Edwin Kalke
Maresh-Meredith & Acklam Funeral Home
803 Main Street
Racine, WI
Edwin C. Kalke

1944 - 2016

Edwin C. Kalke, 71, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2016, at the Hospice Alliance House, Pleasant Prairie.

Edwin was born in Stevens Point, Wis., Nov. 22, 1944, son of the late William C. and Doris G. (Nee: Kinney) Kalke.

Ed proudly served as a medic in the United States Army from 1968 until 1970 in Korea. On Aug. 10, 1974, in Stevens Point he was united in marriage to Paula Okray. Ed was an Art Professor at Carthage College where he loved sharing his passion of art with his students. He retired Emeritus after twenty-eight years in 2005. Ed's art work has been exhibited both regionally and nationally. His art work can be found in many public and private collections. In addition to building, working with Habitat Restore, and fishing, he was also an avid gardener.

He will be sadly missed by his loving wife of forty-two years, Paula; his sister, Bonnie (Erick) Bullion of Winchester, Wis.; brother, William Kalke of Watham, Mass.; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Mary (Algis) Seskus of Australia, Barbara Hall of Tucson, Ariz., Walter (Joan) Okray, Thomas Okray, Phillip (Vicki) Okray, all of Stevens Point; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many dear friends. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister-in-law, Kay Kalke.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, 2:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Saturday from 1 p.m. until time of service at 2:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to RAM, Artists Gallery, Habitat Restore, or the ALS Society have been suggested.

A special thank you to the caregivers at Hospice Alliance for their loving and compassionate care.


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I learned collagraph printmaking from Ed at Arrowmont in the summer of 1990. He was a wonderful, talented teacher and artist; I am so sorry to hear of his passing! My condolences to his family.
G.E. Colpitts
March 2, 2017
Sorry for your lose. Very shocked to hear of Ed's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Joe and Rose Smith Family
November 7, 2016
We were shocked and saddened to learn the news of Eds death.Enjoyed visiting with both of you when you came north.Thinking of you during this sad time.Your neighbors from Eau Galle. Doug -Becky and Aaron Smith
Doug,Becky,Aaron Smith
October 30, 2016
Though we parted ways after college graduation, I am sadden by the lost of fellow artist from UWSP Stvens Point, Wi. Remembering his talent from our freshman years through graduation, he was very inspiration in his thoughts, encouragements, and his unique talents. There were always conversations with fellow art students and professors; especially the early morning art labs that seemed to go on forever!
At PJ Jacobs 50th Class Reunion 2013, he and Paula were in attendance. He was the same in humor and character that hadn't changed much from college times. His achievements and contributions to his art and community are attributes that I will remember.
Jane K Chang
October 29, 2016
It was an honor for Lynn and I to spend time with Ed and Paula in Ed's final days and to listen to the multitude of narratives of family and visitors alike describing Ed's enduring impact on everyone he ever encountered. Many fond memories of our best man-Robert & Lynn
Robert Sanford
October 25, 2016
I am so sorry for your loss. He was a great teacher and mentor to me. He was some one I knew I could count on. I will really miss him.
Janelle Cairo
October 25, 2016
Paula and family, I'm saddened to learn of Ed's death. He had a most positive impact on my life and art while at UWSP and in the years after. His encouragement was a true gift to me and no doubt to his many students. I hope that good memories will bring you much comfort in coming days. Pat Brooks Gaska
Pat Brooks Gaska
October 24, 2016
Ed & I became friends when I moved in across the street from him when we were going on 10. We spent a lot of time together and had lots of adventures.
I must admit I was impressed at how he used his artistic talent to have a fulfilling career in teaching. He was a good friend and I'll miss him. Rest in Peace, Ed.
Ron Roth
October 24, 2016
Ed kalke was my supervisor during my MS time at Carthaage what a great mentor! Thanks.
October 24, 2016
Our deepest sympathy to Paula and family. We always enjoyed talking with Ed and he will be missed.
Doug Chaussee
October 24, 2016
Ed was the Head of the Art Department at Carthage College when I attended in the early '80s.

He was an immensely talented and patient individual, with a quiet sense of humor (which served well with the characters Majoring in Art, at that time).

I am indebted to Ed for his wisdom, honesty and dedication to his students, and his work. Ed's example has served well throughout my professional career.

Ed, you were definitely one-of-a-kind. You will be very much missed, but the memories are still vivid over three decades later.
Steve Schoone
October 23, 2016
Ed was a friend and colleague at Carthage. Many thoughtful conversations over the years in the faculty lounge. He was a favorite of many students and worked beyond his department to make the community vital.
He is missed.
Clayton Diskerud
October 23, 2016
Edwin Kalke was my high school art teacher at Case High school. He attended UW Madison for his Masters at the same time I was attending for my undergraduate degree in art. We became friends. Ed was always kind, considerate, and most of all, joyful. He always had a smile, a laugh and a positive attitude. I feel grateful that I had the opportunity to see him again at his art opening in Racine several years ago. He will be missed.
Gail (Brand) Bartik
October 22, 2016
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