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.

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

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

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

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.

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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.

MARESH-MEREDITH & ACKLAM FUNERAL HOME
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 (fiancĂ©e, 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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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Elizabeth A. (Christensen) Solberg

Elizabeth A. Solberg, age 56, passed away following a courageous battle with cancer on Saturday, November 16, 2013, at Wheaton Franciscan – All Saints Medical Center. Elizabeth was born in Kenosha, July 8, 1957.

Elizabeth was a graduate of St. Catherine’s High School “Class of 1975.” She was a member of St. Lucy Catholic Church. Her hobbies included shopping, decorating, creating beautiful ceramic artwork and, most of all, spending time with family and friends. She will be deeply missed.

Survivors include her children, Matt (Larisa) Solberg of Cheyenne, WY, Morgan (Jess) Solberg of Racine; her grandchildren, Madyson and Caden; her mother, Marilyn Christensen; many cousins, other relatives, dear friends, and faithful companion, Casper. She was preceded in death by her father, William Christensen.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, November 21, 2013, at 11 a.m. at St. Lucy Catholic Church, 3101 Drexel Ave., with Rev. Mark R. Jones officiating. Private entombment will be held at Calvary Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Thursday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of Mass at 11 a.m. Memorials to St. Lucy Catholic Church or to the American Cancer Society have been suggested.

A special thank you to Dr. Engel and staff at the Cancer Center for their loving and compassionate care.

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Paula (Cooke) Bigonia

Paula J. Bigonia, age 58, passed away on Saturday, November 16, 2013, at Wheaton Franciscan – All Saints Medical Center. Paula was born in Menominee, MI, on August 12, 1955, daughter of Paul A. and Sally E. (Nee: Brown) Cooke.

Paula graduated from Concordia University, earning a degree in Business Administration. On August 29, 1998, at the Wustum gardens she was united in marriage to Anthony J. Bigonia.

She was employed by Case New Holland for thirty-eight years and was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. Paula enjoyed biking, exercising, pampering, jazz, and wine. More than anything she cherished time spent with her family. She will be deeply missed.

Survivors include her loving husband, Tony; her children, Jaimie (Peter) Haubrich, Eric (Melissa) DeGroot, Jared DeGroot, Sean (Lena) Bigonia; eight grandchildren, Kenzie, Maddie, Parker, Willow, Shiloh, Judah, Corah, Naomi, and one more grandchild on the way; sisters and brothers, Mary Beth Martin, Carol Personick, David (Cindy) Cooke, Tom (Jacqui) Cooke; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Al (Sharon) Bigonia, Jim Bigonia, Timothy (Colleen) Bigonia, Theresa (Tom) Paulsen, Christina Bigonia; longtime family friend, Kim Wolters; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Paul Cooke.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, November 21, 2013, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 6400 Spring St., with Rev William J. Dietzler officiating. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Wednesday at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. and Thursday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of Mass at 11 a.m.

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Audrey M. (Peter) Ferguson

Audrey M. Ferguson, age 83, passed away on Saturday, November 16, 2013, at Casa Del Mare, Kenosha. Audrey was born in St. Paul, MN, on March 16, 1930, daughter of the late Carl and Helen (Nee: Wright) Peter.

For ten years Audrey was a show girl with Royal American Shows. She enjoyed traveling to beach destinations and Disney World and had a great love for music, especially jazz and Frank Sinatra. Audrey was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who will be deeply missed.

Survivors include her children, Debra (John) Schmidt of MD, Sherry (Thomas) Frayer of Racine, Steve Sechrist of Racine, Polly Holmen of MA, Rick Sechrist of PA; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; sister, Susan (Donald) Swadburg of AZ; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Ferguson; and brother, Louis Peter.

Private services will be held.

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Lloyd A. Johnson

Lloyd A. Johnson, age 93, passed away on November 16, 2013, at the Becker-Shoop Center with family at his bedside. Lloyd was born in Racine on June 29, 1920, son of the late Christian and Amanda (Nee:  Johnson) Johnson.

During World War II he proudly served in the United States Army.  Lloyd was employed for many years with the United States Postal Service.  He was a member of the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection.  Lloyd’s true passion was for singing. For many Memorial and Veteran’s Days he would lead the National Anthem and he and his wife would sing at the Sunday services at the Lincoln Lutheran Home. Lloyd also had a passion for bowling and volunteering his services to the community. He will be deeply missed and remembered by all.

