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

Richard Jon Marohl

Our beloved Husband, Dad, Papa, Father-in-Law, Brother and Friend passed away unexpectedly at work on November 25, 2014. Richard was born in Shawano, Wisconsin, to Janet and the late Clarence “Dick” Marohl on November 17, 1952.

Richard met the love of his life, Janice Helland, at age 16 and fell head over heals in love with her. Richard and Jan were members of the William Horlick High School Class of 1971.

Two years later they were united in marriage on May 19, 1973. Two years after that they were blessed with their first beautiful daughter, Jennifer. Five years later they completed their family, celebrating the birth of their second beautiful daughter, Annie. 

Jan, Jennifer and Annie were everything to Richard … until the birth of his most treasured Grandbabies, Nathan, Margaret and Henry Greenhagen, and Audrey Teufel. He was so unbelievably proud of his children, sons-in-law and grandchildren and would boast about their accomplishments, big or small, to anyone and everyone who would listen.

Richard, together with Jan, was very involved in their children and Grandchildren’s lives. They took the Grandbabies on many adventures including, a Mackinac Island road trip, an up-north RV Trip and most recently a trip to Cedar Point, OH. Richard was smitten with baby Audrey and couldn’t wait to include her on these adventures.

Richard worked throughout his life as a siding contractor. His craftsmanship can be seen on many homes throughout Racine and Kenosha. But most of all, Richard was great at enjoying life. He was passionate about his love for the Green Bay Packers and the Wisconsin Badgers. He loved going to the Indianapolis 500 and had attended for the past 31 years. He loved music, expensive beer, brats on the grill and a well made 7 and 7.

Richard is survived by Jan, his wife of 41 years; his daughters and their husbands, Jennifer and Daniel Greenhagen and Annie and David Teufel; his much loved Grandbabies, Nathan, Margaret and Henry Greenhagen, and Audrey Teufel; his granddogs, Mauer and Marley. He is further survived by his brothers, Daniel (Vicki) Marohl and John (Michelle) George; sisters-in-law, Dianne Lueder (Keith Thomsen), Marji (Jim) Vlasak, Joan (Jeff) Carman; and brother-in-law, Richard (Camille) Helland.

Special people in his life included his nephews, Daniel Bertelsen and DJ Pelky; niece, Barbara Lantz; and too many friends to count. 

He was preceded in death by his father, Clarence Marohl; father-in-law and mother-in-law, James and Margaret Helland; brother-in-law, Roland (Patrick) Lueder.

Our hearts are forever broken and we will miss you and your Richie-isms for the rest of our lives.

Funeral Services will be held on Monday December 1, 2014, at 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Friends and family may meet Monday at the Funeral Home from 4 p.m .until time of service.

Later in the evening as you lie awake in bed 
With the echoes from the amplifiers ringin' in your head 
You smoke the day's last cigarette, remembering what she said 
Here I am, on the road again 
There I am, up on the stage 
Here I go, playing star again 
There I go, turn the page 
Here I am, on the road again 
There I am, on the stage yeah 
Here I go, playing star again 
There I go, there I go 

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

Monday, November 24, 2014

Jerry R. Schmidt

Jerry R. Schmidt, age 70, passed away suddenly on Monday November 24, 2014, at home.  Jerry was born August 27, 1944, in Randolph Wisconsin, son of the late John P and Lucy (Beranek) Schmidt.

Jerry graduated from Randolph High School and went on to earn a business degree from UW-Whitewater. While at Whitewater, he met his true love, Sandra, who sadly preceded him in death on November 2, 2005.

Jerry was a proud member of the UW-Whitewater Warhawks football team and of the Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity, where he made many life-long friends.  After college he continued to play football for teams including the Richmond Virginia Rebels and the Racine Raiders.  He was inducted into the UW-Whitewater Athletic Hall of Fame in 1986.

Jerry spent his entire professional career with Wisconsin Bell, Inc. and their subsidiaries in the marketing department and as a system design consultant. After retirement, Jerry spent many years as a youth and young adult baseball umpire, and as a conference attendant at Wingspread.

Jerry was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, and an avid fan of the Warhawks, Badgers, Packers and Cubs. He liked to play golf and travel, and was looking forward to a springtime tour of Italy. Most importantly, Jerry was a kind and generous man, devoted husband and wonderful father. He will be greatly missed by family and friends.

Survivors include his daughter, Sara (Niall) McCue of Cedarburg; sister-in-law, Sherry Johnson of Shorewood; mother-in-law, Ione Patterson of Milwaukee; niece, Jill Weinberger of Watertown and her children, Mariah, Nolan and Arianna; nephew, Patrick McMenamin of Cape Girardeau, MO; niece,  Maureen(Don) Willoh of Jefferson City, MO and their children, Sam and Joe.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Sandy; brothers, Joseph and John G. Schmidt; and sister, Aurelia Schmidt.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, December 6, 2014, at 11 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 Friday at the funeral home from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and Saturday at the church from 10:30 a.m. until time of Mass at 11 a.m. Private interment will be held.

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

Doris A. Cassity-Jacobsen

Doris A. Cassity-Jacobsen, age 86, passed away on Monday, November 24, 2014, at her residence. Doris was born in Racine on August 3, 1928, daughter of the late Norbert and Yvonne (Nee: Ghysels) Remter.

In August of 1945 she was united in marriage to Robert J. Cassity. On November 14, 1993, she was united in marriage to Bruce R. Jacobsen.

Doris was employed by Svendsen Brothers for twenty years, retiring from Headley’s Medical Home Care after ten years of service.

She was a longtime member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, where she was actively involved in the Altar Guild, Mission Circle and Ladies Aid. An excellent cook and baker, Doris also enjoyed crafts, designing beautiful jewelry and attending craft fairs. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother who will be deeply missed.

Survivors include her husband, Bruce; her children, Brian (Debbie) Cassity, Nora (Jeffrey) Erlandson, all of Racine; her stepchildren, William (Suzanne) Jacobsen, John Jacobsen, Gene Jacobsen; her six grandchildren, Nick, Joe, Kelly, Lori, Tim and Mitchell; four step-grandchildren, Danielle, J.R., Stefanie and Brandon; 10 great-grandchildren; son-in-law, Albert Quadraccia; brothers, Norbert Remter, Wayne (Carol) Remter; nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Jean Quadraccia; her great-granddaughter, Addison; sister, Joyce (Thomas) Granger; and sister-in-law, Beverly Remter.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 28, 2014, at 11:30 a.m. at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 728 Villa St., with Rev. John Roekle officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Friday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11:30 a.m. Interment will be held at West Lawn Memorial Park. Memorials to the First Evangelical Lutheran Church have been suggested. 

