Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Raymond T. Smith

Raymond “Ray” T. Smith, age 92, passed away on Wednesday, December 31, 2014, at Wheaton Franciscan- All Saints Medical Center. Ray was born in Omaha, NE, on January 19, 1922, son of the late Raymond Thomas Smith and Elsie Anne Smith (Nee: Wittke).

He served in the United States Coast Guard aboard the USS Newport (PF-27) in World War II as part of the Atlantic and Pacific Anti-Submarine Patrol and Convoy Duty.

Ray met Rhea Osterman in Racine, and they married on January 6, 1951. She preceded him in death on July 20, 2014.

While living in Racine, Ray was employed by Massey Ferguson Tank Division, Robert’s Shoes and Rogan’s Shoes.

His surviving children with Rhea include Kevin R. (Cindy) Smith of Racine, Dale D. Gibson of Palm Springs, CA, and Roberta Krause of Racine. He is further survived by eight grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; his sister, Connie Bertermann of Brookfield; other relatives and many great friends.

Private funeral services with Full Military Honors will be held at West Lawn Memorial Park.

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

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Hazel E. Litrenta

Hazel E. Litrenta, age 91, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 30, 2014, at Lakeshore Manor. Hazel was born in Youngstown, Ohio, on January 24, 1923.

On June 7, 1947, she was united in marriage to Orlando Litrenta, with whom she shared fifty-two wonderful years of marriage. He preceded her in death on November 27, 1999.

She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and member and past president of Christian Mothers, and member and past president of Vittoria Colonna. Hazel was a kind and gentle woman who was always there to help anyone in need. She will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her two brothers, Warren “Bud” Jones and Wally (Carol) Kroll; many loving nieces and nephews, Ronald (Mary) Guarascio, Ray (Penny) Guarascio, Anita Durbin, Loretta Andersen, Tony Savoli, Angie Gallo, Helen “Sis” Brook, George (Jean) Kroll, Tom (Laure) Kroll, Steve Jones, Debbie (Curtis) Schunacker, Lisa Hazlett; many great-nieces and nephews, great-great nieces and nephews; other relatives and dear friends.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by brother-in-law, Tony (Josie) Litrenta; sisters-in-law, Esther (Joseph) Guarascio and Rachael Gallo; nephews, Joseph Gallo, Jim Durbin, Dennis Andersen; and great-nephew, Randall Guarascio.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, January 5, 2015, at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2201 Northwestern Ave., with Rev. Ricardo Martin officiating.  Interment 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 10:45 a.m. (Vittoria Colonna Service) Memorials to Sacred Heart Catholic Church have been suggested.

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

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

Jane (Cullen) Paar

Jane Paar, age 95, passed away on Tuesday, December 30, 2014, at the Becker-Shoop Center. Jane was born in Jackson, WI, on September 18, 1919, daughter of the late Charles E. and Esther P. (Nee: Frank) Cullen.

On June 14, 1941, at St. Patrick Catholic Church she was united in marriage to Louis A. Paar, who preceded her in death on October 15, 1981. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and Christian Mothers. In her younger years Jane taught cooking classes at St. Joseph School and enjoyed helping with St. Patrick’s Meal Program. She will be fondly remembered for her famous bread. Most of all, she was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her children, Gilly (Pat) Paar, Don (Marcia) Paar, Tom (Sharon) Paar, Mike (Donna) Paar; nine grandchildren, Tony (Audrey) Paar, Kendra (Kurt) Korth, Joel (Laurie) Paar, Andy (Christie) Paar, Janna Coca (fiancé, Marco Gruchalski), Shawn (Heather) Paar, Leslie (Bill) Lahti, Lindsay Hanson, Kristin (J.P.) Gorman; 13 great-grandchildren; sister, Ellen Kovac; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her son, Sam; sisters, Rose, Mary and Suzanne; and brothers, Charles and Jimmy.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, January 3, 2015, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1533 Erie St., with Rev. Steve Varghese officiating. Private interment will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family Saturday at church from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass at 11 a.m. Memorials to St. Joseph Catholic Church or to St. Catherine’s High School have been suggested.

A very special thank you to the caregivers at the Becker-Shoop Center and Hospice Alliance for their loving and compassionate care. 

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

Nancy L. (Mundt) Eeg

Nancy Louise Eeg, age 82, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 30, 2014, (one day after her 63rd wedding anniversary to her beloved husband Ed) at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints Medical Center. She was born in Madison, WI, on May 10, 1932, daughter of the late Arthur and Margaret (nee: Barry) Mundt.

On December 29, 1951, at Blessed Sacrament Church in Madison, she was united in marriage to Edward Eeg. Nancy was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, an active contributor to the church and to Sacred Heart School. For four years, she taught an elective cooking class to 7th and 8th grade girls and boys.

Nancy was also a motivated community volunteer. Notable were her involvements with VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America), the Racine Housing Coalition, and the Love and Charity Mission. Nancy enjoyed being a member and friend to many at the Harbor Lite Yacht Club.

Nancy exemplified what is good in a person, one whom people loved upon meeting her. It’s because she loved without prejudice, gave without hesitation, and provided her family a bit of heaven while she was here. We can try to live by her example: With kindness, generosity, hard work with a sense of joyful purpose, sparkling wit and sweet humor, and most importantly, pure, abundant love. Blessings and thanks to you, friends and family. Hug your loved ones often, smile at “strangers,” and always reach out to those in need. It’s what Mom did. She was truly the heart and soul of the Eeg Family home. This devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother will be dearly missed.

Surviving are Nancy’s husband of 63 years, Ed; four children: Daniel (RaeAnn) Eeg of Racine, Jonathan (Lynn) Eeg of Racine, Laura Meier of Milwaukee, Barbara (Scott) Braun of Racine; seven grandchildren: Hillarie (Tom) White, Tobias (Kelley) Eeg, Caleb Eeg, Jennifer (Matthew) Elster, Nicole (Kevin) Singstock, Matthew Braun, Olivia Braun; three great-grandchildren: Carson, Cameron and Carter; her brother: Philip Mundt (Ramona Buss) of Yellville, AK; her sisters: Mary (Phil) Handel of Middleton, WI, Anne Marie (David) Salisbury of Monroe, GA, her sister-in-law: Nancy Holthaus of LaCrosse, WI; her close friend: Pegi Pedersen; plus nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, January 6, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2200 Northwestern Ave., with Rev. Ricardo Martin officiating. Entombment will follow at Holy Cross Mausoleum, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet Tuesday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass. Memorials to Sacred Heart Catholic Church or to St. Catherine’s High School have been suggested.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staffs at Ridgewood Care Center and Wheaton Franciscan All Saints ICU for their loving and compassionate care.

Maresh-Meredith and Acklam Funeral Home
803 Main St., Racine, WI    (262) 634-7888

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Henriette F. (Frantz) Piette

Henriette F. Piette, age 90, passed away on Sunday, December 28, 2014, at Ridgewood Care Center. Henriette was born in Liege, Belgium, on April 24, 1924, daughter of the late Albert and Catherine (Nee: Van Mullen) Frantz.

On May 25, 1946, she was united in marriage to Donald J. Piette, with whom she shared sixty-eight beautiful years.

She was a longtime member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Henriette will be fondly remembered as a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her loving husband, Donald; her children, David (Susan) Piette of Edgerton, WI, Stephen (Lisa) Piette of Racine, Catherine (Michael) Hartman of Blaine, MN; 11 grandchildren, Anne Marie (Adam) Zickus, Julie Piette (fiancé, Ryan Olson), Megan Piette, Adrienne (Chris) Spangenberg, Jennifer (Mike) Eppinger, DeAnna Piette, Daniel Clark, Justin Piette, Ryan Hartman, Derek Hartman, Carl Hartman; two great-grandchildren, Jameson Eppinger, Camden Zickus; two special grandchildren, Maggie and Will Sullivan; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, January 3, 2015, at 11 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2201 Northwestern Ave., with Rev. Ricardo Martin officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Saturday at the church from 10 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. Private interment will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Jude’s Children Hospital or to St. Catherine’s High School have been suggested.

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

Francis 'Van' W. Van Opens

Francis “Van” W. Van Opens, 95, passed away at home on December 28, 2014. Born in Republic, Michigan, to the late Peter Van Opens and Elizabeth (Zeitler), he served in the army during WWII, was a graduate of Marquette University and worked for many years as a CPA in Milwaukee.

