RACINE – Rosemary Clara Steimle passed peacefully into eternal life on Saturday, November 23, at the age of 92. Born in Racine to the late August and Emma (nee: Sladky) Steimle, Rosemary really enjoyed being a part of the Racine community for so many years.
She was a lifelong member of St. John Nepomuk Parish and attended grade school there. Rosemary graduated from Alverno College in 1960 where she earned her teaching degree. She valued teaching children at the grade school level and did so for 30 years at both St. John Nepomuk School and Racine Unified Fine Arts School. In addition to academics, Rosemary believed that children should learn and live the values of honesty, respect, compassion, giving, and responsibility, which she incorporated into her daily teaching plan.
Throughout her life Rosemary enjoyed photography and was a longtime member of the Racine Camera Club. She loved traveling to see the beauty of the United States as well as abroad to experience other cultures and learn about their history.
Rosemary also enjoyed all aspects of the arts, cycling and writing children’s stories. She frequently met with her friends at church bingo on Friday nights and always looked forward to the annual family picnic and all other family gatherings.
Most important to Rosemary was her devotion to Our Lord. She was a member of the Third Order Secular Franciscans for more than 60 years. At St. John Nepomuk, Rosemary took great pride in cleaning and maintaining the interior of the church which she viewed as Our Lord’s house. She also served as a proclaimer and as a member of the Human Services Committee.
In addition to her parents, Rosemary was preceded in death by her sister Marcella Knotek, and her brothers Eugene (Virginia) Steimle, George (Mary) Steimle, Richard (Gertrude) Steimle and Edward (Dolores) Steimle. She leaves behind to cherish her memory: brother-in-law Charles Knotek, 13 nieces and nephews, 35 great-nieces and great-nephews and 32 great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews. Rosemary treasured her family and the life-long friendship she shared with her best friend Georgia Heffel. She truly valued the many other friendships she had with the Heffel family, the residents of Fountain Hills and the parishioners of St. John Nepomuk.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. John Nepomuk Church, 1903 Green St., on Saturday, December 7 at 10:30 a.m., with Rev. Steve Varghese officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church from 9:30-10:15 a.m. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Highway 32. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to St. John Nepomuk Parish.
RACINE – Jack Emanuel Martini, 86, passed away at Clement J. Zablocki VAMC on Sunday, November 24, 2019.
He was born in Racine on January 8, 1933, the son of the late Martin and Marian (nee: Bronson) Martini. Jack proudly served his country in the United States Army. On August 15, 1984, he was united in marriage to Theresa Stancato. Jack worked for Chrysler for 30 years, retiring in 1985. He then worked for another 16 years for Time Warner Cable. Jack was a longtime member of Roma Lodge. He was an avid bowler. The highlight of his bowling career was bowling three 300 games. He also enjoyed dancing, especially the Jitterbug.
Surviving is his wife of 35 years, Theresa; his children, Kimberly, Paulette (Joseph) Halbur, Jack A. (Brenda) Martini, and David (Joy) Martini, and several grandchildren. He is further survived by other relatives and friends.
Jack was preceded in death by his brother, Kenneth Martini.
Funeral services for Jack will be held at Sturino Funeral Home on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 6 p.m. Visitation will take place from 3 p.m. until service time at 6 p.m.
He will be laid to rest with full military honors at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in a private ceremony.
Carol Jean DeGroot, 81, of Union Grove, passed away Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at her home.
Born in Ladysmith, Wisconsin on May 13, 1938, she was the daughter Virginia and Jack Giles and Edward and Betty Roberts. Her early life was spent in Ladysmith, Wisconsin and Union Grove, Wisconsin. On June 16, 1956, she was united in marriage to James A. DeGroot Jr. at St. John the Baptist Church in Paris, Wisconsin. Following marriage, Carol and Jim resided in Union Grove where they raised their family.
While her children were small, Carol was a homemaker. When her children were off to school, she then worked for Maple Leaf Farms for 25 years. She enjoyed snowmobiling with her husband, friends and family, going on trips to Hayward, Wisconsin, and spending time with her many dogs and other furry friends.
One of the highlights of her life was becoming a grandma. Her grandchildren were the best thing that ever happened to her. She had some very lucky grandsons!