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

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

Theodore 'Ted' Kroes

Theodore “Ted” Kroes, age 94, passed away on Monday, November 24, 2014, at the Wisconsin Veteran’s Home, Union Grove. Ted was born in Wausaukee, WI, on February 20, 1920, son of the late Henry and Everdina (Nee: Clausen) Kroes.

During World War II Ted proudly served in the United States Air Force. Ted was a longtime member of St. Rita’s Catholic Church and on November 12, 1949, at the church he was united in marriage to Mary Rose Vaculik. She preceded him in death on August 1, 2012. Ted enjoyed farming and had a dairy route for eight years with Progressive Dairy. He was last employed by Alloy Casting for twenty years, retiring in 1982. Ted was an avid woodworker known for building clocks, various other pieces of furniture, and he also enjoyed whittling. He will be deeply missed.

Survivors include his children, Margaret (David) Voss of Union Grove, Joyce Kroes (Katherine Pentilla) of Waterford; daughter-in-law, Donna Kroes of Racine; his grandchildren, Richard (Amy) Klinkhammer, Tracy (Eric) Kipper, Tina Haag, Bryan (Kelly) Haag, Kimberly (Vinnie) Krezinski, Kristin (Geoff) LaCanne, Dakota Kroes, Michelle (Jason) Sutherland of Muskego, Nathan (Katherine) Voss of Oakfield Center, Jennifer (Art) Juszkiewicz of Rochester, Jeanine Pentilla of Portland, Oregon; his great-grandchildren, Trenton, Tyler and Troy Kipper, Dominic and Alyssa LaCanne, Dodge and Kylie Krezinski, Cayden Krida, Lauren Haag, Madalynn, Brayden, Brynn and Jonah Voss, Aviana Sutherland, Jane and Ean Juszkiewicz; two sisters, Georgia Repalian, Nettie Doyle; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his son, Dennis; daughter, Carol; brothers and sisters, John, Minnie, Dorothy, Sister Corona, William, George and Henry.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, November 28, 2014, at 11 a.m. at St. Rita’s Catholic Church, 4339 Douglas Ave., with Rev. Kevin Mullins OSA 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. Memorials to the Wisconsin Veteran’s Home or to St. Rita’s Catholic Church have been suggested.

A special thank you to the staff at Fairchild Hall and Vitas Hospice for their loving and compassionate care.  

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

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Gwendolyn F. (Deschler) Simanek

Gwendolyn F. Simanek, age 98, passed away on Sunday, November 23, 2014, at her residence. Gwendolyn was born in Racine on July 5, 1916, daughter of the late Frank and Mabel (Nee: Brothers) Deschler.

Gwendolyn was a graduate of St. Catherine’s High School “Class of 1934.” On February 14, 1942, she was united in marriage to John “Bob” Simanek, who preceded her in death on March 3, 1999.

She was a longtime member of St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church. Gwendolyn had a great love for traveling and also enjoyed painting. More than anything, she cherished time spent with her family. She will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her children, Stephen (Theresa) Simanek, Julianne (Richard) Behling, Thomas Simanek, Daniel (Theresa) Simanek; her grandchildren, Emily (Paul) Ricco, Peter Simanek, Christopher Simanek, Terra (Brad) Morris; her six great-grandchildren, Quinn, Ethan, Eliana, Tristram, Isabella and Riverlyn; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her son, Robert; and brother, Franklin.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, December 4, 2014, at 11 a.m. at St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church, 1903 Green St., with Rev. Steve Varghese officiating. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Thursday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of Mass at 11 a.m. Memorials to St. Catherine’s High School have been suggested.

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

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

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Phillip Krause Oglesby

Phillip Krause Oglesby, age 28, died unexpectedly of unknown causes on Saturday, November 22, 2014, in his beloved Jeep at his residence.

Relatives and friends may meet at the funeral home on Sunday for visitation from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. A reception will follow.

A complete obituary will follow when completed. 

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

Kathleen A. (Scheel) Arentz

Kathleen A. Arentz, age 64, passed away on Saturday, November 22, 2014, at Wheaton Franciscan – All Saints Medical Center. Kathy was born in Racine on August 1, 1950, daughter of the late Irving and Shirley (Nee: Johnson) Scheel.

Kathy graduated from William Horlick High School in 1968. Kathy was married to George Arentz, who preceded her in death.

Survivors include her son, David (Karla) Stafford of Maineville, Ohio; her granddaughter, Mia; her brothers, Gary Scheel of Racine, Bill Scheel of Racine; and sisters, JoAnne (Gerald) Cummings of Crandon and Nancy Kroll of Racine; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

One of the happiest times in Kathy’s life was finding and reuniting with her son, David. She became a part of his life along with David’s new wife and then later upon the birth of her granddaughter, Mia.

Kathy’s whole life was her dogs.  If you like to honor her memory, memorials can be made to the Racine County Humane Society, 4630 Oakdale Drive, Racine, WI  53405.

Per Kathy’s wishes, private services were held.

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

Milton J. Schulz

Milton J. Schulz, age 91, passed away on Saturday, November 22, 2014, at his residence. Milton was born August 10, 1923, son of the late Herman and Frieda (Nee: Krenzke) Schulz.

Milton was a graduate of William Horlick High School “Class of 1941” and attended Marquette University. On June 21, 1957, in Racine he was united in marriage to Madeline M. Shafranski, who preceded him in death on February 13, 2010. Milton was employed with the Federal government, primarily in the Food and Drug Administration, for over thirty-five years. He was a former member of the Deutcher Männer Verein. An avid fisherman, he loved the outdoors and was a huge history buff. He will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his sons and daughter-in-law, Eric Schulz of Racine, Craig (Litzi) Schulz of Cedarburg, WI; his grandchildren, Margo and Cole; sister and brother, Nancy (James) Rooney of Racine, Gordon Schulz of Chanhassen, MN; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Richard (Heddy) Shafranski of Houston, TX, James (Barbara) Shafranski of Stevens Point, WI; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Bethel Hoaglund and Eileen Schulz; five brothers, Russell, Gilbert, Norman, Kurt and Koran “Whitey.”