He had been a member of the Milwaukee Downtown Rotary Club and, upon retirement, the West Racine Rotary Club. He was a wonderful provider and father and will be missed by his children and grandchildren: Peter (Gina) Van Opens of Oconomowoc, Katie (Jeff) Nelson and Pattie (Rick) Otto of Racine; grandchildren: Matthew, Paul (Becky), Lisa, David, Julie and Libby; great-grandsons: Travis and Benjamin.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Lois (Wilbershide); his sisters-and-brothers-in-law:  James and Helen Wilbershide, Dorothy and Robert Fisler; and nephew, Bob Wilbershide.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Paul the Apostle Church, 6400 Spring St., on Friday, January 2, 2015, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Terrance J. Huebner officiating. Private interment will be held. Visitation will be held at the church on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested memorials to St. Paul the Apostle Church or St. Catherine’s High School.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff of Home Instead Senior Care, especially Ingrid, Zee, Kimberly, Penny and Connie, for their kind and compassionate care over the last few years.  In addition, they would like to thank Wheaton-Franciscan Home Health and Hospice for their support.

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

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Elinore B. Hauch

Elinore B. Hauch passed away on Saturday, December 27, at Ridgewood Care Center. She was born in Racine on August 4, 1913, to Henry Charles and Elizabeth Ellen (nee: Williams) Hauch.

She attended St. Rose Grade School and graduated from Washington Park High School in 1931. She graduated from St. Mary’s School of Nursing in Wausau in 1935 and spent her career as a registered Surgical Nurse. She first practiced nursing in Santa Barbara, California, with her sister, Dorothy, before they returned to Racine at the urging of their family as WWII loomed.

One of the first private practice nurses in the city of Racine, she retired in 1971. In later years, she was care-giver and home-maker for her two handicapped brothers, Eugene and Herbert.

Elinore enjoyed travelling, and fondly recalled trips to Europe and New York. In later years, she made frequent trips to Door County and visited Florida with her brother, Herb. Elinore was an enthusiastic sports fan and tirelessly cheered for the Milwaukee Brewers. She greatly enjoyed living at St. Monica’s and playing cards with her friends.

She is survived by nine nieces and nephews: A. Jerome Pfeiffer, Mrs. Norbert (Joyce) Pfeiffer, Maryellen (late David) Carlson, and Mrs. Donald (Marsha) Meracle of Racine; Richard (Rose) Horvath of Rochester, New York; James (Joy) Horvath of California; Dennis (late Pat) Horvath of Greenfield; Carol (late Gerald) Dann of California; and Eileen (Skip) Richie of Tomah. Elinore will be deeply missed by her great-nieces, Diane Carlson, Karen (Barna) Bencs, Susan (Ken) Gill and their families. She is further survived by great-nephew Tom Pfeiffer, Racine, and many great-nieces and nephews, other relatives, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sisters and brothers-in-law Grace (Al) Pfeiffer, Edna (John) Horvath, Kathryn (Donald) Meracle, Norma (Ty) Newberry, Jeannette (James) Cody, and Dorothy Hauch; brothers and sisters-in-law, Raymond, Eugene, Edmund (Marge), Henry (Norma) and Herbert; and nephews, Norbert Pfeiffer, Donald Meracle and Robert Newberry .

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, January 3, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Edward’s Catholic Church, 1401 Grove Ave., with Rev. Allen Bratkowski officiating. Friends and relatives may visit with the family at the church on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass at 10:30 a.m. followed by internment at Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to United Cerebral Palsy or the charity of one’s choice.

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

Friday, December 26, 2014

Norman F. Nuenke

Surrounded by his wife and hospice caregivers, Norman F. Nuenke, age 78, passed away on Friday, December 26, 2014, from a long illness of emphysema. He died at his residence. Norman was born in Bay City, MI, on July 25, 1936, son of the late Harold and Ruth (Nee: Harrer) Nuenke.

Norman was a graduate of San Diego State University, earning degrees in Chemistry and Mathematics in 1959.  He had studied at Bay City Jr. College and at Central Michigan. 

On February 6, 1987, in Milwaukee, he was united in marriage to Sue (Reno) Haley.

He was employed as a Senior Chemist at American Roller Company in Union Grove for many years, retiring in August of 2003. He had previous employment with Kirkhill Rubber company and AMF Voit in Orange County, California; was an instructor at Rochester Vocational Tech in Minnesota; a research chemist at Convair Scientific in San Diego; and at General Tire and Dow Chemical in Michigan. He was a member of the American Chemical Society and the American Society for Quality. 

Norman was an avid golfer, bowler and reader. He loved working in his garden. But more than anything, he was so happy to spend time with his family and his loving dog, Jenny. Norm will be greatly missed. His sweet Jenny joined him on December 29.

Survivors include his loving wife of twenty-seven years, Sue; his children, David (Dolly) Vogel, Julie (Rob) Arnell, Bill Vogel, Gordon Haley; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; brother, Richard (Carla) Nuenke; sister-in-law, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepson, Jerry James Haley.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 3, 2015, at 3:30 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Jim Olson officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Saturday at the funeral home from 2:30 p.m. until time of service at 3:30 p.m.

A special thank you to Dr. Lisa Simonds for her wonderful care, Gentiva Hospice for their grace and compassion, and to members of Grace Church prayer support group.

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

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Robert Castaneda

Robert Castaneda, age 45, passed away Christmas night, Thursday, December 25, 2014, due to a tragic car accident. Robert was born in Racine  on August 3, 1969, son of Raul “Rudy” and Rosa (Nee: Sanchez) Castaneda.

Robert attended St. Catherine’s High School and was a graduate of William Horlick High School “Class of 1987.” A huge Dallas Cowboys fan, he loved playing baseball, softball and golfing. Robert was also a huge movie buff who was adept with computers and technology. He will be fondly remembered as a very generous and caring individual, loving son, brother, nephew, cousin, and friend to many.

Survivors include his loving family: his parents, Raul “Rudy” and Rosa Castaneda of Racine; brother, Russell (Cyndi) Castaneda and their son, Isaiah; sister, Jane (Larry) Phipps and their children, Nicholas, Curtis James, and Stephanie of Signal Mountain, TN; many aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and many dear friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, December 30, 2014, at 6 p.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1100 Erie Street, with Rev. Antony Thomas officiating. Interment will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Tuesday at the church from 3 p.m.  until time of Mass at 6:00 p.m.

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

Lee E. Deschler

Lee E. Deschler, age 92, passed away Christmas day with his daughter by his side, Thursday, December 25, 2014, at Wheaton Franciscan – All Saints Medical Center. Lee was born in Racine, May 20, 1922, son of the late Peter and Mary (Nee: Jacobson) Deschler.

In his younger years he was a competitive ski jumper with the Racine Ski Club. During World War II Lee proudly served in the United States Marine Corps. On September 30, 1950, he was united in marriage to Betty J. Warner, who preceded him in death on December 7, 2008. Lee retired from Berg’s Texico on High Street after many years of service and owned and operated his own upholstery business. He was an avid golfer, playing golf up to the age of 92 having two holes in one. Lee enjoyed meeting his golf buddies for breakfast and loved all animals. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.

Survivors include his children, Keith (Laura) Deschler of Racine, Denise M. Miller of Racine; nieces, nephews, beloved cat, Sandy; other relatives and many dear friends.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by his son-in-law, Steve Miller; brothers, Jerome (Sylvia) Deschler, Harvey (Rita) Deschler; and sister, Evelyn (Harold) Johnson.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 30, 2014, at 6 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. John Fleming officiating. Interment with Full Military Honors will be held at the Southern Wisconsin Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, Town of Dover. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Tuesday at the funeral home from 4 o.m. until time of service at 6 p.m. Memorials to one’s favorite charity have been suggested.

The family wishes to extend their sincere gratitude to the caregivers at Ridgewood Care Center, Dr. James Taylor and staff, Heartland Hospice, and to the ICU staff at Wheaton Franciscan for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Grant Harrison Malme

Grant Harrison Malme, 92, passed away at the Ridgewood Care Center on December 24, 2014. Grant was born in Racine on May 3, 1922, the youngest of three sons born to Gustav (Gus) and Ruby (née Hanschke) Malme.

His mother was a piano teacher and his father operated the well-known Malme Photography Studio in the 1930’s and 40’s. Grant graduated from Park High School and entered the Army Air Corps in WWII serving in France where he often provided musical entertainment for both officers and enlisted men alike.

After the war he lived with his oldest brother and family in California while studying music at the University of Southern California. Homesick for Racine, he returned here, continued his study at the Chicago Musical College where he received a Bachelor of Music degree, and then began teaching piano.

