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Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2001

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2001

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Obituaries


Charles C. Kendley

RACINE - Charles C. Kendley, 67, was called home to his heavenly Father on Friday, February 9, 2001, from his home. He was born in Paris, Tenn. on July 24, 1933, to the late Mary and Cornelius Kendley. He worked for the Department of Public Works for 22 years before retirement. He will be dearly missed. He is survived by his two sons, Charles (Meondra) Kendley Jr. of Honolulu, Hawaii and Willie (Linda) Flagg of Racine; two daughters, Doris Strickland of Racine and Sylvia Flagg of Milwaukee; 17 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Kendley; and two sons, Jerry Flag and Gregory Flagg. Funeral services will be at the funeral home on Thursday, February 15, 2001, at 12 noon. Interment will take place at Graceland Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Wednesday from 5 until 7 p.m. KASUBOSKI, AUSTIN, AND HAAS FUNERAL HOME 1435 Douglas Avenue 632-1533


Edith H. Ratzka

WATERFORD - Mrs. Edith H. (nee: Jensen) Ratzka, 67, passed away at her home on Thursday, February 8, 2001. Memorial services will be held at Mealy-Koenig Funeral Home on Saturday, February 17, 2001, at 3:30 p.m. with Chaplain Bernice Bassing officiating. Visitation will be in the funeral home on Saturday from 2:30 until 3:30 p.m. MEALY-KOENIG FUNERAL HOME 225 West Main Street Waterford 262-534-2233


Jonathan A. Galis

RACINE - Jonathan A. Galis, 24, lost his courageous battle with leukemia at the Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital in Milwaukee on Monday, February 12, 2001. He was born in Racine on August 2, 1976, to William and Barbara (nee: Krause) Galis. After graduating from Dana College in Blair, Neb., Jonathan worked as a Chemist for Schering-Plough Corporation in Omaha, Neb. He moved back to Racine after his illness to be closer to his family. In addition to his full-time career, Jonathan enjoyed self-employment with Quixtar. He loved spending his free time working with computers and traveling for his own business. Jonathan and his family are members of Mount Pleasant Lutheran Church. In addition to his parents, William and Barbara Galis, he is survived by his brother, David (Pamela) Galis; sister, Wendy (Dave) Miklaszewski; grandmother, Martha (nee: Thomka, Galis) Call, all of Racine; grandfather, Donald (Mag) Krause of Palmyra; and his nephews, Nicholas Galis, Vinny Galis, and Justin Miklaszewski, all of Racine. Also surviving are many dear aunts, uncles, other relatives, and close friends. Jonathan's grandfather, Frank Galis; grandmother, June Krause; and step-grandfather, Knute Call, all preceded him in death. His Funeral service will be held in the Mount Pleasant Lutheran Church, 1700 South Green Bay Road, on Friday, February 16, 2001, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Dr. Stephen D. Samuelson officiating. Burial will follow in West Lawn Memorial Park. Family and friends are invited to meet in the Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home on Thursday evening from 5 until 8 p.m. for a public visitation. There will also be a visitation in the church on Friday from 10 until 11 a.m. The Galis family extends a heartfelt thanks for those who shared their thoughts and prayers. A special thanks to the nursing staff at Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital, the Leukemia Society, and Schering-Plough Corporation for all their support. DRAEGER-LANGENDORF FUNERAL HOME 1910 Taylor Avenue 637-6514


Katherine 'Kay' Mathews

MILWAUKEE - Katherine 'Kay' Mathews, formerly of Racine, passed away on Friday, February 9, 2001. Kay was a graduate of Layton School of Art and had worked as an Industrial Designer. Dear Mother of Carla (Bruce) Mathews-Graham. Grandmother of Gregory and Scott. Sister of Mary Ingemann, Margaret (Edward) Wemmert, Ruth (Millard) Johnson, and the late John A. Gifford. She is also survived by a cousin, Louise Kasen; and nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Y.; and her parents, W. Allen and Jeanette (nee: Pugh) Gifford. Private family services were held. CHURCH AND CHAPEL FUNERAL SERVICE Serving the Mathews family Milwaukee 262-827-0659 Waukesha 262-549-0659 www.churchandchapel.com


