Theresa Powers


Theresa M. “Tres” Powers, 101, of Prairie du Chien, passed away Saturday, Aug. 17, at Prairie Maison in Prairie du Chien. 

Theresa Marie, the daughter of John and Martha (Ness) Marking, was born Dec. 30, 1911, in Milwaukee. She grew up in Owen, Wis. and graduated from Owen High School in 1929. She went on to receive a degree from Eau Claire Teachers College in 1934 and she received a Bachelor’s of Science in Education degree from LaCrosse State Teachers College. Tres taught in the Moody, Curtiss, Neillsville, Mt. Horeb, and Beloit, Wisconsin schools. Theresa was united in marriage with Reuben Powers on Sept. 9, 1946, and they settled in Prairie du Chien.

Tres was a lifelong musician. With her husband, she owned and operated a music studio in their home, teaching piano, organ and accordion to many area residents. She was a longtime member of St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church in Prairie du Chien. She played in many groups and for many occasions, sharing her talent with her students, her church and her community. 

Tres traveled extensively with her husband, friends and family. She had a particular enthusiasm for visiting “the old country” Norway, the land of her ancestors. She traveled there several times and developed enduring relationships there. 

Tres loved history and loved Prairie du Chien. She was a member of the Friends of The Villa Louis. The value of history and family led Tres to do extensive research and documentation of family genealogy. She also wrote a family story called “The Saga of the 40,” which she had printed and bound, and on whose cover was displayed a proud and colorful Norwegian rosemaling design.

Theresa was the eldest of ten children. She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents and her siblings. She is survived by many nieces, nephews and friends, each having had a special place in her heart. All who knew her will miss her talent, intelligence, humor and grace.

Celebration of Life Services will be held at 11 a.m., on Friday, Sept. 6, at St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church in Prairie du Chien. Rev. Joe Irvin will be the officiant. Friends may gather for coffee and fellowship one hour before services at the church on Friday.

A memorial event and burial will be in the Riverside Cemetery in Withee, Wis. at a later date.

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In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Tres’s honor to St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church, Wisconsin Council for the Blind or the Prairie du Chien Public Library.

A sincere thank you to the staff at Prairie Maison, to her church and to her dear friends in Prairie for years of loyal devotion and loving care.

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