Anthony Paul “Tony” "Peanuts" Wells
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RACINE - Anthony Paul Wells, age 86, passed away peacefully at Parkside Manor in Kenosha on Monday evening, November 18, 2013 following a courageous struggle with Parkinson’s Disease & Lewey Body Dementia. Tony was born in Racine on July 3, 1927 to the late James and Rose (nee: DeMark) Wells. A 1945 graduate of St. Catherine’s High School, Tony went on to proudly serve our Country with the United States Army. On May 1, 1954 in St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, he was united in marriage with the love of his life, Dorothy Stanislawski. Tony co-owned and operated the family business for many years, Wells Bros. Restaurant, – a Racine landmark and fine tradition that is carried on today. Tony was a longtime member of St. Lucy Catholic Church where he was very active – especially with the legendary St. Lucy Festival “Spaghetti Dinner”. He was also a member of the Roma Lodge; Racine Downtown Rotary – having been awarded the Paul P. Harris Fellow Award; the Racine Zoological Society; and served as President of Racine Catholic Cemeteries Association for many years. Among his interests, Tony enjoyed playing a round of golf with his wife and friends, a game of cribbage with his siblings, a bocce match with his Lodge brothers, backgammon and puzzle making with his children and grandchildren, and taking Madison road trips to cheer on the Badger hockey team. Surviving are his loving wife of nearly 60 years, Dorothy Wells; their children, James Wells of Kenosha, Robert (Jean) Wells of Brown Dear and Lynn Wells of Racine; three treasured grandchildren, Anthony (Vicki) Wells, David Wells and Mary Wells; grand-dog, Minnie; brother, Guy (Karin) Wells; sister, Florence (Bob) Rivers; sister-in-law, Marie Andersen; brothers-in-law, Robert (Sue) Strand and Robert Holly; nieces, nephews, other relatives, friends and customers – too numerous to mention by name. In addition to his parents, Tony was preceded in death by his sister, Carolyn Molinaro; Dorothy’s parents, Peter and Rose (nee: Donley) Stanislawski; sisters-in-law, Lorraine Widmaier and Irene Holly; and brothers-in-law, Edwin Andersen, Bill Widmaier and Eugene Molinaro; and nephew, Gary Rivers. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 10:30 am in St. Lucy Catholic Church, 3101 Drexel Avenue, with Rev. Mark R. Jones officiating. Entombment will follow in the mausoleum chapel of Holy Cross Cemetery, Hwy 32. Visitation will be in the funeral home on Friday from 4-7 pm (Roma Lodge service at 6 pm) and in the church on Saturday from 9:30 -10:30 am. In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Catherine’s Scholarship Fund, Froedtert & Medical College “Parkinson’s & Movement Disorders Program” or to the Catholic Relief Services “Typhoon Haiyan Fund” have been suggested. A heartfelt note of thanks to Parkside Manor staff and resident caregivers; Hospice Alliance; and to Dr. Sherif Gobrial for their compassionate care and support; and to all of our family & friends for the many acts of kindness and prayers offered during the past few years. May God bless all of you! “Go easy and take gentle steps.” Draeger-Langendorf Funeral Home & Crematory 4600 County Line Rd. 552-9000 www.draeger-langendorf.com