Survivors include his children, Jerry (Sherry) Johnson of Waunakee, Timothy (Lisa) Johnson of Saguache, CO; grandchildren, Todd (Jenny) Johnson, Kent (Christina) Johnson, Julie Sheriff, Brian Johnson, Jara Johnson (Tim Zingler); great-grandchildren, Cody, Shawn, Vance, Mac, Mia, Cole, Gavin and Ava; brother, William Johnson of Racine; sister-in-law, Rita Hansen; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Juanita (Nee: Welk) Johnson; second wife, Ellen (Nee: Hansen) Johnson; sisters, Dorothy Selsus, Eunice Nelson; and brother, Roger.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 22, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 322 Ohio St., with Rev. James Barsch officiating.  Interment with Full Military Honors will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family Friday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m.

A special thank you to Lloyd’s caregivers, KC and Orin, staff at Becker Shoop and Allay Hospice for their loving and compassionate care.  

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Friday, November 15, 2013

Martha M. (Micnovicz) Larrin

Martha M. Larrin, age 91, passed away on Friday, November 15, 2013, at Froedtert Hospital. She was born in Racine, WI, on August 23, 1922, and daughter of the late Victor and Antonia (Nee: Ptak) Micnovicz.

Martha graduated from Wm Horlick High School and prior to her marriage worked at Hamilton Beach.  On November 16, 1946, Martha was united in marriage to Roy J. Larrin at St. Rita’s Catholic Church.  Together they raised five children.  Martha was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who will be dearly missed.

Surviving are her husband of 67 years, Roy; four children, Paula Ann Howard of Shorewood, Kenneth R, Larrin of Port Orchard, Washington, Diane (David) Nelson of Kokomo, Indiana, Richard (Sally) Larrin of Racine; grandchildren:, Bryant (Camille) Kerr, Michael (Jennifer) Kerr, Heather Larrin, Michelle Nelson, Kimberly Hunter, Robert Larrin Evinic, Benjamin Larrin, Jason Larrin and Josh Larrin; 18 great grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; one step-great-grandchild; a brother, Edward (Patricia) Micnovicz; sister-in-law, Katie Kelly; nieces, nephews, other relatives .  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Lorette Evinic; three sisters, Bertha Langenfeld, Ella Krivich, Agnes Atkinson; and twp brothers, Walter and Stanley Micnovicz.

Visitation and funeral services will be held on Friday, November 22, 2013, at the funeral home. Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. until the start of the funeral service at 6 p.m.  Private entombment will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32.

The family would like to thank Dr. Muntz, and all the doctors and nursing staff at Froedtert Hospital who assisted Martha and family with this new transition in life. 

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Joseph J. Tobin

Joseph J. Tobin, age 90, passed away on Thursday, November 14, 2013, at the Racine Hospice House.  Joseph was born in Huron, South Dakota, on October 26, 1923, son of the late Fred R. and Zoa G. (Nee:  Hays) Tobin.

After high school, Joe moved to San Diego, CA, and worked for Consolidated Aircraft.  During World War II he was one of many who proudly served in the United States Army Air Corps.  Upon leaving the military, Joe returned to Consolidated building aircraft for the war effort.  On June 10, 1954, he was united in marriage to Audrey A. Ferguson.

Joseph received his B.A. from Huron College, his Master's from Colorado State and advanced study at the University of Minnesota.  He organized training programs for districts and was the Dean of Marketing at Gateway Technical Institute for twenty years, retiring in 1986.  He was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church.  Joseph was a member of the National Management Association, and actively involved in the Sertoma Club for many years, where he served as President and District Governor.  Joe’s interests were many, including politics and  aircraft of all types.  He loved traveling abroad, especially to Italy, Russia, Australia and New Zealand.  More than anything, he treasured time spent with his family.  He was a loving and beloved husband, father, and grandfather who  will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his loving wife of fifty-nine years, Audrey; his daughters and sons-in-law, Sona Thomas of Mt. Pleasant, Deborah (Merle) Bodmer of Waterford, Colleen (David) Voves of Mukwonago; grandchildren, Michael Thomas, Derek and Grant Bodmer, Natasha and Sean Voves.  He is also survived by nieces and nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.   He was recently visited by niece, Colette and her husband Dave Schmidtke of Charles City, IA.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his infant daughter, Lona; four sisters and two brothers.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Monday, November 19, 2013, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 6400 Spring St., with Reverend Terrance Huebner officiating.  Private entombment will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family Monday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of Mass.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice Alliance or the American Cancer Society.

