Roberta R. “Berty” Leonard, age 83, passed away Thursday, January 23, 2020 at Ascension All Saints Medical Center. Roberta was born October 11, 1936 in Chicago, IL, daughter of the late Robert and Florence (Nee: Farrell) Wampole and had been a longtime resident of Racine.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 11:30 am at St. Patrick Catholic Church, 1100 Erie Street with Rev. Antony Thomas officiating. Entombment will follow at Holy Cross Garden Mausoleum, Hwy 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Tuesday at the church from 9:30 am until time of Mass at 11:30 am. In lieu of flowers memorials to St. Patrick Catholic Church, Matthew 25, Paralyzed Veterans of America, or Racine Habitat for Humanity have been suggested.
RACINE – Germaine Carol Brigman, age 91, passed away Monday, January 20, 2020, at Ascension All Saints Hospital. She was born in Racine, November 14, 1928, daughter of the late Edward and Carolyn (Nee: Reichert) Haas.
At the time of her death she was surrounded by family and prayers.
Germaine graduated from National Chiropractic College with degrees in Chiropractic Medicine and Naturopathy. A dedicated Mother of 8, grandmother of 26, and great grandmother of 20. She was a defender of the Unborn, traveling to Madison WI and Washington D.C. to march for life, in addition to participating in the Life Chain. She was a lover of athletics both as a coach and a participant. She also was Green Bay Packer fan, a great bread and cookie baker, jam maker, the greenest of thumbs, and a member of St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church where she was a Sacristan, sponsor for the RCIA program, distributed the Holy Eucharist to hospital patients, volunteering at the Racine Marian Center, St. Vincent DePaul centers as well as Racine Food Bank, and who will be dearly missed.
Surviving are her children; Jeffry (Patricia) Brigman, Mark (Patricia) Brigman, Carolyn (James) Chambasian, Joan (Kurt) Krueger, Christopher (Shirley) Brigman, Todd (Laura) Brigman, Blaze (Nancy) Brigman, Heidi (Craig) Campion. Grandchildren; Garrett Brigman, Logan Brigman, Blake Brigman, Elyise Brigman, Cara Feind, Benjamin Brigman, Aaron Brigman, Michael Chambasian, Kyle Chambasian, Kristin Chambasian, Katherine Vukobrat, Jacob Hoaglund, Bridgette Hoaglund-Zumstein, Audrey Schwandt, Landon Brigman, Jordan Molina, Taylor Brigman, Ahna Taylor, Emily Brigman Morgan Brigman, Austin Brigman, Lewis Brigman, Gracia Forsythe, Levi Campion. Great Grandchildren; Madalynn Brigman, Abigail Brigman, Violet Brigman, Mackenzie Geyer, Julianna Hoaglund, Josephina Hoaglund, Jacqueline Hoaglund, Gabrial Malmstadt, Aiden Hoaglund, Theodore Schwandt, Elizabeth Schwandt, Charlotte Schwandt, Phineas Schwandt, Ruby Schwandt Elijah Brigman, Chloe Brigman, Holden Brigman, Arwen Brigman, Trenton Brigman, Hendrix Forsythe. Siblings; Bernadette (Alvin) Morrow, Norman (Ruthann) Haas, Daniel (Marlene) Haas; in-laws, Elaine Haas, Yvonne Haas, Laurine Haas, Lawrence Jansen; nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. In addition to her husband, Foy, she was preceded in death by siblings, Audrey, Gregory, Gerard and John Haas, Diane Cook, Rosemary Jansen and Marjorie Malko; brothers-in-law, Richard Malko and Joseph Cook.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday, February 1, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, 6400 Spring Street, with Father Yamid Blanco officiating. Relatives and friends may visit prior to the Mass from 9:00 a.m. until beginning of Mass at 11:00 a.m. Memorials can be sent to the National Right to Life Committee (nrlc.org), or Care Net (care-net.org.) Private interment will be held at Holy Family Cemetery.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Parkview Gardens Memory unit staff, nurse Kate. Ascension All Saints Hospital and Father Blanco Yamid.
DOVER – Eugene Henry Karczewski was born at home on February 10, 1926 to Helen (Fishman) and Sygmond Karczewski, in the town of Dover, WI. Spent his early years south of Kansasville, and then Lake Denoon, Muskego. He graduated from Rochester’s Ag School “The Aggies.” He enlisted into the Army Air Force in May of 1944 and went to Shepard Field, TX. From there to Harlington, TX for gunnery training, and then onto Tonopah, Nevada for crew training on a B24 bomber before going to Mt. Home, Idaho to fly patrol duty over the Pacific. He was the only soldier from his unit sent to Erding, Germany in November 1945. It was in Erding that Eugene met the love of his life, Hildegard Zeltman. Hildegard worked as an interpreter for the army and at night at the NCO club as a pianist. Eugene left Germany in September of 1946 to go home and work on his family farm. In October of 1948, Hildegard came to visit Eugene in the U.S. and never went home. They were married on December 27, 1948 and have been married 71 years. Eugene and Hildegard raised 6 children and have 19 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.
