RACINE – Donald George Sura Sr., age 89, passed away peacefully at home Wednesday, March 18, 2020. He was born in Racine, August 20, 1930, son of the late George and May (Nee: Flanigan) Sura.
Don graduated from St. Catherine’s High School “Class of 1949”. On July 7, 1951 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, he was united in marriage to Jeanne M. Leannah and together they raised 6 children. Don was employed by the Racine Fire Department for 35 years retiring as Captain in 1987. He was a member of St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church, member and past president at Local AFL-CIO Local 321, and Racine Firefighters 20 year Club. Don was an avid sportsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing. Above all he was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather who will be dearly missed.
Surviving are his loving wife of 68 years, Jeanne; his children, Kathleen (Robert) Robison, Mary (David) Coughlin, Patrick (Diana) Sura M.D., Gregory (Danelle) Sura, Christine Sura; 18 grandchildren; 38 great grandchildren; his brother, James (Janet) Sura; nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his son, Donald G. (Julie) Sura Jr., siblings, Marion (Jerome) Groulik, Richard (Nancy) Sura; infant brother, Robert; infant great grandchildren; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Dennis and Pearl Leannah.
Due to the current health regulations, private services will be held. A service celebrating Don’s life will be announced and held at a later date. Memorials to St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church, St. Catherine’s High School or the Racine Fire Department have been suggested.
RACINE – Annette M. Anderson, 87, passed away on Tuesday, March 17, 2020, at Vista Village Living Center.
She was born in Madison, WI, on August 19, 1932. On October 8, 1955, Annette was united in marriage to Ernest Anderson. She was a teaching assistant at the Racine Unified School District, retiring in 1995. Annette was a deacon and elder at the First Presbyterian Church, and was PHQ Bethel 22, Job’s Daughters International, and a member of honor of Job’s Daughters. In the past, she was a Worthy High Priestess of Faith Shrine in Milwaukee, a Grand Royal Matron of the Grand Court Order of Amaranth of Wisconsin, and a Worthy Matron of the Racine Chapter #45 Order of Eastern Star.
Annette is survived by her husband, Ernest; her children, Ernest (Rachel) Anderson, LuAnn (Steven) Hansen, Katherine (Rev. David) Ewing, Pamela (Michael) Wahlen, and Jennifer Workman; grandchildren, Christopher, Amanda and Nicholas Hansen, Matthew, Jeffery and Anna Ewing, Alicia and Benjamin Wahlen, and Sarah, Joseph, Andrew and Mary Workman, and four great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Byron and Lucille Collins, grandmother, Katherine Johnson; great aunt, Dorothy Rudolph; her in-laws, Ernest and Caroline Anderson.
A private funeral service with burial at West Lawn Memorial Park has taken place. A public memorial service will be held at a future date, to be determined.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Job’s Daughters Memorial Scholarship Fund or to First Presbyterian Church.
NEW BERLIN – Celebrating being called to heaven on Monday, March 16, 2020.
Born and raised in Stetsonville, WI. Most of her adult life she lived in Raymond, WI. Beloved Wife of Edward Brost. Dear Mom to David (Louise), Rod (Debby), Mark (Kathy), Craig (Nancy). Survived by seven Grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren, along with relatives and friends.
Bee and Ed founded the Family Business in 1955, Allis Awning Windows, Doors and More. She enjoyed RV traveling with Ed, card playing, cats and Christmas brought her Great Joy. She was a Cub Scout leader for all four boys and a lifetime member of T.O.P.S.
Bee’s lifetime celebration was at Heritage Funeral Home in New Berlin on Friday, March 20th and was limited to immediate family, due to the ongoing circumstances.
Carol Ann Jacobson, age 76, of Waterford, (formerly of the Town of Norway) passed away at home on March 16, 2020.
Carol was born in Racine on May 6, 1943, the daughter of Arnold H. and Ivy (nee: Brauch) Jacobson. She spent her early life on the family farm in the Town of Norway. She attended North Cape Graded School and was a graduate of Waterford High School. She worked for a short time at Murphy Products in Burlington, then took a position with Attorney Bremmer in Waterford. Carol retired after working for the Town of Norway Sanitary District as a clerk and secretary. Carol’s pride and joy were her four-legged friends. She rescued horses, llamas, alpacas, and goats, among others. She will be sadly missed by her cats and dogs.