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Monday, November 11, 2013

John H. Stracke Sr.

John H. Stracke Sr. passed away peacefully on Monday, Veterans Day, November 11, 2013, at the Hospice House, Racine at the age of 91, with family by his side.

He was born July 2, 1922, in Wausaukee, Wisconsin, son of the late Peter M. and Eleanor (Nee: King) Stracke.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Rose Marie (Ulrich); sisters, Eleanor, Jacqueline (Donald) Fonk; and brother, Peter (Mary) Vassalo.

John was raised in Racine and DePere, Wisconsin. He graduated from Washington Park High School in Racine. He attended St. Norbert College prior to World War II. John served in the U.S. Navy as Pharmacist Mate during World War II. He was stationed overseas at USN Base Hospital #6 (Espiritu Santo) New Hebrides in 1944-45.

John and Rose Marie met at Marquette University in the late 1940s. Both obtained their Master's degrees there. They were married at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Kenosha on October 13, 1951. They were married for 57 years.

After working for Armour Labs in Illinois, John came back to Racine and was the Laboratory Director for the City of Racine Health Department. During retirement he enjoyed woodworking, traveling, writing opinion letters to the editor and family activities. He will be deeply missed.

Surviving are three children, John (Patti) Stracke of Mt. Pleasant, Rose Ann (Darrell) Beth of Mt. Pleasant, Eileen Heather McGovern of Oak Forest, IL; four grandchildren, Aaron J. Stracke, Nolan W. Stracke, John K. Cobian and Kayla J. Smith; two step-grandchildren, Robert Beth and Lisa Ellis; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 16, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Mark R. Jones officiating. Private interment will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery, 2530 Kinzie Ave. 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 funeral home from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m.

A special thank you to Hospice Alliance who took such loving care of our father. 

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803 Main St., Racine   (262) 634-7888

Sunday, November 10, 2013

John E. Hayes

John E. Hayes, age 77, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 10, 2013, with his family at his side in Venice, Florida.   John was born in Madison on November 7, 1936, son of the late Hugh E. and Kathleen E. (Nee:  Ronan) Hayes.

On August 30, 1958, he was united in marriage to Barbara K. Murphy.  John graduated in 1960 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering. He held various engineering and management roles during his thirty-five-year career with Modine Manufacturing Company.  John retired in 1995.  He was a longtime and active member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church serving as chairman of the church finance committee.  John loved to travel, was an avid skier and golfer belonging to Meadowbrook Country Club and Venice Golf and Country Club.  He treasured time spent with his family and will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his loving wife of fifty-five years, Barbara; his children, Timothy (Marily Guarton) Hayes of NJ, Jeffrey Hayes of Racine, Christopher (Lisa) Hayes of Oregon, WI, Mary (David) Richter of Brookfield; daughter-in-law, Dianne Hayes of Racine; 12 grandchildren, Kelly-Marie McCartney, Alexa (Michael) Ortiz, Brigitte Hayes, Sean (Ana) Hayes, Kelly (Jon) Blickle, Katherine and Rachel Hayes, Ronan and Finn Hayes, John, Matthew and Elizabeth Richter; one great-grandson, Colin Blickle; sister, Mary Tomlinson of Des Moines, IA; brothers, Jim (Anita) Hayes of Green Bay, Hugh (Jackie) Hayes of Madison; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Michael.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, November 16, 2013, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 6400 Spring St., with Rev. Terrance J. Huebner officiating.  Private entombment will be held at Holy Cross Garden Mausoleum, Hwy 32.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family Saturday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass at 11 a.m.  Memorials to Froedtert Hospital-Parkinson Clinic, Edgewood High School, Madison, or to St. Catherine’s High School have been suggested.

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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Thomas J. LaFleur

Thomas J. LaFleur, age 88, passed away on Saturday, November 9, 2013. Thomas was born in Milwaukee, WI, on June 30, 1925, son of the late Frederick and Marjorie (Nee: Madden) LaFleur.

Thomas attended St. Patrick Grade School, served as senior class president of St. Catherine’s graduating “Class of 1943” and attended Marquette University. On August 27, 1949, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Racine, he was united in marriage to LaVerne C. Freres. Through the years, Thomas was employed by Western Printing, Webster Electric and other various ad agencies. He was last employed at Reiman Publishing Associates until his retirement in 1991.