Carol is survived by her children, Clark (Katrina) DeGroot, William DeGroot, Kenneth (Angela) DeGroot and Susan (Wayde) Saal; grandchildren, Clark Jr. (Jenny), Matthew, Ken Jr. (Jennifer), Kevin (Amanda), Jacob and Nick; great-grandchildren, Kylie, Colton, Landon, Gracelyn and Natalie; siblings, Donna and Phil Katterhagen, brothers and sisters-in-law, George and Jeanette DeGroot, Sharon Willkomm and Jerry and Barb Phillips. She was preceded in death by her husband, James DeGroot Jr.; parents, Virginia and Jack Giles and Edward and Betty Roberts; father and mother-in-law, James and June DeGroot Sr.; sisters, Doreen Roberts and Eleanor (Dick) Giles; sisters-in-law, Judy Phillips and Darlene Sadowski; and brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Geri DeGroot. Carol will also be missed by her granddog and trusty side kick, Zoe. They loved each other very much!
The family would like to thank Sharon Willkomm and George and Jeanette DeGroot for the many lunch outings, friendship and happy times they shared with Carol. She loved you all very much! A special thank you also to Molly, her hospice nurse, for the wonderful care she gave Carol.
A funeral service for Carol will be held on Monday, December 2, 2019 at 1:00 PM at Polnasek-Daniels Funeral Home. Relatives and friends may visit with the family on Monday, December 2nd from 11:00 AM until the time of service at the funeral home. Following the service, Carol will be laid to rest next to her husband, James, at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Dover.
RACINE—James R. McDougal, 53, passed away at his residence, on Wednesday, November 27, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. A celebration of his life will be held at the TinCAN Roadhouse, 20715 Durand Ave., Union Grove, on Sunday, December 15th, from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been suggested to an educational fund to be established for his sons. Please see the funeral home website for the complete obituary.
On November 14, 2019, Gretchen Grotenrath, dedicated and loving mother of two, passed away at age 71.
Gretchen was born on December 8, 1947 in Milwaukee, WI to Frederick and Helen (nee: Webb) Grotenrath. She received her bachelors degree in Education from Alverno.
She had a passion for education and was a champion for students throughout her 20 years as an educator in Racine for RUSD at Prairie, McKinley Middle School and Goodland Elementary School.
Gretchen was bubbly and she was extremely generous with all who knew her; She loved gardening and taking long weekend trips with her daughters. She was kind and caring with a contagious laugh. She not only was a teacher but was a mentor to many. Gretchen had a huge heart and cared so much about so many. People often thought of the time spent with her to be welcoming, a safe place where there was no judgment and hatred would not be tolerated. She was a champion of defending the disadvantaged and pioneered for equality and justice. She not only helped mold your youth but also spent much of her life to helping all of our human race through dedicating time and resources to many local charities. She was known for her generosity, compassion and empathy. Gretchen loved spending time with her daughters and grandchildren.
Gretchen was preceded in death by her father, Frederick, and her mother, Helen and sister, Julie Eveland. She is survived by her daughters, Katie (Brad) Kozelek and Maggie Soto, her three grandchildren, TJ, Fredric and Taylor, as well as her sister Peggy Loomis and brother-in-law, Larry Eveland and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Join us in celebrating Gretchen’s life on Saturday, December 7 at the Reefpoint Brewhouse in Racine from 11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. The family asks if you have any pictures of Gretchen to please bring a copy to share for the photo album. There will be light refreshments and we will raise a glass to how lucky we all are to have known this amazing woman. She asked people wear happy, bright colors to her Celebration of Life.
In lieu of flowers, we ask for donations to be made to SAFE Haven, Cops for Kids or the Sierra Club.
RACINE – Abelardo Luis Sr., age 67, was called home by the Lord on Sunday, November 24, 2019 while surrounded by family and loved ones. He was born on December 9, 1951 in Tlacolula, Oaxaca, Mexico.
The most important thing to Abelardo was family and he’d spend as much time with them as possible. Abelardo will be remembered for always having a warm smile, singing and dancing at family gatherings, his unwavering faith and always lending a helping hand.
Left to cherish his memory are his three children: Abelardo Jr., Hilda (Alfredo) Sandoval and Josue Luis; grandchildren: Alfredo, Isela and Antonio Sandoval-Luis, and Anahi and Aidee Luis. He is further survived by siblings: Adelina (Guillermo) Ruiz, Efren Luis, Gerardo (Martha) Luis, Luz Maria (Victorino) Luis, Noemi (Abel) Lopez, and will be greatly missed by a host of nieces, nephews, godchildren, and many dear friends.
Abelardo was preceded in death by his wife, Asuncion, parents Mario and Leandra, in-laws Esteban and Petra, first born daughter Rosa Isela, and brother Israel Luis.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1100 Erie Street, on Friday December 6, 2019, 11:00 a.m. Visitation will be held at the funeral home Thursday evening from 5-8 p.m. and at church on Friday morning from 10-11 a.m. with Mass to follow.
The family extends their heartfelt thanks to Dr. Beer and the emergency department staff of Ascension All Saints for their care.