Eugene is survived by the love of his life, Hildegard; children, Marlene Calies, Eugene Jr. (Judy), son-in-law, William Waldron, George (Debbie), Anita (James) Wollmer, and John; grandchildren, Jason (Jodie), Brandon (Rebecca), Adam, Alicia, and Adrienne Karczewski, Rebecca (Major Joshua) Reece, Benjamin (Beth), Nicole (Lenard) Friesma, Christopher (Ashley), and Matthew (Kelli) Waldron, Timothy (Rebecca) and Jessica Karczewski, Kristin, Melissa, Nicholas, and Alex Wollmer, Lauren, Kacie, and Jenna Karczewski; and 14 great-grandchildren; Also brothers, Elmer (Helen), Art; sister, Ernestine Ianello; sister-in-law, Barbara Karczewski and many nieces and nephews.
Eugene was preceded in death by parents; daughter, Linda Waldron; daughter-in-law, Kristin Karczewski; brothers, Edmond and Walter; brother-in-law, Anthony; sisters-in-law, Dorothy, Mary, and Shirley Karczewski; nieces, Sharon and Helen; and nephews, Patrick and Jamie.
Eugene started the Kansasville VFW Post #7924 in the early 1950’s and was also a post commander. You could find him working many hours in their food stand at the County Fair, and then later in the beer tent. He served on the Kansasville Fire Department for many years. Eugene often talked about the great family, friends, and neighbors he had when their barn burned to the ground on the November 8, 1952. With their help he and his brother, Edmond, were up and milking in a new barn on February 18, 1953. His only debt was a Thank You barn dance! Eugene worked very hard. Eugene loved his wife, saying she as the best thing that came out of the war. He was a wonderful father, grandfather, and great-grandfather and will be missed dearly.
Visitation will be held on February 1, 2020 at St. Mary of the Assumption Church – Dover, 23211 Church Road, Kansasville, WI from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. with Mass of Christian Burial to begin at 12:30 p.m. Full military honors will follow Mass at church.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to St. Mary’s Church.
Miller-Reesman, Kasuboski, Haas, & Dahl Funeral Home
MOUNT PLEASANT – George B. Huizenga, 77, passed away at his residence on Saturday, January 18, 2020.
George is survived by his wife, Sally; his children, Jeffrey (Peggy) Huizenga of Wauconda, IL, John (Janelle) Huizenga of Madison, Debbie (Wayne) Worden of Mount Pleasant; his grandchildren, Taylor and Hayden Huizenga, Emma Huizenga and Braelyn and Leighton Worden.
A private service was held by the immediate family. Please see the funeral home’s website for a full obituary.
Howard Herbert Johnson, M.D., 77, passed away at his home surrounded by his wife and children on Wednesday, January 22, 2020.
Howard was born in Sturgeon Bay on November 12, 1942 to Herbert W. and Kathryn L. (nee: Pleck) Johnson. He grew up in what he called the world’s most beautiful place, Door County, with his three younger siblings, and attended grade school and high school there. He spent his summers working as a life guard, and doing general labor in a cherry orchard, and for his Uncle Vernon’s Sand and Gravel business. Howard graduated from UW Madison in 1964, and then went on to attend UW Medical School 1964-1967. Upon graduating, he served as a medical intern at Genesee Hospital, in Rochester, NY, until 1968, when he joined the United States Navy. In the Navy, Lieutenant Commander Johnson served his country 1968-1970, and was a surgeon during the Vietnam War at the Da Nang Medical Center from 1969-1970. After Vietnam, he completed his Radiology Residency at the Milwaukee Medical College. Howard became a board certified Radiologist in 1974. On June 15, 1979, Howard married the former Sandra Heffel, and was blessed to celebrate 40 years of marriage this last summer. In addition to enjoying their four children and many grandchildren, he was a faithful Christian and he and his wife Sandra supported members and worship at Living Hope Lutheran Church. Howard had a very successful and fulfilling medical career. He began his career at St. Mary’s Hospital in Racine, before working at Deaconess Hospital, Sinai Samaritan, Aurora and ending his career at the VA Medical Center. In addition, he partnered in his own Radiology Corporation, Great Lakes Radiology. He volunteered as the track Physician at Road America and served on the Caledonia Police and Fire Commission. Howard had many interests outside of his professional career, as he was a world traveler and had a passion for adventure and trying new things. He loved tennis, fishing, scuba diving, water skiing, downhill skiing, and his corvettes. He was a member of the National Corvette Restorers Society, and the SnoMad Ski club. Over the course of his life he collected sports memorabilia, and though he was a Green Bay Packer season ticket holder, he always was a baseball romantic at heart. Aside from his many hobbies, he was a devoted family man, tireless worker, a good provider, and a dreamer.