Grant was a co-founder of the Racine Music Teachers Association. For nearly 60 years he was the organist and pianist at the First Church of Christ, Scientist in Racine. He continued active teaching until his retirement in 2007 when he moved into the Home Harbor Assisted Living Facility on Ohio Ave. Later, due to failing health, he moved to the Ridgewood Care Center.

Grant leaves behind two nephews, two great-nieces and a great-great-nephew in California, as well as his friends and many former students in Racine.

Memorials may be sent to the Music and More Concert Series at the First Presbyterian Church. A memorial gathering will be scheduled at a future date with interment at the Southern Wisconsin Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, Town of Dover.

The Malme family would like to acknowledge the staff of the Ridgewood Care Center for their compassionate and caring attention of their uncle and for the many long-distance telephone updates.


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

Erik Nielsen

Erik Nielsen, age 84, passed away on Wednesday, December 24, 2014, at his residence. Erik was born in Aalborg, Denmark, on October 2, 1930, son of the late Ejler and Petra (Nee: Sloth) Nielsen.

After graduating from high school, Erik worked for Bing and Grondahl Porcelain before enlisting in the Danish Army. He moved to the United States in 1955 where he proudly served in the United States Army and was honorably discharged in 1963.

On September 1, 1956, Erik was united in marriage to Anita Nielsen (nee: Nielsen) at Bethania Lutheran Church in Racine. He began working at what was then J.I. Case Company as an Inspector in the Gear lab and after 34 years of employment, retired in 1989.

Erik served on the Board of Directors of the Dania Society and was involved in NAMI for a number of years. He enjoyed fishing, bowling, playing pool and ping pong in the rec room of his home, hosting outdoor barbecues for neighbors and friends, traveling and, above all else, spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a loving and devoted family man who will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his loving wife of fifty-eight years, Anita; his daughter and son-in-law, Kim (Daniel) Drasen and son Tom Nielsen; his grandchildren, Stephanie (Russell) Rediske and Andrew Drasen; and four great-grandchildren, Cheyenne, Allison, Hunter and Brooke, all of Racine. In addition, Erik is survived by nieces and nephews throughout Denmark as well as many dear friends.

In addition to his parents, Erik was preceded in death by his twin brother, Borge; and four sisters; Helen, Margaret, Edith and Evelyn, all of Denmark.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 3, 2015, at noon at the funeral home with Rev. Heather Baumstead officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Saturday at the funeral home from 10:30 a.m. until time of service.  A private interment will be held at Mound Cemetery at a later date. Memorials to NAMI or Bethania Lutheran Church have been suggested by the family.

A special thanks to Dr. Nicholas Akgulian, Hospice Alliance, Wheaton Franciscan Hospice, Ridgewood Care Center, Society’s Assets and Brightstar for their compassionate care during Erik’s illness.

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

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Ralph Leo Williams

Ralph Leo Williams, age 91, passed away on Tuesday, December 23, 2014, at Racine Hospice House surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Kenosha on August 4, 1923, son of the late Leo and Caroline (Nee: Diem) Williams. He was proud to call Racine his home for his entire life.

Ralph graduated from Wm. Horlick High School, “Class of 1941.” During WWII, he served in the U.S. Army Infantry in the U.S., France and Germany. Returning home, Ralph met Ruth Hobart while attending the University of Wisconsin in Madison. They were united in marriage on May 14, 1949. Ralph graduated from the University of Wisconsin and then earned his CPA certificate. He was employed by Walker Manufacturing for 35 years as the supervisor of several different accounting departments and retired in 1984. He was a member of St. Lucy’s Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. He loved to play gin, go out dancing, and he never missed a Badger or Packer football game. He was truly a “family” man, the most cheerful spirit, and the best father, brother and grandpa.

Surviving are his children, Patricia (Cary) Anastasio of Racine, Nancy Weeks of Sunland, CA, Robert A. (Ann) Williams of Racine, Linda (Robert) Leisen of Conway, SC; seven grandchildren, Shala Anastasio (Sam Manchester), Cloy (Raena) Anastasio, Courtney, Hannah, and Rebecca Leisen, David Richter, Lynn (Michael) Lema; seven great-grandchildren, Maxwell and Lucia Manchester, Cloy Jr., and Cash Anastasio, Matthew, Mitchell, and Weston Lema; sisters, Dorothy Griffard, Carol (Fred) Nelson; brothers-in-law, Joe Dahlen, Jim Calvino; brother and sister-in-law Evelyn and Walt Helein and many dear nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Ruth; a special friend and companion Betty Friedel; sisters, Catherine, Margaret, and Connie; and brothers, Thomas, James, and George.

A Mass of Christian Burial followed by Full Military Honors will be celebrated at St. Lucy’s Catholic Church, 3101 Drexel Ave., on Monday, December 29, 2014, at noon with Reverend Mark Jones officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family on Monday at the church from 11 a.m. until time of Mass at noon. Private interment will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Meals on Wheels, Wheaton Franciscan Hospice, or the charity of your choice have been suggested.

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

Monday, December 22, 2014

William 'Bruce' Wortley


Running towards life, exceeding all expectations.

William “Bruce” Wortley, age 92, passed away on Monday, December 22, 2014, at Wheaton Franciscan – All Saints Medical Center.

Bruce was born in Eveleth, MN, on March 13, 1922, son of the late Russell B. and Hazel M. (Nee: Tobin) Wortley and had been a resident of Racine for 48 years. On August 26, 1950, he was united in marriage to Eileen Donna Koopman, who preceded him in death on April 18, 2000.

During World War II he proudly served in the United States Navy, fighting in the Pacific Theatre as a gunnery officer on the attack transport U.S.S. Marathon. After the war, he completed his college education graduating from Michigan State University in 1948 with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering.

His career path led him to become an expert in the manufacture of electric motors and small appliances. Bruce managed the manufacturing operations for a number of firms throughout his career. Early employers included Marathon Electric and Hamilton Beach. He retired from Welch Electric in 1987. 

He was a long-standing member of the First Presbyterian Church and the Racine Curling Club. Bruce loved curling and played competitively until he was 89 years old. He also enjoyed golfing, fishing, hockey, gardening, working on his Chris-Craft, sailing, playing bridge, dancing and genealogy. There wasn't a soul who met him who wasn't attracted to his charm and personality. He was quick witted and always had a warm smile, a hug or a handshake to give. Bruce had a twinkle in his eye and a genuine concern for everyone he met. Most of all, he cherished time spent with his family. He will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his children, Russell B. (Katherine) Wortley of Kenosha, Pamela J. Wortley of Racine, and Diane E. (Mark) Chanlynn of Lyons, CO; three grandsons, Matthew Chanlynn, William B. Wortley II, and Ian Wortley; sisters-in-law, Jean Vander Molen of Union City, MI, and Cheryl Koopman of Newaygo, MI; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. 

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his sister, Elizabeth (Ralph) Wandel.

Funeral services will be held Monday, December 29, 2014, at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 716 College Ave., with Rev. Steve Fringer officiating. Interment will follow at Graceland Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Monday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until time of service at 11:00 a.m. Memorials to the Health Care Network, American Heart Association or to one’s favorite charity have been suggested.

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

Friday, December 19, 2014

John R. Kemper

John Richard Kemper, age 89, passed away on Friday, December 19, 2014, at his residence.  He was born in Racine on December 11, 1925, son of the late Sigmund “Ziggy” and Anna (Nee: Senkowska) Kemper and had been a lifelong resident.

John attended Washington Park High School. With the outbreak of WWII, he went on to proudly serve in the U.S. Army Air Corps, stationed in Texas and Germany. In May of 2011 he joined fellow veterans on an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.

On September 25, 1948, at St. Rose Catholic Church, he was united in marriage to Mildred M. Johnson.

John was a member of Teamsters Local 43 driving for Schlitz Brewing Co and Union Linen Supply, retiring in 1983. He was a longtime member of St. Rose Catholic Church, a current member of St. Lucy’s Catholic Church, and a member of the Catholic Men’s Association.

John and Mimi enjoyed their ten winters in Edinburg, TX, and their many years at Lake Oaks. He was an avid Packer fan. Above all, he treasured the time he spent with wife and family. He will be dearly missed.

Surviving are his wife of 66 years, Mimi; five children, Dr. Richard J. Kemper (Lynn Tower) of Racine, Debbie Kemper (Mary Tree) of Sparta, WI, Kaye (Tom) Lietz of Gillette, WI, Keith (Cindy) Kemper of Kansasville, Jack Kemper of DePere, WI; 9 grandchildren; 5 step-grandchildren;  7 great-grandchildren; sister, Frances Louko of IL; other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Irene; and brother, Ervin.