A writer at heart, he also authored children’s books. Thomas was a longtime and active member of St. John Nepomuk, where he served on the parish council and other church committees. He also served as past president and member of the Racine Advertising Club. He will be fondly remembered for his love of music and books, and his great love and devotion to his family.

Survivors include his loving wife of sixty-four years, LaVerne; his children, Thomas LaFleur of Verona, Timothy LaFleur of Harpers Ferry, WV, Mary Kay (Richard) Sheforgen, Maureen (Dennis) Steeves, Monica (Gregory) DaPra, all of Racine; son-in-law, Rick (Diane) Johannes of Oregon, WI; 11 grandchildren, Marc (Dawn) Sheforgen, Jason Johannes, Erin (Bryan) Crossland, Dominic (Kelly) DaPra, Elizabeth (Brian) Williams, Joel (Nicole) DaPra, Daniel (Jamie) DaPra, Gina DaPra, Andy Steeves, Nick Steeves, Richard LaFleur; seven great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Betty Freres of VT; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Marcia; son, Ted; and grandson, Anthony.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, November 14, 2013, at 11 a.m. at St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church, 1903 Green St., with Rev. Don Zerkel officiating. Entombment will be follow at Holy Cross Garden Mausoleum, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Wednesday at the church from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and Thursday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of Mass at 11 a.m. Memorials to St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church or to St. Catherine’s High School have been suggested. In honor of Tom’s literary talents, please compose a happy note to brighten someone’s day.

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Albert L. Derga

Albert L. Derga, age 63, passed away on Saturday, November 9, 2013, at Wheaton Franciscan – All Saints Medical Center. Albert was born in Cascade, Iowa, on March 5, 1950, son of the late Albert L. and Marcella C. (Nee: Leyendecker) Derga.

Albert attended St. Paul Grade School in Worthington, Iowa, Beckman High School in Dyersville, IA, and proudly graduated in 3-1/2 years from Loras College in Dubuque, IA. Furthering his education he received his Master's from Cardinal Stritch University.

On September 24, 1977, at St. Peter Catholic Church in North Ridgeville, Ohio, he was united in marriage to Carol A. Cunningham. A dedicated employee, Albert was proud to have worked for J.I. Case Company, CNH for the past forty-one years. He was a longtime active member of St. Rita Catholic Church, and was well known for running the meat raffle with his wife at their church festival for many years.

Albert was actively involved with the Elks Lodge #252 where he served as Past Exalted Ruler, District Deputy, and was instrumental with state major projects, and other elk charities. Being raised on a farm, he had a special fondness for chickens, was a collector of Case tractor memorabilia, and enjoyed casino trips. Above all he cherished time with his family and friends. He will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his loving wife of thirty-six years, Carol; his children, Shelly (Michael) Smith of Forest Lake, MN, Sarah (Ron) Despins, Sally Derga, Robert Despins, all of Racine; two grandchildren, Daniel and Maryann Despins; sisters and brothers, Alvera Weber of Winthrop, IA, Bernice (Arthur) Lansing of Dyersville, IA, Mary (Robert) Morris of Manchester, IA, Grace (Richard) Neuzil of Dyersville, IA, John (Kathy) Derga of Worthington, IA, Jane Hahn of Dyersville, IA; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. He was preceded in death by his brothers-in-law, Ralph Weber and Herbie Hahn.

Relatives and friends may meet with the family on Thursday, November 14, 2013, at the funeral home from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. (Elk Service at noon.) Procession to St. Rita Catholic Church, 4339 Douglas Ave., will follow for a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 1 p.m. Entombment will be held at Holy Cross Garden Mausoleum, Hwy 32. Memorials to St. Rita Catholic Church or to the Elk State Major Project have been suggested.

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William L. Kriegs

William L. Kriegs, age 89, passed away on Saturday, November 9, 2013, at Wheaton Franciscan – All Saints Medical Center.  William was born in Chicago, December 22, 1923, son of the late William and Martha (Nee:  Forrester) Kriegs.