Nancy J Bires, aged 95, was born December 24, 1923, in LaFayette, Indiana, moving to Racine, Wisconsin with her family in 1925, where she was raised by her parents Frank J Hoffman (noted Racine architect) and Marie Hoffman. She passed on November 27, 2019.
Nancy attended Horlick High School and entered Saint Mary’s of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana in 1941. She graduated from Marquette University with her degree in Nursing in 1946, and later added a teaching certificate from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Nancy worked as an RN in various assignments, including as a visiting nurse for J. I. Case Company.
As a girl she recalled the 1933 Racine Bank holdup by John Dillinger, watching the robbery unfold from her father’s office building window. She also remembered her late father introducing her to Frank Lloyd Wright during construction of the S.C. Johnson headquarters building. She contributed to the WWII effort as a riveter for the production of military airplane wings.
Nancy met and wed Joseph E. Bires in 1948 in Racine, moving to Madison to live and raise their family. She will be missed deeply by her many friends and family, especially by her children, Mary Pat, Jane, and James, and their families.
Nancy’s greatest joy was her family. She was exceptionally kind, thoughtful, and caring, and beloved. In addition to teaching herself to sew and knit, Nancy became an expert in the art of rug-hooking, joining a Madison club chapter in 1976, before serving as club President. She was passionate about nature, birds, and gardening.
Mass of Christian Burial: 10 a.m. Monday, December 2, 2019, at All Saints Catholic Church, Cedar Rapids, with visitation beginning at 9 a.m. Committal: 12 p.m., Tuesday, December 3, 2019, at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery, Madison, Wisconsin. Services provided by Stewart Baxter Funeral & Memorial Services, Cedar Rapids.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the charity of your choice.
Please share your support and memories with Nancy’s family on her tribute wall at www.stewartbaxter.com under obituaries.
RACINE – Iona Irene Post, 82, passed away peacefully at her home on Thanksgiving morning, November 28, 2019.
Family and friends are invited to a celebration of Iona’s life at the Wilson Funeral Home on Tuesday, December 3, 2019, at 1 pm with Pastor John Bodnar officiating. A time of visitation will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday from 11 am until the time of service. Interment will be held at West Lawn Memorial Park. To view Iona’s full obituary and to share online condolences please visit www.wilsonfuneralhomeinc.com.
RACINE – Claudette Agnes Ruetz, age 94, passed away Thursday, November 21, 2019, at Bay Harbor Assisted Living. She was born June 16, 1925, in Green Bay, WI, daughter of the late Michael and Elsie (Nee: Greenwood) Hussin.
Claudette graduated from Green Bay East High School “Class of 1943”. On August 22, 1944, she was united in marriage to Edwin F. Guttenberg and together they raised 5 children. Ed passed away February 10, 1972. Claudette later married George Ruetz who passed away October 12, 2008. She was a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church and was an avid bridge player. Most of all she loved her family and instilled in her children strong values that have served them well. She will be dearly missed and forever in our hearts.
Surviving are her children, Eric (Patricia) Guttenberg, Susan Guttenberg, Charles (Sharon) Guttenberg, Gary (Susan) Guttenberg, Kurt (Karen) Guttenberg; 7 grandchildren, Mark Guttenberg, Kim (Ted) McGrath, Erica (Christopher) Lowe, Jeff (Kelly) Guttenberg, Sara (Chris) Singley, Michael Guttenberg, Paul Guttenberg (Ana Kunitsyna); 10 great grandchildren; other relatives and dear friends. In addition to her parents and husbands she was preceded in death by 6 brothers and 1 sister.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 11:00 A.M. at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 6400 Spring St, with Reverend Yamid Blanco officiating. Private interment will be held. Relatives and friends may meet prior to the Mass at church 10:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. Memorials to St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church or one’s favorite charity have been suggested.
Ted Allen Christiansen, 53, of Waterford, WI passed away surrounded by family on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at Seasons Hospice of Waukesha.
A memorial gathering will be on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at Integrity Celebrations Center (2789 Browns Lake Drive, Burlington, WI 53105) from 10:30 AM to 12:15 PM followed by a Memorial Service at 12:30 PM. Visit their website for full obituary details or post on his tribute wall at www.integrityfamilies.net
The family requests memorials be given as a donation in Ted’s honor to your favorite charity.
RACINE – James M. Schiebenes, age 74, left this world to join the choir in heaven on Saturday, November 23, 2019. James was born in Milwaukee on April 22, 1945, son of Robert and Dorothy (nee: Feyrer) Schiebenes.