A Mass of Christian Burial followed by full military honors will be celebrated on Saturday, December 27, 2014, at 11 a.m. at St. Lucy’s Catholic Church, 3101 Drexel Ave., with Reverend Mark Jones officiating.  Relatives and friends may meet Saturday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of Mass.  Private interment will be held at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

The family extends a special thank you to the staffs and residents of Lake Oaks and Home Harbor for their kindness and friendship.  

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

Russell James Jacob

Russell James Jacob was reunited with his wife in heaven when he passed away peacefully on Friday, December 19, 2014.

Left to cherish his memory is his “adopted” family, Martha Loschat, Robert and Gail Videkovich and grandsons, Brandon Videkovich of North Carolina and Matt Videkovich of Florida.  Russell is also survived by his brother, Charles “Bud” Jacob; sister-in-law, Kay Kroulik of North Dakota; brother-in-law, Ted (Patricia) Kroulik of Minnesota; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Lester Jacob and Roy Jacob; sister, Gladys Olley; and infant sister, Dolores Jacob; brothers-in-law, Donald Olley, Clifford Kroulik, Donald Kroulik and Sterling Theroux; and sisters-in-law, Bernice Jacob, Edith Jacob and Ardella Theroux; nieces, Myrna Dyer, Colleen Jacob; and nephew, Bradley Kroulik.

Russell James Jacob was born on October 27, 1922, to Charles and Mary Jacob. He attended Linwood School in Caledonia. As a young man he worked on the family farm and also at other jobs off the farm, including delivering coal to many homes and farms in areas which are now the urban area of Racine. He was a walking directory of the farms of Racine and Caledonia.

Russell married Alverona Kroulik on August 14, 1948, and built their home on one acre of land purchased from the family farm. They shared that home until her passing in June of 2013. After working for many years on the loading dock at Consolidated Freightways, Russ enjoyed over 30 years of retirement, working in his yard and garden and in his workshop, taking care of the grandsons when they were young and helping Alverona with her craft projects. He loved spending time with family and friends, playing cards – sheepshead and manipulation -- and reminiscing.

Russell was a member of Lighthouse Baptist Church and we are grateful to his friends and church family there for their love, support and many meals and cookies, which he enjoyed.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 27, 2014, at 10 a.m. at Lighthouse Baptist Church, 3301 Douglas Ave. Visitation will be Friday, December 26, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the funeral home and Saturday at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of the service at 10 a.m. Memorial donations may be made to Lighthouse Baptist Church.

A special thank you to all those who helped Grandpa live the last few weeks of his life as he wished, especially Dr David Zablotney, the angels at Hospice Alliance, and our wonderful friend, Tom Kress, who was there for Grandpa whenever he was needed.  

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

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Robert G. Gerber

Kenosha -- Robert G. Gerber, age 90, passed away on Thursday, December 18, 2014, at Kenosha Estates. Robert was born in Racine on September 27, 1924, son of the late George and Bertha (Nee: Kanetzke) Gerber.

On June 14, 1952, at Atonement Lutheran Church, he was united in marriage to Joyce M. Christensen.

Robert was employed by Twin Disc for twenty-two years, retiring in 1986. A lifetime member of First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Robert enjoyed volunteering for his church and Shoreland Lutheran High School for many years. Most of all, he treasured time spent with his family, enjoyed reading, old movies and sudoku puzzles. He will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his loving wife of sixty-two years, Joyce; his daughters, Holly (James) Ritchey of Grayslake, IL, Julie (Kristopher) Koykkari, Ivy Gerber, all of Racine; six grandchildren, Brad (Joni) Ritchey, Jason Ritchey, Alexis (Pete) Matson, Aaron (Liz) Koykkari, Bianca Dieck, Miranda Dieck; his great-granddaughter, Teagan Koykkari; sister, Marjorie Matson of Racine; sister-in-law, Mary Gerber of Grand Island, FL; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Ralph Gerber; sister and brother-in-law, Marion and William Dygon; and brother-in-law, Edward Matson.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 22, 2014, at 11 a.m. at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 728 Villa St., with Rev. Aaron J. Dolan officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Monday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. Private interment will be held at West Lawn Memorial Park. Memorials to First Evangelical Lutheran Church have been suggested.

A special thank you to respective staffs at Kenosha Estates Nursing Home and Hospice for all their loving and compassionate care. 

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

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Gordon E. Granger Jr.

Gordon E. Granger Jr., age 80, passed away on Tuesday, December 16. 2014. Gordon was born in Racine on March 12, 1934, son of the late Mildred (nee: Ludke) and Gordon E. Granger Sr.

He proudly served in the U.S. Navy from 1951-1955.

Survivors include his children, Colleen (Roger) Weller of Weston, WI, Gary Granger of Mosinee, Gloria Gage of Burlington; 12 grandchildren, Michelle Ostrowski, Kenneth Ostrowski, Janelle (Mark) Kielman, Gary (Andrea) Granger, Germaine (Brian) Granger, Gwen Granger, Geralyn Granger, Garrick Granger, Robert (Nicole) Brook, Charlene (Juan) Mayorga, Leah Bailey, Lauren Granger; 24 great-grandchildren; brother, Kenneth Granger of Rochester; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, Gordon was also preceded in death by his son, Gordon E. Granger III; two brothers, Ralph and James; and three sisters, Mary. Nancy and Jean.

A committal service with Full Military Honors will take place at the Southern Wisconsin Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery, 21731 Spring St., Hwy C, Town of Dover, 53182, on Monday, Jan. 5, 2014, at noon

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

Edward M. Klinkhammer

Franksville -- Edward M. Klinkhammer, age 98, passed away on Tuesday, December 16, 2014, at Wheaton Franciscan – All Saints Medical Center.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, December 20, 2014, at 11 a.m. at St. Louis Catholic Church, 13207 Highway G, Caledonia, with Rev. Mark Danczyk officiating. Interment will follow at St. Louis Cemetery.

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 10 a.m. until time of Mass at 11 a.m.

Please see Friday's Journal Times for a complete notice.

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

Monday, December 15, 2014

Frederick Menden

Frederick 'Fred' Menden, age 80, passed away on Monday, December 15, 2014, at Ridgewood Care Center. He was born in Racine on February 27, 1934, son of the late Laymond and  Elsie (Nee: Richter) Menden.

Fred attended St. Catherine’s High School “Class of 1952” and then served in the U.S. Navy. On October 26, 1957, at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church in Oak Creek he was united in marriage to Frances Nygren.

Fred started his career as a model-maker apprentice at In-Sink-Erator and retired as an engineer from Wrought Washer. During his career as an engineer he traveled to Japan, Europe, Mexico and South America.

He was an active member of St. Mary’s By the Lake Catholic Church, where he served on the parish council and as a trustee. Fred spent many hours assisting at prayer services at Villa Saint Ann, Lincoln Lutheran, Lakeshore Manner and the Smith Home. He was a member and past president of the Catholic Men’s Association and a member and past chairman of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Chapter II.

Fred enjoyed planting flowers, feeding birds, golfing and taking trips to Las Vegas with friends and family.  He enjoyed cooking for the family and if there were leftovers he’d comment, “You didn’t eat much… don’t you like my cooking?”  Fred was a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather who will be dearly missed.

Surviving are his loving wife of 57 years, Frances; four children, Joseph (Pamela) Menden of Mt. Pleasant, David (Christine) Menden of Bolingbrook, IL, Laura (Brian) Latus of Pewaukee, WI, Mary (Matt) Goulais of New Braunfels, TX;  grandchildren, John (Heather) Menden, Katherine (Adam) Ballbach, Meredith Menden,  Jared (Alli) Latus, Greg (Alissa) Latus, Lauren Latus, Michael and Marie  Golais; great-granddaughters, Lily and Emma; sisters, Audrey Ragan, JoAnn Luba; sister-in-law, Betty Menden; in-laws, Marion and Jack Giannoni, William and Doris Nygren; nieces and nephews and friends.

In addition to his father and mother, Fred was preceded in death by his brother, Laymond; and in-laws, John and Bridget Nygren.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Friday, December 19, 2014, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s By the Lake, in Crestview at 7605 Lakeshore Drive, with Reverend Stephen Stradinger officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Friday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass. Private interment will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Memorials will be donated to Fred’s favorite charities and will be forwarded by the family.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the caregivers at the Adult day care located on Dominic Drive and the nurses and CNAs at Ridgewood Care Center 2 West for their loving and compassionate care. 

