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Maureen Kay Burton Lautz died unexpectedly of a stroke on Tuesday in Racine, Wisconsin at the age of 74.

Maureen is survived by her husband of 50 years, Donald Lautz; children: Jennifer Lautz (Brad Hightdudis) of Wauwatosa, WI and Greg Lautz (Ann) of Racine, WI; siblings: Robert Burton (Dolline) of Georgetown, TX and James Burton (Sharon) of Madison, WI; grandchildren: Nicholas and Kate Hightdudis of Wauwatosa WI, and many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews, and friends. She is preceded in death by parents Roy and Myrtle Burton of Madison, WI.

Maureen was born on April 5, 1943 in Madison, WI. She graduated from Madison West High School and worked as a dental assistant before marrying Don, a corporate attorney, in 1967. After moving to Racine, WI, Maureen stayed at home with her children for several years before starting a varied career, including work as a teacher at Little Lamb Nursery School and an administrative assistant at Lincoln Lutheran Home. Maureen attended Concordia University in Mequon, WI as an adult student and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Management, magna cum laude.

Maureen loved working with people and helping anyone she could. She was an active and dedicated member of Church of the Redeemer, Emmanuel Lutheran Church and, most recently, Holy Communion Lutheran Church, all in Racine. Maureen held many volunteer positions in her churches and the community, including lay ministry, Meals-on-Wheels, church committees, food pantry, Sunday school administration, greeter, and various roles at local hospitals. Maureen’s final act of kindness was to give the gift of life through organ and tissue donation.

A funeral is scheduled for Monday at 11 a.m. at Holy Communion Lutheran Church, 2000 West Sixth Street, Racine, Wisconsin 53405  with visitation at 10 a.m. Burial will be Tuesday in Madison, WI at Forest Hill Cemetery at 11 a.m. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Maureen’s life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Holy Communion Food Pantry at 2000 West Sixth Street, Racine, Wisconsin 53405, Racine Vocational Ministry at 214 7th Street, Racine, WI 53403, or your favorite charity. Condolences can be sent to Maresh-Meredith & Acklam Funeral Home at 803 Main St, Racine, WI 53403