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, December 6, 2014, at 4 p.m. at the funeral home. Relatives and friends may meet with family on Saturday at the funeral home from 3 p.m. until time of service at 4 p..m.

The family would like to thank Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints Cardiac Unit and Compassionate Care Hospice.

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

Friday, November 21, 2014

Idabelle Rouse (Raught) Reider

Idabelle Rouse Reider, age 96, passed away on Friday, November 21, 2014, at Wheaton Franciscan Hospice. She was born in Janesville, WI, on January 27, 1918, daughter of the late Joseph and IdaMae (Nee: VanVranken) Raught.

On April 18, 1942, she was united in marriage to Elmer J. Rouse and together they raised two daughters, Barbara and Kathryn, and a foster daughter, Anita. Elmer preceded her in death on December 29, 1973. On November 23, 1975, Idabelle was married to Fredrick W. Reider.

She was a charter member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. She enjoyed working as a bookkeeper for the Rouse’s Sinclair Station and for Dr. William Buckley’s Orthodontist Office for 17 years, retiring in 1983. Idabelle enjoyed riding horses, knitting, crocheting, baking and cooking. It was time spent with her family she treasured the most. She will be dearly missed.

Surviving are her husband, Fredrick; daughter, Kathryn Rouse (Don Riegelman) of Racine; granddaughter, Robin Petersen; great-grandson, Brandon Johnson; foster daughter, Anita Oakes and family of Racine; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends.

In addition to her parents and first husband, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Barbara Petersen; grandson, Jon Petersen; a loving brother and four loving sisters.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, November 29, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 6400 Spring St., with Rev. William Dietzler officiating. Private entombment will follow at Calvary Crypts. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Saturday at the church, from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass. Memorials to the Health Care Network or St. Paul the Apostle Church have been suggested.

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

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

Diane M. (Porcaro) Maritato

Diane M. Maritato, age 77, passed away Friday, November 21, 2014 at the Hospice House in Racine surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Racine on October 22, 1937, daughter of the late Herman and Irene (Nee: Bencriscutto) Porcaro.

Diane was a graduate of St. Catherine’s High School, “Class of 1955.” On September 27, 1958, Diane was united in marriage to Dr. Frank R. Maritato. Diane and Frank recently celebrated their 56th wedding anniversary.

Diane was a Realtor for twenty-nine years, a former director and president of the Racine Board of Realtors and a former director of the Wisconsin Realtors Association. She was a member of the Vittoria Colonna and served as president in 2010-2011. She was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. Her passions ranged from cooking, entertaining, playing bridge, reading and traveling. She was deeply loved, always in our thoughts and forever in our hearts.

Surviving are her husband, Dr. Frank, children, Lisa (Patrick) Peterson of Ashburn, VA; Mitch (Debbie) Maritato of Germantown, WI; Nancy Custard of Ashburn, VA; Frank (Karen) Maritato of Glen Allen, VA; four grandchildren, Meagan and Emily Maritato, Gianna and Zoë Custard; brothers and sister; Joseph (Judy) Porcaro, David (MaryAnn) Porcaro, Nita (Tom) Bain, Dino (Sophia) Porcaro; brothers-in-law, Louie (Mary) Maritato, Mario (Lois) Maritato nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents, she also was preceded in death by her grandson, Marcus Maritato.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, November 26, 2014, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 6400 Spring St., with Rev. Allen Bratkowski officiating.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family for visitation at the funeral home on Tuesday, November 25, 2014, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. (Vittoria Colonna Service at 6 p.m.) and Wednesday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of Mass.

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

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

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Nancy E. (Lees) Petersen

Mt Pleasant -- Surrounded by her loving family at home, Nancy E. Petersen, age 72, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 20, 2014, following a forty-five year battle with Multiple Sclerosis. Nancy was born in Racine on April 23, 1942, daughter of the late Andrew and Dorothy (Nee:Piette) Lees. She graduated from St. Catherine’s High School “Class of 1960.”

On August 5, 1961, at St. Edward’s Catholic Church, she was united in marriage to David J. Petersen. Together they raised three children, Kimberly, Tammy and Scott.

Nancy was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. She was an avid Packers fan and in her earlier years she enjoyed bowling, fishing and golf. She was an accomplished seamstress and loved to sew. Through the years she took great joy in creating one of a kind clothes for all members of her family. Above all, she was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who will be dearly missed.

Surviving are her husband of 53 years, David; children, Tammy (Michael) Lundgren of Mt. Pleasant, Scott (Amy) Petersen of Mt. Pleasant; grandchildren, Joshua (fiancée Jenna), Jacob and Nicholas (Dalilla) Lundgren, Aaron and April Wilson, Michael and David Petersen; great-grandchildren, Gauge, Mason, Chevy, Jackson, Axel, Romeo, Scarlett, Emmett and Aaron Jr.; siblings, Judith Shilhavy of Sturtevant, Michael (Mary) Lees of Mt. Pleasant, Debra Lees of Racine; other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Kimberly; grandchildren, Samantha and Nathaniel; and great-grandson, Nevin.

Visitation will be held on Monday at the funeral home from 5-7 p.m. and on Tuesday at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 6400 Spring St., from 11:30 a.m. until noon. At noon a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated with Reverend Terry Huebner officiating. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Memorials to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church or one’s favorite charity have been suggested.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Wheaton Franciscan Hospice nurses Mary, Debbie, Kathy and Barb for their loving and compassionate care. 

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

Catherine (Rossi) Biesack

Catherine Biesack, age 78, passed away on Thursday, November 20, 2014, at her residence. She was born in Racine on July 26, 1936, daughter of the late Nicola and Domenica (Nee: Marini) Rossi. She graduated from St. Catherine’s High School “Class of 1955.”

Catherine was an active member of St. Richard’s Catholic Church, was an excellent cook and enjoyed knitting, sewing and beading. She took great joy in traveling to visit her children and especially treasured time spent with her grandsons. She will be dearly missed.