Maresh-Meredith and Acklam Funeral Home
803 Main St., Racine, WI     (262) 634-7888

Frederick 'Fritz' Kaglioti

Frederick “Fritz” Kaglioti, age 86, passed away on Monday, December 15, 2014, at Ridgewood Care Center. Fritz was born in Racine on March 7, 1928, son of the late Bruno and Alvina (Nee: Beere) Kaglioti.

He graduated from St. Catherine’s High School “Class of 1947” and attended Dominican College and Marquette University. Fritz was a printer for the Racine Journal Times for thirty-five years. He was a member of St. Richard Catholic Church. Fritz enjoyed all sports. An avid fisherman, he loved his fishing excursions to Canada, Mexico, Florida, Wisconsin and was very competitive in the Salmon-A-Rama fishing contest. He will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his cousin, Nancy Vranak; and significant friend, Kathleen A. Orth; good buddy, Bruce Renquist; other relatives and many other dear friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, December 18, 2014, at 11 a.m. at St. Richard Catholic Church, 1503 Grand Ave., with Rev. Ronald J. Gramza officiating. 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, memorials to St. Richard Catholic Church have been suggested.

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

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

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Charles W. Coupe

Charles W. Coupe, age 71, passed away at his residence unexpectedly on Saturday, December 13, 2014. Charles was born in Racine, WI, on October 21, 1943, son of the late Charles and Catharine (Nee: Cawley) Coupe.

Charles was a graduate of St. Catherine’s High School “Class of 1961.” On May 13, 1967, he was united in marriage to Jean K. Sucharda. He retired from Patrick Cudahy after  twenty-three years of service. He enjoyed detailing cars, and yardwork. Most of all, he enjoyed time spent with his family and will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his loving wife of forty-seven years, Jean; his children, Laura (Brian) Hanneman of Plover, David Coupe of Deer Park, IL, Mary (Jason) Nowitzki of Carpentersville, IL;  his grandchildren, Andrew, Erik, Marcus, Chandler, Tyler, Stuart, Morgan, Aiden and Gabriella; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Janet Coupe, Joseph (Barbara) Sucharda, Susan (Tim) Stindle; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, James Coupe; and sister, JoAnne (Richard) Meissner.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, December 17, 2014, at 10:30 a.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 Wednesday at church from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass at 10:30 a.m. Memorials to Myasthenia Gravis Foundation or St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church have been suggested.

Maresh-Meredith and Acklam Funeral Home
803 Main St., Racine, WI    (262) 634-7888

Greg N. Schuit

Greg N. Schuit, age 59, passed away on Saturday, December 13, 2014, at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints Medical Center. Greg was born in Racine on July 19, 1955, son of Jacob and Betty (Nee: MacPherson) Schuit.

Greg was a graduate of St. Joseph Grade School, William Horlick High School “Class of 1973,” and attended UW-Madison.  On June 16, 1990, in Racine he was united in marriage to Bonnie Geitner-Schumann.

Greg was a truck driver who had been employed by R & S Meats, Peter C. Beck Company, Becker Food Company, Houmann's and was last working with Pepsi. In his younger years, Greg enjoyed playing softball and hunting with his friends. His pastimes included listening to Jazz, reading mystery novels, Egyptian history, and he enjoyed working on his model railroad. He will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his loving wife of nearly twenty-five years, Bonnie; his mother, Betty Schuit of Racine; two brothers, Mark (Sue) Schuit of Racine, John (Yuka) Schuit and their daughter, Emiline of Arlington Heights, IL; his beloved cats, Greta and Kelsie; other relatives and many dear friends.  He was preceded in death by his father, Jacob Schuit.

Per Greg’s wishes, cremation will take place and a private service will be held.

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

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Charlotte 'Elaine' (Smith) Marshall

Charlotte “Elaine” Marshall, age 92, passed away peacefully early Thursday morning, December 11, 2014, at the Elizabeth Residence. Elaine was born in Racine on April 12, 1922, daughter of the late Harold and Ida (nee: Martinson) Smith and was a lifelong resident.

On October 16, 1948, at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Elaine married John G. Marshall, who preceded her in death on March 11, 1997. Together, they owned John Marshall Barbershop for many years.

An accomplished musician, Elaine played the violin in the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Racine Symphony Orchestra and also played the piano, organ and other instruments.  She was a longtime dedicated member of St. Patrick Catholic Church, where she served as church secretary for many years and was a member of the Altar Society. Above all, Elaine will be best remembered as a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and will be dearly missed.

Her memory will be carried on by her children, John Marshall of Oconomowoc, Anne (Mike) Hulbert of Estes Park, CO, Mary (Don) Broe of Racine; grandchildren, Andy (Melisa) Marshall, Matt (Allyce) Marshall, Nick Marshall, Jennifer Broe, David Broe, Bradley Marshall; three great-grandchildren, Kane, Tatum and Silas; sister-in-law, Chloris Marshall of Michigan; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her son, Peter; and her sister, Marian (Bill) Jensen.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1100 Erie St., on Tuesday December 16, 2014, at 10:30 a.m., with Rev. Antony Thomas officiating. Entombment will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Monday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and at church Tuesday from 10 a.m. until time of Mass at 10:30 a.m. Memorials to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church have been suggested.

The family extends a special thank you to the respective staffs at the Elizabeth Residence and Seasons Hospice for all of their loving and compassionate care.

The longer you have someone, 
the more you can sink every ounce of love into them. 
She knew very well how much we loved her.

Maresh-Meredith and Acklam Funeral Home
803 Main St., Racine, WI      (262) 634-7888

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Luvertha (Wilson) Owens

Death stares us in the face day to day. The meadows that were green a few days ago are now brown. God’s word the Holy Bible teaches us “All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth and the flowers thereof fadeth away.”

Such was the life of our mother and grandmother, Luvertha Owens.

Luvertha, 83, passed away peacefully on December 10, 2014, in Racine, Wisconsin.  She was a native of Mobile, Alabama, and a resident of Racine for the past sixteen years. She was born on November 12, 1931, to the parentage of the late Lee and Annie Pearl Wilson of Castleberry, Alabama.

While living in Mobile, Luvertha was a faithful member of First Baptist Church. In addition to raising a large family, she owned and operated a beauty salon and was the first director of Dearborne YMCA  S.A.I.L. Program.  After her move to Racine, she united with Second Baptist Church where she served diligently and faithfully as President and member of the Mothers’ Board. Luvertha never was one to thrust herself into the limelight, but she would always stand humbly in the background or in the shadows of her surroundings working, praying and doing whatever she was called upon to do for others but especially doing the work of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Throughout many episodes of excruciating pain and feeling poorly, Luvertha continued to attend church in her wheelchair, praising God until one week before her passing.

Once diagnosed with numerous health conditions, Luvertha never gave up. She never complained. She was strong and brave. God was good and faithful to her throughout her illnesses and she was trusting and steadfast with her faith in Him. God brought her through many difficult times. When her family thought it was the end, God said no. But on December 10, God spoke and called her home.

She was married to Melvin Owens who preceded her in death in December 2008. She was the oldest of 11 children, four of whom predeceased her: a brother, Wiley; and three sisters, Dorothy, Lola and Pearlie.

She leaves a legacy of nurturing, humility, love for family and others, compassion, and above all, love for the Lord. Her wisdom and teachings will be forever remembered and cherished by daughters: Melvina Lube of Mattawa, IL, Linda Fair, Sandy (Eddie) Kimbrough of Mobile; sons, Lister Keith (Denise) Owens of Memphis,Tennessee, Darnell Owens of Mobile, Eric Owens of Dallas, Texas, Eldridge (Augustine) of Mobile. Grandchildren, Marcus (Lisette) Montgomery of Oakland, California, Josh Owens of Long Beach, California, Ji Kimbrough of Memphis, Gia (Robert) Johnson, Paultris, Lakede, Frank (Cambry) Fair of Mobile. Great-grandchildren, King, Kobe, Kai of Mobile; and former daughter-in-law, Lorinda Owens of Long Beach. Brothers and sisters, Willie Edward Wilson, Mary Jones, of Brewton, Alabama; Alfred Roy Wilson, Johnny Nettles, Deloris McMillan, and Margaret Mosley, all of Los Angeles, California.  Uncle Frank and Aunt Louise Anderson of Mobile; devoted cousins, Larry Foster of Racine and Verdell Rowe of Mobile; and a host of other cousins, nieces and nephews. A devoted, loving, caring, steadfast “godson” and care-giver who never wavered in helping her in any way he could, John A. Madsen of Racine; a dedicated and faithful friend, Mary Johnson of Racine, who was considered a dear additional daughter; Betty Brown, who favored Luvertha with her home cooked food during her years in Racine; and special friends, Nancy Case and Daneen Merten.

