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Obituaries > STELLMAN, VINCENT W.

Racine- Vincent W. Stellman, 80, passed away at his home on Tuesday, December 19, 2006 following a courageous battle with Multiple Myeloma. A lifetime resident, Vince was born in Racine on May 4, 1926 to the late William and Elizabeth (nee: Brisko) Stellman. On May 5, 1951 he was united in marriage with Martha Collins. Vince was very proud of his record in the United States Marine Corps, enlisting at the age of 16, to serve in WWII from 1943 until 1946; and in the Korean Conflict from 1951 until 1952, serving with honor, reached the rank of S/SGT with the following awards: Navy Commendation Medal with Combat V for Valor; U.S. Marine Good Conduct Medal; American Theater and Asiatic with 4 Battle Stars; WWII Victory; National Defense Medal and Philippine Liberation Medal with 2 Stars; Combat Action, Presidential Unit and Navy Unit Citations and Philippine Presidential Unit Citation; and Expert Rifleman and Sharpshooter Awards. Vince was a longtime member of St. Lucy Catholic Church. He was employed by SC Johnson Wax for 33 years, retiring in 1982. Vince also operated his welding business until 2003. He was also a member of the SC Johnson 20 Year Club, the Agerholm-Gross Marine Corps League, the U.S. Marine Raider Ass’n., and is the current President of the Racine Boxing Club, Inc., a position he has held since 1978. Among his interests, Vince enjoyed fishing, financial investing, history, boxing, physical fitness, was an accomplished metal artist, enjoyed being at his summer home in Bailey’s Harbor, WI with Marti and their family; and visiting with his daughters in Taos, NM, Argyle, TX and in Racine. Surviving are his loving wife, Marti; daughters, Paula (Blaine) Ashley of Racine; Marsha (Dan) Lizdas of Taos, N.M.; and Jill (Terry) Greene of Argyle, TX; grandchildren, Heather (Randy) Jarstad of Racine; Nicole Lester of Texas; Katie Ashley of Racine; Vinni Aude of Taos, N.M.; great-grandson, Lukas Jarstad of Racine; brother, Daniel (LaMae) Stellman of LaPuente, CA; sister-in-law, VerdaBelle Stellman of Anaheim Hills, CA; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, Vince was preceded in death by his brother, Adolph Edward Stellman. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, December 21, 2006 at 3:00 pm in St. Lucy Catholic Church, 3101 Drexel Ave., with Rev. Mark R. Jones officiating. Military honors will follow. Visitation will be in the church on Thursday from 1-3 pm. A reception at Infusino Banquet Hall will follow the services. In memory of Vince, memorials to St. Lucy School or St. Catherine’s High School have been suggested. A special note of thanks to Dr. Gullberg, Dr. Puffer and Dr. Short; the fine staff at Wheaton Franciscan Cancer Center; loyal coach, Joe Singh; and good friend, Capt. Jack Shannon, USMC. Semper Fidelis.