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Published in Racine Journal Times on Nov. 21, 2013.
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November 29, 2013
Dorothy&Family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your Family. Cherish the wonderful memories you had with your Husband, and Dad. Mike & Shari stefani
Shari Stefani
November 28, 2013
sorry to hear the passing of Tony. our hearts and prayers go out to the Wells family
tom and joanne greene
November 26, 2013
Tony was a kind person. He will be missed but fondly remembered. I worked for Tony & Guy through high school & continued to as I furthered my schooling. They went above & beyond in creating opportunities for me to continue my schooling & provide me enough hrs to fit my schedule. They even offered me odd jobs outside the restaurant. I have special memories of many times spent talking about things w/Tony as we opened up in the early morning hrs to get ready for the day. He genuinely cared about my future & always had time to talk about anything. The world would b be a better place w/more like Tony.
Lenny Stanton
November 24, 2013
Sorry to hear from Beth Ann of Tonys passing!
Bob Loy
November 24, 2013
Dear Dorothy, Prue & I were deeply saddened to read of "Peanuts" passing. He was truly a great guy & fine gentleman. We knew him for many years and he was always happy and friendly with a smile for everyone. May God Bless "Peanuts" with Eternal Life and May God Bless Your Family with Fond Memories of your Years of Love and Good Times with "Peanuts".Our Love to You and your loved ones. Rod & Prue Hermes
November 24, 2013
So sad to hear of "Peanuts's"passing. As a 6 year old imigrant the Wells Bros corner wasmy second home and later the restaurant my place to enjoy meals and his company. He was a true gentleman
Joe "Peppie" DeRosa
November 23, 2013
I have many memories of the Wells family. Peanuts and I were altar boys together. I think Gene Molinaro and myself spent more time at the restaurant than at home. It was a favorite place to be. If you look hard enough you will find many names including mine scratched into the brick walls!
The Wells family are in our prayers.
Artie and Barbara Greco
November 23, 2013
Our sincere condolences to the family on you loss. Peanuts always had a smile and warm greeting for us at Wells Bros or Roma Lodge. A true gentleman.
Bill and Lisa Greco
November 22, 2013
On behalf of our Family, "The Ray Carls Family", (Pat (Carls)and Lee Fuhrman (Fuhrman Insurance Agency), a contribution has been sent to St. Catherine's HS Scholarship Fund in loving memory of Tony. Dad and Mom worked at Joseph Lawrence downtown and were frequent patrons of Wells Brothers. I remember them speaking so well of him. He and Dad are having a reunion in Heaven now! God Bless!
Pat Fuhrman
November 22, 2013
You're in our thoughts and prayers. Tony was a truly special person.

Tris and Barbara
Tris Ruffalo
November 22, 2013
My sympathy to the family. Tony was a great fellow, and a good friend.
Harold Jones
November 21, 2013
Our deepest sympathy and prayers go out to the Wells family. I have many fond memories of "Peanuts". He was truly a remarkable man.

Casper & Elaine Menes
Casper Menes
November 21, 2013
We will miss you, Our Dear Friend.
Dick and Zora Smith
November 21, 2013
We will miss you , our dear friend.
Dick and Zora
November 21, 2013
Many many good times at Wells Bros. with Peanut and Butch. RIP Tony, there should be more men in this world like you. Colette Monty Albright
November 21, 2013
Many, many good times at Wells Bros with Peanuts and Butch. RIP Tony, There should be more men in this world like you. Colette Monty Albright
November 21, 2013
Tony was a kind and friendly boss. My brother and I both worked for him at Well's brothers in the mid 70's. It was a pleasure to know him and he always made sure I got home safely after work. A great guy, he was. Prayers to the family.
Kelly Sanders
November 21, 2013
Our deepest sympathy to the Wells Family in the loss of Tony-may your many memories comfort you at this difficult time!!! RIP Tony
Clara& Don Pappenfuss
November 21, 2013
I have been going to Well's Brothers for 0ver (30) years as my Mother worked there for over (25) of them. You always felt like family there and Tony always greeted you with a warm smile. Racine has truly lost one of it's Icons. God Bless!
Gene Despins
November 21, 2013
We send out deepest sympathy to Dorothy and the family. Tony will be remembered as a cherished friend and a genuine true blue person. To share time with Tony was a pleasure and always great fun.
Jane and Bob Lehman
November 21, 2013
My sincer condolences to the Wells family.
Janice Riutta
November 21, 2013
Many fond memories of Tony's goodness and friendship. Go in peace.

Lonnie & Gene
Gene Perrelle
November 21, 2013
Dear Dorothy and family,
So sorry to hear on Tony's passing. He was a great guy. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Jerry DeMark
Jerry DeMark
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