During World War II William proudly served as a Corporal in the United States Army Combat Infantry.  He was captured in the Battle of the Bulge and held as a prisoner of war for 105 days at Stalag IX concentration camp.  On September 2, 1947, he was united in marriage to Margaret G. Newgren, who preceded him in death on January 30, 2013.   William retired from J.I. Case Company after twenty-two years of employment.  He will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his son, William D. Kriegs; grandson, William R. Kriegs; brother-in-law, John Newgren.  In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Donald Newgren.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 15, 2013, at 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home.  Interment with Full Military Honors will follow at the Southern Wisconsin Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, Town of Dover, at 1 p.m. Relatives and friends may meet with the family on Friday at the funeral home from 10:30 a.m. until time of service at 11:30 a.m.  Memorials to the First Presbyterian Church have been suggested.

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Friday, November 8, 2013

Kathleen R. (Flynn) Johansen

On Friday, November 8, 2013, Kathleen R. Johansen, “Nana Kay,” age 85, was reunited with her husband Robert in Heaven.   She was born in Racine on January 17, 1928, daughter of the late John and Josephine  (Nee: Latka) Flynn.

Kathleen attended St. Catherine’s High School and the Layton School of Arts in Milwaukee, where she met her husband, Robert.  They were married on January 29, 1949.  Kathleen was a member of St. Lucy’s Catholic Church.  She was a very caring, unselfish and loving wife, mother and grandmother with a beautiful soul and will be dearly missed.

Surviving are her children, “The Johansen Originals,” Christine (Milton in spirit) Hoffman of  Glendale, John Johansen of Racine, Ann (Dan) Worden of Racine, Roberta (Bill) Gray of Sturtevant, Lawrence (Sheree) Johansen of Appleton, Paul  (Christie) Johansen of Rockford, IL; her adored grandchildren, Robert and David Hoffman, Danielle and Andrew Worden, Jesse (Jill) and Casey Wielgat, Kyle (Amy) and Danielle Gray, Brad, Dana (Spencer Nickelatti), Sam and Max Johansen, Kyle, Morgan and Erin Johansen; great-grandchildren, Max Gray, Noah and Luke Wielgat; sisters-in-law, Joan, Jayne and Vi; special nieces and nephews; other relatives and dear friends.  In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, Lawrence  Flynn.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, November 14, 2013, at 11 a.m. at St. Lucy’s Catholic Church, 3101 Drexel Ave., with Reverend Mark Jones officiating.  Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery.  Relatives and friends may meet Wednesday at the funeral home from 5-7 p.m. (A Time of Remembering at 7 p.m.) and Thursday at the church from 10:30 a.m. until time of Mass.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Zablotney and staff and the staffs of Becker-Shoop Center and Hospice Alliance for their loving and compassionate care.

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Barbara L. (Flinn) Muckler

Barbara L. Muckler, age 91, passed away on Friday, November 8, 2013. She was born August 6, 1922, in Monmouth, IL.

Barbara received a journalism degree from Northwestern University and then pursued a career as an editor in radio and print media.  While residing in Racine for the last thirty years she was an active member of St. Monica’s Guild at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and Preservation Racine.  She was a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan. Her greatest enjoyment was spending time with her family.  She will be deeply missed.

Barbara is survived by her children, Anne Cameron of Dykesville, WI, Thomas Muckler of Mazomanie, WI, Marylis  (Erle) Hansen of Racine, John Muckler of Ann Arbor, MI; her grandchildren, Amber, Zachary, Alexandra, Claire, Juliana, Lyza and Hannah; her great-grandchildren, Regan, Erin, Emily, Brody and Lucas. She was preceded in death by her mother, Jessie Larkin; father, Clarence Flinn; stepfather, Thomas Larkin; and granddaughter, Melody Ren.

Visitation will be held at the  funeral home on Saturday, November 16, 2013, from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. with a memorial service to follow at 2 p.m.

The family would like to thank the staff at Lakeshore Manor for the loving attention they provided while Barbara was in their care. 

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Beverly L. (Baker) Welch

Beverly L. Welch, age 87, passed away on Wednesday, November 6, 2013, at the Racine Hospice House.  Beverly was born in Racine on August 28, 1926, daughter of the late Irving and Florence (Nee: Hoffman) Baker.

On June 7, 1947, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, she was united in marriage to Norman L. Welch, who preceded her in death in 1989.  She cherished time spent with her family, especially her grandchildren.  Beverly was a caring, compassionate mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who will be deeply missed.