Howard is survived by his wife Sandra, his children Ingrid (Michael) Udell and Aaron (Kristi) Johnson and their mother Georgia Kaftan, and daughter Jennifer (Ross) Wiemer and Suzanne (Josh) Naker, grandchildren Kathryn, Lucas, Robert, Olivia, Evelyn, Reid, Jolene, Logan and Vivian, siblings Phillip (Diane) Johnson, Stephen (Caryn) Johnson and Julie (Bob) Gebauer and sister-in-law Dorothea Heffel. He is further survived by his many nieces and nephews, and cousins. Howard was preceded in death by his parents, mother in law and father in law Esther and Earl Heffel and brother-in-law Ben Heffel.
Howard’s family would like to extend a special thank you to our Angel Alma Rincon & her husband Luis, and children Olivia, Caleb, Abner, and Amos for their loving care and friendship over the years. Your servant hearts and ministry have been a gift from God, and you will remain forever as family.
A visitation for Howard will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 from 3:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. Funeral Service and Military honors will follow at 5:30 p.m. A private interment will take place in West Lawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Howard’s honor to Camp Anokijig Camper Scholarships, in order to help younger generations pursue adventure, try new things, and develop character.
With her family by her side, Dolores Milburn Coates, age 95, passed away peacefully Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at her residence. She was born in Stratford, Hamilton County, Iowa, March 8, 1924, daughter of the late Ward and Rilla (Nee: Chally) Milburn.
Dolores was a graduate of Central High School, Duluth, MN, in 1942. On June 24, 1944, she was united in marriage to the love of her life, Glenn Richard Coates, at the First Methodist Church in Warrenton, Virginia, where Glenn was stationed. While Glenn was deployed overseas Dolores attended Duluth State Teachers College. Upon Glenn’s return, they both attended UW-Madison where Dolores received a BS in history and Glenn a law degree in 1948. In 1952 they moved to Racine and made their home by the lake.
Dolores was a member of the First United Methodist Church. She was very active with St. Luke’s Hospital Auxiliary, serving on the Board of Directors. Dolores was a loyal member of the PEO Sisterhood AZ chapter. She was responsible for the very busy social life she and Glenn enjoyed. She was extraordinary witty and articulate — and a warm and charming hostess. Most importantly, she was a sympathetic, wise, and very loving wife and mother.
Dolores will be dearly missed by her husband, Glenn, of nearly 76 years; son, Richard W. Coates; daughter, Cristie (Anthony) Leto; grandchildren; Ellison Coates, Glenn (Lauren) Coates, Richard, Robert and Anna Leto; great grandchildren, Truman and Roxy Coates, niece, Julia Milburn other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her brother and sister-in-law, Elbert (Joan) Milburn.
A Memorial Service celebrating Dolores’s life will be held Tuesday, January 28, 2020. at 2:00 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 745 Main St. with the Rev. Jakes Voker officiating. Relatives and friends are welcome to meet with the family for visitation, Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. until time of service at the church. Private interment will be held at West Lawn Memorial Park. Memorials to University of Wisconsin Foundation, 1848 University Ave, Madison, WI, 53726, or Racine Community Foundation, 1135 Warwick Way No. 200 Racine, WI, 53406, have been suggested.
The family wishes to extend a very special thank you to Aurora at Home Hospice, especially her nurses Holly and Shirley. An extra special thank you to her caregiver, LeAnne DeBoer, for her loving and compassionate care.
RACINE – Karl Heinz “Spitzi” Schaefer, 83, passed away at his home, in the arms of his son, on Monday, January 20, 2020. Spitzi was born in Hamburg, Germany on September 15, 1936, the son of the late Kurt and Ina (nee: Weber) Schaefer.
Spitzi played soccer for Duneberger SV in Hamburg, Germany before he was recruited and brought to the United States in 1957 to play professional soccer with the Racine Soccer Club. He met the love of his life, Hannelore “Lori” Neugebauer, in Germany, and in 1961 he returned to Germany to bring her back to Racine. They were married on October 28, 1961. Lori preceded him in death on March 21, 2000. Spitzi was a very talented soccer player, and played for many top teams in the Racine and Milwaukee area. His “day job” was as a professional painter, he worked for various companies here in Racine, finishing his career with Baumeister Decorating. He was a member of the Deutscher Manner Verein, and the International Brotherhood of Painters and Allied Trades District 7.