Carol is survived by her sister, Beverly (Roy) Gawlitta of Waterford, her cats, dogs, and friends.
She is preceded in death by her parents, husband Bryan Rausch, brother Dale, and many four-legged companions which were a big part of her family.
Visitation with limited access will take place on Monday, March 23, 2020 at North Cape Lutheran Church, 2644 124th Street, (Hwy. 45) Franksville, WI 53126. Friends are encouraged to call 262-534-2233 for times of visitation and to set up their time to visit with family in church as only five people will be allowed in church at one time.
PUBLIC Burial with services will take place at North Cape Cemetery on Monday March 23rd at 11 a.m. The PUBLIC is invited, but MUST follow the mandate set by Governor Evers, the DOJ and the CDC of standing 6 feet apart from one another. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to North Cape Lutheran Church.
Family wishes to thank Ester Racer for all her loving care of Carol during her time of need.
Racine – Roger Londo, age 75, passed away unexpectedly on Monday, March 16, 2020 at Ascension All Saints Hospital.
Roger was born in Racine on December 12, 1944 to the late Jacob and Clara (nee: Zenner) Londo. He faithfully served our country with the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War from 1964-67.
Roger was employed by Ladish/Tri-Clover as a manufacturing engineer for nearly 30 years. As a true people person, he continued employment with Sam’s Club in Kenosha as a genuinely friendly greeter – always proudly wearing his Marine Corps hat and welcoming shoppers with a warm, caring smile – retiring in 2018.
Surviving are his loving wife, Linda (nee: Brown, Cianfrani) Londo; their children, Amanda Londo, Meredith Londo, David Cianfrani and Michael (Anjie) Cianfrani; grandchildren, Justin Anderson, Brianna (Koa) Sharpe, Anthony Trimboli and Viola Cianfrani; great-granddaughter, Mia Sharpe; sister-in-law, Diane Londo; brother-in-law, Shelby (Julia) Brown; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, Roger was preceded in death by his first wife, Karen (nee: Jensen) Londo; sister, Marjorie Bahr; and brother, Harvey Londo.
Services will be held once it is safe for our family & friends to gather to celebrate Roger’s life. Please continue to look in future editions of the newspaper and /or visit the funeral home website for confirmed service date and time.
A heartfelt note of thanks to Caledonia Police, Fire & Rescue for the compassionate care and support. May God bless all of you!
Corrine Adrahtas was born December 27, 1932 in Chicago, Illinois to Thomas and Helen (nee: Seretis) Astrenedes. She passed away on March 17, 2020 at HarborChase Assisted Living Facility, Wildwood, Florida.
Corrine married (the late) George T. Adrahtas on September 21, 1952. They lived in Chicago, Illinois until 1982, when they relocated to Racine, Wisconsin. They operated a successful business with locations throughout the state where she served as bookkeeper. Corrine was a volunteer at St. Mary’s Hospital until 1996. Following George’s passing, Corrine re-located to The Villages, Florida where she lead continued to a very active life. Corrine enjoyed live performances, dancing, and playing cards. She spent 2 years as a volunteer for “Operation Shoebox” and enjoyed playing golf where she is credited with the first hole-in-one in Adrahtas family history. She enjoyed a variety of sports and was an avid Chicago Blackhawks fan.
Corrine is survived by her children, Paula Adrahtas (Pat Bohon), and Tony (Lisa) Adrahtas; grandchildren, Chris (Melissa) Franck, Ashley Adrahtas, Ryan Nally, and Conor Nally; dear sister, Ann (the late Steve) Stevens; fond aunt of many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, George, her brother Paul Astrene, and her parents.
Due to the “COVID-19” outbreak, funeral services are pending.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Corrine’s name to Racine Friendship Clubhouse or HALO, Inc. (Homeless Assistance Leadership Organization).
