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Evelyn B. Seeley

 

Evelyn B. Seeley died Feb. 26, at the Great River Care Center in McGregor, after an extended illness. 

She was born Oct. 15, 1933, to Alfred and Anne (Maly) Sawall in Ottumwa, Iowa, and adopted by Louis and Bertha (Cabalka) Blaha of Cedar Rapids. She graduated from Wilson High School and Coe College. She and James W. Seeley were married June 2, 1957. Evelyn was a teacher and choir director and very active in her churches. She had a passion for music, gardening, birds, and her many dogs. 

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Janet I. Smethurst

 

Janet I. Smethurst, 85, of Prairie du Chien passed away Thursday, Feb. 25. 

She and “Will” are crossing the Rainbow Bridge together. She was born July 11, 1930 in Brodtville, the daughter of Milo and Velma (Sitts) Bean. She married Will Smethurst on June 27, 1951 and he later preceded her in death on Oct. 7, 2006. Jan worked as a driver and cook for the Crawford County Head Start Program, and later as a switchboard operator for the Crawford County Administration Building. After her retirement she worked at Betty’s Hallmark in the Commerce Court Mall. 

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Albert “Al” Bouzek

 

Albert “Al” Bouzek, 83, of Marion, passed away Saturday, Feb. 27, at Crestview Acres Care Facility in Marion. 

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Georgeine McCloskey

 

Georgeine McCloskey, 94, of Wauzeka, passed away Friday, Feb. 26, at the Prairie Maison Care Center. 

She was born Feb. 6, 1922 in Wauzeka, daughter of George and Mary Ellen (Nugent) McCloskey. She taught at the Dutch Ridge School and later retired from the United States Postal Service after 32 years of service. She was an active member of Sacred Heart Church in Wauzeka.  

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother Marnell McCloskey; two sisters, Lucille Doll and Marian McCloskey along with a half sister Myrtle Vogt.

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Martin L. “Marty” Ohlert

 

 Martin L. “Marty” Ohlert, 75, of Prairie du Chien passed away on his 75th birthday Friday, Feb. 26. 

He was born Feb. 26, 1941 in Prairie du Chien the son of LeRoy and Zola (Martin) Ohlert. He served in the US Army. Marty married Alice Snyder on Feb. 10, 1974 in Coon Valley. He worked as an interior designer for Statz Home Furnishings and later sold drapery for the Countryside Workshop. Most recently Marty worked in mobile home sales. 

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Pamela Sue (Johnson) Freitag

 

Pamela Sue (Johnson) Freitag, 54, passed away at Central Community Hospital on Feb. 23, after battling a life-long illness. 

She was born in Hinsdale, Ill., to Paul L. and Betty L. (Pust) Johnson on Aug. 7, 1961. She was a graduate of Central Community School and attended Kirkwood Community College. On April 4, 1981 she married Dennis Freitag at Bethany Lutheran Church in Elkader. To this union, a daughter, Ann Marie was born.

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Eric F. Temte

 

 Eric F. Temte, 79, of Prairie du Chien passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, Feb. 24, at the Crossing Rivers Hospital in Prairie du Chien. 

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Prairie du Chien’s four welcome signs will be refurbished this spring

By Correne Martin

The four “Welcome to Prairie du Chien” signs at the entries into the city have never been repaired or retouched since they were installed in 1998, and the Prairie du Chien Common Council is acting on that.

During its meeting Tuesday, Feb. 23, the common council approved a proposal from Openwood Studios, of Madison, to refurbish the front of each of the four signs at an expense of $2,025 apiece, or $8,100 total.

The work will include repairing and gluing all checks and cracks, sanding, priming and painting of the sign panel. The signs will actually be removed and delivered to Openwood Studios where two weeks of refinishing will take place. Then, they will be picked up and reinstalled by the Prairie du Chien Public Works Department. The company will supply stain for the posts to be refinished as well.

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Slow no-wake at Campion landing to get second council reading

By Correne Martin

The Prairie du Chien Common Council decided at its meeting Tuesday night, Feb. 23, to send a proposed slow-no wake designation for the Campion Boat Landing on to its March 1 council meeting for a second reading. This was based upon recommendation from the public works committee so the public has ample opportunity to share comments and concerns regarding the change.

The ordinance proposing the slow-no wake change has been reviewed and approved by the Department of Natural Resources. It would create a slow-no wake zone in the following area: 400 feet north of the northern edge of the Campion Street boat landing, then west to a point on Hunter Island, then south along the meandering line of the Mississippi River to the southern tip of Hunter Island, then east to a point 400 feet south of the southern edge of the Campion Street boat landing, then north along the meandering line of the Mississippi River back to beginning.

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Packer fan’s memory bringing smiles to others


Julie, Tyler and Craig Bell proudly share one of their favorite photos of Todd Bell, who loved the Green Bay Packers so much that he applied for season tickets shortly before he passed away in 2012 from Duchenne muscular dystrophy. In his honor, those handicap game tickets are now donated, through the Wheel of Todd organization, to kids, like Todd, who deserve a break in life. (Photo by Correne Martin)

By Correne Martin

Todd Bell’s great big smile was a contagious one. It was a smile that lit up every face around him. And it was never bigger than when his beloved Green Bay Packers were winning.

It’s been three years since Todd passed, 11 days before his 27th birthday. Yet, his unforgettable grin, along with a little team spirit in his honor, is still making an impact on kids and families across Wisconsin. Through the unrivaled Wheel of Todd, a non-profit organization started by his parents, Craig and Julie Bell, his joyful legacy lives on in the experiences of kids attending Packer games.

Born and raised in Eastman, Todd Orland Bell inherited Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) and was diagnosed at age 5 with the genetic disorder, characterized by progressive muscle degeneration and weakness.

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