Surviving are his son, Thomas (Nancy) Schaefer, of Ottawa, IL, one grandson, Andrew Schaefer, of St. Louis, MO, two brothers, Kurt and Jurgen Schaefer, a niece, Nicole Schaefer, and great niece, Stella Schaefer, all in Hamburg, Germany.
A Celebration of his life, will be held at the Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home on Saturday, February 1st, with a visitation at 2:00 p.m. followed by a Memorial Service at 3:00 p.m. The family has requested no flowers and that any memorials be made to the donor’s choice of charity.
MOUNT PLEASANT – Beth Ann Wilson, 55, passed away peacefully on January 20, 2020, at Froedtert Hospital after a courageous battle to secure a multiple organ transplant.
A celebration of Beth’s life will be held in two weeks, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. at Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home and Crematory, 4600 County Line Road. Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. until the time of the service.
Please see next Sunday’s newspaper or the funeral home website for the full obituary.
Sturtevant – Harry W. Henges, 55, passed away at Ascension All Saints Hospital on Wednesday, January 22, 2020.
Harry was born in Covington, KY on February 26, 1964 to John G. Henges and Patricia A. (nee: Cornelius) Anderson. Harry loved watching any program on history. He was also a fan of the Cleveland Browns and Detroit Red Wings.
Harry is survived by his father and stepmother, John G. (Dolores) Henges; brother, John Henges; and his nephew, Robert J. Henges. Harry is also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother.
A visitation for Harry will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. followed by a funeral service at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park.
RACINE – Mr. Thomas W. Reshan, 97, passed away at his residence on Friday, January 24, 2020.
Family and friends are invited to meet at Grace Lutheran Church (3700 Washington Ave.) on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 for a visitation from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. A service celebrating and honoring his life will follow at 11:30 a.m. with Pastor Brian Crane officiating. Please see Tuesday’s paper for a full obituary. You may also check the funeral home’s website for more information.
RACINE – Arthur D. Shattuck, 67, passed away on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at Azura Memory Care in Kenosha.
He was born in Wilmette, IL on June 13, 1952, the son of the late Charles and Elizabeth (nee: Monk) Shattuck. Arthur attended Kent State University. He owned and operated Roots and Legends in Racine, where he was also an Herbologist, a certified acupuncturist, and a practitioner of Eastern Medicine. Arthur was a member of Olympia Brown UU Church. He enjoyed gardening and traveling, especially to China.
Surviving are his children, Steven Shattuck, and Sam Shattuck; brothers, Robert and Julie Shattuck, and Dave and Debra Shattuck; nieces and nephews, Brad Shattuck, Lucas Shattuck, Sarah (nee: Shattuck) Bermudez, Beth (nee: Shattuck) Batchelor, and Molly (nee: Shattuck) Gill. He is further survived by his former spouse, Michael Seyller, other relatives and many dear friends.
A memorial service for Arthur will be held at Olympia Brown UU Church, 625 College Ave., Racine, WI 53403, on Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. with Rev. Marlene Walker officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association or a charity of one’s choice.
Arthur’s family would like to thank Home Harbor Assisted Living, and Azura Memory Care of Kenosha for the support and comfort that they provided him.
Gerald “Jerry” B. Urick, 84, passed peacefully in his Caledonia, WI home on January 22, 2020.
Jerry was born in Marshfield, WI on November 11, 1935 to Nikolas and Agnes (nee: Domres) Urick. He is a graduate of Horlick High School.
A retiree of JayDee Contractors since 1999, Jerry filled his life with fishing, golf, friends and family. He was also a member of Moose Lodge #437.
Jerry is survived by his sons; Gerald Urick, and Randy (Mary) Urick; daughters, Carrie Wolosyn, Gabriel Fortier, and Jacqueline Urick, many grandchildren and great grandchildren; as well as, countless dear family friends who called him “Pa”.
He was preceded in death by his parents, daughter, Debra; wives, Nancy (nee: Barett), and Elsa (nee: Franco), brother, Richard, and his sister, Rosie.
Funeral services for Jerry will be held at Sturino Funeral Home on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 2 p.m. Visitation will take place at the funeral home from 12 p.m. until the time of service. Private inurnment will take place at a later date.
RACINE – Timothy J. Reeves, 62, my beloved life partner and all-around great guy, passed away at our home on January 23, 2020.
