Wendy Kotte


Wendy P. Kotte, 49, passed away unexpectedly Friday, Dec. 27, at the Mayo Franciscan Health Center in La Crosse. 

She was born Oct. 27, 1964 in Milwaukee, the daughter of Patrick and Judy (Wagner) Benish. She married Chris Kotte on Oct. 16, 1999 at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Prairie du Chien. Wendy owned and operated the Windy Cove Shops in Prairie du Chien and Platteville. She was involved as a Cub Scout den leader, parent teacher organizations along with several other volunteer groups. 

She is survived by her husband Chris and their children Jacob and Joshua of Prairie du Chien; her mother Judy (Buzz) Eckert of Joliet, Ill.; her brother Brian Benish of Wauzeka; her sister Gigi Collins of Montfort; special aunt Gail (John) Vella of Milwaukee; nieces and nephews, Stephanie, Brianna, Nathan, Nicholas, Mathew and Kristin, along with many other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her father.

A memorial service will be Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 at 11 a.m. at the Garrity Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Joe Irvin officiating. A private family interment will be later in the Calvary Cemetery in Prairie du Chien. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 from 5 to 8 p.m. and one hour prior to services on Saturday, Jan. 4. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred. 

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