Her funeral service will be held in the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 728 Villa Street, on Tuesday, January 7th, at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Nathan Pope officiating. Visitation will be in the funeral home on Monday, January 6th, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., and in the church on Tuesday, from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. A private burial will take place at West Lawn Memorial Park.
The family is very grateful for the excellent care and kindness she received at All Saints Hospital, especially Doctors Boren and Ghouri, and Select Specialty Hospital.
In lieu of flowers the family has suggested memorials to Cops N Kids Reading Center, the Racine Public Library or Racine Lutheran High School.
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Judith A. Maranger, 79, passed away in the Select Specialty Hospital, Milwaukee, on Wednesday, January 1, 2020. She was born in Racine on November 14, 1940, the daughter of the late George E. and Leone I. (nee: Zierk) Hillerud.
Mrs. Maranger was a 1958 graduate of Racine Lutheran High School. On September 19, 1959, in First Evangelical Lutheran Church, she was united in marriage to George A. Maranger, and they celebrated their 60th anniversary last September. They met at the J.I. Case Clausen Works and went to the Wisconsin State Fair on their first date. She had been employed by Racine Lutheran High School for over 13 years, retiring in 1989 to become a full-time care giver for her grandchildren. In March of 2001 she became Administrative Assistant to Julia Burney Witherspoon at Cops N Kids Reading Center, retiring in February of 2009.
Mrs. Maranger was a lifelong member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church, where she was a member of the Home and School Society, the Mission Society, the Ladies Aid Society, and sang in the church choir for 13 years. Mrs. Maranger was awarded a Life Membership to the Jaycettes, and served as President, Treasurer, State Director, and Parliamentarian. She was President of the Inner Wheel Club of Racine, where she also served as Editor. The Marangers have hosted seven foreign exchange students, including Chantale Thiboutot.
Surviving are her loving husband, George; their daughters, Debra Maranger-Menk, and Darcy (Steven) Mohr, all of Racine; four grandchildren, Martha (Jake) Menk-Odencrantz of Colorado, Jacob Mohr of Racine, Jeffrey Menk of Ann Arbor, and Colin Mohr of Racine; great-granddaughter, Madeline Joana Odencrantz; sister-in-law, Dorothy Hillerud, nephew Bob (Jan) Hillerud, of Yorkville, IL, and Rick (Reta) Hillerud, of Oswego, IL. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Maranger was preceded in death by her son-in-law, Bob Menk and brother, Donald Hillerud.