Special thanks to the Laurel Manor Dialysis Staff and the Care Partners at HarborChase for their loving and compassionate care.
Racine – Jacqueline “Jackie” Mary (nee: Pike) Koleske, age 64, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, March 7, 2020 while visiting family in Port Charlotte, Florida.
Jackie was born in Racine on May 16, 1955 to the late Howard & Doris Pike. A 1973 graduate of St. Catherine’s High School, she went on to earn a computer science degree from Gateway Technical College. Jackie worked many years in Information Technology for Jockey International until taking a job with Uline, where she was a current AS400 IT Developer, and was planning her well-deserved retirement this coming May 1, 2020.
Jackie was a longtime member of St. Lucy Catholic Church. She enjoyed solving puzzles with her all-time best friend, Cynthia “Cindy” (nee: Hall) Peterson. Above all, Jackie loved hanging out with her daughter, Britney; son, Adam; and her canine family, Gracie & Chloe.
Surviving are her daughter, Britney Koleske; son, Adam Koleske; other relatives, co-workers & friends – too numerous to mention all by name. Jackie was greeted in Heaven by her mom, Doris (nee: Trakel) Pike; dad, Howard Pike; and step-mom, Muriel “Mickey” (nee: Betz) Pike.
A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Lucy Catholic Church in Racine … once it is safe for our family & friends to gather to celebrate Jackie’s life. Please continue to look in future editions of the newspaper and /or visit the funeral home website for a confirmed memorial service date and time. In honor of Jackie being a breast cancer warrior & survivor, memorials to the Susan G. Komen Foundation of Wisconsin have been suggested.
MOUNT PLEASANT – Tom passed away with his wife JoAnne at his side, his life partner and love of almost 52 years, following a long battle with COPD.
Tom was born on August 16, 1945 to Minnie and Oscar Hansen. He received his education from Racine schools and later, Gateway Technical Institute. He graduated with a degree in electronics.
Tom met his wife (JoAnne) in 1968 while both were employed at Gorton Machine Corp. Tom had just been discharged from the army. They married that same year. Tom was blessed to spend over 50 years of love and friendship with JoAnne. They were the parents of two great sons, Matthew James and Christopher James. They were also blessed with a great daughter-in-law, Tracy, along with two fantastic grandsons, Trevor John and Cooper Thomas.
After graduation and service in the army during the Vietnam war, Tom worked for Xerox Corp for 35 years before retiring in 2004.
Tom had many interests, including traveling in the early years, sports, woodworking and snowmobiling. He completed a home on Squaw Creek in Northern Wisconsin which they were blessed to enjoy for over 40 years. He thoroughly enjoyed doing anything with his boys, Matthew and Christopher. In the very early years – camping, then many hours swimming, biking following wooded trails and snowmobiling. Another joy was his grandchildren, Trevor and Cooper. He enjoyed watching them grow and even doing simple things like puzzles or watching a movie with them.
Tom is survived by his wife of over 50 years; son Matthew James, son and daughter-in-law Christopher James and Tracy, along with their children Trevor and Cooper. He is also survived by sisters Janice (husband Terry) and Judy. Also a host of dear nieces, nephews, great nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Tom was preceded in death by grandparents, parents, many aunts and uncles, sisters Carol Jean and Joan and brothers Billie and Richard as well as brother-in-law Chuck Evinic, brother-in-law Tom Fehlberg and sister-in-law, Jeannette Hansen.
Per his wishes, cremation has taken place. There will be private internment. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. In his honor, donations to Holy Communion Lutheran Church or organization of your choice.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to all who cared for Tom while he was at the hospital. This extends from the doctors, nurses, support staff and environmental service personnel who kept his room so wonderful. All were very compassionate, caring and wonderful people who were so supportive at this stressful time in our lives. It gave us great comfort. Bless you all.
Janet Irene Bauman, 85, passed away at Crossroads Care Center, Kenosha, on Wednesday, March 11, 2020.