Private family graveside services will be held at Gethsemane Memorial Gardens, 800 Mobile St., Mobile, Alabama, on Friday, December 19, 2014 at 11 a.m. with Reverend Robert Ford officiating.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to The National Kidney Foundation.

The family would like to thank Drs. Turner and Dhringra for their extraordinary and compassionate care, Manor Care and KTown Drivers of Kenosha, DaVita Harborview of Racine.

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

Monday, December 8, 2014

Jeanne E. Greninger

Kenosha -- Jeanne E. Greninger, age 59, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, December 8, 2014, at her residence. Jeanne was born in Fond du Lac, WI, on December 31, 1954, daughter of Bernard and Dorothy (Nee:  Lange) Greninger.

Jeanne graduated from St. John Nepomuk Grade School and St. Catherine’s High School “Class of 1972.” Furthering her education she graduated from Lawrence University. She retired from Abbott Laboratories after twenty-five years of service. Jeanne enjoyed volunteering for Kindred Kitties in Kenosha and had a great love for her horse, Ellie. She will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her parents, Bernard and Dorothy; her brothers and sisters-in-law, Michael (Cheryl) Greninger, Steve (Kimberly) Greninger; beloved nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, December 13, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church, 1903 Green St., with Rev. Steve Varghese officiating. Interment will be held at Holy Angels Cemetery, West Bend. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Saturday at the church from 9:30  a.m. until time of Mass at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church or to Kindred Kitties in Kenosha have been suggested.

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

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Mary (Liapes) Pergakes

Mary Pergakes, age 95, passed away on Sunday, December 7, 2014, at the Rainbow Hospice Ark in Park Ridge, IL. She was born on July 30, 1919, in Kastraki, Corinthia, Greece, daughter of the late Reverend Nicholas Liapes and Ioanna (nee: Piperis) Liapes.

In June of 1938, she was united in marriage to Thomas Pergakes in Greece and then immigrated to the United States.  They settled in Danville, IL, where they raised their three daughters. Thomas preceded her in death on August 24, 1958.

In her earlier years she was a former President of the Daughters of Penelope of Illinois. She was a member St. Barbara’s Ladies Society in Danville, IL, as well as a member of Kimissis Tis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church in Racine. She was active in the ladies Philoptochos Society both in Champaign and Racine. Mary was a true homemaker, wonderful cook and extremely dedicated to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is lovingly survived by her children, Bess (Spero) Shizas of Elmhurst, IL, Janet (Jose) Reyes of Racine, WI, Phyllis (Arthur) Perivolidis of Mount Prospect, IL: her grandchildren, Mary Beth Shizas, Thomas Reyes, Connie (Bobby) Clark, Stephanie (Brian) Holland, Jennifer (Paul) Ford, Christopher (Jorie) Perivolidis, Marisa (Patrick) Nash; her great-grandchildren, Jacob, Ethan, Sofia, Tommy, Courtney, Joey, Charlie, Reese, Jane and Allison; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Pergakes; parents; brother, George; sisters, Dina, Dimetroula and Christina: sons-in-law, Spero Shizas and Dr. Jose Reyes.

Visitation will be at the Maresh-Meredith & Acklam Funeral Home in Racine, WI, on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 from 4 to 8 p.m. with the Trisagion Service at 7 p.m.  Funeral Services will be held at Pape Funeral Home in Danville, IL, with interment at Springhill Cemetery in Danville, IL.  Memorials to the Kimissis Tis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church have been suggested.

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

Charles A. Schweitzer

Charles A. Schweitzer, age 64, passed away on Sunday, December 7, 2014, at Lakeshore Manor following a courageous five-year battle with Lymphoma. Charles was born in Racine on October 8, 1950, son of the late Charles and Ethel (Nee: Seiter) Schweitzer.

Charles was a graduate of William Horlick High School “Class of 1968.” Furthering his education, he graduated from UW-Madison and Marquette University with a Master's degree in Civil Engineering. A very dedicated employee, Charles was employed as Chief Engineer by the City of Racine Water Department for over thirty years, retiring in 2011. His pastimes included hunting and fishing. He loved spending time with his family and will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his children, Melissa Hansen, Amy (Brian) Govednik, Katharine Schweitzer, Erica Schweitzer; his ten grandchildren, Ronald and Holly Hansen, Kaitlin Wiltse, Gwendolyn Marema, Leila, Jacob, Delaney and Brooklynn Govednik, Morgan Schweitzer, Allison Blome; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, David; and sister, Susan.

Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Friday, December 12, 2014, from 10 a.m. until time of the funeral service to be held at noon, with Rev. Ronald Gramza officiating. Interment will follow at Graceland Cemetery.

The family extends a special thank you to Dr. Michael Mullane and his staff for all of their loving and compassionate care.

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

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Anthony F. Tenuta

Anthony F. Tenuta, age 86, passed away on Thursday, December 4, 2014, at Lincoln Village Convalescent Center. Anthony was born in Racine on July 2, 1928, son of the late Saverio and Mary (Nee: Serpe) Tenuta and was a lifelong resident of Racine.

On June 26, 1948, he was united in marriage to Dorothea “Dee” E. Larsen, who preceded him in death on May 31, 2010. Anthony was employed by Chrysler Motors for thirty years until his retirement. He was a member of St. Lucy Catholic Church and active member of Roma Lodge where he served on the board. An avid golfer, he also enjoyed playing cribbage. Above all he cherished his family and will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his children, David Tenuta of Tucson, AZ, James Tenuta of Madison, WI; Susan (Allen) Johnson of Racine; his grandchildren, Christina Tenuta, Melissa Johnson, Vieri (Brianna) Tenuta, Dominic Tenuta, Benjamin Johnson; his two great-grandchildren, Grayson Green and Aria Tenuta; sister-in-law, Patricia Tenuta of Racine; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Nunzi (Gloria) Tenuta, Robert Tenuta, Saverio Tenuta; and sister, Rachel Tenuta.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, December 9, 2014, at 11 a.m. at St. Lucy Catholic Church, 3101 Drexel Ave., with Rev. Mark R. Jones officiating. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Monday at the funeral home from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. (Roma Lodge Service 5:30 p.m.) and Tuesday at the church from 10:30 a.m. until time of Mass at 11 a.m. Memorials to the Lincoln Village Convalescent Center Activities Department have been suggested.

The family extends a special thank you to the respective staffs at Lincoln Village Convalescent Center and Hospice Alliance for all of their loving and compassionate care. 

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

Mary L. (Sharkey) Miller

Mary L. Miller, age 71, passed away on Thursday, December 4, 2014, at her residence with her family at her side, after a year- long battle with cancer. She was born in Racine on July 4, 1943, to parents William and Lillian (nee: Corbeille) Sharkey.      

Mary was a loyal employee of Warren Packaging Co. for 30 years. She loved the Fourth of July parade and celebrations with family and friends. She also enjoyed bowling in a league with a group of friends. Most of the time, Mary enjoyed being at home watching wrestling, baseball, football, basketball and John Wayne movies. When a game was not on, she spent time doing crossword puzzles, cross stitch, or just sitting outside on her porch. She especially loved spending time with her family and friends. She will be deeply missed.

Mary is survived by her children, Bobby, Joey, Rodney (Laura), Kim (Norm) and Danny; her grandchildren, Kellen, Kori, Kerah, Joshua and Amanda; sisters, Joanne and Pat;  nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives; her dear friend, Joyce, who tried to keep Mary’s spirit up with a daily phone call; and many other wonderful friendships.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Jim and Roger; and sister, Beverly.

For the last year, Mary’s life was a roller coaster ride full of hospital visits and treatments. Her son, Joey, stayed with her through it all, trying to keep her life meaningful and manageable. He was truly her angel on Earth. We are thankful for the wonderful care of the hospice nurses, especially Emily, and staff who made these last few weeks a bit easier for her to handle.

Per her wishes, a private memorial will be held for her family.

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

Arnold A. Volz

Arnold Arthur Volz, age 92, passed away on Thursday, December 4, 2014. He was born on November 26, 1922, in Oshkosh, WI, the son of the late Harry and Edna (Nee: Ott) Volz. His family relocated to Racine in 1938.