Born to Rudolph and Beverly Reeves on March 20, 1957 in Racine. He led a good life in both California and Wisconsin following the Grateful Dead, even appearing in one of their movies. He was artistic, kind and loved to debate philosophy, religion and UFOs. Timothy played the harmonica and drums very well. He loved jamming with others whenever he had a chance. His career varied but he truly enjoyed truck driving across the country.
He will be deeply missed by his love, Cynthia G. Maldonado, his mother-in-law Trinidad Maldonado, Sister-in-law Gloria Hernandez, brother-in-law Kent Jensen and especially by his nephews Jesus and Ramon (Katherine) Hernandez and their children Reina, Demetrius and Evelyn. He also leaves behind sisters Kimberly (Leo) Baca and Carrie (Wayland) Long of Texas and friends all over the U.S. Timothy was preceded in death by his sister-in-law Mary Maldonado, his parents along with his cats Missy and Homer.
Looking forward to playing with Jerry and the Boys on the ship of fools because you know mama tried. Always the life of the party a celebration of his life will be held at a later date.
We would like to thank Lynaya Rossey for all her help making his last days bearable for his family.
Age 79, of Union Grove, passed away Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family. He was born April 13, 1940 to Clyde and Germaine (nee: Driscoll) Williams in Manitowoc. His early life was spent in Manitowoc where he graduated from Manitowoc High School, Class of 1958. Following high school, Giles served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1958 to 1960. After serving his term in the Navy he went back to school, graduating from Manitowoc County Teachers College, then going on to earn his BS at UW-Stevens Point and eventually earning his Master’s at UW-Whitewater. On December 18, 1965 he was united in marriage to Kay Frances Williams in Wild Rose, WI. He and his wife have been residents of Union Grove since 1964.
Giles started his teaching career at Wild Rose Public School, later moving to Union Grove to eventually become superintendent of Union Grove Elementary School, where he spent over 40 years. Giles later came out of retirement in order to become superintendent of Kansasville Grade School. He received the Outstanding Educator Award in 2011, Lions Club Marvin Jones Award and Pillar of Community Award. He was a member of St. Robert’s Catholic Church and Union Grove Lions Club and served on the Union Grove Village Board from 1991 until 2002.
Giles is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Kay; children, Todd (Diana) Williams and Tracey (Randall Woodford) Williams; grandchildren, Matthew Strasser, Katie (Phil) Jung and Rachel (Tom) VanDaele; great-grandchildren Elijah, Everett, Ethan and one to be determined in February; sisters, Joan Konecny and Marian (Rich) Dumas; exceptional friends Bill and Kathy Culshaw, and many other relatives and close friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Robert Williams, Debra (Gil) Temme, Colleen Williams and Patricia Williams.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the Aurora at Home Hospice nurses and staff for all of their care and compassion during this time.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, January 28, 2020 at 11 A.M. at St. Robert’s Catholic Church. Relatives and friends may visit with the family on Monday, January 27, 2020 from 4 until 8 P.M. at Polnasek-Daniels Funeral Home.
Racine, WI – Lela Elizabeth (nee: Hamilton) Moore, age 77, answered the call of her Loving Savior on Tuesday, January 21, 2020.
A Celebration of Her Life will be held on Friday, January 31, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. at New Omega Baptist Church, 5731 Northwestern Ave, Racine, WI. Visitation will be in the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Pastor Melvin D. Hargrove will be officiating. Interment will be in Graceland Cemetery. Please see the funeral home website at a later date for her full obituary.
A life patterned after a patchwork quilt ended quietly the morning of January 21 at The Woods of Caledonia. Elizabeth “Betty” Simonsen, left us after 96 years, but not before giving her family and friends, lasting memories of her love and creativity.
Born in Racine, Wisconsin to John and Alta Meekma, Betty was the oldest of their four children. She shared a special bond with her sister, Jean, until her very last day. Sadly, the brothers, Jack and Robert, passed away earlier but were always lovingly remembered by the two sisters.
Betty married her high school “beau”, Howard “Howie”, in 1943 and shared 57 years with him until his death in 2000. Two sons, Howard Jr. “Skip” and Robert (deceased) completed that generation. Over time, two grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and four great great grandchildren completed the five-generation family.
From early on, Betty’s inherited creativity flourished. Everything from embroidery to crocheting to interior decorating and hand-quilting filled her leisure hours. Quilts for special occasions were lovingly crafted for her son and daughter-in-law, Joedy, and her two grandchildren, John Simonsen and Laurie Stevenson. And her homes always sparkled with fine examples of her talents.
Betty also enjoyed a variety of paid positions outside the home during her life. One of her first jobs was at Hamilton Beach during WWII followed by stints at retail stores like Avenue Little Folks Shoppe, being a drapery consultant at Sears and in the office at Massey Ferguson. She gave her best and always endeavored to see her customers’ needs were met.