Surviving are her children, Chris Ann (Christopher) Dixon of Bronxville, NY,  Susan Biesack of Los Angeles, CA, John Biesack of Milwaukee, Anthony (Jing) Biesack of London, England;  grandsons, Matthew Dixon of Grand Island, NE, and Stephen Dixon of Bronxville, NY; her brother, Antonio (Dorothy) Rossi; other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Lucy Neubauer.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, November 25, 2014, at 11 a.m. at St. Richard’s Catholic Church, 1503 Grand Ave., with Rev. Ron Gramza officiating. Private entombment will be held at Holy Cross Garden Mausoleum, Hwy 32.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family Tuesday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of Mass.  Memorials to the American Cancer Society have been suggested.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Michael Mullane and his wonderful staff, and to the caring staff at Wheaton Franciscan Home Care and Hospice for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Michael V. Murray

Michael V. Murray, age 54, joined his mother in Glory on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, after passing away suddenly at his home in Racine. Mike was born in Milwaukee, WI, on May 18, 1960, son of Martin V. Murray of Racine and the late Marie Murray (Nee: Tomes) and was a resident of Racine for most of his life.

Mike graduated from Horlick High School in 1978 and went on to attend college at Parkside in Kenosha where he received a degree in Computer Science and a minor in Math. After college Mike worked for many years at Postorino Decorating, then eventually took a position as a Purchasing Agent for The Home Depot, where he was employed for over 15 years.

Mike loved the outdoors and enjoyed spending time with his friends and family; fishing, camping, hunting and walking his dog, Sadie. He also loved getting away to the family cabin in Winter, Wisconsin, where he would spend time canoeing, fishing, reading and just enjoying the Northwoods. Mike's tender heart and love of fishing led him to be a volunteer for several years with the Hayward chapter of Fishing Has No Boundaries, where he met many dear friends and made wonderful memories.

Mike is survived by his father, Martin V. Murray of Racine; brother, Dr. Mark A. Murray (Deb) of Hayward; nieces, Ashley Murray and Alyssa Murray; and nephew, Ryan Murray of Kenosha; Uncle Robert (Jean) Murray of Pittsburgh; Aunt Mary Murray of Pewaukee; several cousins, including Alice Murray of Racine; and many other relatives and dear friends.

In addition to his grandparents, Mike was preceded in death by his beloved mother, Marie Murray; maternal uncle, Adam Tomes; maternal aunt, Jeanette Mackett; paternal uncle, Don Murray; and cousin, Susan Murray.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, December 4, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park in Racine. Relatives and friends may meet at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until the time of service for visitation and reflection. Memorials to Fishing Has No Boundaries have been suggested.

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

Linda J. (Black) Fleetwood

Linda J. Fleetwood, age 73, passed away on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at her home. Linda was born in Morris, IL, on August 12, 1941, daughter of the late Joseph and Audrey (Nee: Peterson) Black and had been a resident of Racine since 1962.

On October 9, 1959, at the First Presbyterian Church in Morris, IL, she was united in marriage to Merle Fleetwood Jr.  Linda was a member of Grace Church. She was employed as a Realtor for over thirty years, last working at Orth Realty. Linda was devoted to her family and cherished time spent with them, especially her grandchildren. She will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her loving husband of fifty-five years, Merle; her children, Jeffery (Dawn) Fleetwood of Cary, NC, Jennifer (Scott) Rettammel of Racine; her four grandchildren, Ryan Fleetwood, Krystal (Ryan) Simmons, Ashley Vance, Stephanie Vance; her five great-grandchildren, Peyton, Bodie, Logan, Nolan and Holt; sister, Betty (Frank) Gorman of FL; brother-in-law and sisters-in law, Ronald (Peg) Fleetwood, Marcia Menges, Debbie Trowbridge, Connie Fleetwood; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, November 25, 2014, at 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Sam Jackson officiating.  Entombment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Tuesday at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11:30 a.m. Memorials to the American Cancer Society have been suggested.

A very special thank you to Dr. Engel and the Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints oncology staff and Hospice Care for their loving and compassionate care.  

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

Monday, November 17, 2014

Ann (Burns) Peterson

Ann Peterson, age 88, passed away on Monday, November 17, 2014, at Ridgewood Care Center. Ann was born in Ionia, MI, on January 10, 1926, daughter of the late Joseph and Daisy  Burns.

On March 26, 1965, she was united in marriage to Richard Peterson at Bethany Methodist Church, where she was a longtime member. She was presently a member of Christ Church United Methodist. Ann was employed for many years at St. Luke’s Hospital. She and her husband were foster parents for many years.

Survivors include her loving husband, Richard; her daughters, Kathy (Dean) Erhardt,  Marjorie (Mario)  Bruno, all of Racine; seven grandchildren, Sylvia and Dan Tyree, Veronica Norbert, Jenifer and David Fechner Jr., Jimmy Erhardt (Lisa Ison), Christina Davis; six great-grandchildren; brothers and sister, Vernon (Jean) Burns, Emma Rogers, Gerry Burns,  Jan Foreman, all of Mason, MI, Douglas (Shirley) Burns of Daleville, AL; sister-in-law, Shirley Dekker of Grand Rapids, MI; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her adopted parents, Richard and Sara Dekker; her daughter, Nancy (Robert) Norbert; sister, Pat Donley; and brother, Jack Dekker.  

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, November 20, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the funeral home.  Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Thursday at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m.   Memorials to the Alzheimer’s Foundation have been suggested.

A special thank you to the staffs at Ridgewood Care Center and Hospice Alliance for their loving and compassionate care.  

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

Donald L. LaMere

Donald L. LaMere passed away on Monday, November 17, 2014.  Donald was born on April 26, 1926, son of Lawrence and Evelyn LaMere.

On November 25, 1948, he was united in marriage to Betty Klinkhammer, who preceded him in death on July 8, 2013.  He was a member of St. Richard Catholic Church.

Don served his country in the U.S. Navy.  He went on to a career as a tool and die maker at J.I. Case, retiring after 30 years of service.

Don is survived by his son, Mark (Linda) LaMere; grandchildren, Lindsay (Andy) Beyer, Heather (Adam) Pron; great-grandchildren, Keira Beyer, Paige, Brooke and Emery Pron.

In addition to his wife, Betty, and his parents, Don was preceded in death by his daughter, Pam; great-granddaughter, Grace Pron; and his brother, Wayne.

Private services and interment will be held at the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Town of Dover.

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

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Rosemary A. (Schneider) Drott

Rosemary A. Drott, age 88, passed away on Thursday, November 13, 2014, at her residence. Rosemary was born in West Bend, WI, on January 31, 1926, daughter of the late Nicholas and Loretta (Nee:  Niebler) Schneider.

