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John Marvin

 

John Herold Marvin, 85, of Madison, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 8. 

He was born on April 24, 1928, in Prairie du Chien, the son of Gladys and Allen Marvin. John was a longtime resident of Madison. He went to UW-Madison and continued to work as the Art Director at the university until his retirement. John travelled extensively to Easter Island, China, and Czechoslovakia. He was also an expert in the field of genealogy. 

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Virginia Eichmann

 

Virginia T. Eichmann, 77, of Prairie du Chien and formerly of Postville passed away Saturday, Jan. 11, at the Prairie Maison Care Center. 

She was born June 19, 1936 in Milwaukee, the daughter of Arthur and Cecelia (Weis) Drefahl. She married Edgar Eichmann on June 3, 1961 in Milwaukee. Virginia was a librarian for the Postville Public Library for 15 years. She was a devoted member of St. Bridget’s Catholic Church in Postville, and an active volunteer for the American Cancer Society and the American Red Cross. She was a member of the Quilters Guild and involved with Hoffman Hall in Prairie du Chien. 

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Bernice Cathman

 

Bernice E. Cathman, 91, of Prairie du Chien passed away Tuesday, Jan. 7, at the Prairie Maison Care Center. 

She was born Oct. 15, 1922 in Lancaster, the daughter of Joseph and Clara (Hoffman) Esser. She married Cletus Cathman on Jan. 17, 1944.  Together they farmed in the Glen Haven area until Cletus’ death in October of 1987. Bernice then moved to Prairie du Chien where she became the gardener at the Villa Louis. She loved to garden and had quite the “green thumb.” Bernice was also a great cook and enjoyed crocheting. 

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Violet Clark

 

Violet G. Clark, 89, formerly of Prairie du Chien passed away Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, in Palatka, FL. A graveside service will be held later at the Brodtville Cemetery in Wyalusing Township.  The Garrity Funeral Home of Prairie du Chien is assisting the family.  

 
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Francis Becwar

 

Francis Joseph Becwar, 75, of Montello passed away peacefully Sunday morning, Jan. 5, at Divine Savior Hospital in Portage. 

He was born in Prairie du Chien, on Sept. 17, 1938, to Joseph and Agnes (Fritsche) Becwar. He attended a country grade school and graduated from Prairie du Chien High School in 1956 and later married Janice Miller at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Monona, Iowa on June 9, 1962. 

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Jan

Frigid temps cause water burst


PdC firemen work to squeegee water from inside the Dousman House.

Jerry Jones squeegeed standing water out the front door of the Dousman House in Prairie du Chien Tuesday afternoon, following a sprinkler system burst. Just before 4 p.m. Tuesday, the Prairie du Chien Fire Department was called to the vacant facility, where the freezing cold temperatures had caused the sprinkler system to rupture through the ceiling in the bar room. Spraying water covered the wood flooring, but about a dozen firemen worked diligently to move furniture out of the room before it could be damaged. According to Kyle Kozelka, an employee of owner Blair Dillman’s, dehumidifiers and fans were being brought in to further remove the moisture from the flooring. He said he was thankful there was only minor damage. This was the second occurrence of a sprinkler system burst in PdC on Tuesday. The first occurred at the condos on South Wacouta Avenue. (Photo by Correne Martin)

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Wedding and Party Extravaganza Jan. 19


Dorothy Reed (right), of Kozelka’s Dress Wear in Prairie du Chien, consults with a potential customer at the Wedding and Party Extravaganza last year. (Photo by Gloria Derksen)

By Correne Martin

If you are planning a wedding or any type of party in the coming year, the Wedding and Party Extravaganza in McGregor, sponsored by Nelson True Value-Nelson Rental Center, is your guide to all the services, rental equipment, decorations and other personal touches you will need.

In its fifth year, the Wedding and Party Extravaganza, which moves its location around to reception halls in the Prairie du Chien area each year, will take place at McGregor’s Landing Event Center in McGregor, Iowa, on Sunday, Jan. 19, from 1 to 4 p.m. The public is invited to attend this free afternoon of fun and enthusiasm focused on everything related to party planning.

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Showcase your talents for a good cause at 39th annual Heart and Cancer Telethon

By Caitlin Bittner
 
Over the years, many area residents have been able to enjoy quality local entertainment from the comfort of their own homes thanks to the annual Heart and Cancer Telethon.

“It features a variety of music, singing, dancing, poetry readings and lots of other performances,” said Tom Nelson, who hosts to the event.

If you’ve got a talent you’d like to share, the event organizers want to know! Whether it’s a performance featuring only yourself or a big group of people, the telethon is the place to strut your stuff. “This is a great opportunity for people to showcase their talents and help raise money and awareness about a good cause,” noted Nelson. “It’s really nice to see talent come forward and each year we’re looking for new acts to go along with our old favorites.”

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Differing minds consider holiday decoration costs, City also votes to extend weekend taxi hours

By Correne Martin

‘Tis the season to purchase holiday decorations at discounted prices. Prairie du Chien Mayor Dave Hemmer showed interest in taking advantage of the lower priced decorations and presented the idea of updating the city’s, to the tune of $30,000, to the Common Council Tuesday night.

The proposal for new decorations would be included in the 2014-2016 Capital Budget, but could be amended prior to any purchases. Council action eventually approved further investigation into short-term and long-term plans regarding replacement of the decorations.

“In my travels around the area, I’ve seen some very nice Christmas lights and decorations, and I feel ours are kind of lacking,” he told the council. Though it was noted that the current decorations and lights are getting “old,” their exact age was not noted.

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Seneca girls at Riverdale

 

Riverdale 

defeats Seneca girls

Riverdale defeated visiting Seneca 50-46 in nonconference girls basketball action Tuesday night. 

Seneca led 8-6 following one quarter. 

Riverdale came back to take a 21-18 lead at the half. 

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