Obituaries

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23
May

Gervase A. “Gerry” Arndt

 

 Gervase A. “Gerry” Arndt, 98, formerly of Markham, Ill., Framingham, Mass. and Chelmsford, Mass., passed away on May 19, at the Life Care Center in Billerica, Mass. He was the husband of the late Marie M. (Stoehr) Arndt, who passed away in 1987.

Born in Kendall, Wis. on March 28, 1918, he was a son of the late Walter W. and Myrtle (Abbott) Arndt. 

Mon
23
May

Ethel Laufer

 

Ethel Laufer, 88, of McGregor, Iowa died Friday, May 20, at Gundersen Health Systems in La Crosse. 

Ethel was the daughter of Clarence and Edna (Drahn) Henkes and was born on Feb. 21, 1928 in McGregor, Iowa. She graduated from McGregor High School in 1946. Ethel was united in marriage with Donald LeRoy Laufer on April 16, 1948 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in McGregor, Iowa. Six children were born to this union, Donald Jr., Susan, Lynn, Mark, Karen and Michael. Ethel was a homemaker for her family. She enjoyed crossword puzzles, cooking and gardening in her younger years. Most of all, Ethel enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. 

Fri
20
May

Elmer Dirksen

 

Elmer Dirksen, 85, of Eastman passed away Thursday, May 19, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, after a brief illness. 

He was born Aug. 19, 1930 in Lennox, S.D. the son of Henry and Fannie (Mundhenke) Dirksen. He married Mary Ann Kelly on Feb. 7, 1957 in Bryant, S.D. Elmer loved farming and tending animals. He was a good mechanic and enjoyed fishing. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather who will be sadly missed by all. 

Fri
20
May

Ruth Zlabek

 

Ruth Zlabek, 76, of Prairie du Chien passed away Friday, May 13, at the Great River Care center in McGregor. 

She was born Aug. 21, 1939 in Prairie du Chien the daughter of Russell and Marie Jacobs. She married Richard Zlabek on June 12, 1963 at St. Gabriel’s Church in Prairie du Chien. He preceded her in death on May 9, 2002. Ruth worked as a bookkeeper for the Brisbois Motor Inn in Prairie du Chien.

Wed
18
May

Eileen T. Boland

 

Eileen T. Boland, 73, of Seneca passed away Tuesday, May 17, at her group home, Vista House in Boscobel. 

She was born Oct. 4, 1942 in La Crosse, the daughter of Charles and Mary (Cain) Boland. Eileen entered the convent at Sinsinawa, and was unable to complete her studies due to health reasons. She was a resident of Lori Knapp Homes and worked for the Opportunity Center in Prairie du Chien. 

Tue
17
May

Colleen M. Anderson

 

Colleen M. Anderson, 66, of Wisconsin Rapids, formerly of Patch Grove, passed away on Monday, May 16, at Aspirus Riverview Hospital in Wisconsin Rapids.

She was born on Dec. 23, 1949, in Boscobel, the daughter of Leo and Dorothy (Stadele) Lester. Colleen attended West Grant High School. She furthered her education at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College in Fennimore and obtained a degree in Marketing. Colleen was employed at Wellington Place at Biron, Wisconsin Rapids. On Sept. 22, 1984, she was united in marriage to David Anderson at Wyalusing State Park, Bagley. After their marriage, Colleen enjoyed traveling and was an avid quilter.

Fri
13
May

Lawrence (Larry) Joseph Pelock

 

Lawrence (Larry) Joseph Pelock of Prairie du Chien, died Tuesday, May 11, at Crossing River’s Health hospital in Prairie du Chien.

He was born Dec. 1, 1940 in Prairie du Chien, the son of John (Jack) Joseph and Helen Mary (DuCharme) Pelock. He graduated from Prairie du Chien High school in 1959, joined the Wisconsin Army National Guard serving from 1968 to 1974. In 1968 he married Carol (Titlbach) and later divorced. 

Fri
13
May

Helen Catherine (Lapp) Lipke

 

Helen Catherine (Lapp) Lipke, 89, passed away peacefully on May 12, at Gundersen Lutheran Hospital in La Crosse. 

Helen was born on March 28, 1927, in her home in High Falls, New York at the foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Helen spent most of her life in Prairie du Chien, and her last months in Galesville. 

Thu
12
May

Doris Johnson

 

Doris Johnson, 93, of Prairie du Chien passed away Wednesday, May 11, at the Crossing Rivers Hospital in Prairie du Chien. 

Thu
12
May

James A. Sprosty

 

James A. Sprosty, 65, of Batavia, passed away early Tuesday, May 10, at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton.

He was born on Jan. 25, 1951, in Prairie du Chien, a son of the late Bernard and Leone (Nolan) Sprosty. He attended Seneca Grade School and graduated from Seneca High School in 1969. 

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