Janet was born in Burlington on July 20, 1934 to Ralph and Loretta (nee: Ebbers) Bauman. She joined the order of Racine Dominican Sisters after graduating from St. Mary’s High School (now Catholic Central). Receiving a degree in elementary education from Dominican College, Janet taught at St. Mary’s in Kenosha, Holy Trinity in Racine, and St. Sebastian in Sturtevant. After leaving the convent, she taught at Holy Name School in Racine. Janet established a business, Carlisle Drapery, which she pursued successfully until her retirement in 1998.
Janet was a member of the Dominican Associates at Siena and sang in the Siena Center Choir. She volunteered at Bethany House, in the Senior Companion Program, and for Racine Unified’s Intergenerational Fairs. Janet was an accomplished gardener, especially with ponds. She loved animals, and over 41 years had many cherished dogs. Janet will be dearly missed.
Janet was preceded in death by her parents, her five siblings: Mary Lois Howe, Rita Herda, Robert, Charles, and Gerald Bauman, and her special friend, Rose Rondon.
She is survived by her nieces and nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, by her three sisters-in-law: Judy Bauman, Louise Bauman, Patricia Bauman, and by the Racine Dominican Sisters and Associates.
A memorial service for Janet is being planned for a later date, due to the coronavirus situation. Memorials in memory of Janet may be directed to the Women’s Resource Center of Racine, HOPE Safehouse, or the Racine Dominican Ministries.
Special thanks to the healthcare workers at Casa del Mare and Crossroads Care of Kenosha for the loving, high-quality, and thorough care they provided Janet in her last year.
Age 89 of Mt. Pleasant, passed away on Monday, March 16, 2020 surrounded by his loving family, at his residence.
Frank was born June 24, 1930 to Leopold and Josephine (nee: Mueller) Kerschitz in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His early life was spent in Milwaukee attending school. Frank enlisted into the Air Force and served in the Korean War and was wounded. He spent 1 year in Paris, France and then Athens, Greece. While in Greece he met Kalliopi “Poppy” Gaspari and they were united in marriage on August 13, 1955. He has one son born in Tripoli, Libya, Africa and twin daughters born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Frank spent 16 years overseas then finished his military career in Washington, D.C. where he retired after 22 years. He came back to Milwaukee with his family where he worked at Outboard Marine Corporation (OMC) as Plant Engineer. In 1985, OMC moved to Murphy, NC where he eventually retired after 20 years. Frank then moved back to Union Grove, WI to care for his father and brother.
Frank enjoyed golfing, hunting, and fishing. He was a member of Saint Paul of the Apostle Catholic Church.
He is survived by his loving wife Poppy, children: Leo Kerschitz (Ginger Sikora), Gigi (Chris) Christensen, and Joyce (Darel) Blunck, grandchildren: Frank (Jill) Kerschitz, Miranda (Matt) Budzinsky, Elaine (James) Wilson, Amy (Matt) Foster, Allen (Kacy) Blunck, and Jordan and Ellie Christensen, 6 great-grandchildren and his faithful little cock-a-poo Louie. He is further survived by other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother Leopold Kerschitz.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Ascension Hospice Nurses, Chaplain Paul, Staff and the Ascension Cancer Center for all their care and compassion.
In accordance with Frank’s wishes a private burial was held at Union Grove Memorial Cemetery.
RACINE – Patricia Jean Mach, “Pat”, age 78, passed away Saturday, March 14, 2020, at Aurora Medical Center, Kenosha. She was born in Milwaukee, WI, March 15, 1941, daughter of the late Eugene and Evelyn (Nee: Steinman) Stark.
On June 8, 1974 at the Unitarian Church in Racine she was united in marriage to Richard A. Mach. Pat was a commercial artist and had been employed by Jack Crowe Studios in advertising art for 10 years, retiring in 1974. Pat biggest joy was cooking. She was also a strong artist.
Surviving are her husband, Rick; her son Andy Mach; daughter-in-law, Stephanie; granddaughters, Faryn and Michelle; nephew, Todd Eaton; niece, Kia Eaton; other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Betty; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Joe and Jeanne Mach; in-laws, Lyle, Jeanne, Gerry, Joe, Lawrence, Don, Rita, and Sally.