On January 17, 1976, she was united in marriage to John J. Drott, who preceded her in death on October 5, 2002. Rosemary was employed by Twin Disc for fourteen years, retiring in 1979.  Rosemary was a former member of St. Sebastian and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. She enjoyed volunteering for Meals on Wheels and Toys for Tots.

Survivors include her stepson, John (Anne) Drott of Euless, TX; her stepdaughter, Susan (Jeff) Linsey of Racine; her step-grandchildren, Jill, Steve, Ray and Brian; brother, Bernard (Dorothy) Greninger of Racine; three sisters, Elizabeth Cline of Evanston, IL, Hildegaard Birkholz of Fond du Lac, Jean (Carl) Berendis of NC; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Marie. Polly and Celia.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1533 Erie St., with Rev. Steve Varghese officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Wednesday from 10 a.m. until time of Mass at the church. Private
interment will be held at Holy Angels Cemetery, West Bend, WI. Memorials to St. Joseph or St. Sebastian’s Catholic Church have been suggested by the family.

A very special thank you to the staff at Elizabeth Residence, Seasons Hospice Care, and Jane and Eric Schumann for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Sister Therese (Duane) Hoffmann, O.P.

Sister Therese Hoffmann, O.P., 89, passed away at Lakeshore Manor, Racine, WI, on Wednesday, November 12, 2014.

Therese Marguerite was born on July 6, 1925, to Albert J. and Margaret C. (nee: Hansen) in Detroit, MI. On September 14, 1950 she joined the Racine Dominicans and at her reception in 1951 she was given the religious name Sister Duane. She professed her first vows in 1953 and her final vows in 1959. In 1968 she returned to using her baptismal name, Therese.

Sister Therese spent many years in service to others in teaching and directing activities in a nursing home. She began her ministry in 1953 at Assumption Grotto, Detroit, MI. Places in Wisconsin where she served were St. Mary, Tomah, and St. Andrew, Knowles.

She also served in Santa Fe, New Mexico, at Our Lady of Guadalupe and in Evansville, Indiana, at Regina Pacis Home. From 1975-1993 she worked at the Cadillac Nursing Home in Detroit, MI, as the Activity Director.

After moving to Siena Center in 2006 she became a Senior Companion Visitor. In January 2013 she became a resident of Lakeshore Manor, Racine.

Sister Therese is survived by the Racine Dominican Sisters and Associates; her sister, Marie Kobane; sister-in-law, Doris Hoffmann; nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents; and her brothers, Hilary, Bruno, Duane, Leo, Donald and Philip; and her sister, Marcella Hoffman.

A Remembering Service will be in the Siena Center Chapel on Monday, November 17, beginning at 9:30 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Interment will take place at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Memorials to the Racine Dominican Mission Fund have been suggested.

The Racine Dominicans would like to extend their thanks to the staff that cared for Sister Therese at Lakeshore Manor.

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

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Sofia (Vasiliadis) Gianou

Surrounded by her loving family, Sofia Gianou, age 83, passed away on Tuesday, November 11, 2014, at her residence. Sofia was born in Greece on August 25, 1931, daughter of the late Lee and Connie (Nee: Hamposoglou) Vasiliadis.

In December of 1951 she was united in marriage to Odiseas Gianou, who preceded her in death on March 20, 2001. She was a longtime and active member of the Kimissis Tis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church. She will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her four children, John Gianou, Lee Gianou, Stathi (Joan) Gianou, all of Racine, Kay (Reese) Erick of Phoenix, AZ; nine grandchildren; brothers, Greg (Grace) Visiliadis of Racine, Elias Visidiadis, John (Kay) Visiliadis, all of Greece; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Sofia (Tasos) Barnias, of Greece; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 14, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Kimissis Tis Theotokou Greek Orthodox Church, 1335 S. Green Bay Road, with Father John Ketchum officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Friday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of service at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park.

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

Karen Ann Neuser

Karen Ann Neuser, age 53, passed away on Tuesday, November 11, 2014, at her residence. Karen was born in Manitowoc on March 7, 1961, daughter of the late Lawrence and Eileen (Nee: Harlow) Neuser.

Karen was a graduate of Manitowoc Lincoln High School “Class of 1979.” Furthering her education, she received a Business degree at Silver Lake College and a Paralegal degree at Lakeshore Technical College. Karen was last employed at the law firm of Foley and Lardner. An avid reader, Karen also enjoyed music, watching movies and celebrating her Irish heritage. She especially loved attending her niece’s activities and watching college football with her brother. She will be greatly missed.

Survivors include her brother and sister-in-law, Michael (Terri) Neuser, and their children, Natalie and Kelsie; her extended family, Aunt Inez McDermott; cousins, Kelly LeClair, Patrick McDermott; other many close relatives and dear friends.

A Memorial Mass will be held on Tuesday, November 18, 2014, at 11 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi on Grand Catholic Church, 1416 Grand Ave., Manitowoc, WI, with Reverend David Plier officiating. Interment will follow at Calvary Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Tuesday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of Mass at 11 a.m. Memorials to the American Breast Cancer Foundation have been suggested.

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

Daryl W. Thomas

Daryl W. Thomas, age 56, passed away on Tuesday, November 11, 2014, at his residence. Daryl was born in Superior, WI, on January 10, 1958, son of Daryl J. and Jeannine (Nee: Miller) Thomas.

On May 19, 2013, he was united in marriage to Sandy J. Braden and they shared twenty-one beautiful years together.

Daryl was employed by Jacobsen Manufacturing for thirteen years, retiring in 2000. A well-known bass player, Daryl played bass guitar in various classic rock bands in the Racine area. Daryl enjoyed music, science, politics and bicycling. He will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his loving wife, Sandy; his son, Michael Thomas of Racine; his daughter, Rebecca Braden of Racine; his mother, Jeannine Cross of Racine; good friend, Sona Thomas; many other dear relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Daryl J. Thomas.

A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, November 17, 2014, at 6 p.m. at the funeral home. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until time of service at 6 p.m. Memorials to the family would be appreciated.

A special thank you to Dr. Michael Mullane and staff for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Monday, November 10, 2014

Walter A. Zurawski

With his family by his side, Walter A. Zurawski passed away on Monday, November 10, 2014. Walter was born in Racine on March 12, 1930, son of the late Alex and Anna (Nee:  Brodzinski) Zurawski.