Survivors include her children, Larry (Christine) Welch of Elburn, IL, Terry Welch of Kansasville, Cheryl (Michael) Deschler of Union Grove; her grandchildren, Jonathan (Holly) Welch, Christopher Welch, Michael and Brett Deschler; great-grandchildren, Emma and Henry Welch; dear cousin, Alice (Charles) Rulopauph; her beloved dog, Oreo; nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2013, at 10 a.m. at Racine Assembly of God, 1325 Airline Road, with Rev. Jon Paulsen officiating.  Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family Friday at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. and Saturday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until time of service at 10 a.m..

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Monday, November 4, 2013

Clarence R. Servi

Clarence R. Servi, age 85, passed away on Monday, November 4, 2013, at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center, Milwaukee, WI.  Clarence was born in Marathon County, WI, on December 25, 1927, son of the late George L. and Mary A. (Nee:  Jossi) Servi.

During the Korean War he proudly served in the United States Army.  On May 16, 1953, in Antigo, WI, he was united in marriage to Alice C. Halambeck.  Clarence was employed by S.C. Johnson Wax for thirty-one years, retiring in 1984.  He was a longtime member of St. Rita Catholic Church.  He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather  who will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his loving wife of sixty years, Alice; his children, David (Sandra) Servi of Pelican Lake, Michael (Susan) Servi, Jeffery (Karen) Servi, all of Racine, Carol (James) Gibson of South Barrington, IL; seven grandchildren, Caleb (Kate) Servi, Jennifer (Roy) Hilo, Jason (Amanda) Servi, Nicole Servi, Steven Servi, Krystal Servi, Rachael Gibson; two great-grandchildren, Brooklyn and Haley.   In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Douglas Paul Servi.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, November 8, 2013, at 11 a.m. at St. Rita Catholic Church, 4339 Douglas Ave., with Rev. Richard J. Molter officiating.  Entombment with Full Military Honors will follow at Holy Cross Garden Mausoleum, Hwy 32.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family Friday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of Mass at 11 a.m.

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Friday, November 1, 2013

Angel Pearl Marie Griffin

Angel Pearl Marie Griffin, infant, was born on Friday November 1, 2013, and received her wings to heaven on Saturday, November 2, 2013.

Angel is survived by her loving parents, Ashley Greene and Tonny E. Griffin Jr.; her brother, AyVion; sister, Tamiah; grandparents, Kathy Schlichting, Landra Carter; great-grandparents, Shirley Schlichting, James Griffin; and many other relatives.  Angel was preceded in death by her grandparents, James Greene and Pearl Griffin.

Private family services will be held.

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Gail (Kuchera) Glander

Gail Glander, age 54, passed away early Friday morning, November 1, 2013, at Froedtert Lutheran Memorial Hospital, due to complications from a genetic condition, Gaucher’s Disease.  Gail was born in Racine on October 10, 1959, daughter of William and Elizabeth (nee: Gruss) Kuchera and had been a lifelong resident.

Gail graduated from J.I. Case High School “Class of 1977.” On November 22, 1995, she was united in marriage to the love of her life, Patrick J. Glander, and shared twenty-three beautiful years together, including many wonderful travels to Mexico and the Caribbean.  In her spare time, Gail enjoyed sewing and crafts, and had a great flair for interior decorating and making custom pillows. Gail had a profound Catholic faith that helped her through these difficult times. Her great smile, inner beauty and energy will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Survivors include her loving husband, Patrick; her father, William Kuchera Sr.; siblings, Gloria (Scott) Miller, Bill (Chris) Kuchera Jr., Janice (Eugene) Sitar, Ron (Lisa) Kuchera; brother-in-law, David (Sue) Glander; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Per Gail’s wishes, there will be a private service in Pennsylvania, where she will be laid to rest with her mother, Elizabeth. Memorials to the Gaucher Foundation have been suggested.

The family extends a special thank you to all of Gail’s family and friends for all of your love and support.

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

Lorraine M. (Burran) Arentz

Lorraine M. Arentz, age 97, passed away on Friday, November 1, 2013, at Oak Ridge Care Center.  Lorraine was born in Lockhart, IL, on February 15, 1916, daughter of the late Richard and Anna (Nee:  Karsten) Burran.

Survivors include her daughters-in-law, Mrs. George (Kathy) Arentz, Mrs. Ronald (Kathy) Arentz; grandchildren; other relatives and many dear friends.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George; and three sons, John, Ronald and George.

Private services were held with interment at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32.

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