Arnie graduated from Washington Park High School in 1940, where he won the state championship In wrestling. Following high school he served in the Civilian Conservation Corps and then was drafted into the U.S. Army. He served during WWII as a sergeant in the 75th Infantry Division Machine Gun Unit in the European Arena, including the Battle of the Bulge.

After the war, Arnie spent a year in the hospital due to contracting rheumatic fever. Returning to Racine he worked at Belle City Mfg., Toledo Scale, and retired from Michael’s Machine Shop just short of his 80th birthday.

In 1950, at Holy Communion Lutheran Church, he was united into marriage to the love of his life, Doris Jane Baker.

Arnie will be remembered for his witty sense of humor, his warmth and his generosity. His love for mankind was witnessed by all who met and knew him. He had a deep and sincere appreciation of nature. He was an avid Packer and Badger fan, but most of all he was a Family Fan who knew how to have Pun. No Pun intended.

He will be dearly missed by his loving wife of 64 years, Doris; his daughter, Cynthia Keating of Bolingbrook, IL; his son, David Volz of Racine; grandson, Benjamin Keating (Anissa) and great-grandson, Laith, all of Reston, VA; granddaughter, Alissa Keating of Bolingbrook, IL; brother, Bob of Phoenix, AZ; sister, Lorraine Wagner of Racine; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Ruth, Freda and Virginia; brother, Norman; and a niece, Sharon.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, December 12, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Communion Lutheran Church, 2000 W. 6th St., with Reverend Mark Doidge 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 4-6 p.m. and on Friday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of service at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Holy Communion Lutheran Church have been suggested.

Maresh-Meredith and Acklam Funeral Home
803 Main St., Racine, WI      (262) 634-7888

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

David R. Krekling

David R. Krekling, age 58, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, December 2, 2014. David was born in Racine on November 24, 1956.

Survivors include his sons, Justin Krekling and his children, Marlee and Braiden, Miles (Amanda) Krekling and their children, Knox and Kallie; his extended family, Joellyn Rose, Amy Noe, Christine Rose, Samantha Rose, Kennedy Ryan, and Jean Nielsen; and best friend, Madison Campbell.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Ronald Krekling.

There will be a visitation at the funeral home for David on Saturday, December 13, 2014 from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m.

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

Royal J. Bennett

Royal J. Bennett, age 82, passed away on Tuesday, December 2, 2014, at the Elizabeth Residence. Royal was born on February 16, 1932, in Lansing, MI, son of the late Royal T. and Marie (Nee: Cushman) Bennett.

On December 3, 1949, he was united in marriage to Beverly E. Heath, who preceded him in death on September 23, 2011.  

Survivors include his son, David (Jacquelyn) Bennett of Racine; his daughters-in-law, Cindy Bennett of Unity, WI, Delores Bennett of Racine; nine grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Robert (Mary) Heath of Fenwick, Michigan; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his two sons, Danial and Dana; and sister and two brothers.

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

Memorials may be sent to The Alzheimer’s Foundation.

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

Monday, December 1, 2014

Carol H. (Seher) Francis

Carol H. Francis, age 85, passed away on Monday, December 1, 2014, at Wheaton Franciscan – All Saints Medical Center. Carol was born in Milwaukee, WI, on December 2, 1929, daughter of the late Walter and Hazel Seher.

On June 28, 1952, in Racine, she was united in marriage to John F. Francis. Carol was employed as a Registered Nurse for many years at St. Luke’s Hospital and Lincoln Lutheran of Racine.

She was actively involved in many community organizations including being a life member of St. Luke’s Hospital Auxiliary and Wisconsin Natural Foods Association, charter member of Racine Astronomical Society, member of Racine Yacht Club, Mothers of Twins Club, Racine Homemakers, and the Racine Skill Bank. More than anything, Carol cherished time spent with her family and will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her loving husband, John; her children, Walter (Joan) Francis, Susan Bullard, Sally (Paul) Kiel, Jane (Bernard) Rammer; her five grandchildren, Alex Francis, Brian (Kassandra) Bullard, Pamela Kiel, Jacob and Jackie Rammer; brother-in-law, Orville Huenink; nephew and nieces, David (Louise) Huenink, Pat (Randy) Adams, Cheryl Huenick (Oliver Lindberg);  other relatives and many dear friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Doris (Orville) Huenink.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 4, 2014, at 5 p.m. at the funeral home. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Thursday at the funeral home from 3 p.m. until time of service at 5 p.m. Private interment will be held at  West Lawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Nurses Foundation for nursing scholarships have been suggested.

A special thank you to Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints nurses for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Rose M. (Graceffa) Dacquisto

Surrounded by her loving family, Rose M. Dacquisto, age 97, passed away on Saturday, November 29, 2014, at her home. Rose was born in Oglesby, IL, on April 6, 1917, daughter of the late Joseph and Anna (Nee: Gaziano) and moved to Racine in 1933.

On September 21, 1940, at St. Joseph Catholic Church she was united in marriage to Fred Dacquisto, who preceded her in death on May 18, 1996. Rose worked for several years at Hamilton Beach and Rainfair Inc. She was a longtime member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Rose loved to crochet, write poetry, read, solve crossword puzzles and play bingo. Above all, she cherished her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her children, John (Judey) Dacquisto of Spokane, WA, Joseph Dacquisto, Fred (Terri) Dacquisto, all of Racine, Mary (Joseph) Woitach of Racine, Anne (Mike) Gillespie of Murphy, NC; daughter-in-law, Ellen Dacquisto; her grandchildren, Joseph (Amy) Woitach, Jane (Kurt) Wentorf, John (Amy) Woitach, Jim Woitach, Sue Woitach, Tony (Dione) Woitach, Marie Woitach, Kelli (Chris) Cox, Nicole (Tim) Rothrock, John (Jennifer) Dacquisto, Michael (Kara) Dacquisto, Katey Dacquisto, Neal Gillespie, Alex Gillespie, Daniel Dacquisto, Ryan Dacquisto, Emily Dacquisto, Tia Dacquisto; 19 great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren; one step-great-great-grandchild; brothers and sisters, Sam (Yolanda) Graceffa, Joseph (Dorothy) Graceffa, Grace Liefbroer of Racine, Angie Banks of FL; sister-in-law, Grace Graceffa of Park Falls; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers and sisters, Carlo (Grace) Graceffa, Russ Graceffa, Josephine (Henry) Pflieger, Sarah (Ezio) Tempesta; brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, Don Liefbroer, Ralph Banks and Irene Graceffa.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, December 5, 2014, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1533 Erie St., with Rev. Steve Varghese officiating. Entombment will follow at Holy Cross Garden Mausoleum, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Friday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Joseph Catholic Church or to St. Catherine’s High School have been suggested.

Special thanks to Wheaton Franciscan Hospice:  Debbie, Andrea, Katie, Catherine and Eric and to family and son, Joe, who allowed her to live out her life in “her castle.”  

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

Alfred (Al) Edgar Bent

Alfred (Al) Edgar Bent, 90, passed away peacefully on November 29, 2014, with his loving family at his side. He was born in Bondville, IL, on March 3, 1924, to parents Harry and Eva (Wilson) Bent.

Al attended Champaign Senior High School, graduating in 1942, and then enlisted in the USAF in 1943.

Al served as a Lieutenant bombardier with the 15th Air Force stationed in Italy during WWII. Wounded on his first mission, he flew seven more missions before being released from active duty, at which time he enlisted in the USAF Reserves, where he attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Al was decorated with the Presidential Citation with two clusters, Purple Heart, European Theatre Ribbon with seven battle stars, and the ribbon for service in the American Theatre of Operations.

After service, Al attended the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. On August 8, 1945, he married the love of his life, Dorothy (Dotti) Helen Cox at the First Methodist Episcopal Church in Champaign, IL. The happy couple was married by Dr. Reverend H. Clifford Northcott, who later became Bishop of the Wisconsin Conference of the United Methodist Church. Al and Dotti celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary in August of this year.

Al was employed by Twin Disc, Inc. for 30 years as an Internal Auditor. While working, he attained his advanced degree as a Certified Internal Auditor. He participated in and was president of the Junior Achievement program sponsored by Twin Disc, and was a member and officer of the company’s 20-year club.

Al was a very active member of the Racine Jaycees, where he held the offices of Treasurer and President.  He also served as Treasurer at the Wisconsin state level.