Walter, also known as Wally to his friends and family, was a graduate of William Horlick High School and then he proudly served in the United States Air Force. On July 10, 1954, at St. Rita Catholic Church he was united in marriage to Beverly G. Mackey. He was employed by J.I. Case for many years as a Technical Writer and retired from there in 1991. Wally was a member of St. Rita Catholic Church and he thoroughly enjoyed serving as a head usher, and was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

He had a passion for football and coached for 45-plus years. He began coaching little league football with the YMCA, and then, as a co-founder of Racine Youth Sports, he continued to coach football until last year when he was 83 years old. He is known by many as “Coach Wally.” He also loved golf and spending time with his family. He will be deeply missed by his family.

Survivors include his loving wife of sixty years, Beverly; his sons, Gregg Zurawski (fiancée, Kenya Benitez), Lane Zurawski; his daughters, Jody (Cary) O’Brien, Rondi (Gregg) Olson, Shelli (Ron) Farnsworth; his  ten grandchildren, Emily Smith-Zurawski, Nic Smith-Zurawski, Kaitlin Csonka, Megan Zurawski, Allison (Justin) Goar, April (David) Venne, Lane Olson, Miles Farnsworth, Tyler (Katie) Farnsworth, and Joshua Farnsworth; great-grandchildren, Brooklyn and Faith Venne; brothers, Casimir Zurawski and Don (Lee) Zurawski; sister, Jan Caretta; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Anna Zurawski, Jacque (Dave) Olson, Karyne Frank; special extended family, Marla Smith, Ron and Dee Nelson;  nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, John and Frank Zurawski; sisters, Angeline Selear and Helen Gemmell.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Monday, November 17, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Rita Catholic Church, 4339  Douglas Ave., with Rev. Kevin Mullins O.S.A. officiating.  Interment with Full Military Honors will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family Sunday at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. and Monday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of Mass at 10:30 a.m.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Wheaton Franciscan – All Saints Hospital and Hospice for their loving and compassionate care.  

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

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Roberto Aquino Jr.

Roberto Aquino Jr., age 40, passed away on Sunday, November 9, 2014, at his residence. Roberto was born in Racine on April 23, 1974, son of Roberto and Rosa (Nee: Gonzales) Aquino.

Roberto was a graduate of J.I. Case High School “Class of 1993” and was attending Gateway Technical College. Roberto’s passion was playing guitar and watching boxing. He also enjoyed listening to rock music, bike riding, taking long walks in Petrified Springs, parties, and being around family and friends.

His number one priority was his nieces and nephews, Lalito, Leila, Camila and Sabi. He will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his parents, Roberto and Rosa; his brothers, Eduardo Aquino and his children, Eduardo Jr. “Lalito” and Leila, Antonio (Soledad) and their children, Camila and Sol Sabina; aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and dear friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, November 15, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Cristo Rey Catholic Church, 801 College Avenue, with Rev. Antony Thomas officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Friday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. and Saturday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of Mass. Private interment will be held.

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

Friday, November 7, 2014

John W. Sorensen

John W. Sorensen, age 90, found peace on Friday, November 7, 2014. John was born in Racine on June 22, 1924, son of the late Erwin and Helen (nee: Piehl) Sorensen.

During World War II, he proudly served in the U.S. Army Air Corps. On June 16, 1944, John married his high school sweetheart, Arlene Harris, who preceded him in death this past June 15, 2014. Together they started a grocery business, Johnnies Foods in Wind Lake, Wisconsin in, in 1951 and later converted the store to Johnnies Liquor Mart. They retired in 1980 and moved back to their hometown of Racine, WI.

During his time in Wind Lake, John was instrumental in initiating many projects including: the Wind Lake Street Fair, Wind Lake Recreational Association, creation of the first Post Office and the first bank in town, and placement of the first stop-and-go lights at the corner of Hwy 36 and Loomis Road. He was the first president of Wind Lake’s Chamber of Commerce, a founding member of the Lion’s Club and a longtime member of the Masonic Lodge. Above all, John was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be dearly missed.

He leaves behind his sons, Tom, Jay (Karen); sister-in-law, Phyllis Harris; and eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and many other relatives.

Funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, November 12, 2014, at 11 a.m. Interment with Full Military Honors will follow at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. until time of services at 11:30 a.m.

The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff of Allay Home and Hospice Services for their loving care given to John and family members. We also want to thank Waterford Senior Memory Care and their dedicated staff for the great care they have provided for our parents.

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

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Elizabeth 'Liz' A. Flarida

Elizabeth “Liz” A. Flarida, age 56, passed away on Thursday, November 6, 2014, at St. Luke’s Medical Center. Liz was born in Racine on October 16, 1958, daughter of Kenneth Eaton and Theresa (Nee: Eisenman).

She was a graduate of Wm Horlick High School “Class of 1976.” On May 21, 2011, she was united in marriage to Robert “Rocky” Flarida.

Liz enjoyed painting and gardening, but most of all she treasured time spent with her family, especially her grandkids. She will be dearly missed.

Survivors include her husband, Rocky; her children, Kenneth (Rhonda) Gottfredsen, Kristina Folk; her grandchildren, Ashley and Tyler Gottfredsen, Deon Famous, Braydon Young, Ariyah Young; her father, Kenneth Eaton; sisters, Kimberly (Jeff) Toutant, Kelly Eaton; brother, Tony (Traci) Eaton; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Marianne (Bob) Mitchell; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Katie Gottfredsen.

A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, November 23, 2014, at 3 p.m. at the funeral home. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Sunday from 1 p.m. until time of service. Memorials to the American Heart Association have been suggested.

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

Marypat (Scherbert) Stoner

Marypat Scherbert Stoner, age 50, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, November 6, 2014, at her home.  Marypat was born in Milwaukee, WI, on August 15, 1964, daughter of James and Suzanne (Nee: White) Scherbert.

Marypat attended Washington Park High School and graduated from Beloit Memorial High School in 1982.  She went on to graduate from Gateway Technical College with a degree in Nursing and furthered her nursing education at Alverno College.  Later she received a B.S. in Human Services from Upper Iowa University.

