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06
Jul

Gary L. Sedlmayr

Gary L. Sedlmayr, 77, passed away peacefully on June 8, after a long illness following a stroke, with his brother by his side. 

He was born in Wyalusing, to Allan and Kathryn (McGill) Sedlmayr. Gary graduated from Prairie du Chien High School in 1959. Gary was a life-long student, enthusiastically participating in math, science, music and sports in high school, attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison delving into studies of applied math, engineering, physics and medicine and continually reading and discussing innovations in technology and space exploration. 

Gary was on staff at Central Wisconsin Center and Mendota Mental Health for decades, serving as a caring and compassionate aide and psychiatric Care Technician to the many residents and patients at both institutions, retiring in 2011 after 40 years of service. 

Thu
05
Jul

Timothy D. Ray

Timothy D. Ray, 58, of Seneca, passed away unexpectedly Sunday, July 1. 

Tue
03
Jul

Jeanette C. Bolin

Jeanette C. Bolin, 68, of Prairie du Chien, passed away unexpectedly Tuesday, May 22, at her home. 

She was born Aug. 26, 1949, in Prairie du Chien, the daughter of Joseph and Goldie (Stuckey) LeGrand. Jeanette and her siblings would later spend a majority of their early years with Goldie and their stepfather Donald Sherrick. She married Karlan Bolin on June 30, 1995. Jeanette worked as an underwriter for several different mortgage companies. Karl preceded her in death on Aug. 31, 2011. 

Tue
03
Jul

Marcus A. Morarend

Marcus A. Morarend, 71, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 23, 2018, at his home in Bagley. 

He was the youngest of four children born to Juanita (Blume) and Marvin Morarend, in Guttenberg, Iowa. The family later moved to Gran Grae, where Marcus attended the local schoolhouse. He spent his days working the family farm, fishing, hunting and venturing through the woods. His love of the outdoors became part of him and he shared that love with many family and friends throughout his life. His love of the outdoors also led him to be part of the founding group whom started the local Rendezvous. 

Mon
02
Jul

Stanley J. Hamann

Stanley J. Hamann, 96, a lifelong resident of Prairie du Chien, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 30, at Prairie Maison. 

Stan served overseas in the U.S. Army during WWII and later returned to become a prominent businessman in Prairie du Chien, operating and later owning Hamann’s Variety Store for 40 years.  In his spare time, he was an avid hunter and fisherman spending countless hours pursuing these pastimes on the Mississippi River.

He is survived by his son Rick (Patty), of Prairie du Chien; his daughter Jan (George) Collins, of Somers, Conn.; his sister Priscilla (Jimmy) Englebright, of Homosassa, Fla. 

Fri
29
Jun

Elmer G. Colsch

Elmer G. Colsch, 69, of Dodgeville, passed away on Wednesday, June 27, at Upland Hills Hospital in Dodgeville. 

He was born May 15, 1949, in Waterloo, Iowa, the son of Lawrence “Jack” and Ruth (Paris) Colsch. 

He is survived by his eight children, Brenda (Eric) Palas, Manchester, Iowa, Tammy (Brad) Hill, Spring Green, Kristina Colsch, Farmersburg, Iowa, Stanley (Carrie) Colsch, Garnavillo, Iowa, Jennie Colsch, Portage, Kryssi (Bryan) Streicher, Monona, Iowa, Nicholas Colsch, Portage, and Ami Colsch, Portage; 16 grandchildren: Madeline, Ben, Maurice, Marcus, Jackson, Ronald, Tyson, Kenneth, Kaelyn, Kelsey, Alexis, Izayah, Carter, Avah, Bentley and BreeAnnah; four siblings, Jacqueline Scott of Muscoda, Jerry Colsch, Nashville, Tenn., Barb Knight, Sextonville, and Darrell (Pat) Colsch, Ferryville.

Fri
29
Jun

Charlotte E. Kluesner

Charlotte E. Kluesner, 91, of Bloomington, passed away on Wednesday, June 27, at Prairie Maison Nursing Home, Prairie du Chien. 

She was born on Oct. 31, 1926, the daughter of Edward and Magdeline “Lena” (Maiers) Hermsen. Charlotte graduated from Bloomington High School. On Nov. 27, 1947, she was united in marriage to James R. Kluesner, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, in Bloomington. After their marriage, the couple farmed together in Glen Haven and Bloomington Township. 

Charlotte was the Avon lady for many years. She also worked at Bloomington School District and River Ridge as a Teacher’s Aide. Charlotte was a devoted member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and its CCW. She enjoyed playing cards,  Bingo, her flower gardens, watching birds, scratch tickets, but especially enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. 

Fri
29
Jun

Terry L. Boebel

Terry L. Boebel, 71, of Prairie du Chien passed away unexpectedly June 26, at her home. 

She was born March 5, 1947, in Darlington, the daughter of Vernon and Bernilda (Quamme) Roth. She grew up near Mt. Zion, and graduated from Boscobel High School. Over the years, she worked at the Boscobel bank, was a hairdresser/salon owner/instructor, sold insurance, had a bed and breakfast, did hotel reception and cooked and baked whatever you requested. She was retired, but was active keeping up with her children’s and grandchildren’s activities.

Fri
29
Jun

Marcia G. Mezera

Marcia G. Mezera, 79, of Glen Haven, passed away on Wednesday, June 27, at her home surrounded by her loving family. 

She was born on Jan. 16, 1939, in Bridgeport, the daughter of Gerald and Jacquelyn (Chaney) Hedeman. Marcia graduated from Prairie du Chien High School in 1957. On Aug. 23, 1958, she was united in marriage with Robert J. “Bob” Mezera at St. John’s Catholic Church in Prairie du Chien. Bob and Marcia lived briefly in Madison, where she was employed at Marshall Dairy Lab. They also lived in the Hazel Green area, then farmed in Bridgeport, and later purchased a farm in Glen Haven. She was also employed as a secretary at the Bloomington Vet Clinic, and then for Ferrellgas Company, from which she retired. 

Tue
26
Jun

Madonna M. “Donna” Kapinus

Madonna M. “Donna” Kapinus, 78, of Prairie du Chien passed away unexpectedly Monday, June 25, at the Gundersen Health System in La Crosse following a brief illness. 

She was born March 29, 1940, in Steuben, the daughter of Forrest and Anna (Messling) Picha. She married Larry Kapinus on Aug. 6, 1960, at St. John’s Church in Prairie du Chien. She and her husband farmed most of their lives in rural Prairie du Chien. She was a great cook and talented baker. Donna was an active member of St. John’s Parish. She was a beloved wife, mother, sister and grandmother who will be sadly missed by all. 

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