Al was a faithful member of First United Methodist Church of Racine for 62 years. He served as treasurer of the church for 55 years, was a member of the finance committee and administrative board, and served on the Board of Directors of the Wisconsin Conference District for seven years.  Al was also a member of the Masonic Lodge of Rochelle, IL, and the Shriner’s Club of Racine.

Al enjoyed sports of all kinds. He was an avid golfer and a member and officer of the Ives Grove Tuesday golf league. He also enjoyed bowling with the Twin Disc Bowling league. Al and Dotti traveled extensively in the U.S. and internationally, and celebrated their 60th anniversary in Paris at the Moulin Rouge with their daughters.

Al was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Raymond and Jack; and sister-in-law, Julia (Barber) Bent. He is survived by his loving wife, Dotti; two daughters, Katherine Lynn Bent and Barbara Ann Bent, both of Spokane, WA; and brother, William Frank Bent and sister-in-law, Lucy Bent of Paxton, IL.

A Funeral Service celebrating Al’s life will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, December 5, 2014, at the First United Methodist Church of Racine, 745 Main St., with Pastor Jakes Voker officiating. Visitation will be held Friday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11:30 a.m. The sanctuary is elevator-accessible from the Main Street entrance. Entombment with Full Military Honors will be held at Graceland Cemetery.  Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Racine, Shriner’s Hospital for Children at 2211 N. Oak Park Ave., Chicago, IL 60707, or Macular Degeneration Research, 22512 Garden Center Dr., Clarksburg, MD  20871.

The family would like to express their sincere thanks to the wonderful nursing staff at Wheaton Franciscan Hospital, Floor 2C, and to Dr. Akgulian and Dr. Zikel for their assistance and compassionate care.  

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

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Doris I. (Noyes) Duncan

Doris I. Duncan, age 86, passed away on Thursday, November 27, 2014, at Wheaton Franciscan – All Saints Medical Center. Doris was born in Racine on December 4, 1927, daughter of the late Ira and Evelyn (Nee:  Jensen) Noyes.

Doris was employed for many years at the House of Lem, Labor Center, Meadowbrook Country Club, and retired from Wisconsin Natural Gas in 1986 after twenty-two years of employment.

Her pastimes included knitting, crocheting, crafts, puzzles and volunteering with Toys for Tots. Doris held numerous offices in VFW Post 1391 Ladies Auxiliary and was a lifelong member. She also loved traveling, especially on cruises, and trips to Puerto Rico and Door County.  Most of all, she cherished time spent with her family and will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her children, Judith (Dennis) Siddell of Milwaukee, Crystal Orttel of Racine, Penny Duncan of Kenosha, Kenneth Duncan of Racine; 14 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sons, Todd and Richard; grandson, Dusty; and sister, Shirley (Otto) Tessmann.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 2, 2014, at 6 p.m. at the funeral home.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family Tuesday at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until time of service at 6 p.m. All are welcome to meet Wednesday at the funeral home at 1:30 p.m. for procession to West Lawn Memorial Park. Memorials to one’s favorite veterans’ organization have been suggested.

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

Connie J. Gleason

Connie Jean Gleason, born Dec. 11, 1962, in Racine, Wisconsin, passed away on Nov. 27, 2014, at the Hospice house in Racine, with her family by her side, after a long, brave battle with cancer.

She graduated from Olympia Brown in 1984. Connie loved going to Careers Industries to work, participating in Special Olympics, going on Able Trek Tours, and watching Professional Wrestling. She also enjoyed family trips, especially going to different casinos. She brought joy and love to all of her family and friends.

Connie is survived by her parents Roger and Hope Gleason of Racine; her brother, David of Kenosha; her sister, Donna of Racine; nephew, Jonathon Schmeckel of St. Francis; and niece, Kayla Schmeckel of Union Grove.  She is also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Visitation will be held the funeral home on Monday, December 1, 2014, from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. At 11 a.m. funeral services will be held with Chaplain Terry Peterson officiating. Private interment will be held at West Lawn Memorial Park.

Many heartfelt thanks to the special staff at the Kenosha Aurora Cancer Center. Also thanks to the wonderful staff and volunteers at the Alliance Hospice House in Racine.

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

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Barbara Repinski

Kenosha -- Surrounded by her loving family, Barbara Repinski, age 68, passed away on Wednesday, November 26, 2014, at her residence. Barbara was born in Milwaukee on April 26, 1946.

Barbara graduated from Gateway Technical College with a degree in Human Resources. She was employed by AMC and retired from Chrysler Corporation after thirty years of employment. Barbara was a member of Local 72 and the Moose Lodge.

An excellent cook, Barbara also enjoyed shopping and working in the yard. Most of all she cherished time spent with her family. She will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her children, Tammijo (Luke) DeRosch, Joann Perkins, William Wertanen; six grandchildren, Latisha Repinski, Corena Jackson, Nicole Perkins, April DeRosch, Carl Busby, Jeremy Busby; six great-grandchildren, Raven, Haley, Selena, Landin, Maelyn and Tyson; brother-in-law, Donald DeGroot; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Josephine Cagle; sister, Charlene DeGroot; and her brother, Peston Cagle.

A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, December 7, 2014, at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with Chaplain Terry Peterson officiating.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family Sunday at the funeral home from 1 p.m. until time of service at 2 p.m.
 
A special thank you to St. Catherine’s ICU staff and Hospice Alliance staff for their loving and compassionate care.

Maresh-Meredith and Acklam Funeral Home
803 Main St  Racine, WI    (262) 634-7888

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Mary E. (Fieschko) Koneske

Mary Elizabeth Koneske, age 92, passed away on Tuesday, November 25, 2014. Mary was born in Racine on May 12, 1922, daughter of the late William B. and Julia (nee: Adesko) Fieschko.

She graduated from Washington Park High School in 1940. On August 9, 1941, Mary was united in marriage to Frank J. Koneske, who preceded her in death on May 13, 1995.

An excellent seamstress, Mary was employed with Rainfair for over thirty years. After her retirement, she continued to work “for fun” as a food demonstrator in many area grocery chains – her love of cooking, people and salesmanship shown through in her work, and she continued to take assignment calls until just three years ago!

Hard-working and fun-loving, Mary enjoyed camping and travelling with her husband, Frank, and regularly entertaining friends and family in their home. Mary was a longtime member of St. Edward Catholic Parish, and was active in fundraising events.

Being the youngest of eight children, she proved to be an understanding and patient caregiver for her older siblings in their later years. With no children of her own, her focus was her large family of siblings, nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews. Above all it was the time spent with her family that she treasured most. She will be dearly missed by all.

Survivors include her brother, Joseph E. Fieschko of Lebanon, PA; many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews, and other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents and husband, Mary was also preceded in death by her siblings, Frank, John, Ted, Walter, Sophia and Bertha.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday Dec. 6, 2014, at 11 a.m. at St. Edward’s Catholic Church, 1401 Grove Ave., with Rev. Allen Bratkowski officiating. Private interment will be held at Holy Cross Cemetery. Relatives and friends may pay respects Friday, Dec. 5, at the Maresh-Meredith and Acklam Funeral Home in Racine, from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to St. Edward’s Catholic Parish in Racine.

Maresh-Meredith and Acklam Funeral Home
803 Main St., Racine, WI     (262) 634-7888

Nina D. (Mayhew) Jensen

Nina D. Jensen, age 74, passed away on Tuesday, November 25, 2014, at Willowgreen. Nina was born in West Allis, WI, November 17, 1940, and was raised by her parents, Gerald and Josephine Mayhew.

Nina was employed by S.C. Johnson Wax for thirty-seven years. Nina’s love of art was carried through her skills teaching various forms including: oil painting, card making, scrapbooking, sewing, flower arranging and ceramics. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and the Red Hat Society. Nina was a loving and devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her children, Mary (John) Corlette of South Milwaukee, David Jensen Jr. of Racine, Brian (Mary) Jensen of Racine; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; her mother, Josephine Mayhew; brothers and sisters, Robert (Jan) Mayhew of Clinton, TN, Jeralyn (Mike) Macier of South Milwaukee, Francis (Jean) Mayhew of Pewaukee, Susan (Glen) Hammerling of Dude City, FL, Gerald (Julie) Mayhew of Elm Grove, WI; dear family friends, August and Joann Priemer of Tucson, AZ; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Michael Mayhew.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, November 29, 2014, at 1 p.m. at the funeral home.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family Saturday at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until time of service at 1 p.m. Memorials to the family for her grandchildren’s education have been suggested.

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