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Obituaries

Reuben Baganz, Marvin Andersen, Wallace Krivsky, Robert Bruno, and Rose Gorske passed away this week.

Reuben J. Baganz, 92, passed away at Franciscan Villa in South Milwaukee on Tuesday, September 18.

Reuben was born in Marshfield, WI on June 4, 1920 to Otto and Mabel (nee, Swenson) Baganz. He married the former Rhoda Trapp in Furgus Falls, MN on August 17, 1940. Reuben was a musician and a salesman, retiring in 1990.
Reuben "Bud" will be remembered by his wife of 72 years for being a loving and affectionate husband; by his sons as a model of a Christian man and great father; by his grandchildren for his outrageous stories and colorful personality; and by countless others as a skilled musician for many years with the Baganz Trio and in later life as a player of the harp, dulcimer and harmonica.

Survivors include his wife, Rhoda Baganz; sons, Mark (Sue) Baganz, Jerry (Pat) Baganz and Randy (Madelyn) Baganz; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sisters, Glorious VanArsdale and Lahna Anholt; and his brother, Gay Baganz. Reuben is also survived by other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; step-mother, Eleanor; and sister, Rhea.

The family will greet relatives and friends prior to the memorial service at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23 at St. John's Lutheran Church, 6700 S. Howell Avenue, Oak Creek, WI.

Memorials may be directed to Racine Lutheran High School, St. John's Lutheran Church in Oak Creek or a charity of one's choice.

Marvin E. Andersen, 65, died at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints on Sunday, Sept. 16.

Marv was born in Racine on November 11, 1946 to Einer and Lillian (nee, Anderson) Andersen. Marv and Donna (nee, Krenzke) were married on June 1, 1968 and celebrated 44 years of marriage. Marv was employed by J.I. Case Company from which he retired after more than thirty-three years. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, the Dania Society and the Twenty Year Club at Case Company. Marv was Scout Master of Boy Scout Troop 272 at church for many years. He loved camping, fishing and his motorcycle, but most of all he loved spending time with his family and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Donna; children, Kristen (Steve) Schlicht and Erik (Andrea) Andersen; grandchildren, Joshua and Katelyn Schlicht; sister, Marleen (James) Johnson; mother-in-law, LaVerne Krenzke; and brothers-in-law, John (Vicky) Krenzke and Tom Krenzke. Marv is also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; and father-in-law, John Krenzke.

A memorial service for Marv was held at Grace Lutheran Church Thursday, September 20 with Rev. Memorials may be directed to Grace Lutheran Church or the Boy Scouts of America. The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staffs of Wheaton Franciscan ICU and Hospice for all of their compassionate care they provided to Marv.

Wallace G. Krivsky, 89, passed away at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints on Saturday, Sept. 15.

Wally was born in Racine on November 8, 1922 to George and Beatrice (nee, Nechuta) Krivsky. He married the former Julia J. Weyhrauch in Racine on January 8, 1949. She preceded him in death on October 25, 2006. Wally served in the U.S. Air Force and was stationed in the South Pacific. He was on Bataan during the bombing of Hiroshima. Wally was a proud Teamster and was employed by Jensen Block Company from 1946 until 1959. He then worked for Schmerler Ford as a body repairman until his retirement in 1980. Wally was a member of Teamsters Local 43. He loved rummage sales, Friday fish fry's, hunting, fishing and bird watching. Whenever you stopped by he was listening to polkas and his police radio; and he always loved visiting his buddy, Haley.

Survivors include his daughters, Linda Aber and Lois (Cory) Aber; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Irene Weyhrauch and Margaret L. Krivsky; nephew, Ray G. (Bernadette) Krivsky; nieces, Patty Heister, Julie (Fred) Schwartz and Eileen (Alan) Bernhardt; and his extended family, the Rygh family. Wally is also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; son-in-law, Charles Aber; brother, Raymond F. Krivsky; nephew, Clif Heister and niece, Judy A. Krivsky.

Funeral services for Wally were held at the funeral home on Thursday, Sept. 20. Interment will follow at Bohemian National Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Trinity Lutheran Church.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to the nurses and staff at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints ICU and Out Patient Surgery for all of their compassionate care.

Robert R. Bruno, 91, passed away at Ridgewood Care Center on Friday, Sept. 14.

Robert was born in Racine on May 13, 1921 to Pasquale and Amelia (nee, Albino) Bruno. He married the former Margaret Morgensen on November 24, 1956. Robert worked for Racine Hydraulics for more than twenty years. Robert's passion was music. He formed Bobby Bruno and his Orchestra and played for many years throughout the area. In his early years he played at the Elks Club where he met his wife, Margaret who was a singer. Robert was also an avid fisherman.

Survivors include his wife, Margaret; daughters, Kathleen (Rick) Bergles and Diane (Emilio) Savaglio; grandchildren, Mario Rodriguez, Erik Rodriguez, Ilena Savaglio and Christina Bruno; great-grandchildren, Alexandrea Rodriguez, Gabriel Rodriguez and Jackson Rodriguez; and his sister, Phyllis LaFleur. Robert is also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his son; Robert R. Bruno, Jr.; and his sister and brothers, Albert Bruno, Eleanor Stalmok, Victor Bruno, Laurence Bruno and Louis Bruno.

Funeral services for Robert were held at the funeral home on Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at 7 p.m. Entombment took place at West Lawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Rita's Catholic Church or Ridgewood Care Center.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to all of Robert's caretakers on 1 East and 2 West at Ridgewood Care Center.

Rose Gorske, 84, passed away at St. Luke's Southshore on Friday, September 14.

Rose was born in Racine on November 6, 1927 to Artin and Nuvart (nee, Boyajian) Kalajian. She married Norbert E. Gorske in Crown Point, IN in 1957. He preceded her in death on October 5, 2000. Rose was a member of St. Mesrob Armenian Apostolic church. She loved her Klondike bars, but most of all she loved her children and grandchildren.

Survivors include her children, Laura (Gary) Lawler and Richard (Sandra) Gorske; grandchildren, Jennifer (Alex), Amanda, Amy, Ellaina (Neal) and Alex; step-grandson, Jamie; and great-grandchildren, Kylie and Gabriela. Rose is also survived by other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Helen Kalajian; and brother, Sam Kalajian.

Funeral services for Rose was held at St. Mesrob Armenian Apostolic Church on Monday, Sept. 17. Interment followed at Graceland Cemetery.  Memorials may be directed St. Mesrob Armenian Apostolic Church.

Editor's note: Purath-Strand Funeral Home provided the obituary notices.

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