Kathy C. Ledger

RACINE - Mrs. Kathy C. Ledger, 67, passed away in Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital on Monday, February 12, 2001. A lifetime resident, she was born in Racine on May 24, 1933, the daughter of Gordon and Sylvia (nee: Rask) Sohr Sr. On September 12, 1953, in Holy Communion Lutheran Church, she was united in marriage to Loren E. Ledger. Mrs. Ledger owned her own business, Creative Ideas. She lived her entire life as a devote Christian. She loved square dancing, water skiing and gardening. Her greatest love was for her family. Surviving are her husband, Loren; their children, Gary (Belin) Ledger of San Dimas, Calif., Lori Ledger of Racine, and Linda (S. Eric) Obermeit of Pasadena, Calif.; grandchildren, Tiffani Hamilton, Heidi, Lisa, Tamara, and Brandon Obermeit; her mother, Sylvia Sohr of Racine; brother, Gordon Sohr Jr. of Pompano Beach, Fla.; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Doris and Lee DeRosier of Racine; and nieces and nephews, David (Sandy) DeRosier, Karen (David) Tuinstra, Melissa, Michael, Matthew, and Mark Sohr. Mrs. Ledger is also survived by her aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives, and friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Gordon Sohr Sr. Funeral services will be held in the funeral home on Friday, February 16, 2001, at 7 p.m. with Rev. Walter Hermanns officiating. In accordance with her wishes, cremation will follow. Visitation will be in the funeral home on Friday from 5 p.m. until time of the services. DRAEGER-LANGENDORF FUNERAL HOME 1910 Taylor Avenue 637-6514


Paul L. Betchkal

RACINE - Paul L. Betchkal, 62, passed away at The Terrace of St. Francis in Milwaukee on Monday, February 12, 2001. Paul was born in Madison on January 14, 1939, son of Leonard and Catherine (nee: Farley) Betchkal. On October 6, 1956, at St. Edward's Catholic Church, he was united in marriage to Beverly Petersen. Paul served in the United States Army Reserves. Paul was employed by the Racine Journal Times for 39 years, retiring in 1997. He was a member of Harbor Lite Yacht Club. Paul enjoyed golfing, fishing, and bowling, but most of all he loved being with his family. He will be sadly missed. Survivors include his wife, Beverly; his children, Pam (Art) Harmann of Racine, Ray (Patti) Betchkal of Kenosha, Therese Betchkal, and Vicki (Brian) Gustin, all of Racine; his six grandchildren, Missy, Artie, Jason, Tyler, Dan, and Ben; his mother, Catherine Betchkal; sister, Ann (Don) Conwell; brothers, Tom (Ann) Betchkal and William Betchkal; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many dear friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Leonard Betchkal; and sister-in-law, Margo Parenteau. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Rita's Catholic Church, 4339 Douglas Avenue, on Thursday, February 15, 2001, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Jack T. Shirley OSA officiating. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery on Highway 32. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the funeral home on Wednesday from 6 until 8 p.m. and at the church on Thursday from 10:30 a.m. until time of Mass. Memorials to the American Cancer Society have been suggested. MARESH-MEREDITH AND ACKLAM FUNERAL HOME 803 Main Street 634-7888