Lest you think she was only an indoor girl, Betty’s gardening skills were amazing. When her son Skip got married in the backyard of Howie and Betty’s home, she replanted all the flowerbeds to match the color scheme of the wedding … and floated orchids in the swimming pool.
A host of cherished dogs and cats filled Betty’s homes over the years. We know she would be pleased if any memorial donations you wish to make in her name would go to the Wisconsin Humane Society, Racine Campus.
Visitation for Betty will take place on Saturday, February 8 from 2:00—3:00 p.m. at Maresh-Meredith & Acklam funeral home. A brief service will follow at 3:00 p.m. Private burial will take place at a later date.
For nine plus decades, Betty truly enjoyed a “life well lived.”
Mary Ann Popma (nee: Gabbey) of Racine and Union Grove, surrounded with the love of her family, passed away at the age of 87 on Friday, January 17, 2020 at Ridgewood Care Center in Racine. She will be remembered as a dedicated teacher, and a devoted aunt, sister, wife, stepmother, step-aunt and friend. She is dearly missed.
Mary Ann was born October 7, 1932 in Racine to the late Harry and Anita Gabbey (nee: Bieck), and grew up there, as the first of five children. She attended St. Catherine’s High School, entered the order of the School Sisters of St. Francis, earned a Bachelor’s degree in education from Alverno College, and a Master’s degree in education from Webster University. She was a lifelong elementary school teacher and principal at numerous schools in Chicago and rural Wisconsin. After 24 years of service, Mary Ann left the order, and continued her teaching in Menomonee Falls and Salem, WI.
A long time resident of Union Grove, WI, Mary Ann was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 40 years, Al O. Popma, and her beloved niece, Maureen Phelps. Mary Ann is survived by her 4 siblings, Donna Phelps and Richard Boldway of Racine, Robert Gabbey of Wisconsin Dells, and Joe (Cathy) Gabbey of Bremerton, WA, numerous nieces and nephews, along with great nieces and nephews, step-children Tineke “Tina” Popma (Andries de Boer), Albert (Janny) Popma, and Dianna van der Zwaag-Popma (Oege), and step-niece Dieuwke “Dee” Popma of the Netherlands, her sister’s 5 children who she treasured, Mary Ann (Phil) Churchill, Palm Harbor, FL, Christine Phelps Tobin, Oakwood Hills, IL, Maureen Phelps (deceased), and Eddie and John (Tina) Phelps of Racine.
Mary Ann was a talented water colorist, and had her artwork displayed at Wustum Museum in Racine. Her paintings will be enjoyed by many for years to come. Mary Ann also designed beautiful beaded jewelry, and was an avid reader of historical fiction and mystery novels. Mary Ann dearly loved her cats.
Per Mary Ann’s wishes, a private service will be held. If so desired, memorials can be made to the Racine Art Museum’s Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, (2519 Northwestern Avenue, Racine, WI 53403) or Hospice Alliance (10220 Prairie Ridge Boulevard, Pleasant Prairie, WI 53158).
The family would like to thank Ridgewood Care Center of Racine for their attentive and compassionate care.
Barbara D. Semb, age 71, passed away on Thursday, January 23, 2020 at Marquardt Memorial Manor in Watertown, WI. Barbara was born in Antigo, WI on May 9, 1948, daughter of the late Chester and Eunice (nee: Kelly) Zimmerman.
On October 24, 1967, she was united in marriage to Darrell V. Semb. They were married for thirty-eight years before he preceded her in death on in 2005.
Barbara will be dearly missed by her daughter, Shelly Bethards; sons, Vernon (Karen) Semb, Brian (Jeanine) Semb, and Barry Semb; 11 grandchildren; brothers, Robert Zimmerman, James (Nancy) Zimmerman; other relatives and dear friends.
Private family services will be held with interment at Mound Cemetery.
RACINE – Judith Ann Madsen, age 88, passed away Saturday, January 18, 2020 at Ascension All Saints Hospital. She was born in Racine, May 14, 1931, daughter of the late Charles and Selma (nee: Flatten) Johnson and was a lifelong resident.
Judy graduated from Wm. Horlick High School “Class of 1949”. On June 26, 1954 she was united in marriage to the love of her life, Anders C. Madsen. Judy and her husband started their business, Model Tool, Inc., in 1959 and ran the business together until they retired in 2005. Judy was a life-long member of First United Methodist Church and a member of the Fifth Street Yacht Club Auxiliary. Judy loved her family, traveling, knitting, dancing, baseball and games. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend to many who will dearly miss her.