He proudly served in the U.S. Air Force and was a member of the Air Force Drum and Bugle Corps. On May 10, 1986, Jim was united in marriage to Grace VanderLeest at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. A talented vocalist and instrumentalist, Jim shared his abilities helping many area drum and bugle corps and also directed and sang in many local churches. Jim honored many local veterans by playing Taps at funerals and various veteran ceremonies.
Jim will be dearly missed by his wife, Grace; children, Denise (Jeff) Voelz, Michael Corcoran; grandchildren, Jacob, Sarah and Nicole Voelz, and Brittany (Ocie) Peet; 5 great grandchildren; brother, Robert Schiebenes; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Jan Schiebenes, Joyce Lundgren, Lorraine Kennedy, Richard (Barbara) VanderLeest, Bernard VanderLeest, Eugene VanderLeest; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, December 3, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. with a memorial service to start at 11:00 a.m. Interment with Full Military Honors will follow at the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Town of Dover.
RACINE – Betty J. (nee: Fitzsimmons) Tully, 92, passed away on Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at Racine Commons.
She was born in Deforest, WI on July 22, 1927, the daughter of the late Terry and Rose (nee: Johnson) Fitzsimmons. Betty attended Park High School.
She enjoyed playing cards, Bingo, crocheting, camping, dancing, but most of all spending time with her family.
Betty is survived by her sons, Rick (Jan Prudhomme) Tully of New Lisbon, WI, and Tim (LuAnn) Tully of Union Grove, son-in-law, Edward (Sharon Berardi) Verbeten; grandchildren, Nicole (Aaron) Long, Mick (Melissa) Verbeten, Jamie (Beth) Verbeten, Shelly (John) Kuroski, Laurie (Dave) Brown, Jodi (Bob) Tyley, Rick (Sara) Tully, Danyelle (Aaron) Hahn, and Dana (Heather) Tully, and her special niece, Terry Lynn (Denny) Hakes. She is further survived by 20 great grandchildren, other relatives and friends.
Betty was preceded in death by daughter, Julie Verbeten, husband, James Tully, sister, Clarice Hattamer, and daughter-in-law, Sue Tully.
Mass of Christian burial for Betty will be held at St. Lucy’s Catholic Church on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Javier Guativa officiating. Visitation will take place at Sturino Funeral Home on Monday, December 2, 2019 from 5-7 p.m. and at church on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until mass time.
She will be laid to rest at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery Hwy 32.
Edna (Griesbach) Rohde passed away at Kenosha Senior Living on November 21, 2019.
Funeral services for Edna will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at Lord of Life Lutheran Church (5601 Washington Rd). Visitation with the family will be held at the church from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the service. Burial will take place at Green Ridge Cemetery following the service. Memorials to the ELCA Outreach Center or Hospice Alliance would be appreciated.
For full obituary, please see funeral home’s website.
Barbara Victor, 74, of Racine passed away Tuesday November 26, surrounded by her loving family.
Barbara was born on May 28, 1945 in Milwaukee, WI the daughter of the late Leo & Margaret Pettke. Barb will forever be remembered by her five children, Jean Anderson; Bill Victor; Michael Victor, along with his wife Denise; David Victor; and Cheryl Victor. Barb is also survived by her grandchildren Kelsey, Ashley, Andry, Kameron, Dakota, Haley, Jadyn, Mackenzie, Maxwell, Brett, Mitchell, and Nathan. Great grandchildren include Anissa, Malakai, Kaiden, Andres, Luna, and Adriano.
Throughout her life, Barb had a passion for sewing, quilting, and crocheting. From basic alterations for friends and family to last minute fixes the day of her child’s wedding. From palm trees standing as high as the ceiling to comfy Halloween costumes yearly to keep her grandchildren warm. And an unlimited supply of crocheted dish cloths for anyone who needed them. Her passion was clearly driven by her level of expertise, but most importantly by the warmth of her caring heart. Barb was strong but also delicate. She was tough as well as kind. She was feisty at times and absolutely hilarious. She offered compassion and empathy to all she encountered. Above all else, she was full of love and the best Mom, Grandma, and friend anyone could ask for. She will be missed by many.
Oh yea, she would never forgive if we didn’t include “Go Pack Go!”
RACINE—Frances V. Meier, age 94, passed away Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at her residence.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. John Nepomuk Catholic Church, 1903 Green Street, Saturday November 30, 2019, 12:00 p.m., with Rev. Steve Varghese officiating. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church Saturday from 10:30 a.m. until time of Mass at 12:00 p.m. Private entombment will be held at Holy Cross Mausoleum, Hwy 32. Memorials to St. John Nepomuk Church, St Catherine’s High School or a charity of your choice have been suggested.