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Jan

Loretta M. (Zach) Jelinek

 

Loretta M. (Zach) Jelinek, 78, of Janesville, died Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015, at Mercy Hospital and Trauma Center following a brief illness. 

She was born in Bloomington, on Jan. 19, 1936, the daughter of Lawrence and Frances (Kirschbaum) Zach and was a 1954 graduate of Bloomington High School. Loretta married Arthur F. Jelinek on Oct. 6, 1956, in Glen Haven. A Janesville resident since 1956, she was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church and a life member of the VFW Post 1621 Auxiliary. Loretta enjoyed sewing, traveling, baking, but most especially caring and spending time with her family.

Fri
02
Jan

Michael A. Miller

 

Michael A. Miller passed away Dec. 31, 2014 after a two-year battle with kidney cancer. 

He wished to be known for his deep love and affection for his wife, his family, his church family and his many friends. He was especially fond and proud of his children and grandchildren and their accomplishments. He also wished to be known for his love of history and of sailing. He believed we cannot control the wind but we can adjust our sails and lived his life accordingly.

Mon
29
Dec

Lawrence J. Schurz

 

 Lawrence J. Schurz, 89, died on Saturday afternoon Dec. 27, at his residence in Rewey. 

Lawrence was born on Jan. 9, 1925 in Prairie du Chien, the son of Roy and Nettie (Weighner) Schurz. He was united in marriage to Claris Meyer on Sept. 25, 1946. 

Mon
29
Dec

Birding in Ferryville


Visitors enjoy a hike for River Bluff Daze. The guide is Mike Ripp, retired superintendent of Wyalusing State Park. He guided the hikers along the trail and pointed out flowers, caterpillars, butterflies and birds. (Submitted photo)

 

Ferryville continues to 

make strides as a birding destination

By Ted Pennekamp

 

The village of Ferryville continues to work hard to expand birding activities and to remain a birding destination for visitors from throughout the region. 

Mon
29
Dec

PdC girls hoops


The Lady Blackhawks’ Brooke Moret drives to the hoop. (Photos by Ted Pennekamp)

Prairie’s Brooke Trautsch scores on a lay-up.

 

Decorah holds 

off Prairie du Chien

Decorah narrowly escaped Prairie du Chien with a 37-35 win over the host Lady Blackhawks Tuesday night. 

Decorah led 14-6 following one period and 22-14 at the half. 

Prairie came back to take the third quarter 11-8 to get to within 30-25. 

Mon
29
Dec

Camilla A. Lathrop

 

Camilla A. Lathrop, 80, of Boscobel passed away on Sunday, Dec. 28, at the Boscobel Care and Rehab in Boscobel. 

Mon
29
Dec

Annastasia C. Bentley

 

Annastasia C. Bentley, 88 of Westby, died Dec. 26.

Annastasia was born in Enterprise, Wis. on Dec. 25, 1926 to Henry and Barbara Seidl (Rank). In 1944 she married Ervin Bentley. They had then moved to the Chicago area in the early 1950’s and together they raised five children. They were married 63 years.

Annastasia worked at various occupations and enjoyed most being a homemaker. After Ervin retired they moved to the old Military Ridge School House near Patch Grove, which she always considered “home.”

Mon
29
Dec

Floyd A. Clark

 

A former Prairie du Chien business man Floyd A. Clark, 92, passed away Dec. 24, at the Palatka Health Care Center in Palatka, Fla.

He was born May 25, 1922, the son of David and Carrie Clark of Bagley. Floyd married Violet G. Yost on Oct. 14, 1942 in St. Louis, Mo. She preceded him in death on Jan. 1, 2014.

Mon
29
Dec

Annell M. Gratz

 

Annell M. Gratz, 70, of Patch Grove passed away Saturday, Dec. 27, at the Crossing Rivers Hospital after a brief illness. 

She was born Jan. 14, 1944 in Dubuque, Iowa the daughter of Arthur and Anna (Tittle) Pickett. She married Beauford Dilley on Dec. 10, 1962 in Dubuque and he later preceded her in death on Nov. 14, 1991. She later married Gerald Gratz on June 26, 1993. Annell retired from Rayovac in Fennimore, after 26 years of service. 

Mon
29
Dec

Ruck march to raise awareness, funds for PTSD


Prairie du Chien’s Kent Stark and his fellow ruck marchers are shown at an event earlier this month. Stark, a U.S. Navy veteran, is organizing the Wisconsin Winter Ruck March and Polar Plunge on Saturday, Jan. 10, at 10 a.m., in Millville, to raise awareness and funds for treating veterans who suffer from posttraumatic stress disorder. (Submitted photo)

Though Kent Stark himself hasn’t experienced posttraumatic stress disorder, he participates in ruck marches all over the tri-states in support of his fellow veterans suffering from PTSD.

By Correne Martin

Every day, 22 veterans and one active duty soldier suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) take their own lives. Burdened with the stigma associated with mental health issues and the military “shame” surrounding PTS (posttraumatic stress), they instead turn to suicide as their only option to relieve suffering.

To raise awareness and funds for veterans with PTSD, the first ever Wisconsin Winter Ruck March and Polar Plunge will take place Saturday, Jan. 10, at 10 a.m., in Millville. Participants will ruck march five miles through the hills and bluffs of the Millville Bridle Trail on County C in Grant County and then take a polar plunge into the river. It is hoped that this will become an annual event.

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