Judy is survived by her husband Anders Madsen; children, Peter Madsen, Peggy (Henrik) Jensen, Paul (Judy) Madsen; grandchildren, Joren, Sophia, and Olivia Madsen; sister, Jane (Chuck) Bragg; cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends; she was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Sandy Koleske.
Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Saturday February 1st at 3:00 p.m with a Funeral Service to follow at 4:00 p.m. Interment will be held at Mound Cemetery Chapel on Monday February 3rd at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, Memorials suggested to American Cancer Society or Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the doctors, nurses and staff at Ascension All Saints Hospital.
RACINE – Julia Laura Olson (nee: Lee), age 94, passed away January 6, 2020, at Shorelight Memory Care Facility in Caledonia.
Julia was born January 22, 1925, in Waukesha County to Laura and Eldred Lee. She attended public schools in Milwaukee and obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Julia worked as the librarian at Jerstad-Agerholm Junior High School for 19 years, retiring in 1984 to motor around the country with her husband, Robert (Bob). She was an avid golfer, playing in women’s league many years. Julia also enjoyed bridge, crossword puzzles, having coffee every afternoon with her friend, Rita Buchholz, lunching weekly in Milwaukee with her cousin Nancy Phelps, visiting with friend Monica Saksefski and giving treats to her dog, Max. Julia was preceded in death by her husband, Bob, in 2007 and her grandson, Robert Olson, in 2018.
Julia is survived by her four children, Susan (Richard) Davis, Bob Olson, Gail Olson and Mike Olson; her sister Pat Olsen and her 5 children; her cousin Nancy Phelps and her 3 children; grandchildren Travis Toller, Vanessa Davis, Jessie Davis and Carly Runkel; and nieces, nephews and other cousins.
There will be no traditional funeral service, but there will be a celebration of her life with family and friends at a later date. In lieu of memorial flowers, a donation to the Wisconsin Humane Society-Racine Campus at 2706 Chicory Road, Racine, WI 53403 is suggested.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at the Shorelight Memory Care Facility.
Diana M. Strickland, 53, passed away on Thursday, January 23, 2020 at her residence.
She was born in Racine on May 6, 1966, the daughter of Louis and Teresa Martinez. Diana was a graduate of Washington Park High School.
On March 9, 1991, she was united in marriage to Shepard James Strickland.
Diana is survived by her husband, Shepard; children, Tyler “TJ” Martinez, Brandie, Brianna, and Brenna Strickland; grandchildren, Savanah Rose, Ava Leilani, and Sophie Marie; parents, Louis and Teresa Martinez; and siblings, Tim Martinez, Alan Martinez, and Michele Strickland. She is further survived by other relatives and many dear friends.
Visitation will be held at Sturino Funeral Home on Tuesday January 28, 2020 from 5 p.m. until service time at 7 p.m.
Complete obituary information is available on the funeral home website.
RACINE – Eugene V. Hall, age 87, left this world Sunday, January 19, 2020 and is now in the presence of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He was born in Racine, September 12, 1932, son of the late Wilfred and Geraldine (nee: Brucker) Hall.
He proudly served in the United States Army in France. On August 4, 1960, he was united in marriage to Mercedes Gonzalez in Madrid, Spain. Eugene was employed by American Motors Corporation, Chrysler Corporation for thirty years, retiring in 1989. He was a member of Grace Church. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting and fishing and spending time with his family at his Green Lake cottage. Above all, he loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ with his whole heart and his life mission was to glorify Jesus.
Survivors include his loving wife of fifty-nine years, Mercedes; his children, Christina (Thomas) Tajnai of Grayslake, Jacqueline (Michael) Tajnai of Racine, Jennifer (Marcus) Poppler of Racine; his grandchildren, David, Kristen and Caroline Tajnai, Lauren (Adam) Lewis, Sophia Tajnai, Elliot, Alex, Joseph, and Levi Poppler; nephews, Patrick (Joan) Appleget, David Appleget, Mark (Kim) Appleget; extended family, Ricky Nelson and Marcia Nelson; other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Beverly Benicek, who passed on the same date in 2004, and his brother Marshall Nelson.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, February 1, 2020, 10:00 a.m. at the funeral home. Interment with Full Military Honors will follow at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Friday at the funeral home from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. and Saturday at the funeral home from 9:00 a.m. until 9:45 a.m.
The family extends a special thank you to the staff at Hospice Alliance for all of their loving and compassionate care.
RACINE – Darlene Mae Markus, 86, passed away on Tuesday, January 21, 2020.