Marypat worked as a nurse at several hospitals in Wisconsin with a focus on Emergency Room and Burn Unit care.  More recently, she had been employed as a Regulatory Documents Examiner at Bioform Medical in Franksville, WI.  She was a member of First Baptist Church in Racine.

Marypat was well known for her skill with her hands and greatly enjoyed knitting and crocheting. Camping, fishing and gardening were among her favorite outdoor activities. She played the guitar and cello. She was an ardent animal lover and was particularly fond of dogs.

Survivors include her husband, Eric; daughters, Stephanie (Josh) Souza of Antigo, Rachel Andrea (Matthew) Meredith of Union Grove; stepchildren, Griffin and Gabrielle Stoner; three grandchildren, Zoey and Aiden Janssen, Mason Souza; her mother, Suzanne (John) Bouwens of Mount Pleasant; sisters and brothers, Michelle Gautsch of Racine, Marvlynn Bouwens-Link of Mukwonago, Matthew (Angelica) Bouwens of Racine, Jeromy (Lisa) Scherbert of West Allis; step-mother, Belva Scherbert of Ohio; uncle and aunt, Jim and Chris White of Salem; mother-in-law, Nadine Stoner of Beloit; brother-in-law, Ethan Stoner of Beloit; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her father, James W. Scherbert; her grandparents, Louis and Rega Scherbert, Ken and Adeline White, and her Aunt Andrea (Ken) Otte.

A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, November 14, 2014, at 10 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Holly Anderle officiating.  Relatives and friends may meet with the family Thursday at the funeral home from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and on Friday from 9 a.m. until time of service. Memorials may be sent to First Baptist Church in Racine in care of First Baptist Church Missions or Monday Night Hot Meals which provide services for the homeless in Racine.

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

Ralph 'Butch' E. Ryan

Ralph “Butch” E. Ryan, age 68, passed away unexpectedly, but peacefully, at his residence on Thursday, November 6, 2014. Butch was born in Racine on June 11, 1946, son of the late Ralph and Dagny (Nee: Petersen) Ryan.

He was a sprinkler fitter by trade for 30 years, never missing a day of work, retiring in 2001.  He was a member of UAW Local 669.  He was a graduate of St. Catherine’s High School “Class of 1964.” He was a member of St. Lucy’s Catholic Church.  He was a gifted musician as a member of the Racine Kilties Drum and Bugle Corps from 1961-1966 with his father driving the members' bus to Cleveland, Ohio, where they won the National Championship in 1964.  He was a natural artist having drawn many lighthouse paintings, among many other drawings, but the drawing he was proudest of was the original Racine Kilties logo.

He was a longtime member of the American Bowling Congress where he excelled, having bowled many national honor scores with his first 300 game on October 8, 1978, and an 804 series with a 300 game bowled on his son’s birthday on February 15, 1993.  He bowled in many National, State and City bowling tournaments.

He enjoyed his past trips with family and friends every year in July to Cisco Lake Resort in the UP of Michigan, and recent trips with Pam to Door County and Mexico.  He was an avid fan of the Packers, Cubs and Badgers.

Survivors include his sons, Scott (Diane) of Racine, Jason (Tracy) of Pewaukee; two granddaughters, Avery and Peyton Ryan; two step-grandsons, Josh and Jordan Wolfe; brother, Tom (Judy); nephews, Randy, Roddy and Rick Ryan; niece, Susie Klus; brother-in-law, Lance Raichert; dear aunt, Rosie DeKeuster; special loving friend, Pam Lorentsen; canine companion, Max; other relatives, and many dear friends too numerous to mention.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Patricia Raichert.

His funeral services will be held at the funeral home on Saturday, November 15, 2014, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Mark Jones officiating.  Visitation will be at the funeral home on Saturday from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.  Please join the Family for a celebration of Butch’s life at RoJo’s Bar immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Racine Kilties Drum and Bugle Corps, P.O. Box 085235, Racine, WI 53408, in honor of Butch.

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

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Harold William 'Brownie' Brown

Harold William Brown, “Brownie,” age 104, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, November 5, 2014, at the Racine Hospice House. Harold was born in Merrill, WI, on October 28, 1910, son of the late Henry and Helen (Nee: Jaeger) Brown.

Harold was a graduate of Washington Park High School “Class of 1929.” On September 5, 1936, in Chicago, IL, he was united in marriage to Josephine Lawrence, who preceded him in death on October 6, 1986.

Harold was a chemist at S.C. Johnson for forty years, retiring in 1976, and belonged to their “20 Year Club.” He was a member of Holy Communion Lutheran Church and the Racine Elks Club.

A golf enthusiast, Harold played into his nineties and always walked the course. He also played softball in his younger years. An avid Badger and Packer fan, Harold attended many Packer games, including the Ice Bowl of 1967. He enjoyed Big Band music and collecting S.C. Johnson and Green Bay Packer memorabilia. He had a strong love and devotion to his family and will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his children, Paul (Pam) Brown of GA, Cathy Brown of Madison, Julie (Bill) McCourtie of MI; his grandchildren, Peter (Denise) McCormick, AJ (Christy) Brown, Tim Schultz, Kate McCourtie, Stephen McCourtie; five great-grandchildren; sister, Joyce Brown of Racine; sister-in-law, Cynie Lawrence of Racine; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his daughter-in-law, Lois Brown; and his sister, Irene Hamilton.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, December 6, 2014, at noon at the funeral home with Chaplain Terry Peterson officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Saturday at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until time of service at noon. Private Interment will be held at West Lawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Holy Communion Lutheran Church or to Hospice Alliance have been suggested.

A very special thank you to the caregivers at Bay Pointe and to Hospice Alliance for their loving and compassionate care. 

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

Shirley A. (Klein) Carls

Shirley Ann Carls, age 82, passed away on Wednesday, November 5, 2014, at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints Medical Center. She was born in Racine on August 14, 1932, daughter of the late Aloys and Lillian (Nee: Schneider) Klein.

Shirley graduated from Park High School and went on to graduate from an area teachers college.

On June 25, 1955, she was united in marriage to Richard L. Carls, who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Jacqueline Schlaffer.

Shirley was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church. She will be dearly missed.

Surviving are her sons, David R. (Jo) Carls of Point Richmond, CA, Jeffery J. (Laurel) Carls of Hot Springs Village, AR; special nephew and caregiver, James Schlaffer; other relatives and dear friends.

Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Monday, November 10, 2014, from 5-7 p.m.

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

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Raymond Perman

Surrounded by his loving family, Raymond Perman, age 83, passed away on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, at the Racine Hospice House following a courageous battle with cancer.  Raymond was born in Chicago, IL, on March 29, 1931, son of the late Gustave and Lydia (Nee:  Boschee) Perman.

On April 28, 1951, at St. Louis Catholic Church in Caledonia, he was united in marriage to Dolores Mutchie who preceded him in death on August 9, 2007.  Raymond served in the United States Army as a paratrooper during the Korean Conflict.  He was employed for many years as a mechanic, retiring from Helding Farms.  Raymond enjoyed fishing, his casino trips, and various card clubs. Most of all, he treasured time spent with his family, especially his grandkids and great-grandkids. He will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his four children, Janet A. Lundy (fiancé, Terry Zdeb) of Marshall, TX, Catherine (Mike) Mentink of Franksville, Andrew (Joan) Perman of Union Grove, Mary Beth Perman (Rory Grimes) of Sturtevant; daughter-in-law, Kathleen Perman of Kenosha; 13 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; sister, Evelyn Loughan; sisters-in-law, Agnes T. Boldt, Evelyn Klaczynski, Sue Mutchie; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his son, Michael; grandson, Jeremy Lundy; sister, Adeline Garner; three brothers, August, Otto and Gottlieb Perman.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, November 7, 2014, at 7 p.m. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Friday at the funeral home from 5 p.m. until time of service at 7 p..m. Entombment with full military honors will be held at West Lawn Memorial Park on Saturday at 10 a.m. Please meet at the cemetery entrance. Memorials to the Racine Hospice House or the Cancer Center of Racine have been suggested.

The family extends a special thank you to Dr. Choi and the staff at the Racine Hospice House for their loving and compassionate care.  

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

Millie (Djuricic) Montgomery

Millie Montgomery, age 61, passed away on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. Millie was born in Racine on July 18, 1953, daughter of the late Vladimir and Ida (Nee: Stotera) Djuricic.

Survivors include her daughters, Katie (Al) Wassil of Racine, Carla Montgomery of Denver, CO; her grandson, Emmett; sister, Donna (Robert) Aleo of AZ; special longtime friend and former husband, Jeff Montgomery; other relatives and dear friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her two sisters, Ingrid Celmer and Angie DeMoulpied.

She was a strong and independent mother, grandmother, sister and friend who will be greatly missed and remembered.

Out of respect for Millie’s wishes and preferences, she will be cremated and returned to the beauty of the earth that she deeply adored.

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

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Oliver Williams

Oliver Williams, age 86, passed away on Sunday, November 2, 2014, at Wheaton Franciscan-All Saints Medical Center.  Oliver was born in Freedom, New York, on January 27, 1928, son of the late Roger and Alice Williams.

Oliver served in the United States Marine Corps from 1946-1948. On November 6, 1949, at Elkhart, Indiana, he was united in marriage to Helen Gause, who preceded him in death on September 25, 1987.

Oliver was employed with Racine Unified for many years and for eighteen years by the VA Medical Center in North Chicago, IL. He was a member of St. Richard Catholic Church and loved singing in their choir. He also enjoyed singing with the Racine Chorale and Carthage Community Chorus. Oliver was an avid reader and loved history. His greatest joy came from being with his family, especially the time spent with his two great-granddaughters, Lina and Zoey. He will be dearly missed.

Survivors include his children, Thomas (Debra) Williams of Oak Creek, Nancy  Cook of Thomaston, GA; his grandson, Robert “Bob” (Edy) Williams and their children, Lina and Zoey, all of Oak Creek; nieces and nephew, Cheryl (Wayne) Barney, Terry (Linda) Conklin, and Lorraine (Bill) Dudley; dear friends, Howard (Faith) Wirtz; other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his sister, Barbara (Robert) Conklin.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, November 7, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Richard Catholic Church, 1503 Grand Ave., with Rev. Ronald Gramza officiating. Entombment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Thursday at the funeral home from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and Friday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of Mass at 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the American Cancer Society have been suggested.

A very special thank you to Dr. Michael Mullane and his amazing staff and to the staff at Wheaton Franciscan CVI 5th Floor for all their loving and compassionate care.

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

Francis W. 'Bill' Reich

Francis W. “Bill” Reich, age 91, passed away on Sunday, November 2, 2014, at his residence. He was born in Greybull, WY, on September 19, 1923, son of the late Francis and Doris (Nee: Forney) Reich.

Bill was a graduate of the Chicago Conservatory College, earning Master’s Degrees in composition and theory. An accomplished musician and composer, Bill played the piano, French horn and trumpet. He served his country as a bandleader in the U.S. Army Air Force, and performed with the Les Beck Orchestra in Racine.

Bill was a partner at Insurance Planning Consultants, Inc. (IPCI) for nearly 40 years. He had a great love of traveling and enjoyed collecting fine works of art. Bill was loved dearly and will be greatly missed.

Surviving are his children, Jill Reich (Joseph) VanHulle of Racine, Jeff Reich (Sergio Elizalde) of Milwaukee; grandson, Alexander VanHulle of Racine; brother, Richard Reich of Racine; nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his former wife, Audrey Ellen (nee: Jandl) Reich.

A Memorial Service celebrating Bill’s life will be held on Saturday, November 22, 2014, at 2:30 p.m. at the funeral home, with the Rev. Tony Larson officiating. Relatives and friends are welcome to meet with the family Saturday from 1 p.m. until the time of service. Memorials to the Macular Degeneration Association have been suggested.

A very special thank you to his personal caregiver, Michael Fox, and the staff at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints and Hospice for their loving and compassionate care.

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

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Scott A. Krause

Milwaukee -- Scott Allen Krause, age 51, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, November 1, 2014, at his residence.  He was born in Racine on August 3, 1963, son of Charles and Carroll (Nee: Christensen) Krause.

Surviving are his mother, Carroll Krause of Port Richey, FL; sisters, Elizabeth (Ray) Rigney of Port Richey, FL, Karen (David) Miller of Pensacola, FL, Ruth A. Wilson of Land O Lakes, FL; special nieces, Carroll and Korri Parks; other relatives and friends.  He was preceded in death by his dad, Charles; and his brother, Charles “Chip.”

Private services were held.

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