her many friends in Wisconsin and Florida.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, LeRoy.  Survivors include her children, Mary Overmyer of Milwaukee, WI, Barbara Wesle (Dick) of Stetsonville, WI, Kathryn Hovelson of Lakeland, FL, Mikkel Ellertson of Milwaukee, WI, Gary (Kathy) Ellertson of Pleasant Prairie, WI,  Therese (Greg) Hudziak of Muskego, WI, Martin Ellertson of Phoenix, AZ; sisters, Dolores (Robert) Fuller of Rockford, IL, Diane Craine of Cumberland, WI; sister-in-law, Shirley Savina of East Troy, WI; 17 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, November 29, 2013, at 11 a.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church, 13207 County Road G, Caledonia, with Rev. Mark J.R. Danczyk officiating.  Private interment will follow at the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Town of Dover.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family Friday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass at 11a.m.  Memorials to St. Louis Food Pantry have been suggested.

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803 Main St., Racine   (262) 634-7888

Donna J. (Gardiner) Matson

Donna Jean Matson, age 58, passed away peacefully on Saturday, November 23, 2013, at her residence. She was born in Racine on January 10, 1955, daughter of Clarence and Leona (Nee: Stege) Gardner.

Donna graduated from Washington Park High School “Class of 1974.” Following in July she was united in marriage to Robert A. Matson at Lutheran Church of the Resurrection where she had been a former member and Sunday School teacher.

Donna volunteered at the Bethesda Thrift Shop, was a member of the Women’s Auxiliary of U.S. Postal Workers Branch 436, and enjoyed collecting dolls. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who loved taking care of her family, especially baby sitting her grandchildren. She will be dearly missed.

Surviving are her husband of 39 years, Bob; her children, Robert Matson Jr., Jennifer (John) Bracker; six grandchildren, John and Samantha Bracker, Aidan, Arianna, Ethan and Echo Matson; her mother, Leona Gardner; stepdaughter, Bridgette Zerbach; step-grandchildren, Alice and David; sister and brothers, Darlene Middleton, John (Carol) Gardner, Charles Gardner; her beloved dogs, Chipper and Lady; nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Clarence.

Funeral services will be held at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 40 Ohio St., on Monday, December 2, 2013, at 12:30 a.m. with Reverend Melanie Hammond-Clark officiating. Interment will follow at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Sunday at the funeral home from 4-6 p.m. and on Monday at the church from noon  until time of service. Memorials to the American Cancer Society have been suggested.

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

Friday, November 22, 2013

Susan Ann (Knop) Scheel

Surrounded by her loving family, Susan Ann Scheel, age 59, passed away from cancer on Friday, November 22, 2013, at Wheaton Franciscan – All Saints Medical Center.  Sue was born in Racine, February 22, 1954, daughter of the late Frederick and Patricia (Nee:  Nelson) Knop and was a lifelong Racine resident.

Sue was a member of Christ Church United Methodist, the Racine Jaycette, Business and Professional Women, Doll Club, Racine Elks, and just recently, the Racine Moose Lodge.  Sue was a loving wife, caretaker and parent who so loved her grandchildren.  Very outgoing, Sue loved life, people, camping, bowling, fishing, and especially sitting by the campfire watching her grandkids enjoying themselves.  She will be deeply missed.

Survivors include her loving husband of forty years, Gary Scheel; her daughter, Tanya Eastman of Racine; her son, Richard Scheel (fiancée, Kara Kozlik); her three grandchildren, Mia, Miranda and Mason Eastman; sister, Cheri (Chuck) Petersen; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, JoAnne (Jerry) Cummings, Nancy Scheel, Kathy Arentz, Billy Scheel; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother-in-law, Dickie Scheel.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Christ Church United Methodist, 5109 Washington Ave., with Rev. George J. Kafer officiating.  Interment will follow at Graceland Cemetery.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family Monday at the funeral home from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and Tuesday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m.  Memorials to the family have been suggested.

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

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Mary Ann C. (Matranga) Parise

Surrounded by her loving family, Mary Ann C. Parise, age 90, passed away on Thursday, November 21, 2013, at her residence.  Mary Ann was born in Racine on October 23, 1923, daughter of the late Charles and Anna (Nee:  DeMathew) Matranga.

On April 12, 1947, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, she was united in marriage to Michael J. Parise, who preceded her in death on November 1, 1999.  At age 12  Mary Ann began her employment at Matranga’s Supermarket and worked there for over fifty years, retiring in 1987 as head cashier and supervisor.

She was a member of St. Rita Catholic Church.   Mary Ann always placed others' needs before her own and willingly lent a helping hand.  She also enjoyed cooking and entertaining for her family and friends.  Above all, she was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her son, Michael Parise of Racine; her daughters, JoAnn Knutson of Racine, Jude Parise of West Hollywood, CA; her grandson, Eric Knutson of Racine; her great-grandson, Anthony M. Knutson; sister, Lucille (John) Guilbault of Racine; brother-in-law,  Alfred  Parise of Racine; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.  In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Margaret (Frank) Rondoni, Rose (Tony) Bonanno; and brothers, Joseph (Marie) Matranga, and Peter (Helen) Matranga; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Genevieve Tatman, Ida (Russell) Sesto, Dorothy (Jack) Van Swol, Rose Lanis, Eleanor (Melvin) Jacobson and Catherine Parise.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, November 25, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Rita Catholic Church, 4339 Douglas Ave., with Rev. Kevin Mullins O.S.A. officiating. Entombment will follow at Holy Cross Garden Mausoleum, Hwy 32.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Sunday from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. and Monday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of Mass at 10:30 a.m.   Memorials to the family have been suggested.

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

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Hanes 'Hank' F. Robbins

Hanes “Hank” F. Robbins, age 74, passed away on Sunday, November 17, 2013, at Hospice House, Racine. Hank was born in New Albany, Mississippi, on December 19, 1938, son of the late Fred and Mamie (Nee: Judon) Robbins.

Through the years Hank was employed with American Motors, Belle City Malleable, and J.I. Case Company. He was a faithful and longtime member of Midtown Church of Christ where he enjoyed Bible studies and Thursdays on the hill. Hank also enjoyed playing cards with his friends and spending time at the John Bryant Senior Center. He will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his daughter, Marcella Robbins; three sisters, Virginia King of Rockford, IL, Faye Carter, Dottie Stewart, both of Racine; a host of other relatives and dear friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Caprice May Hort; brothers, Noah and Prentice Robbins Sr.; sister, Ruby Jackson; and life companion, Linda Stoneburner.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2013, at noon  at Midtown Church of Christ, 1704 13th St., with Minister Michael Moore officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family on Saturday at the church from 11 a.m. until time of service at noon. Private interment will be held at Graceland Cemetery.

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