Darlene was born to Hubert and Marie (nee: Hagendorf) Boudreau on June 9, 1933, in Racine. She was united in marriage to Kenneth Markus on December 16, 1950, in Racine. They were married for 55 years until Kenneth’s passing in June of 2006.
Darlene enjoyed puzzles, knitting, and crochet. She had a big heart and always cared tremendously for her family. Darlene loved being around her family and cherished every moment she had with them.
Left to cherish Darlene’s memory are her children: Cindy (Dennis) Painter of Tucson, AZ, Wendy (Paul) Zierk of Franksville, Todd (Char) Markus of Franksville, and Sandy (Joe) Markus of Sturtevant; grandchildren: Randall Edmonston, Cara (Mika) Beauchamp, Melissa (Kenny) Watson, Joshua Beauchamp, Evan (Chelsea) Zierk, and Blake Zierk; great-grandchildren: Jameson, Athena, Randee, and Raven; sisters: Judie (John) Darrey and Sharon Manning; along with in-laws, nieces, nephews, and friends.
Darlene is preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Markus; son, Donald Markus; parents, Hubert Boudreau and Marie Boudreau (Stahnke); brother, Dick Boudreau; and step-father, Lester Stahnke.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Sandy and Joe for their compassionate care as Darlene’s caregivers. The family would also like to extend a special thank you to Aurora Hospice at Home for keeping mom comfortable as well as special friends, Joe and Julie.
Sue Ellen Griego, age 74, passed away peacefully on Friday, January 17, 2020 at Bay Harbor Assisted Living. She was born December 9, 1945 in Mason City, Iowa, the daughter of the late Francis Clair and Carole (nee: Jensen) Siepmann.
Sue attended Jessup High School, was a graduate of Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa and earned her Masters Degree in Library and Information Science from UW-Milwaukee. Sue continued her lifelong passion for education by joining the faculty at J.I. Case High School from 1968-2003, where she taught history and served as the school librarian. In retirement, Sue worked at the Racine Public Library as a substitute reference librarian.
Sue was a long-time member of Delta Kappa Gamma (an honorary society for women teachers), a member and onetime Vice President of the Racine Area Retired Educators Association. Sue loved a succession of cats, reading biographies, and planning get-togethers with her friends. She was a talented singer and gifted storyteller with an infectious laugh.
“Aunt Sue” as she was known by her family, is survived by her sister-in-law, Susan Siepmann of Goodyear, AZ; niece, Kristin (Dominic) Catania of Omaha, NE; 3 nephews, Jon Siepmann of Sacramento, CA; Scott Siepmann of Scottsdale, AZ; Jeffrey (Carrie) Siepmann of Magnolia, TX; 2 great nieces (Kira, Blaire) and 4 great nephews (Jack, CJ, Isaiah, Luke). Sue is also survived by other relatives, friends, co-workers, and the many students she taught throughout the years. In addition to her parents, Sue was also preceded in death by her brother, Col. Randy Siepmann.
A memorial service, celebrating her life, will be held, in the funeral home, on Saturday, February 29 at 2:00 P.M. with visitation at 1:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Racine Public Library or AseraCare Hospice.
Anna M. Gyuro (nee: Bloechl), of Franksville, WI, aged 90, died peacefully on January 13, 2020. She was born in Wisconsin, the first of 14 children to the late, Fritz and Anna Bloechl. She was married to James I. Gyuro and enjoyed a happy marriage until his passing in 1990.
Hard work was always her pleasure, and she spent many years as a homemaker and mother to 7 children. She worked 20 years, as a dry-cleaning clerk and later as a product demonstrator. Anna accomplished her lifelong dream of graduating High School. She secretly attended MATC and achieved her high school diploma in her 60’s. She had a writing ministry and encouraged people with letters and cards, boasting over 200 pen pals.
She is survived by her children, Diane Kinslow (John), Helen Gyuro, Steve Gyuro (Judy), Jane Mathews (Tony) and Ann McDermott; grandchildren are Dawn Kaliszewski (Craig) John Kinslow Jr., Jenny Hill (Louie), Jacob McDermott (Molly), Rachel Mathews and Olivia McDermott; great grandchildren: Timothy and Catie Kaliszewski, Daniel (Kristen), Jonathan, Gabrielle, Angelina, Madaleine, J.J. and Luke Hill. She also is survived by 10 of her beloved sisters, brothers and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Anna was preceded in death by her sons, James Gyuro and Paul Gyuro.
Services were held at Raymond Christian Fellowship in Raymond, WI. Interment took place at Arlington Park Cemetery in Milwaukee.
Special gratitude to the staff of: Ascension/Spring Street, Oak Ridge Care Center, and Seasons Hospice.
Miller-Reesman, Kasuboski, Haas, & Dahl Funeral Home