Rev. Frank Sperduto

RACINE - Rev. Frank Sperduto, 86, passed away at Lincoln Lutheran Care Center on Saturday, February 10, 2001. He was born in Sommerville, Mass. on November 18, 1914, son of the late James and Annina (nee: DiTucci) Sperduto. On August 24, 1941, he was united in marriage to Ruth M. Roth. Rev. Sperduto was ordained on July 11, 1939, in Chicago, Ill. He subsequently served churches in Naples, N.Y., Syracuse, N.Y., Ithaca, N.Y., Wichita, Kan., and then in 1962, he was called to Milwaukee to Pastor at Trinity Presbyterian Church where he served for 18 years, retiring in 1980. He then came to Racine, where he assisted at the First Presbyterian Church for four years and had remained a member until present. Rev. Sperduto was a member and past President of the Kiwanis Golden K's. He enjoyed camping, fishing, and traveling with his family. His survivors include his wife, Ruth; his son, Ted (Mary) Sperduto of Wausau; his daughter, Susanne (Keith) Doe of Racine; his five grandchildren, Aaron (Jody) Sperduto of Green Bay, Tim Sperduto of Eau Claire, Jennifer (Tim) Figlmiller of Elk Mound, Robyn (Jason) Gardner of Flagstaff, Ariz., Heidi Doe of Franksville; his great-grandson, Ian Matthew Figlmiller; brother, Rev. Ted (Muriel) Sperduto of Annandale, Va.; sister, Civita (Ray) Trotto of South Weymouth, Mass.; brother-in-law, Albert Roth of Atlanta, Ga.; and nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many dear friends. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his three sisters, Mary Camelio, Rose Camelio, and Nancy CiCicco; and an infant brother, Raymond. Funeral services will be held at the First Presbyterian Church, 716 College Avenue, on Friday, February 16, 2001, at 11 a.m. with Rev. Randall K. Bush and Rev. Steve Fringer officiating. Interment will follow at Wisconsin Memorial Park in Milwaukee. Relatives and friends may meet with the family at the church on Friday from 9:30 a.m. until time of service. Memorials to the First Presbyterian Church have been suggested. MARESH-MEREDITH AND ACKLAM FUNERAL HOME 803 Main Street 634-7888


Richard H. 'Dick' Helmin

SOUTH MILWAUKEE - Richard H. 'Dick' Helmin, 50, passed away Sunday, February 11, 2001. Beloved son of the late Theodore and Virginia (nee: Stachowiak) Helmin. Dearest brother of Bill (Linda) Helmin, Sandra (Mark) Helmin-Clazmer, and Christine (Randal) Jasniewski. Dear uncle of Andrew, Justin, Gabrielle, Austin, and Julie. Very dear friend of Diane (Shelly) Rusch. Further survived by caregivers, Martha and Carl Johnson, Elvis Williams, Michelle, and Maggie; and other relatives and many friends. Complete Funeral services will be held at the Bruskiewitz Forest Lane Chapel, 5355 West Forest Home Avenue, on Thursday, February 15, 2001, at 7 p.m. Private entombment will be at St. Adalbert Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Thursday from 4 p.m. until the time of services. In lieu of flowers, memorials to United Cerebral-Palsy or the Easter Seal Society would be appreciated.


Teresa Lynn Allen

RACINE - Teresa Lynn Allen, 43, was called home by her Lord and Savior on Sunday, February 11, 2001, from St. Mary's Medical Center. She was born in Racine to Carl Douglas Allen and Martha Ann Beadles-Johnson. Teresa was a graduate of Washington Park High School. After, she continued her education and joined Job Corps. Teresa had been employed as a Pre-School Teacher. Previously, she was employed by Johnson Wax and the Laundry Center on Racine Street. Teresa was a member of the New Omega Baptist Church. Surviving are her loving daughter, Wili Allen of Racine; grandfather, Will Beadles Sr. of Columbus, Ohio; sisters, Georgia Allen of Rockford, Ill., Deborah Allen, Pat Walker, Kimberly Allen, and Jean Marie Johnson, all of Racine; brothers, Lewis Walker of Smyrna, Ga., Carl Douglas Allen Jr., Robert (Aretha) Allen, Lowell Allen, and A. Scott (Melissa Hoff) Johnson, all of Racine; aunt, Linda Beadles of Columbus, Ohio; uncles, Will (Lelar) Beadles Jr. and Charles (Minnie) Beadles; special niece, Keone Allen; special nephew, Tavaris Allen, all of Racine; and special friends, Sandra Higgenbottom, Linda Perry, Greta Ingram, Geneva Austin, Tammi Brooks, and Andre Drane. Further surviving are many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Teresa was preceded in death by her father, Carl Allen; mother, Martha Johnson; grandmother, Willie Beadles; and uncle, Robert Beadles Sr. Her Homegoing Celebration will be held in St. Paul Baptist Church, 1120 Grand Avenue, on Friday, February 16, 2001, at 11 a.m. with her cousin, Rev. Bobby Walls officiating. In accordance to Teresa's wishes, she will be cremated following the services. There will be a viewing at the church on Friday from 10 until 11 a.m. DRAEGER-LANGENDORF FUNERAL HOME 1910 Taylor Avenue 637-6514

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